Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Hop on over to find out more about Top Ten Tuesday and maybe even join in the fun, as they give us a new theme each week! This week’s theme was very hard to narrow down, but even though I wanted to choose more than ten books, I decided to stick with the program. Since I’ve been blogging for about three-and-a-half years, it was easy enough to choose books I’ve read and reviewed on this blog. To that end, all the links go to my reviews. (You’ll also note that I made up a *special* designation for books I loved above and beyond the usual love. I did that for a while, but I’m no longer using that award.) Here they are, in no particular order, my top ten books from the past three years:
1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab. This book has everything I look for in a perfect story: awesome characters, a rip-roaring plot, emotional connections and a deliciously complex story construction. Read it if you haven’t!
2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. The first book in Brown’s series was a hell of a ride, and a debut novel too! It only gets better in the second book, but I wanted to highlight this one since it was such a memorable read for me.
3. The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig. This book! This is still my favorite Chuck Wendig book to date. Although I haven’t cracked his Miriam Black series, and I know a lot of people love those books. Just read it, OK?
4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandell. I know this went on to be a bestseller and an award nominee, but I read it before all the hype, and I can tell you it’s well deserved. A quieter, more introspective read than most of the other books on this list, it was magical and dazzling.
5. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. Beukes is a new “auto buy” author for me, and I’m catching up on her backlist as well. This is her latest, and it’s so well written and plotted and paced, that I can’t imagine how she can get any better.
6. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. This zombie tale was unexpectedly emotional, and once again, it’s a book that reflects my mantra for my most favorite books: “It’s all about the characters.”
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This was another surprise book, one I didn’t expect to love so much. But Cline is a born storyteller and I clung to each and every word. I can’t wait for Armada, which comes out this year!
8. The Martian by Andy Weir. Here’s another bestseller on the list, and again, I like to think that I read it before it became one. I’ve never had so much fun with only one character! (For the most part. Of course, there are more characters in the story than the MC, but his scenes take up the bulk of the book.)
9. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. I love the entire series, but this is where it all began. Jay’s books are emotional and sad and wondrous. You really should read this series if you love fantasy!
10. Three by Jay Posey. This was an amazing start to a fantasy series, and it’s also Jay’s debut. I wasn’t as crazy about the follow-up, Morningside Fall, but I know there is a third book on the horizon, and I’m dying to read it:-D
There you have it, my top ten books from the last three years. Have you read any of these?