Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share our favorite books released in the last 10 years. As someone who tends to read older books and isn’t great at staying on top of new releases, I’m pretty intrigued to see how this list will go. I decided to make this list based on which books came out in which year, not on the year that I read them.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Throwback to those first years of me being a Nerdfighter! I’ve always marveled at how these two authors were able to seamlessly write this novel of intertwining stories chapter by chapter. This book is hilarious and heart-wrenching and thought-provoking all at the same time, in Green and Levithan’s usual way. Different from many YA books that I’ve read!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I remember reading this book around Christmastime one year and thinking: Wow, what perfect timing! This book is mysterious and magical and will leave you wanting more of the fantastical world Morgenstern has created. If you’re looking for romance, adventure, suspense, and beautiful writing, then this is definitely the book for you!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

How could this not have been my favorite book of 2012? I was so excited for it to be released that I pre-ordered a signed first edition copy–and I rarely pre-order anything! I loved how John Green balanced tough topics with heartfelt, thought-provoking discussions of important life questions and funny, memorable scenes that I still think about from time to time.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This little book is eerie, suspenseful, and told like a twisted fairy tale. Definitely a great read for a spooky fall day. I love Neil Gaiman’s lyrical writing in general, but this novel in particular has really stood out to me even all these years later. Whether or not you’re a Gaiman fan already, you will be after reading this!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This beautiful, heart-wrenching, emotional historical fiction novel blew me away when I read it as a senior in high school–so much so that I went out and bought a copy just to have it on my shelf, even though I had borrowed it from the library. If that’s not a testament to how much I enjoyed this book, then I don’t know what is!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I remember this book being everywhere in the online book community for the longest time. It took me forever to finally get around to reading it, but when I did I could totally see what all the hype was about. The idea of so many different Londons is really interesting!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

This series is just unlike any other that I have read! I really liked how it was 4 books instead of the usual three or longer–I feel like you rarely see quartets around. The entire premise is so creative and unique, and I couldn’t get enough of the idea of magical ley lines and forests snaking their way through a rural town.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Again, I have never read a book like this one. Written entirely in quotes that blend fact and fiction, Lincoln in the Bardo is a true masterpiece. Not only did this novel win the Man Booker Prize, but it is also Saunders’ first full length novel–wild! Definitely makes me want to read some of his short stories.

When the Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’ve been a fan of Carrie for years (both her videos on Youtube and her books), and I can confidently say that this is her best novel yet. I feel like Carrie really found her groove in writing this book because the setting, characters, and story all worked together so wonderfully. As with nearly all of Carrie’s books, I read this one in one sitting!

Unfortunately I haven’t read any books released in 2019 yet. Between finishing up the semester, writing my honors thesis, graduating from college, and dealing with some personal stuff that’s been happening lately, I just haven’t had any time to delve into any new releases. I’m really looking forward to finally having time to visit the library again and check out some new books. With that being said, let me know what 2019 releases you recommend!

What are your favorite releases of the past decade? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

41 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years”

  1. Some good books on that list!🙂

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  2. Great list! There’s so many good ones on here – I really didn’t like Lincoln in the Bardo though, I think it’s one of those love it or hate it books! 💛
    My TTT: https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2019/05/28/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-books-released-in-the-last-ten-years/

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    1. Haha definitely, Lincoln in the Bardo is certainly an experimental one! Writing that book must have felt like such a risk to Saunders…

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      1. It was definitely brave of him! 😊

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  3. You and I definitely like some of the same kinds of stories. I adored Lincoln in the Bardo, All the Light We Cannot See, Fault in Our Stars, and Night Circus. I should probably look for the books on your list that I haven’t read…it’s a pretty good bet that I would love them, too!

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    1. So glad we seem to have similar tastes!! 🙂

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  4. You’ve got some great choices here, and you’ve reminded me that I really need to read The Night Circus and Lincoln in the Bardo. My list is at https://thebookstop.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/top-books-published-in-the-last-ten-years/.

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    1. Those are two great ones! Hope you enjoy them whenever you get around to reading them! 🙂

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  5. «All the Light We Cannot See» is such an amazing book! ❤

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    1. Right?! I absolutely loved it when I read it years ago!

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  6. I hope you get a chance to read some 2019 books soon. Nice list.

    My TTT.

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  7. The Night Circus is getting a lot of love this week!

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    1. I’m so glad–it deserves it! ❤

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  8. Ahh I love this list, Holly, so many good books there ❤ I loved The Night Circus and ahhh, you know John Green has my heart haha I love his books so much ❤

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    1. Thanks, Marie! haha same, if I extended this list back a bit I could have included so many of John Green’s books ❤

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  9. I loved THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and THE NIGHT CIRCUS as well. I’ve seen both on lots of lists today, so I guess we’re not the only ones with excellent taste 🙂

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. Hahaha always nice to know you’re in good company when it comes to bookish taste 🙂

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  10. Great list! I loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane and All The Light We Cannot See. I’ll have to check out the others.

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    1. Thanks!! Those are two great ones 🙂

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  11. Congratulations on graduating from college! I hope you have the time to read more soon.

    I really need to read something by Maggie Stiefvater and VE Schwab soon. I say that every week, but it’s true! Sometime. This year.

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    1. Thanks so much!! I’ve really been enjoying my extra reading (and blogging!) time so far 🙂
      Oooh those are two brilliant authors! Would definitely recommend Vicious by V.E. Schwab and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater to start!

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  12. I loved A Darker Shade of Magic ❤ That is the series that got me addicted to Schwab books! Great Choices ❤

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    1. Right?! It’s so good!! I still have yet to read the other books in the series though… I’ll have to get on that ASAP!

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  13. Will Grayson, Will Grayson didn’t make my list, but it is my favorite John Green novel so good choice!

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    1. It’s so good! And so different from his other novels… definitely an experiment worth doing! 🙂

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  14. I have the Night Circus on my favorites list too! It has such a strong aesthetic and pull! I can’t wait to see what Erin Morgenstern’s new book will hold, it’s been so long since we’ve seen anything from her.

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    1. Omg SAME. I am so pumped to read her new book!! If The Night Circus is anything to go by, she’s such a brilliant writer 🙂

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  15. I haven’t read ANY OF THESE!! I feel as though I need to read a few of them, since they’re your favs and I seem to like a lot of the books you enjoy 🙂 Great list!

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    1. Omg YES please read and then we can discuss!! 🙂 Thanks!! Hope you have a lovely Wednesday!

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  17. Such an awesome list! ADSOM was also on mine. It’s such a great series 🙂

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    1. Right?! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books! 🙂

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