Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

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This week’s topic: Ten Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

What a fun topic for this week! If there’s one thing I love just as much as making lists, it’s reminiscing and taking a retrospective look back at my favorite books. So without further ado, let’s start counting down…


The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
(May 1st 2018 by Harper Voyager)

It hasn’t really been that long since 2018 ended, so a lot of great books I read last year are still fresh on my mind. It made choosing my favorite somewhat harder, but in the end this was the book my mind kept coming back to, the one that stood out above the rest.


Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
(November 14th 2017 by Tor Books)

No contest. And if you’ve read the two previous volumes in the Stormlight Archive, you’d probably understand; this series is simply epic, and this third installment once again transported us back to the stunning world of Roshar and its amazing characters.


City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
(January 26th 2016 by Broadway Books)

2016 was tougher to judge. This was an excellent year for speculative fiction releases (also the year I read the most books) and I ended it with a lot of 5 star reads. In the end, I decided to go with the one that made the most impact, which was this second novel of Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Divine Cities.


Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
(June 2nd 2015 by Orbit)

Nemesis Games had 2015 in the bag. This book was where I felt the series really took off, and three Expanse volumes later, it’s still my favorite.


Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
(November 4th 2014 by Roc)

2014 was the year I finally discovered Juliet Marillier, and honestly, I had no idea why it took me so long. Dreamer’s Pool held a very special place in my heart that year, and I know it will continue to resonate with me for a long, long time.


Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
(June 11th 2013 by Orbit)

This book messed me up for days after reading it, but in a good way. There were probably bigger, more prominent releases I also gave 5 stars to this year, but in terms of having the most profound impact on me, no other book even came close.


The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
(October 11th 2012 by Tachyon Publications)

Come on, you can’t really be that surprised to see Sanderson again on this list. There’s a reason why he’s my favorite author. Whether his books are 1000 pages or 100, they’re always a joy to read, not to mention creative as hell. As you know, I’m really not a short fiction kind of person, but I think The Emperor’s Soul is the only novella I’ve ever given 5 stars to, that’s how much it blew my mind.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (August 16th 2011 by Crown)
11/22/63 by Stephen King (November 8th 2011 by Scribner)

Okay, I know I’m cheating a little by listing two books for this year, but they both released in 2011 and I really couldn’t bring myself to go with one over the other. I love both books, and for very different reasons.


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
(August 31st 2010 by Tor Books)

Seriously, Sanderson a third time? Ah, but what did you expect? 2010 was the year I started getting into reading again (before this I had several dry years where I just didn’t have time) and it was also the year I starting dipping my toes into the fantasy genre, and you might say The Way of Kings was sort of an awakening for me. Of course, it also made me think all epic fantasy was going to be this amazing, but needless to say I’ve certainly gained a lot more experience and insight into the genre since then. Now nearly a decade later with hundreds of fantasy novels under my belt  though, this book has still held up remarkably well in my esteem.

As I said, I read very little for a stretch of many years prior to 2010 so I won’t be going back any further, but since I listed two books for 2011 anyway, I have my ten books. Have you read any of these, and if so, what did you think? And if not, do you plan on reading any of them? What were some of your favorite books each year?

51 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years”

  1. The Way of Kings is on my list too! I haven’t continued the series yet, but can’t wait to dive back into Roshar. Thanks for the reminder to pick up The Poppy War too! That’s been staring at me from my to-read list for way too long.


  2. Wow I didn’t realize Ready Player One came out that long ago. Man, time flies. As for Nemesis Games… I sorta missed the boat on that series, until I watched The Expanse recently and loved it. Now I kinda want to go back and read the books. also, the Poppy War looks great.


  3. Too difficult! I have no idea, like at all. I do have those best of posts…

    Like when I looked at 2009 so the one that stood out the most to be now was The cellist of Sarajevo and 2013 tells me Promise of Blood.
    THank you Goodreads!


  4. You’ve just reminded me that I *still* need to finish The Poppy War. Who even am I. Great list for this week Mogsy, you seem to have enjoyed a lot of high fantasy and sci-fi books books over the last decade, are these your favourite genres? Fab post!


  5. Nice picks! All totally new to me ones! Though the cover for Love Minus Eighty looks a lot like the cover for Doomed by Tracy Deebs! At least the finger part! Lol. I always find it funny/weird/cool when different books use the same cover aspects.

    Here’s my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂


  6. I wondered if Sanderson was going to take several places aaaaaand voila, he did!

    I don’t know if I could do this as I never note the publication year of the book I’m reading. Not even sure if Librarything has something for that…


  7. I really enjoyed looking back like this although it was really difficult picking one book from each year. I tried to go for things that maybe were a little different because I always seem to bang on about the same books – probably because I love them but still. I also had Dreamer’s Pool and City of Stairs instead of Blades. I also nearly used Emperor of Souls – I so love that book.
    Lynn 😀


  8. Lots of Brandon Sanderson huh? That doesn’t surprise me because he’s so well loved. I’ve never heard of Love Minus Eighty before. When I did my list, I kind of focused on memorable reads and not my absolute favorite because it’s hard to narrow a year of 100 books down to one!


  9. Ooh, nice approach, one from each year! I might have to do this…! And sticking my tongue out at you for the extra volumes you’ve just added to my want-to-read list!! 😉


  10. Both Ready Player One and 11/22/63 made my list as well! Although I read 11/22/63 the following year. I’m actually surprised to see the same books on various lists because there are just so many to choose from😁


    • I think I read 11/22/63 the following year as well, but since I was sorting by publication year, I had to stay within the same format – so I just said what the hell, I’ll do two books that year, can’t choose!


  11. Whoo, Ready Player One! I think I read that one back to back to back because I enjoyed it so much. That was a first for me. I think I’ve read it four times now, and it’s quickly about to catch up to ‘The Gates of Fire’ as my favorite book of all time (based on how often I read them.)


  12. There were so many good options it was hard to choose! The Divine Cities trilogy kept being juuuust edged out from making the list. If I had had more time this weekend I might have opened up the years to my top favorites, but then the list would probably have never ended.


  13. Haha I’m sensing the Sanderson love! I am slowly branching out into more of his works, and Juliet Marillier is another author I’m hyped to check out (her books sound wonderful). Nice to see Robert Jackson Bennett on the list as well! I really enjoyed Foundryside (my first book by him), and it was one of the most entertaining books last year for me. 😊


    • I had a great time with Foundryside too! I still like the world of his Divine Cities a bit more, but who knows with the Foundryside sequel coming out soon, it might grow on me a bit more – I can’t wait 😀


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