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.
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?