Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
First- a belated Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my American friends! I hope you enjoyed it! I’m sorry to kick this week off with a T10T when I haven’t posted a single review in weeks, but it was a hectic weekend for my family, filled with grilling, guacamole, sunshine and sprinklers. My huge library book haul seems to be doing the trick as I will have a couple reviews for you all later this week.
Anyway, I’m looking at this topic and relieved because it seems easier than some of the last topics we’ve had this month, but I’m also wondering if I have a favorite for each year of the past ten. I guess we’ll find out!
2019: The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky. I’ve read significantly less 2019 releases than probably most other book bloggers- but I don’t foresee this changing. I read this all in mostly one sitting. Not bad for a 500+ page novel! Honorable mentions to: The Test by Sylvain Neuvel, and Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald.
2018: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. I also haven’t read that many 2018 releases apparently. In my review, I only gave this 4.5 stars because the ending disappointed me, but months later I find myself craving more fierce, unapologetic fiction like this book, and wishing for ANYTHING with a similar voice. It really does deserve five stars. Honorable mentions: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, and The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark.
2017: The Moon and the Other by John Kessel. I think this is another that I gave 4.5 stars to instead of 5. My reason for including this and The Mere Wife (above), is that in the end, I’ve held these novels to a higher standard. If we’re going by literary accomplishment, I have more respect for them than I do for some of my 5 star reads for 2017. The Moon and the Other is beautifully written, metaphoric, entertaining, and manages to give lots of food for thought. Honorable mentions: The Will to Battle and Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer, and Tyrant’s Throne by Sebastien de Castell.
2016: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. This is a weird one for me. I absolutely will not recommend it to anyone to read, but it remains as a favorite. I think if you can read it with buddies who can help you understand the intricacies of the plot and the world building, you’ll get more out of it. If you are patient, this is one of the most rewarding books I’ve ever read. Honorable Mentions: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell.
2015: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I suspect I’m not the only person to slot this for their 2015 favorite. SoC is the reason I will still occasionally pick up a YA novel despite being disappointed with most other YA offerings (it’s not them, it’s me). It’s dark and gritty with just the right touch of romance. Honorable mentions: The Just City by Jo Walton and Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell.
2014: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell. These books are fast paced and the characters and their banter are fabulous. There’s not a lot of magic- but a little, and I’m more than okay with that. Fun fact: the author is an actual fencer, and his dueling scenes are better for it. Honorable mentions: Revival and Mr. Mercedes both by Stephen King.
2013: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. This is about a vampire from Christmasland. I know that’s odd. Don’t question it. Just go with it. Honorable mention: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.
2012: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I know Amy Dunne is a sociopath, but she’s a disciplined and brilliant sociopath. For some reason- along the with The Mere Wife, I’ve been thinking a lot about Gone Girl and wishing there were more stories like this available. Honorable Mention: Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson and The Rook by Daniel O’Malley.
2011: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Much like Amy Dunne, I find Jorg to be a very compelling as a character. Also- this is just a delightfully wicked book. Honorable mention: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.
2010: Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern. So this is a weird place to end up. Anyway- apparently I didn’t read much and definitely wasn’t tracking my reading in 2010. Don’t let that stop you from checking out this hilarious book. Justin’s dad is definitely a guy I wouldn’t mind drinking a beer with. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“On [Justin’s] Response to Having [His] Tires Slashed ‘Oh, don’t go to the goddamned cops. They’re busy with real shit. I don’t want my tax dollars going to figuring out who thinks you’re an asshole.'”
And that’s it! What about you? What are your favorite books of the past ten years?