Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl
This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesdays but I’ve seen so many people and other bloggers I follow participate, so I thought after seeing today’s topic that it was about time I joined in! Although I have only been blogging since 2017, I have been using Goodreads since 2014 to keep track of my reading which is great because I have a little bit of an idea for at least six of those ten years! Just going to have to do a quick google search to figure out when some of my favourite books were published now!
Vision in White By Nora Roberts
Admittedly I didn’t actually read this one in 2009, I first read it in 2015 before re-reading it again in January of this year! But it is one of my favourite books and start of one of my favourite series and I had no idea it was published in 2009 until today when I looking for books pre-2014 to include in this post!
Anna and the French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins
Again a book that I didn’t read in the year that it was published, I actually have no idea what I was reading in 2010 though it was likely I was simply rereading the Harry Potter series for the millionth time. But when I did read Anna and the French Kiss in 2014 I absolutely adored it and it propelled me to actually read more YA!
A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness
I think this has become a book that almost everyone has now read, or at least seen the movie adaptation of it. Yet again another I didn’t read in the year it was published, I think I first read it in 2017 but it has become one of the most evocative and emotional books which I have ever read and I completely adore it. I actually listened to the audiobook this month!
Wonder By R.J Palacio
Perhaps I should have put a disclaimer that all books mentioned pre-2014 are books I’ve read but just not in the year they were released. I actually first read Wonder at the end of 2017 on the train home from work before devouring it entirely once I got home. It’s become one of my favourite books and I encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to give it a go.
The Cuckoo’s Calling By Robert Galbraith
I remember seeing this beautiful blue hardback in my local Waterstones shortly before I started to really get back into reading. It was gorgeous and even better a crime novel! I loved it, I love the characters of Strike and Robin (Although Stike is not at all how I imagined in the TV show) but I still love this duo dynamic! My only complaint about the series so far has been that we’ve had to wait so far between each novel! I really need to reread this series soon!
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton
An intricate and beautiful tale about a girl called Ava Lavender as she recounts the lives and unfortunate circumstances which have occurred to the female members in her family. It is a novel which I found to be beautiful despite its sad concept but a story which I often think about! In fact, two years after reading it, I used this book as my last piece of English Literature coursework for A-levels, I am just gutted I lost that piece since then.
Unbecoming By Jenny Downham
Jenny Downham has long been one of my all-time favourite authors, ever since I first read her debut novel Before I Die. I love how she undertakes topics that are normally taboo in YA and actually address them, I am just gutted that she’s so far only released three novels but hopefully, we will get a fourth soon! Unbecoming is a novel which deals with a wide range of topics and characters – technically because of how much it deals with it just shouldn’t work but Downham writes it so well that it does!
The Little Paris Bookshop By Nina George
You know it’s got to be a good book if you can remember exactly where you were when you first picked it up and read it, right? I remember because this was the January Book of the Month at Waterstones when I was working there and I remember reading it in a single sitting and then constantly talking about it at work. I completely adored it and still need to pick up the rest of Nina George’s books!
Lost for Words By Stephanie Butland
Another book set in a bookshop setting, like with Little Paris Bookshop, I easily fell into the world that Stephanie Butland had set out and completely adored the character of Loveday. Loveday is complicated, complex and sometimes she can be a bit too introverted for her own good but that’s why you love her! She isn’t perfect and she’s never had an easy time of it but despite all that, she keeps on going and that’s what I love about her!
Clean By Juno Dawson
Gripping and utterly heartbreaking, Clean wasn’t the first book of Juno Dawson’s I’ve read but it’s the one which really impacted me. I actually wrote a whole review on it and why I felt such an impact if you like to check it out. Becoming one of my favourite books which I read in 2018, Clean was a book that I am certain to one day reread all over again and because of it, I am hugely excited to read Meat Market.
The Flatshare By Beth O’Leary AND A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson
Now it’s only May but already there have been so many amazing books which have been published that I simply could pick one single book for the past five months so thought I would include two! First is Holly Jackson’s debut YA Crime Thriller which I was lucky enough to receive a proof of back in 2018 but it was officially released this year! Which means it definitely deserves a shout out on this list and I wrote a whole review too!
The other book which was both published and I actually read (well listened on audiobook) was The Flatshare By Beth O’Leary which brings both comedy and a unique concept together. I loved listening to Leon and Tiffy’s story and how they came to be flatmates alongside their own individual stories.
Have you read any of these? What were your top ten books that have been published in the past ten years?