Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Favorite Books I Read in 2019, but I decided to focus on my favorite reads from the past decade instead. (If you’re so inclined, check out my Year in Books post here!)
I had so much fun participating in Bookending Autumn, I decided to join in Bookending Winter, hosted by Sam @ Fictionally Sam and Clo @ Cuppa Clo. This is my fifth prompt, Reflection Time hosted by Laurie @ Laurie’s Bookshelf. You can see my first prompt: Blanket, Tea, (Holiday) Read! here, my second prompt: Bookish Naughty or Nice Book Tag here, my third prompt: Christmas Songs Book Tag here, and my fourth prompt: Books I Hope to Find Under My Christmas Tree here.
(Link to add on Goodreads through the book title.)
I joined Goodreads in 2011, so my past reading decade has been nicely preserved. I had just rediscovered reading, having raised my kids to an age that allowed me a bit more freedom. Then in 2015 I began receiving ARCs. However, it was a bit of a surprise to discover only two ARCs made it on my top ten list, which reinforces my decision to request less and read more books already on my shelves. Let’s see what books made my Top Ten Books from the 2010s! (Listed in reading order.)
I read the Millennium Series in late 2010 but it’s one that has stuck with me. I’ve only read the first three. I’m a bit scared to read the newer ones by David Lagercrantz. Have you read them? Should I give them a chance?
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
My kids and I came late to the Harry Potter fandom. I finally read the series in January of 2011, so it is definitely a highlight of my past reading decade.
The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
Even though I read Clare’s City of Bones first, it’s The Infernal Devices that became my favorite in the Shadowhunter world. I’ve reread it a few times and I’m thinking it’s time for another reread, especially with Chain of Gold coming soon!
The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater
When I read The Raven Boys in October 2012, I knew it was special. I’d already read The Scorpio Races, The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, and The Books of Faerie Series, so I knew I loved Maggie’s style of writing, but The Raven Boys was on a whole different level. I’m still in love with Maggie’s writing almost a decade later.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I think I read Attachments the day before I read Eleanor & Park, but it was my second Rowell novel that made me a fan of hers forever. Here’s hoping she has a new contemporary novel out soon!
Just One Series by Gayle Forman
I was traveling in July of 2014 when I first read Just One Day and I fell in love with the characters of Allyson and Willem. I’ve reread it several times and I’m still in love. It’s also time for another reread!
The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
I read Cinder in September of 2014 and it was unlike anything else I’d ever read. Not only is it a fairytale retelling, it’s science fiction and fantasy. That’s quite a mix that could have gone terribly wrong. It’s definitely time for another reread. Especially Cress, my favorite installment in the series.
I owned a copy of Outlander for several years before I actually read it. I finally pulled it off my shelf and began reading in February of 2018, and I quickly knew what all the fuss was about. If you’re like me and you’ve been scared to dive into this one, take the plunge! Even though I’ve only made it through book #5, I’m a big fan now. Of the book and the television series.
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
In May of 2018 I read an ARC of How to Walk Away and became a fan of Katherine Center. I could probably put Things You Save in a Fire here as well, because I love them both equally.
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
And my favorite read for 2019 was an ARC I read of The Most Fun We Ever Had. It’s hard to be very objective since I read this one so recently, but it was the book that most wowed me this past year, so I think it deserves a spot on this list.
Have you read any of my choices? Are they on your top ten list?? Let me know in the comments!