Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is my favorite releases in the past ten years; one for each year. (One? Well….I tried!)
Hands down, my favorite release of 2019 so far is The Priory of The Orange Tree. It is an amazing epic feminist fantasy, revolving around several female characters. It has court intrigue, battle, assassins, dragons, pirates, undead – everything. It is absolutely one of my favorite books ever.
These next three years were impossible to pick just one for. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS came out! The Book of Essie is probably my top pick for 2018, but also Circe and Starless and The Astonishing Color of After, The Poet X, A Spark of White Fire, Vox, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? Give the Dark My Love, Damsel, The Book of M, Invisible, Smoke Eaters…. I could go on.
2017 also had an amazing list of books. City of Brass, When Dimple Met Rishi, Dear Fahrenheit 451, The Bone Witch, All’s Faire in Middle School, Into the Drowning Deep, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, and American War lead the pack.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – one of today’s masters of fantasy politics. LOVED this book and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom.
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly – think Jurassic Park, but in China, and with dragons. Action horror, not my usual fare, but pretty awesome.
The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker – an enthralling, atmospheric read that I reviewed back when the blog was young.
Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life, but also Backyard Harvest, a fantastic reference book for the home gardener.
The Thing Beneath the Bed – Patrick Rothfuss – an amazing “children’s” book, introduced to me by a player in our old D&D game. Amazing and hysterical. But not exactly child-appropriate. Read it yourself first!
Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray – a gorgeous reference book.
I also just realized that’s eleven years, but The Elements is a gorgeous book more people should be reminded of, so I’m leaving it up!