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.
I couldn’t pick just one for 2016, either! The Power, Crooked Kingdom, The Crown’s Game, The Star-Touched Queen, The Courier, The Diabolic, and Rebel of the Sands were all amazing.
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.
Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom, a dark Christmas story, but also My Ideal Bookshelf, because I love books about books.
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!
I love that you couldn’t just pick one for many of the years, this was hard for me too! I let myself pick two favorites for each year, but I struggled😁
Rebel of The Sands was my pick for 2016! Of your list, I also enjoyed The Crown’s Game, Crooked Kingdom & Six of Crows, even though they didn’t make mine.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/top-ten-tuesday-213/
The Thing Beneath the Bed sounds like such a good read.
I picked up The Priory of The Orange Tree last week so I’m glad to hear you liked it so much!
Great list! So many of these books are on my TBR – The Bone Witch is one I really need to get my hands on. 🙂
It’s SO GOOD, even if the third book is a little confusing.
The Elements sounds really interesting, as does The Great Zoo of China! I think I’ve heard of The Elements once before, but this is the first I’ve heard of Zoo!
I did 11 years too and I couldn’t stick to just one either 😂 There are just so many good books! Great list 🙂