Top Ten Books From the Last Ten Years | Let’s Go Back In Time

Top Ten Tuesday

I don’t participate in Top Ten Tuesday every week, but some topics are just too fun to miss out on. As soon as I saw this topic I knew how much I’d enjoy organising my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf by publish date and scrolling through the results. When I pick up a book I don’t tend to think about when it was published (unless it’s a new release, of course) so I actually found some things out while doing this.

It was actually kind of strange – books that I read years apart would come up as being published at the same time and I’d have to choose between ones I would never put together!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

2018: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton book cover

This book blew me away. It had such an incredibly complex plot and one of the most satisfying twist endings I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

2018 Runner Up: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

2017: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera book cover

This book tore out my heart, used it to soak up my tears, wrung it out and then stamped on it some more. I loved it.

2017 Runner Up: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

2016: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace book cover

This was a powerful poetry collection that had a real impact on me. It was the first time I’ve read poetry outside of the mandatory stuff in high school, and it really changed my view on the whole genre.

2016 Runner Up: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

2015: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff book cover

I adore this book. The characters, the plot, the wit and sass, the unique format. It all blew me away, and it was the book that started a lot – my first recommendation from bookstagram, my first audiobook, my first review. It’s a permanent favourite.

2015 Runner Up: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2014: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson book cover

This book has the most beautiful, amazing writing I’ve ever read. It spills from the pages with enthusiasm and passion and I can’t express how much I love the work of art that is this book.

2014 Runner Up: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

2013: The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

The Raven King by Nora Sakavic book cover

This is my favourite book of a trilogy and it sparked an obsession last summer. I just love love love this series.

2013 Runner Up: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

2012: Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool by Hugh Howey book cover

This was a unique and clever sci-fi that I still think about sometimes today. Its sequel Shift severely disappointed me but I still remember how much I enjoyed this book.

2012 Runner Up: Uhhh… I have read plenty of books from 2012 but none of them were good enough to earn this place. Honestly, I think it’s downhill from here.

2011: Arrow by R.J. Anderson

Arrow by R. Anderson book cover

Now we’re really going back. The Faery Rebels series was one of my favourites when I was younger and I’ve been thinking about rereading them for a while now.

2011 Runner Up: Nothing to see here…

2010: Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Spy Glass by Maria V Snyder book cover

Another series I adore, Spy Glass is a wonderful book that shows the best sides of all my favourite characters. It’s filled with brilliant moments and I would be happy to reread it again and again. I’m pretty sure I finished its 600+ pages in a day on my first read.

2010 Runner Up: Warm Bodies by Issac Marion

2009: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson book cover

This book is comedy gold. I loved it and have bought all of Jonas Jonasson’s books since.

2009 Runner Up: Knife by R.J. Anderson

2008 2007: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine book cover

Turns out I haven’t read anything worth mentioning from 2008 so we’ll jump back to 2007 – to one of my favourite entries in my favourite series. I will always love this book because it introduces Myrnin, AKA the best bunny slipper wearing vampire ever.

2007 Runner Up: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson


This was a fun look back through my catalogue of old reads. Do you ever look at when your books were published? Let me know in the comments! (And if you did a Top Ten Tuesday, leave me the link!)

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Books From the Last Ten Years | Let’s Go Back In Time

  1. I love your list! There’s a lot of titles here I haven’t read, so I’ll definitley check those out! I really like what you said about I’ll Give You the Sun, it’s such a vibrant, beautiful book. Nevernight was my runner up for 2016 too, I’m SO excited for Darkdawn to finally come out. I love that series ❤️

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