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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

(one book for each year)

Now first of all… this is favorite books by release date. I am not always the best about reading new books, so the first couple of years might be a bit slim on choices. Also, I probably didn’t read the book in the same year it was released. I am trying to be a bit more balanced about new releases vs. older books, but I’m not doing that great yet (and only started trying for that balance this year).

2019: In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire

released January 8, 2019


Yes, I know, 2019 isn’t over yet. I couldn’t not include this one, though, because I love it so and it’s my favorite of this year’s releases (so far).

2018: Becoming by Michelle Omaba

released November 13, 2018

I listened to the audiobook version, and I think (but am not positive) that the audiobook was released at the same time as the paper copy. Even if it wasn’t, I’m counting it here.

2017: All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

released May 2, 2017


Murderbot! Yay!

2016: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

released August 9, 2016

This was a really fun book, and I’m glad that it also won the Newbery Medal.

2015: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

released September 22, 2015

I read this as part of the Nebula Award Winners collection.

2014: NPCs (Swords, Spells, and Stealth #1) by Drew Hayes

released April 29, 2014


This is one of my favorite series ever. Now if only Drew Hayes would write faster…  😉

2013: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

released June 18, 2013

My favorite part about this one is the audiobook.

2012: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

released April 17, 2012

Something about this book is special. I think it’s the blend of irreverent humor and deadly seriousness written in the pages. Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) is a treasure.

2011: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

released September 13, 2011


This is definitely one I read well after its release date, but I still really enjoyed it.

2010: The Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3) by Kelley Armstrong

released April 6, 2010

I beta-read this one for Kelley, so I’m probably biased. But I really enjoyed this series, which was only helped by the fact that I got to help out in their polishing stages. I’m also not sure now if I read this book in 2010, its release year, or if it was 2009 when I beta-read it. (Probably 2009.) I mean it still counts here, because this list is about release dates. I just find it funny that I read most of the books on this list at least a year AFTER their release, while this one I probably read the year BEFORE it was published.

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years

    1. Thanks! The Night Circus is a really pretty book, I loved the descriptions of it. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it! (I procrastinated it a lot too, though, so no pressure from me on it.)

  1. I don’t get the feeling our tastes are all that different- but I haven’t read any of the books on your list either! I do want to give The Night Circus a try though.

    1. LOL, a lot of it, though, is just what we end up picking up. I know that I will often be interested in a book, and then get distracted by something else and not get to the book that initially interested me at first.

      1. Yes- that’s me. I’m a mood reader to the core. This is largely why I hesitate to commit to reviewing ARCs. Because then I’m obligated and it feels like a chore. I do pick up a select few- but mostly I work my way through my massive TBR… one book at a time. Or three or four. Lol

        1. I used to do ARCs, and the LibraryThing Early Reviewers books. And then I never got to reviewing the books before their release dates, and then I felt guilty, so I put off reading the books still longer… so yup. I completely understand.

          1. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! I feel like the worst book blogger for reviewing things other people read 3/4 years ago. But I don’t read to blog, I blog because I read. And that’s just the way I like it!

      1. Agreed! I don’t want it to be too similar, but I’m curious if The Night Circus was a “once in a lifetime” kind of book or if she has a good eye for writing and just takes longer to do it.

    1. Thanks! I know not everyone liked The Night Circus, but it seems that those who did like it *REALLY* liked it. (I know I am in that group.)

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