Hey guys! So I’m actually really excited about this one because, at this moment, I haven’t done a lick of research yet to figure out what years books have come out. But I know I’ve read some really good ones recently and I’m excited to see which ones I want to add to my list! Thank God I’ve been on Goodreads for the last 12 years and I have a lot of data to dig through! Obviously this list is not exhaustive and I could probably make a list of 10 or more for every year, but these were the ones that struck my fancy and maybe aren’t always as well known.
Here we go!
Top Ten Favorite Books of the Last Ten Years
2018 – A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
This one has such a fantastic message behind it that I can’t help but love it. It’s sharp and witty while also giving me all kinds of flashbacks from my childhood. (Dial-up, anyone? What about when each text actually cost money and you had to count them? Or when you were waiting until a certain time at night to make free calls?)
Honorable Mention: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
2017 – The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
I actually had The Afterlife of Holly Chase in this spot and was about halfway through writing why I loved that book when I started to realize this one deserved my top spot because of its sheer surprise factor. It’s a startlingly compelling urban fantasy where people make deals with demons and nothing is quite what it seems. I devoured this book because it was so good and unexpected.
Honorable Mentions: On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold, The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand, By Your Side by Kasie West
2016 – Scythe by Neal Shusterman
No question. I just barely started looking through books from 2016 and this was a no-brainer. Exciting, powerful, and clever, it’s a book I’ve been thinking about often lately because it’s just so brilliant.
Honorable Mentions: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Ruined by Amy Tintera, The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins, America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
2015 – Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I adored this book for its wonderful characters and unreliable narration while still being so absolutely fascinating. Oh my God, if you haven’t read this, this needs to be on your to-read list STAT.
Honorable Mentions: Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler, These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
2014 – On the Fence by Kasie West
I really like this book because of its main character, Charlotte or “Charlie”. A tomboy with a bunch of guy friends, Charlie was a lot like me growing up in a way that I don’t normally see too many other heroines. I loved that I felt represented in that way. And it’s such a sweet story.
Honorable Mentions: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, After the End by Amy Plum, The Taking by Kimberly Derting, Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
2013 – With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent
I have never read a smarter or better written ending for a series. Even the final Harry Potter book, in all its glory, didn’t leave me feeling as satisfied as this book did. I haven’t read this book in 6 years and I can still tell you exactly how it ends. I can almost literally draw you a picture of what happens because it’s still that vivid in my head. And if that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is.
Honorable Mentions: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, Dare You To by Katie McGarry, Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
2012 – Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
This series overall is just so good. But since this one kicked off the whole series, I figured it needed recognition the most. Brilliantly written, fascinating as all get-out, this is such a fun read that will turn your world upside down.
Honorable Mentions: The Diviners by Libba Bray, Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2011 – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This is the book that got me interested in fantasy. Don’t get me wrong, I’d read some before this book. But this book made it magical for me. I finally got it. I saw how it could be entertaining and a commentary on our world. I saw how the characters could be almost more complicated than they are in our world. I fell in love with fantasy, simply put.
Honorable Mentions: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
2010 – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I don’t think I will ever forget reading this book in the car on a family vacation, trying not to cry too much. It was beautiful and moving and so powerful. I think there’s something in this book for everyone to take away from it. And the movie is just as good.
Honorable Mentions: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
2009 – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
How could this not be the winner for this year? It’s my favorite. I love the movie and the book. They’re so moving and powerful, in the same way that Before I Fall is. Apparently YA at the turn of the decade was very much contemplating life and death. It’s kind of interesting to see these trends. Not to mention, these books all came out while I was still in high school, which seems so long ago.
Honorable Mentions: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher, The Season by Sarah MacLean, My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent