Favorite Books From the Last 10 Years | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

Reviews are linked (as always)!

Let’s start at the beginning! I take my time and read books many years after they’re published instead of a lot of newly released ones, thinking that books that continue to be discussed are often the really good ones and that longevity is one of the best sides of books. Also here’s the obligatory comment that I can’t believe 2009 was ten years ago.

2010 & 2011

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss

  • It’s just the best two book ever (which is a highly divisive opinion, as it seems to be a book readers either love or hate)
  • I really need to reread these books for the 5/6/7 time and write a review, haha

2012 & 2013

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

  • The collection that made me discover Mary Oliver, my all time favourite poet, and honestly also got me into poetry

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  • Along with The Secret History by Tartt, it’s just so strange and great, with so many different type of stories in one

2014 & 2015

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson

  • Possibly best ever overall epic fantasy author, I’ve never actually seen someone hate Sanderson’s writing or books

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  • I loved this darker YA fantasy with a friendgroup creating their own family, heists and the darker main character that is Kaz Brekker

2016 & 2017

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

  • The new book placed prior to The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials series, released so many years later. It wasn’t quite the same style, but also really didn’t disappoint!

2018 & 2019

I haven’t been reading too many 2019 releases yet, as I just haven’t been reading as much as I use to this year (hopefully, I’ll have time to catch up during the summer)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

14 thoughts on “Favorite Books From the Last 10 Years | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. lydiaschoch May 28, 2019 / 1:58 pm

    Oh, I adore Mary Oliver’s poetry. Nice choice there.

    My TTT.

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  2. Tammy May 28, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    Another list with Six of Crows! I might be the only person left who hasn’t read it…and I’m happy to see The Goldfinch on your list, another book I just haven’t had time to read, but will one of these days😊

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    • aquapages // eline May 31, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      Haha, yeah you actually might be the last person left (jk, of course). It isn’t for everyone, but it’s very great for the fantasy heist focused on friendship that it is. If you’ve read “the secret history” the goldfinch has the same Donna Tartt style, but is also sooo different


  3. Brooke Lorren May 28, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    I really liked Six of Crows. I haven’t read anything by Brandon Sanderson yet, but I’ve seen him a lot lately. Perhaps I should look into it.

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    • aquapages // eline May 31, 2019 / 8:13 pm

      Mistborn is a great series to start with, while most of Sanderson’s other series are longer epic fantasy that require some focus, but are equally fun. Sanderson is hands-down the one single author I never am afraid of hyping up too much because his work overall is just so amazing! ❤


  4. Ally Writes Things May 29, 2019 / 12:02 am

    I loved the Goldfinch, too! It was one of the only books that held my attention when I was in a really bad reading slump

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  5. Poinsettia May 29, 2019 / 2:22 am

    I don’t keep up with new releases well either. I tend to read things in my own time. I just read Six of Crows last year and I loved it! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  6. Janina @ love letters June 5, 2019 / 7:35 pm

    I absolutely love the crew, the concept, the setting and the banter in Six of Crows; that book definitely owns a part of my heart. Also, I really need to read The Goldfinch! I’ve heard people rave about it and I think a movie comes out soonish. I haven’t read her relatively famous book The Secret History either but that title already intrigues me like no other, so maybe I’ll start with that one before this one. Which order would you recommend now that you’ve read both? Thanks for sharing! c:

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    • aquapages // eline June 5, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      I’m so excited for that movie! I read the secret history first and think that’s best because it’s slower pace that The Goldfinch that has a lot of jumping back and forth between locations because it follows a big part of this kid’s life. You need some patience with both books, but they’re so worth it! I don’t think who you read first matters that much, because other than the writing they’re so different 😊


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