As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic focuses on the top ten books you’ve read within the past three years. A majority of my picks are YA, with a couple of adult novels I read for my literature classes in college that really stuck with me! Titles will link to my reviews, or Goodreads if I have not published a review at this point.
1) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- This series. It was unlike any other YA series I’ve ever read, and had me simultaneously terrified and enthralled at the same time. It was fantastic. I loved all of the psychological elements!
2) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- This is the novel that started my love affair with anything Rainbow writes. I love how it depicted the young adult experience in college.
3) Angelfall by Susan Ee- The best YA depiction of fallen angels on the market, hands down. Also, RAFFE.
4) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- This story handled so many harsh realities and social justice issues so well, while still at its core retaining its story of teenage romance.
5) Trial By Fire by Jospehine Angelini- My favorite read so far of 2015, it takes magic and science and blends them together in the best world building I’ve seen yet. Also, ROWAN.
6) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- The most mind-blowing read of the past three years for me. Haas is clearly the queen of contemporary YA thrillers, and she needs to grace us with more of her twisted stories!
7) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- The best fairy-tale retelling I’ve encountered, it was written so sophisticated with wonderfully and wickedly flawed characters that constantly tread the line between hero and villain.
8) Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I never thought I’d love Sci-Fi, but Meyer blended Sailor Moon (my favorite thing) with fairy tales (my second favorite thing) to create a truly epic series.
9) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant- I read this for a religious studies class in college and it was such an awesome feminist interpretation of one of the most marginalized females in the entire Bible. It will literally change the way you think about history.
10) The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz- I read this for a multiculural lit course in college and was immediately stuck by the rawness and grittiness of Diaz’s writing, which was so unlike anything I had read before, and his use of magical realism. It made me want to explore more new genres and read more out of my comfort zone.
Did any of these make your list? Did you struggle with choosing only ten books for this week’s topic? Let me know in the comments!
I nearly put Eleanor & Park on my list. I really enjoyed that book! Fab choices. 🙂
Great list! I’ve read a couple of those books!
I’ve heard a lot a out The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer, now I’ll definitely have to give it a go!
It’s SUCH a good series! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
I haven’t read any of these except Fangirl and I didn’t like that one particularly. I love seeing what everyone has on their list though!
Have you tried any other Rainbow Rowell novels?
I have only read Cinder, but a few of these books are currently in my TBR pile. I will be adding Dangerous Girls to my pile as well!
I highly recommend anything by Abigail Haas!
I wil definitely check out some of her books. Thanks!
Love seeing that Fangirl is on so many other bloggers’ lists today as well as mine!
Fangirl was my first book by Rainbow Rowell! She’s definitely one of my favorite authors!
So many books on your list that I also loved! Fangirl is amazing & while I like all of Rowell’s work, Fangirl is hands-down my favorite. I also loved Dangerous Girls, Cruel Beauty, & Cinder. I have a special spot in my heart for Cinder because it was the book that made me realize that yes, I could read & love science fiction.
Cinder was my first sci-fi book (that I enjoyed) too! Cruel Beauty was one of the most well written fairy tale retellings I’ve read, and I can’t wait for Crimson Bound!
I loved Fangirl, it’s on my list too! Also, I’m reading Cinder right now and loving it! And I really want to check out Cruel Beauty soon!
-Monica @ Tomes Project
I highly recommend Cruel Beauty! It has a lot of Greek mythology mixed in with the fairy tale retelling aspects too! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Pretty much a list of books that I wish I could read right now. For real.
Have you read any of these yet?
Nope. I own E&P and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and I want to read pretty much all of the others, but I haven’t. 🙁 I ordered Trial by Fire for my library and haven’t read it. There are SO MANY books I want to read.
Angelfall was so very close to making my list and the only reason it probably didn’t is that I’m in need of a reread, so all its wonderfulness isn’t fresh in mind.
I’m hoping I’ll have time to reread the series before the last book comes out!
Ok I feel like I’m missing the Rainbow bandwagon! lol better bump her up the to-read list!
My TTT: http://bookclubbabe.net/2015/03/03/top-ten-all-time-favorite-books-since-i-started-blogging/
Her work is seriously worth reading! I love both her adult novels and her YA, and I think it’s rare to find an author who can write in both genres so well!
I love seeing Fangril all over everyone’s posts today! Dangerous Girls is such a good book as well! 🙂
I loved how Dangerous Girls surprised me so much at the ending. I feel like since I read so much that doesn’t happen a ton anymore, so it was such a rush to be so shocked/scandalized by it!
I almost put Fangirl and Cinder on my list – I really enjoyed both of those books, but I have read too many great books in the last few years. I haven’t read any of the others, but I own Eleanor & Park and I keep seeing Angelfall and Cruel Beauty on these types of lists so I will probably pick them up eventually.
Eleanor & Park is REALLY worth the read! Especially if you already own it!
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