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!