This week’s prompt is to share your favorite book release from the last 10 years – one book per year!
2010: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Okay I was knee deep in college life at this point, so I didn’t do much (any) reading. So this is literally the only book on my Goodreads read shelf published in 2010. And looking through other lists I don’t recognize a single book. Can we also take a moment to talk about how everything released this year was vampire related?? Not gonna lie, I’m kind of glad I missed this craze 😅
2011: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I consider this my favorite book of all time. It’s one of the few books that I’ve actually reread. This is a dystopian sci-fi novel about a society that spends most of it’s time in a virtual reality. A group of teens become swept into a search for the creators hidden easter eggs. This book is so fun, I never tire of this story.
2012: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
I didn’t read this book/series until 2018, but it was originally released in 2012. I LOVED this world. It’s one of my favorite settings of all time (I have a recommendation list of atmospheric settings here!). This whole series is so magical and you can’t help but fall in love with these characters.
2013: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I feel like this book is way underrated. This is a horror/fantasy novel about a man who goes back to his childhood home and slowly remembers the demon that infiltrated his childhood. Also Neil Gaiman narrated the audiobook himself and it’s amazing.
2014: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This is my first Celeste Ng novel and I fell in love. This is a literary fiction novel with a slight mystery element. And it touches on so many intense, relevant topics – race, gender, stereotypes, sexual orientation, mental illness, etc. This book is raw and heartbreaking and I can’t recommend it enough.
2015: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
I just read this earlier this year and it was so impactful. This is a hard-hitting YA, contemporary about a high school girl that accuses the star basketball players of sexual assault. Our main character left the party early and is trying to figure out what really happened. Major content warning for this one – it is a difficult read! But so dang important. If you can handle the subject matter I highly, highly recommend checking this out.
2016: A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas
No shame, I love this book. I almost gave up on this series after being really disappointed by book 1, but I’m so glad I continued on! This is a new adult YA fantasy with lots of steamy romance. And it’s everything.
2017: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was my favorite book of last year and started my TJR love affair. I’ve now read almost all of her books and can easily say she is my favorite author. This follows Evelyn Hugo as she finally shares her dramatic life story. If you haven’t read this yet 1. do it immediately. and 2. seriously stop reading this list and go pick it up.
2018: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
This is a hard choice, there were some amazing books released last year. But this one left the biggest impact on me. This is an intense contemporary about a couple grappling with infertility and the strain it’s put on their marriage. Again big content warning for this one, it does not shy away from the topic. This story is important and so beautifully written.
2019: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Literally no one is surprised here 😅 This is hands down my favorite book of the year so far. I fell head over heels for these characters and this story. If you haven’t picked this up yet, do it! It’s a beautiful and inspiring story.
Are any of these on your favorites list??