Top Ten Tuesday: Best books published in the last decade

It’s Tuesday – time for a taaaag! On a whim, I thought it’d be fun to take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, an initiative created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was borne of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together – three things of which I’m a big fan!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Favourite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year) , and while I could wax lyrical about the choices I’ve made, I’m restraining myself and instead giving you a favourite quote from each of the books – which, I can tell you post-fact, made me tear up over and over and OVER again while at work. (I also discovered that some people utterly hate the books I love and have no problem saying so on Goodreads… yeeeeowch!) I also struggled to pick a SINGLE book for each year (can you tell I’m indecisive, maybe?) so I’ve listed honourable mentions, too 😉

2010: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

“You’re a painter. You’re a baker. You like to sleep with the windows open. You never take sugar in your tea. And you always double-knot your shoelaces.” 

Honourable mention: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (AND GUYS THE ONLY WAY THIS DIDN’T TIE WITH MOCKINGJAY WAS I GAVE PATRICK NESS 2011’s BOOK OKAY?!)

2011: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

“You do not write your life with words… You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

Honourable mention: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

2012: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

Honourable mention: Wonder by RJ Palacio

2013: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

“You look like a protagonist.” 

Honourable mentions: The Circle by Dave Eggers, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2014: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“To men like that, time was a surfeit, a barrel they watched slowly drain. When really, he thinks, it’s a glowing puddle you carry in your hands; you should spend all your energy protecting it. Fighting for it. Working so hard not to spill one single drop.” 

Honourable mentions: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Landline by Rainbow Rowell

2015: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Make it lovely.”

Honourable mentions: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

2016: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

“Why not believe, Syra? If in faith you risk nothing, but through faithlessness, you risk everything?” 

Honourable mention: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

2017: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“He had loved the library, and had felt, as a boy, as though it had a kind of sentience, and perhaps loved him back. But even if it was just walls and a roof with papers inside, it had bewitched him, and drawn him in, and given him everything he needed to become himself.” 

Honourable mention: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2018: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

“He would suffer before he’d belong, unable to show himself easily; a preference for greater hope – to find someone who would know him completely.”

Honourable mentions: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2019: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

ALRIGHT, no quote from this one since it hasn’t been published yet. I haven’t read any books that were published this year so far, and the first one I actually own is Aurora Rising, and I’m equally excited to tuck into it! 🙂

Honourable mentions: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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Whew, alright. That took longer than I anticipated 😉 Share your lists with us! Do you have any of the same books as I do?

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