What is this? A Top Ten Tuesday post that’s actually being published on a Tuesday?! This is so unlike me. Wow.
All kidding aside, though, I’m actually really really glad that I double-checked this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt at The Broke and the Bookish, because I thought it was about our favorite books of all time… and that list would be nearly impossible for me to write.
But instead, the prompt is “top ten all-time favorite books from the past three years.” Oh. I can do that. I can so do that. I’ve decided to list the following ten books in the order in which I read them – so they’re sorted according to year, but also according to when I read them during each particular year. Thank god for Goodreads, that’s all I can say. It’s excellent for keeping a record of this sort of thing.
1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I picked this one up for its cover alone, and its insides are just as awesome! Beauty Queens is hilarious and satirical and feminist and queer and basically just… everything I look for in a book. Thanks, Libba Bray.
2. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and my only regret is that I waited so long to read this trilogy. Tolkien was truly a master of worldbuilding. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the wonderful (and wonderfully flawed) characters he created.
This is one of the most beautifully written books ever, too. It has gorgeous descriptions and characters who feel so real I half expected them to walk right off the page. This book made me cry more than ANY other book that’s not about death – normally I just cry when my favorite characters die, right? This book doesn’t really have that. It’s about growing up queer and homophobia in the name of “love” and trying to ignore who you really are and IT IS FANTASTIC AND I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY ENOUGH GO READ IT WHAT ARE YOU EVEN WAITING FOR.
4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie. Dude. Why? How? I don’t even understand. How can you write this well? How do you even get all your ideas? This is one of the best, most unusual fantasy series I’ve ever read. This isn’t just a story, this is LITERATURE.
5. Ash by Malinda Lo
Oh my god oh my god oh my god, queer girls plus Cinderella? OH GOD YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU THIS IS EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED. Gah. This was sooooo cute and so inventive and so well done. And now I’m jealous that I didn’t write it, because wow.
So I know some of you aren’t really into classic books, but trust me – you have to try this. It’s an incredibly quick read, and completely immerses you in the jazzy, extravagant world on 1920s New York City. It’s fantastic, old sport.
7. Cress by Marissa Meyer
I don’t understand where Marissa gets her ideas from, either. Like… cyborgs and fairy tales? Marvelous combination, but I never would’ve thought of it. So I’m glad that she did.
8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
After The Hunger Games, this is my FAVORITE dystopian/post-apocalyptic story EVER. It’s like reading a nightmare, basically. Thomas’s world is just that terrifying.
I love all the books from this series, but this one is my current favorite because I just reread it and DAMN THAT ENDING. That was the most beautifully-written-yet-heartbreaking ending I’ve found in a while. (The very last sentence? Whoa.) Keep up the good work, Landy.
10. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
Why did I wait so long to read this book? It’s great – possibly the greatest graphic novel I’ve ever read, which is saying something. (Because I read a lot of them. Like eighty or ninety last year?) This is a great classic science fiction story!
So, basically the pattern I’m noticing is that most of my new favorite books were read during 2014. I didn’t list anything from this year because I’ve only read seven books so far (yes, I’m slow now) and, well, that’s that. But I’m not surprised that most of my favorites are from last year. I read over two hundred books in 2014! Meanwhile, I hardly read anything at all in 2013, and 2012 was just far enough back in time that I don’t really remember much of what I read. Hmmm.
What are your favorite books from the last three years? I’d love to know!