Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish because as they fully admit, they love lists. This week’s theme is your top ten books from the past three years I would classify as all time favorites.
This is really tough, because for me, all-time favorites would be my list of all time. And I don’t know that I read ten books released in the last three years that would make it to my all-time favorite list. But that is the challenge and I’m always up for a challenge. Ultimately, I decided to list the books I’ve read more than once, and were released during the past three years.
10. Elsker by S.T. Bende. This modern day retelling of Thor is just plain fun. It’s also a quick and easy read which makes it great for reading more than once.
9. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. This is one of the darkest dystopian novels I’ve read, but I was fascinated by the story of Chase and Ember and the world they inhabit. Kirsten Simmons took The Handmaid’s Tale to a different dark and scary place.
8. How to Say I Love You Out Loud by K.A. Cozzo. While it doesn’t officially release until later this summer, this fantastic young adult story about acceptance and learning to find your voice is already a classic in my mind. With strong characters, an angst-filled romance, and deft handling of an autistic sibling, this will be a must-read for teens and adults alike.
7. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. This time travelling young adult romance hooked me on the genre, and now I can’t get enough. And as with all good time travel stories, once I knew what was going on, I had to go back and reread to find the clues the author had so cleverly placed there for me.
6. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The fourth book in the Lux series is by far the best, but the whole series is really good. I’ve read all the books in this series more than once, but this one fits the three-year timeline requirement and is my favorite.
5. Pepped Up and All Pepped Up by Ali Dean. The Pepper Jones series is one of my favorite contemporary young adult series and I’m anxiously awaiting the third book, rumored to be released in May.
4. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. This story of a boy with OCD and a girl with CP befriending and ultimately falling in love with each other is as real as it gets. Author, Cammie McGovern, handles the story with care but never coddles her characters.
3. Her Dark Places by Kelly Killarney. A new adult romance wrapped in a mystery done incredibly well. The characters are as strong as the mystery they’re embroiled in. I can’t wait for more from this great series.
2. Because You Exist by Tiffany Truitt. This time-travelling apocalyptic, zombified dystopian teen romance is everything I want in a story.
1. The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar. Weeks after I finished this book, it still affects me. One of my favorite fictional characters of all time can be found inside the pages of this new adult romance wrapped in tragedy, but in a way that left me wanting more, not bereft of hope.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish because as they fully admit, they love lists. I’ve finally jumped on this fun bandwagon because I’m also rather fond of listy type things, including my list of Top Five Things I Enjoyed that I include in each review.
Each week, The Broke and the Bookish posts a new theme. This week’s theme is your top ten heroines, and it was hard. Not hard to come up with ten, but hard to limit it to just ten. There are so many great heroines in fiction. But here is my list.
10. Emma Wrangton from A Game Worth Watching by Samantha Gudger. I love how tough Emma is, and while she’s not a hero in the traditional physical ass-kicking sense, she fights hard for what she believes in, even when it would be easier to give up. Especially when it would be easier to just give up.
9. Nicola Hart from the Titan Series by Cristin Harber. I first met the spunky CIA agent turned Titan in Sweet Girl. I loved her when she was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for her loved ones. And that love only grew when I got to see how tough she became in Garrison’s Creed.
8. Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve barely started the series, and already I love her. She makes mistakes, royally screws up, gets everyone pissed off at her, and yet she never gives up. Not on her friends or herself. She never stops trying to do the right thing.
7. Sara Linton from Grant County series by Karin Slaughter. As the town pediatrician and medical examiner, she has her hands full with contrasting roles of ensuring the lives of the town’s smallest inhabitants and helping investigate the darkest events. She’s tough but vulnerable in a way many other female leads in crime thrillers aren’t.
6. Six from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. She’s as tough and hardcore as they come, swooping in and saving John in I Am Number Four. And that’s just the beginning. Able to turn invisible, she has one of the coolest legacies. She’s not afraid to fight alone, but will do anything to protect her friends.
5. Claire Randall-Fraser from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. This time-travelling nurse from the mid-20th century travels back in time two hundred years and falls for a Scottsman. She lives through some of the most brutal fighting in history, choosing a life of hardship and violence for the man she loves over women’s rights and financial security. And she doesn’t just mind the homestead as an 18th century wife, letting her husband do all the fighting. Nope, Claire is right there in the thick of the things with husband, Jamie, often saving his ass.
4. Stephanie Plum from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie bumbles her way through mystery after mystery, usually solving by luck rather than skill, but she never gives up. She’s loyal and her positive attitude makes it impossible not to root for her.
3. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. While she’s not particularly likeable, she is strong, brave, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. While you may never want to be friends with her, you always want her to win.
2. Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. Ellie is a typical teen thrown into an unbelievable situation when war comes to the Australian continent. Fighting and killing don’t come naturally to her, and she struggles with the things she’s done in order to survive. But she never gives up on her friends or her family, risking everything to protect them.
1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Hermione is smart, funny, kind, witty, clever, and as loyal a friend as there is. She never leaves Harry’s side as he battles to the very end, always risking her own life, while yelling at Harry for doing the same, in order to save the world. She’s everyone’s favorite Muggle-born witch