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Top Ten Tuesday

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.