Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:
Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to).
Could they have come up with a HARDER topic? I don’t even know where to start. In the past three years, I’ve read somewhere around 400 or more books (I didn’t start recording until last year, but I read 157 books last year so multiplying that by almost 3). How do you possibly narrow that down to the ten you loved the most? I feel a little like this:
But I’m going to try. Here we go.
The Humans by Matt Haig. This book is beautiful and honest and real and it makes you appreciate what it means to be human and to be alive.
S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. is like a love letter to books. It’s a work of art, a masterpiece, and I devoured it. S. is the epitome of why I want to work with books.
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin. Favorite author. Favorite character by favorite author. Favorite character by favorite author meets another character from a different series by favorite author and the results are spectacular.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. My favorite book of the series so far. As I said in my review, “I cannot fathom reading a series more powerful, magical, spellbinding, or beautiful as the Raven Cycle books.”
My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. You might’ve noticed in my review that I related to this book in so many unexpected, wonderful and horrible ways and I loved that.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. You might have read about how much I loved this book. It’s ridiculously creative and fun, and it’s illustrated by the incredible Oliver Jeffers. I just found out there’s going to be a sequel this year and I am so pumped!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. Like MH&OBH, this was a tough one for me to read, but it’s so so good. My review
The Passage by Justin Cronin. This book turns the creepy factor up to eleven, and I raced through its 963 pages in just a couple of days. Vampires who are unlike any vampires you’ve ever seen.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I had to put a contemporary on here. Before last year, I hardly read ANY contemporaries (except the occasional Sarah Dessen), but after reading Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone and Perkins’ Anna books, I’m seeking contemporaries out and reading so many more. Lola is my spirit animal and Cricket is my number one book boyfriend. My review
The Walking Dead, volume 1 by Robert Kirkman. My second foray into comics (after Saga, volume 1). TWD is what hooked me and got me obsessed with comics. I read all the (then) 20 volumes of TWD that were already out in about 2 weeks. TWD gets all the credit for pulling me into comics. My review
I could seriously go on for at least 20 more books/comics, but I’ll stop here. What books that you’ve read in the past three years are now ALL TIME FAVORITES?
62 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: ALL TIME FAVORITES from the past 3 years”
I’m so excited to read Lola, MHAOBH, and The Dream Thieves. I’m glad these were impactful and favorites of yours 🙂
All three of those were wonderful reads for very different reasons. I hope you get to read all of them soon!
This is such a hard topic! I was going to pass on TTT this week, but I might have to do a belated TTT because this is such a great (although challenging) post. I’d agree with you on Lola for sure. I haven’t read My Heart and Other Black Holes or the Raven Boys yet, but they are on my TBR.
It was SO hard, but it also ended up being a lot of fun looking at all the books I’ve read in the past few years. Even if you don’t end up doing an official post, I’d be interested in what books you classify as favorites!
Both of those books are incredible. I hope you get to read them soon!
Ah, the Raven Boys!!!! 🙂 Lola and the Boy Next Door – I STILL haven’t read that one 🙂
WHAT?! You’ve got to. 🙂 It’s my favorite of the three.
I’ve seen a lot of Stephanie Perkin’s books on TTT posts today, and I think it’s so interesting to see which of the three that people pick! (I’ve seen a lot of Isla’s so far!) I actually went to continue the Raven Cycle last night (with BLLB) but I felt so disconnected from the series since it’s been like four months since I read the Dream Thieves. Hopefully I can get into the story soon!
I saw a lot of Isla’s too, but Lola will always be my favorite. I related to her the most and we all know I loved Cricket the most. Lol.
Oh no! I hope you can get into BLLB soon!
S. is an amazing book–complicated and weird, just how I like them.
Goodreads helps me so much with TTT, but I admit some books I leave off just because they’ve been on a different list recently.
YES! Someone else who’s read S.! Isn’t it fantastic?
I do that sometimes too. But there are some books (like The Humans) that deserve to be on every single list.
Yes, S. is fantastic indeed! I love the layers of it, and how interactive it is.
Love me some Lola! Stephanie Perkins does amazing work!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings
She really really does.
Love the Community gif! I almost put The Dream Thieves on my list, too!
Haha. I think this is the third or fourth Community gif I’ve used. Actually the third or fourth Troy gif. Lol. Love him.
I do too! I just watched the trailer for season 6! So excited!
THERE’S A TRAILER?! WHERE??
I saw it on the TV Guide app.
Is it the Yahoo! saved Community one?
It’s here: http://www.tvguide.com/news/community-season-6-trailer/
AHHHH! Sorry. Okay. Breathe. Can’t wait! That’s amazing. I’m going to miss Troye though.
I know! And Shirley!
RIGHT?! It’s going to be tough without them.
Awesome, lots of things here that I’d like to read! 🙂
Well they’re all good in my opinion, so all highly recommended! 🙂
Awesome list! I love the Walking Dead graphic novels! I’ve only read two of them though. I really need to read more Stephanie Perkins.
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian
The first two trades of TWD? Oh, man! There’s like 20 more! Get on it. Lol. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve only read Lola on your list. I see a couple that I’ve heard about but haven’t read.
I would obviously recommend all of them! 🙂
S is on my TBR. i wish I could get it but it’s so darn expensive. Loved your description of Lola and Cricket! 😀
S. is definitely more expensive than a normal book, but it is SO worth it!
Unless you read the entire Maze Runner trilogy just outside of 3 years, I would have thought it would have been included in this list haha.
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.
Haha. No, it was last year. It was really hard to leave it off. It would’ve been in my honorable mentions if I’d done one. You know how much I loved those books, so just imagine how much I love these. 🙂
Most of these I haven’t read but I’m looking forward to starting The Raven Cycle! Definitely agree with you on Lola which I’ve read 🙂
The Raven Cycle books are SO GOOD. You can read all three in time for the release of the fourth one later this year!
I KNEW The Humans would be in here! I KNEW IT! Was expecting Ian Rankin and a book from Raven, but surprised at S! I STILL have to read it, but currently I’m happy to keep it as art lol 400 books?!!? R x
My TTT: https://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/top-ten-tuesday-my-all-time-favourite-reads/
HAHAA. EVERYONE knew The Humans was going to be here. And if they didn’t, they’re obviously new to the blog. Lol. S. is so so good. You’ve got to read it.
But, but, it’s SOOO long, and I don’t know if I can even wrap my head around the fictional book let alone the order of the notes. It’s so nostalgic to me though because me and my friends used to write notes in school and it reminds me of them.
It really doesn’t even feel that long. You get so engrossed in everything that it’s hard to even put down.
I am super curious about S. I’ve never even heard of it! I’m going to go do some investigation right now!
You should definitely check it out. It’s super meta, with a story within a story, but it’s got pull outs, maps, postcards, notes in the margins. It’s so cool.
I’m glad someone else included a picture book! 🙂 I probably could’ve done a post of just picture books, if I’d thought of it. I actually haven’t read The Day the Crayon Quit – my kids read it to themselves, lol!
I could’ve done a whole list of picture books too! And a whole list of comics. It was hard to keep it varied as I’ve read so many things.
Selah, stop what you’re doing and go read The Day the Crayons Quit. Right now.
Haha, I’ll pick it up at the library this week!
I’ve had The Passage on my Kindle forever! I need to read that one! I’m a sucker for a good vampire story. Here’s my TTT: https://thewornbookmark.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/top-ten-books-i-read-in-the-last-3-years/
It’s SO GOOD. You’ve got to read it. It’s long but it is so worth it. Let me know what you think!
Whoa! So many good books on here. The Passage in particular sounds like a project I’d be excited to undertake. 🙂
And you should definitely undertake it! It’s very good.
There are a few books on your list that have been on my TBR shelf for far too long. I think I should pick some of these up soon!
Which ones? I would highly recommend ALL of them!
I have bought The Passage back when it was released and it was so daunting because of its massive-ness. Then I found out that there would be a sequel and didn’t want to read it until that was released. I definitely have to read it!
Also, you mentioned The Humans quite a few times as a great book and I want to get my hands on it 😀
The sequel is out, Rita! It’s been out for over a year or so – it’s called The Twelve. Both have big page counts but they are SO GOOD. I know they are a little daunting but in the end they are totally worth it.
I recommend The Humans to every single person I can. Everyone needs to read that book.
Right?! This was so hard!! I love that the Crayons Quit book is on your list. And I WILL read The Humans some day!
The Day the Crayons Quit is just so good. Unique and creative and wonderful.
I really hope you do read The Humans. Tied for first place as my favorite book EVER.
I haven’t read any of these! 😦 Blogging sure makes your to-read list miles long, but it’s great to find new books!
Doesn’t it though? My TBR is never ending!
I haven’t read any of your list, except the first few TWD comics, but I didn’t like them very much. We gave up on the show 3 seasons in, so I guess that series just wasn’t my thing. Here’s my Top 10 of past 3 Years post.
Oh no! What didn’t you like about the comics and show? No judgment, just curious.
You’ve read 400 books in 3 years?! WOW! I think I’ve done less than 100 xD
I like how mixed and varied your list it =]
I don’t know if it’s quite that many, but I read 157 books last year, so multiply that times 3 and you get 471. I rounded down. Lol. I read so many different kinds of books, so I had to vary my list! 🙂
Love seeing Lola on your list and The Day the Crayons Quit. I’ve also been meaning to pick up My Heart and Other Black Holes since so many people have been raving about it!
MH&OBH is absolutely incredible. Be ready for it though.