Top Ten: Favorite Books from the Last Ten Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was my favorite books published in the last ten years.

Y’ALL. Picking just one title from some of these years was so hard. But then there were years like 2013 in which three books I read were published and they all stunk so I didn’t even include them. (lol) ANYWAY.

♥ 2018: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
♥ 2017: Miss You by Kate Eberlen
♥ 2016: Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
♥ 2015: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
♥ 2014: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

♥ 2012: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
♥ 2011: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
♥ 2010: Blackout by Connie Willis
♥ 2009: Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone
♥ 2008: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Top Fifteen: Rainy-Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was rainy-day reads.

The term “rainy-day read” always makes me think of a gloomy, dull Sunday where I don’t have any plans and can spend all day on the couch engrossed in a good book. Whatever the genre, a good rainy-day read sucks me into the plot and makes me loathe to leave its world—sometimes not even for food or bathroom breaks.

What makes a good rainy-day read for you? Did any of these make your list?

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Blackout by Connie Willis
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Five Favorite: Science Fiction Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

I intended to have more than five science fiction novels from which to choose – and to spend the majority of this list detailing why I had to whittle it down – but, instead, I belatedly realized that I spend way more time thinking about sci-fi literature than I do reading it. So, below are four of my favorite sci-fi novels as well as one high on my tbr list.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King (on my tbr, especially now that the mini series is imminent!!)

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Blackout by Connie Willis

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Have your own five favorite science fiction novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Five Favorite: Novels with Multiple POVs

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Done right, novels with a plethora of main characters featuring a multitude of voices are my absolute favorites. Here are my top five!

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2666 by Roberto Bolaño

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Blackout by Connie Willis

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Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Have your own five favorite multi-POV novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows.

I am too overwhelmed by the thought of these books becoming movies that I have no details beyond ‘give it to me now.’

Movies

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Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain

TV Shows

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout (& its sequel, All Clear) by Connie Willis

 

Top Ten: Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads.

The beach is very far from my happy place, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good beach read. Here are my top ten!

Engrossing stand-alones: These books are so tasty you can’t help but gobble them up.

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Parts of series: Not only will you be totally into these series starters, but you’ll also have a dedicated second (and third, and fourth…) read in case you can’t stop!

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Be sure to read Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code first!)

As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout by Connie Willis