Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top 10 All Time Favorite Books I've Read in the Last 3 Years -- Top 10 Tuesday -- and the AMAZING Frozen Tides Cover!!!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and it's awesome.

All links will take you to the first book in the series where applicable, and will link you Goodreads.

So, this week's prompt was really, really difficult to narrow down. But it had a limit--the last 3 years, which means that I have a couple of Honorable Mentions: books that are in my overall all time favorite list, and immediately came to mind, but that I didn't read in the last three years.

Honorable Mentions include:

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Old Magic by Marianne Curley, and the 1-800-Where-R-U and Mediator Series by Meg Cabot. These books were all ruled out by the 3 year rule, which also almost claimed Starcrossed and Vampire Academy (but since I read the LAST book in those series in the last 3 years, I let them slide).

There were also three books that I couldn't bear not to mention, but there are the first books in a series (most of which the second book is released in just a matter of weeks) and those books are:
 The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson--The Heart of Betrayal is due out July 7 of 2015. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall--book 2, still untitled, will be out in 2016, and book 3 is expected in 2017,  Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins--Miss Mayhem will be out next month! April 7 to be exact, and finally The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel, with The Revolution of Ivy coming out November 3, 2015. I adore all of these books, but since they are part of a much bigger series that I haven't read yet, I couldn't add them.

10. The Starcrossed Series by Josephine Angelini

This is the first series that barely made the three year cut, but it did. This was one of the series that helped start my deep love of all YA, not just dystopian, and helped me move back to paranormal, and then fantasy. This book always strikes me as original, fun, and has a cast of characters than anyone can relate to.
9. The Guards of the Shadowlands Series by Sarah Fine

I adore this series, similar to The Darkest Minds, I stumbled on it on Audible, and bought it on my Kindle to keep reading. I started it when only the first two books were out, and I anxiously awaited re-visiting Lela, Malachi, and everyone else from this world. This was one of the most original worlds I have ever delved into, and I enjoyed every second of it.

8. Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi

I'm a recent lover of this series, but it consumed me. I didn't want to stop reading it, and I didn't. I marathoned the series in about four days. I was initially turned off by the synopsis on the first book, but once I dove in I realized how wrong I had been. This is a great dystopian, and has one of the most amazing platonic boy-girl friendships I have ever experiences in fiction (books, movies, or tv).
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

If you had told me before I read this that this book would make this list I would have laughed at you, and told you to stop being so silly. But I loved this book. I am not really a child of the 80s, and I'm not really a video game player (I have a select set of games that I play, but it's not a passion), but my husband is. I loved discussing this book with him, and if he would ever agree to pick up a book in his life (aside from reading The Hunger Games--just the first one, as a wedding gift to me), I would make him read this one.

6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I've talked about this book a lot, but it deserves it. This book is one of the few in the past three years that has truly moved me to tears. I felt emotionally raw after reading this, almost laid bare. The message, and the way you learn with Samantha and see her change...it just...not enough words.
5. Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper

This book, you guys, this book is funny, exciting, and just a fun read. I didn't put it down, I read it in one sitting, immediately bought the author's other book, loved it, and then went back and re-read this one. It's about zombie, and the couple it follows will forever make me smile. It's also really well-written and properly and effectively mixes humor and fear, and that's something I just can't get enough of. Also, zombies, so...
4. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Brakken

When people ask me what they should read after The Hunger Games, this is the series I recommend. I stumbled upon this series when it was cheap on Audible...and then I bought the Kindle books so I could keep reading when listening wasn't available...and then I bought the physical books because I needed them on my shelf. Ruby is one of the best characters I have ever read, and this world is a great read, and a great warning.
3. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

This book just barely made the three year, but I can justify it. Rose Hathaway and her adventures will forever be a series that is in my top lists. Her character and the plot of these stories held me in the same way the Hunger Games and Harry Potter held me, and that makes them timeless. It's one of the few series I have, and will, re-read. Not to mention it gives me Buffy flashbacks and I love that, and it helped me meet/bond with one of my best friends in the world.
2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is my favorite of the three books that Gillian Flynn has authored, and while I liked all of them, Sharp Objects was by far my favorite and was written in a truly creepy, and exciting way that I don't feel many books can measure up to. I initially read this book on my Kindle in the dark, and I had a mild panic and nervousness after reading it, to the point that I just got out of bed for a few hours and watched cartoons. I love books that cover you with emotion like that.
1. The Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes
Words cannot describe how much I love this series, it truly has every single component I long to find in books--ships where they hate each other (with good reason), amazing character development, realistic reactions and responses, magic, kingdoms, corruption, and villains with redeeming qualities, and SO MUCH MORE. I love everything about this book. I know that only the first three books in a six book series, and a companion series that starts soon, but I feel like I have enough to say that this is my favorite set of books I have read in the last three years.
Speaking of this series, can we PLEASE discuss the absolutely AMAZING cover of the fourth book:

I want this as a poster...and a t-shirt...and a necklace...and painted on the side of my car. This is wonderful. This is probably one of the best covers I have ever seen in my life.

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