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This weeks top ten is Favourite Books released in the last ten years. Thinking about this one I have no idea which books came out in which year. My solution to this was to find the year lists on goodreads, I went through from 2009 to 2018 and picked a few books from each year, that I’ve read and that I’ve loved. (Click on each year heading to find that years list on goodreads)
Now the majority of these books, were not read when they were released but in the past two to three years. And, likely read due to hype on facebook, instagram or they’d been made into movies/tv shows.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I started the Hunger games because of hype around the movie and being a proper book buff – I had to read the books first. I read The Hunger Games while on holiday and returned after finishing it, gutted that I did not have Catching Fire to carry on the series and searched every single supermarket and shop that sold books because I could not wait to buy online. I have no actual bookstores near me.
Following on from the main book mentioned from 2009, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, while searching for Catching Fire I knew o had to buy this one as well. I knew I would be left with the urge just to pick up the next book and not stop read. It’s a thrilling yet heart-breaking conclusion to one of favourite series.
A new favourite from this year is Clockwork Angel. My 5th Shadowhunter book but my 1st of the Infernal Devices series, which is shaing up to be my favourite series of Casandra Clare’s so far.
This year is dedicted to Shadowhunters, we have City of Fallen Angels which I enjoyed but it fell slughtly flat compared to the rest of the series. But, Clockwork Prince more than made up for it from this years releases. Its perfectly written and I fell more and more in love with the characters.
One book for 2013, and I think if the pseudonym had remained intact, I wouldn’t have picked this book up. At some point it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was actually JK Rowling. Okay, so The Cuckoo’s Calling was actually written by the same person who created Harry Potter, it had to be good, right?
You bet! I loved this book it was so different to Harry Potter, it was grown up crime fiction. I think the revelation boosted book sales, because people will want to read the next series by one of the most popular authors in the world; an you have a generation of HP fans who have now grown into their later teens/young adults who wouold be expanding their literature.
The Silkworm, not as good as the Cuckoos calling for me, but still brilliant. An expanision on the Strike Robyn will they wont they.
Big Little Lies, this is one I bought because of the TV adaption, for the same reason as The Hunger Games above. My first book in this sort genre, it was abook that kept me guessing till the end. Oh, and the tv show is fantastic with the star power that is Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
Career of Evil, is the third book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith *cough cough* JK Rowling, and it is just as good as The Cuckoos Calling.
After You, sequel to Me Before You, I’m in the minority with this. I loved it just as much as the first, though the lack of Will and his sarcasm is missed. Tissues are not needed as much for this one but there were bits that I did feel myself tearing up at. Admittedly, I can see why people feel this book was a bit of cash grab.
Truly, Madly, Guilty I picked up because its by the same author as Big Little Lies. I enjoyed it, but didnt feel that it was as good as BLL.
Now, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. this divides opinion among Potter fans. When I first read I loved it. Now, I can see gaping plot holes and contradictions. I suppose if you see the play, it might be different. I think when you read this, it needs to be disregarded as canon and enjoyed as it’s own seperate story.
The Butterfly Garden, if you like dark twisted thrillers you’ll love this. Though it’s slightly unrealistic, but thats why we read books and watch films and tv.
One of Us is Lying, this book for me is Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club. In fact, first seeing the cover my immediate thought was The Breakfast Club. Its a fantstic Young Adult mystery.
The Caller, my first foray into Chris Carter’s books, regretting that I didn’t start them sooner. This is the 8th book in the series, but these books can be read out of order. To get the dynamic of the characters, though, you need to read from the beginning.
Only one for this year, The Chalkman. This book again is a must read if you like thrillers, dark but not twisted or disturbing. It’s a good debut.
Thanks for reading everyone, I think this is my longest post to date, and here I am making it even longer! Until next time, Lou @ Wishful Books Reviews
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PPS all the books are linked to their Goodreads pages so you can find out more info on any of the books easily.