Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. I like this list: because I can include books other than my all-time favorites Harry Potter and Twilight. Recent ones should also get notice, you know? Also, for a change, I’m going in chronological order and I’m, of course, referring to series rather than individual books. Here are my favorites:
First book released on August 23rd 2011
Adrian and Sydney were my favorite secondary characters in Vampire Academy, so naturally I was drawn to Bloodlines. The sequel series is so much more fun, and also more heart-breaking.
First book released on September 27th 2011
There will never come a day when I won’t include this in my favorites. Laini has a magical way with words that makes me writing quite enchanting. Also, great concept with angels and demons, but the third book finished on a great note, with the expansion of the canon world. And I can’t wait for it’s movie, which better be all that I dreamed about.
First book released on December 22nd 2011
Time travel, and a male perspective – this book was change of pace at that time and I loved it. Cross incorporated action, intrigue, conspiracy, romance and science fiction in an exciting combination.
First book released on April 24th 2012
At a time when vampire novels were getting flak for being Twilight copies, Kagawa came up with a dystopian vampire world that drew me in as much as her Iron Fey series did. With darker undertones, the story of a survivor-turned-vampire and her constant fight with her vampire nature (but not in the I-don’t-eat-humans way) was a treat.
First book released on April 24th 2012
Norris’s story about a girl who suddenly gets entangled in multi-verse business was quite refreshing and to me, a great debut in 2012. With all the end-of-the-world countdown then, and the fact that there is a end-of-the-world countdown in this book too, it was quite surreal. The second book delves even further and incorporates human trafficking. Sad that this one was just a duology, because I could definitely do with more of this world.
First book released on August 2 2012
I had not started this series until a year later, which meant I read the novellas first (as I always do read in series) and the experience of reading this fantastic fantasy novel was enriched for me. Celaena was different from the badass tomboyish strong female character trope that was going around – a girly girl who could also kick ass, she was the epitome of badassery. I couldn’t help but laugh and cry along with her, and even get heartbroken at nearly every arc. Thank goodness this series is 6 books at least because I can’t get enough of Maas’ brilliant writing.
First book released on September 18, 2012
I knew this book was good even before I read it, but knowing that this was going to be a long wait for sequels, I kept putting off the starting of this series. I guess I should have started earlier, because this book was beyond awesome. It was torturous to see all those picspams and photosets on Tumblr and not start this, but it at least made the wait for it’s equally awesome sequel smaller. The Raven Cycle is ingenious, and intense, and difficult to figure out at times. The character development is awesome and this one really needs to be read for the world-building.
8. Splintered by A G Howard
First book released on January 1 2013.
A dark and twisted reimagining of Alice in Wonderland – the magic words that will draw you into this book. I really need to read the sequels, too – after re-reading this one, of course. I loved Morpheus, but I am more Team Jeb and I want to read and see what treasures the sequels hold.
First book released on May 7th 2013
I remember reading this on the New Year’ Eve o f 2013 – a perfect celebration for me. It was beautiful and painful, and I just can’t get over this one. You’ll have to read it to get what I am saying. Also, one of the few male authors I love to read.
First book released on November 4th 2014
A book with multiple alternate universes and differently structured worlds in each of them on the same timeline, with the underlying soulmate thing – this book is exciting and romantic. The sequel, Ten Thousand Skies Above You promises to be exciting and I can’t wait for it – I need it now!