It’s hard to keep track of all the book released every year and the quality of these books are so good, it makes it hard to pick just one. Since I haven’t read a 2019 release this year, I will be spotlighting books up to 2018. The final decision wasn’t easy, but here are the best books I read in the last 10 years.
1. 2009 – The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: The conclusion to the Percy Jackson series was brilliant. The big battle came to ahead, but the book still retained that sense of adventure that made it fun in the first place. It also gave us a chance to reflect on just how much these characters have grown over the years and finally saw Annabeth and Percy get together.
2. 2010 – The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: This book was emotional, to say the least. Melina Marchetta just has a way with words that immediately connect with you. The Piper’s Son takes place five years after Saving Francesca, turning its attention to Tom. It’s a story about the messy path to reconnecting. It’s about facing the hurt and anger and finding the strength to move past it.
3. 2011 – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus remains to be the most magical book I’ve ever read. It’s an intricately crafted novel that captivates you from the very beginning and transports you to a magical world of wonder and mystery.
4. 2012 – Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: This book was my favourite instalment in the series. This book sees our heroes on opposite sides of the brewing war. Karou loses herself in her grief and anger, mimicking Akiva’s journey prior to the first book. It was painful to see how apart they are from each other, but this journey was necessary for Karou to understand how the consequences of war can fuel such strong emotions. It was this path that gave them the chance to openly forgive one another.
5. 2013 – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: A tough choice for this year, but because I adore these characters so much, These Broken Stars takes the crown. Even with its sci-fi elements, this book put the focus on Tarver and Lilac’s growth and while frustrations amounted from the open-ended plot holes, those lingering questions were addressed in the conclusion of this series making it a wholly satisfying read.
6. 2014 – The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: How could I not have this book on my list. The Winner’s Trilogy is one of the best series I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of forbidden romances then this is the series for you. It also introduces us to Kestrel, a woman who displays a different kind of strength as she acknowledges her weakness in battle, but is a brilliant strategist, whose intelligence is an asset to those around her.
7. 2015 – I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: 2015 was a good year for books, but regardless of all the other brilliant books published, I’ll Meet You There was always going to be my number one pick. Everyone knows how deep my love for this book is. It is pure emotion as two lost souls fight for each other and for themselves. It’s messy, it’s complicated, but you also finish the book with a strong sense of hope.
8. 2016 – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: Another tough year to chose from, but my morally ambiguous gang of outsiders take the crown for 2016. The dynamic between these characters is incredibly complex, but after the events of Six of Crows, the bond between these characters is tight, even if its not always that clear. It’s non-stop action, but left plenty of room for intimate moments.
9. 2017 – A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab: I couldn’t pick any other book for 2017. A Conjuring of Light was my most anticipated book of the year, and it was a fantastic conclusion to this magical series. The stakes were higher than ever, but with sheer resilience and a degree of trust, our character’s take on the embodiment of magic itself in what can only be a thrilling experience.
10. 2018 – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: As you know, 2018 was a tough reading year for me, but Obsidio was the clear winner for me. Obsidio was a rollercoaster from start to finish, often putting our character’s at the heart of danger. Despite the high sci-fi elements, the core of this series was always about the destructive yet hopeful nature of humanity and was a stellar conclusion to one of the most unique book series ever.
What were the best books you read in the last 10 years?