[Top Ten Tuesday] – #51 – Top Ten Valued Books Read In The Past 3 Years

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.


This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Valued Books
Read In The Past 3 Years

Initial Thoughts:

Some of these choices aren’t traditionally favourites or even close to being best anything. The value and impact they have provided, however, is enough reason for me to claim them as the best within certain parameters in recent years.

All images link to their respective Goodreads.

suzanne collins catching fire coverbookcover-the-5th-wave-rick-yanceyveronica roth allegiant cover
For rekindling the spirit of reading:

Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire

Or the one to encourage the blogging journey:

Rick Yancey – The 5th Wave

That led to plenty of amusement when seeing mixed emotions (literally, the hate was real):

Veronica Roth – Allegiant

E. Lockhart - We Were Liarsthe storied life of aj fikrythe ask and the answer - patrick ness (cover)

As the hype-train carried everyone away while I stood without devotion:

E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

With heroes that restored faith in humanity:

Gabrielle Zevin – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Or kids that made me question everything:

Patrick Ness – The Ask and The Answer

christos tsiolkas - barracuda (cover)david lomax - backward glass (cover)more than this cover

Though I mustn’t forget the ones I cheered and hated for:

Christos Tsiolkas – Barracuda

Or even stories requiring work to seek a simple reward:

David Lomax – Backward Glass

For saying so much with so little:

Patrick Ness – More Than This

brandon sanderson - firefight (cover)a song of fire and ice - george rr martin (cover)gillian flynn - gone girl cover

Or for showcasing the possible:

Brandon Sanderson – Firefight

And while I can’t forget to mention the feels I have for this show:

George R.R. Martin – A Song of Ice and Fire

I’m also thankful for adaptations I’ve only seen the film for:

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

So while these choices might not be the best, there’s nothing better than a story waiting to face the test:

[The next recommended and/or mood read novel goes here]


mic drops.

Well, this idea to flow one idea to another was a bust. Too many poopy rhyme constructions is what it is lolololol.

So tell me: which books for you have value and staying power that might be driven by any of the above? (e.g. books that got you reading/blogging, books that took a lot of hard work for a payload, books that immerse you with its world or questions)


28 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #51 – Top Ten Valued Books Read In The Past 3 Years”

  1. I could go at great length about great books – especially the ones that have stayed with me since being little – Narnia, Oz, LotR, Hobbit, Gone with the Wind, Rebecca – then all the great fantasy I’ve been lucky enough to read more recently such as Rothfuss, Lynch and Lawrence.
    Lynn 😀


  2. The hate on Allegiant was real. I haven’t even read the series, but I don’t think I want to anymore. And I like your twist on this week’s prompt–it was fun!


  3. The 5th Wave made it onto this list – I like you, human. On a side note, how could you not read Gone Girl, what’s wrong with you.


      1. By ignoring all your negative thoughts on the whole series it’s like they don’t exist (which is what I’m doing ok). Also SHUT UP DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT, I’M GOING TO DIE FROM ANTICIPATION – is that a thing, if that’s a thing I’m so doomed.


  4. Great list and good question! Station Eleven, Unbroken, All My Puny Sorrows and Brown Girl Dreaming will probably have a long-lasting impression on me. I really liked Allegiant, it made up for how terrible Insurgent turned out. I had no intention of reading Gone Girl, but friends are telling me it’s really good, so I think I’m jumping on the bandwagon.


  5. Cool idea to do how the books impacted you instead of just best. Hunger Games was my first young adult and dystopian. haha yeah Allgiant sure had mixed reviews. For me Chaos Walking was the one I missed the hype train on. I loved the Reckoners! And Song of Ice and Fire sure does make you feel, though typically not good.


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