Amie Kaufman, Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, JK Rowling, Legend, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Meagan Spooner, Robert Galbraith, Sarah J. Maas, Something Strange and Deadly, Susan Dennard, The Cuckoo's Calling, The Dresden Files, The Lunar Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments, These Broken Stars, Throne of Glass
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s TTT calls for All Time Favourite Books from the past three years. A lot of my favourites are series, so I’m going to lump each of them together or I’ll list three trilogies and already be at nine books.
1. Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas. Love love LOVE this series. I love Celaena as a protagonist, both because her interest in fashion and cosmetics doesn’t detract from her skills as an assassin and because she showed me that a character doesn’t need to be likeable to be sympathetic. And the king is a deliciously creepy villain.
2. Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, by Susan Dennard. Steampunk and zombies, oh my! I think my favourite part of this trilogy is Eleanor’s character development; although she’s never fully felt as though she fit in in polite society, she goes from hiding and trying to fit in to relishing in her uniqueness.
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith. Okay, I’m a huge JK Rowling fangirl, so she could have puked on the page and I’d praise it, but I really did love this book and its sequel, The Silkworm.
4. Legend trilogy, by Marie Lu. I reviewed this one recently, but, basically, this series is awesome.
5. These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I actually kind of read this one accidentally. There were two books I’d seen mentioned several times around the YA SF/F blogosphere. Somehow I got them mixed up a bit in my mind and thought this one was about faeries when I reserved it at the library. I can’t even remember the name of that other one, and I’m sure it’s a very good book, but I’m glad for the mistake because I probably wouldn’t have picked These Broken Stars up otherwise, as I’m not really a romance person. It’s brilliant, though. The world-building is excellent and I’m keen to read the sequel, although it doesn’t feature the same characters.
6. The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare. I’m kind of cheating with this one, because the first book in the series came out in 2007, but the last one was released this past May, so I’m counting it. Again, world-building, characters. These are the things I love. And good prose. But I’ll settle for not overusing sentence fragments. That’s not a problem with TMI though, as Clare tends towards Rowling-esque long sentences and full description.
7. The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. Again, the series started well before three years ago (2000, if I’m not mistaken), but it’s still running, with the most recent installment coming out last May. Dresden’s a great narrator, his sarcasm and snark keeping his self-deprecation from becoming too grim. The first two or three books in the series are mediocre, but it really hits its stride by book four.
8. The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer. I love the blend of science fiction and fantasy in this series. Each novel is a retelling of a fairytale, but they’re set in the future: Cinderella becomes a cyborg mechanic while Rapunzel becomes a computer programmer. The Lunars resemble mythical faeries, with their glamours and mind-control, but there’s a pseudoscientific explanation, not a magical one. Besides the way the novels play with the boundaries between science fiction and fantasy, I also love how each novel is a discrete fairytale but also an essential element of the overall story.
I’m having trouble coming up with another two books/series, even if I extend it to five years. As it is, several of my choices only qualify if I take the date of the last/most recent installment. The fact is, I don’t really know if a book will really be an all-time favourite till I’ve read it several times over the course of several years. At any rate, these are all books I’m loving right now and don’t see myself ceasing to love anytime soon.