Top Ten Books Released In The Last 10 Years

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is a fun one! It’s all about our top releases over the last 10 years. I thought I’d start with the most recent and then get to older releases. It’ll be hard to pick just one from a year, but I’m excited to do this!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

2019

Daisy Jones and The Six

Loved this book. I read it in April and promptly gave it 5 stars.

2018

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I was highly anticipating this book and it was well worth the wait.

2017

They Both Die at the End

Ooh. I was eagerly anticipating this book and it was SO good. One of those that I didn’t want to end, especially because we know the end… #titleisaspoiler

2016

Highly Illogical Behavior

I’ve just realised that every book I’ve listed so far was a 5 star read for me. I absolutely loved this book which has mental health and the forefront.

2015

Made You Up

Such a highly unique read! Again, mental health representation.

2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

I thought this was an absolutely incredible read. If you’re a fan of WWII reads, then give this one a go!

2013

Dangerous Girls

I can’t believe this book was released in 2013! It’s SO good.

2012

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Urgh, one of my favourite books! How was it released 7 years ago?!

2011

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I wasn’t overly satisfied with how this series ended but I thought the first book was a cracking read!

2010

Room

An excellent, if heart-breaking read!

2009

Hate List

This is my only 4 star on this list! It was still an incredible read and I still think highly of it 10 years after its release.

I can’t wait to see other lists today. This is a fun topic. Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂

Top Ten Books Set in World War II

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list I decided to pick the first ten books that came to mind when I thought of World War II historical fiction. I love historical fiction and World War II has always fascinated me. There are books that I love that aren’t on this list, but here are the ten that immediately came to mind…

In no particular order (book images go to Goodreads…)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I have so much love for this book. I know it divides a lot of readers, but I really do think it’s incredible. I think it’s a challenging read but an important one.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

I picked up this book totally by accident in a book store near my sister’s old house. I absolutely devoured this story. It broke my heart.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Some might find this book to be overrated but I think it’s wonderful. Another heart-breaker that’s for sure.

The Bronze Horseman- Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

This book is set in Russia in the 1940s. I love this trilogy and whilst it is quite a hefty read I think it’s totally worth it. There’s such a beautiful romance at the heart of it even if there’s a lot of er.. intimate moments within the story.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

This is another book that I came across quite randomly. I really enjoyed it and its sequel as well. I thought it was stand-out in a very populated genre.

The Wrong Boy-  Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

I absolutely adored this book which features a Jewish girl named Hanna being sent to Auschwitz with her familt. Hanna plays piano for the camp commander and falls in love with the wrong boy…

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Another book I adored. I absolutely love when books in this genre are a little different and I found this book to be quite a powerful reminder of woman’s roles in the war.

Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet- Jamie Ford

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

I know that this book has got really mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was a beautiful read. The plot does have a few flaws, but other than that I have nothing bad to say about it and I’d still highly recommend it.

Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I adored this book which, again, I didn’t expect to read or enjoy as much as I did. It’s centres around 15 year old Nicole as she watches Belgium be invaded by the Nazis. Nicole joins the Belgian resistance. Such a powerful book.

The Girl In The Blue Coat- Monica Hesse

The Girl in the Blue Coat

I read this book in August and immediately knew it would make a list like this. It’s a wonderful albeit sad story about a ordinary girl making courageous choices.

What did you do for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books To Read If You Like The Book Thief

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books To Read If You Like… a certain author/a super popular book. At first I struggled with this topic, but then I decided to go for a book that I loved, but don’t really mention much- The Book Thief.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

These books aren’t necessarily about the same thing as The Book Thief (although some are). They are just books I’d recommend for those that enjoyed The Book Thief.

Sarah’s Key- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key is a story set in Paris in 1942. It’s a super emotional read. The narrative jumps around in time, but it’s fantastic and so gripping.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Another emotional, heart-wrenching read, this one set in Berlin in 1942. I’m pretty sure most of you know of this book!

The Wrong Boy- Suzy Zail

The Wrong Boy

This is a story about a Jewish girl who is sent to Auschwitz and falls in love with a German boy.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

A great story about ‘Uncle’ Dolf. This is a duology and the follow up is just as good!

Code Name Verity- Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

A powerful, emotional read.

Cross My Heart (and hope to live)- Carmen Reid

Cross My Heart

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. It’s set in Brussels in 1940. An incredible book.

Jasmine Nights- Julia Gregson

Jasmine Nights

This book is set in 1942. It’s a love story, beautifully written.

Songs of Willow Frost- Jamie Ford
Songs of Willow Frost

This is set during the Great Depression in the 1920s. Jamie Ford is a great writer.

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

The Help

This is one of my favourite books of all time. It deals with tough subjects in such a beautifully written way.

I Am The Messenger- Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

If you liked Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, then why not try more of his work. I enjoyed this book, it’s confusing though!

What books have you suggested this week? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten lists and I’ll stop by!

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)

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How did I get it?:
Bookbridgr! Many thanks to them.

Previously reviewed by the same author
Prisoner of Night and Fog

Synopsis:

The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: she used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year ago, she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich to live in Oxford, posing as an ordinary German immigrant. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town, and Gretchen is content. Then a telegram sends Daniel back to Germany, and her world turns upside-down when she learns that Daniel is wanted for murder. To save him, she must return to her homeland and somehow avoid capture and recognition by her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as she and Daniel work to clear his name, they discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and escape in time – or will Hitler discover them first?

Thoughts:

I absolutely adored Prisoner of Night and Fog. I have to admit, I was worried when I heard that there was going to be a sequel, but I needn’t have worried. I didn’t think Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke matched the first book which I rated 5 stars, but it was still a fantastic book which I would definitely recommend.

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke leads nicely on from the first book. Gretchen and Daniel are living away from their hometown and are feeling much safer. Daniel receives a telegram which sends him back to Germany. Gretchen ends up following him. Of course, things aren’t easy in Germany. Daniel is wanted for murder and has to clear his name before they can return to their new lives. However, Gretchen and Daniel have bitten off more than they can chew, and whilst they investigate the murder they find out that they’re in much more trouble than they had anticipated.

This book is definitely a fast paced read. I love that it does have some historical facts within the story. It makes it much more gritty. I also found it incredibly easy to get back into, given that it’s been over a year since I read the first book in the series. I think this shows just how great Anne Blankman’s writing is! The characters felt familar. It was wonderful.

The characters in this series are fantastic. I really like Gretchen and feel she has grown as a character across the books. Her beliefs have been challenged and readjusted. I felt like this book dealt with Daniel much more as well. I loved their relationship and seeing how they tackled the challenges that came their way.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!

A good sequel to a very good YA Historical Fiction series!

This Week In Books #9

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

This month is a series month for me, which means all month I’m working on series that I am halfway through or meaning to start. I really enjoy reading series in alternate months and I’m finding that giving myself this schedule definitely improves my TBR.

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NOW- Unwholly- Neal Shusterman– I am just starting the second book in the Unwind Dystology. I am looking forward to seeing how this world progresses.

THEN- Conspiracy of Blood and SmokeAnne Blankman– This book is the follow up to Prisoner of Night and Fog. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the debut in the series.

NEXT- Gathering Blue Lois Lowry– Another second book! This is the second book in The Giver Quartet. I think this is more of a companion novel, but I shall see…

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below or link me to your Wednesday posts! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #116

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the title to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from Faber

House of Windows

I can’t wait to read another book by the talented Alexia Casale! Massive thanks to Faber for sending me an ARC!

Received from Bookbridgr:

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2)

I loved Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night and Fog, so I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Received from Stripes Publishing

Bad Bones (Red Eye)I am part of the blog tour for this book from the Red Eye series! Look out for my review mid-May!

Bought:

Things We Know by Heart

I have heard great things about this book! I can’t wait to read it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your hauls and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I Read In 2014. Ooh, this is going to be a tricky list, but with the help of Goodreads, I’m sure I can find books I’ve rated 5 stars this year! There are so much more than 10 amazing reads, but here are 10 of my favourites…So here goes…

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The Girl Who Walked On Air Emma Carroll– I thought this was a beautiful book. It’s great for middle grade but also extends nicely to adult readers looking for a magical, fantastical read.

Prisoner of Night and Fog- Anne Blackman– This was an unexpected gem. I didn’t know much about the book until I requested it on Bookbridgr. I absolutely loved it and I’m eagerly anticipating beginning the next one!

Golden BoyAbigail Tarttelin– This probably comes as no surprise to regular readers of my blog. I include this book wherever I can as I thought it was a stunning, yet brutal read. I can’t recommend this book enough!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- Alison can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve adored her books. They really capture my attention.

BirdCrystal Chan– This was another gem of the year. It was a wonderful book which I highly recommend!

The Wrong BoySuzy Zail- I think this book should be much more widely read. It’s stunning and emotional!

Something Real Heather Demetrios– Oh yes, this book appears on a Top Ten list again. Have I convinced you to read it yet?

A Monster CallsPatrick Ness– I may be very behind in reading this book, but I’m so glad I took the time to read it. It’s incredibly emotional, but well worth reading.

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I loved the conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy, so it has to be featured on my top ten for 2014!

Shadow and BoneLeigh Bardugo– I can’t mention a top ten books of the year without mentioning the wonderful Leigh Bardugo. I powered through The Grisha Trilogy in the space of a few months. I loved it!

What are your Top Ten Reads of 2014? Do we share any? Please feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!