Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books of the Last 10 Years

Top Ten Tuesday
 Top 10 Books Written In The Past 10 Years 
That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years

I'm so excited for this question!  And this feature in general.  Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for feeding my love of creating lists.  I sit, I ponder, I order and reorder.  It's a glorious past time.  So here we go, my top ten favorite books from the last ten years that I hope people are still reading 30 years from now in whatever format books are available in the not so distant future.

1) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  
An enchanting fantasy novel.  Period.  The way Morgenstern created the atmosphere of the circus, walking the reader through the tents and describing the attractions was brilliant.  And the love story.  Oh the love story.  I absolutely adored this book, and I'm convinced that readers 30 years from now will also be enchanted.

2) The Thirteen Tale by Diane Setterfield
I'm a quick reader.  When I'm reading a book, I get quite absorbed, and only after I've finished, do I sit back and ponder.  I actively participated in The Thirteenth Tale.  The gothic setting and mystery was so much fun, that I do believe I told everyone I met how much fun I was having reading the book.

3) Unwind by Neal Shusterman
I almost put The Hunger Games, but with the movie and all, The Hunger Games will be around.  No worries there.  Shusterman's dystopia was equally disturbing and thoughtful.  The story stuck with me for days after finishing, and still haunts me even now.  The creative plot and  heart-wrenching visuals deserve some staying power.

4) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I'm pretty sure I've expressed my love of this book on more than one occasion, but just in case you didn't know, this is a beautiful book.  No other book has made me laugh or cry quite like this one.  

5) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Greek myths will endure forever, but Riordan, in a stroke of genius, made them accessible to young readers.  He weaved the gods of lore and the struggles of a contemporary teen seamlessly.  Plus it was just cool.  Medusa's lair is "The Garden Gnome Emporium" and the Underworld is located in Los Angeles.  That just kills me every time.

6) Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Historical fiction can be a tough sell.  You have to either really love the time period, or you have to really love the story.  Finding both can be difficult.  But Moon Over Manifest does both equally well.  Abilene is such an endearing character that you are cheering for her throughout the entire book, and the setting is so mesmerizing that you feel like your walking the streets of Manifest.  This is the teen counterpart to The Thirteenth Tale.  I annoyingly told everyone I came in contact with how much I loved the book.  I still do.

7) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
It's as if Jasper Fforde fiddled around in my head and pulled out my wildest imagination.  I want to travel through books, meet characters, solve crime.  The story is brilliant, wildly funny, and so clever.

8) Keturah and Lord Death by Leavitt
Leavitt is a master storyteller.  Few books make you feel like you're sitting by a fire listening to someone tell you a story, but Keturah and Lord death manages just that feeling.

9) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Dessen's portrayal of realistic, contemporary teen fiction is my favorite.  Her stories always go way beyond a simple love story, and really reach into the difficulties of growing up, moving on, and finding strength.  This just happens to be my favorite, but I hope all of her books will continue to leave the shelves at libraries 30 years from now.

10) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak What a fascinating, heartbreaking, difficult read.  The foreshadowing at the beginning of each chapter just about destroyed me.  Knowing what was coming was devastating.  But, wow, a beautiful story.

That was fun!
 

3 comments:

  1. Loved The Night Circus and a few others that you mentioned are books I'm planning on reading. Awesome list!

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  2. The Book Thief and Percy Jackson made my list too! I have seen Unwind on tons of lists; I really must read it. I really enjoyed The Night Circus and The Thirteenth Tale as well. I would have added The Shadow of the Wind and a Prayer for Owen Meany to my list if I hadn't done all YA. Here is my list http://wp.me/pzUn5-10k

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  3. Guess I'd better check out Moon Over Manifest based on your gushing review here! I do like a lot of books on your list and HOPE they are still around in 30 years. I'll be surprised if they all are, though, after looking back on books published in the early 80s. Slim pickings.

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