Top Ten Books From the Last Three Years

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find more from them, and other Top Ten Tuesdays here.

This week, they’re asking for the top ten books of the last three years. So let’s start with the top books of the last three years.

From 2012: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline — 80s nostalgia, video games, and some serious action. I’ve reread this a bunch of times, handed it to students, and given away my physical copy.

From 2013: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern — magic and a love story. Static characters, yes, but Morgenstern built a world I could just fall into.

From 2014: The Martian by Andy Weir — Serious thriller. Listened to the audiobook and didn’t want to put it down. Have handed it to a bunch of students since and they felt the same way. (You know you did a good job when they whine at you when reading time is over).


The Rest of the List These are the books that I thought were awesome from the last few years. They’re my go-tos when students ask for recommendations because I want to share the love of these books with as many I can.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein — I didn’t see it coming. Should have, but, wow. Just amazing.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz — This may rate one of the top books because there are many ways in which I identified with Aristotle. I loved sharing this one with Tracie.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor — FrenchieDee recommended this one. Said it was awesome. Tracie likes Octavia Butler, and someone online said Okorafor is similar.  Similar or not, we’re now going down an Okorafor rabbit hole. Happily.


Sound advice. From Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (p. 112) #bookstagram


A photo posted by Eli (@thebooksupplier) on Feb 10, 2015 at 6:17am PST


Reality Boy by A. S. King — There was just something so interesting about Gerald. And about how he deals with his anger. I loved this.

More Than This by Patrick Ness — I’m a sucker for anything Patrick Ness. Any time he’s going to make trouble, I definitely want to read it.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia — I’m on a kick right now where I’m reading a lot about the Civil Rights Movement and about how African Americans were treated in different spaces throughout history.  This book got me started.

Lexicon by Max Barry — Action, adventure and words. Can you go wrong?

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander — Novel in verse. Basketball. Parents holding kids to a standard. So awesome.


What are your top books from the last three years?

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