Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Since Freshman Year

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish, and is a book blogging feature where every week there is a different ‘top ten’ list of books to make.

This week the Top Ten prompt was “Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years,” and it kind of hit me that three years ago I was a freshman in high school. And Freshman year was not only the first year of high school for me but it was my first year since 6th grade without being in the same classes as my best friends, it was my first year commuting to downtown Saint Paul for school every day, (Since I decided to go to the Performing Arts High School instead of the ‘regular one’ I might have gone to) it was my first year of J-term, and it was my first year on the “A team” of my synchronized swimming club, which was a lot different that the 13-15 team I had been on before. A lot changed in my life in fall of 2012, and it’s interesting to look at just the books I read in High School that I have loved.

2012 was also the year I started using goodreads, so that was pretty helpful for this list.

Insignia (Insignia #1) by SJ Kincaid – Read Circa Dec 2012

I love this book and it’s series so so so much. Of all of these books this is the all time, will re-read every year and recommend to everyone favorite. Insignia is just so good.

Little Brother (Little Brother #1) by Cory Doctorow – Read Feb 6 2013

In Freshman year our english teacher made us read two books from this ridiculous reading list to write a book report on. Mainly, the reading list was full of classics and ridiculously depressing realistic fiction that’s supposed to teach you “about the world.” The only sci-fi and fantasy were super old stuff like the Foundation Trilogy. *shudder* Little Brother is the only book I liked of the four I read that year. (It also actually may be the only one that I read it it’s entirety) I just think it’s really insightful, and exciting, and I like the characters. The sequel is pretty good too. I maybe don’t love it but I certainly remember it.

Every Day by David Levithan – Read Feb 21 2013

Like the previous book I didn’t necessarily love this book, but it was interesting and I did really like it. It also kind of got me into reading more romance/realistic contemporaries. And I went to a book signing with the author in it. He’s pretty cool.

Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter – Read March 19 2013

Okay, this is a book (and a series) that I LOVE. Strong, super awesome and smart female main character with an awesome crew. A great plot with basically no romance. It’s so great. 

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Read June 25 2013

This is… The only adult book on this list. It is also one of only two adult books that I really love. Good Omens is funny and insightful and it has a great plot. Plus, I love both of the main characters and their perspectives within the book. I was super obsessed with this book for a good six months. Actuallllyyy… I still am pretty obsessed with this book.

Deadlock (H.I.V.E. #8) by Mark Walden – Read July 10 2013

I feel like I’m kind of cheating with this one since I’ve loved the H.I.V.E. series since middle school, but the seventh book Aftershock had been a bit of a disappointment so when I read this one (at an international swim meet no less) I was so excited about it. Even though my favorite H.I.V.E. book is still Zero Hour.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Read May 7 2014

My review. Now this is a book that I was instantly obsessed with like I was with most of the books I love, but it was super cute and it’s still really special for me, especially since it was one of the first books I reviewed on this blog.

Scepter of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) by Derek Landy – Read May 10 2014

My review. This book is AWESOME. The characters are super great and the world building is so cool. Unfortunately I still haven’t finished this series because I would have to buy all the books after book three. But I plan to.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Read Sep 13 2014

This book and this universe is just so cool. Magic and war and epic villains and great plot and even great romance. It’s great.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Read Oct 12 2014

My review. I rarely consider romance books to be favorites even though I really enjoy reading them. But I guess I’d call this book a favorite. I really, really, really liked it.

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