I’m here today with a new post giving you my favourite book of each year since 2013. Why choosing 2013 you will ask me? Well, because that’s the year I really started reading at a more active pace and that’s also when I started to read in English and a few months after, I signed up to Goodreads. I initially wanted to choose one book a year but I couldn’t do it for the years I’ve read the most (2019, 2017 and 2016). So for those three years, I’ll put two books and hence this being a ‘top-ten’. You have to know that writing this article is a great source of stress for me because I HATE choosing between my favourite books. But I always enjoy seeing that kind of article around so I’m going to try to keep my cool and get started.
Before I start, I really need to give honourable mentions to books that should have been on my top if I wasn’t trying to restrain myself. The first one is Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes, and actually most of the Falling Kingdoms series that is on my all-time favourite but since I’ve read this series in a busy year, I felt like others would belong on this top. The other one is The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay and even though I adored it, the ones on the list in its stead need to be talked about more in my opinion.
Let’s start with the most recent books. In 2019, one of my two favourite books is The Wicked King by Holly Black. I honestly thought that I wouldn’t like this book because the Cruel Prince wasn’t the best. But this one mesmerized me, it made my heart skip many beats and I will remember it for a while.
The second one on my list is A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I absolutely adored the first instalment of this series, and I was lucky enough to meet Brigid at BookExpo and she gave me an early copy of this one. And I can’t believe that it was even better than A Curse so Dark and Lonely.
2018 is one of my worst reading years, I only had two books labelled as favourite and without hesitation, I’m choosing Aime-moi Je Te Fuis by Morgane Moncomble which I really want to re-read soon because it was so perfect. Unfortunately, it’s a french book and is not available in English… If you wish to read in French, however, I couldn’t recommend this one enough.
In 2017, I outdid myself, because it was the year I read the most, ever (58 books instead of 40). Therefore I have more favourites than in the other years. Actually, I read the two honourable mentions back in 2017 as well, but I decided to pick so I’m going with those two.
The first one was an easy choice, and it is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare that, along with Lady Midnight, tells the story of one of my favourite set of characters ever. It was phenomenal, the forbidden love story tore my heart and I didn’t even see it coming because I wasn’t a fan of Cassandra Clare previous books.
The other one is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The reason I picked this book is because I found it so revolutionary. It was one of my first books ever told from a POC point of view and the plot absolutely outraged me. This book needs to be talk about, it needs more visibility and since it made it to my favourites, here it is.
If you know me (or if you just noticed the name of my blog), you knew that A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas would be on that list. It’s the first book I recommend when people ask me what I like to read and let me tell you that out of the 6 friends that read it, everyone adored it. Two of them even spend sleepless nights to finish it.
It Ends With Us is my favourite Colleen Hoover book and definitely my favourite contemporary romance book. It raises important discussion topics about domestic violence, about love, respect and what one allow him/herself to endure.
For 2015 I’m choosing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This book takes place in the Grisha universe but is much deeper and darker than the previous trilogy. I love Leigh Bardugo and morally grey characters so this book had to work for me. And it did.
Okay, a little disclaimer here, I read many not so good reviews about the Vampire Academy series. And to be honest I’ve read them so long ago, I wasn’t as experienced with reading as I am right now and also much younger. Therefore I can’t say what would be my opinion if I was to re-read Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, but I can say that this book felt like a wake-up call. I truly didn’t know that I could be so invested in characters and that reading could make me feel so much. This book is the reason I’m reading so much today and I’ll always remember it for that.
I admit, when I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I was only beginning to read in English and I switched to the french translation pretty early in the book. And I don’t like reading in another language than the original one because it’s not really the author’s work you’re reading but the translator’s one. So I can say that depending on the writing and the characters of the French version, this is one of my all-time favourites. It also makes me realise that I now have to re-read it in English, just to be sure.
Have you read or will you read any of these books?
What did you think about them?
What would be your all-time favourites books?