Top Ten Tuesday #40: A Look Back

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

favorite books released in the last 10 years (one book for each year)

Yea, yea, I know it’s not Tuesday, but I really wanted to do this post after seeing it on many other blogs. Seeing other people’s posts gave me an idea to switch it up some and also include books from my TBR I really want to read that were published in the years mentioned below. Since we are in May and I am participating in #WyrdandWonder, this post will feature only fantasy novels and comics.

So for each of the 10 years listed below, I’ll mention fantasy books published that year that are my favorites and that are top of my TBR.

Favorite: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

It’s the second novel in the middle-grade fantasy series Nevermoor, which is about a girl who is considered to be cursed and unlucky but is carried off to a new city where she learns that she might have an amazing knack that might gain her entrance into the prestigious Wondrous Society. It’s a fun read that’s similar to the early Harry Potter books.

On my TBR: One of Us by Craig DiLouie

I think this is an alt-historical fiction, fantasy novel about kids who have been altered in some way and how they are treated by society…? The reviews I’ve read make it sound interesting and dark and twisty. I’m intrigued.

Favorite: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

A fantasy novel about a band of retired warriors who reunite to rescue a band member’s daughter. This was a fun read and is actually Eames’s debut novel.

On my TBR: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Love the cover and it involves fairies so yea, I have to read it.

Favorite: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda

The first volume of an epic fantasy comic book series about a young woman trying to find out more about her past and her mother while battling a ravenous, powerful monster inside her.

On my TBR: Klaus by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora

Umm… a comic book about a bad-ass Santa Claus. Goodreads tells me that the hardcover bind-up was published in 2016.

Favorite: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

I enjoyed Shadow Scale, but it’s not a favorite; so I guess 2015 wasn’t a great reading year for fantasy books. This is the second novel in the Seraphina duology, a YA fantasy story about a girl who is half dragon and half human who must use her insight into both dragon and human politics to save her kingdom.

On my TBR: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

The second novel in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, a YA fantasy story about a girl trying to learn more about her obscure background. It’s been a while since I’ve read the first book and I’ve forgotten much.

Favorite: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Roc Upchurch

A fun fantasy comic book series about a band of women of different backgrounds (elf, dwarf, human, etc.) who are hired as mercenaries. This is one of my favorite comic books (I’ve only read the first and second volumes so far), and I think the story would pair well with Kings of the Wyld mentioned above.

On my TBR: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

I need to read this book soon. It’s about a goblin who becomes an emperor but he wasn’t destined for the throne…? I’ve since forgotten all I’ve read in the reviews.

Favorite: Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

This is the last book in the Rain Wild Chronicles, a fantasy series about dragons being reintroduced to a world that has grown unaccustomed to them.

On my TBR: Journey by Aaron Becker (illus.)

A children’s picture book about a kid taking a…journey in a red boat? I’m guessing from what I see on the cover.

Favorite: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

I really enjoyed this book when I first read it and when I reread it. It’s the first in a YA fantasy duology about a girl who is half dragon and half human who must use her unique political connections to save her kingdom.

On my TBR: The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

This book has been on my TBR because I love the cover (well, the typography).

Favorite: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Oh man! This is one of my favorite novels! 🙂 It’s a fantasy novel that begins in the past and mostly takes place in a travelling circus where two magicians battle to see who is best. There’s also a love story in it and the writing and setting are beautiful and magical and makes me feel light and happy inside.

On my TBR: Eona by Alison Goodman

The second novel in the Eon duology, a YA fantasy story about a girl who poses as a boy so that she can train to become Dragoneye, a respected member of society that bonds with a dragon.

Favorite: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The first novel in Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, a middle-grade fantasy series about kids who are the offspring of Greek and Roman gods. I loved this book when I first read it and sorely need to reread it. I miss Leo. I hope I’ll still like him when I reread the story.

On my TBR: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

I seriously need to try Jemisin’s books to sample her greatness.

Favorite: Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

The first novel in the Rain Wild Chronicles, a fantasy series about dragons being reintroduced to a world that has been without them for years. I was eager for this story after completing the Liveship Traders books and the Tawney Man trilogy. This was an exciting read.

On my TBR: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This has been on my TBR for some time now because of the TV show, which I’m hooked on.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books.


Wyrd and Wonder is a month-long celebration in May of all things fantasy. To celebrate, I’ll only publish fantasy-related posts, like this one! 😊 I’m also hosting a GIVEAWAY for W&W. Click here to enter.


13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #40: A Look Back

  1. I have only read PJ, however, Kings of the Wyld is high on my TBR. I got it for my husband in May for his birthday and he loved it. He told me I would too. I mean, he really devoured it and the sequel 🙂


  2. Great idea to do this by year published! So many of these are on my TBR: The Goblin Emperor, Kings of the Wyld, The Night Circus, Monstress… I need to finally get to them because they all sound great.

    I must say, I didn’t like Jemisin’s A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms at all and much preferred her later work The Fifth Season (which was amazing)… but that’s just my opinion!


    1. Lol it was the easiest way I could think to do it.
      Some great books those. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll actually read the Goblin Emperor before this year ends.

      I’ll have to see how it goes, but I like the premise of A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms more though many say Fifth Season is a more interesting read.

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  3. So many books on your list that I want to read! Any of Robin Hobb books (I haven’t read any of her books yet, and would love to see what the hype is all about), the Magicians, N.K. Jemisin books as well (they sound soooo interesting!)

    I also heard so many good things about Kings of the Wyld!

    Where do I get time to read all of these booksss???? 😀


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