Ten Best Books of the Last Three Years


Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list the ten books that we’d class as our all time favorite books within the last 3-5 years. This could be pretty hard, or extremely easy, let’s see.

Turned out, it was easier than I thought. While scanning my reading list page where I jot down all the books I’ve read, certain books just leaped out at me, those books that were so so good that I just couldn’t put them down, that I remember even after quite some time has passed.


So, yes, this list turned out surprisingly easy to compile, and let’s just get on to my ten best books that I read in the past three years.

  1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Yes, I read this book just last month, and who’s to say three years down the line, I”ll just have a hazy memory of it, but I somehow don’t think so. Well-written, well-plotted, with some great tension throughout, I think I”ll remember this book and the characters for some time.
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Again, I read this book just last week and I enjoyed the mystery very much. An engaging and thrilling book, I can’t say this is a classic or anything like that, but I think it fits very well into this list.
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This was the summer read of 2013 for me. It’s not a perfect thriller, but I loved the psychological aspects of the book so much that it overrode everything else.
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R.Martin – I am cheating a little here and including all the books so far in this series. I can’t really pick and choose among them because after three years, they have all merged into one gargantuan story in my mind, and I can no longer distinguish which event occurs in which book, and honestly, I think all of them are excellent enough to make it to this list.
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Dystopia is a genre that I am not very fond of, but Atwood does it brilliantly by bringing in a feminist angle, and creating a believable dystopia. Also, it’s absolutely so well-written.
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  7. Night Film by Marisha Pessl – I loved this book for its unique use of multimedia, and the spooky atmosphere. Very enjoyable.
  8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is probably the only historical fiction pick that makes it to this list. I love the blend of sci-fi and historical fiction, and the fantastic love story, and while I have no plans on reading the remaining books in the series, I loved this one as a standalone.

  9. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo – I love this book for the rawness and the wonderful main protagonist. The ending is a bit weak, but I adored this book anyway.
  10. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King is just good old-fashioned horror. I read this for Halloween last year and enjoyed every bit of it.
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  12. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – I am rounding off this list with another book from Donna Tartt. I think I love her writing style, and though this book was quite uneven, and I honestly can’t say it is my favorite or anything like that. However, there’s a memorable quality to it and I plan to reread it someday.

So that’s my top ten list? What are your top ten reads in the last three years?

  • I love both Gone Girl and Girl on The Train so pleased to see them featured.

  • laura @ canido52

    Definitely a few in common here and I need to get to Outlander by the sounds of it. I also really like Daughter by Jane Schemilt & have just finished Station 11 which will be on my list for sure 🙂

  • I’m happy to see Outlander because it’s one of my all-time faves, and I’m also glad to see We Need New Names because it’s on my TBR!

  • Becky LeJeune

    Fabulous list! GONE GIRL almost made the cut for mine – honestly it was so hard to narrow it I just went with whatever first popped out from my best of lists!

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