Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read in the Last 3 Years We Would Classify As All Time Favorites


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books Read in the Last 3 Years We Would Classify As All Time Favorites 

Sometimes you read a book, and you know that it is one you’ll never forget. Here are some books we’ve read in the last 3 years that have become instant favorites.


I PROMISE I created this list before I came onto here and saw Kellee’s list (hers is below). We are destined to be blog partners. I am realizing this more and more each day.

1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green


When a book becomes trendy, we have the urge to pull away from it. I fall more in love with this book every time I read it.

2. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer


I recommend this book to everyone I meet. It is very teachable. If you are a teacher and you haven’t read it, drop everything and get to it! I promise it will impact you immensely.

3. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd


This spindiddly book touched my heart. I absolutely love it and want to share its magic with everyone.

4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Everyone should read this book. It makes me want to be a better person.

5. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

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All of the award stickers on the cover of this book are just a hint at how it is written phenomenally well.


Anyone who knows me knows how hard this was for me (I wish I could have included all 14 of the Walden books since I’ve been on the committee!), but I did it! Here are 5 books I’ve read over the last 3 years that directly spoke to my heart.

1. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer


This book instantly rocketed into my top 3 favorite books of all time. It is just so beautifully written! And the story it tells is so important for everyone to read because it makes the reader grow and think and learn.

2. The Fault in our Stars by John Green


John Green’s writing is so incredible, and Hazel and Gus’s story is so special. You love these two characters so quickly which means you live what they live and hurt when they hurt.

3. Wonder by RJ Palacio


There are certain books that while you are reading, you wish that you could share it with every person, adult and child, that you know. This is one of those books. It is almost too hard to explain because of how wonderful it is. It is a book that will make you want to be kinder to every person that you meet. If you can finish Wonder and not feel impacted, then I don’t know what to tell you.

4. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


I knew about Ivan before reading Applegate’s Newbery Award winning book, so she already had me because of the topic. Then, I even fell more in love by how beautifully it was written and put together. This book is almost a novel in vignettes. The way that Katherine Applegate wrote for Ivan is straight to the point but deep at the same time which I really feel fits a gorilla’s personality. I can picture Ivan sitting, alone, for hours feeling just the way that Katherine Applegate wrote for him. The beauty of the prose mixed with the simple, realistic illustrations made for a brilliant book about friendship, loss, and making a difference.

5. (Trent’s choice) Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton


We love Sandra Boynton in our house. Her rhythmic picture books and colorful illustrations are so well done. Some of her stories, including Personal Penguin, have songs that go with them as well. I can sing all of Personal Penguin, and it is one of the books that Trent picks up on a regular basis. We’re fans.

Which books have you read recently and immediately fell in love with? 

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read in the Last 3 Years We Would Classify As All Time Favorites”

    • Exactly! All books I cannot wait to share with Trent when he is old enough 🙂
      It is funny that we put very similar lists. I love Snicker, too, so I am happy to see it on Ricki’s list 🙂

  1. I really wanted to participate in this Top Ten Tuesday but I never have time on Tuesdays after spending so much time on book blogs on Mondays!

    Anyway, you both have great lists. Can you believe I still haven’t read Wonder?? I really need to get to it.

    I liked The Fault in Our Stars but by the time I read it, it had been too overhyped I think, so I wasn’t quite as captivated by it as others were. Again, I need to get to books sooner!

    I LOVED Endangered and also The One and Only Ivan (which was fabulous on audio) – both great books!


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    • You should definitely take part! The topics are announced many weeks in advanced, so you can write them in advance too 🙂

      Wonder is a must read! A very special book.

      Intrigued by Ivan on audio!


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