5 Amazing Books Published More Than 5 Years Ago

It’s time for another Top 5 Saturday (led by the wonderful Mandy @ Devouring Books)! It has certainly been a while since I’ve read a book that was published more than five years ago, so this was definitely a throwback for me. I’m really excited to share with you my finds though! Let’s get into it! (btw all images link to the book’s Goodreads page!)


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Five Amazing Books Published More Than 5 Years Ago

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

This incredible story by fairy retelling queen Shannon Hale is one I’ve reread over and over again. I love the complexity of the characters, the stakes, the magic… all of it. If you haven’t read it yet, you really should!

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

If you’re looking for a high stakes, action and puzzle-packed plot, and lots of laughs, step right up! I reread this book about every couple years, and it NEVER gets old. The main character is so snarky and resourceful, I cannot get enough of her.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Ahh, the good old days when I first read this book in middle school. But I’ve reread it since, and it still holds up! It’s an alternate history based in World War I with steampunk elements (think flying whale warship). The two main characters have incredibly strong voices, and there’s lots of humor. Scott is mostly known for his Uglies series, but I personally believe this is his best work.

All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

And of course I had to add one of Julie Berry’s books to this bunch (surprise surprise!) Oh this book. It undoes me every single time I read it! And I’ve read it so many times (are you seeing a pattern here? I am!) This is such a deeply touching book about finding your voice. It’s beautiful epistolary structure really draws you into the character’s head, making her feel real and three-dimensional. Love love love this book.

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer is mainly known for writing the Artemis Fowl series, which I love. But I love Airman just a LITTLE bit more (okay, maybe more than a little bit). This character-driven adventure story was all consuming for me when I first read. And every re-read since. It is powerful in its themes and its writing. Go read this one if you haven’t yet.

What are your favorite books that were published 5 years ago? (It’s hard to think of some isn’t it? ;D)

5 thoughts on “5 Amazing Books Published More Than 5 Years Ago

  1. I LOVE Book of a Thousand Days and Leviathan! Both are books that I read as a kid but have reread in recent years, and it’s such a relief when old favorites hold up 😄 I definitely agree that Leviathan is probably Scott Westerfeld’s best work – at least from what I’ve read.

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