The Paper Kind

Creative living.

My All Time Favourite Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week we are looking at my top ten all time favourite books from the last 3 years (some of these were not published in the last 3 years but don’t tell anyone).

covers of favourite books

My All Time Favourite Books

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I am literally incapable of talking about my favourite books without mentioning Ready Player One. Its about gaming and pop culture, what’s not to live?

2. World War Z by Max Brooks. I was five pages into this book when I decided I loved it. Its a typical zombie story but told through interviews with survivors of the “zombie war“.

3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. This is a really complicated historical/ sci-fi type story. But the thing I enjoyed was that to understand it fully you need to read the book then watch the movie at least a few times.

4. A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Its about a Japanese girl writing about her life and an author who finds the diary. And its fantastic.

5. An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield. The dude sang Space Oddity on the freaking international space station. And he is pretty good at writing books too!

6. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. Its about Kurt Vonnegut and growing old. Thats all I will say.

7. Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Its about books and graphic design. Basically my two favourite things.

8. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin. This is a really fantastic fantasy. But also has a really interesting religion in which the priests are allowed to kill people.

9. The Forever Watch by David Ramerez. I love that this book is full of computer science and even though it is futuristic it is based on real world computer science.

10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I pretty much grew up reading Star Trek fanfiction and I loved being able to read about fanfiction from the perspective of someone who writes fanfiction.

Thanks for reading.
Find me on Twitter, Facebook

45 responses to “My All Time Favourite Books”

  1. Oooh, these all sound so cool In the last few days I was thinking what should I read next. Thanks! 🙂
    And great job writing telling about each in one sentence 😀 I could never make it 😀


  2. Fangirl is my favorite. I guess because I can relate to Cath so much. I mean I’ve ordered the special collector edition that comes out in May. Both Canadian version and Barnes and Noble one. Can you say obsess? Great list. Great reads.


    • Yeah I enjoyed it. I found the american college system strangely fascinating. It seems so different from my experience of college.

      I try not to buy duplicates of books. Whats the point in buying a book twice when you could get something different. Though it does mean that I have to do lots of research to find the edition I want!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I didn’t make a list, but Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore would be on it for sure.

    What happened to Duma Key? Did you read it over three years ago?


  4. So as 2, 3, and 5 are definitely on my list of favourite books from the past couple of years, I’m off to read the rest of your selection:-) I saw Cmdr Hadfield at the National Geographic Society in London. He sang it again. It was awesome. He is also an amazing speaker!


  5. I totally agree about ‘Cloud Atlas’, I think it is a brilliant book. I have seen the film and felt very disappointed with it. For me, the fun of this book is working out how all of the elements of the story fits, the film just spelled everything out.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


I’m Emma. I am a designer, calligrapher, and content creator, sharing my love for paper goods. Expect pens, pencils, and some really fancy paper!


Recent Comments

%d bloggers like this: