Monday, December 30, 2019

Best Books of the Decade

My favorite reads of the decade that were published during the decade....

Adult Fiction

The Night Circus 2011
Me Before You 2012
Tenth of December 2013
The Rosie Project 2013
The Goldfinch 2013
The Narrow Road to the Deep North 2013
All the Light I Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 2014
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 2015
A Gentleman in Moscow 2016
Lincoln in the Bardo 2017
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk 2017
Pachinko 2017
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 2017
The Heart's Invisible Furies 2017
The Overstory 2018
Unsheltered 2018
Henry Himself 2019
The Testaments 2019

Adult Nonfiction

The Warmth of Other Suns 2010
Unbroken 2010
And the Pursuit of Happiness 2010
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers 2012
Le Road Trip: A Traveler's Journal of Love and France 2012
Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder 2012
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience 2013
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania 2015
Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard 2015
Atlas Obscura 2016
Lab Girl 2016
Art of the Pie 2016
Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World 2017
The Radium Girls 2017
American Wolf 2017
Leonardo da Vinci 2017
The Library Book 2018
God Save Texas 2018
Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas 2019
Nanaville 2019
The Only Plane in the Sky 2019
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson 2019
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone 2019

Children's Fiction

Press Here 2010
I Want My Hat Back 2011
Blackout 2011
The Fault in Our Stars 2012
Wonder 2012
Eleanor & Park 2012
Penny and Her Marble 2013
A Big Guy Took My Ball 2013
Hug Machine 2014
The Little Barbarian 2015
There's a Bear on My Chair 2015
Mother Bruce 2015
A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals 2016
Ida, Always 2016
They All Saw a Cat 2016
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda 2016
Ghost by Jason Reynolds 2016
Salt to the Sea 2016
The Hate U Give 2017
Wolf in the Snow 2017
A Different Pond 2017
All the Way to Havana 2017
Long Way Down 2017
Mercy Suarez Changes Gears 2018
Why the Face? 2018
The Day You Begin 2018
Alma and How She Got Her Name 2018
A Place to Belong 2019

Children's Nonfiction

Bon Appetit: The Delicious Life of Julia Child 2012
Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why 2012
Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman 2012
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings 2015
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville 2016
My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valerio 2016
March: Book One 2013 Book Two 2015 Book Three 2016
Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White 2016
Ella: Queen of Jazz 2017
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers 2017
Paul Writes 2018
Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything 2018
1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List 2018
Carter Reads the Newspaper 2019

Join this year’s hosts  Girlxoxo and Traveling with T for our annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was (Estella’s Revenge is taking a hiatus for this year). We have a schedule of topics planned out, so feel free to join in anytime for some or all of the topics. There will also be a link-up on our blogs so that we can all stop by each other’s posts to leave comments, high fives, good vibes and well wishes.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Shelleyrae. I really wanted to cull the lists down to ten each, but I just couldn't do it.

  2. Shame on me! I haven't read even one from your adult lists! But at least I have some titles unknown to me to look for. I see a few that had opposing viewpoints: Night Circus, Lincoln in the Bardo, Lillian Boxfish, etc. so good for you for liking them so much.

    The ones that catch my eye to look for are: The Warmth of Other Suns, Dead Wake, Lab Girl and The Heart's Invisible Furies. In children's books I have wanted for quite a while to read The Hate You Give. I forget that that is technically a children's book but beloved by many adults. I wish I had the energy to list fave books from the decade, but I hadn't kept a running journal of books read before 2018 :(

    1. I often wish I had book lists from my earlier years. Smart of you to start now.

  3. I’m saving this post because I need to check some of these out. I’ve already read a bunch of them. For Christmas, I got the baby I Want My Hat Back, even though she’s too young for it. I eventually want to get her They All Saw A Cat.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Oh gracious, yes. And my g-babies love Hug Machine. And Green Sheep (not on list, but you need to look for it anyway).

  4. Oh gosh, those are good lists! Eleanor Oliphant is still one of my all time favorites.

  5. Great lists! I have read (and loved) several that you have included and am now eager to read The Overstory (which was gifted to me on my birthday), since I see it on your list.

    1. Les, you may especially like this one now that you live in a forested area.

  6. Wow, awesome list! I love The Goldfinch and The Narrow Road to the Deep North as well!

  7. Great! Unbroken almost made my list - my post will be live on January 9. It was super hard to do

  8. Goodness. I haven't even contemplated my favorites for the decade. Maybe I should?

  9. I never shared my own list. Here it is:


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