Best Books of the Decade

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As we head into not just a new year but a new decade I thought I’d do my top books of the decade.

It was supposed to be a list of 10 but wound up doubled. Some might be controversial picks but I enjoyed all of them for many different reasons. And I’ve found that even the controversial ones are still being talked about.

So the books that defined my decade:


This book is so much more than science. The story is so meaningful and really Henrietta Lacks is a woman whose life and death affected all of us and it absolutely should be read.
the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

A Dance with Dragons

One. We’ve had one ASOIAF book this decade (at least involved in the series proper) one last decade to… I guess that bodes super well for seeing Winds of Winter sometime in the next decade 🙂


Circling the Sun

the martian

The first 50 pages I didn’t think I’d finish this one from that point on- I couldn’t put it down.


I recommend this one on audiobook. Fascinating inspiring woman- but also I could listen to her narrate anything 🙂

circe uk edition

The Night Circus

Night Film

I know Night Film and The Night Circus might be controversial. But I really enjoyed both- I hope to reread them soon but I do respect the fact these seem like two books you either love or hate and whichever one you do- like Star Wars films- you do it with passion!


I Hate Fairyland Sadly Never After

Honestly this is one of my favorite graphic novels and I think it perfectly sums up a kind of ennui that so many people have today myself included.

six of crows

No matter what Bardugo might do in future books (I wasn’t entirely happy with that King of Scars ending) she can’t take away my love for the Ketterdam gang.

The Golem and the Jinni

The Nightingale

A beautiful tale about sisters, war and time. There were a few different World War II era books this decade including, All the Light We Cannot See which I read. But this one is the one that stands out to me.

Strange the Dreamer

Gone Girl

Unpopular opinion- I liked the book but I liked the movie more. Still the book stands out for me as one of the best thrillers and psychological dramas I’ve read in ages!

the hate u give

If I Was Your Girl

Two books about very important issues transphobia, racism, police violence, violence period, class differences, gender discrimination and managed to do it while being entertaining and beautifully moving at the same time.

I’m sure everyone has there favorites. Weirdly, I’m having a hard time choosing a best book of 2019. But I’d recommend all of the above and we’ll see what stands up with time from this year 🙂