Top Ten Tuesday: the best 10 books I’ve read in the last 10 years

A TTT freebie came at the perfect time to list my top 10 favorites from the last decade. I’ve coined it the #top10of10onthe10th Unlike May’s challenge of picking one title from each year, these books I’ve loved reading over the last ten years regardless of pub date. The 2010s {or whatever they’re being called} were a rough decade personally, one of the few bright spots was the quality of books I’ve read. *Note: There are better written and deserving books that I didn’t love (ex. The Underground Railroad) and books I was thrilled over, that lacked exceptional writing (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark); however, each title below holds a special combination of both:

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018. Jana writes, “it was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” In that spirit, link up with your list at That Artsy Reader Girl and comment with your list, link, or thoughts below.

10. Circe by Madeline Miller (2018) read 2018

9. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (2017) read 2017

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011) read 2018

7. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (1999) read 2010

6. Bird box by Josh Malerman (2015) read 2018

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014) read 2017

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954) read 2018

3. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Youfsazi (2012) read 2018

2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman (2012) read 2019

1. The Gollum and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (2013) read 2017

*After laboring over this list I startled at a glaring omission; I left off the Harry Potter books. I hadn’t started them until 2011 (while recovering from cancer treatment) and read the whole series during this decade, one each summer to celebrate traveling another year around the sun. As important as they are to me, I decided to leave the list as is-highlighting other titles while holding Harry and company apart, yet very near and dear to my heart.

What are your #top10of10onthe10th titles?

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: the best 10 books I’ve read in the last 10 years

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  1. I’ve read some from your list. I tried looking at my books, (I started recording my reads at the blog in 2012), and I realize I just can’t do this, LOL. I can’t pick just 10 books.

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  2. I’m am going to attempt to narrow this down to only 10. I agree that the 2010s was a rough decade so I will focus my criteria on simply- most enjoyed/most memorable to me.
    10b. Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    10a. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulle
    9. Ellan Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
    8. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    7. Before We Were Yours
    6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    5. Beneath the Scarlet Sky by
    4. Forty Autumns by Nina Willner
    3. The Seven Sisters (series) by Lucinda Riley
    2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    1. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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    1. I love your list, it has many serious reads. I enjoyed the surprises and complexity of Watchmaker, but didn’t love it. Will you read the second one?
      Before We were Yours and Scarlet Sky will be read by me w/in the next few months–before the movies are made. And of course A Tree Grows in Brooklyn=in my all-time favorite book list❤

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