It’s almost the end of 2019, which means it’s almost the end of a decade. We are about to enter the roaring twenties! The teens are over. And I, for one, am not sad to see them go. The last ten years have been not that great overall. There have been more downs than ups in my life (which I am determined to change in the next decade), BUT I have read a lot of amazing books. So today, I thought I’d revisit my favorite books I’ve read in the last ten years. (I’m sure I’ve mentioned all of these many times before, so I’ll try and keep it short.)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Every time someone asks what my favorite book is, I tell them Neverwhere. I distinctly remember the moment I read the phrase “aural wallpaper” to describe the “Mind the Gap” announcement on the underground. Something about it is just so amazing. This was the start of my love for Neil Gaiman and has been an inspiration every single time I attempt my own writing.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I have never been more anxious about fictional characters than I was in the last four-hundred pages of this book. I cared about them so much that it hurt. I did read this fairly recently, but I honestly think these are the kinds of characters that are just going to stay with me forever. I never thought I’d say I would love to reread a thousand-page historical fiction novel about a cathedral, but The Pillars of the Earth proved me wrong.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book is just pure magic. I absolutely loved immersing myself in this world. My book club is reading it this month, and I’m excited to revisit Le Cirque des Rêves for a third time.
The Martian by Andy Weir. I genuinely don’t think anything will ever be able to top this as my favorite sci-fi book.
Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I am a massive fan of Victoria Schwab, and this is my favorite book of hers (so far). It’s contemporary sci-fi with absolutely brilliant characters. I don’t think a list of my favorite books would be complete without Victoria Schwab.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. This book reminded me how much I adore mythology, specifically Greek mythology. I loved it so much!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. This book is kind of unlike anything else on this list. I can only think back on it with warm and fuzzy feelings. It’s such a great novel. And I cannot wait for the Tom Hanks movie adaptation (although the Swedish version is also fantastic).
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This is the best book I will never recommend to anyone. It’s so beautiful, but it also made me sob for about four hours and then depressed for a month. But I loved every second of it. If you need a good cathartic cry, read A Little Life.
The Green Mile by Stephen King. Another author that is a must on this list is Stephen King. I’ve read quite a few of his books in the past decade, but The Green Mile is my favorite. It’s such a great blend of historical fiction, horror, and magic. I loved it so much. Easily one of my favorite books.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This book is just amazing. I read all of Jane Austen’s novels over this past decade, and this was my favorite.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. This was kind of a groundbreaking book for me, because it’s a classic, but it’s feminist. It was also one of the first classic novels I loved outside of Jane Austen. I think I need to reread this soon.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. Speaking of feminist classics… I love this one. It was published in 1792, but is honestly just as relevant today. I’ve read this several times in the past ten years (mostly for college and grad school) and it never gets old.
Okay, I wasn’t able to keep this post very short. But there were just too many books! I think I did a pretty good job narrowing it down (it was hard, since I didn’t really start tracking my reads until the last five years or so). But I am looking forward to seeing what my favorite books of the 2020s will be.
What is your favorite book of the decade?