Top Ten Books of the Last Decade (by release year)

Earlier this year, I created this Top Ten Tuesday post to share my favorite books released in the last ten years. Back then I hadn’t yet read a book released in 2019, so I left that spot blank. But look at me now! 2019 is complete, and I have indeed read books publishe last year. So, without further ado, here is pretty much that same post with a little addition at the end for 2019. (Nothing wrong with a bit of post updating, right?) This time I’ve also linked to my reviews of these books if they exist, as well as any posts I’ve made that significantly mentions them.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Throwback to those first years of me being a Nerdfighter! I’ve always marveled at how these two authors were able to seamlessly write this novel of intertwining stories chapter by chapter. This book is hilarious and heart-wrenching and thought-provoking all at the same time, in Green and Levithan’s usual way. Different from many YA books that I’ve read!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I remember reading this book around Christmastime one year and thinking: Wow, what perfect timing! This book is mysterious and magical and will leave you wanting more of the fantastical world Morgenstern has created. If you’re looking for romance, adventure, suspense, and beautiful writing, then this is definitely the book for you!

My review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

How could this not have been my favorite book of 2012? I was so excited for it to be released that I pre-ordered a signed first edition copy–and I rarely pre-order anything! I loved how John Green balanced tough topics with heartfelt, thought-provoking discussions of important life questions and funny, memorable scenes that I still think about from time to time.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This little book is eerie, suspenseful, and told like a twisted fairy tale. Definitely a great read for a spooky fall day. I love Neil Gaiman’s lyrical writing in general, but this novel in particular has really stood out to me even all these years later. Whether or not you’re a Gaiman fan already, you will be after reading this!

My review | Quote

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This beautiful, heart-wrenching, emotional historical fiction novel blew me away when I read it as a senior in high school–so much so that I went out and bought a copy just to have it on my shelf, even though I had borrowed it from the library. If that’s not a testament to how much I enjoyed this book, then I don’t know what is!

My review

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I remember this book being everywhere in the online book community for the longest time. It took me forever to finally get around to reading it, but when I did I could totally see what all the hype was about. The idea of so many different Londons is really interesting!

My review | ARC review

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

This series is just unlike any other that I have read! I really liked how it was 4 books instead of the usual three or longer–I feel like you rarely see quartets around. The entire premise is so creative and unique, and I couldn’t get enough of the idea of magical ley lines and forests snaking their way through a rural town.

My review

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Again, I have never read a book like this one. Written entirely in quotes that blend fact and fiction, Lincoln in the Bardo is a true masterpiece. Not only did this novel win the Man Booker Prize, but it is also Saunders’ first full length novel–wild! Definitely makes me want to read some of his short stories.

My review

When the Curtain Falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I’ve been a fan of Carrie for years (both her videos on Youtube and her books), and I can confidently say that this is her best novel yet. I feel like Carrie really found her groove in writing this book because the setting, characters, and story all worked together so wonderfully. As with nearly all of Carrie’s books, I read this one in one sitting!

My review

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I snuck this one in at the very end of 2019 (it was my last book of the decade!) and I could not put it down. At first I was a little skeptical of this sequel, but I quickly realized that I stood very much corrected. The Testaments is a brilliant continuation of Atwood’s literary journey into Gilead. Review to come!

What are your favorite releases of the past decade? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!



27 thoughts on “Top Ten Books of the Last Decade (by release year)

  1. It’s so interesting to see what people read over the last decade! I haven’t read many of the books on your list but I vividly remember reading The Fault in Our Stars. I borrowed a friend’s copy because she wouldn’t shut up about it and I ended up loving it. I attempted to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson after finishing TFiOS but I never finished it and I gave up on John Green’s works after that. Oh well.

    Wishing you all the best for 2020!

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    1. Oh no! I could definitely see how starting with The Fault in Our Stars out of John Green’s work would put a damper on the rest–it’s so good!
      Thank you!! Wishing you the best in 2020 as well! ❤


  2. The Night Circus and A Darker Shade of Magic are two of my favourite releases from the past decade as well. A couple more of mine would be The Familiars from last year and A Discovery of Witches from 2011.

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  3. It’s so crazy to think a decade is already over and how long ago some books have actually been released! The Night Circus for example, how is that possible?? It was a really good book tho, but I read it waaaay after its release! 😛

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  4. What was your faourite book of the decade then? It must be hard to choose haha!
    I want to give the Fault in our Stars a try. But is there any other book that you would recommend first?
    Also can I just say how awesome the idea of reading a book for every year, is? 😀

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    1. Oh yeah, not sure I could pick a favorite book of the decade! If you’re looking to get into John Green, I would maybe read his novels in order because it would give you a sense of how his writing has changed over the years (plus, they’re all fantastic!). At the very least, I would read Looking for Alaska before trying The Fault in Our Stars.

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      1. Alrighty then! I shall take your recommendation into consideration!
        And yes, I think it will be great to discover how his writing has progressed over the years. 🙂
        Thank you for taking the time out to write back to me! 😀

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  5. Fabulous list, Holly! I haven’t read all of these but All the Light We Cannot See and A Darker Shade of Magic are two of my favorite reads 😍Very excited to see that The Testaments made your list for 2019. I loved Handmaid’s Tale and I’m really looking forward to finally reading this sequel! Hope 2020 continues to be a wonderfully bookish time for you 🙂

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  6. Oh yes! I see three of my favorites here: The Night Circus (fantastically magical), A Darker Shade of Magic (darkly magical), and The Raven King (simply magical)…huh. I’m sensing a them here LOL. Anyways, amazing picks!

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  7. This is such a clever post and you have SO many good books on here!

    I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson! Definitely a favourite of mine. Same goes for The Night Circus. I still haven’t started A Darker Shade of Magic (this year, I promise) or finished The Raven Cycles (I’m on book two) but I’m so happy to see they made your list.

    Wishing you all the best for this new year, Holly ❤️

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