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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!