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May 28, 2019


top ten tuesday: favorite books of the last ten years
posted by soe 1:38 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic at That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to reflect on a decade’s worth of releases and to give our favorite book for each of the past ten years.

I should note that I started out considering the best book from each year, but then I realized it wasn’t the question and had to go back to my first couple to consider whether it was, in fact, my favorite. Here’s where I ended up:

2009: Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me
2010: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
2011: Erin Morganstern’s The Night Circus
2012: A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
2013: Just One Day by Gayle Forman
2014: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
2015: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2016: Sherry Thomas’ A Study in Scarlet Women
2017: Word by Word by Kory Stamper
2018: Julie Murphy’s Puddin’
Bonus: 2019: So far I’ve only read two of this year’s publications. The moment’s winner is Jeff Zentner’s Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

It does not escape me that my list is very white, with Sherry Thomas being the only author of color, I believe. As I mentioned, these are merely the books I enjoyed most, not necessarily the books I thought were most important or best written, which would mostly have resulted in vastly different lists that included books by Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas, Kwame Alexander, Nicola Yoon, Jacqueline Woodson, Grace Lin, and Cristina HenrĂ­quez.

Category: books. There is/are 12 Comments.



The Night Circus is another one sitting on my bookshelf that I haven’t got around to reading yet… I bought it because I loved the cover! :/

Comment by Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books 05.28.19 @ 4:20 am

I thought A Man Called Ove was wonderful, too!

My TTT.

Comment by Lydia 05.28.19 @ 6:21 am

I’m surprised I haven’t seen The Night Circus more today!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/top-ten-tuesday-213/

Comment by Jo 05.28.19 @ 6:28 am

Great list! I loved The Night Circus and Illuminae, and many other books you listed are on my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Marti 05.28.19 @ 6:30 am

I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve been meaning to read The Night Circus. The hype makes me nervous though.
My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

Comment by Marie 05.28.19 @ 10:14 am

Interesting how you clarified them, in the end. I need to put out a list. It would include: The Day the WorldCame to Town, Deep Down Dark the story of the chilean miners, The Spirit Catches you and you Fall down, and poetry by Mary Oliver

Comment by kathy b 05.28.19 @ 11:29 am

Someday I should read The Night Circus. The only book I’ve read from Rainbow Rowell is Fangirl (and her short story Midnights) but I liked it.

Comment by Brooke Lorren 05.28.19 @ 1:10 pm

Landlines is on my TBR, I’m glad its one of your favorites. I have seen it on a couple lists today!

Comment by Brittany 05.28.19 @ 4:10 pm

I haven’t read any of these. I’m glad you enjoyed them, and I’ll have to look them up! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

Comment by Poinsettia 05.28.19 @ 7:20 pm

Illuminae was so good and it’s so unique! I get why it made your list.

Comment by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse 05.28.19 @ 10:14 pm

I loved the Night Circus too. And looking at your observation about the diversity, I also realized that most if not all authors of my list are white too. But I didn’t even think of that when choosing the books because I like you chose the books I like best.

Comment by Raya@Rayasreads 05.29.19 @ 4:40 am

Sherry Thomas is one of my recent favorites. Great choices!

Lauren @ Always Me

Comment by Lauren @ Always Me 05.31.19 @ 5:48 pm