Readers’ Favorite Books From the Past Decade

Back in November I started thinking about the upcoming end of the decade and how many amazing books were released. Naturally, I started to pick my favorite and of course wondered what everybody else considered their favorite to be. Since my curiosity always gets the better of me I set up a Google form and asked for submissions here and on Twitter. Here are the responses!

Mina from Bookish Enby loved…

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia because it has the “best mental health and grey ace rep.”

Katrina from RinaReadsBooks loved…

Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone! “It’s the book I see myself the most in! Also the book I always turn back to when I need to reread something.”

Emily from Emily’s Bookish Adventures loved…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! “This book will always have my heart as the very first YA book I ever read. I saw myself in Cath and it made me realize what my future could turn out to be. Itโ€™s a classic book-lover novel about family and friends and love that I find myself rereading when Iโ€™m having a bad day ๐Ÿ’š”

Diana from Fortunately, the Book loved…

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters! “Cat Winters has done a great work, mixing real scary situations like The Spanish flu, with historical elements and supernatural touches. I’ve learned a lot with this book, that has all I search for in a book. Unfortunately it’s really underrated.”

Tori from Find Me in a Bookshop loved…

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare! “This is one of my all time favourite series. [I] adore the characters, plot and setting and could reread it for forever!”

@zmj001 loved…

American War by Omar El Akkad because it has an “unique concept. A just fast enough moving plot. Dystopian but very eerily so because itโ€™s not outside the realm of possibility.”

Arin from Tomes of Our Lives loved…

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth because “It changed my life forever ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š”

Samantha from @samanthaistan loved…

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir! “This book has everything: romance, rebellions, political uprisings, magic, and some of the best writing I’ve ever read. Sabaa’s writing conveys the brutal reality of colonialism, slavery, and the cost of fighting for what you believe in so powerfully in such a small package. The plot gripped me from the beginning, and the characters are fully realized from the beginning.”

Shereen loved…

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend! It was the “first book that gave me ‘Harry Potter feelings’. It contains all my favorite tropes ever – down the rabbit hole, dark & whimsy and found families. I’ve never more attached to book characters than I did with the ones in Nevermoor.”

Umairah from Sereadipity loved…

Circe by Madeline Miller! “As someone who loves Greek mythology Circe took me on such a magical ride and presented a well-known story from a fresh angle. It was also a feminist story about breaking free from expectations and choosing your own path. It’s so beautiful I could talk about how good it is forever!”

Cait from Cait’s Books loved…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! “There are a lot of books that I would consider my favorite, but I had to pick this one because I feel like it had the biggest impact on me. It got me interested in heavier, darker fantasy novels, as well as morally gray protagonists. It’s representation of disabilities, mental health, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color raised my standards for the books I read. It also was just something I really love reading, and I only grow to love more and more the more I read it.”

Jess from @ToReadistoDream loved…

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! “I felt so connected to the characters and it covered topics rarely covered and had the best friendship I have ever read.”

Anjali from This Splended Shambles loved…

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab! “It’s a fantastic combination of fantasy, magic, a bit of adventure and a dash of romance; it has an incredible multi-layered setting, a superb plot, top-notch writing, and outrageously excellent characters.”

Akali from AEB Book Reviews loved…

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare! “This is my favorite book from the past decade because I remember being so excited for its release, as Cassandra Clare is my favorite author, and being so in love with how the book was written and the characters once I picked the book up. One of the main characters, Mark Blackthorn, really resonated with me and continues to be one of my favorite book characters of all time.”

Cree from Too Many Tomes loved…

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon! “The Bone Season is an amalgam of urban fantasy, supernatural, dystopia and alternate history. The world that Samantha Shannon has crafted is at once familiar and unfamiliar – it’s both futuristic and Victorian. I love the quirks of speech and interaction that are so uniquely rendered by the author. The protagonist, Paige Mahoney, is a wonderful character.”

O’Phylia from @ophyliaXhamlet loved…

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novak because “it’s got regal fae and protagonists who couldn’t care less about the fae.”

Santchird from Ignite My Mind loved…

Divergent by Veronica Roth! “Divergent gave me such a wave of motivation when the movie came out, it made want to study more and follow my dreams that I was afraid to do, as in try to change my college course and become an ambulance volunteer. The dauntless famous motto phrase became my own motto and I wanted to put it everywhere, to make me remember we can all be brave, even when we’re afraid, we don’t need to “save lives” everyday or do big things- random acts of kindness and bravery are enough, I’m enough, and everything I can do is one step closer to changing the world for the better. I’m still afraid of not being enough when I enter the ambulance, but damn, I’m so proud of being able to be there and doing my best.”

Leela Martin from @ArmySone15 loved…

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera! “This was so hard to choose, but I ended up choosing this book since it isn’t what I normally read. The story took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, and when I was reading it on the bus I’m sure I got some strange looks since I transitioned from laughing to crying constantly. The message of this story really makes you reflect on your life, what you have and to be thankful for it. It’s such a beautiful and heartwarming story of love, friendship, facing fears and happiness.”

Candice from Beachwood Schoolhouse loved…

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden because it is “beautifully written, the clash of the old beliefs with the new was heartbreaking, and the winter setting freezes my soul in a wonderful way.”

Lilya from The Kitten’s Keyboard loved…

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall “because it accurately and humanely depicts mental illnesses.”

Kappa from Kappa Reads Books loved…

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson because “it’s the kind of book I wanted when I was growing up.”

Dana from @danabartelt loved…

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy because “it showed that all sizes are beautiful and should be confident.”

As for me…

My first instinct was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I thought it released in 2010 but it actually came out in 2009. Instead, I’m going with You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn because it’s the first book that has ever made me feel the exact same way as Gayle Forman’s have.

What is your favorite book from the last decade? Let me know in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Readers’ Favorite Books From the Past Decade”

  1. Just came across your blog and I love it! Your post is so fun and a really great read! Fan girl is probably one of my favourite books ever – I could relate to Cath on such a personal level and it really is a great book-lovers book. Really looking forward to reading more of your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

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