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My Top Books of the Decade 2010-2019


It is almost the end of the decade and by coincidence it also marks 10 years since I started blogging. I started a blog to share the books I was reading and my thoughts about them. The blog has changed quite a bit from when it first started and probably doesn't get the attention I once gave to it but I still try to share the books I love on it. One of the things I started in my first year blogging was my Top 5 Books of the Year (it was so hard to only choose five every year I always mentioned 5 more). Which means I have the opportunity to put together a post of My Top 5 Books of the past ten years. It has been really interesting to see the books and authors than have made my top 5s and I honestly can believe what a cracking year of reading 2013 was (Life After Life by Kate Atkinon was my No. 7!!). So many great books and authors and I keep discovering new ones I've missed all the time. Here's to ten more years of great reading (hopefully!).


My Top 5 Reads for 2010

  1. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

  2. The Passage by Justin Cronin

  3. Sleepless by Charlie Huston

  4. The Twelve by Stuart Neville

  5. The Lonely Polygamist by Barry Udall

My Top 5 Reads for 2011

  1. The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

  2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

  3. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

  4. Satori by Don Winslow

  5. Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

My Top 5 Reads for 2012

  1. Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka

  2. The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

  3. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

  4. Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller

  5. The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

My Top 5 Reads for 2013

  1. The Son by Philipp Meyer

  2. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

  3. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

My Top 5 Reads of 2014

  1. Redeployment by Phil Klay

  2. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

  3. The Martian by Andy Weir

  4. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

  5. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

My Top 5 Reads of 2015

  1. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

  2. Last Hundred Years Trilogy by Jane Smiley

  3. Touch by Claire North

  4. The Cartel by Don Winslow

  5. Girl at War by Sara Novic

My Top 5 Reads for 2016

  1. The Dry by Jane Harper

  2. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

  3. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

  4. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clark

  5. The Fireman by Joe Hill

My Top 5 Reads for 2017

  1. American War by Omar El Akkad

  2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

  3. The Power by Naomi Alderman

  4. Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

  5. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

My Top 5 Reads for 2018

  1. Lost Connections by Johann Hari

  2. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

  3. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

  4. Normal People by Sally Rooney

  5. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

My Top 5 Reads for 2019

  1. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

  2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  3. The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

  4. The Falconer by Dana Czapnik

  5. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane




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