…Ten Novels of the Decade (one for each year)

This is a very personal list. It does not (by any means) fully represent my taste in books. I’m only including fiction books and they are ordered by publication year, not by the year I read them!

Let me know in the comments of via Twitter if I’ve named any of your favourites!

2010 – Matched

The plot in a sentence: A girl lives in a world where your life partner is chosen for you – but love isn’t that simple.

I love this book because… it’s YA dystopia with a unique storyline. I’ve read so many YA trilogies but this is certainly one of my favourites.

Runner up for 2010: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

2011 – Ready Player One

The plot in a sentence: A boy with little in life spends his days in a virtual world trying to solve a game with a huge pay off.

I love this book because… it’s brilliant to read out loud. I read this to my boyfriend and we loved it together.

Runner up for 2011: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2012 – May we be forgiven

The plot in a sentence: A year in the life of a man who destroyed and then re-built his family.

I love this book because… it was a literary masterpiece, affecting and raw. Homes can be decisive, but I sit firmly in the love camp.

Runner up for 2012: The Dinner by Herman Koch

2013 – The Goldfinch

If I had to choose one novel of the decade – this would be the one.

The plot in a sentence: A boy and the man he becomes is obsessed with having in his possession a stolen work of art and goes through life with the event that killed his mother hanging over him.

I love this book because… it’s an epic. Donna Tartt is the author of my all time favourite novel, The Secret History, and I was immediately in love with the completeness of the story (even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending!)

Runner up for 2013: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

2014 – Station Eleven

The plot in a sentence: A deadly disease wipes out most of the population of earth and troop of misfit actors tour the country trying to keep Shakespeare alive.

I love this book because… one day I wandered into a W H Smiths in Euston while I was waiting for a train. I ambled over to the sci-fi section and saw this. The dystopian feel gripped me and I bought it for the journey. I was glued to this until the very last page.

Runner up for 2014: The One by Kiera Cass

2015 – A Little Life

The plot in a sentence: Four college friends navigate life with its ups and downs, having to deal with memories of the past that seek to destroy them.

I love this book because… There’s no sugar coating it – A Little Life destroyed me. I knew it would, as I was late to the party. It was a tomb – and that’s what I needed at the time.

Runner up for 2015: The Heir by Kiera Cass

2016 – The Girls

The plot in a sentence: A woman remembers the summer that she spent wrapped up in a charismatic leader’s “summer of love” cult.

I love this book because… another random pick up, I knew I’d love The Girls from the blurb alone. It mixes “true” crime and literary fiction beautifully and is a perfect summer read.

Runner up for 2016: Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

2017 – 4 3 2 1

The plot in a sentence: A boy and the man he becomes makes certain choices through his life that lead him down one of four paths.

I love this book because… Auster’s writing style is like no other, it’s like poetry with long beautiful sentences. Also the concept is so great and he executes it perfectly.

Runner up for 2017: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

2018 – Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

The plot in a sentence: Weir’s historical fiction about the life of Jane Seymour.

I love this book because… I love this whole series, it’s fast becoming one of my favourites. I love this period of history and listening on audiobook is really great, all the narrators have been wonderful.

Runner up for 2018: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

2019 – Middle England

The plot in a sentence: A group of friends and family navigate their lives during the Brexit period.

I love this book because… I am not ashamed to say that when I read the words ‘Benjamin Trotter’ I nearly cried. This is the third in a series of books about the same group of people and I’ve been desperate to know what happened to them. I love Coe’s style of writing and I’ve read nearly all his books. I finished this on Boxing Day 2019 and it was a great end to a great decade of books.

Runner up for 2019: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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