My Favourite Books of the Decade | 2010 to 2020

Favourite Books of the Decade

With the arrival of 2020 comes the demise of the 2010s – AKA the decade that occupies most of my living memory. And it was a decade during which I read some pretty great books!

Let’s go way back, shall we? At the beginning of the decade I was just about to turn 10 years old. It wasn’t long before I had my sights set on some pretty big books. (I find it highly ironic that I went straight to adult books aged 10, then really got into YA at 17.) So don’t worry if you’re thinking the first half of this list will be boring – I read things as a child that I wouldn’t pick up now! I kid you not, at 6 years old I stole one of my mum’s true crime books while on holiday and read the whole thing.

My Favourite Books of the Decade 2010-2020

2010Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund

Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund

Like I said, not bad for a 10-year-old. I don’t remember much of this book at all, and I doubt I would still like it if I reread it now, but it makes it on this list because of how fond I was of it at the time. I bought this in the airport before going on holiday and I still have the copy – water damaged from getting splashed while reading by the pool.

2011Watchers by Dean Koontz

Watchers by Dean Koontz book cover

I was obsessed with this book for the longest time. It features brutal murder (you can tell what I was into at the time) and a talking dog!! Honestly, my love of Einstien (said talking dog) sparked a lifelong fixation and is the reason I have a Goodreads shelf labelled talking-dogs. It is sadly rather barren.

2012The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The Twilight Saga book covers

I knew I wouldn’t make it through this list without mentioning this one. I was 12, okay?? You find me one person who isn’t ashamed of anything they did when they were 12, I challenge you. So yes, these awful books about toxic behaviour were my favourite at one point.

2013The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

Now we’re catching up to my current tastes. While I wouldn’t blame you for looking at the covers and assuming this is Twilight 2.0, Morganville is vampires done right. The characters if this series are some of my favourites ever, and I still reread Glass Houses every time I’m sad. Turning the pages feels like coming home.


Tumbleweed blowing across desert

*cricket noises*

2017Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

My triumphant return to reading came in late 2017. If I remember correctly, I was bored at the end of the summer holidays and decided to pick up this book with the pretty cover that had been sitting on my shelf for ages. The rest of that year was consumed with a reading frenzy as I powered my way through all 9 Chronicles of Ixia books in a matter of weeks. I managed a 600-page book in one day, a feat I could only dream of now. (It wasn’t even the full day!!)

2018Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff book cover

This is the first of many mentions from the year that led me to bookstagram, Goodreads, and finally my blog. Illuminae is a game changer. This book is not like anything I’ve read before – it’s written in a unique dossier format, like a folder comprised of emails, transcripts, and chats. The characters are so memorable, and the story made me laugh and cry – a winning combination.

2018The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson UK book cover

This is the book that saved the epic fantasy genre for me. After being bored half to death by A Clash of Kings, this funny and fast-paced heist story was a breath of fresh air. I’m a sucker for good characters, so Kelsier was a dream for me.

2018History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera book cover

Tears. So many tears. I bawled my way through this book. In a slightly masochistic fashion, I love books that can make me feel strongly enough to cry. So one that made me cry the entire way through? Mega bonus points.

2019Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff UK book cover

So one of the things I learnt in the last decade is that I adore Jay Kristoff’s writing. ‘Blood, sex, and cigarillos’ would be my summary of Mia Corvere in 3 words. The twists this series throw at you are enough to give you whiplash. A brutally good fantasy read.

2019Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Luria Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll cover

A raw and heartbreaking story told in a highly emotional format. I connected so strongly to this story, and fell in love with the raw emotions the artwork depited. This story opened me up to the idea of reading graphic novels, and I often find myself returning to it and getting lost inside the pages.

It’s been fun looking back and seeing how much I’ve developed over the last ten years, even just in terms of reading. I was expecting some differences, obviously, given that I started it as a child and ended up an adult (wow that’s scary, who decided I could adult?).

I’m glad I grew out of generic thriller novels and toxic rubbish, but I also have to acknowledge them as part of my reading journey. Ultimately, anything that had me enjoying reading can’t really be a bad thing! I’m excited to see where the next ten years take me! I wonder how many books I can read in a decade…

What were some of your favourite books this last decade? Have your reading tastes changed much? Chat with me in the comments!

Love and lemons, Abi

10 thoughts on “My Favourite Books of the Decade | 2010 to 2020

  1. This is so cool to see how your reading taste has evolved! That’s hilarious that you read all those adult novels as a kid and read more YA now πŸ˜‚ Also, your *cricket noises* from 2014-2016 was basically my 2013-2015, so you’re definitely not alone there.

    I LOVE The Final Empire (Kelsier!!) and History Is All You Left Me! And I really need to get around to reading Illuminae. Wonderful post!! ❀

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    1. Yeah, I love how as my actual age went up, my reading age went down πŸ˜‚ Glad I’m not the only one who had a few years of non-reading. I’m grateful for them in a way, because when I came back to books I appreciated them so much.

      Yes, Kelsier is just the best!! I want to finish reading The Hero of Ages, but I couldn’t get into it the last time I tried. I hope you love Illuminae! ❀


  2. I devoured the Twilight books when I was a young teen too, as well as The Hunger Games. I probably still *would* re-read them – not because they’re absolutely fantastic pieces of literature, but because they meant something at the time.

    My reading tastes haven’t so much “changed” as they have expanded – I used to mostly read children’s classics with a little YA here and there. Now, I read regular classics and much more horror / mystery / thriller.

    Great blog post!

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    1. I can definitely understand wanting to reread them just for the nostalgia. I think if I owned them I might read back through them, but I’m not motivated enough to go out and find a copy just for that purpose.

      It’s great that you’ve broadened the range of what you read – means there’s even more favourite books out there for you to find! Thanks!

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  3. Wow you’re reading taste has changed over the decade. I don’t remember enough about my reading to pick out a favourite for each year. I think I only really got into reading 4 years ago!
    Aw… Twilight. I’ve seen all the movies and I’ve read the first one for school. My sister was obsessed with them but I was always like no. haha but they are kind of iconic in their own weird, toxic way!!
    I really want to read Brandon Sanderson books so I’m so glad you loved Mistborn!!
    I need to read Adam Silvera books too because I want to see if they make me cry as I hardly ever cry too!!
    It was so great to see your journey!! I went from cute animal stories when I was really young to Sarah J Maas (which aren’t the best books but they introduced to the book community) then I carried on loving YA fantasy and now I think I love adult fantasy and YA contemporary but it will probably change again!! haha!!
    Great post! ❀

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    1. Haha it definitely has changed a lot! Oh wow, what was it that got you into reading?

      Oh yes, I was 100% obsessed with them at the time but I look back now and cringe! If you want to cry I’d definitely go for History Is All You Left Me, or They Both Die at the End. In fact, I challenge you to read History without crying! 😝

      I’ve never read any Sarah J Maas books but I know how iconic they are. Anything that gets you into reading can’t be a bad thing! Thank you! πŸ’•

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      1. I don’t know really. I’ve always read but that I think I found the book community (booktube) and it really got me into books so I read loads instead of just occasionally. It made me really passionate about them!!

        Haha πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ
        It definitely sounds like a challenge I will have to do (I will buy plenty of tissues in case)!!

        True, you have an attachment to things that get you into reading!! πŸ’›

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  4. It’s so cool to see the journey you went on with your reading! I don’t think my tastes have changed all that much, although I guess I don’t read as heavily from the paranormal romance genre as I used to, lol.
    It wasn’t until Twilight that I actually discovered YA was a thing, so I guess I owe that series something too. Illuminae is one of my favourites from the decade too, so it’s exciting to see it on your list! Also exciting to see on your list is Nevernight, because I have that out from the library right now, so I’ll hopefully be reading it sometime in February.

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    1. I found it really fun to look back so I’m glad other people enjoyed reading about it!
      I think a lot of people can thank Twilight for showing them YA – love it or hate it you can’t deny it had an impact! Yesss, Illumimae is so good, and I hope you enjoy Nevernight too! 😁

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