This post is part of Top 10 Tuesday run by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl
I’ve got a lot of book love in me, and I like to spread it out as much as I can. There are a couple of books every year that really stand out to me, but if I had to rank the last ten years, how would I do it? With so many books I loved dearly from the last 10 years, can I narrow each into just one top read?
I’m hoping this will be a little easier than I’m making it out to be in my head. I’m going through all the books I’ve ever read on my Goodreads list and taking a look at what year they were released to help form my opinions.
The year is barely halfway through, but I’m pretty sure I already know my best book of 2019. I was obsessed with Meat Market by Juno Dawson and it’s going to take a lot to overcome this.
Juno takes the crown again. I read Clean in just one day, devouring it on most of a plane trip to Cardiff. It was by far my best book of 2018, and I can’t wait to pick it up again and dive into Lexi’s world.
I may have read it in 2019, but Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was released in 2017. I read this on my travels as well, finishing it up in a café in Vienna. I purposefully made that cup of coffee last an hour longer than it would usually so I could finish Evelyn’s story.
I’m a big fan of Jodi Picoult, so when I heard a new book of hers was on the way I knew I had to pick it up. I was totally engrossed by Small Great Things, and just like the rest of her back catalogue it left me with so much to think about.
I’m not a big non-fiction reader, so when a non-fiction book stays with me you know it’s a good one. I still go back to Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig on a regular basis. It’s such a grounding book, and it’s a fantastic escape from the worries and woes of modern life.
There can often seem to be a lot of pressure on and hype about debut novels. I heard about a novel being written by a woman from west Cork called Louise O’Neill, and that it was being hailed as The Handmaid’s Tale for a new generation. I read Only Ever Yours as soon as it came out and I was hooked.
I came to Sarah Maria Griffin’s incredible Not Lost earlier this year. It’s an incredible story of emigration, growing up, and family. Anyone who’s ever emigrated, or even just lives in a different city than where they grew up, will certainly find solace in this book.
This might be a bit of a marmite book, but I really enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A lot of people aren’t sold on it at all, but I was hooked. Amy’s story had everything I needed to grip me.
I’m not usually a crier at books. But I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and the floodgates opened. It was worse when I watched the film on a flight back from America, and openly wept in front of many of my co-workers.
I read Room by Emma Donoghue while on a train into London one morning. It really added to the suspense of the book for me, and it made it much more enjoyable – but terrifying.