My memory is terrible. Most times, I don’t remember what I did the day before, never mind what happened ten years ago. Then, people on YouTube and WordPress started sharing their “favorite books of the decade.” I didn’t open a Goodreads account until 2012, but I did keep record of books I read prior to that. It also helps that I reread books a lot in high school.
I tried to keep this list as short as possible. Only I realized that picking one book for every year was easier said than done. So let’s get right to it.
Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair by Wendy Mass
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
Jinx by Meg Cabot
The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong (2009-2011)
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (2009-2011?)
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (2011-2015)
Heather Wells books 1-3 by Meg Cabot
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (2012-2014)
The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare (2014-2015)
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (2014-2017)
Confessions series by James Patterson (2013-2015)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Saga graphic novels
We Believe You by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (2016-2017)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Secret Life of Bees and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian were books I read for book club, one of the few things I loved about high school. I would read the latter for about three more times over the next five years. Meg Cabot took up most of my junior high and high school years. I loved the Heather Wells series, despite never having finished it to this day, as well as Jinx and Avalon High. I read The Mediator series, my absolute favorite work ever by Meg Cabot, before the decade began, probably 2007 or 2008. Avalon High, as well as Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair by Wendy Mass, were I think the ones that inspired my love for fairy tale retellings.
If I had to pick the most notable books on this entire list, it is The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. Besides introducing me to my favorite genre—fantasy—it helped me find my niche in terms of writing. While I might enjoy reading contemporary or historical fiction, fantasy was the most fun and where I thought I produced my best work. Anna Dressed in Blood and The Space Between were other big influences on writing, as well as the dark, creepy novels of V.C. Andrews. I was also reading a lot of adult mystery thrillers at the time, hence the James Patterson books.
I started college in 2012 and graduated in 2016. 2012 is when I found Goodreads, which I found through the early days of BookTube, though I wasn’t so hardcore into it at that point. By 2015, however, I was reading a lot of the popular titles like Throne of Glass, The Mortal Instruments, and An Ember in the Ashes because of the steadily growing BookTube community. I was also adding books to my TBR left and right, and buying books now that I was making my own income. Something I’m sure many of you can relate to.
Though BookTube might have encouraged me to stretch my wallet a little too far, it also introduced me to a variety of books I never would have picked up on my own. 2015 or 2016 was the year I picked up graphic novels, which led to me finding the Saga series.
Honestly, it is truly hard for me to explain why so many of these books are notable. They just are. There are books, like The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, that came to me right when I needed them. There are books like The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia where I saw myself genuinely portrayed in a fictional character. Even books I only read once and didn’t necessarily love I still think about from time to time. All the books I read impact me in some way or teach me something I needed to know. I would like to think this is the same for all readers.
What were your most notable books of the decade?