January 26, 2020

A Decade of Favorites (2010 - 2019)


Mudbound by Hilary Jordan (5/5)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (5/5)

Lift by Kelly Corrigan (5/5)

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen (5/5)

Faithful Place by Tana French (5/5)

World Without End by Ken Follett (5/5)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (5/5)

Room by Emma Donoghue (5/5)

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (5/5)

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel (4.75/5)


Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (4.5/5)

Shoot to Thrill by P.J. Tracy (4.5/5)

Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (4.5/5)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (4.5/5)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (4.5/5)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (4.5/5)

The Pioneer Woman: From High Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond (4.5/5)

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (4.5/5)

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson (4.5/5)

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante (4.75/5)

Beachcombing For A Shipwrecked God by Joe Coomer (4.5/5)

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore (4.75/5)

Faith by Jennifer Haigh (4.5/5)


The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield (5/5)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (4/5)

Gone by Mo Hayder (5/5)

Little Princes by Conor Grennan (5/5)

Paris in Love by Eloisa James (4.5/5)

The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (4.5/5)

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (4.75/5)

Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan (4.75/5)

The Passage by Justin Cronin (4.75/5)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (4.5/5)


The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister (4.5/5)

Broken Harbor by Tana French (4.75/5)

The Shadow In the Streets by Susan Hill (4.5/5)

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (5/5)

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy (4.75/5)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (4.75/5)

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (4.75/5)

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (4.75/5)

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (4.5/5)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4.75/5)


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (4.5/5)

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (4.75/5)

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (4.5/5)

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (4.5/5)

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (4.5/5)

A Dog's Purpose by Bruce Cameron (4.5/5)

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe (4.5/5)

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (4.75/5)

The Circle by Dave Eggers (4.5/5)

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay (4.5/5)

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (4.75/5)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (5/5)

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (4.5/5)

Orphan Train by Kristina Baker Kline (4.5/5)


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (4.5/5)

The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill (4.5/5)

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (4.5/5)

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (4.5/5)

The Bear by Claire Cameron (4.5/5)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (5/5)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (4.75/5)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Brackman (4.5/5)

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova (4.75/5)

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (4.5/5)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (5/5)

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (4.5/5)


You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris (4.5/5)

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris (5/5)

Leveling the Playing Field by Rod Scher (4.5/5)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (4.5/5)

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (4.75/5)

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (4.5/5)

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (4.5/5)

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (4.5/5)

City of Thieves by David Benioff (5/5)

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (4.5/5)

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (4.5/5)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (4.5/5)

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (4.5/5)

What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas (4.5/5)


The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons (5/5)

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs (5/5)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (5/5)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (5/5)

Night by Elie Wiesel (5/5)

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (4.5/5)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (4.5/5)

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer (4.5/5)

A Celibate Season by Carol Shields (4.5/5)

The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood (4.5/5)


This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (5/5)

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan (5/5)

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova (4.75/5)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (4.75/5)

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (4.5/5)

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne (4.5/5)

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (4.5/5)

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (4.5/5)

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (4.5/5)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (4.5/5)


Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb (5/5)

Henry, Himself by Stewart O'Nan (5/5)

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg (5/5)

How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (5/5)

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (5/5)

Becoming by Michelle Obama (5/5)

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (4.5/5)

Devotion by Dani Shapiro (4.5/5)

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (4.5/5)

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (4.5/5)

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (4.5/5)

Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood (4.5/5)

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (4.5/5)

After You by Jojo Moyes (4.5/5)

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison (4.5/5)

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny (4.5/5)

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (4.5/5)

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  1. I've read quite a few of these too and there are some of my favorites here too!

    1. It was an amazing decade of very good reading! There are so many that I would love to reread someday. Sigh.

  2. So many great reads here.

    1. Thanks, Marg. It's fun to look back on all those great reads, many of which I would love to read again.

  3. There are so many great books here, many I've also read and enjoyed. Making note of those I missed... thanks for this list!

    1. JoAnn, glad you enjoyed it. I think now I'll start working on a list of favorite audiobooks.

  4. I see a lot here that made my top ten in the years I read them, too!

    1. Lisa, isn't it fun to look back on all those great reads? There are so many on this list that I would love to read again.

  5. There are so many wonderful books here, Les. Many of these you've listed are books I have read because of your recommendations. If you really were to reread your favorites and time wasn't a factor, I wonder which of these books you would pick to reread first.

    1. Deb, that's such a difficult question to answer, but I'll give you a few:

      The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
      Left Neglected
      Cutting for Stone
      Turn of Mind
      The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
      The Night Circus
      Flight Behavior
      Emily, Alone
      Me Before You
      Eleanor and Park
      Ordinary Grace
      The End of Your Life Book Club
      The Dog Stars
      All the Light We Cannot See
      Olive Kitteridge
      The Story of A.J. Fikry
      Our Souls at Night
      The Bright Hour
      This Is How It Always Is
      Tell Me More
      Dear Fahrenheit 451
      Henry, Himself
      Night of Miracles
      Kitchen Yarns

      So that's two dozen. If I read one a month, I can enjoy all of these over the course of two years. I may just do that!


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