Happy New Year! Welcome to the 2020s! I know the last couple of weeks and probably all of this week will be filled with looks back at the 2010s and who I am but someone who enjoys following trends?
For my first post of the year, I’m looking back on what I read between 2010 and 2019. It’s surprisingly far fewer books than I thought, according to good reads. I actually only met my reading goals 3 times (the last 3 years) despite making smaller and smaller goals until 2017. So my pool of books to choose from, though still about 200 books, was far less than I thought it would be. Another thing to be thankful to blogging for–reestablishing me as a reader.
Anyway, after a bit of thinking, these are the five books (and one honorable mention) that meant the most to me and I consider the best books I read in the 2010s.
Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: I read this midway through 2019 and honestly, it’s just so damn good.
It’s the perfect blend of a political subplot and cute couples. Self-discovering and worry about how who you are will affect everything around them because of who they are.
A lot was said about this book last year, and all of the praise was so well deserved. I see in this book the balance I’m hoping to create in the book I’m working on when it comes to the romance and the bigger picture. It’s a good book and I don’t think I can say enough good things about it.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Sadly, I didn’t start reading Carrie Fisher’s memoirs until after she passed away in 2016, but all three of them are so funny and honest. This particular memoir discusses the shooting of Star Wars the most. Carrie talks about how she doesn’t remember most of it because she went through electric shock therapy to help with her bipolar disorder. Carrie Fisher was such a presence and still is even though she’s not with us here anymore. She’s such an inspiration and greatly missed. I’m writing this piece before I see The Rise of Skywalker on Christmas Eve, but from what I understand Carrie appears in some way and I can only imagine it will be bittersweet. I’m so happy Carrie decided to share so much of her life in her books and was so open and willing to let us see the “ugly sides” that aren’t her at 22 in a gold bikini. The world is a better place for Carrie Fisher having been her, and a much sadder place with her.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee In the summer of 2017, I was still getting the hang of audiobooks and I seeing so many fellow bloggers talking about this book, so I gave it a try, and my life was changed.
This book is nearly perfect. The characters the story the fun the love. Monty Montague is now a very important part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without him. It’s special, not only did it solidify to me that audiobooks are worth it, but started a real appreciation for historical fiction. Little did I know in the summer for 2017 that I would spend so much of the years following living in the 1770s. This book told me I could write the story I had floating around in my head at the time. I could write a book about two boys who love each other in the 1770s and I wouldn’t be writing something completely out in left field. It’s smart and thoughtful. This book. These characters. It’s a masterpiece.
No book has impacted my life more in the last 5 years than the biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I think like many people in the second half of this decade, the founding fathers have become a topic of research, none more than Alexander Hamilton. I’ve always been into this era of history, but the show inspired by this biography allowed me to, like, not be shy about it. I understand being inspired by Hamilton’s life, to want to know more about this man and his life. Reading this book in 2016 could have big implications for my 2020s. We shall see. This book will be one of the ones that will get on every list I make of the most important books I’ve ever read.
We Were Liars by e. lockhart this book is amazing. I haven’t read anything like it and no other book will gut punch me the say way this book did the first time I read it. I read this book in 2014 or 2015 and even now I still think about the twist in this book.
I’m sure at this point, this book has been widely spoiled, but if it hasn’t been for you, please, please read it. It’s not very long and you’ll read it quickly. Of all the books I’ve read int he 2010s, this is the one I hold the highest and shout for everyone to read.
Honorable mention: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Over the summer when I read these books I fell in love with four weird boys and the daughter of psychic from a small town in Virginia. What Stiefvater can do with words is as magical as the world those these characters occupy.
This decade has been filled with amazing literature and so many great non-fiction books. I look forward to what this next decade holds, because from what I’ve seen we’re going to get so many great books, maybe even one of them will have my name on the cover.
Until next time internet,