Tuesday, February 25, 2020

My Favorite Books Read in the 2010s

My Favorite Books Read in the 2010s

The 2010s passed by in the blink of an eye. The most satisfying way I can measure all that time slipping through my fingers is through books: What did I read that I loved each year?

So I've looked back at my Goodreads account, and even pried open my old Library Thing account, to check out what I read each year for the last decade. I've compiled the books and audiobooks I liked the most – not the ones I rated most highly, but what I look back on fondly or that left a lingering impression.

My Favorite Books Read in 2010

*The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

*The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

*Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

*All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

*The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

*The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

My Favorite Books Read in 2011

*Bossypants by Tina Fey

*Naked by David Sedaris

*Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America by Richard Zoglin

*On Beauty by Zadie Smith

My Favorite Books Read in 2012

*The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

*The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

*The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett

*Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson

*A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My Favorite Books Read in 2013

*The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

*Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

*Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

*11/22/63 by Stephen King

*To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

*The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

*A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

*The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer

My Favorite Books Read in 2014

*The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

*This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett

*A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

*Johnny Carson by Harry Bushkin

*The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

*Letting Go of God by Julia Sweeney

*Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

*God Said, Ha! A Memoir by Julia Sweeney

*The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry

My Favorite Books Read in 2015

*Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

*Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook read by Wil Wheaton)

*A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

*Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

*Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

*The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

*Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

*VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Marta Quinn with Gavin Edwards

*So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

*Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star by Fred Stoller

*All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

*Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

*The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

*Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

*Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

*Just Kids by Patti Smith

My Favorite Books Read in 2016

*Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

*The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

*Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

*I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum

*The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

*The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks

*The Good Neighbour by Beth Miller

*The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

*We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

My Favorite Books Read in 2017

*News of the World by Paulette Giles

*The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

*The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party by Daniel James Brown

*Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

*The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

*My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

*Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

*The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

*The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

*The Dry by Jane Harper

My Favorite Books Read in 2018

*The Power by Naomi Alderman

*Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

*Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

*Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

*Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

*Less by Andrew Sean Greer

*Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

*The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

*Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

*Circe by Madeline Miller

*Them by Jon Ronson

*Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

*10% Happier by Dan Harris

*Calypso by David Sedaris

My Favorite Books Read in 2019

I already wrote about all my 5- and 4-star reads of 2019; here I'll highlight my favorites of the bunch!

*Milkman by Anna Burns

*Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

*Educated by Tara Westover

*Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

*The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

*The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

*Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

*Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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