Welcome to 2020! I am so excited to see what amazing books the 20s bring! Let’s reflect on the 10 books or series that shaped my love of reading in the past 9 years!
These are in no particular order:
1. Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
I didn’t discover this series until 2019 actually but I DEVOURED the first 6 books in the series within a week! Its an adult (New Adult-ish) series that is about evil fae and set in Ireland. A must read!
2. Caraval series by Stephanie Garber
A popular YA book of this decade, I loved this series. I know it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I am a big fan of wonderlandish fantasy and this hit that spot for me!
3. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
This book series started in 2004 but I didn’t find it until this year and devoured the first couple books in the series in a week. Its about a badass witch who is a bounty hunter and starts her own agency with her bisexual vampire roommate and their pixie partner. Its New Adult-ish and I love the main character’s personality. I hate when female characters are written as “too strong to have emotions or care about anything besides proving themselves” but Morgan isn’t like that. She is a character that knows she is a badass and doesn’t have to be “one of the boys” to prove that!
4. Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep
An underrated series in my opinion! This series features a lot of mythology, mostly greek but also features other myths and is set in the boarding school for warriors! WARNING: A MAJOR Downside is that the Main Character is a G*psy with psychic powers. I am assuming the author had no idea that that word was a racial slur when she wrote the series since she writes them in only a positive light but that might make the series completely unreadable for many people which is understandable.
5. The Spellwork Syndicate by Lola Dodge
I discovered this book through Netgalley when I first joined and was so happy because I loved it. It is so different than a lot of the fantasy/paranormal books that have come out last decade. Its is kind of in the realm of a cozy mystery but with witches and a lot of magic. The main character wants to work in a magic bakery. A really good series and definitely not as popular as it should be!
6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I feel like everyone in the YA world knows about Sarah J. Maas. This book is my favorite in the series. I barely got to read during my 4 years in undergrad and when I graduated the landscape of YA had changed so much that I had a hard time connecting with books again. ACOTAR and ACOMAF helped me connect back with YA books as it reminded me of the Ya fantasy I loved in High School.
7. Ace of Shades & King of Fools by Amanda Foodey
I love this series! Magic + Heists fantasy. If you haven’t read these books yet, YOU NEED TO! They will have you on the edge of your seat!
8. Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake
As a Librarian (almost) I appreciate a fantasy set in libraries. In this series, Libraries hold the doorways between worlds and there are warriors born to protect these doorways! Its such a good series. I hope the author ends up writing more books in this world!
9. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Another adult series. This book series led to the HBO show True Blood but it should be no surprise that the books are different AND SO MUCH BETTER than the TV show! I still enjoy True Blood but I almost have to think of it as a separate version from the books. Although Eric Northman is my favorite character in both versions!
10. Splintered by A.G. Howard
I love an Alice and Wonderland retelling and this one is very gothy and I love it. Its like if Alice in Wonderland met mid-2000’s Hot Topic!
There were a lot of books I loved this decade but doing this post made me realize that most of the books that I feel influenced my love of reading are from the mid-2000s and not from the 2010s. There was just something more creative and individualistic about books from that decade that I enjoyed more. A lot of my experience with books, especially YA, in the 2010s felt like seeing the same 5 formats and ideas rehashed slightly differently. Almost like as soon as one theme got popular, half the books coming out were based on the same premise. It felt like I had less choices in what to read. What I ended up figuring out is you kind of had to dig past the hyped up and popular releases to find your nuggets of book gold. One of my wishes for the 2020’s is that we see more individuality in books. I want to see a million different themes and premises instead of the same couple options.
What was your favorite book from 2010-2019?
What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these books?
Thank you so much for reading!