HAPPY FIRST DAY OF 2020! A new decade. Oh goodness, y’all. If I thought the Fave Reads of 2019 lists (HERE and HERE) were hard to narrow down, that was NOTHING compared to trying to narrow down my fave reads of the decade. 10 years of fabulous books. 10 years of reading. 10 years of a TBR mountain piled high to the outer edges of our galaxy – and beyond.
In reflecting back over the last 10 years, I’ve noticed that my reading tastes have expanded and evolved slightly. I read cozy mysteries now instead of just romantic suspense (though there’s certainly still plenty of that on my bookshelves too). I also read more young adult & visionary/fantasy titles now… not a ton but more than just Harry Potter which was the extent of my reading in those genres before this decade. I’ve become much more selective about what I read too, since my reading time has become much more limited.
At the same time, my reading tastes haven’t changed that drastically. I still love a good KissingBook. I still love books that make me laugh – and books that hit me in the heart. I love curling up with a paperback for a richly written story but I also love my Kindle for reading in bed & taking all the books with me on a road trip (without the heavy book bag lol). I still love books by Terri Blackstock and books by Max Lucado and the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson. Love Comes Softly and Roses for Mama (both by Janette Oke) are still two of my fave novels.
But along the way I’ve also gathered a bevy of new favorite authors – too many to start naming here. Just peruse the books I’ve reviewed on the blog in the last 4 (almost 5!) years and you’ll be sure to pick up on who many of those faves are.
Just a side note before I start listing my fave reads of the decade (i’m getting there, I promise) – most of these are Christian/clean reads but a couple (The Help, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, & The Orphan’s Tale) are not & their language reflects that more than I usually prefer in the books I read. However, in these three cases, the books themselves are so good and so important to our understanding of history that I would have been remiss if I’d overlooked them in listing my fave reads of the decade.
ok… are you ready? <cracks knuckles> Let’s do this before I add a dozen or so more to the list LOL
(The covers are either linked directly to my reviews of these books OR to Amazon, using my affiliate link)
(Books are listed in alphabetical order)
(really starting now, I promise…)
Whew! I would say that no book bloggers were harmed in the making of this post, but that’s not entirely true… I may never recover from having to narrow those down. LOL
What about you? What are some of your fave reads of the decade? How many of these have you read?