My Fave Reads of the Decade

Posted January 1, 2020 by meezcarrie in Best Books Decade, Christian, contemporary, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, YA / 50 Comments

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?

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50 responses to “My Fave Reads of the Decade

  1. Amy

    OOOH….you have added to my must read list since I have only read 5 of them. And fully agree with the 5 I have read as being great reads. Especially Crown of Souls and True to You. Crown of Souls has the very best first line ever. And True to You is my favorite of all Becky Wade books.

  2. Choosing just feels impossible for me! I’m going to have to really think about this one. We share similar tastes in many genres. Happy New Year!


  3. Paula Shreckhise

    Wow! How could you do this. I certainly can’t narrow mine down!
    I see several that I own that are moving up my pile!

  4. Carrie,
    What a great list. I’ve read some of these, but I saw quite a few that look so good! I think it’s so cool that Terri Blackstock’s 3 books all create one picture when you put them side by side. Kudos to you for making sure they lined up that way in your list!
    Happy reading in the new year,

    • isn’t that cool about Terri’s books in that series? I had to go off alpha order by one book at that point to make sure they lined up that way 😉

  5. Tina Radcliffe

    Wonderful reads! Some of my favorites are here as well.

    No mass-market books on this list? Only trade?

  6. Endless thanks, Carrie. I’m really thrilled Morrow has staying power :). Or is that mostly because of Red Shirt? Honored to be in this beautiful bevy of books! I spy some I need to put on my list. Book sharing like this is always inspiring. Can’t believe we’re at CML’s 10th anniversary. I’m going to be doing a special giveaway of a print copy sometime in January on my author page. So heartening to see it here. Thank you, thank you!

    • haha well … Red Shirt does have a lot to do with it but what puts it on this list is the story as a whole, including OF COURSE our dear Morrow 🙂 Thank you for always writing such compelling and beautiful stories

  7. Rachael

    I’ve read 24 of these…and some are in my TBR or “I hope to read soon, but I don’t have the book” pile. You did a great job in narrowing down. One that really sticks out is Courting Morrow Little…I SO loved that read…along with many of these. That’s a selection that I haven’t seen much of, tho, and loved seeing it here.

  8. Andi

    Great list! I’ve read most of them and I concur this is a great grouping of books! I just realized my blog is 13 years old today!!!!

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve read 9 of these, and I have a bunch of the others in my TBR pile, and now my “must read soon” list is about to implode!! I must see if I have some anti-anxiety medication to help me calm down!

    I’m in awe of your ability to make a decade list, my dear BFFFC! I’m down to 40 on my 2019 list and am having a hard time whittling. ACK!

  10. I’m so, so incredibly honored to see Johnny Devine included in your decade (!) list, Carrie. And I’m in awe of your ability to read AND broaden your reading tastes so widely. Love that you find priceless nuggets of gold in all kinds of fiction. I wish I had your superpower! 🙂 Have a blessed 2020, and happy reading!

  11. Haley Resseguie

    Oh this list is a great one! I have read 32 of them, own 5 more that are in my ever growing TBR universe and have now added the others to my wish list! I always love your lists and I am in awe that you were able to narrow it down to this for the decade. Happy New Year!

  12. Carrie, thank you for including For Such A Time among so many fabulous works! I’ve read several and agree they are wonderful, and others are still in my #TBR stack, but just moved to the top. 🙂
    Bless you friend, for sharing our stories!

  13. Sheila

    Many of my favorite authors and now you introduce me to new ones. I must read on my kindle in large font since I have bad eyes. Thanks for complying this list.

  14. Sylvia M.

    I have read 16 of these and see 10 more that I would like to read sometime. Do you know how many books, novellas, audio books that you read in total last year?

  15. That’s an impressive list, Carrie. I’ve read a few of them. Not sure how I could even choose a decade worth but I might try, just for myself. 🙂

  16. You know I adore you. REGARDLESS of whether or not Sarah Hollenbeck was on this list. But the fact that she WAS?! Well…just when I didn’t think I could adore you even more than I already did. 🙂 Thanks, friend! Truly an honor.

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