Top Ten Favorite Books of the Decade

My life has been deeply enriched by story in the last ten years. Lots and lots of story. In the last decade, I’ve read almost 700 books, and here is a list of the ones I think about the most.

  1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

One of those books I can read over and over and dream about endlessly.

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Rarely have I been so stunned and yet so pleased at a book’s conclusion.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Ironically stolen twice from my classroom library.

  1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel


  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Revolutionary ideas about the future of education. The movie does not do this book justice.

  1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

ALL of them!

  1. How the Universe Got Its Spots by Janna Levin

This book turned my perception of the universe on its head in the best possible way.

  1. The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson

The whole series, but specifically this first one. This book helped me with world-building in Elsekind.

  1. Possession by A. S. Byatt

Possibly my favorite book ever, I borrowed heavily from its structure while writing Reprieve.

  1. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

A book that I will forever associate with my Dad, because it’s one of his favorites, too. Classic sci-fi that still feels relevant even today.

Bonus: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I think about this book a lot, and Rainbow Rowell is a personal hero, too. Very much recommend this and all of her books.

Bonus bonus: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Also, The Night Circus and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Also, here’s my Goodreads, where you find a whole list of books!