We’re into the Autumn of 2019 now and another decade is almost over and so we think it’s time to look back at the decade and decide the books we most loved, the books with longevity, the instant classics, and the books we think you’ll still be reading another decade from now.
So today we’ve scoured the net to find out the books that have sold best, received the best reviews, and are still talked about to bring you a definitive list of the best books of the decade!
We’re sure you’ll have your own ideas too, so make sure you add yours in the comments.
In no particular order, we chose…
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
When the Underground Railroad was released in 2014 it swept the board for awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award as the story of how people made safe chains to help escaped slaves became an instant classic.
My Brilliant Friend – Elana Ferrante
The first of the Neapolitan quartet about four friends growing up in post war Italy, My Brilliant Friend is an early edition to the list, released in 2011 and not only is the series an instant classic but it’s now an HBO series too.
Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
Released in 2017 and the first nonfiction book in our list, Killers of the Flower Moon focuses on the Osage Murders and the birth of the FBI. Already named book of the year by both Amazon and Time Magazine, we think people will be reading this for years to come.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
We’re following that up with our second nonfiction book in the list, the story of Henrietta Lacks, scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more.
There, There – Tommy Orange
Released in 2018, There, There is an award winning book following the lives of twelve characters from native communities who are all traveling towards the same powwow. A powerful read that is likely to find itself required reading in the future.