A Decade in Books


Inspired by my book blogging friends — Jonetta / Inge — I’ve decided to do my choice of Top Ten for the last couple of years rather than attempt to remember every book I read (and liked) in the last decade. So here’s the list I whittled down from many:

  1. GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
  2. THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty
  3. THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S.A. Chakraborty
  4. SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys
  5. THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper 
  6. DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb (and the whole Lori Anderson series)
  7. THE SILENCED by Anders de la Motte
  8. THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks
  9. THE DRY by Jane Harper
  10. RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic

What all these books have in common are their finely detailed characters, unusual situations or settings, and compelling story telling that engage a reader from beginning to end. Crime, mystery, suspense, political flights of fantasy, historical heartbreak and outback adventure, these books and their authors deliver it all, and then some. 

If nothing else, I hope you read at least one of these amazing books and enjoy it/them as much as I have. And here’s to a great slate of new books coming in 2020.

Previous Book Review: FALLOUT
Next Book Review: Salt to the Sea

12 Comments

  1. January 7, 2020
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    Oh nice, two Jane Harpers made it onto the list! I really liked them both as well 🙂
    Haven’t read the other ones yet.

    • Alexandra
      January 7, 2020
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      I liked all three for various reasons, but The Dry and The Lost Man were really intriguing reads because of the characters and situation (so different to the usual US stuff). I’m really getting into reading Aussie crime fiction, there’s some really good stuff out at the mo!

      • January 7, 2020
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        Oooh, i just read one last week, called The Nowhere Child. Was so good! <3 Although the characters all ended up in the US, but still. They came from Oz so i guess it counts 😀

        • Alexandra
          January 8, 2020
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          Yeah, don’t mind where they go, it’s the authors, and bringing fresh approaches to tried and tested tropes that I’m interested in. You get a really different perspective from the Aussies.

  2. Beware Of The Reader
    January 5, 2020
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    I am so happy to see Salt to the Sea on your list Alexandra!!!! And I am not surprised at The City of Brass nor the Kingdom of Copper LOL

    • Alexandra
      January 5, 2020
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      Oh, yes, I couldn’t miss out on mentioning this one (again) it was such a touching read. As, in their own way, were Chakraborty’s two books. So full of intrigue, real page turners.

  3. You make it seem so easy 😂 Oh I hope to read Salt to the Sea this year, it’s on my list! If this one’s on your list of the decade it must be really amazing and I can’t miss it. I might even give Jane Harper another try too thanks to you 😉

    • Alexandra
      January 3, 2020
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      Oh, it wasn’t easy, but all these books stayed with me long after I read them. And yes, Ruta Sepetys writes historical heartbreak that is deeply touching. I really enjoyed Jane Harper, though some have found her boring, but for me, it’s the nuanced characters I thoroughly enjoyed. Try The Lost Man which is, for me, the best of the 3 books so far.

      • I read Force of Nature but it didn’t convince me of her exceptional talent. I had this with another author too but then she proved me very different with another book that fell into my hands so I’ll give The Lost Man a try if I get the opportunity!

        • Alexandra
          January 4, 2020
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          I do hope so, Inge. Because, as you say, it’s difficult for an author to be consistent all the time, and different books appeal because of their topics, sometimes. And others, not so much.

  4. I see some of my favorites (Jane Harper, Ruta Sepetys)!

    • Alexandra
      January 1, 2020
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      Indeed, Jonetta, we share a great many favourite authors in common. What I think I would like to do this year is find an audio version of one or more of Louise Penny’s books. And you, any favourites you’re looking forward too?

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