I suspect this will be a challenge.
I can’t figure out what “the last 10 years” covers. This year? Is 2009 included?
I’m going to start in 2010 and do my best to pick an early favorite for 2019.
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Way to challenge the “Marriage is the best!” fable, Liz!
And thank you for not settling for, “Marriage is the worst.”
Liz’s discovery of what marriage is legitimately changed my life.
2011: The Scorpio Races
Nothing can compare.
Nothing DOES compare.
Murder horses saved my sanity in college.
2012: Tiger Lily
I must not have read much YA in 2012. I don’t recognize many of the books on the Best Of list.
Tiger Lily made Peter Pan serious and gave Tiger Lily a fair storyline.
[Note: There’s a character death that I now realize wouldn’t fly in 2019.
These days, readers rightly demand happy endings for queer characters.]
I loved this book a lot at the time, especially the ending.
Realistic-yet-hopeful endings are my favorite.
Maybe the person who hurt you the deepest wasn’t your soulmate.
Maybe the person who left you willingly can be forgotten.
Sometimes I like to be reminded of these things.
2013: Someday, Someday, Maybe
This book has been out for a WHILE.
Lauren Graham can spin a story. All is well.
2014: Everything Leads to You
Though I have yet to make a pilgrimage to Hollywood, this book made me fall in love with L.A.
2015: Best Party of Our Lives
I read this the year I moved to Seattle.
I was sitting in the library wearing some kind of feminist sweatshirt (I think it said, “Feminism: the belief that men and women are equal.”)
A librarian stopped in front of me and asked me what my shirt said.
I told her.
She countered, “I figured, ‘If she didn’t want me to read it, she wouldn’t have worn it!'”
Best reading experience in recent memory.
2016: You Know Me Well
I talk about this book every second.
I WILL NOT STOP recommending it to everyone.
THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY ON A WASHINGTON STATE FERRY.
READ IT ALREADY.
2017: Far From the Tree
My friends and partner refuse to read this book.
They suspect it’s devastating or something.
JOKE’S ON THEM: this book IS devastating!
But, like…in a good way?
Am I supposed to be describing the plots of these books?
Forget YOUR feelings, Luke; trust MY feelings!
2018: Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
2018 WAS SUCH A GOOD YEAR FOR BOOKS.
We, the exvangelicals, needed this book.
We are not bad.
We are not broken.
We will not be shamed.
2019: Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion
HOW DOES ONE CHOOSE?
I feel blessed by Sharp.
RAIN DOWN YOUR WIT ON ME.
That wasn’t so bad.
I think I might even try the Top 5 Tuesday as well!