Decade Review: Books

The last decade was one of change, and it is evident in literature.

Melisa Cabello-Cuahutle, News Editor

The 2010’s was a decade of progress. From the end of “don’t ask don’t tell”, to youth around the world protesting for climate action, the decade was characterized by breakthroughs, and art and entertainment was no exception. The decade might be over, but there is more to go.

The New Year is fast approaching, and what better way to spend a rainy December than to snuggle up at home reading some of the most memorable books of the past decade?

Whether you want to escape reality or review some of the most memorable nonfiction books,  here are 10 of the most popular books of the decade.

2010: “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

Although the last book of the trilogy was published in 2010, The Hunger Games was a key factor in the decade’s pop culture, creating a major trend of dystopian literature and for their movie adaptations that all became box office successes.

2011: “Bossypants” by Tina Fey

Need a good laugh? Tina’s Fey autobiography, Bossypants, might just be for you.

2012: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

With millions of copies sold over the world, “The Fault in Our Stars” is one of the biggest books of the decade. Telling the story of Hazel and Augustus as they battle cancer, the book received favorable critic and audience review. It’s film adaptation was also a box office success.

2013: “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai and two others were shot by a Taliban gunman in an attempt to end her activism. Her fight for women’s education and story have since become a key moment in the decade.

2014: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this historical fiction book tells the story of Marie-Laure and Werner as their paths connect during WWII in France.

2015: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

One major genre of the decade is physiological thriller. “The Girl on the Train” is one of the most popular books of that genre as well as the decade.

2016: “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah was born in South Africa to a black mother and white father in a time where such relationships were not allowed. Noah is currently the host of The Daily Show.

2017: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Starr Carter was coming home one day when she witnessed her childhood friend getting shot by a white police officer.  In this book, Carter has to fight for her own voice and for getting justice for her friend. This book has been included in several San Diego City College English classes and it is one that you shouldn’t miss out on.

2018: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

No one was surprised when Becoming became an instant bestseller, and what better way to commemorate the best books of the decade than by including the memoir of one of the most influential person of the decade?

2019: “Know My Name: A Memoir” by Chanel Miller

In 2016, Chanel Miller’s impact statement on sexual assault went viral. Known back then as Emily Doe, this is Miller’s first book and memoir of her story.


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Check out the decade review in local news tomorrow.