Ten Favorite Books Published Over Ten Years Ago

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about books I love that were written over 10 years ago. I decided to narrow my list to the ten year span between 2002 and 2012. For more favorite books, you can see this list of favorite books written before I was born, and this list of top books published in the last ten years (2009 to 2018).

Here are the ten books I’ve chosen.

  1. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rika Brunt (2012)
  2. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (2011)
  3. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (2011)
  4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (2010)
  5. Room by Emma Donoghue (2010)
  6. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (2009)
  7. One Day by David Nicholls (2009)
  8. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (2006)
  9. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003)
  10. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (2002)

A few others that nearly made the list: A Visit From the Goon Squad, A Monster Calls, Eleanor and Park, and Rules of Civility. I also considered a few nonfiction titles: Devil in the Grove, Wild, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and How to Be a Woman, but I decided mixing fiction and nonfiction didn’t feel right for this list.

Which of these are some of your favorites, or are there books on this list you still want to read?

  18 comments for “Ten Favorite Books Published Over Ten Years Ago

  1. August 16, 2022 at 9:42 am

    So many good books on this list! I need to read a Jhumpa Lahiri novel someday. I’ve only read her short stories.

    • August 16, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      The Namesake is wonderful, I hope you read and enjoy it!

  2. lydiaschoch
    August 16, 2022 at 10:16 am

    It feels like Room came out yesterday. What a good read that was.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-love-that-were-written-over-ten-years-ago/

    • August 16, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      Emma Donoghue is a favorite of mine. Room was an incredible read.

  3. August 16, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    I found The Lacuna in a little free library last year but haven’t read it yet!

    • August 16, 2022 at 2:44 pm

      I love Barbara Kingsolver, that’s a lucky find! The history in this one is fascinating. Hope you like it!

  4. August 16, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Great list, I’ve had The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox on my TBR pile for a while.

    • August 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I’ve loved nearly everything by Maggie O’Farrell – but if you haven’t read her this is a great place to start.

  5. August 16, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    ROOM is the only book I’ve read from your list. It was so sad, but also so compelling!

    Happy TTT!


  6. August 16, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I recently picked up a copy of The Song of Achilles and I can‘t wait to dig into it. I hadn‘t heard of Tell the Wolves I‘m Home before, but it sounds amazing!

  7. August 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Oh wow, such great choices! I don’t know anyone else who’s read Go Tell the Wolves — I thought it was so powerful! I really love The Dovekeepers too (and happened to read it right before a visit to Masada, which made it even more memorable.)

  8. August 17, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Esme Lennox… the book that turned me into a fan of Maggie O’Farrell!

  9. August 17, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but The Song of Achilles is on my to-read list. (I keep thinking I should read The Iliad first.)

    I went with books that are older than I am for my list this week.

  10. August 17, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox was my first experience of Maggie O’Farrell. Still my favourite book by her.

  11. Rae | HerSerialLife.com
    August 17, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    So many interesting books I want to add to my TBR. Except for The Song of Achilles which I also added to my list this week.
    Here is my post: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-books-written-over-ten-years-ago/
    Have a nice week 🙂

  12. August 18, 2022 at 7:24 am

    I’ve only read The Song Of Achilles of these and found it slightly underwhelming to be honest.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-381/

  13. August 18, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    I loved One Day when I read it. It was such fun.

  14. August 19, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, time flies. All of those books so much more recent than 2002-2012. I’ve read some and loved a few–particularly, Song of Achilles (which I need to reread). I just recently read Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox–I completely missed that when it was newish, and I have yet to read The Dove Keepers. I mostly like Barbara Kingsolver and I liked The Lacuna when I read it, but it is not on the reread list for some reason. I thought Tell the Wolves I’m Home was really powerful. I need to see what else that author has done.

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