Fran here. Happy New Year, everyone!
I was so proud of myself! I got my Best Of for the decade done, and down to a total of 10! I’ve NEVER done that before, so I was strutting!
Granted, a bunch of them were series, and that means ALL of the series, so it’s not like I read only ten books over the decade. We know me better than this. And the series are, in no particular order:
Louise Penny’s “Inspector Gamache” series. I came late to this party, but I am fully onboard!
Anne Bishop’s “The Others” series, including the follow-ups after the original five.
Ben Aaronovitch’s “Rivers of London” series. I think I’ve read the entire thing seven times.
Everything by Christine Feehan except the vampire and leopard series. Everything else. And I haven’t gotten to those yet, so stay tuned.
Carolyn Hart’s “Death on Demand” series. Seriously, I need these books.
William Kent Krueger’s “Cork O’Connell” series. They’re family to me.
Maureen Johnson’s “Truly Devious” series. And that’s going to spill over into this decade.
And then I had a few individual titles. But then, see, I remembered all the books I hadn’t thought of, not because they were bad, but because a decade is a really long time in the book world, and I hadn’t really given the whole ten years – which included the shop being open for most of it.
So I’m going to throw out authors and titles, and if you have questions, just ask. Because this is gonna be a LOT longer than just 10! Ready? Here we go:
Joshilyn Jackson – I love all of hers, but The Almost Sisters is my favorite. So far. Until she writes the darned phone book.
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which has its own cult following, and I’m so pleased!
Seanan McGuire’s “Toby Day” series, along with everything else she writes.
Speaking of series I forgot before, Mike Lawson’s “Joe DeMarco” series. Now and always!
AND Tim Maleeny’s “Cape Weathers” series! Holy cats, I want more!
How could I overlook Craig Johnson’s “Longmire”? I don’t know what I was thinking.
John Connolly’s “Charlie Parker” series. More on that later.
Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook. Amber’s recommendations must be heeded.
Everything by Ben Winters (including grocery lists, I imagine) but especially Golden State.
Toni McGee Causey’s Saints of the Lost and Found.
Seriously, anything by J. T. Ellison and Hank Phillippi Ryan. I love them both so much!
Alan Bradley’s “Flavia de Luce” series, as well as Ian Hamilton’s “Ava Lee”. Nothing in common except brilliant writing, and cultural appreciation.
Can I throw in here Amber’s “52 Weeks with Christie”? Because wow. And her new blog, The Finder of Lost Things, is going to find a publisher soon, I’m positive.
To those of you whom I’ve missed, I’m so sorry! I really do love you! Blame it on my cold.
I’m going to stop here, but now it’s up to you. What did I recommend to you over the last 10 years that you loved? Or hated? I’m always interested where I missed as well as where I might have accidentally gotten it right.
A decade’s a really long time, y’all, especially when you read! Happy New Decade!