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Top 10 Books of the Decade

SarahBeth Hawkins

Posted on December 25 2019

2010.

Mockingjay by Susanne Collins. It is the final installment of The Hunger Games. In this installment, we see Katniss Everdeen unify the districts of Panem in the fight against the Capitol. Can the Mockingjay lead the rebellion to overthrow the capital or is the corruption too deep? Join her in her fight to free Panem from the crippling oppression!

 

2011.  

 

BossyPants by Tina Fey, 2011  Bossypants is an autobiography written by Tina Fey. It's full of spirited and laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays. This actress/comedian’s book topped the New Your Best Seller list for a full 5 weeks after its release. She even narrated the audiobook, which has sold over 150,000 copies. 

 

2012.

 

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst follows a bookstore owner, Alexa McKenzie, as she tries to save her family home by casting a love spell.  She catches the attention of billionaire Nicholas Ryan, who doesn’t believe in marriage, but who needs a wife to gain his inheritance. When he discovers her situation, he makes her an offer: a marriage, but in name only. It’s only for one year. How hard can it be? Only time can tell. 

 

2013.             

 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It is the third and final in the Divergent trilogy, set in a dystopian Chicago. Tris and her accomplices confess their roles in the insurgency from the prior book and are pardoned. She learns about Allegiant, working to restore the faction system. Allegiant wants to usurp Evelyn, Chicago’s current leader, who wants the factions and factionless to live together and equally. Allegiant sends several people, including Tris, on an expedition outside the city on a fact-finding mission. What they discover changes the course of the rebellion.

 

2014.             

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This book follows Jane, a single mother of a kindergartener, after moving to a new town. She befriends two other mothers of children in her son’s class, Madeline and Celest. All three mothers have problems to sort through. Madeline isn’t happy that her daughter from her previous marriage is getting close to her step-mother. Celeste deals with having an increasingly violent husband. Jane deals with single motherhood. Trouble starts when Jane’s son is accused of bullying one of the girls. On a heated night, secrets are revealed as a new, dark secret is made. 

 

2015. The Girl on the Train

This psychological thriller by British author Paula Hawkins follows the stories of 3 different women dealing with relationships and binge drinking problems. There is Rachel Watson, a 32-year-old alcoholic, reeling from her divorce from Tom, who left her for another woman, Anna Boyd. Tom and Anna now have a daughter, Evie. While riding the train every day, Rachel passes their house. She also sees another house, where a woman named Megan lives with her husband. Rachel believes Megan and her husband's relationship to be perfect. After a night of heavy drinking, Rachel awakens bloody and injured, and find out Megan is missing. Now, Rachel must figure out what happened the night before, as she is a suspect. Did Rachel attack Megan, or is the evidence entirely circumstantial?

 

2016.

The Whistler by John Grisham. This legal thriller following the investigation of a very corrupt judge. Investigator Lacy Stoltz is assigned the case and meets with a disgraced lawyer, Ramsey Mix, who reveals Judge Claudia McDover has been aiding and scheming with the mafia, enabling the mafia to build a casino. The mafia had skimmed money from the casino. The judge had been smoothing over the mafia's legal problems. The mafia stages an anti-casino member’s murder, convicting his son for the ‘murder’. An investigation begins. Can McDover keep herself save, or will justice prevail? Find out!

 

2017.

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. There is a legend about a lost city called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God within the Honduran rainforest. This city supposedly holds many treasures, though indigenous tribes warn that anyone that enters the sacred city will fall ill and die. A journalist makes the journey, returning with treasures and stories, but dies before revealing where the city is. The author joins a team of scientists with state-of-the-art equipment to make the journey. The team battles their way through torrential rain, disease-carrying bugs, jaguars, and deadly snakes. It's not until they return home that they receive their biggest surprise- they have contracted a lethal disease. How safe are the city's secrets? Find out!

 

2018. 

 

The Outsider by Steven King. This horror novel follows a case against a popular teacher and Little League coach who was publically arrested on quite heinous charges. When the District Attorney tells the police detective in charge of the case to break the defendant's alibi, he finds the contrary: more evidence of his innocence, much to the detective’s disapproval. Not seeing justice, the victim’s brother shoots the coach. The District Attorney and a private investigator then discover something much worse. Will the culprit be caught or will the mystery stand?

 

2019.                     

 

A Minute to Midnight. David Baldacci. When FBI Agent Atlee Pine returns to her rural hometown in Georgia where her twin sister had been kidnapped thirty years prior to try to find out what happened to Mercy, things don’t go her way. A serial killer begins a reign of terror. Now Atlee must both search for the serial killer before more victims are claimed while searching for her own answers. Can she get the answers she needs, or will she be left to eternal wondering?

 

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