The 10 Books That Defined My Decade


Danika picks her top book from every year this decade — with a whole lot of runners up, of course.

Books mentioned:
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
Two or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Allison

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth
Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy
The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

Nevada by Imogen Binnie
The Collection edited by Tom Leger
Fist of the Spider Woman edited by Amber Dawn
The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan
The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

Tamora Pierce, including the Circle of Magic series
Adaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo
Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Bodymap by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha
The Truth About Stories by Thomas King
Falling In Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson
The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Beloved by Toni Morrison
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Sailor Moon manga

Sexual Fluidity by Lisa Diamond
The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Everfair by Nisi Shawl
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant
Hunger by Roxane Gay

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
Space Battle Lunchtime

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, edited by Carmen Maria Machado
This Is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene