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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx


It’s unavoidable. Everyone is talking about the end of the decade. Every best-of list seems to be talking the last 10 years! ! 10 Years? That’s 70 years in dog years!

So I am calling all list makers. Write me your list of best books of the decade! And if that’s too far back for you young people, what are your best books of 2019?

And best Inky books of the decade? I mean that’s a hard one! I can’t even remember that long ago! However – we do have the Inky Awards. Phew. So here are the longlists and winners of the Gold and Silver Inky Awards over the last DECADE as chosen by teens.

2010 Inky Awards Longlist

Gold Inky Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Silver Inky Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

2011 Inky Awards Longlist

Gold Inky Silvermay by James Moloney

Silver Inky Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2012 Inky Awards Longlist

Gold Inky Shift by Em Bailey

Silver Inky The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2013 Inky Awards Longlist

Gold Inky My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Johnsberg

Silver Inky The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2014 Inky Longlist

Gold Inky The First Third by Will Kostakis

Silver Inky All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

2015 Inky Longlist

Gold Inky The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

Silver Inky Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2016 Inky Longlist

Gold Inky Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Silver Inky I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

2017 Inky Longlist

Gold Inky Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Silver Inky Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

2018 Inky Longlist

Gold Inky Paper Cranes Don’t Fly by Peter Vu

Silver Inky The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2019 Inky Longlist

Gold Inky Whisper by Lynette Noni

Silver Inky The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

For added end of the decade reading try these articles….

Here are some other best of lists:

Lit Hub 100 Books that Defined the Decade (includes some YA titles)

Entertainment Weekly Best YA Books of the Year

Buzzfeed Best YA of the Decade*

Slate: A Decade in Young Adult Fiction  discusses the publishing highs and lows of the decade!

*warning for sylvs it does include The Sun is Also a Star



1 comment


Thanks for the much needed warning Inky XD

24th Dec, 19