Books That Defined My Decade

Books That Defined My Decade

This post was entirely inspired by Kate @ Your Tita Kate’s post, The Books That Defined My decade. I never thought to even reflect on my decade, but after reading Kate’s post, I immediately wanted to do the same.

I have a terrible memory, so I don’t remember much from my childhood, which makes me feel like I didn’t genuinely exist until 2010. At the start of this decade, I was eleven years old, turning twelve that March and, at the time of writing this post, I am twenty-one, about to turn twenty-two this March. I went from primary school, secondary school, college and university all in this decade alone. And just thinking about that blows my mind. In some sense, it shouldn’t because it’s just time passing but, at the same time, that is a lot of significant milestones in my life. I went from a child to a young adult, and reading Kate’s post made me realise that’s not a small thing. Reading is a big part of my identity, especially during this decade is where I had more choice over the books I read. While Kate’s post is more about books published in each specific year, my list is naming the books that I read in that year that made the most significant impact on me. So not all of them were great reads, but I feel like they deserve some acknowledge from impacting me in some way.

I’m going off what years I’ve put in my Goodreads profile but I feel like I might be off by a year or so hence I’ve added some books here that I actually read in 2009.

  • Thief – Despite Malorie Blackman being of the UK’s most beloved children’s author, I never read her acclaimed series Noughts & Crosses. Instead of the books, I knew her by were Thief and Hacker. I think this part is due to the face we didn’t have her books in my primary school library. (Maybe we did, and it was always being borrowed?) But anyway, I found Thief by accident when someone had randomly left it lying around after Golden Time. (lol remember Golden Time?) Anyway, someone remind me actually to read Noughts & Crosses in this decade.
  • Theodore Boone – The early 2010s was before I joined proper social media, so my ability to find books were severely limited. I don’t even remember how I managed to find Theodore Boone because it wasn’t from my school library, nor did anyone buy it for me. But I loved this series a lot as a kid. I used to watch a lot of crime shows with my family, so reading a series set in a similar environment to all the shows I was watching, but with a protagonist my age blew my mind.
  • The Lighting Thief – Funnily enough, this was the last time I actually up a Rick Riordan book before picking up the second one in 2019. I really loved The Lightning Thief, but my school library didn’t have the rest of the series so sadly, and with my fish brain that forgets everything every five seconds, I never got around to finishing this series. I tried continuing the series, but life got in the way. I really hope to get back to this series soon. 
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Inside Out Book Tag

Inside Out Book Tag

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A couple of months ago, Kristina posted a video called the Inside Out Book Tag and I thought it would be fun to do the same thing, but in a blog version rather than vlog. Inside Out is a Disney-Pixar movie which is about 5 different characters who represent 5 basic emotions that live inside the mind of a young girl. It was such a cute movie that’s so important and sends a great message about the role sadness playing in our lives, and how sadness is vital to our wellbeing.

For the book tag you are supposed to choose one book for each emotion.
1. JOY – Which book brings you the most joy?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter was probably a lot of people’s first book love. It was mine too. Whenever I read the books, it makes me so happy and even to this day I discover new things that my younger self skipped over.

2. DISGUST – Which book grossed you out the most?
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Here’s a fun story for you all: I first read fifty shades originally not knowing a single thing about the book. I didn’t even know it was about BDSM book. I read an article title how it beat harry potter sales and I was so offended that I just downloaded the book and began to read it. And that’s the story of how I read my first (and last) erotica. This book is not an accurate or even remotely healthy relationship between two consenting parties. This book perpetuates rape culture and glorifies abuse. This book in one word? Ew.

3. FEAR – Which book scared you?
Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz.

Whenever I think of this book, I think of year 10 maths lesson. I know, weird? It’s only because it was during maths that my friend, Macushla, recommended this book to me. And I loved it! It’s so creepy and thrilling!

4. SADNESS – Which book made you cry the hardest?
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I never cry at books. It’s a fact. I just don’t get that emotional over book. I do get sad but not to the point where I’m on the verge of tears. Although there are some problematic themes in this but damn this book had me in tears.

5. ANGER – Which book pissed you off?
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I think the main reason this book made me mad is because I had such high expectations for this book. My anger really stems from the fact that there was SO MUCH potential with this, yet the implications with the storyline, and irritating characters made it so disappointing to read.