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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BOOK REVIEW: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (A.K.A Zoella)


You Can Find the Book At:

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Author Website

GoodReads Summary:

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

My Review:

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

As soon as I heard this book was coming out, I was quick to judge it would not be a good read and has a high chance of it being ghost-written. And, sadly, I was not wrong.

(Before anyone starts moaning saying ‘why did you even read it if you thought it was going to be crap’ I only read it because I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions without having read the book)

The characters were cliché and so underdeveloped. The story itself is predictable to the point where it was boring to read. (Typical boy meets girl, fall in love, obstacle in their way which is swiftly removed and everything is good again) No hate to other books like these, I enjoy predictable books, but this was so stuffed with a cliché of characters – the gay best friend, the bitchy ex-best friend, the romantic love interest etc. Again, nothing wrong with a cliché or two, but only if they’re written well and sadly, these characters were not. And on the topic of anxiety, this blog expresses it much better than I ever could. Especially in a section where she is mixing normal teenage insecurities with real anxiety disorder.

It’s so frustrating watching people praise her for beating J.K. Rowling’s debut sales because that means absolutely nothing. (of course there was no record-breaking debut week, but Harry Potter’s broken nearly every other record there is.) Of course, she would have record sales; she already had a fanbase of millions when her book published, and not of her literary merit. You cannot compare a ghost-written book to Harry Potter!

The reason why this book wasn’t properly looked over was that it seems anything with Zoe’s name on will sell, and, with people wanting to cash in on that success, it doesn’t matter about the quality of what’s as written. Imagine if they released this under a different unknown author? It would have had a higher chance of being forgotten about. I really wanted to be proved wrong – I tried to enjoy every word but sadly I didn’t, and I’m not surprised.

If you’re a loyal Zoella fan, love fairy lights, a good scented candle and clichéd plot, and don’t mind this book wasn’t entirely hers then this is the book for you! Sadly I cannot and wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. I’m sorry. I tried, I really did!