I obsessively archive my life into lists and charts. (Yes, it’s a sickness) But it makes remembering everything I read, watched, and listened to over the decade just a matter of looking at my lists. The hardest part is picking out only a few favorites.
Favorite Fiction Reads:
While I read a handful of books written for adults, my favorite books of the decade turned out being either middle grade or young adult fiction. Yeah, I sort of cheated by dividing the fiction books into a series list and a singles list. There were just too many good books to narrow the list to only ten.
MG= middle grade fiction (for around 9-14 years or 4th- 8th grades)
YA= young adult fiction (for around 12 years and up or 7th grade and up)
Favorite Fiction Series I Read
Bartimaeus Series, by Jonathan Stroud (YA)
Gemma Doyle Series, by Libba Bray (YA)
Gregor the Overlander Series, by Suzanne Collins (MG) – I’ve finished 3 of 5 so far.
Golden Compass Series, by Phillip Pullman (YA)
Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling (MG/YA)- Read 1-3 in 1999, 4th book came out in 2000.
Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins (YA) – The third one hasn’t been published yet.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series, by Ann Brashares (YA)
Favorite Single Fiction Books I Read
Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan (YA)
City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau (MG) – It’s in a series but this first one was the best.
Graceling, by Kristen Cashore (YA) – There’s a prequel, but I haven’t read it yet.
Holes, by Louis Sachar (MG)
Kiki Strike, by Kristen Miller (MG) – There’s only two so I’m not counting it as a series.
Looking for Alaska, by John Green (YA)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (YA)
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli (YA)
The Two Princesses of Bamarre, by Gail Carson Levine (YA)
Favorite Non-Fiction Books I Read
(All these were written for adults, except Eleanor’s Story.)
(The) Dance of Anger, by Harriet Lerner
Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany, by Eleanor Ramrath Garner (YA)
German Boy, by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel
Guns, Germs, & Steel, by Jared Diamond
How to Learn Any Langauge, by Barry Farber
Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, by Stephanie Coontz
Setting Limits, by Robert Mackenzie
Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight Swain
Uncommon Sense for Parents and Teachers, by Michael Riera
Woman: An Intimate Geography, by Natalie Angier
What were your favorite reads of the decade? I love reading these kinds of lists.