19 Years, 19 Books

So… I turned 19 yesterday. It’s kind of that weird age when you don’t know whether you’re still allowed to call yourself a teenager or whether you’re expected to be an adult. I mean, I still don’t know how to cook myself a meal without almost burning down my house and I can’t be trusted to go into a bookshop alone, but hey! In society’s eyes, I’m considered an adult — and that freaks me out.

But now’s not the time for an existential crisis! It’s not the time to think about all the things I haven’t achieved on my time on this planet! I don’t want to think that I’m probably a quarter of the way to my death, or that I might actually die tomorrow, or the world might get engulfed by a solar flare while I sleep tonight, or another war might start while I’m binging Brooklyn Nine-Nine… but let’s not talk about that!

Instead, today I want to reminisce on my nineteen years on this planet by sharing my top read of each year, compared to what was a popular YA book at the time! Are you following me? You’ll pick it up. Just go with it. It’ll be fun, I promise.

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1998 — Age 0

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

1999 — Age 1

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2000 — Age 2

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2001 — Age 3

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2002 — Age 4

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2003 — Age 5

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2004 — Age 6

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2005 — Age 7

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2006 — Age 8

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2007 — Age 9

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2008 — Age 10

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2009 — Age 11

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2010 — Age 12

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2011 — Age 13

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2012 — Age 14

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2013 — Age 15

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2014 — Age 16

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2015 — Age 17

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2016 — Age 18

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

2017 — Age 19

Top YA Book of the Year | My Favourite Book of the Year

Let's Talk

Do we share any of the same favourite books? Do you remember what your favourite books were as a toddler or a child? What’s your favourite book of 2017? I’d love to know!

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12 thoughts on “19 Years, 19 Books

  1. I love how previous years books became your favourite books. Did you have to ask your parents about the books you liked when you were little? And where did you get the ‘best books of the year’ list from? Anyway, this was a very fun, and appropriately bookish way to celebrate your birthday!

    • Haha thank you! Yes, I did! I could remember a few of them because my favourite books have been pretty influential on my life, but of course I have no clue what I enjoyed when I was one and two. As for the best books of the year, I just did a quick Google search for the most popular books of that year and whichever one came up first is the one I went with. I think it was calculated through Goodreads ratings and such.

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed my post! Thank you! 💜

  2. This list made me feel so old, haha! Otherwise, A+ post 😉 I tried searching for a bunch of the picture books I loved as a kid, but the only ones I could find were ‘Meg and Mog’ and ‘How the Birds Got Their Colours’. I loved the Little Golden Books as well. By the time I got to primary school, I was all about Teen Power Inc, Rowan of Rin and Harry Potter.

    • Haha oh no! 😂 But thank you so much ❤️ Ooh I’ve heard of a couple of those ones – but OF COURSE, HARRY POTTER! I’m so devastated I was just a few years too young to read them when they came out, but I’m completely in love with them now, of course 💖

  3. AHHH the Rainbow Magic books!! I remember buying those from school in box sets… probably still lying around the house somewhere. I love this post so much! All the childhood feels in The Rainbow Fish and Tashi and then all the YA feels in Twilight and City of Bones 😀

  4. This was such a wonderful post! It’s always interesting to see how a reader’s tastes grow and change, but I think it’s wonderful how you compared your favorites to the most popular YA book of that year. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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