This is my second installment of the series, and be sure to check out my previous one before reading this one:
If this is the first post you are seeing of this series, it’s a series where I take a look at my favorite book of certain years. Also, as I’m always reading new books, so my favorite books of certain years may change. Also also, these were my growing up years, so expect to see a lot of YA fantasy and children’s books. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the years:
This was such an easy choice, even if The Maze Runner also came out in 2009. I usually don’t get into the popular books coming out, but after reading this one, I realized that the hype was totally worth it. It is such a beautifully written book, both from a historical standpoint and from a technical writing standpoint. For those who don’t know, it’s set in the 1960’s and follows a young writer who decides to write an article on the lives of black maids, the perspective of “the help”, and it follows multiple different perspectives.
This probably isn’t the best book from 2008, and the cover is pretty bad, but I loved this book growing up! It tells the story of a young woman who is being pursued by three princes/kings to marry them and she must wade through the lies to save her kingdom. It’s a teen book, but I find with Sherwood Smith’s writing, there is a depth I rarely see in YA.
This is a children’s book with beautiful illustrations and a quirky, humorous plot. It follows two children, who become taste testers for the king and queen and their three…unique children. It’s hilarious and moving, and is one of the few kid’s books I enjoy reading as an adult as much as I did as a child.
I don’t read much horror, and even less do I enjoy, but this is one of those rare books I found to be both interesting and creepy. It follows a couple who gets lost and finds this strange house, only to find the house is playing a dangerous game. It is more spiritual than your average horror, with characters’ choices, moral or otherwise, sealing their fates. The idea is that our own decisions (how cruel or selfless we are) makes life harder or easy on ourselves.
I did a full review for this book, which you are welcome to read if you want my full thoughts on it. It is about a young princess who has to bring together powerful armies to defeat an evil force coming to destroy her kingdom. I tried reading the sequel and didn’t enjoy it, but this first book is so beautiful!
When you think of Shakespeare, you usually think of poetry and plays, not morality and religion. But this book makes a case for William Shakespeare being secretly Catholic (remember, during this time you had to be Protestant under Queen Elizabeth or you were ostracized from society). Even my Shakespeare teacher back in college said that more and more historians are agreeing about this theory and if you read enough of Shakespeare’s plays, you can see extremely Catholic morality within them. Anyway, this is an interesting nonfiction book which takes a look at Shakespeare’s life.
This is another book I loved as a kid. It follows two sisters who move to a strange estate and find themselves surrounded by goblins, including the King of Goblins himself, who is intent on marrying the older girl. There is something incredibly fun and light about this book. If I had read it as an adult, I have a feeling I would find it a bit too predictable, but I loved it years ago. Saying that, the second and third books of the series really aren’t very good.
This is yet another YA fantasy series I loved as a child, following a princess who kisses a frog claiming to be a prince, and is promptly turned into a frog herself. It’s such a fun twist on the original Frog Prince fairytale. There are four books in the original series, which I all love, but the spin-off books I didn’t really enjoy.
I just read this book earlier this year, but it has already become one of my favorites. It’s a pity I read the second book and really didn’t enjoy it, because the world is such a fascinating one. Clearly, I wouldn’t recommend reading on in the series, but this first book really feels like a standalone, so I don’t mind just recommending reading it on its own.
Are you sick of YA fantasy yet? Well, hopefully we are almost done with them, because that is mostly what I read growing up. It’s strange because now I rarely read fantasy. Anyway, this book follows a young woman who set out to find a knight to save her kingdom and her castle from a cruel tyrant. On the way, she befriends an unfriendly dwarf who leads her on the journey. It’s an adorable, hilarious, but also quite powerful story.
So, there we have it. In a month or so I will be doing the next ten years: 1999-1990. This will take us to before I was born.
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Best wishes in your life full of adventure,