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Hello List-Makers, List-Readers and people who like lists,

A few days ago Inky suggested we talk about the end of this decade and I personally thought that was a great idea. I have been reading books for most of my life so I am able to go back and talk about my favourite book of each year. I know this is *technically* a YA website but who doesn’t like some nostalgia? For each year, I will also include what year level I was in (for context) and a big world event that occurred that year. Let’s get into it…



In 2010, I had just started prep. Therefore, I’d also started reading. Towards the end of prep I was reading (small) chapter books but I still preferred audio books (which is totally still reading btw). My favourite book to listen to (that I loved so much I actually did read it a second time round) was Matilda by Roald Dahl. I just loved his writing so much and I thought she was so cool. The (probably) biggest world event in 2010 was the Haiti earthquake that affected over 3 million people and an estimated death toll of 270,000.


In 2011, I was in year 1 and it was actually a pretty big year of reading for me. I was regularly reading small chapter books and I improved a lot. A series I read religiously was the Judy Moody series by Megan Mcdonald. I liked them and I thought she was cool and funny, whatever sense of humour I had in grade one was solely due to those books. The biggest world event of 2011 was the Japan earthquake/tsunami. It left roughly 23,000 people dead or missing and it caused a nuclear crisis when it damaged a nuclear power plant. 


In 2012 I was in year two and that year I had a teacher that really emphasised literacy in the curriculum so she made sure our classroom was right next to the junior school library and we went weekly. I read similar books to grade one but I did become a much better reader and I read a lot more books then I previously had. My favourite book/series of 2012 was the  Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows. I think it reminded me of some of my close friends and I found the books to be quite well written. I couldn’t find anything super specific that happened in 2012 but the London olympics happened and people thought that the world was going to end that year so you could say it was eventful.


In 2013, I was in year 3 and I finally started reading fairly lengthy chapter books. I was in the ‘senior building’ (year 3 and up) so I had access to the senior library which had all the big books. 2013 was another big book year for me as I finally read the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. I was a really quick reader so I read the whole series in like two weeks and I absolutely adored them. 2013 wasn’t a great year for the world, some big events included the Boston marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured 260 and in 2013 Nelson Mandela passed away .


In 2014 I was in grade four and that was a year that I started taking book recommendations from friends. My friends had all started reading David Walliams books and after my teacher had read ‘The Boy In The Dress’ to the class I decided to take a look at some of his other books. My favourite book that I read that year was Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. The characters were great and I probably cried a little bit reading it. In 2014, the biggest news story was the global ebola epidemic that killed more than 6000 people and had around 17,000 outbreak cases.


In 2015, I was in grade 5 so I was finally in the proper senior school. 2015 was probably the most important year of reading for me as I finally started reading YA. The books I read then are probably the reason I’m writing this today. In 2015, my favourite series was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because how could it not be? I thought Katniss was legendary and I think the Hunger Games was the first book series I read with legitimate romance. I know Harry Potter technically had romance but it was not a big part of the book. 2015 was another really bad year for the world as Syria’s descent into conflict killed more 220,000 people and over 4 million refugees were displaced.


In 2016, I was in grade 6 and it was my final year of primary school. My favourite book of 2016 was Divergent by Veronica Roth but I only liked the first one as the rest of the series was really boring to me. The biggest event of 2016 was most definitely the US presidential election when, by some miracle, Donald Trump was elected as president. Another big thing in 2016 was the spread of the Zika virus in Brazil and concerns over whether it would affect the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


In 2017, I had just started year 7 at a school that nobody else from my primary school went to.  It was a really big year for me personally as that kind of transition is never easy although, the school’s massive library made that transition way easier! Because my primary school was so small, when I moved to my current high school I was at the disposal of so many great resources. So of course, I read a lot of books. A book series that really stood out to me was the Legend series by Marie Lu. I loved the characters so much and the last book made me cry. Rebel came out this year so I think I might reread the series. 2017 wasn’t just a huge year for me, a lot happened in the world. The rise of the #MeToo movement saw several investigations into powerful men, there was a massive shooting in Las Vegas that saw 58 people killed and Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester was bombed.


In 2018, I was in year 8 and I was finally settled into my new school. I read so many books at my school library and got into the habit of reading on my way to and from school on the train. I read so many great books last year but as you might know (if you read my reviews), Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein was my book of the year. It was SO good and it is still one of my all time favourites. 2018 wasn’t a massive year in global news but Mark Zuckerberg went to court over the use of FaceBook’s data collection and Meghan Markle married Prince Harry.


This year is 2019! I finished year 9 and I joined this website, I was an Inky Awards Shadow Judged and I started reading as a serious thing. I began to write reviews and I found that people are actually interested in what I have to say. It has been a massive year for me and I can’t thank this community enough for it. I read so many books this year and I loved so many of them. In fact, when I was trying to work out what my favourite book of this year was I couldn’t think of just one so I thought I would talk about two. I absolutely adored Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young, I thought it was so well written and I loved the plot. In fact, if you really want to you can read my review of it here. I also fell in love with It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood, you can also read my review on that here. A lot happened this year in regards to the world, the shooting in Christchurch killed about 50 people, the Notre Dame caught on fire, Avengers: Endgame became the highest grossing film of all time and a lot of Australia is currently on fire. 


This decade has been pretty insane. A lot of bad things have happened, as have a lot of good things. I’ve read some great books and I look forward to the future of reading and YA. I’m interested to hear what books you’ve liked this decade as well as any pivotal moments you think I missed.

Here’s to a great 2020!


Your Favourite Bookworm




inky State Library Victoria

I'm a big fan of Ivy and Bean myself! What a wonderful life of reading you have had so far!

27th Dec, 19


31st Jul, 20

Thank you! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

3rd Aug, 20


3rd Aug, 20

It was a pretty great book!

4th Aug, 20

I love the Hunger games!!! All time favourites!!

8th Sep, 20

The Hunger Games was AMAZING!! Have you read the new one?

10th Sep, 20
inky State Library Victoria

Thank you for sharing this imosshelf...be proud of your reading journey, and be so thankful that you live in a country that values education, and gave you access to teachers and books that have helped you grow. So many girls, in so many countries just don't get that opportunity and the world is poorer for it.

10th Sep, 20

I’m glad you enjoyed, Inky! I’m so thankful to live the privileged life that I do. I wish that everyone could have the opportunities that I’ve been given.

10th Sep, 20