MY FAVORITE BOOKS FROM EACH YEAR I'VE BEEN ALIVE

Thought of this while working on my movie list. @amieshmamie made one, too!
  1. I'm sticking to fiction for this one.
  2. 1982 - Different Seasons by Stephen King
    This bad boy contains the novellas that Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, and Stand by Me were based on! Honorable Mentions: The BFG by Roald Dahl / Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  3. 1983 - The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
    The German version came out before, but for the sake of this list, I'm choosing English translations based on the year they were published. This is a top 10 book of all time for me. Honorable Mentions: The Witches by Roald Dahl / Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
  4. 1984 - The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
    According to the list on Wikipedia, I believe this is the only book published in 1984 that I've read. But I'm fine with that because I LOVE Dr. Seuss! I managed to write my sophomore and senior year English research papers on him in high school. This was one of the 3 Seuss books featured in my senior paper on politics in his works. (The other two were The Lorax and The Sneetches.)
  5. 1985 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    Another all-time top 10! Honorable Mentions: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood / Texas by James Michener (technically I haven't finished this huge-ass book, but I'm Texan, so I have to include it)
  6. 1986 - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
    Again, maybe the only book I've read from this year. But it's a really good one. Different from Ender's Game. Interesting to see what happened to Ender after book one.
  7. 1987 - There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar
    I read this one so many times as a kid. I kinda want to read it again now that I'm thinking about it. Honorable Mentions: Misery by Stephen King / Beloved by Toni Morrison
  8. 1988 - Matilda by Roald Dahl
    A book about a girl who loves to read. I'm all in. Honorable Mentions: Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris / Libra by Don DeLillo
  9. 1989 - A Time to Kill by John Grisham
    The beginning of Grisham's run of books I loved. Eventually I got over his books, but his first 4 are classics for me. Honorable Mentions: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay / A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving / The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. 1990 - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    I read this book so many times that the cover fell off my first copy and I had to buy a new one. A top 10 book. Sadly, another top 10 also came out this year. I audibly said, "Sorry, Maniac" when I realized they both came out the same year. Honorable Mentions: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  11. 1991 - Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
    I was only 9, but I vividly remember all the hubbub when this book came out. I hadn't read Gone with the Wind yet, but I would soon, and I would become obsessed with both books. Honorable Mentions: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon / The Firm by John Grisham / Needful Things by Stephen King
  12. 1992 - The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
    My second favorite of the Grisham 4, plus the movie stars Julia and Denzel! Honorable Mentions: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  13. 1993 - The Client by John Grisham
    I was obsessed with this book and the movie. Read it again a year or so ago and still love it! Honorable Mentions: The Giver by Lois Lowry
  14. 1994 - In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
    A friend recommended this to me senior year of high school and I read it toward the end of the year. Then I ended up writing about it in an AP Lit test essay. I got the best grade possible, so thanks, Andy Bruce!
  15. 1995 - The Lost World by Michael Crichton
    The first book I ever preordered. Not as great as the first, but still pretty awesome. Honorable Mentions: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby / Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra
  16. 1996 - A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
    Most of the later books can get kinda bogged down, but this one is just great. Honorable Mentions: Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding / Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman / Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald / Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
  17. 1997 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
    I'm going to do my best to not pick HP every year one comes out. It'll be hard. Honorable Mentions: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  18. 1998 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
    I said I'd try, okay? I didn't say I'd succeed. Honorable Mentions: Holes by Louis Sachar / The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  19. 1999 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
    I mean, it's my favorite HP book. I couldn't pick anything else. Honorable Mentions: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky / Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card / A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin / The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  20. 2000 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
    How did she release these books 4 years in a row? She's a genius. Honorable Mentions: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin / House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski / Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card / Shopgirl by Steve Martin
  21. 2001 - The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    The beginning of one of my favorite series. If you love classic fiction, read these books! So many in-jokes and references. Honorable Mentions: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  22. 2002 - Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
    Book two in the series. Y'all, the main character can jump into books and interact with characters and it's awesome!
  23. 2003 - The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    It's really hard to not pick the HP book, but I felt like I should. Maybe they should be tied. Regardless, this is a wonderful book! Honorable Mentions: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown / The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling / The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde / The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
  24. 2004 - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    So good, so mysterious, so creepy. I love it! Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
  25. 2005 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
    Honorable Mentions: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro / The Book Thief by Markus Zusak / The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde / Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer / The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  26. 2006 - The End by Lemony Snicket
    This is kind of like when they give the Oscar to the last movie to honor the whole series. It's a fantastic series with great vocabulary lessons! Love it. Honorable Mentions: World War Z by Max Brooks / The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  27. 2007 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
    Duh. Honorable Mentions: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss / A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  28. 2008 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    It was my turn to pick at book club, but I'd forgotten to think of options. I did a quick Google search and found this. Before I'd even finished the first chapter, I found myself crying. So good. Honorable Mentions: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson / The Host by Stephenie Meyer / Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  29. 2009 - The Magicians by Lev Grossman
    Wow, I loved this. The blend of magic and real-world, with references to Harry Potter and Narnia - so great. Honorable Mentions: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson / The Help by Kathryn Stockett / Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins / What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty / When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead / Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  30. 2010 - Room by Emma Donoghue
    Read this book and see this movie! Incredible. Honorable Mentions: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson / Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins / Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  31. 2011 - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    Is this the best year in publishing history? So many good books. Honorable Mentions: The Martian by Andy Weir / The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach / 11.22.63 by Stephen King / The Magician King by Lev Grossman / A Dance with Dragons by George R.R Martin / Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson / Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson / Divergent by Veronica Roth / The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss / The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  32. 2012 - The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
    You'd think I would've picked Gone Girl, right? I would've thought so. But while that one was surprising and twisty, this one actually stuck with me longer. I felt more connected to the story. Honorable Mentions: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn / The Fault in Our Stars by John Green / Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  33. 2013 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
    I love this sweet book! Honorable Mentions: Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith / Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell / The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman / The Circle by Dave Eggers / Joyland by Stephen King / S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst
  34. 2014 - Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    This series is amazing! Honorable Mentions: The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman / The Good Girl by Mary Kubica / Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel / The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison / One More Thing by BJ Novak
  35. 2015 - Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
    It was a tough competition this year, but the edge goes to the murder mystery that takes place in my own hometown - Ft. Worth, TX! Honorable Mentions: Golden Son by Pierce Brown / The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins / The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness / Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  36. 2016 - Morning Star by Pierce Brown
    So I've managed to read 20 books so far this year, but none were published this year yet. I started this book this morning. I don't know if it'll end up being the fave by the end of the year, but I've LOVED the series so far and I'm excited to see how it wraps up!