What the frack were people reading in 2003? You will not believe how old some of your fave books are!

It’s crazy. Some of you won’t even really remember 2003, dudes. But YA was starting to gain serious steam and there were some real good reads. It was practically magical…

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From serious series starters to super standalones, here’s what was being read waaay back in 2003! (13 years ago. Ouch).


1. Melivin Burgess’ ‘Doing It’ is pretty much YA canon now, right?

2. ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’: Can you believe we were already here with these books in 2003?!


3. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon. This book does so much for awareness of autism, Asperger’s and mental health in young people. Plus, it’s been made into a phenomenal stage play. Winning!

4. ‘Inkheart’ by Cornelia Funke… Feel that nostalgia hitting hard?

5. ‘The Second Summer of the Sisterhood’ by Ann Brashares. The sequel of the travelling pants is just as good as its predecessor. Truth.

6. ‘Boy Meets Boy’ by David Leviathan. Again, canon.

7. ‘A Great and Terrible Beauty’ by Libba Bray. So much yes to this series. And this is where it all started.

8. Phillip Pullman hit us with ‘Lyra’s Oxford’ and the fangirling was real. Still a brilliant companion book to ‘His Dark Materials’. Who didn’t wish really hard for a daemon?

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How many of these have you read? Or maybe more importantly, how many have you just added to your TBR? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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