Favorite Books Published in 2003

When I was about 8 years old I told my dad that I wanted to read all the books in our house. My dad is quite a collector of books, so even if I read a book a day I won’t accomplish that goal (I’ve come to terms with that and have decided a much more attainable goal is to read every book in my home). But it shows how I feel about books. When I’m in a library or any room filled with books I get so excited with the anticipation of all the things I could learn by reading their pages.

I’m the toddler reading the upside-down newspaper.

So I was pretty thrilled to discover that on Goodreads you can see the most popular books published in a certain year (going back to 1918). I decided to compile a list of my favorites from 2003 (because I have read more than three books from that year). I have a goal to read more classics this year so I hope to see my list grow on some of those older published dates!

If you want to browse the lists by date, go here.

And now, the books I’ve read and liked from 2003:

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  5. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  6. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  7. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (and my boys love telling the Pigeon “no” too).


As always, please share your favorites in the comments! I’m all about finding more books to add to my to-read list.

*In case you are wondering, I tend to gravitate to non-fiction and historical fiction, but I also love me some Agatha Christie. So sometimes my lists may lean that way.*