Flashback Post| Which Books Were Popular 18 Years Ago? #orangecountyreads #2001Flashback

Happy First Day of Fall! 🍁

Today is our 18th wedding anniversary and I thought I’d take a peek at some of the books that were published that year.

I wasn’t reading much back then and not surprisingly I’ve only read 7 of the titles here. Interestingly, at least 10 of them have been made into movies.

·Bel Canto by Ann Patchett 🎥

2018 film with Julianne Moore – A world-renowned opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

·Life of Pi by Yann Martel 🎥 ✅

2012 film – A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

·Blindsighted (Grant County series, #1) by Karin Slaughter ✅

Set in the fictional town of Heartsdale, Georgia, (in the fictional Grant County) the narrative takes place from the perspective of three main characters: Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and part-time coroner; Jeffrey Tolliver, Linton’s husband and the chief of police; and his subordinate, detective Lena Adams.

·The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

The Universe in a Nutshell is a 2001 book about theoretical physics by Stephen Hawking. It is generally considered a sequel and was created to update the public concerning developments since the multi-million-copy bestseller A Brief History of Time published in 1988.

·Seabiscuit by Lauren Hildebrand 🎥 ✅

2003 film withTobey Maguire – True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

·The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 🎥 ✅

2008 film with Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson – In 1964, a teenage girl in search of the truth about her mother runs away to a small town in South Carolina and finds a family of independent women who can connect her to her past.

·Open Season (Joe Pickett series, #1) by C. J. Box ✅

The first Joe Pickett novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box. Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won’t take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular.

·Bibliotherapy by Nancy Peske and Beverly West

Because women read books differently than guys do… Every woman knows … books are more than a way to kill time on the bus — they’re therapy that fits in our bag. …

·Seven Up (Stephanie Plum series, #7) by Janet Evanovich ✅

Stephanie’s latest quarry is Eddie DeChooch, a septuagenarian semi-retired mobster who was arrested for smuggling cigarettes into New Jersey from Richmond, Virginia. Stephanie finds him in a state of abject depression at his home, but he eludes her and, while searching the house for clues, Stephanie finds a dead body in his shed, an elderly woman named Loretta Ricci, shot multiple times.

Stephanie soon learns that she is not the only one searching for DeChooch; two Mafia types, Benny and Ziggy, are following her around and making themselves at home in her apartment, while her boyfriend, police detective Joe Morelli, wants to question DeChooch about the dead woman in his home.

·Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser 🎥

Marie Antoinette: The Journey is a sympathetic 2001 biography of archduchess Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France (1774–1792) by Antonia Fraser. It is the basis for the 2006 Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette.

It is considered, by some modern historians, as the most thorough and balanced biography of the queen, though it naturally builds upon earlier biographies, first hand accounts, and even the infamous libelles which destroyed the queen’s reputation.

·A Painted House by John Grisham

Inspired by his childhood in Arkansas, it is Grisham’s first major work outside the legal thriller genre in which he established himself. Set in the late summer and early fall of 1952, its story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Luke Chandler, the youngest in a family of cotton farmers struggling to harvest their crop and earn enough to settle their debts. The novel portrays the experiences that bring him from a world of innocence into one of harsh reality.

·Empire Falls by Richard Russo 🎥

2005 film with Ed Harris – Shot entirely in Maine, “Empire Falls” focuses on an economically struggling town abreast of the Knox River, with its paper mills and factories now empty, unemployment high and tourism down. It’s small town in the classical sense: Everybody knows everybody else; there’s a worn-leather comfort to their daily associations but also an underbelly of frustration and worry, of dreams derailed and generations spent following their ancestors on the treadmill to nowhere.

·Mystic River by Dennis Lehane 🎥

2003 film with Sean Penn – Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” is a dark, ominous brooding about a crime in the present that is emotionally linked to a crime in the past. It involves three boyhood friends in an Irish neighborhood of Boston, who were forever marked when one of them was captured by a child molester; as adults, their lives have settled into uneasy routines that are interrupted by the latest tragedy.

·Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Good In Bed is the debut novel of Jennifer Weiner. It tells the story of an overweight Jewish female journalist, her love and work life and her emotional abuse issues with her father.The novel was a New York Times Best Seller. Aspects of the plot were inspired by Weiner’s own life.

·The Constant Gardener by John LeCarré 🎥

2005 film with Ralph Fiennes – The Constant Gardener” begins with a strong, angry story, and peoples it with actors who let it happen to them, instead of rushing ahead to check off the surprises. It seems solidly grounded in its Kenyan locations; like “City of God,” it feels organically rooted. Like many Le Carre stories, it begins with grief and proceeds with sadness toward horror.

·Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson ✅

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas is a 2001 novel by James Patterson that argues the importance of balance within one’s life. Two interwoven stories are told throughout the novel. The framing story is based on Katie Wilkinson, a New York City book editor, whose relationship with poet Matthew Harrison ends suddenly. During this period, Katie learns about Matt’s past through the diary written by Suzanne.

·Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 🎥

2020 film – Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.

·The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares 🎥

2005 film – Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

So, have you read any of these? Seen the movies? What were YOU doing in 2001?

Have a great week!


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  1. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!!
    OMG I cannot believe some of these are 18 years old! The ones that really jump out at me are Life of Pi, The Secret Life of Bees and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants … Time is flying!


  2. HEYY!! A VERYYY HAPPYYY ANNIVERSARYY TO YOU GUYSS!!! And wishing you many more wonderful anniversaries in the years to come! ❤ ❤
    There are soo many really good books mentioned here. And DAAMN YOUR BLOG AESTHETIC! I think my heart just skipped a beat. So very beautiful. ❤


  3. Happy Anniversary! Great post — I love the flashback. I’ve read five on your list (hated the Patterson book, but I did read it!). In fall 2001, I bought a new car after my last one died on the side of the road… and I was deciding whether to give fertility treatments one last try. (Good thing, too — my son is now 17!)


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