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GIANT classic-YA TBR

As someone at the older-end of the teenage scale, I’ve had some time to reflect on some of the older YA books that I remember seeing on the library shelves, bookstores and in the media when I was 12/13. (And some a little afterwards too!) I thought it’d be interesting and quite fun to just write a giant list of all of these books that I always wanted to get to that I never did, and over the next few years really sink my teeth into that list!
As readers, we’re always so interested in what all the new books are gonna be like, and while yes, that is super awesome, these little darlings have held some nostalgic value for me. (Even though I never read them) It also might inspire you to check out some of these older titles that you may or may not have heard of before!

Amy Plum
– Die For Me (Revenants #1)
– Until I Die (Revenants #2)
– If I Should Die (Revenants #3)

Ann Brashares
– The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Sisterhood #1)
– The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood #2)
– Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood #3)
– Forever Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood #4)
– Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood #5)

Melina Marchetta
– Saving Francesca
– On the Jelicoe Road
– Looking for Alibrandi
– The Piper’s Son

Kimberly Derting
– The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)
– Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2)
– The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3)
– Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4)
– The Pledge (The Pledge #1)
– The Essence (The Pledge #2)
– The Offering (The Pledge #3)

L.A. Weatherly
– Angel (Angel #1)
– Angel Fire (Angel #2)
– Angel Fever (Angel #3)

Jonathan Maberry
– Rot and Ruin (Rot and Ruin #1)
– Dust and Decay (Rot and Ruin #2)
– Flesh and Bone (Rot and Ruin #3)
– Fire and Ash (Rot and Ruin #4)

Lissa Price
– Starters (Starters #1)
– Enders (Starters #2)

Julie Kagawa
– The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
– The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
– The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)

Jennifer L Armentrout
– Half-Blood (Convenant #1)
– Pure (Convenant #2)
– Deity (Convenant #3)
– Apollyon (Convenant #4)
– Sentinel (Convenant #5)

Colleen Houck
– Tiger’s Curse (The Tiger Saga #1)
– Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2)
– Tiger’s Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3)
– Tiger’s Destiny (The Tiger Saga #4)
– Tiger’s Dream (The Tiger Saga #5)

Emmy Laybourne
– Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)
– Sky on Fire (Monument 14, #2)
– Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)

Alexandra Adornetto
– Halo (Halo #1)
– Hades (Halo #2)
– Heaven (Halo #3)

Rachel Hawkins
– Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
– Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)
– Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3)
– School Spirits

Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
– Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1)
– Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2)
– Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)
– Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)

Tamora Pierce
– Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1)
– In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2)
– The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3)
– Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4)
– Wild Magic (Immortals #1)
– Wolf-Speaker (Immortals #2)
– Emperor Mage (Immortals #3)
– The Realms of the Gods (Immortals #4)

Claire Merle
– The Glimpse (The Glimpse #1)
– The Fall (The Glimpse #2)

Dan Wells
– Partials (Partials Sequence #1)
– Fragments (Partials Sequence #2)
– Ruins (Partials Sequence #3)

Eden Maguire
– Dark Angel (Dark Angel #1)
– Twister Heart (Dark Angel #2)
– Broken Dream (Dark Angel #3)
– Jonas (Beautiful Dead #1)
– Arizona (Beautiful Dead #2)
– Summer (Beautiful Dead #3)
– Phoenix (Beautiful Dead #4)

Cecily von Ziegesar
– Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl #1)
– You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl #2)
– All I Want is Everything (Gossip Girl #3)
– Because I’m Worth It (Gossip Girl #4)
– I Like it Like That (Gossip Girl #5)
– You’re the One That I Want (Gossip Girl #6)
– Nobody Does it Better (Gossip Girl #7)
– Nothing Can Keep Us Together (Gossip Girl #8)
– Only in Your Dreams (Gossip Girl #9)
– Would I Lie To You (Gossip Girl #10)
– Don’t You Forget About Me (Gossip Girl #11)
– I Will Always Love You (Gossip Girl #12)
– Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer (Gossip Girl #13)

Sara Shephard
– Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1)
– Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2)
– Perfect (Pretty Little Liars #3)
– Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars #4)
– Wicked (Pretty Little Liars #5)
– Killer (Pretty Little Liars #6)
– Heartless (Pretty Little Liars #7)
– Wanted (Pretty Little Liars #8)
– Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9)
– Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars #10)
– Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11)
– Burned (Pretty Little Liars #12)
– Crushed (Pretty Little Liars #13)
– Deadly (Pretty Little Liars #14)
– Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15)
– Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16)

Robin Wasserman
– Skinned (Cold Awakening #1)
– Crashed (Cold Awakening #2)
– Wired (Cold Awakening #3)

Beth Revis
– Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1)
– A Million Suns (Across the Unvierse #2)
– Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3)

Ally Condie
– Matched (Matched #1)
– Crossed (Matched #2)
– Reached (Matched #3)

S. E. Hinton
– The Outsiders

Nancy Farmer
– The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
– The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran, #2)

Lois Lowry
– The Giver (The Giver, #1)
– Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
– Messenger (The Giver, #3)
– Son (The Giver, #4)

Sarah Alderson
– Hunting Lila (Lila #1)
– Losing Lila (Lila #2)

Cassandra Rose Clarke
– The Assassin’s Curse (The Assassin’s Curse #1)
– The Pirate’s Wish (The Assassin’s Curse #2)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
– Raised by Wolves (Raised By Wolves, #1)
– Trial by Fire (Raised By Wolves, #2)
– Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3)

Holly Black
– The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Libba Bray
– A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
– Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)
– The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
– Beauty Queens

P.C. Cast
– Marked (House of Night, #1)
– Betrayed (House of Night, #2)
– Chosen (House of Night, #3)
– Untamed (House of Night, #4)
– Hunted (House of Night, #5)
– Tempted (House of Night, #6)
– Burned (House of Night, #7)
– Awakened (House of Night, #8)
– Destined (House of Night, #9)
– Hidden (House of Night, #10)
– Revealed (House of Night, #11)
– Redeemed (House of Night, #12)

Daniel Handler
– Why We Broke Up

Ned Vizzini
– It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Dyan Sheldon
– Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Ruth Park
– Playing Beatie Bow

Sherman Alexie
– The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Randa Abdel-Fattah
– Does My Head Look Big in This?
– Ten Things I Hate About Me

Judy Blume
– Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
– Forever…

Robin LaFevers
– Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
– Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
– Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

Kiersten White
– Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)
– Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)
– Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)
– Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
– Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

Neal Schusterman
– Unwind (Unwind, #1)
– UnWholly (Unwind, #2)
– UnSouled (Unwind, #3)
– UnDivided (Unwind, #4)

Brodi Ashton
– Everneath (Everneath, #1)
– Everbound (Everneath, #2)
– Evertrue (Everneath, #3)

Tera Lynn Childs
– Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)
– Fins are Forever (Fins, #2)
– Just for Fins (Fins, #3)

Kass Morgan
– The 100 (The 100, #1)
– Day 21 (The 100, #2)
– Homecoming (The 100, #3)
– Rebellion (The 100, #4)

Josephine Angelini
– Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
– Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)
– Goddess (Starcrossed, #3)

Ally Carter
– I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
– Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
– Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3)
– Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls, #4)
– Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)
– United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)

Courtney Summers
– Some Girls Are
– This is Not a Test

Maria V. Snyder
– Poison Study (Study, #1)
РMagic Study  (Study, #2)
– Fire Study (Study, #3)

Sherrilyn Kenyon
– Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1)
– Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, #2)
– Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, #3)
– Inferno (Chronicles of Nick, #4)
– Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, #5)
– Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6)
– Invision (Chronicles of Nick, #7)
– Intensity (Chronicles of Nick, #8)

E. Lockhart
– The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver, #1)
– The Boy Book (Ruby Oliver, #2)
– The Treasure Map of Boys (Ruby Oliver, #3)
– Real Live Boyfriends (Ruby Oliver, #4)

Moira Young
– Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
– Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)
– Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3)

Geeeeeeeez, that took forever! Imma gonna go lie down now :’)

4 comments

bookwithbane

I feel dumb now... I only recognized Melina Marchetta...

28th May, 18
otaku

Don't feel dumb!! I used to spend about 5-6 hrs a day watching BookTube and surfing Goodreads (pffffft, schoolwork. What even is that?)
If you're interested in reading some of the older YA titles, I recommend checking out the Goodreads lists such as 'YA Novels of 2012' on the tab, listopia. I live on them :)))

4th Jun, 18
julianne Centre for Youth Literature

Wow! What a list! Series are quite a commitment so they scare me off sometimes but the Tamora Pierce books are great and continue to be popular.

20th Jun, 18
otaku

I totally agree with your comment on series! I'm such a big contemporary fan, so I tend to just read stand-alone novels, but I always find it so hard to dedicate so much time to a series. I have literally no attention-span whatsoever, so anything long is a struggle!
I have all of those Tamora Pierce books on my shelves, so I'll definitely try and make it a priority, thanks!

20th Jun, 18