Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved When I First Started Reading Young Adult

Hello everyone! Needless to say, my opinions in books has drastically changed since I first started blogging. If you go in the deep, dark trenches of my early Goodreads books, you’ll see almost all of these books. To save you the hassle, I thought I’d just list them here. Let’s get started!

 1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Who didn’t love these books in late 2010-2013? I remember so vividly when the movie was released. The Hunger Games was one of the first books I read that I truly fell in love with. Looking back, a 5th grader (aka me) probably shouldn’t be reading books like that so young. Although, I’m thankful I did because I probably wouldn’t be the reader I am today.

2. John Green’s Books

Ah, Mr. John Green, many of my first Young Adult reads were his books. I started with The Fault in Our Stars first, and then I read the rest of them (except for An Abundance of Katherines. I DNFed it).

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Many of these books are such basic YA books that pretty much everyone read. Divergent was no different. My Divergent obsession hit hard. I even dressed up with my friends for the midnight premiere of the movie; I dressed up as Dauntless. Looking back, I don’t think Divergent was even that great of a book. Especially later on in the trilogy with Insurgent and Allegiant. I’m just thankful for it because I wouldn’t be that big of a reader now.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments was one of the first YA series that I really loved. Again, I don’t think I would have liked them if I had read them now. However, I’m so glad I did because it really helped me get more into YA books.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

Unlike the other series/authors on this list, I still really love Marie Lu. All of her books are quite different from the other, and I’m glad she was one of the first YA authors I read.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

If I Stay was one of the first YA contemporaries I read besides John Green’s books. I actually read it right after I finished Harry Potter and I DEVOURED it.

7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Looking back, the representation in this book definitely isn’t very good. However, this was one of the first contemporaries that I read when I first dove into my love for YA. I even crossed out all the swearing in the book :).

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I remember when I first read this I loved it so much. It was right before the movie came out so everyone was very hyped about the series. However, I’m not as much of a fan as I was three years ago. I’m glad I read it all those years ago, but I don’t think I’d ever reread it or read any more of James Dashner’s books.

9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I actually picked up Delirium after a friend recommended it to me! I honestly don’t remember much about the trilogy (I haven’t even read a Lauren Oliver book since then).

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Unlike some of the other books on this list, I still adore this book very much. I think it’s such a wonderful story with a great message.

One difference in my reading now and then is that I read so much more contemporaries now. I also read quite a bit more diverse novels. I’m glad that these books were my roots, but I’m so happy with the books I read now! 

What were some books you read when you first started reading? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know down in the comments!



13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved When I First Started Reading Young Adult

  1. The Fault in Our Stars is the only John Green book I’ve read; I’m not sure why but his other books just never interested me. I loved The Hunger Games, but I didn’t think that the other two books in the series were as good as the first.

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