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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

TTT: Books My Teen Self Would Have Loved

 Top Ten Tuesday: Books My Younger Self Would have Loved
Note: When I was a teenager, there was barely such a thing as YA literature. So I read books written for adults which were much tamer than most adult books today. I remember one author would make her characters "kiss hard." I was innocent and thought that meant that their lips smashed together. Ha! So this is a list of YA titles I know I would have loved as a teenager, since I loved them as an adult. I was and are, a sucker for a tear-jerker, love story.

1. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
2. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
7. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler 
8. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey 
9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
10.  The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater



  1. We had no YA lit, that's true. We read the classics. I loved Little House on the Prairie, the Anne of Green Gables series, and the Little Women series. I also read a lot of Nancy Drew books. Young readers today are so fortunate!

  2. My teenage self would have loved The Hate U Give, too.

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  3. I wish I had had the chance to read Maggie Stiefvater back when I was in high school as well.

  4. These look like interesting books.

  5. It was all either for children or adults. I was lucky my mom let me start reading adult books when I was twelve. I would have loved Eleanor & Park, Hate U Give, and Fault in Our Stars...probably all you listed.

  6. Yes, if these books had existed when I was young, I would have read more. I wasn't a huge reader in my teens and I think you're right, there weren't books aimed at us.

  7. I would have been a fan of Maggie Stiefvater in my teens as well. I can't believe I have read her Raven Boys series yet!

  8. Cute list! I think there are definitely a lot of YA contemporary books where I'd have had to be the same age/younger to really appreciate.

  9. I would have loved any of these. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Oh my! Yes to so many of these! All John Green, all Maggie Stiefvater, all Rainbow Rowell, and The Hate U Give. I read these all as an adult, but I would have loved them as a teen, too. <3

  11. I haven't read The Scorpio Races but they look fun. And Eleanor and Park too. I think there are so many wonderful YA books out today- it would have been nice to have them growing up!


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