Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Every YA Enthusiast Needs To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books every ______ should read. I’m filling in the blank with “YA enthusiast.” If you’ve been on this blog before, you’ll know that I like history, and I like books for young people. So, I found a way to combine them. I picked ten time periods, and I’m going to show you some of the books that YA enthusiasts (teens, tweens, young people, teachers, librarians, and award committees) were talking about during those times.


1900s - 1930s









What was your favorite book when you were a young adult?


  1. One of my favorites when I was young was The Giver.

  2. WOW!!! This is a fab list and covers so much time!! Some of my all-time fave books are up there :) I loved Shiloh, Matilda, Speak, HP, IGYTS, TFIOS, and SO many more. I love that you have such a comprehensive list :)

  3. Wow! I love how you broke this one down. Sweet Valley Twins was my favorite series in the 80's. Dang! That dates me! ;)

    My TTT: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/04/12/top-ten-tuesday-twenty-books-every-reader-new-to-the-new-adult-genre-should-read/

  4. This is such an awesome list!! There are so many of these that I need to read, but the one I'm most eager to get to is Watership Down! I only heard of it in the last year and I'm definitely intrigued, but I think I'll wait for the audiobook!

    Here are my Top Ten!

  5. LOVE how you broke this down!! Such a great list. I wish I can say I have read more of the older picks but I haven't. I will have to look into some of them though.

  6. Some great books on your list!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/top-ten-tuesday-52/

  7. OMG you have so many of my favorites on here from when I was growing up. You are totally making me feel super nostalgic and now I want to go and read of all these again. Pretty much have read everything from the 1800's list up until the 2000's. Only read about half of 2010's....but yes...these are all amazing. You can check out my list here : The Plot Bunny

  8. This is such a great and comprehensive list!
    I do rather well until the 1950s. For books after the 2000s, I have either read or plan to read 90% of them. :)

  9. Wow! You really represent each era well. I loved the Little House books when I was a girl. I was so proud to have read them all. My oldest daughter loved Twilight and my youngest loved The Hunger Games. Thanks for sharing!

    Carole @ Carole's Random Life

  10. Great list - I love how the split the list! So many of my favourites on here, especially The Book Thief and The Hunger Games. I may also have to check out some of the older ones, as I unfortunately have yet to read many of them
    Heres my TTT

  11. I love everything about this post and am bookmarking it specifically so I can make a list of all of those books that I haven't read yet and then read them. Love it!

  12. Love this! There are some great books on here, also some that are on my TBR.

  13. Thank you so much for all these recommendations!! This is an amazing post! <3 I've read a few of them, but there are so many I haven't even gotten yet :D

    Lipstick and Mocha

  14. I love pretty much all of these books lol

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

  15. I was a kid in the 1970s and a teen in the 1980s, but the group I've read the most from is the 1900s-1930s--I've read 100% of that group! Ironically, the group I've read the least from is the 1980s--I've only read five of those, and I read every single one of them as an adult, after I'd started teaching. I really liked Lloyd Alexander and Joan Aiken when I was a kid, and read a ton of Anne McCaffery in middle school. High school was mostly about the classics and then-current literary fiction, like Toni Morrison, Anne Tyler, and David James Duncan.

  16. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was the best! Great recommendations.

    My favourite book as a pre-teen was the Skulduggery Pleasant books. They're still in my favourites list