Throw Back YA to Dust Off and Re-Read!

We know that there are constantly amazing new books out there to add to your growing TBR piles, but every once in a while we like to clean off our shelves and revisit some forgotten favorites. We made a list of some of the best throw back YA that we found on our shelves, and we HIGHLY recommend you take a trip down memory lane with us to rediscover them.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

This one really pulls at our heartstrings! It was some of the first YA we fell in love with. And . . . yeah, still obsessed. Now is the perfect time to revisit this fantasy series about a boy and his dragon as the newest book in the series, Murtagh, is coming out this November! If you’re looking for a new reading experience, try Eragon: The Illustrated Edition for some gorgeous renderings of your favorite scenes from the book.



When fifteen-year-old Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and, gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

This is a series we can’t help but swoon over every time! Katherine McGee takes us for a ride in answer to the question “what if George Washington had become America’s first monarch, and what if that monarchy still stood today?” It’s part alternate history, part love triangle romance, with all the royal intrigue and drama that goes with it. What’s not to love? Now that the fourth and final book in the series, American Royals IV: Reign, is out, it’s time to revisit the entire series from the beginning! Oh, and don’t forget to re-read the prequel novella, American Royals: Inheritance.

American Royals

American Royals

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

We love returning to a good David Levithan novel as the seasons start to change. Now is the perfect time to re-read Two Boys Kissing before diving into David Levithan’s newest LGBTQ romance, Ryan and Avery which features (you guessed it) Ryan and Avery from Two Boys Kissing. Read both novels back-to-back and you won’t be disappointed!

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

From the New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, this love story of shared humanity and history Hypable calls “an interconnecting web that will leave you emotionally exhausted and absolutely thrilled to have read something so beautiful and unique.” 

Based on true events—and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS—Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

When you find yourself in the mood to return to a YA dystopian adventure that’s packed with action, The Reckoners series is the one to turn to. Once you finish Steelheart, you’ll be desperate to find out what happens in book two, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve got the full The Reckoners Series Paperback Box Set on hand to binge this epic series in one go.



Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With the incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics. . . . Nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed.

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

THE ALCHEMYSTTTTTTT. Literally nothing says throw back YA like this one. And now that fall is upon us, we are re-reading (and re-watching) absolutely anything Potter-related. If you’re looking for a new twist on your reading experience as you revisit this story, check out the graphic novel: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Graphic Novel. 

The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst

Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he’s actually been making the elixir of life for centuries?

The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it.

There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it.

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