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 #TBT YA that we found on our shelves, and we HIGHLY recommend you take a trip down memory lane with us to rediscover them.

Eragon

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. Eragon and a fledgling dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and dark enemies in an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is a lucky discovery for a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when a dragon hatches from the stone, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is a classic in every sense of the word. If we could only read one YA ever again, it honestly might be this one. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her adopted family, their neighbors, and the Jewish man they are hiding.

The Safest Lies

The Safest Lies

By Megan Miranda

Can fear be inherited?

Kelsey has lived most of her life in the shadow of fear, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.

Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile for their own protection, but that plan is shattered when she drives off a cliff and is rescued by a volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker.

A few days later, she arrives home to face her greatest fear: her mother is missing. She and her mother have plans for all contingencies—except this one. Luckily, Ryan is as skilled at emergency rescues as Kelsey is at escape and evasion.

To have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face all her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.

Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey

By Sophie Kinsella

This one’s #modern but still, it’s been sitting on our shelves for a while! Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house. Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again— well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Steelheart

Steelheart

By Brandon Sanderson

Old-fashioned fantasy? Um, yes plz.

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

The Alchemyst

By Michael Scott

THE ALCHEMYSTTTTTTT. Literally nothing says TBT YA like this one. And now that we’re getting another Fantastic Beasts movie, we are rereading absolutely anything Potter-related.

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects: The Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

Shatter Me

Shatter Me

By Tahereh Mafi

Let’s be real—this was a game changer, and the fact that there’s a new book set in this world has us dusting these babies off and rereading.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but the Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a seventeen-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering of war—so the Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: be a weapon or be a warrior.

Divergent

Divergent

By Veronica Roth

I am a reader . . . and I can’t be controlled. LOLZ. But in all seriousness, this series is just relevant.

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Every year on the appointed day, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme tests of physical endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

By Judy Blume

OLDIE BUT A GOODIE.

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.

Speak

Speak

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Ahhh, high school. Never gets old.

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many disenfranchised teenagers while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

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