T10T: Ten Decade-Old YA TBR Picks

This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is a throwback freebie!

I decided to pick ten YA books off of my TBR that were published at least 10 years ago. I’ve ordered them from oldest to newest!


1. Remember Me – Christopher Pike

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Published: 1989

I’m not sure how I came to possess this book, but I figure I should read it eventually, especially given the fact that I remember enjoying Pike’s writing a lot as a teen.

2. Sabriel – Garth Nix

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Published: 1995

I actually read this one years and years ago – some time in my mid-teens – but I barely remember anything about it, so it’s high on my TBR to reread (and to continue the series!).

3. Dangerous Girls – R.L. Stine

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Published: 1998

A YA vampire story that I definitely bought at a used bookstore well over a decade ago… and still haven’t read.

4. Tithe – Holly Black

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Published: 2002

Like Sabriel, this is a book that I have read before, but it’s been so long that I hardly remember it. I did recently re-purchase this when I found it for a few dollars on BookOutlet!

5. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder

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Published: 2005

This has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while because the synopsis sounded intriguing, but I actually had no idea it was this old until compiling this list!

6. Burned – Ellen Hopkins

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Published: 2006

I own every single YA “poetry” book Ellen Hopkins has ever released, and this series might be the only ones I haven’t read yet, aside from her newest release. I used to adore her books as a teen, but I find myself conflicted about them as an adult (I sometimes worry that she has crossed the line into exploiting these topics); either way, though, I’ll still pick this up eventually.

7. Beastly – Alex Flinn

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Published: 2007

I remember seeing the trailer for the film adaptation of this book, and being intrigued by the synopsis while having no real interest in watching the film, so here we are. Ten years later.

8. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

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Published: 2007

This is another book that I didn’t realize was a decade old until making this post, because I somehow only heard about it a year or so ago! I know this is technically marketed as adult fantasy, but I’m told it has crossover appeal (like the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab), so I’m counting it, anyways.

Plus, I mean, it’s my blog, so… *sticks tongue out*

9. City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

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Published: 2007

If you’ve been around here a while, you already know this series is pretty high on my TBR, but I’ve been putting it off for years. Those of you who love Cassandra Clare’s books will be happy to know that I finally purchased a copy of City of Bones and it should be here in my next book haul, and I’m planning to start it at the beginning of the new year!

10. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

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Published: 2007

I know, another series that everyone seems to have read except me! I hear it’s kind of mediocre by today’s standards for YA paranormal, but I want to read this one and determine that for myself.


What are some books that have been out a while and you’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t yet?


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24 thoughts on “T10T: Ten Decade-Old YA TBR Picks

  1. Louise ✨🦇 says:

    The only one of R.L. Stine’s books I’ve read is Monster Blood but I don’t think I ever finished it because it was towards the end of the school year. I tried to make it a personal mission to read all of the Goosebumps books but I didn’t realise how many there are so I quickly gave up on that 😂

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    • Destiny @ Howling Libraries says:

      I’ve heard a LOT of people say that! I’m funny about series set in the same universe – like, I refuse to read Six of Crows until I finish the Grisha trilogy – but a lot of people have told me, if I don’t enjoy TMI, to either drop it and move on to TID, or to power through because TID is worth it, lol!

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      • KliScruggs says:

        hah I totally understand that! I know a lot of diehards recommend reading them in publication order, so if you decide to do that you’ll come to TID sooner than later 🙂 Though, I also understand people who want to read the serieses in order.

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  2. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom says:

    Such a fantastic list, some really great titles. I am happy to hear you have made City of Bones a priority. Haha. I had honestly never even heard of the series until I started dating my partner. His whole family had read it and were obsessed with it. It took me two goes to get into City of Bones, but once I got passed the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down.

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  3. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads says:

    This is such a great idea for this throwback freebie!! So many great choices, too. I read Burned and its sequel back soon after they first released and loved them. I have the same feelings on Hopkins now though – I’ve always enjoyed reading her books, but I do sometimes worry that she’s kind of exploiting these topics (and her daughter’s experiences). It’s definitely a complicated situation for me because I still LOVE her writing. Tithe is one that I’d love to reread too. I remember NOTHING about that book, haha. I can’t even remember if I ever actually finished reading it!

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