Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, where a different theme is posted each week and book bloggers respond. This week’s theme is: Throwback Freebie. Personally, I’m going to throw it back to when the YA genre was my main jam.
Harry Potter Series
By: J.K. Rowling
Memory: There are so many memories associated with these books. From devouring entire novels in one evening to midnight releases to dressing up as Luna Lovegood alongside a dozen other friends for the films; like so many others, Harry Potter was a pretty dang important series for me growing up. And still is, even though I can’t label it as an obsession like many do (Lord of the Rings got that one).
The Mortal Instruments
By: Cassandra Clare
Memory: A series that I really enjoyed and probably sparked my interest into shapeshifters. However, I never actually finished the series (stopped on book three) even though I did read the prequel series and enjoyed it immensely. Hopefully I’ll get back into it eventually.
Anything by Tamora Pierce
Memory: I give credit to Tamora Pierce for truly igniting my interest and obsession with reading. I’ve read through everything she’s ever written and am completely jazzed for her latest book to come out. I also want to reread everything she’s written, as well.
By: Melissa Meyers
Memory: This was one of the first tastes I had into the sci-fi genre and one of the only sci-fi retellings I think I’ve ever read, but I loved it. Ironically, I still haven’t read the last in the series…yeah, I should probably get on that.
The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins
Memory: I remember hearing all about this series right before the films came out and, like the wanna-be hipster I was, I refused to read them based on their popularity (I was weird, okay?). It wasn’t until a friend of mine dropped all three books on my desk at school that I finally read them (and all three books in one weekend, I might add).
By: Cornelia Funke
Memory: Honestly, I looked through my Goodreads to remember some of the YA novels I’ve read and this book popped up, but I can’t remember too much about the plot. Which is sad, because I’m sure it was lovely.
The Lightning Thief
By: Rick Riordan
Memory: I read this one because my brother asked me to and I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it’s another series that I never continued after the first book, even though I had every intention to. Oops.
By: Nicholas Flamel
Memory: This was an intriguing series because I really enjoyed it, but at the same time, I found myself getting frustrated with the characters as I was reading it. Yet I always kept reading (until the latest book, which I still haven’t read…sensing a trend, here…).
The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green
Memory: So, this freakin’ book. It has the opposite story of my experience with The Hunger Games, where I only read it because of all the hype. I remember sitting at home and staying up late to read it all in one sitting, which ended with me bawling my eyes out and stumbling to the bathroom to clean myself up. Which, in turn, woke my Dad up, who wasn’t exactly pleased that my sobbing was “only” caused by a book.
By: Kelley Armstrong
Memory: This is a book I really need to reread again. I read the trilogy and distinctly remember loving that series and I actually find myself thinking about it randomly, yet for the life of me, I can’t remember anything about the plot. Even rereading the synopsis, my mind draws a blank.
So, apparently, my time with YA is filled of memories that are either incomplete now that my memory can’t remember the plots of books that I enjoyed then or nice reminders of how many series I still need to finish (which are both also trends with the adult fantasies that I devour now, sadly enough). Still, it was fun to go down memory lane and reminisce.