Books From Last Decade: The Top YA Books of 2010
someone may have everyone has said as we ticked over to the new year, it is also a new decade! And like the nostalgic person that I am, I thought it would be cool, not just to look back on the books I’ve loved in the last decade (like a lot of people have) but to actually find out what was published a decade ago.
Boy, some of these books are so old already – that and I’m just amazed as to how time has flown and these books still maintain their status as favourites. Back in 2010, I was 12 and still at my reading peak where I borrowed and brought back a Woolworths bag full of books every fortnight to my library. I was deep into my Twilight, vampire, werewolf obsession and studying my last year in primary school.
Ew, I feel old at 21. Anyway, here are some books that were published in the good old days of 2010.
Matched by Ally Condie
Does anyone remember this stupid cool futuristic sci-fi novel? I remember reading this one in primary school, loving it but then not being super interested in the rest of the series. This book was supposed to become a movie but I didn’t even know what happened to that. A little sad because I don’t mind a nice dystopian movie, I think it would’ve done well at the time too with everyone being a fan of the Hunger Games.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Now, this is one that actually became a movie in 2017 and is one that I haven’t read but I remember constantly seeing it everywhere. I am interested in reading the book since the movie trailer looked interesting – a groundhog day kind of plot. It makes you think though, that this was published in 2010, what books are we going to see adapted to the screen in 7-8 years time if it took this one so long?
Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice
by Richelle Mead
Hell to the yes, in 2010 I was deep into that vampire phase and even now, the Vampire Academy books are such a guilty pleasure read. I don’t know what I would rate them now since I haven’t read them in a while but I always really appreciated Richelle Mead’s writing, and I think I read the first book to her latest YA series The Glittering Court.
If only the movie for this series had done it justice. Another with Zoey Deutch as the star (who was pretty great) and a fellow Aussie actress supporting her as Rose’s Lissa – but bleh, that was underwhelming and easily could’ve just been adapted to a tv show instead to really shine. Props to Richelle for pumping out both last books of this series in the same year too!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Oh my goodness, I love this book. And holy moly, Cassandra Clare is STILL writing for this ‘chronicle’ – with Chain of Gold coming out this year. It feels like this book should be older and newer at the same time. I don’t how I feel about it, but I think this would honestly do better on-screen as a tv show than Shadowhunters ever did.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Speaking of the Hunger Games train earlier, can you believe the last book came out 10 years ago? That’s a little baffling to me, it means I was reading this series as the books were coming out and I don’t know how I feel about that. Quality writing and not a bad adaptation for its movies either.
The Secret Second Life of Bree Tanner
by Stephenie Meyer
Oh wow, I’m getting flashbacks from my Twilight obsession days. I ate anything Stephenie Meyer wrote at the time and this novella wasn’t so bad. The Twilight series isn’t so bad, Meyer got a lot of hate for this series being popular which was, I personally think, undeserved. Were you into twilight and vampires too 10 years ago? Let me know who’s “team” you were on cause Jasper was my ultimate fav.
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I feel so bad about completely neglecting this series cause I was such a fan. I love me a good sci-fi series and this is one – it also got a movie which I actually really liked despite some of the major changes (you couldn’t just get that glee actress to die her hair black? no shade but c’mon.). I think I read up to the third book in this series and it is so great – one I’ll try to catch up on sometime soon. Backtracking though that this book feels so recent – 2010 feels so far away yet so near???
So, what did you think of these crazy titles that came out 10 years ago, do you feel older yet? Cause I sure do and boy I feel like a reread of Vampire Academy.
Until next time,