DISCUSSION: these books are 10 years old: 2022 edition

We’re not even two weeks into the new year, but I am here to rudely remind you that 2012 was 10 years ago. And you know what that means…so many YA “classics” are now 10 years old, as well! Who else remembers the 2012 YA dystopian craze, and who else feels incredibly old now?

Last year, I wrote the same post but for 2011 books. Since I started reading YA around 2011, I was more aware of the releases in 2012, and this list is about twice the size as last year’s. These are just the books that I remember (there are far more books that came out 10 years ago), but here’s a very long list of YA books that are now 10 years old!

Bolded titles are ones I’ll discuss further down the post.

  1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – January 2
  2. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer – January 3
  3. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi – January 3
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – January 10
  5. A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis – January 10
  6. Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand – January 17
  7. Fracture (Fracture #1) by Megan Miranda – January 17
  8. Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton – January 24
  9. Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows – January 31
  10. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood – February 7
  11. Fever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #2) by Lauren DeStefano – February 21
  12. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver – February 28
  13. Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter – March 13
  14. Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins – March 13
  15. Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price – March 13
  16. Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter – March 27
  17. The List by Siobhan Vivian – April 1
  18. Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black – April 3
  19. Fear (Gone #5) by Michael Grant – April 3
  20. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers – April 3
  21. The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong – April 10
  22. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass – April 24
  23. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa – April 24
  24. Unravling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris – April 24
  25. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore – May 1
  26. Sweet Evil (Sweet #1) by Wendy Higgins – May 1
  27. The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riordan – May 1
  28. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth – May 1
  29. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare – May 8
  30. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – May 8
  31. Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum – May 8
  32. Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein – May 15
  33. Of Poseidon (The Serena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks – May 22
  34. Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini – May 29
  35. Shadow and Bone (The Shadow & Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo – June 5
  36. Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate – June 12
  37. Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire – June 12
  38. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead – June 12
  39. For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund – June 12
  40. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – June 14
  41. Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard – July 24
  42. Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White – July 24
  43. Nevermore (Maximum Ride #8) by James Patterson – August 6
  44. Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake – August 7
  45. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas – August 7
  46. The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore – August 21
  47. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee – August 28
  48. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan – September 11
  49. Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan – September 11
  50. The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray – September 18
  51. The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson
  52. Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – September 18
  53. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater – September 18
  54. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan – October 2
  55. Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick – October 23
  56. Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – October 23
  57. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin – October 23
  58. The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa – October 23
  59. Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor – November 6
  60. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie – November 13
  61. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken – December 18

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

The fact that this book is ten years old but people still try to recommend it to people as if it’s brand new…or does anything revolutionary in today’s society…but anyways, yes for its time, it was pretty new and shiny for having an Asian main character (although obviously it was dubious representation). I don’t think I read the series till Scarlet, the second book, was already out.

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

I said it in last year’s post, and I’ll say it again but Clara and Christian were literally meant to be together and that’s that! I have a hard time separating the events of book one and book two sometimes, so I cannot remember something specific to pick out. I think I read the series right after this book came out? 2012 was the height of fallen angels books, but this series still grabs my interest, even years later.

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter

Ahhh Gallagher Girls, an old favorite! I remember reading the first four books a couple months before this one came out, and I was absolutely dying for it after book four’s cliffhanger. Out of Sight, Out of Time is actually my favorite out of the series; it just had so many great moments, especially between Cammie and Zach, and middle school me ate it right up. I mean, “Zach, where did you go? When you went looking for me?” “Crazy. I went crazy.” CHILLS!!

Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins

As I said before, I had started reading young adult the end of 2011 so a lot of books that I’ll be talking about would have been the first new release in the series that I was waiting for. Spell Bound is one of these, and I remember being on the edge of my seat reading it. I reread this series a couple of years ago (and honestly, it holds up) but I sadly can’t remember very much right now.

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue, an icon! This book used to be my second favorite out of the series (after Fire), but I think now, it’s switched places. I liked the puzzles and Bitterblue’s story in general, and I personally am still a little upset with how it ended and what happened in her romantic arc in the newest book.

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

I think? I had read Divergent right after it came out (so before Insurgent came out obviously). It’s been so long but at this point, all I remember is devouring this book and then being soooo panicked at the cliffhanger. And then the third book came out and was a disappointment, but that’s for next year’s post.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

Kicking screaming crying, I can’t believe this book came out 10 years ago. It was my first new release in the midst of my Shadowhunters craze, which at this time, I would like to not think about lol. Honestly, I can’t remember anything about reading this for the first time, other than finally knowing the context of Cassandra Clare’s snippets that she wouldn’t tell you which book it was from. I used to remember so much about every book I read for the first time around this time, but the pandemic has really screwed up my sense of time.

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow & Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone when it first came out actually! Yes, I have been here since day one; yes, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I liked this book well enough, but it wasn’t until Siege and Storm that I got really into the series. This one is my least favorite in the trilogy actually although it does have some great lines.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Another book that I read when it first came out…I never got into this series as much as other people did, but it’s crazy to think that I read it when it first came out and how much it blew up in the following years. How am I this old?

Hmm, the first thing to come to mind when thinking about when I first read this book was that I brought it to school and my friend saw it and thought it might have been related to Game of Thrones (which, this was a time where the Game of Thrones craze was intense).

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

I have a soft spot for these characters and I like the series even though I can never remember how it’s ended despite reading the entire series at least three times all the way through. I’m pretty sure I read this before the sequel came out, if not right after this first book came out, because I remember picking it up because of how pretty the cover was (the following two books had different cover styles).

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

I didn’t read this book till the following year (2013) but still before the second book came out. I actually have vivid memories of reading it for the first time and where I was when I first read it, although nothing worth sharing here. Another series that I find myself coming back to often, even 10 years later and not being interested in the author’s books today.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin

I’m sure I said last year how much I was into this series, so of course, I was dying for this sequel. And then crying at the cliffhanger at the end of this book and having to wait what felt like forever for the third book. Little did I know, the last book of the sequel series would be in limbo forever (for real, what happened to that?) although I don’t much care since the Noah books are kinda boring.

This series is one of the few on the list that wouldn’t hold up against time for me, but it’s the one in particular that I’m not sure why I was so into it at that time. It was also? kinda upper YA, so I probably shouldn’t have been reading it so young.

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Another day 1 series, although I feel like I was only truly excited for the second book. I checked out this book right after it came out, and I specifically remember reading and finishing it in the car.

These titles are just the ones that stood out to me and that I specifically remember reading or at least being aware of them. I truly can’t believe it’s been 10 years……I feel so old lmao maybe I should stop doing these posts.

Like I said last year, the majority of this list is comprised of white authors. I feel like it was so novel at this time for a book to have “diverse” characters (read: one or two token characters) that was easy to hype up the book even if the majority of the time, it was horrible representation (*cough* Cinder and Mara Dyer). It’s interesting to see the difference between 2012 and 2022 YA, hell even 2017 and 2022 (which will be a different post). We sometimes take for granted the number of books by authors of color and/or LGBTQ+ authors today, and although we still have issues today, it’s important to recognize the growth between the YA wave 10 years ago and today.

Are there any books on this list that stand out to you?

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