Monthly Recommendations: Oldies

Hey there nerdlings. It’s that time of the month again. No not THAT time. Gross. It’s time for monthly recommendations.  Monthly recommendations is a group started by Trina at Between Chapters and Kayla Rayne from the channel Kayla Rayne. Here is a link to the Goodreads group for topics, discussions, and such. This month’s topic is oldies, books that were published prior to 2010. As we all know, I am an old lady.  I was actually a teenager between 2000 and 2009.  So I was pretty excited for this topic. I tried to pick books that I would actually recommend to readers whether adult or teenagers. Books with writing that if I decided to re read them I wouldn’t be completely horrified. Haha. So here we go.

Like everyone and their mother I went through a paranormal phase.

1. Need by Carrie Jones

This is a book about pixies. Yep, not fairies, pixies. It’s got your typical love triangle and teen angst but if you dig paranormal stuff then I highly recommend it because I remember loving this series.

2. Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

This is a series about a girl with a stalker who gains the ability to touch someone and see the future. Through out the series she meets other people who have powers all having to do with touch someone else. I really enjoyed this when I was younger.

3. Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

This is a vampire series about an elite group of vampires that have been continually reincarnating since the pilgrims came to America. I was addicted to this story and the mystery surrounding the vampires. There were some awesome characters and great romance in this series as well.


4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

If you’ve never read Sherman Alexie then what are you doing with your life. He writes own voices stuff about life on an Indian reservation and growing up with an abusive mother and with alcohol addiction. This book is about him when he was a teenager. I read it for college and loved it. Like LOVED it.

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

If you follow my Instagram you might have seen me tell everyone how much I love this book. I read it in 8th grade and have loved it ever since. I used to re read it once a year. The cool thing is Hinton wrote this at age sixteen.

6 and 7. This Lullaby and Just Listen by Sarah Dessan

It’s crazy to me that Dessan has been putting on YA novels for so long. These are two of my favorites that she has written. I read both in high school. They deal with mental illness and wanting to belong.


8. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This is the fictionalized retelling of Vizzini’s own stay in a mental hospitol as a teen. The main character has severe depression. I found this book when I myself was struggling with depression and it really helped me. For this reason I take any chance I can get to recommend it.

9. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chboski

This is another great mental illness story. The main character Charlie is struggling to fit in and make sense of high school. He is also wrestling with his own personal demons and major depression.  I adore this books and would totally reread it again right this minute. Please check this book out.

10. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

This was my first Ellen Hopkins book and I gotta say that I loved her from the beginning. I had this obsession with books about people struggling with drug abuse. Yeah don’t ask me why. But this book is a fictionalized retelling of what Hopkin’s own son went through with his addiction to meth. There are two sequels which are also pretty good. It’s told through verse but is still easy to read.


These are my monthly recommendations. What are some books that were published prior to 2010 that you love? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments down below. I hope you guys are having a wonderful Wednesday! TTFN.

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5 thoughts on “Monthly Recommendations: Oldies

  1. kozbisa says:

    The Outsiders is a classic that I throughly endorse. An amazing book. I have nothing but love for Dessen and Perks was another really amazing book. I am so happy to see It’s Kind of a Funny Story on your list. This one really resonated with me (I did in-patient treatment) and I do feel it is under appreciated. Vizzini really captured the emotion and reactions of others so well.

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      1. kozbisa says:

        I read this book after Vizzini’s death, and it sort of made it even sadder, because he seemed so hopeful at the end of the book, and I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it.


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