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Popular YA Dystopia Series Over The Last 10 Years

So, I saw this post on the goodreads blog the other day which was talking about The Hunger Games and how that book was a real starting point to how popular those types of books have become. They then go to list some of the MOST popular YA dystopia series since The Hunger Games. The link to the posts is here if you want to check it out!

Now – I LOVE good YA book and have always been a fan of YA Dystopia books. Of course, like many of you, I read The Hunger Games and was just amazed by it, loved it, fan girled over it. I agree that The Hunger Games was a turning point for this genre of books!!

I looked at the list the Goodreads blog listed as most popular YA Dystopia series from the last 10 years and, well….. I don’t totally agree? I mean they went off ratings from Goodreads so I suppose I may be an unpopular opinion? I am going to go through the list and name the ones I agree with first:

  • Divergent
  • The Maze Runner
  • Shatter Me
  • The Program
  • Legend

So – here we are. I totally agree with these ones. I have either read them or seen them everywhere. Also, not that this totally matters, but Divergent and The Maze Runner were made into movies….. again, not like that proves popularity or anything but I think it shows any overall interest in the stories!

The ones I did not really agree with/ haven’t heard much about (so could be wrong about):

  • Matched
  • Delirium
  • The Darkest Minds
  • Scythe
  • Under the Never Sky
  • Enclave
  • Partials
  • Blood Red Road
  • The Testing

Please don’t hate me if I just said your most favorite book is not popular 😂 I am simply saying that I don’t totally agree that they are the TOP MOST POPULAR YA Dystopia books for the last DECADE. I think they are probably popular and maybe even great books – I just don’t see it. Please enlighten me on these books if they are super good though because I love new books!!

Now, here I go throwing my opinion all over the internet. I am going to share some YA Dystopia books from the last 10 years that I think would be good fits on this list. Again, this is just me giving my opinion, but its what I think 🤷‍♀️

  • The Selection -Kiera Cass
  • Gone – Michael Grant
  • The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  • Reboot – Amy Tintera
  • The Eye of Minds – James Dashner

What do you guys think? Do you think the goodreads blog was right picking those ones? Are there others I didn’t mention that would be better fit? Chat with me in the comments 😊

Goodreads Monday – April 27, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates

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There’s something wrong with Ashburn House…
The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest.


Why I Want To Read This

This book came up as a recommendation on Goodreads a while ago. At first I was unsure but then I started to read the reviews and they were quite good! I don’t usually read these kinds of books but I do like a good scary movie and I feel this would be a great read in October/November!

I also am super interested in the author, Darcy Coates! I have heard so many amazing things about this author and when this book came up I thought I had to give it a try.

I also saw this question on Goodreads that made me laugh. Someone asked if the cat in the book dies and if so they wouldn’t be reading the book LOL. I love this and I also love that someone responded saying NO the cat does not die, because I am totally the same way as the person who asked the question… I hate when you watch a horror movie and the family pet is just trying to be helpful and they DIE trying to help their family. It kills me and I automatically want to stop the movie!! Anyone else like this?? So when I saw that question I laughed and also thought “good, I will be reading this” 😂


Do you read any horror books? Do you like these types of books anytime or do you like to read them during spooky season?

Goodreads Monday – Mar 23, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


Why I Want To Read This

This book just sounds like a really fun ride that I want to be on! I saw this book at Chapters one day when I was just browsing and I thought it looked interesting so I took a picture of it so I wouldn’t forget and looked it up once I was home. I immediately added it to my Goodreads list! I was looking for something that would be a light read at the time and this just seemed to hit all the marks for me, plus it was like something I have never read before so I was intrigued.

Fast forward like a year and guess what…. I haven’t read it haha. I have thought about it many times and even saw it at the book store last time I was there and thought hmm.. maybe I should pick it up but again, I didn’t. Silly me!!!

I really enjoy stories about characters who are supposed to be a certain way but just won’t conform and end up just doing their own thing! I find those stories to be so entertaining and full of craziness! I am also up to romance at all times so this seems like a cute book I’d really enjoy 🙂


Let me know what you thought of this one!! Should I pick it up ASAP?

Goodreads Monday – March 9, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

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Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.


Why I Want To Read This

So, this book initially caught my eye because it sounded so similar to Hunger Games, Grace Year, Maze Runner type stories. I really looove a good female lead and really never get tired of a well put together YA book 🤷🏻‍♀️

I don’t really have much of an explanation other than it sounds like a really fun, action packed book. I enjoy stories that focus more on fantasy aspects such as armies and emperors – this is exactly about that! Something about “older times” is more interesting to me than the usual corrupt government, scientific testing facilities, apocalyptic cities (don’t get me wrong, I like those too but its nice to have something a little different!)

Also, the cover is beautiful which definitely helps!!


Has anyone read this or have it on their TBR? Let me know in the comments!