Top Ten Tuesday

Forgotten Backlist Titles

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Hi everybody and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today is all about forgotten backlist titles, a chance for us to spread some love for books that are not talked about that much anymore (at least not by me).

When making this list, it really reminded me how many YA books I used to read (8 out of 10 below are YA). While my reading has shifted through the years, and while that is also natural, making this list put me in the mood to re-read some of these old faves. And who knows, maybe it’s time I picked up some YA again πŸ™‚

So without further ado, here are a few backlist titles that I really loved when I read them.

The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas (2013-2015): This was one of the very first romantasies I ever read and I LOVED it. This was such a fun series with a chosen one, elemental magic and the sweetest romance.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone (2016): this was such a fun YA about a girl who gets roped into pretending to be her sister while she guides a bus of senior citizens through Europe and falls for the tour company owner’s son. I loved the dynamics with the senior citizens and travelling throughout Europe in this story.

The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy (2015-2016): This was the first new adult series I tried and to this date it is still my favorite, with The Deal, the first one in the series, being my favorite of them all.

Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen (2015): This one still gets some love around the bookish community, but it can always be more! This m/m friends-to-lovers hockey romance and Jamie and Wes still own my heart 8 years later.

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (2018): This was a cozy enemies-to-lovers, stranded in the wilderness together, romance and I loved every minute of it!

Windy City Magic series by Crystal Cestari (2017-2019): This was just such a FUN concept that I don’t understand how it didn’t get more love: a witch who can see anyone’s soul mate when she looks into their eyes, except of course her own. So what should she do when she falls for someone and she doesn’t see herself in his eyes? This was just such a fun and cozy YA romantasy series.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (2016): I’ve always been a fan of pen pal romances and this was one of the original pen pal romances that drew me in. Seeing Jessie fall for her online pen pal SN wile trying to find out who he was in real life was such an intriguing ride.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (2018): This is one of my go-to recommendations for books with ace characters as I just loved everything about it and Alice is one of the most fun main characters I’ve ever read about.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman (2018): I feel like this is one of Alice Oseman’s least talked about books, while it was so amazing and definitely deserves more love! It was a great exploration of fandom life and band life and mental health and I still wish we had a sequel of some sorts because I need more of these characters.

Running With Lions by Julian Winters (2018): I’ve never been into soccer, but give me a friends-to-enemies-to-lovers m/m romance and found family vibes and I’m in!

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Tell Me:
Do you love any of these backlist titles too?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. I still have “Wanderlost” on my shelf (but never read it) and at one time owned Julie’s too. Not sure if I still do though! But the cover was always cute. πŸ™‚

    1. I hope you’ll love Wanderlost if you decide to read it someday, Rissi!

  2. Oh Running with Lions. That one was so cute. But i never did pick up another book by the author. I’m not sure why that is.

    1. Oh it’s the same for me! I do have his other books on my TBR, but I just never got around to actually reading them (yet).

  3. I loved The Off-Campus Series too. I would love to reread the series sometime!

    1. Same, it was such a fun series!

  4. I haven’t read any of these but I love the cover of The Best Kind of Magic.

    1. It is such a pretty cover indeed!

  5. I hope you love all of them.

    I haven’t read much YA recently either.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    1. Thanks! Maybe I’ll get back to YA someday, but for now I just read what my mood tells me πŸ™‚

  6. Molly's Book Nook says:

    I haven’t read any of them haha I do remember a few based on their covers though.

    My TTT:

    1. Haha yes I love how we all know certain covers πŸ™‚

  7. I loved The Deal, Him, and Starry Eyes. All great backlist titles.

    1. They all were great, I’d love to re-read πŸ™‚

      1. I have re-read Him and The Deal before. Just as good the second time around!

  8. I used to read a lot more YA, too. These days, I only read a handful of them a year. Some of these look good, though!

    Happy TTT!


    1. Same, though I hope to get back into a nice mix of YA and adult some day πŸ™‚

  9. I haven’t read YA in so long! And yes I wanted to read Starry Eyes!

    1. Me too, though I hope to rediscover my love for YA some day πŸ™‚

  10. Love this list, thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks!

  11. I have not heard of any of these so you succeeded in introducing someone to them, LOL!

    1. Yay, thanks! πŸ™‚

  12. I’ve only read one of Alice Oseman’s books, Radio Silence and I wasn’t a big fan so I never read anything else by her: I read it when I was almost done with Uni and I think had I read it when I was still in sixth form and going through all the stuff Frances went through in the book, I might have sympathised with her more and related to her more if I had read it a few years earlier.
    My TTT:

    1. I can definitely see how Radio Silence can be best read just before going to Uni yourself!

      1. Yup one of those books I think I just found at the wrong time!

  13. I really loved Starry Eyes when I read it a few years ago.

    1. It was a fun read!

  14. I haven’t read any of those books, but I’m intrigued by Tell Me Three Things.

    1. Tell Me Three Things was a great read!

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