Throw Back Thursday: Middle School Part 1

Who doesn’t love a good TBT? Today I’m going to share 5 of the books/series I read and music I listened to back during middle school about 5-7 years ago depending on what grade we’re talking about! I think the middle school part of this TBT may get turned into a mini series of sorts because apparently I read a lot of different books during those three years!

P.S. If you read my WWW Post from yesterday then you know that I’m busy reading and review books! I might have a new review up later today of early tomorrow!


Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

Who hasn’t been obsessed with this series? I started and finished this series when I was in the 6th grade, and I think it’s the first actual series that I read all the way through. This series not only sparked my love for reading but also my interest in Greek mythology.

Beautiful Creatures and Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I picked up the first book shortly after the trailer for the movie came out when I was in the 7th grade! I was really interested in this book because it takes place in South Carolina (the same state I live in and as a middle schooler that was a big deal *haha*) and the town fictional town that the story takes place is what I estimated to be about 15-20 minutes away from where I went to school. I liked the plot and story line for the most part, but the story felt like it was progressing at the speed of molasses. Personally, the first book was a lot better than the second. The second book had so many different plot lines and a lot of things happening at once making it hard to focus. And DON’T even get me started on the movie with those accents *cringe*.

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

I think I read this series during the 7th/8th grade, and I’m pretty sure I saw the movie first. Before the movie, the book wasn’t well known in my area, and I don’t think the synopsis really grabbed my attention because I wasn’t quite as open with my reading at that time. I found myself flying through the first book and most of the second, then when I got to the third, I found it kind of hard to get through. Overall though, I have found memories with this series, and through this series I was introduced to the world of dystopian books!

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

During the 8th grade I was OBSESSED with this series. At the time I loved the story and the romance and the week following the end of the 8th grade I read Allegiant (book 3). By the time that I finished book two, I was so ready to see what was going to happen… then we had that ending. *spoiler if you haven’t read this series* This was the first time that I had experience the death of a MC and I was not having it. Over the years, when I think back on this series, it just seems so *cough, cough* basic. I will forever to grateful to Veronica for publishing this series because at the time it really made me happy, and it helped me want to read more and expand my library, but now I wouldn’t reread it because for me it belongs in the past.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I think I read books 1-5 and book 6 came out right before Christmas of the 9th grade. This series opened up the world of fantasy with werewolves, fairies, vampires (although I had read the Vampire Diaries and some of Twilight but this will go in another TBT), Nephilim, and all of the other creatures! Honestly I sped through these books (except for the City of Fallen Angles, but I think most everyone would agree), and I continue to love the books (even though I am slowly getting behind). The first time I heard about this series was during the 7th grade when some guy had mentioned the City of Bones to teacher because her daughter had loved the book and I was thinking, “What in the world??? Who read a book about a city of bones?”. Well come the next year, I was entranced by this series. During November of the 8th grade, I went to DC with my class and brought CoFA with me (although I didn’t read it because we were so busy)!


I refer to the 6th grade as my country music phase because I listened to so much of it, and my country loving cousin was a big influence in my music at that time. My taste in music changed so much like my reading taste during these years. I was listening to everything trying to find my favorite genres, artists, and songs.

  • Wanted by Hunter Hayes
  • Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean (this song was played at every single dance)
  • God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
  • We Are Young by fun.
  • Baby by Justin Bieber
  • What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
  • We Owned the Night by Selena Gomez
  • Why Don’t We Just Dance by Josh Turner

What are some of your favorite TBTs? Let me know below.

Happy reading until next time,

15 thoughts on “Throw Back Thursday: Middle School Part 1

  1. I read all of the same books as you when I was in middle school. But, for music I was in a huge emo faze and ended up just listing to fall out boy, AC/DC, and a bunch of other bands along that line. This was such a cute post! Can’t wait to see the continuation of it!!!

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  2. I agree that the Beautiful Creatures movie was one of the cringiest things in existence. It forever turned me off of the book. PJO was one of my faves too ! I just really like how Rick Riordan actually made me laugh out loud so many time, and I loved his take on the Greek Gods. I’m actually glad that I didn’t give in to the hype and read Divergent because from what I’ve heard it seems like a. waste of time, so yeah that’s a pass. Loved this post and post idea so much!

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