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Five YA Books You Seriously Need to Read


It has come to my attention that not everyone has read these books. I don't care what you normally read. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, romance, non-fiction, or whatever, these are books that you seriously need to read... right now. No excuses. Open up a new browser window, place it right beside this one, and get ready to add things to your hold list. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Got it all set up? If you're on a PC, you can dock both windows on opposite sides of your screen. It's all neat and you can see both windows perfectly. Handy, right? Anyway...

OK. So. I read YA. Whether or not you also read YA, you do now. Ready? Here we go.

Ready Player One cover

Ready Player One
This one was sold to me as "If you love '80s video games, you'll love this book." What the person should have said was: "If you have a pulse, you will love this book." Seriously. EVERYONE loves this story. It's basically a morbidly humorous romp through '80s pop-culture set in the future. I would say it's a great example of a stand-alone title, but author Ernest Cline is rumored to be working on a sequel. If you listen closely, you can hear angels singing.

I am the Messenger
You've all read or at least heard of The Book Thief, also by Markus Zuzak. It's an exquisite book. So is this one. Although, it is one of those books that you might have to finish before you realize just how awesome it is. I loved this book so much, I Instagrammed it. While it's definitely a YA book, it might be a little more adult due to the violence peppered throughout Ed's unique, life-changing story.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
You kow how #WeNeedDiverseBooks, right? Well, here's one! It won a serious amount of awards and honors: Stonewall, Printz,  Pura Belpre, and more. Whether you're a GLBT Mexican-American teenager or not, Aristotle and Dante's beautiful coming-of-age story will touch your heart and warm your soul. You might feel the need to snuggle with this one. I know I did.

All the Truth That's In Me
The cover is terrible. I am aware. Whatever you think this book is about, it's not about that. Do yourself a favor and ignore what's on the front. Just open it and start reading. Judith's story will captivate you. You're welcome. 

You know how there are no new stories? Everything fantasy has already been done? Well this hasn't. I have never been more enthralled by, and engulfed in, a fully realized brand-new universe as I have in Kristin Cashore's Graceling. And this is her first book! I mean, what IS that? I have not met one person who's disliked this book. Want to know what's even better? It's a trilogy. Bam. *mic drop* 

So basically, you have at least one full week of reading here. Possibly more. Get on it.  Report back in the comments.

Have you already read one of these? All of these? Did you love them? I'd like to know. Hate them? You're probably lying. Then, tell me what you would put on your Need to Read list. Maybe I haven't read your favorite YA book. I would be thrilled to add a plethora of titles to my TBR list. 

Want to see these books all in one place? Check out the corresponding booklist on bibliocommons.


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If you haven't...

... read about the Raven boys, please do - don't miss it. And due to it's incredible hype a few years ago you can't have missed it but anyways - Jellicoe Road. I've only read Graceling on your list so I've got my work cut out for me!

some more young adult reads

I'm so glad I'm not the only adult who adores young adult (YA) novels! I'm 27 and still as hooked on YA fiction as ever. Some of the newer YA novels I've read (and loved) are: The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Alienated by Melissa Landers, and Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. All three of these titles are actually first novels in trilogies.

Don't forget Robin McKinley

Because *no one* and I mean NO ONE writes as well, or writes a powerful and relatable female protagonist, better. Blue Sword, Hero & the Crown, Chalice....go, go now and read them. ::picking up mic and dropping it again::

Love this list!

It could have been so, so much longer, but I love this list! It hits on a bunch of different genres, which is great. I totally agree about ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME. Great book, terrible cover. Actually, I take that back. Great book, very misleading cover. Obviously you've read the Raven Boys. Right? It not, I'm with Jennie. Get on that.

Love is what you make your

Love is what you make your passion, and literature is my life blood, my treasure that nobody will ever be able to take through my desire I shall exists for eternity!

Ready Player One is YA?

Ready Player One is one of my favorite novels of all time but I have never thought of it as YA (and I read a lot of YA!) It's main character may be a teen, but it is not a book specifically written for the young adult market.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One has been officially marketed toward adults, but has wide teen appeal. It's a great example of a crossover novel. I included it in this list because that's how I was introduced to the book. Depending on to whom you are recommending the book, it could be sold as either an adult or young adult novel. It's all in how you sell it. Think of TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD. It is technically a book that was written for adults. However, most people first read this novel in school as young adults. It's really up to the reader/librarian/teacher/parent to decide how they want to read/sell the book. This also makes a *great* discussion for bookclubs and classrooms!

Aristotle and Dante Discover

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is so good! One of my favorite books, not just one of my favorite YA books.

Must Read YA

A Girl Named Digit & Double Digit by Annabel Monaghan In this age where young women are fed a steady stream of dumbed down content via reality icons--Monaghan's Digit books raise the bar for all readers with the blended elements of conspiracy, humor, romance, and math puzzles.

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