I hope to start doing book related posts on Fridays, for my first few posts, I think I am going to do some reading lists.
I know I’m old, but I still read a lot of young adult books. So, we will start with a list of my favorites.
- Harry Potter Series. – JK Rowling
- The Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare
- The Infernal Devices Series – Cassandra Clare
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chboski
- Looking for Alaska – John Green
- We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green / David Levithan
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn / David Levithan
- Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
- The Diviners – Libba Bray
- The Fault in our Stars – John Green
- Lunar Chronicles Series – Marissa Meyer
- Going Bovine – Libba Bray
- Sunshine Girl Series – Paige McKenzie
- Percy Jackson Series – Rick Riordan
- Unenchanted – Chanda Hahn
- Everyday – David Levithan
- Matched Series – Ally Condie
- Josie and Jack – Kelly Braffet
- Divergent Series – Veronica Roth
Okay. So I know 20 is kind of a long list, and there are a lot of books on here that are obvious picks. But I can’t skip them on a top 20 list just because they are popular. I’ll give you a really short run-down of each book below. Not a regular review, because this post would take hours for you to read. I might review each of these books in the future, if I don’t have a new book to review for you.
- Harry Potter – JK Rowling- If you haven’t read these books yet, you have obviously been living under a rock. STOP READING THIS BLOG AND GO READ THESE BOOKS. These books are so important to me for way too many reasons to list. I have finished them over 10 times in my life. I believe you can learn all the important life lessons from reading Harry Potter.
- The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare- A series about a regular girl, who is … wait for it, not a regular girl. These books follow Clary through finding out about the world of Shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves and fae, with the most handsome person alive, Jace Herondale. The feels in this series are intense, and it is one of the most well written young adult books I have read. It has a perfect mix of fantasy, action and love.
- The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare – This series takes place in the same world as The Mortal Instruments, in Victorian London. I have a weak spot for Historical Fiction, so this series is right up my alley. It boasts more action than traditional Historical Fiction books, and a strong female main character.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chboski- This book probably isn’t for everyone. It is a very sad read, but it has wonderful uplifting passages. This book will make you feel all the feels about a wallflower trying to find his place in the world. It also focuses on music and mental health, and will introduce young audiences to the magic of the Smiths. (Sing me to Sleep is in my top 10 songs, so this book may speak to me for this reason.)
- Looking for Alaska – John Green – This is another one of those books that everyone has read. But I had to add it to the list, because IT IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK. Besides having some of the most quotable passages in any book ever, it is a story that so many people can relate to, even though the characters are in a life situation (boarding school in the middle of nowhere) that pretty much no one has experienced.
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
― John Green,
- We Were Liars-E. Lockhart – Another one dealing with mental health, and possibly the saddest book ever written. About a girl, her cousins and love interest, spending Summer on the family island after a fire.
- Will Grayson, Will Grayon – John Green and David Levithan- David Levithan is one of the best co-authors I’ve ever read. He made it to my list for 3 different books, 2 of which he co-authored with other authors and one of his own. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about 2 different teens named Will Grayson, each Will’s perspective written by one author. It is a tale of friendship and strange coincidence. This book is different than any other book I have ever read.
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist- Rachel Cohn and David Levithan- Rachel Cohn is at her best when writing with David Levithan. Her other books are all worth reading, but her and DL are perfect writing partners. This is a classic teen love story, sprinkled with a love of indie music. And this is possibly the only book that I will ever say the movie is equally as good as the book. Also this book is super short, you can read it in a day. I don’t even know how many times I have read this book, it’s so good.
- Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell- Rainbow Rowell is best known for writing Eleanor and Park, which I do not love. Fangirl, however, is amazing. It is a novel about the nerds who write fanfic. And teenage love. It gives a lot of insight into the lives of people who write fanfic for a large audience and sheds light on the amount of time that is put into something that never gets as much credit as it deserves, in my opinion.
- The Diviners – Libba Bray – Libba Bray is one of my all time favorite authors. The Diviners is a paranormal book that takes place in the 20’s. I have said a million times that I love historical fiction, and I also love everything about the 20’s. The Diviners isn’t as steeped in the strange as some other paranormal books, but is very entertaining. The heroine is a young lady who goes to live with her uncle in 20’s New York. Her uncle runs a museum of the occult, and Evie has a unique ability of being able to see people’s pasts, making her the idea partner to help research weird events. It starts off a bit slow, but is definitely worth keeping at it.
- The Fault in our Stars – John Green – You’ve read this book, right? I don’t know anyone who can read who hasn’t read this book. Another sad story, but written in such a way that is relevant to anyone who reads it. A story about cancer, but also about loving a book more than anything else in the world, and the disappointment of finding out our idols are not always as deserving as we expect them to be.
- The Lunar Chronicles Series – Marissa Meyer – I wanted to rank this series higher, but I couldn’t decide what other book to move down to fit it in. This series is a very easy read, a new take on the fairy tale heroines, in the future with space travel, robots and life on the moon. It is interesting, because the perspective changes between a few female characters though out the series. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter (Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White) all work together to take down an evil queen and a nation of people with the ability to control other’s minds.
- Going Bovine – Libba Bray – One of the weirdest and funniest books I have ever read. It is about a high school student who contracts mad cow disease, escapes from the hospital and takes an epic trip across the country. Craziness ensues in the it’s a small world ride, and it leaves you pondering what is real and what is imaginary, and if it even matters.
“The dark does not weep for itself because there is no light. Rather, it accepts that it is the dark.”
― Libba Bray,
- Sunshine Girl Series – Paige McKenzie- A paranormal series (so far it’s 2 books) based on the you tube channel of Paige McKenzie. The first book is scarier than the 2nd book, although these books aren’t meant to be horror books, but tell a fantastic story of young love and friendship, and how spirits get to the afterworld.
- Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan – This is a magical series, that can actually be read a bit earlier than most Young Adult books, but can also be enjoyed by adults and teens. It follows Percy Jackson, a half blood son of Poseidon. It is a story of quests in the same manner as old Greek tales but with a modern twist.
- Unenchanted Series- Chanda Hahn – A warning about this series, it could have used some more editing. There were grammatical errors, but the story was engaging, and I couldn’t put them down, so I decided to add it to my list. A story about a high school girl, who finds out she is a Grimm, and has to live through all the stories in Grimm’s fairy tales without dying. The story throws her some crazy challenges and the stories change with the time, just like the original Grimm’s tales do. It’s a really great concept for a book, having the stories be personified. The whole series is really cheap on Kindle, and worth buying, even with grammar issues.
- Everyday – David Levithan- Everyday the main character (A) wakes up as a different person, retaining memories but never having the same body or life. A is also able to access the memories of the body they inhabit. A falls in love with a girl who is dating the borrowed body one day and tries to remain in contact with the girl via e-mail. This book makes you think about a lot of things, including gender, love and if self is the body or the soul.
“I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”
- Matched Series – Ally Condie – A 3 book series about a dystopian future society. Teens experience an arranged marriage put on by the government at age 17. The main character is super happy with her match, but discovers some concerning things about the government system, and fights against it. The basic plot of many dystopian fiction YA books, but entertaining.
- Josie and Jack – Kelly Braffet- This book is a strange story about a brother and sister who are each other’s world. Jack has some serious jealousy over Josie’s first friend and crush. Worth a read if you like complicated family drama.
“Logic is what the devil likes most.”
- Divergent Series – Veronica Roth- When I first read these books, I was really into them. The story is a great dystopian future society story, following Tris and Four, two teens, who don’t fit in with their government’s idea of a perfect society, and fight for what they think is right. Worth a read, will have you unable to put them down.