Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To The Reluctant YA Reader
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is basically a "Choose your own adventure" topic- Top Ten Books You'd Recommend to _____. If you can believe it, there are still adults out there who are still reluctant to read YA novels. How? Why? No idea, but I've met they. THEY EXIST! Eek! Thus, here are the top ten books I'd recommend to them.
1. Pivot Point by Kasie West. I effing love this book. I mean, geez! It's about a girl who can look into the future and see multiple outcomes. She can see the effect before the cause! Throw her into a "Norm" high school, and you've got a recipe for win! Plus, the romance? Swoony!
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It's basically a fantasy version of The Hunger Games...but better. Wait, did I really just say that? I think I did.
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth. This one is kind of my "Go to" book when recommending YA novels to adults. There's something for everyone in it, and no one, not one person, has yet to tell me they didn't love it.
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Seriously, who will say no to a futuristic, badass, loose retelling of Cinderella? The best thing about this novel? The sequels get better and better.
5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. This is definitely my favorite Maggie Stiefvater book. I simply adore her writing style. She has an amazing way with words, and THE SCORPIO RACES is a great example of this.
6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe how amazing this book is. I'll be the first to admit that the first half of this book is slow and yes, hard to get through. The last half, though? Holy crap. I always recommend this one to historical fiction fans.
7. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman. What I wouldn't give to be there person who gets to experience these novels for the first time. Definitely a fabulous rec for the hesitant contemporary fan.
8. Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally. Another book I'd recommend to contemporary fans who are iffy about taking the YA plunge. I do recommend reading both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker first, but it's not necessary. Seriously though, read those two first and keep going.
9. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. For fans of poetry, this is a fabulous book for you. This novel is written in verse and tells a beautiful story of loss and growth. Whenever I'm feeling blue, I turn to you, CHASING BROOKLYN. Okay, that was a little cheesy. My bad.
10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I just finished this last night, and it's AMAZEBALLS! I would definitely recommend this to sci-fi fans who want to take a ride on the YA side.
There you have it! What books would you guys recommend to reluctant YA readers?