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?


  1. I can't believe THEY still exist! Random Rant: I went on a date with a guy a couple weeks ago and he called himself a self proclaimed reader. I thought I had found a kindred soul so I told him about my blog and reading he then had the audacity to tell me that YA didn't really count as reading! Needless to say there will be no second date.

    I 100% agree with Throne of Glass and The Scorpio Races or really any of Maggies Books =P

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  2. I kind of love that this list doesn't have Harry Potter or The Hunger Games - I love them both but there is MORE out there for reluctant readers!
    There are only a few books that I haven't read on this list, but the ones I have read I totally agree with, and now I want to read the other ones even more!

  3. Holy.... You just gained a new follower because of this list! Loved that you put Pivot Point, Throne of Glass, Divergent & Cinder!! :D While the others are on my TBR! Loved your list! :D


  4. Such a great list! 3 & 7 are really good! I cant wait to read 2 & 4.
    My TTT

    Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

  5. I would add Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Also, Twinmaker by Sean Williams would be a great one for the guys. Most guys seem to think of YA as a "ladies genre" but there are a lot of cool sci-fi/futuristic books that I think the dudes would dig, especially that one. I mean, there are people teleporting in it. Come on!

  6. I would totally agree with your list of books :)

  7. I have a completely different list, but it includes Cinder too! It's just an amazing book!

    Here's My TTT


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