Thursday, January 19, 2017

50 YA Books to Read Before You Die

I think I need to make more lists! Lists are fun and also they hopefully help someone find the right book at the right time.

I put this some together with teens in mind. More specifically, to encourage teens to read more meaningfully and not just target books that are hyped.

I have given a brief reason under each title and have deliberately left off any pictures so that you can print this off and stick it on a wall. Please note these are all books I have personally read.

Happy reading!

1. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
This is a given. It's Harry Potter and kids need to read the books instead of just seeing the films and thinking that is all there is to this world.

2. Twilight Saga - Stephenie Meyer
There are probably people shaking their heads at this, but this series got kids reading. And they should also be able to read something and make up their own minds about the content.

3. The Giver - Lois Lowry
The message in this book is powerful and thought-provoking. Plus, it can be read in a day.

4. The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
Another series that offers far more than the films. Katniss is a strong heroine and a great role model.

5. Divergent Trilogy - Veronica Roth
This series is about the choices one makes and self-definition.

6. The Boof Thief - Markus Zusak
This historical novel is compelling and will perhaps make that History lesson more poignant.

7. Vampire Academy -Richelle Mead
I have included this because it is one of the best vampire series out there. And Rose is her own person, which girls need to realise is ok in today's society.

8. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Because it's tragic and heartbreaking. And so relevant.

9. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
A coming-of-age story that is easy to read and also pretty funny and sad all at the same time.

10.The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares
Another coming-of-age series that has great characters who will feel like your friends when you are done. There is a film, but read the books. As always.

11. Shiver Trilogy - Maggie Stiefvater
Lyrical and atmospheric. Worth the read for the romance and mythology.

12. Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
Romantic and deals with real issues. Just one of this author's range of titles that should be read.

13. Watership Down - Richard Adams
A story of survival and heroism. With an interesting style of writing interspersed with fables.

14. Sabriel - Garth Nix
An epic fantasy series that deals with good versus evil and mortality. Plus also has a great female lead.

15. The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer
There are just fun. Each book is based off a well-known fairy tale and it is fun to draw comparisons.

16. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
A classic that is still relevant today. There is a play and a full novel version available. Read both.

17. Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
This is on her for the writing style and the fascinating world-building. Beautiful, lyrical novel.

18. Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
Set in the 1980's, this is a story about not fitting in and acceptance.

19. Wonder - RJ Palacio
Another novel about not fitting in and being different. Told from various perspectives.

20. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Romantic, funny and relevant. Cath, the protagonist, is easily relatable.

21. Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
Deals with the question of what happens after we die. Touching and poignant.

22. The Mediator Series - Meg Cabot
Fun, frivolous. For the reluctant reader.

23. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Told in the form of poetry. About the dangers of drug addiction and what it is like to be addicted.

24. The Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Magic, amazing writing and a cast of characters you will want to call your own.

25. On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Set in Australia. Coming-of-age themes. Amazing writing.

26. East - Edith Pattou
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Lyrical and touching.

27. Stolen: A Letter to my Captor - Lucy Christopher
Set in Australia about a girl who is kidnapped and deals with the consequences of being confined in the Australian outback.

28. Cut by Patricia McCormack
An easy-to-get-into read dealing with mental health issues.

29. Skellig - David Almond
A moving tale that delves into mythology and death.

30. A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
This one is good for anyone coping with loss.

31.The Books of Pellinor - Allison Croggon
A great starter fantasy with a compelling world and magic system.

32. I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
This one made me cry. It will make you cry. Deals with sexuality, family and loss.

33. The Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman
Regency / Steampunkish fun about a demon hunter!

34. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Classic, one of my favorite novels. Has so many themes and who wouldn't love Jane?

35. Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers
Fantasy about an assassin who is also a strong female character.

36. Hate List - Jennifer Brown
This is so relevant with all the school shootings that have happened. Sad, yet inspiring.

37. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
WW2 novel focused on friendship and the hardships of war. And planes!

38. The Diviners - Libba Bray
Set in 1920's New York with supernatural elements and proper moments that will scare you.

39. The Black Magician Trilogy - Trudi Canavan
A great introduction to fantasy with enough action and character building to keep die-hard readers engaged.

40. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Six thieves and one impossible heist set in a fictionalised version of our world.

41. Pure - Julianna Baggott
Dystopian novel - probably one of the most unique I have read in this genre.

42. The Ear, The Eye and The Arm - Nancy Farmer
Set in Zimbabwe with fantasy elements.

43. The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon
A unique fantasy that is well-conceptualised with great characters.

44. Chasing Brooklyn - Lisa Schroeder
A novel told in verse. I have a soft spot for these and it shows not all poetry is outdated and boring.

45. Maus - Art Spiegelman
A graphic novel written by the son of a survivor of Auschwitz. It is harrowing and symbolic and so, so well done.

46. Watchmen - Alan Moore
This is one of the most recommended graphic novels. It is even on Times 100 books you must read! It deals with the concept of a superhero and their fallibility.

47. Far From You - Tess Sharpe
Mystery novel whuich also touches on sexuality and coming to terms with grief.

48. The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Full of action and a unique setting. There is also romance but this is more than just that.

49. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
Graphic novel focused on relationships and the power of perception.

50. The Darkest Powers Trilogy - Kelley Armstrong
A paranormal series that is strongly focused on mental health issues.

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