Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to a Young Adult Newbie

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is sort of a choose-your-own-adventure. I get to pick ten books I’d recommend to a particular person or type of person. Given that I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult books this year, I figured it was a good place to start.  Ao here goes,   ten YA books I’d recommend to a newbie. Including a couple I haven’t read yet but am looking forward to based on hearing a lot about them.

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The book that started a bit of a YA obsession for me. It is beautiful,  heartbreaking and hilarious. Often simultaneously.  (Full review here.)
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell writes YA books that are more complex and more full of true human moments than a fair number of the adult fiction novels I’ve read. Serious feels, people. Fangirl is also excellent. (Full review here.)
3. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I’m a huge fan of Criminal Minds, and the psychological thriller genre, so this book was totally up my alley. (Review coming soon!)
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I just started this – I’m about halfway through the first book – but I like it a lot so far. Much more than I expected to. Yes, I admit it, I judged it unfairly based on Hunger Games comparisons. That turned out to be totally invalid. (Review coming soon!)
5. Agent 21: Codebreaker by Chris Ryan
I love spy stories, so this series is a great one for me. This book in particular is my favourite, though it’s actually the third in the series. It took my favourite city (London) and added in a generous dash of espionage and suspense. Which was pretty much perfection. (Full review here.)
6. The Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson
And even more London! The first book in the series so far is my favourite. I love the premise, and Jack the Ripper is one of those most fascinating unsolved cases. I’ve read the first two books and just can’t wait for the third! (Full review of The Name of the Star here, and review of its sequel, The Madness Underneath, here.)
7. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Okay, so not my favourite of all time, but I stuck with it for the first 4 books and plan to finish the series when the sixth comes out. I enjoy the mythology Clare created, the premise of the books and a lot of the characters are really interesting. Though I have to admit that my favourite is Simon… only partly due to Robert Sheehan!
8. The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
I love Maggie on Twitter. She’s personable, smart and hilarious. I’ve started the first book but have yet to really get into the series. I’m kind of saving it!
9. Something Strange and Deadly Series by Susan Dennard
People keep talking about this series on Twitter, so I finally gave in and bought the first book. I don’t normally do historical fiction, but I just need to know what this is all about!!
10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This was on a bunch of lists of books to read if you loved The Fault In Our Stars, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. 
And one bonus ANTI-recommendation: Whatever you do, do NOT judge the YA genre on Beautiful Creatures! That is all.

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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to a Young Adult Newbie

  1. M.

    Yay! Glad to inspire library trips! Let me know what you think if you manage to get your hands on any of these. I love comparing notes! 🙂

  2. M.

    Yay! Glad to inspire library trips! Let me know what you think if you manage to get your hands on any of these. I love comparing notes! 🙂

  3. M.

    Since writing this I've finished Divergent and Insurgent. And I've got Allegiant sitting there, on my shelf, looking at me… but after everything I've heard, I just can't seem to make myself pick it up and start reading! I'm soooooo scared! TFIOS has a special place in my heart – it got me through a pretty severe reading slump, for which I will be eternally devoted to it. Also everyone I know who has read it has loved it, and I have a pretty diverse group of friends!

    You should definitely read E&P – or Fangirl if you want something slightly lighter. Only slightly, though – still lots of feels! Rainbow Rowell is a very talented writer, imo.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. M.

    Since writing this I've finished Divergent and Insurgent. And I've got Allegiant sitting there, on my shelf, looking at me… but after everything I've heard, I just can't seem to make myself pick it up and start reading! I'm soooooo scared! TFIOS has a special place in my heart – it got me through a pretty severe reading slump, for which I will be eternally devoted to it. Also everyone I know who has read it has loved it, and I have a pretty diverse group of friends!

    You should definitely read E&P – or Fangirl if you want something slightly lighter. Only slightly, though – still lots of feels! Rainbow Rowell is a very talented writer, imo.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. M.

    Glad you think so! It kind of just…. happened that way. Looking back over it, it's a pretty good range of books, but I really just added the ones I read recently and liked! Ooops!

  6. M.

    Glad you think so! It kind of just…. happened that way. Looking back over it, it's a pretty good range of books, but I really just added the ones I read recently and liked! Ooops!

  7. M.

    To be honest I kinda did pick my faves! I've only been reading mostly YA since the summer, so this is basically the books I've read to introduce myself more thoroughly to the genre. Hopefully others will feel inspired to read! Haven't heard of The Sky is Everywhere – definitely going to check it out! Thanks for the comment & recommendation!

  8. M.

    To be honest I kinda did pick my faves! I've only been reading mostly YA since the summer, so this is basically the books I've read to introduce myself more thoroughly to the genre. Hopefully others will feel inspired to read! Haven't heard of The Sky is Everywhere – definitely going to check it out! Thanks for the comment & recommendation!

  9. Reviews from a Book Worm

    Great list! I loved The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Naturals and Thirteen Reasons Why, such great books. Divergent would have made my list, but after reading Allegiant, I can't bring myself to subject my cousin to that! I really want to read Eleanor & Park, looks like such a great book. My TTT.

  10. Reviews from a Book Worm

    Great list! I loved The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Naturals and Thirteen Reasons Why, such great books. Divergent would have made my list, but after reading Allegiant, I can't bring myself to subject my cousin to that! I really want to read Eleanor & Park, looks like such a great book. My TTT.

  11. Aly

    I haven't read the Naturals yet, but I'm so dying to! I think what I love about your list is that you have a little bit for everybody 🙂

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
    My TTT

  12. Aly

    I haven't read the Naturals yet, but I'm so dying to! I think what I love about your list is that you have a little bit for everybody 🙂

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
    My TTT

  13. Michelle

    I ALMOST did this same topic. I started it and then I realized I was just listing my favorite books instead of actually thinking which books would have good crossover potential. So I changed. But I like your picks. I definitely this TFIOS is for EVERYBODY and Thirteen Reasons Why is also one I would pick. I also would add The Sky is Everywhere. IDK if you've read it or not, but it's great for all ages and too I think.

    My TTT

  14. Michelle

    I ALMOST did this same topic. I started it and then I realized I was just listing my favorite books instead of actually thinking which books would have good crossover potential. So I changed. But I like your picks. I definitely this TFIOS is for EVERYBODY and Thirteen Reasons Why is also one I would pick. I also would add The Sky is Everywhere. IDK if you've read it or not, but it's great for all ages and too I think.

    My TTT

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