Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Books for a New YA Reader

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to do a freebie. I decided to showcase books that I would suggest to a new YA reader. The following books are in no particular order.


1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is my absolute favorite book of all time and it's one of the books that I read when I was a teenager. It's a coming-of-age story that is unforgettable that delves into many things teens deal with everyday.


2. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is another book that I read when I was in high school. It's also my first Anderson book as well. This is a powerful book and it's authentic. 


3. 1984 by George Orwell is a dystopian novel that discusses nationalism, censorship and being watched by Big Brother at all times. It's not exactly a YA novel but it's a good launchpad to other dystopian reads. 


4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a book about two misfits bonding over comics and music in the 1980's. Little did they know that their friendship would turn into something more. 


5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a dystopian that is fast paced and an adventure you will never forget. This is a good series to start with for those who want to give dystopian a try.


6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a cute heartfelt book about how love has no color, gender or any other fixed requirements. Love is Love is Love.


7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling is a middle grade series that slowly morphs into a young adult series. It's a good bridge from MG to YA. Of course those who love fantasy and a bit of magic will enjoy the Harry Potter series. 


8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a classic! This coming-of-age story is definitely for those who love movies such as Grease and Crybaby. If you enjoy reading about socioeconomic divides, definitely check this novel out. 


9. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley is a powerful yet a must read book for everyone. It's a raw and beautifully written novel about civil rights and love.


10. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury is a entrancing retelling of Aladdin from One Thousand and One Nights. Khoury transports the reader as a spectator in this magical journey. For those who love Aladdin or novels about Jinn, definitely pick this fantasy novel up.


What books would you recommend to someone who is starting to read YA?

16 comments:

  1. Great list! Perks is a great choice for people who are just starting to get into YA, same with The Hunger Games, and the list wouldn't have been complete without the boy who lived! And Eleanor and Park has a special place in my heart always, thanks for including it.

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    1. I am glad you like the books I have on my list.

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  2. Love the list! The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Simon are definitely great choices along with the rest of your list For me, I'd also add Anna and the French Kiss, Graceling, and The Raven Boys. It's fun to try to appeal to different readers and get them into YA!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I love Anna and the French Kiss btw!

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  3. I'd definitely recommend Simon for new YA readers. That book is SO good.

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  4. i am a new-to-YA reader so I'm bookmarking this list. Except for the Harry Potter I haven't read any of these but I do want to read Forbidden Wish! My TTT

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    1. YAY! I hope you enjoy some of my recommendations. The Forbidden Wish is a good extension to the Aladdin we know of. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Great topic! I am surprised you left off Twilight, though. ;)

    My TTT: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/06/28/top-ten-tuesday-freebie-top-ten-books-that-broke-my-heart-a-little/

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    1. I was never fond of Twilight and could not get into it. That's why it's not on this list.

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  6. The only ones of these I've read are Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (not a new to YA reader, just haven't read many of these) but I loved both of those!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/top-ten-tuesday-63/

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    1. I hope you have a chance to check out the others on this list. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. The Forbidden Wish is on my TBR. And I spent quite a bit of time crying over The Outsiders when I was younger.

    My TTT

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    1. I love the Outsiders! I hope your enjoy The Forbidden Wish!

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  8. This is a REALLY great list! You know, I LOVE the idea of The Forbidden Wish being on here, because I think it would be a REALLy great segue for someone who was looking to try fantasy/retelling but is hesitant. I also always approve of THG on any list ;)

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    1. Thank you! I agree that The Forbidden Wish is a good book for those are are fantasy/retelling hesitant. And of course Shannon will approve THG on any list :D. The more the merrier!

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