Between Divergent coming out last month, and random Amazon deals I’ve managed to snag, I’ve been on a Young Adult literature kick. Part of me wants to explore more titles to be able to recommend to my students, who have a range of reading interests, and part of me appreciates a good story, no matter what “age” it’s written for.
This month, I’m focusing on books to build up my own YA recommendation list (some of which I’ve already read and loved, some I’m hoping to read and love just as much as I’ve heard good things about!)
The Archived* by Victoria Schwab – After hearing of Schwab’s novel from a Forever Young Adult shoutout about it a) being amazing and b) being on sale on Amazon for pretty cheap, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by a book that got such stellar reviews. Let’s just say, I rarely give a book a 5-star rating on Goodreads, but this one earned it.
Fangirl* by Rainbow Rowell – I first picked this book up due to it’s beautiful teal cover, quirky illustrated cover, and the fact that it was Tumblr’s first book club pick. While I enjoyed Eleanor & Park, I was more excited for this book’s storyline and more of Rowell’s winning prose.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – It’s no surprise that John Green is a hot author right now, with The Fault in Our Stars being a much anticipated movie adaptation coming out this summer. I read that book, and quite enjoyed it, but knew of John Green from his Youtube channel and “Crash Course Literature” series first (I admit, it took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to connect the dots and realize the two were the same John Green). One of my students had been reading this novel of his, and said it wasn’t as good as TFIOS, but I still want to dive into more of his novels.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – What’s a YA bookshelf without a little dystopian literature? And an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion to boot? Consider me curious…
And now I realize that I really need to find some less chick-geared YA lit to add to my reading list. I think that’s an adventure for another day…
*This post does contain some affiliate links, and while I am compensated if you buy one of these books through my link, I’m only recommending books I’ve truly enjoyed and think you will too!