Musings From A Bookmammal

Y is for YOUNG ADULT Suggestions, Please!–The April A-Z Challenge/Day 25


YWelcome to Day #25 of the April A to Z Challenge, where participants are challenged to create a post every day (except Sundays) corresponding to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. We’re in the home stretch–only ONE MORE DAY to go! If you’d like to learn more, hit the badge on my sidebar.

I’ll be posting about bookish topics each day of the challenge. Here’s today’s post:

I read a lot of different genres, but I haven’t read much YA in a very long time. I picked up Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park late last year and absolutely LOVED it–I then read Fangirl and enjoyed it almost as much. Reading more YA is one of the informal reading goals that I set for myself this year, but I need some help–and here’s where you come in!

I need some suggestions for YA books and/or authors to add to my TBR list. I like realistic YA –not so much with paranormal, vampires, fantasy, or dystopian plots. I’m also not really into the whole dying of a disease thing, either. What I do enjoy is reading about teens and young adults who are trying to cope and make their way in the real world–dealing with friends, family, significant others, etc. Plots that take place primarily in educational settings–high school or college–are a plus.

So–if you’re a YA fan, please give me some suggestions! Who are some great YA authors that I should try–and which of their books should I dig into first? Help me out, blogging buddies–I’m counting on you!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

12 thoughts on “Y is for YOUNG ADULT Suggestions, Please!–The April A-Z Challenge/Day 25

  1. I really enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, basically anything by John Green, Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys, and Dare Me by Megan Adams… phew, those are the books I’ve read in the past year or so. I read a fair amount of YA. 🙂

    • WOW!!!
      I’ve read Reconstructing Amelia and really liked it–I didn’t know it was considered a YA novel. Leonard Peacock is already on my TBR list–I will definitely check out the other titles/authors you mentioned. THANK YOU–This is great! 🙂

  2. John Green is a popular YA author right now. LOOKING FOR ALASKA is the only book I’ve read by him so far, in my college adolescent literature class. Very good book. I’d also recommend…
    HE FORGOT TO SAY GOODBYE (Benjamin Alire Saenz) – he’s got several good YA books out
    LUNA (Julie Anne Peters) – explores LGBT
    MONSTER (Walter Dean Meyers) – he also has MANY good YA books, often with male/African American protagonists
    HARRY POTTER (J.K. Rowling)
    THE OUTSIDERS (S.E. Hinton)
    ENDER’S GAME (Orson Scott Card)
    SHACKLED (Angela Carling) – about controlling relationships
    UGLIES (Scott Westerfield) – dystopian series
    HUNGER GAMES (Suzanne Collins) – dystopian series
    ARTEMIS FOWL (Eoin Colfer) – series

    Oh, there are so many! These are all ones I have read and recommend. For more YA books, here’s a link to the Goodreads shelf of YA books:

  3. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson is pretty good. So is the Replica books by Jenna Black. I just finished Half a King by Joe Abercrombie that’s also pretty good.

  4. I’m not sure if this is considered a young adult book, but we really enjoyed Wonder by R. J. Palacio. My son just read the first book in Ranger’s Apprentice and loved it. But I’m not sure if that’s up your alley. The Klip Fish Code by Mary Casanova was pretty good too. Oh, and Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.

    • I’ve read “Wonder” and I loved it! I’ve heard of Sharon Draper, but I don’t think I’ve read any of her books, or the others that you mentioned. I’ll need to check those out–thanks for the suggestions!

  5. I just recently finished reading Eleanor and Park and I loved it too 😀
    Books I would recommend are Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Perks is a coming of age kind of young adult book, about an introverted boy named Charlie who is figuring out life, but he also has personal struggles and stuff. It’s a really good read. John Green’s book is about two cancer patients falling in love but the book is not about cancer at all. It’s a beautiful love story and since you’ve read Eleanor and Park, I think you would like this one too 🙂

  6. I’d recommend John Green, but he definitely writes a lot about disease, death etc. Hmm… I haven’t read a lot of contemporaries lately. The last one I remember enjoying was Flowers in the attic by Virginia Andrews (oldie but goodie) and Anna and the french kiss by Stephenie Perkins (for something more fluffy!). Oh! And the duff by Kody Keplinger! I would really recommend that one! I loved the main character! And if you decide to read something with a bit of fantasy pivot point by Kasie West is really good! Doesn’t have too much fantasy in it!

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