Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post. Regular topics are back! This week was fun, because it was pretty open-ended. I chose to make a list of book recommendations for people who don’t normally read YA, and I’m excited about it, because YA is my jam. I’ll include a brief explanation of who I think each particular book would be good for. I’m so excited! Here we go!
Top 10 Book Recommendations for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA
- The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. For people who like magic + swooning + kick-ass women. While trying to cross the Shadow Fold, the ship is attacked, and Alina releases powers she didn’t even know she had. This leads to revolution in a world severely divided by class. Read the whole trilogy, the end is banana-pants good.
- The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. For people who like contemporary fiction + meet cutes in rom coms + a growth journey. Macy’s boyfriend dumps her and she befriends the caterers at a party her mother throws, which leads to a summer job that changes everything for her.
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. For people who like Sherlock + gender bending + whodunits. Sherlock Holmes’ descendent Charlotte teams up with John Watson’s descendent Jamie at boarding school.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. For people who like rom coms + heartwarming family stuff + awesome Korean-American rep. Lara Jean gets over crushes by writing them a letter and then dusting off her hands. Except her letters are accidentally mailed, and now she has several guys wondering what they missed.
- Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan. For people who like zombies + retellings + kick-ass women. Alice’s sister comes down with the plague, and Alice must venture into Wanderland to try to find the antidote.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. For people who like sassy women + social issues + contemporary fiction. Starr witnesses her friend being gunned down by a police officer and has to face the racism and injustice head on. This book is based on the Black Lives Matter movement and is becoming a movie starring Amandla Stenberg!
- Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser. For people who like music + rom coms + contemporary fiction. Ivy is trying to get back in touch with her mother by trying to reunite her mom’s favorite band, Chasing Eveline.
- Dreadnought by April Daniels. For people who like superheroes + realistic fantasy + kick-ass women. Danny witnesses Dreadnought’s assassination, which passes the mantle of one of the most famous superheroes onto her. This includes turning her into who she truly is – a trans girl.
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova. For people who like Latinx culture + witches + adventure stories. Before her Death Day ceremony, Alex makes the decision that she doesn’t want to be a bruja after all, and makes her family accidentally disappear. She and her friends Nova and Rishi must go on a journey to Los Lagos to find them.
- How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. For people who like beach community stories + romance + contemporary fiction. Grace’s life isn’t awesome, and she can’t wait to get out of dodge and go to college for piano performance. That is until Eva shows up in town and shows her what love truly feels like.
What do you think of my choices? What would you recommend for people who don’t normally read YA?