Ten + Four Great YA Books I've Read This Year (Because how do I cut four books from this list?)
Part 3 of my Blogoversary Week Posts
These are the YA books I gave five stars to during my first year of blogging, arranged alphabetically. Please note these are not necessarily books RELEASED in this time period, just books I happened to read for the first time during the past twelve months.
- Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Peña
- Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
- Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown
- Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Simon is being all weird and won't participate in the collage. See, I still have more to learn!
- How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
- I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
- Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman
And no, I cannot pick a favorite from that list. Made You Up has my favorite cover, for what that's worth.
After writing about diversity in books earlier this week, I notice that I have only three books by non-white authors on this list. On a more satisfying note, I also notice that six books feature major characters who are not white, five books feature mental or physical differences, and one has GLBQT themes.