I feel like I’ve been really negative toward YA books lately on this space, and that’s not at all a true reflection of my feelings toward the genre in real life. Actually, I’ve never felt more drawn to YA books after the year I had reading new and exciting titles, that really rekindled my love for this genre.
So on a more positive note today (for a change); I thought I’d share a few young adult books that I’ve added to my TBR. Since this list is pretty long I’m not going to share a synopsis of the book, but I’ll leave a link to the Goodreads page.
THE APPLE TART OF HOPE BY SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD
Ever since I saw Malie from Malie Mania share this book on Instagram, saying that it is one of her favourite books, I’ve had it on my TBR. I was so lucky to pick this up as part of a 3 for R99 deal at the Bargain Books Warehouse in October, so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon.
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN
A story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. How beautiful does that sound? I’ve always wanted to read this book after seeing this description all over the show by people who loved this story. I’m not sure why I keep putting it off but I’d really like to fix that asap, especially since it will soon be made into a major motion picture!
HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE BY JENNIFER NIVEN
When Jennifer Niven released her second YA book this year, I became even more desperate to read All the Bright Places. And then after the American elections when everyone was in such an emotional state, Jennifer Niven quoted a passage from her book on Instagram that I found truly stunning. Ever since that post I’ve wanted to pick up this book – her writing is breathtaking!
OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND
When I saw one of my favourite booktubers, Nabilah from nabibliomania, talk about this book in her September wrap up I knew I needed to read it. So I ordered myself a copy online and now I’m patiently waiting for the package to arrive. The plot sounds a bit like Eleanor & Park which is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but it seems interesting enough to get me to add it to my tbr.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON
I read Everything, Everything a few months back and found it to be a rather cute contemporary read. So when I saw Nicola Yoon wrote another book, I immediately added it to my ever growing tbr pile. You may not know this about me, but I love Maths and Science. So any book that has a heroine who is passionate about these subjects will grab my attention, which means The Sun is also a Star gets a big fat “want to read” on my Goodreads Account. It also helps that the cover is gorgeous.
[Goodreads Synopsis]THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES BY MINDY McGINNIS
I first saw this book on @blueeyedbiblio’s Instagram page a few months back, and for some reason I always thought it was an adult contemporary about feminism. Weird, I know. But I kept it on my TBR even though my impression of it was completely off kilter. Now I want to read this book because it sounds like such a thrill and, in case you were wondering, yes it is a young adult book.
LOVE & GELATO BY JENNA EVANS WELCH
This book has been on my TBR ever since I saw its sweet cover floating around on Bookstagram. I wasn’t entirely sure what it was about at first but when I read the synopsis I was more than a little intrigued. Although most of my trusted recommenders gave it a rather low rating… I’m still curious enough to want to read it soon.
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES BY SABAA TAHIR
If I’m not mistaken then this is the first YA Fantasy book on this list, but it has probably been on my TBR for the longest out of all these titles. I think the only reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I really want a physical copy for my book shelf, BUT it is still really expensive in South Africa. Hopefully this will change soon because man, I’m slowly running out of patience.
PHANTOM LIMBS BY PAULA GARNER
Going back to YA Contemporary books, Phantom Limbs has been on my radar for a little while now. I was drawn to the cover, as well as the title; but when I read the synopsis it sounded like something I’d enjoy even though the story line seems a tad over done for my liking. I’m quite surprised that there are not a lot of people who read it yet, judging by the Goodreads page, so maybe it’s one of those really good under-hyped books that will catch me off guard – fingers crossed!
REBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON
I was under the impression that this book is a stand alone, but turns out I was misinformed. Ever since I read The Wrath and the Dawn, I wanted to read more books influenced by the Middle East. Thankfully there are more and more books popping up with this setting – like Rebel of the Sands, which I’ve heard incredible things about. I have the e-book but I really would like to read it in paperback format once I get a copy for my shelf (because I am all for diverse books and feel it makes more of a statement if I have the physical copies on my shelf).
[Goodreads Synopsis]GIRL IN PIECES BY KATHLEEN GLASGOW
I love that the YA genre is focusing on important topics such as mental illness, since it is definitely more prominent (or maybe more people have the courage to talk openly about it) in this day and age. Girl in Pieces, if I’m not mistaken, touches on self harm; a really different take on the books I’ve read in the past that deals with mental health issues. I’m hoping it will be an insightful and realistic take on this difficult subject.
SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN BY JEFF GARVIN
I read Every Day by David Levithan last month and I absolutely loved it. Apart from the writing style, I felt that the subject was truly fascinating, and I only wished that it wasn’t a fantasy book, just so that I could learn more about gender-fluidity. This is where Symptoms of being Human steps in. I’m happy this book exists; and I honestly cannot wait to read it!
THE FORBIDDEN WISH BY JESSICA KHOURY
Fairytale retellings? Yes! A retelling about Aladdin? Yes, PLEASE! I am so excited to get my hands on this book because I am totally ready for more retellings of our favourite childhood bed time stories.
DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? BY RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH
The thing about having diverse books is that it gives everyone a chance to connect with SOMETHING. Also, it gives people outside of the fold a better understanding of things, and hopefully apply this understanding in their daily life when working with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds. I want to read this book because of the first point – I am Muslim, and it has been difficult to find YA books with Muslim main characters, i.e. books that I can relate to on a religious and spiritual level. So the fact that this book has been written fills me with such happiness, that I cannot begin to express right now.
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL BY MEREDITH RUSSO
If I was your Girl is another really important book in the young adult category that I’ve added to my TBR as soon as I heard about it being published. This book is about a girl named Amanda, who is a trans-gender girl, and it is a story that focuses on her fears of being accepted by her peers. I’m really looking forward to reading this one because I feel it is such an essential story, and I’m so happy that it has been told. If there’s one gripe I have with this book, then it would have to be the cover – I am not a fan of people/faces on book covers. Hopefully this will be changed soon, but if not then I’m definitely going to read it either way!
These are some of the young adult books on my TBR right now. I am currently reading The thing about Jelly Fish by Ali Benjamin which also happens to be a young adult book. I’d also like to give the Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa another go, because DRAGONS!!
Do you see any books here that you have on your TBR? Have you read any of these? And please let me know of any YA books that you enjoyed reading recently!