Jul 192011

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about the books you believe should be required reading for teens. YA literature is sooo much more robust than when I was an actual young adult, making it much easier for teens to have access to books they can legit relate to. Here are my top ten in no particular order…

1) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Especially important for young girls, this book deals with a topic that is “taboo” to discuss but brings to light the emotional turmoil one goes through after being raped.

2) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
A heartbreaking story that not only young adults, but any age group should have on their mus-read list.

This series should seriously be read by anyone – young adults, children, 80-year-olds, you name it. All age groups can relate to the themes in these books and enjoy the spectacular ride they take you on.

4) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Not only is this book highly entertaining, but it also covers so many themes and topics that it’s hard not to learn something while reading.

5) Everything ever written by Sarah Dessen
I honestly can’t say enough good things about Sarah Dessen’s books. They are the perfect reads for young adults and a great starting point for hesitant readers.

6) Anything by Ellen Hopkins
Ellen Hopkins’ books are definitely not for the faint of heart, but they all tackle the difficult issues that are usually either swept under the rug or not talked about because of their sensitive nature.

7) If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman
These books are the perfect examples of how difficult but rewarding relationships can be and what we sometimes (unfortunately) do to the ones we love the most.
8) Anything by Elizabeth Scott
E. Scott’s fun but touching books are perfect for those looking for a unique take on young adult fiction.

9) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
A wonderful example of how love can conquer all.

10) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This book is the perfect example of why you should think before you speak. You never know how your words truly affect someone, and this is a perfect book for young adults who are learning how to filter during middle/high school and college.

  13 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays (8)”

  1. Amazing list of books! Not only should teens read these, everyone should!

  2. Yes, yes, yes to Harry Potter! I wonder if some schools have adopted it as part of their curriculum yet?

  3. I’m seeing a lot of HP on people’s lists and it reminds me of the parents who forbid their children to read it because it deals with “magic” – there is so many things wrong with that statement!!! Love your list TQ. Sarah Dessen is such a great choice for teen girls.

  4. I completely agree about Elizabeth Scott. She’s usually forgotten behind Sarah Dessen and John Green but her novels are equally as literary and heartbreaking. Grace would be an awesome companion book to any dystopia book like The Giver.

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  5. I completely agree well apart from Shiver. But great picks! :)

  6. Love your list & glad to see Between Shades of Gray on your list as it’s a sad part of history that should not be forgotten & such a great read!

  7. I was introduced to Harry Potter in a college course and love Shiver and The Hunger Games.

  8. Definitely agree on the first three. Think those will stand up over time. Dawn @Read Love

  9. Great list, I recently read Shiver and loved it!!!

  10. Nice list! Remind me to borrow Between Shades of Grey sometimes :)

  11. Love your list! We picked some of the same books :o )

    Mickey @ imabookshark.blogspot.com

  12. I really liked Between Shades of Grey because I thought it was a different perspective on the Holocaust.

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  13. Definitely agree with a lot of your choices here! I’d also throw in Catcher in the Rye here. Yeah, I know the word “classic” scares a lot of people off, but to me, it really represents the voice of someone stuck between being the child they were versus the adult everyone thinks they should be. Then that, coupled with the MC unable to deal with his grief or move on from it, really makes the voice authentic and gripping.


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