Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week’s topic is Top Ten for every X to read. I went with Young Reader(9-12) who wants to read YA.
10. Harry Potter – JK Rowling. Harry Potter is usually shelved with Middle Grade/Young Readers but with how the series grows darker and the books gets longer, I feel it’s a good starting point.
9. The Outsiders – SE Hinton. This one may be older but so many schools still do it in the curriculum and it’s a book that’s stayed with me since I read it so many years ago. It has a coming-of-age arc and turf wars and a great family bond.
8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. Lara Jean is sixteen but she felt younger to me through the book. She was very naive and innocent and going through a lot of relatable problems.
7. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson. This one was actually my least favourite of hers(but I still really liked it) but it’s usually my go-to recommend for kids looking for fun contemporary that still has some drama.
6. The Orphan Queen/The Mirror King – Jodi Meadows. I like this duology for kids wanting to get into teen fantasy. It has world-building, character growth, and everything a longer series would have all within two books.
5. Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson. This one I’m usually a little leery of recommending since I haven’t finished the series and I can’t guarantee anything about future violence or how graphic things get but the first book is still a great option, especially for superhero fans.
4. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas. I like this one for anyone looking for a light, quick read that has a lot of humour but is still filled with heart and friendships.
3. Get Even – Gretchen McNeil. This is a go-to when they say they love the show Pretty Little Liars, even before pointing out the books series. The duology is a lot less intimidating than the long series and it has the same feel of PLL.
2. Between the Notes – Sharon Huss Roat. I like this one for how relatable it is, whether it’s keeping a secret from friends, having to move houses, falling in love, being confused by love.
1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares. Again, an older series but one that I think will always be relatable and the feel of this book is present in so many others.