Hello wonderful people! Today I’m coming at you with an all-new original book tag.
This tag is based on Google’s autocomplete suggestions about young adult books.
Your mileage may vary because Google
watches you sleep collects data about your search history, but here are the top 10 search suggestions Google gives me when I start with “ya books for” :
The game is simple: give just one book rec for each suggested search.
Here we go!
1 – YA BOOKS FOR BOYS
Well… first, I would direct you to Shannon Hale’s excellent writing on this subject, like this piece for the Washington Post. Every now and then she goes on a Twitter rant about the way boys are steered away from books with female protagonists and the assumption that stories about boys are universal but stories about girls are just for girls.
That said, if I were to grab a book for a teenage boy looking for some YA, I think I’d go for Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes first. I’m not sure why, but then, the question doesn’t give me much to go on.
2 – YA BOOKS FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Now, this is more like it. Some specificity!
Since this tag is specifically about YA, I’m going to stay away from adult titles like Hidden Figures and Bossypants and Persepolis, which would still be perfect for a strong reader in the YA age range. Instead, I’ll recommend I Am Malala, which has a standard edition as well as a young reader’s edition, covering all my bases.
3 – YA BOOKS FOR ADULTS
Did you mean all YA books?
(For real though, people… I’m a non-teen who still reads YA, for blogging and for fun. It’s great. But make sure you’re keeping room in the community for actual teens.)
I’d have to go with only of my recent favorites, Courtney Summers’ Sadie, which is pratically an adult title anyway, if we’re honest.
4 – YA BOOKS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
I didn’t want to choose The Hate U Give because it seemed too obvious/shallow for the prompt, but dangit, Angie Thomas made history with this book and that deserves recognition even with all the hype the book already gets.
Starr knows her Black history and is ready to make some of her own.
5 – YA BOOKS FOR RELUCTANT READERS
Besides being a fantastic romance, Nicola Yoon’s debut, Everything, Everything, has a great hook that’s perfect for drawing in teens who don’t read much yet. It’s got bite-sized chapters with a little bit of mixed-media (like text conversations) scattered throughout, making it wonderfully breezy and painless.
It’s also delicious and deceptively sharp–you can find my review here.
6 – YA BOOKS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Later on, I’ll have to pick a book for middle schoolers, so for this question, I’m going to offer a book that I think could be read by a middle school class or put in a middle school library.
Most recent YA I’ve read isn’t appropriate for a middle school classroom–many individual middle schoolers could read them, but they’re too difficult (and often too mature) for a whole class to tackle. I’m going to stick with a classic, Louis Sachar’s Holes.
7 – YA BOOKS FOR GAMERS
I’ve read a few books that might be good fits for gamers, but I’m going to skip way ahead to an upcoming release. I think SLAY looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it this year. SLAY is Brittney Morris’ debut and releases this September.
8 – YA BOOKS FOR BOOK CLUB
As long as the book club is okay with longer reads, I’d absolutely recommend The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X.R. Pan’s incredible debut from last year. I loved it.
It’s quiet and lyrical and broke my heart then stitched it back together. You could fill several meetings with discussions of the book’s magic-infused world and themes about family and grief.
9 – YA BOOKS FOR 2019
I… don’t really know what this means, so I’m going to pick my favorite 2019 YA release that I’ve read so far.
That’s probably Nina Moreno’s debut, Don’t Date Rosa Santos, which comes out in May and was completely adorable. I’ll be posting my review later in April.
10 – YA BOOKS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
I loved Sandhya Menon’s From Twinkle, With Love. It’s sweet and simple, and reads very young (almost too young). The characters are abour 16, but you could easily transpose this story into, say, eighth grade with few changes. This would be a good choice for a middle school reader who wants to read up.
Feel free to grab this tag and give it a try–just remember to link back to this post so that I get notified and can read your answers!
- Kristyn @ The Bibliophile Empress
- Alice @ Arctic Books
- Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders
- Melanie @ Mel to the Any
Hope you all enjoy!