Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To A Non-Young Adult Reader

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish to highlight a top ten list related to book blogging, and all things cool.

This week's topic is really interesting as we had free reign over the course we wanted the topic to take. I've been in quite a bit of a YA book-reading frenzy the past few years so I think it's time I recommend some of my favourites to friends who have not delved into this wonderful genre. YA can be combined with so many different genres like dystopian (one of my favourites), romance, mythology, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. It truly is endless.

The Selection by Kiera Cass - This series is like crack, but one that's plain good for you! I can't get enough of it and I've read it a couple of times. It's like The Bachelor except the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a Prince! Lots of catty fights entail but also stories of secret romances, ballgowns, and royal dates with some mild dystopian themes thrown in for suspense.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - One of my current go-to series when I need a pick-me-up. It combines the best of fantasy, romance, adventure, and folklore. . Think Alice in Wonderland meets A Midsummer Night's Dream meets modern-day technology. There's a knight in shining armour, a court jester, and a cat! Need I say more?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - More than just the average high school romance, but also one surrounded by the City of Lights and all its splendour. A lovely story I can't wait to continue in Book #3.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano - The summary is too cool not to read this book. What if you knew you had 4 years left to live? It wasn't what Rhine thought that's for sure. Life takes a very different turn, down a darker, dystopian path.

Across the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - Okay, I have yet to read book two, as I just bought it. But I know I'll love it so I'm putting book three on this list! It's only coming out in GAH February so I have a couple of months to read book two! But I love this series and the pairings in it so I am expecting good things!

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund - This book is unlike anything I've ever read before, from the writing style to the story itself. Post-apocalyptic life in the country-side may seem slow and boring, until some futuristic visitors arrive and someone familiar is more than he seems!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis - A wonderful futuristic sci-fi story filled with mystery and just enough romance. Partially similar to Wall-E in its realistic future if mankind doesn't save Mother Earth in time. So who's killing all the people on board the spaceship? Read it to find out!

Divergent by Veronica Roth - One of the must-read YA dystopians around. Such great world-building with cool characters. It makes you really think about yourself, what would you have done? 

 The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter - I'm all for Greek mythology, especially when it is unconventional and has some romantic themes going on. The Gods and Goddesses are unlike what you've seen or read in other books or movies. The good guys aren't who you think they are. Perfect for someone who doesn't take mythology too seriously.


Every Day by David Levithan - This is a book I'd actually recommend to people no matter their age, race, religion, or gender. It covers all of the sensitive topics humans have faced since time began. 

Have you read and enjoyed any of these? Most of the above are the first books of the series, others companion books, and one stand-alone. I hope you've discovered something here to your liking if you haven't discovered YA books before. Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Some great choices! I need to add some of these books to my TBR list.

    1. Please do! I thoroughly enjoyed every single one for different reasons! Hope you will find a few new favourites from my list!

  2. Great list! I agree with Iron King and Divergent! :D


    1. Yup! Some of my favourites right there. I am so happy I discovered the Iron Fey series even though I have not finished it yet.

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    1. Me too! I am counting the days till Isla comes out. And it couldn't be any sooner really.

  4. Great list, I love Anna with all my heart! Divergent is a must and so is Under The Never Sky.
    My TTT

    Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

    1. High five to all 3! What awesome series they are. I can't wait for more!

  5. I love your list! I read a ton of YA myself, and I would (and do) recommend a lot of these as well. Check out our list all about books to recommend to dudes-


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