Top Ten Books of X Genre

          I have decided to interpret this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (which is a meme sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish) as my top book from each YA genre rather than from my favorite genre.  Because I couldn’t pick a favorite genre. I am also just doing YA books because widening it to all books ever was overwhelming.

Middle Grade

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

          This book.  This is a a gentle realist story of a 12 year old girl who is being put into foster care for the first time.  A simple story about the way that we are influenced by the people that touch our lives.




What Can’t Wait by Ashley Hope Perez

          I just wrote an review of this but I think that it deserves its place here.  It is one of the most realistic depiction of life that I have read recently but it didn’t focus on an “issue” which is why I chose it over the also excellent All American Boys.  I don’t think that I have ever been pulling for a main character the way that I am still pulling for Marisa. 


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

          This book ticked all the boxes.  Funny, touching, likeable and relatable main character, and a love interest that is worth her time.  I love Sam and Jace together.  They make one another happy and treat each other well and yet are realistically drawn characters.  This is a surprisingly difficult combination to find.


Simon Vs.the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli


A happy book about with a gay main character.  Shocking, I know.  High school isn’t a place of torment for Simon and he is able to brush off most of the unpleasant actions.   Aside from the book being great in and of itself (Simon is adorable beyond all reason) I appreciated the message that being LGBTQ does not necessarily lead to a life of strife and that you should expect to be treated like a human being even while in high school.  Also, SO. MUCH. CUTE.Historical

Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I couldn’t choose.  I don’t even care that I am cheating. *Terrible feelings of guilt.  These books are sob fest and the sobbing is made all the worse by the fact that they are plausible and realistic representation of things that real people have gone through.  They were meticulously researched, action packed, and fully of heart.  They will also rip your heart out.  If the words, “I have told the truth” don’t choke you up after reading this book then you are a much less weepy person than I.


A Ember in the Ashes cover

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I know that I just talked about this book last week but it was just THAT GOOD.  I know that there is a lot to choose from in the YA but this is the one that I actually enjoyed reading the most.  It has a love triangle.  No, a love quadrilateral.  And I still loved it.  That, my friends, says it all. 

Science Fiction/Dystopian 

Otherwise known as “The Future is Bleak.”  Seriously, is any vision of the future with the possible exception of Star Trek show a future that isn’t horrifying?

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I chose this one because although I enjoyed other books in this genre more this is the one that managed to latch onto my personal internal insecurities and then exploit them so that I end up having nightmare that world ends up like the one portrayed in this book.  I haven’t read the other books because I can’t bring myself to revisit that world. 



Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

A steampunk alternate history story where the British win the revolutionary war.  It is both better and weirder than you would think.



If I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I gave this novel as a gift to a sixteen-year old student of mine once as a reminder that our choices matter.  It is the kind of book that you think about on and off for months after you read it.



The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I am not sure what the hell was going on for most of this book but it definitely creeped me out.  Just the concept of thoughts not being private is enough to give me shivers.

 Et voile.  There are some books that I love more than reason that are not on this list simply because I wan't quite able to figure out what genre to put them in.