5 Popular YA books that I haven’t read yet

Popular YA books that I haven’t read yet


Have you read any of these books? Which should I read first?

How many books have you picked up because of seeing a picture of it on Instagram, spotting a tweet on Twitter or seeing it in the window of a bookshop?

How many have you picked up because of personal recommendations and how many thanks to social media hype?

Are there any popular books that you haven’t read yet?

I lived overseas for a decade, so missed out on loads of books being released, especially as many international bookshops didn’t really stock YA books and would go for classics over new releases.

Since joining the book blogging and bookish Twitter world, I have picked up lots of books due to recommendations or ‘hype’ but I still have lots to catch up with.

Here are a few popular YA books that I have yet to read – which should I read first?


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

I somehow seem to have missed all of the drama and hype surrounding this book, but was reminded of it recently when I saw the TV show appear on Netflix. I am yet to read this, or to see the TV show …should I? Or is this one I should give a miss?

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

Based on the summary, this sounds like a book that I would love and I am aware that there is a new book (final book?) out recently, though I have tried to avoid hearing too much about it in case it spoils the earlier books. Is this series worth reading?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

I don’t really know how I have managed not to read this, as it is so popular! There’s even a movie! I will have to give this a go at some point soon!

Graceling by Kristin Cahore

In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are both feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing.

Feared by the court and shunned by those her own age, the darkness of her Grace casts a heavy shadow over Katsa’s life.

This sounds like an intriguing fantasy, my favourite genre of books, so I really need to get reading this soon. My sister even gave me a copy, accompanied by her recommendation so I am hoping to enjoy it!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Why haven’t I read this yet? The summary sounds awesome! I have a soft spot for dystopian books so am hoping to enjoy this.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Which of these books should I read first?

Are there any that really do or really don’t live up to the hype surrounding them?

Are there any popular books that you haven’t read yet?

This post was inspired by Karis @KarisBooks‘ mini series about books she has yet to read and by the fact that there are certain books that pretty much everyone in the blogosphere has read and use as cultural ‘touchstones’ in the same way as publishers talk about books being ‘the next Hunger Games’ etc. I am terrible at remembering release dates, due to the fact that I was overseas for so long, so I have just chosen 5 popular books that I feel like I should have read by now…

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of Summer Bird Blue, Ayesha at Last, The Burning, Ascension, The Antidote, Witch for a Week, The Twisted Tree or The Gilded Wolves?

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. I haven’t read any of these as well, but I am most interested in Graceling, especially since a friend who I trust also recommended it 🙂

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    1. My sister usually gives me good recommendations so I tend to trust them, apart from when she recommends horror books which she loves and give me nightmares…Hope you enjoy Graceling if/ when you read it!

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  2. bella says:

    I read The Fault in Our Stars a couple years ago and I can’t remember it at all. Which probably says a lot! Personally, I think it was over hyped and I never watched the film because the story just wasn’t that gripping. If you like romances I think you’d probably enjoy it, it just wasn’t for me. The whole story turned into a meme pretty quickly, same with The Thirteen Reasons Why. The TV show was not good, but the book may be better. They just weren’t my cup of tea but you might love them! As for the Red Queen, I’ve seen this book everywhere since I’ve started blogging and can’t wait to read it! I’m trying not to build up my expectations too much in case it’s over-hyped but the description is so intriguing and I can’t hide my excitement for reading it!

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    1. I try to avoid reading too much about hyped books as I often find that the hype can get your expectations up too high! In some cases it can work the opposite way too – for example, I loved Renegades by Marissa Meyer, partly because I had seen tonnes of reviewers being disappointed so I went in with very low expectations, then enjoyed it a lot! I’ve read Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, which gave me some feel for his writing style and made me feel like I might not be a massive fan…yet, The Fault in Our Stars is almost a seminal YA book so I feel like I should read it at some point! I don’t tend to watch a lot of TV so will probably not watch the TV series for 13 Reasons Why, but I will probably read the book at one point just to see what all the fuss is about!

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      1. bella says:

        Yeah, that’s very, very true! I like John Green mostly I think it was just because my expectations were so high! Definitely do! I don’t think anyone should be put off by other people’s opinions, you might love it 🙂

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      2. I will give it a go! Just need to find where my copy is as we’ve recently moved house, lol

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  3. Great post! I’ve read Graceling and Red queen and was a touch disappointed with both. Could definitely see the appeal and both were well written, but I just didn’t click with the characters. It’s always a bummer when I well recommended book just doesn’t work for you. But you might find you love them!

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    1. I do have a soft spot for fantasy and dystopia so am likely to enjoy them…just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet! I will let you know what I think when I eventually do read them!

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  4. I haven’t read Red Queen either, but I want to do it I feel that the plot sounds very interesting 😊

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    1. The plot sounds interesting and loads of people love the series so I figure that they must be worth reading!

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  5. Savannah says:

    Fun post! I really liked Thirteen Reasons Why but it’s one of those books that you will either love or hate. Personally, I had watched the show first and wasn’t a fan but then I read the book and loved it. It’s a book that’s a lot better if you can connect with it but I really recommend it!

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    1. I will probably give it a go at some point just because it is so popular, but I do tend to enjoy fantasy books more than contemporary! I could probably do a series of these posts as I have not read so many popular books! How about you?

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      1. Savannah says:

        I’m the same way, I don’t really keep up with new books often. College makes you get behind on some book trends! I also usually like fantasy books and I love historical fiction. That’s why I was iffy on reading the book at first. So I completely get you!

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      2. There are hundreds thousands?) of books published every year so it’s impossible to ‘keep up’ but I always worry that I will miss out on reading a book that I will love!

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      3. Savannah says:

        Unfortuntely so many good books get passed up at times. I mean, we eventually get to them, but like? I wish I could read more new releases than I do. It’s all about choosing the most interesting ones I guess!

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      4. I used to just choose books by browsing in my library and nearby bookshops, so even if I missed something I wouldn’t know about it! Since I started blogging I have become much aware of what is out there, which is great in one way because I read a much wider range of books, but also stresses me out a little when I see how many books there are that I may never read!

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  6. Of these books, I’ve only read TFIOS but I am also curious about Graceling, which is one of my sister’s favourite books. I would vote for starting with that!


  7. erin says:

    Read “Red Queen”! It is for sure one of my favourite books!

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    1. I have it on my shelf so I have no excuse not to read it!

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