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Great YA Books You Need to Read

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am once again a round one judge for the Cybils Awards this year!! This time around, I am reading YA fiction. Last year, I read non-fiction (across age groups) and learned so much. One of the wonderful things about being a round one judge is discovering and reading books I normally would not have read by myself. This certainly broadens my horizons, and I love that part of being a judge. This year is no different and I want to share this list of great YA books you need to read.

That being said, I have to admit I am still only 1/10th of the way through the list but hope to get a couple of weekend readathons to speed it up 🙂 However, I can still say that these promise to be great reads, because, well, they have been nominated for this wonderful award!!

The Great YA Books List…

So as for the book list itself, here it is… If you want to download it, you can do so here. And do check out other Cybils 2021 nomination lists (For other categories, I mean) over at the Cybils website directly

A Better Bad Idea
Devore, Laurie
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
Namey, Laura Taylor
A Lesson in Vengeance
Lee, Victoria
A Pho Love Story
Le, Loan
Ace of Spades
Àbíké-Íyímídé, Faridah
American Betiya
Rajurkar, Anuradha D.
Angel of Greenwood
Pink, Randi
Between Perfect and Real
Stoeve, Ray
Beyond the Mapped Stars
Eves, Rosalyn
Cameron, Sharon
Brown Boy Nowhere
Sheeryl Lim
Can’t Take That Away
Steven Salvatore
Concrete Rose
Thomas, Angie
Counting Down with You
Bhuiyan, Tashie
Dangerous Play
Kress, Emma
Ancrum, K.
Don’t Hate the Player
Alexis Nedd
Drawn That Way
Sussman, Elissa, illustrated by Jovellanos, Arielle
Eyes of the Forest
Henry, April
Vickers, E. B.
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
Maldonado, Crystal
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun: A Novel
Garza Villa, Jonny
Firekeeper’s Daughter
Boulley, Angeline
Wood, Margot
Gerald Ribbon and the Bird in his Brain
Maxwell Bauman
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating
Jaigirdar, Adiba
Hello (From Here)
Baker, Chandler and King, Wesley
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe
Gilliland, Raquel Vasquez
In the Same Boat
Green, Holly
In the Wild Light
Zentner, Jeff
Aleman, Daniel
It Goes Like This
Moreland, Miel
Just Ash
Sol Santana
Kate in Waiting
Albertalli, Becky
Kisses and Croissants
Jouhanneau, Anne-Sophie
Buford, Candace
Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Lo, Malinda
Like Home
Onome, Louisa
List of Ten
Gomez, Halli
Love & Olives
Welch, Jenna Evans
Love is a Revolution
Renée Watson
Made in Korea
Suk, Sarah
Malcolm and Me: A Novel
Farmer, Robin
Meet Cute Diary
Lee, Emery
Never Saw You Coming: A Novel
Hahn, Erin
Not My Problem
Smyth, Ciara
Not Our Summer
Bazay, Casie
Off the Record
Garrett, Camryn
Once Upon a Quinceañera
Gomez-Hira, Monica
One Great Lie
Caletti, Deb
One of the Good Ones
Moulite, Maika and Moulite, Maritza
Perfect Place to Die, The
Bryce Moore
Playing with Fire
Henry, April
Pride and Premeditation
Price, Tirzah
Raven Creek
Therese Pautz
Rent a Boyfriend
Chao, Gloria
Rise to the Sun
Johnson, Leah
She’s Too Pretty to Burn
Heard, Wendy
Tate, Meredith
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
Kemp, Laekan Zea
That Weekend
Thomas, Kara
The F Words
Barbara Gregorich
The Forest of Stolen Girls
Hur, June
The Girls I’ve Been
Sharpe, Tess
The Hollow Inside
Davis, Brooke Lauren
The Ivies
Donne, Alexa
The Jasmine Project
Ireland, Meredith
The Lucky List
Lippincott, Rachael
The Mystery of the Lost Will
Jack Yerby
The Night When No One Had Sex
Miller, Kalena
The Number on My Father’s Arm / El número en el brazo de papá (English and Spanish Edition)
Rodolfo Alvarado
The Obsession
Sutanto, Jesse Q.
The Problem with the Other Side
Ivery, Kwame
The Project: A Novel
Summers, Courtney
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling
Chim, Wai
Tokyo Ever After: A Novel (Tokyo Ever After, 1)
Jean, Emiko
When the World Was Ours
Kessler, Liz
When We Were Strangers
Richards, Alex
Why We Fly
Jones, Kimberly and Segal, Gilly
Words Composed of Sea and Sky
George, Erica
Oh, Axie
Choi, Mary H. K.
Zero O’Clock
C.J. Farley

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, what is your favorite genre of books? If you do read YA, which is your favorite one of all time, and for this year? Have you read any of the books in this list? Do let me know your thoughts on them.

7 thoughts on “Great YA Books You Need to Read

  1. Have you read all these books? The list is long and comprehensive. I don’t read YA often unless someone recomments a title specifically. I have several favorite genre, literary fiction is probably my favorite along with memoir and poetry. I also enjoy “easily consumable cozy romance” as a quick read for entertainment and self-care. I also started to listen to cozy mysteries (and I like the ones that take place in bookstores LOL) because my friend narrates audiobooks. 🙂

  2. That’s a long list! I confess. I haven’t read YA since I was one. But I do enjoy light romance novels. I had a goal to read a Harry Potter but haven’t started one yet. I do have J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults – The Casual Vacancy. I better start it soon before it’s overdue. It’s a library copy.

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