Highly Recommended

A listing of some of my most often and highly recommended books. *series books

My Book Obsessions
It seems that each year there is one book that I obsess over that I will tell anyone and everyone to go out and read. It's hard to pick just one favorite, but it's the one (okay, or two) I recommended the most of each year (and continue to do so!)
2016 - YA: SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman | MG: THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown | PB: THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
2015 - YA: ALL-AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely | PB: TO THE SEA by Cale Atkinson
2014 - YA: WINGER by Andrew Smith | MG: BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
2013 - YA: PIVOT POINT by Kasie West | MG: THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu
2012 - MG: THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate | YA: ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer
2011 - THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin*
2010 - NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer*
2009 - THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins*
2008 - 13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
2007 - THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
2006 - UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld*
2005 - SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
2004 - MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers

Best I've Read 2013
Standalones
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black
THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu
SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West
OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys
GHOST HAWK by Susan Cooper
JUMPING OFF SWINGS by Jo Knowles
WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller
MY LIFE AFTER NOW by Jessica Verdi
TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan
OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD by Leslea Newman

Picture Books
Journey by Aaron Becker
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
The Dark by Lemony Snicket
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Mr. Zinger's Hat by Cary Fagan
Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle
A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

Series Starters
BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga
THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau
THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena
THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey
THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston

Continuing Series
PERFECT SCOUNDRELS by Ally Carter (3rd book in HEIST SOCIETY series)
BANG by Lisa McMann (book 2 in Visions series)
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas (book 2 in THRONE OF GLASS series)
ENDLESS by Jessica Shirvington (book 4 in EMBRACE series)
CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry (book 3 in PUSHING THE LIMITS series)
THE RUNAWAY KING by Jennifer A. Nielsen (book 2 in THE FALSE PRINCE series)
SNAKEROOT by Andrea Cremer (book 4 in the NIGHTSHADE series/start of NIGHTSHADE LEGACY series)

Series Finales
CHAMPION by Marie Lu (finale in LEGEND series)
CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare (3rd book in Infernal Devices series)
INFINITYGLASS by Myra McEntire (finale of HOURGLASS series)
JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman (sequel to JUST ONE DAY)

Best I've Read 2012
Best Young Adult Books I Read in 2012
ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith
INSIGNIA by S.J. Kincaid
UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas
EMBRACE/ENTICE by Jessica Shirvington
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
TAKE A BOW by Elizabeth Eulberg
THE WAITING SKY by Lara Zielin
Bonus Graphic Novel: PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge
Bonus older book that I just discovered: HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER by Lish McBride


Early Picks for Best Young Adult Books of 2013
MIND GAMES by Kiersten White
ALTERED by Jennifer Rush
PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
CRASH by Lisa McMann
JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman
WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney

Best Continuing Series Books I Read in 2012
INSURGENT (DIVERGENT #2) by Veronica Roth
RIFT (NIGHTSHADE prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer
THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER (sequel to THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER) by Michelle Hodkin
NECROMANCING THE STONE (Necromancer #2) by Lish McBride
CITY OF LOST SOULS (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
BLOODROSE (Nightshade #3) by Andrea Cremer
TIMEPIECE (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire
HALLOWED (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand
THE RIVALS (sequel to The Mockingbirds) by Daisy Whitney
CLOCKWORK PRINCE (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Early Picks for Best Continuing Series Books of 2013
UNRAVEL ME (SHATTER ME #2) by Tahereh Mafi
PRODIGY (LEGEND #2) by Marie Lu
SCARLET (CINDER #2) by Marissa Meyer
THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT (UNDER THE NEVER SKY #2) by Veronica Rossi

Best Middle Grades Books I Read in 2012
WONDER by R.J. Palacio
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES by Shannon Messenger
ONE FOR THE MURPHYS by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE by Lisa McMann
EYE OF THE STORM by Kate Messner
CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner
AUDITION & SUBTRACTION by Amy Dominy Fellner
SHOOTING STARS by Allison Rushby
GOLD MEDAL SUMMER by Donna Freitas
  
Best Picture Books I Read in 2012
EACH KINDNESS by Jacqueline Woodson
THE CLOUD SPINNER by Michael Catchpool
THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen (follow-up to I WANT MY HAT BACK)
A FLOWER IN THE SNOW by Tracey Corderoy
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE by William Joyce
TOO TALL HOUSES by Gianna Marino
UNSPOKEN: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole (wordless)
SKY COLOR by Peter H. Reynolds
THE MONSTERS' MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell
HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell
Bonus (older book I just discovered this year) WE ARE IN A BOOK by Mo Willems

Best I've Read 2011
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin* (psychological thriller with a paranormal twist & debut)
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor* (urban fantasy & paranormal romance)
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth* (dystopian & debut)
SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi* (dystopian & debut)
RIVAL by Sara Bennett Wealer (contemp & debut)
FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John (contemp)
SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi (dystopian)
LEGEND by Marie Lu* (dystopian & debut)
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire* (sci-fi, time-travel, suspense-mystery, romance & debut)
WHERE SHE WENT (sequel to IF I STAY) by Gayle Forman* (contemp)
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins (contemporary romance)
DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver* (dystopian, romance)
BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray (contemporary, satire, adventure-survival)
FORGOTTEN by Cat Patrick (contemporary romance, mystery, supernatural)
FOREVER* & THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (I couldn't possibly choose one Maggie book over the other) (fantasy, supernatural, mythology, romance)

Best Middle Grades Books I've Read 2011
THE UNWANTEDS by Lisa McMann* (dystopian, fantasy)
BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu (fantasy, fairy tales, friendship)
THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stephens* (fantasy, science-fiction & debut)
THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger* (contemp, humor & debut)
THE FOURTH STALL by Chris Rylander* (contemp, humor, mystery & debut)

Best Authors with Multiple Books I've Read 2011
(I would buy and read any books these authors write in the future)
Elizabeth Eulberg
Kiersten White
Daisy Whitney
Andrea Cremer
Maggie Steifvater
Stephanie Perkins
Lauren Oliver
Lisa McMann
Cassandra Clare
Rick Riordan

Best I've Read 2010
NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer*
THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney
THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan*
MATCHED by Ally Condie*
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins*
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter*
LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater*
DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR by Steve Kluger
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassandra Clare*
PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles*
BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver 
Honorable Mentions
NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL by Siobhan Vivian
THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Elizabeth Eulberg
LEAVING PARADISE and RETURN TO PARADISE by Simone Elkeles
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

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