What to read

Some of Our Favorite Young Adult Books

In my post last week, I shared some of our favorite books for middle school age readers.  This week I am going to share some of our favorite books for upper middle school readers and beyond, otherwise known as YA or young adult.  This is probably the fastest growing category in the book industry today because it is appropriate for so many age levels.

Before I understood what YA meant in the literary world, I thought it meant “young adult” like 17-21 yr olds….ummmm no.  My daughter informs me that “young adult” is meant for ages 12 and up.  It also should be noted that while these books are generally appropriate for most readers, some may contain violence and some romantic events(nothing too detailed).

**Fellow moms, why not try some of these books for yourself??  They are very entertaining and give you a great start at conversing with your teen (we all know its hard to get teens to talk about anything!)

**I have read many of these books, so I will note the ones I actually read and liked.

The Selection series by Kiera Cass (Loved it! Its like the Bachelor meets the Hunger Games)

Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia (Loved it!)

Matched series by Ally Condie

Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy by Jessica Day George (My daughter loved this series and requested it for Christmas)

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (Loved it! A great sci-fi twist to beloved fairy tale stories)

Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (Loved it!)

Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Loved it! Full of action)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Loved it! Great movie also)

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Loved it! Rick Riordan is always a family favorite)

Maze Runner by James Dashner

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Loved it! Very well-written and makes you think)

The Siren by Kiera Cass (Cute story)

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Cool backstory to how the Red Queen became who she was)

**These books were all recommended by my 13 year old daughter, Emma.  She has read all of these books and loved them, she hopes you might too!

Did she leave any great YA book off of this list?? What have you been reading lately?





What to read

Some of Our Favorite Middle School Books

We love to read in our house….like a lot.  We actually have three huge bookshelves full of books that we love to read again and again and sometimes again.  One of the most common problems that readers face is what to read next, so I thought I would share some of our favorite book series that are appropriate for middle school children first. (I will admit that I have read a few of these series and really liked them)

Current Fiction

Warriors series by Erin Hunter

Seekers series by Erin Hunter

Goddess Girls series by Suzanne Williams (Intended for a younger middle school reader, but my daughter who is 13, still loves to reread them on occasion)

Wereworld series by Curtis Jobling

The Mother Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick (This was a series that both my daughter and I both loved…..in fact, I have read it twice!)

Shark Wars series by EJ Altbacker

The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin (This is a series that I loved from when I was in middle school and I was so thrilled when my daughter loved it too! If you somehow made it through your childhood without reading this series, I feel so sorry for you!! Go read this series. Yes, it is still an adorable series for adults too.  I have to admit that I periodically reread this series and love it each time.)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Both my daughter and I loved this book.  In fact, I read it first and then made my daughter read it.  Its a really great story and very well written)

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (Just in case someone has not read this amazing series….Read it!)

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley (My daughter loved this series and read it multiple times.  I also have read the first few books in this series and it is a really cute take on fairy tale creatures living in the modern world)

Pennyroyal Academy series by MA Larson

Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler (This is a really cute mermaid story.  My 13 year old says she thinks it would be better recommended for 4th-6th grade readers but it is still enjoyable for older children as well.)

The Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (I have read this series and really liked it as well)

Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (This is a great series! Full of mythology and lots of action. I have reread this series numerous times and love it again and again)

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson (I love this book, it is so fun to read)

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Really cute book and a great movie as well)


Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery (Loved it when I was little and still love it today.)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (My daughter was in a stage reproduction of this timeless book last year and she fell in love with it as well)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter (An oldie but goodie)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I have loved this series for over 25 years and still reread it at least once a year)

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I hope that this list will help you to get out of your reading rut or maybe even be a list you can share with your child who hasn’t fell in love with reading yet.  I can guarantee that if you are raising a reluctant reader that one of these amazing books will surely peak their interest and jump start a lifelong love of reading. Enjoy!

If you think I have left off a great book that a middle schooler might enjoy, please leave it in the comments below.  We always are looking out for a new series to read!