There are so many great YA books, sometimes it's hard to know what you should read next. Maybe you enjoyed one book and now you want something just like it, maybe you want to try a new genre but you don't know where to start, or maybe you're just an avid reader and you need a big lineup of YA books to devour. No matter what kind of reader you are, we're here to help you find the perfect book!
Check out these resources (some created by our very own teen librarians!) and meet your book match.
What Should I Read Next?: A YA book list blog
Teen librarians Rachel and Donna created this blog so patrons can browse our YA recommendation lists even when they're not in the building. The lists are organized by genre and we're always publishing new ones!
Book Match: Custom book recommendations
This is another Donna/Rachel creation! Fill out and submit the linked form and we'll email you a custom book recommendation list. Your reading preferences are unique and we want to make sure you get exactly what you love.
The Epic Reads website is "a strong and mighty community of book nerds, authors, librarians, book bloggers, bookstagrammers and book tubers around the world." And they believe in:
- While we are part of the HarperCollins family, we believe in talking about and getting excited for ALL of the YA books!
- One day reading all of the books on our “to be read” shelf.
- Sniffing books
- Embracing The Feels and ugly crying
- Celebrating all the things that make us book nerdy
- *book shimmying*
- Spreading the love for books you may not have heard of but definitely need to read
Reading. It doesn’t matter what you read, we just want everyone to read!
I love this website, but I specifically LOVE love their quizzes. Below you'll find ten of my favorite book recommendation quizzes by Epic Reads:
- What to Read According to the Quarantine Trends You’ve Fallen Into
- Build a Modcloth Outfit and We’ll Tell You Which Book You Should Read
- Your Favorite Feminist Quote Will Tell You Which Feminist YA Book You Need to Read
- What to Read Based on Your Favorite Video Game
- Pick Some Dark Things and We’ll Reveal Which Dark, Twisted Read You’ll Revel In
- Cast a Generic YA Movie & We’ll Reveal the Book of Your Heart
- Bake a Batch of Cookies and We’ll Try to Guess the Sweetest Book on Your Shelf
- We Know Which New Series You Need to Start Based on Your Favorite Finale of 2019
- Throw the Perfect Party and We’ll Throw a Book Rec Your Way
- Build Your Own Haunted House and We’ll Scare You Up the Perfect Book Rec
Read Harder Challenge 2020
This is the perfect challenge for someone who wants to diversify their reading list, but doesn't know how.
"Read Harder has 24 tasks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books. With new genres, new authors, and new points of view, the challenge will (hopefully) help you discover amazing books you wouldn’t have otherwise picked up."
You can download your own copy of the editable task list PDF here: Read Harder Challenge tasks
You can join their Read Harder Challenge Goodreads group here: Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge
What I love about their Read Harder Challenge homepage is that each task is linked to a "best of" page that lists a bunch of incredible reading recommendations. For instance, the first task is "Read a YA nonfiction book" and it links to this page or recommendations.
Reading & Reviewing Diverse YA Books
"Rich in Color is dedicated to reading, reviewing, talking about, and otherwise promoting young adult books (fiction and non-fiction) starring or written by BIPOC." (BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
Because nonwhite authors and characters aren't often elevated in mainstream publishing, we need to be really intentional about seeking those voices out and diversifying what we read. If you're someone who likes reading reviews before you decide on what you want to read next, this is a great website for you. New books are always on the front page of the site and reviews even include the book's page number.
If you're looking for something specific, you can search books by category and you can even browse books by their release dates on the site's calendar.