Help Me Choose What YA I Should Read! (Part 1)

One of my classes this semester is Young Adult Literature – yay! Except… I have to read 1-2 books per week from a specific list (that also changes each week) on top of the regular course readings, coursework, my other class, and my job… so I’m a little overwhelmed. Some of the stuff I’ve read before, but we can’t pick those (or at least some of the weeks say we can’t.. I’m curious if that means sometimes I can reference something I’ve already read before – who knows.) So I want to know what you guys think. I don’t know all these books and I want my fellow YA readers and bloggers to help me out. Do you think you’re up for it?

Basically, I have 16 weeks of assignments (although week one we don’t start on the books), so I figured I’d do this in three parts. Help me out with weeks 2-5 and tell me which of these books I need to read each week!

Week 2

We have to read: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, plus one of the following…

  • Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
  • The Tower Treasure by Franklin Dixon
  • The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  • Hot Rod by Henry Felsen
  • Red Planet by Robert Heinlein
  • Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Week 3

  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  • Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
  • A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming
  • Malagash by Joey Comeau
  • Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
  • She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
  • Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
  • An Unkindness of Magicians by
  • Kat Howard

Week 4

This one I can’t have read before – so it’s between Unwind and The Diviners.

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Week 5

I have to pick one NF and one F. Non-Fiction:

  • The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
  • The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
  • Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown


  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’dell
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Are any of the books on this list favourites of yours? Which ones do I need to pick each week? Let me know in the comments!

23 responses to “Help Me Choose What YA I Should Read! (Part 1)”

  1. I’m having flashbacks to my own Young Adult literature class. We had a similar set up. Every week we had to read one book and write a short essay, and then we had three extra (longer) assignments. Like, that’s *heavy* even if you love books.

    I lucked out tho, and found out who the professor was before winter break. One of my friends emailed the prof, and got the reading list ahead of time, and shared it with us. So I finished the books over the break. Lesson of the story: 1) The list should be made available without anyone even having to ask ahead of the semester and 2) I was one of about 5 students in a 60 student class to actually read the books.

    ALL THAT being said, I don’t know any of the titles on your list! 😦 But I did find some great books through my class. I’m hoping the same for yoU!!!

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    • Everyone keeps saying that about the list! I’m hoping weeks 7-16 give people more opportunity to recommend books. My professor hasn’t even said what she expects out of the essays, so I’m like… can I just write my regular review or..? That would be less stressful. Honestly, I’m looking forward to it but I’m just a little stressed that I plain old won’t have enough time to read the 1-2 books each week. I typically only get to audiobook stuff during my commute, the rest of my free time goes to actual class reading, essays, and projects – but I’ve checked and some weeks there are no audiobooks available of the books on the list from my libraries’ ezone, so I’ll have to try to find a physical copy.

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      • Is your prof taking recommendations?? That would be good of her. And um,, how has she not explained what she wants from the essay yet? I hate when profs are closed lipped about assignment expectations until the last minute. I actually had one prof give instructions for a 2000 word essay the week before. Like…. what do they honestly expect from us? D’: YES, like the time to not only read but *critically* read in addition to all classwork. And more profs need to consider availability of books that they put on their syllabus.

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      • She literally tells me oh nothing special and then the week starts and it’s a whole paragraph.. like questions and why is it relevant and what books would you recommend and what age would it be appropriate for or not appropriate for. I’m still going to try to get ahead of the readings though, write my proper reviews and then add a little bit to hit her questions (which I what I did this week.)

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  2. You’re syllabus has the option of reading The Lunar Chronicles???? *shocked face*
    I honestly would have lied and said I have never read them and then reread it for the course!!! XD (But that’s me and I’m always trying to find loopholes for an easy school life hehehe)
    I’ve heard good things about An Unkindness of Magicians!
    That’s the only one I can really help you out with LOL Week 5 has a lot of Hist Fic and that’s not really my forte….
    I was clearly of no help, good luck!

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