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Top 10 Good Books to Read For Teens and Young Adults: Reading List To Keep Teenage Girls Reading More Than Hunger Games

Updated on November 8, 2015

Summer Reading List for Teens!

Keep Your Teenagers Reading All Year Long!
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Getting your teens to read is not always an easy task! You have to supply them with books they will be interested in or you are wasting your time! In this Hub Article we will explore the Top 10 Best Selling Books for Teens.

Reading is very important for your child's education as it increases their vocabulary and keeps the brain active. Children that read regularly do better in school, are more alert, and feel a sense of accomplishment when they finish reading their favorite book!

Scientists have done many studies related to reading and education, and one of the most interesting findings is that children who read during their Summer vacation or break do better at the beginning of the next school year.

It is important to keep your kids reading year-round and the best way to encourage reading in the home is to let them see you, the parent, reading something! Parents that read raise children that read!

Book Reading List: Top 10 Bestsellers For Teens

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laini Taylor
Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Delirium: The Special Edition
Lauren Oliver
Emotional, Futuristic
Kimberly Marcus
Verse, Friendship, Life Struggles
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Mystery, Supernatural, Photos
Between Shades of Grey
Ruta Sepetys
History, War, Love, Struggle
The Running Dream
Wendelin Van Draanen
Life's Trials and Tribulations, Friendship, Living with Disability
Veronica Roth
Futuristic, Sci-Fi, Social Issues
The Scorpio Races
Maggie Stiefvater
Love, Friendship, Survival
You Against Me
Jenny Downham
Love, Life
Michael Vey: The Prisoner In Cell 25
Richard Paul Evans
Sci-Fi, Friendship, Adventure
These are the Top 10 Best Selling Teen and Young Adult Books in 2011

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone

The author Laini Taylor introduces the main character, Karou, a young art student from Prague. Karou is a smart kid who speaks multiple languages and likes to draw monsters. She is on a quest to learn who she is, and in this book, she will find out what she is! After all, she has bright blue hair!

This book mixes romance, fantasy and a mystery as the character searches for herself while meeting some nice and some not so nice characters along her journey. There is a reason this book was the number one bestseller of 2011!

2. Delirium

Enter a world where Love is considered a disease! 43 years ago, scientists came up with a cure for this "disease" and 17 year old Lena, the main character, is getting ready to undergo the prevention treatment!

This is an emotional book as Lena struggles with her fears and anxiety as she watches the heartless actions of the world around her. If you can't picture a world without love, you should read this book by author Lauren Oliver!

3. Exposed

Just because this book is written in Verse, don't let that scare you away! Author Kimberly Marcus introduces characters Liz and Kate who are best friends that get into a big fight. This book is about the struggle of friendships and communication. Can things work themselves out or is it inevitable that someone will get hurt in the end? A beautifully written story in well-versed language, you will not be able to put this book down!

Keep Kids Reading All Year-Round! It Keeps The Smart!

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4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Author Ransom Riggs mixes photography and words in this book that you won't want to put down! The story takes place on a remote island off the coast of Whales where Jacob is sent after a horrible family tragedy.

Once on the island, Jacob explores an old abandoned children's orphanage (where the book gets it's name) and finds photos and evidence that haunt him. Apparently, the children sent here may have been a little bit dangerous...But the real question is: Are they really gone? This is a chilling tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat! A must read for those who like mystery and suspense!

6. The Running Dream

This is a book written by author Wendelin Van Draanen and won the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award. Jessica is severely depressed after losing her leg in a car accident. Her life's dream was to be a runner!

Follow Jessica through her trials and tribulations during her physical and emotional recovery. Seeing people's reactions and the way they treat her, she evaluates her own past behavior towards another girl who has Cerebral Palsy. Here's the catch: since Jessica has missed a lot of school she needs a math tutor. Guess who it is! Yes, it is Rosa, the girl she was unkind to before.

Join these two young ladies as they embark on a friendship and help each other in many ways. As she progresses, Jessica realizes that she may be able to fulfill her dream and start running again with the help of a prostheses. You can bet she won't be alone in this race! This one is a tear-jerker for sure!

5. Between Shades of Grey

This book written by Ruta Sepetys is about 15 year old Lina from Lithuania. The book takes place in 1941. Lina is your average girl-that is until the Soviet Soldiers enter her life-and take her away with other members of her family and force them to perform hard labor in a Siberian Work Camp under Stalin's orders. Every day is a struggle as people are trying to survive while being forced into agricultural labor.

As with any hero, Lina finds peace and solace in her art work, which she records of everyday life, in hopes that it will reach her father who is in another prison camp. This book just might make you shed a tear as you follow the character through her toughest life challenges that span over the course of several years. This book is a Must Read!

7. Divergent

Written by Veronica Roth, this book is difficult to explain! You will have to read it through to understand it's futuristic fiction! Basically, society is broken into 5 different human traits:

  1. Abnegation (the selfless)
  2. Candor (the honest)
  3. Dauntless (the brave)
  4. Amity (the peaceful)
  5. Erudite (the intelligent)

Each person must choose to join one of these social groups at the age of 16 in order to create a perfect society. Once you choose, you own it for life! Oh, did we mention that there are dangerous initiation rituals?

What Beatrice Prior does on her day of choosing surprises her whole family. She changed her name and chose a different group then the one they wanted her to choose. She falls in love with a hunk and this book just has a lot of twists and turns! You won't be able to put this one down!

Children Are Our Future! Keep Them Reading!


8. The Scorpio Races

Maggie Stiefvater writes this heartwarming book about the life and death of water horse racers. Every November, riders gather to see who can hold onto their horses until the finish line. Some will never make it...

19 year old Sean Kendrick is the quiet returning champion who keeps his problems and fears to himself. That is, until he meets Puck Connolly, the first girl to ever enter the races (and by a twisted case of fate no doubt!). Will they be friends or enemies? Puck is definitely not ready for the big will she become prepared?

This book is about love, life and overcoming obstacles. If you ever read Shiver and Linger from this author, then you know you are in for a great read!

9. You Against Me

Author Jenny Downham (Before I Die) writes this book that is all about love! Mikey's sister claims that she was assaulted by a guy. Mikey has honor and wants to seek revenge on the perpetrator.

Ellie's brother is charged with the crime. When Mikey and Ellie meet, everything changes as two worlds collide. This book is about making life choices and loyalty as well as the consequences from the decisions we make in life. This is another book that might bring tears to your eyes!

10. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Author Richard Paul Evans pens this book about a 14 year old student named Michael Vey who suffers from Tourette’s syndrome. That's not all Michael has. He has Special Powers. Electric Powers!

It's not long before he finds Taylor, a cheerleader who also happens to have special powers. Add their friend Ostin to the mix, add a secret powerful group that is trying to control the world by controlling the Electric Children, now you have a great story! They will need to use their special powers to survive. Will they make it?

Bonus Reads!

Here are some additional popular teen books. Although they didn't make the top ten list for 2011 they are sure looking good in 2012! Let's take a look at a few more books:

The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games is a series of 3 books written by Suzanne Collins and is quickly rising to the number 1 spot on the Teen and Young Adult Best Selling Books List! If you haven't heard of these books, you may be living under a rock! These are the 3 book titles in the series:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

Since each of these titles has a great cliff-hanger at the end, you should buy all three at once! You will not want to stop reading once you open the first book! This series may not be for all teens and young adults. There is some violence and death and the setting is in a futuristic world like no other!

The United States has been annihilated and what remains is a new place named Panem and has 13 territories or districts. The Capital City is being attacked at the beginning of the first book and the districts are trying to overcome the Capital. For punishment for their actions, each district must send out a young person to compete in a survival game: the "Hunger Games". Only 1 person can survive!

The characters in these books will come to life; some you will love and others you will not like! Although a science fiction style book, there are elements of real life inside the pages that readers can relate to. Dealing with friendships, romance, heartache and death. This series is one of the best rated book series to date!

Keep Teenagers Reading!

Teenage Girls Are Least Likely To Keep Reading Through The Summer. Get Them Some Good Books!
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Additional Articles on Children and Reading

The following articles by J.S.Matthew explore different ideas for keeping your kids reading. Reading makes the mind sharper and builds vocabulary. Get your kids reading today!

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If You Love Your Kids...

Teach them to Read! Support them by Buying Good Books!
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    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @GoodLady: Hello there! Thanks for pinning this Hub. I appreciate the backlink. I hope you enjoy the reads as much as the grandkids do! Feel free to buy them through the links on this Hub! I do appreciate it!


    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @EJ Lambert: Hello! Thanks for adding your recommendation! I'll be sure to check it out. I appreciate your comment.


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      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I've pinned this great Hub to my virtual library of 'Information for kids' for when my grandchildren stay with me. Superb resource, thanks. FB'd too. I think I should buy the books. They all look fascinating.

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      EJ Lambert 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I was completely oblivious to the young adult genre until I was in college. Everyone talked about Stephenie Meyer and Twilight. However, one author I've grown to love is Kelley Armstrong. Her book, Dime Store Magic, is wonderfully entertaining with a number of great plot layers and twists. I recommend it to anybody interested and also champion a deeper look into the genre in general.

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank FlourishAnyway! I agree that reading is very important. It exercises the mind and makes us smarter. My wish is that all children around the globe can be literate. It could make the world a better and safer place. Thanks for the comment and votes!


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      5 years ago from USA

      Great list! Reading is so important. I wish every child would develop a life-long passion for it. Voted up and useful!

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello jeanster! I checked out your Hubs and you have had quite a journey! Thanks for stopping by!


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      5 years ago

      I might have to add some of these books to my reading list, although I am an adult, I will have to check out some of these young adult books as I am a new writer and looking to be inspired, You may want to check out my books Evie (The Despotic Series) or Sugar (The Stones Series) these are suitable for young adult preferably 16-25 years olds. I enjoy writing for young adults as I believe I can teach them life lessons through my writing. Isn't that important too? But I like to challenge adults by writing about something vastly different. Thanks for posting as they say its hard to judge a book by its cover!!

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You're welcome bizzymom! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting!


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      6 years ago from New York

      I think reading is so important and I am an avid reader myself. This is a great list of books for young adults. Thank you so much for bringing these books to my attention. Great Hub!!

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Robin: Hello Robin! Nice to see you! Hunger Games is on the top of the most recent list and I was thinking about adding a "Bonus Read" section to this Hub for books that are hot right now. The books in this Hub were the best in sales for teen genre in 2011. I think an update is in the horizon... Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! It is always great to hear from you!


    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Ardie: Hello Ardie! Those commercials are right! When they studied different groups of children, some reading all summer, some not, they found a huge increase in test scores in the children that did the reading. The mind is like a muscle and needs training and exercise! Thanks for your continued support!


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      Robin Edmondson 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great list. I would have thought that the Hunger Games series would be on the list. Although it's not great literature, I think it's been pretty popular. I will keep this list in mind as my girls get older! ;)

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      6 years ago from Neverland

      This is a great list JS! I always remember that one commercial for a tutor place here that says kids lose(insert some % here) of all the info they learned throughout the year while they're on summer vacation. Having a reading list will keep the kids reading and focused on some good books :) Great Hub


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