The Ultimate Fall Reading List for YA Book Fans

Posted by Marie on August 28, 2018
It’s time to cozy up with a new season of favorites, YA readers! From contemporary standalones that promise all the feels to fantastical finales guaranteed to cause book hangovers, there’s something for every well-versed fan of the genre to enjoy.

So how did we create this list of young adult must-reads? We took a look at the top titles publishing between September and December. This was measured by how many times a book has been added to Goodreads members' shelves. From there, we narrowed down our list to only include books that were rated at least four stars by early reviewers. If you're curious about how to read and rate prepublished books, check out our book giveaways.

Which of these fall gems will you be adding to your Want to Read shelf? Share them with us in the comments!


Contemporary

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Historical Fiction

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Science Fiction & Dystopia

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Fantasy

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Which YA books are you dying to read this season? Let us know in the comments!

Check out more recent blogs:
The Big Books of Fall
The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018 (So Far)
Jenny Han's NY Screening of 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'

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message 1: by Elise (new)

Elise yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaash


message 2: by Charles (new)

Charles There are four guys on this list over two and a half books.


message 3: by adelineC2 (new)

adelineC2 Ahhhh, the queen of air and darkness


message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I NEED BOOK NOW!!!!!


message 5: by adelineC2 (new)

adelineC2 Livvyyyyy Blackthornnn


message 6: by Abby (new)

Abby Charles wrote: "There are four guys on this list over two and a half books."

1. Adam Silvera, co-author of What If It's Us and a best-selling author in his own right.
2. Val Emmich, author of Dear Evan Hansen.
3. Scott Westerfeld, author of Impostors.
4. Neal Shusterman, co-author of Dry,
5. Jarrod Shusterman, co-author of Dry.

Special mention goes to:
6. Steven Levenson;
7. Benj Pasek; and
8. Justin Paul, all of whom are accredited for contributing to the novel adaptation of their Broadway play.

To get to the point: There are 8 "guys" on this list over 4 books.


message 7: by Abby (new)

Abby Abby wrote: "Charles wrote: "There are four guys on this list over two and a half books."

1. Adam Silvera, co-author of What If It's Us and a best-selling author in his own right.
2. Val Emmich, author of Dear..."


I'd also like to add that it's likely that the books featured on this blog post stem from Goodreads statistics on how many readers have it on their shelves, and as such any statistics in relation to the authors has no bearing in 'discrimination' or 'under-'representation,' but is simply a representation of what YA readers are reading/plan on reading.


message 8: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Baker Ten of these are on my TBR, but I'm most excited about Muse of Nightmares and Evermore. I'm so behind on the Throne of Glass series and I don't know if I can catch up by Oct. 23rd!


message 9: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Kingdom of Ashessssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Charles wrote: "There are four guys on this list over two and a half books."

What's your point?


message 11: by LiN (last edited Aug 29, 2018 10:18AM) (new)

LiN Oh Geez...I might need to expand my reading challenge XD with this many remaining releases.


message 12: by Janine (new)

Janine Some books coming out in the next four months by indie/small publishers:

Saving Death (I'm a good ways into this one and It's a inciting Romance with other genre elements, I can't stop reading).

The Confectioner's Guild (Fantasy/Mystery, I've read the first two chapters and it's very promising, and I loved Claire Luana's previous books).

The Fifth Knight: An Arthurian Legend Reverse Harem Romance (Fantasy, co-author is Luana, so I'm sure it's going to be good).

Empress Unveiled (Fantasy, have not read this one yet, but I've heard nothing but good things and lots of hype for it in my circle of friends).

There's a couple others, but at least one is NA and doesn't belong on this list.


message 13: by K8 (new)

K8 I was already psyched for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and Girls of Paper and Fire, but there's some other interesting books here which escaped my notice, like This Is What It Feels Like!


message 14: by James (new)

James Hartley Hey guys, blowing my own trumpet but Cold Fire Cold Fire: Shakespeare's Moon, ACT II, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is coming out on Friday - it´s the second book in the Shakespeare´s Moon series. If you like romance and time travel and suspense, you might want to check it out.

The first book in the series, The Invisible Hand, will be on offer as an ebook for the whole of September.

If you like the series there´s loads of extra freebies and hidden stories around, so get in touch.

Thanks guys - happy reading!

James


message 15: by Caoimhe (new)

Caoimhe Cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!


message 16: by Leah (new)

Leah Feeling real blessed at all of the highly rated queer rep books on this list <3 Just added a whole new handful to my list and I'm excited for things I didn't know I needed til now!


message 17: by Sandy (new)

Sandy A lot of books with gorgeous covers in this post.


message 18: by Mary (new)

Mary H Abby wrote: "Charles wrote: "There are four guys on this list over two and a half books."

1. Adam Silvera, co-author of What If It's Us and a best-selling author in his own right.
2. Val Emmich, author of Dear..."


Excellent point, Abby. That was frustrating me as well.


message 19: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Kinnaugh Okay, yes!!


message 20: by Rose (new)

Rose Soooo excited for Kingdom of Ash and Muse of Nightmares!!!!!!!!


message 21: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne Reeser Kingdom of Ash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 22: by Zo (new)

Zo Bound to be some good ones here


message 23: by Sarah (new)

Sarah  Loves Books and tea So many good books coming this autumn. I can't wait for Kingdom of Ash and What if it's us. The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein looks good too.


message 24: by Brianna (new)

Brianna Soloski Sandy wrote: "A lot of books with gorgeous covers in this post."

Yep, and I am a sucker for a book with a gorgeous cover. Thank goodness for Kindle samples so I can see if the story intrigues me.


message 25: by Luna (new)

Luna Lovegood I can’t wait for Escaping from Houdini and Kingdom of Ash!!!! Girls of Paper and Fire sounds really good too!!


message 26: by Clara (new)

Clara great booooooooks!


message 27: by Nitya (new)

Nitya Pride, Summer Bird Blue, Girls of Paper of Fire, This is What It Feels Like (that cover!!) :)))


message 28: by Nitya (new)

Nitya ^^^ Paper AND Fire. Ughhhh


message 29: by jamie (new)

jamie HOW ON EARTH DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT ANOTHER JACK THE RIPPER BOOK. STOKED.


message 30: by Charles (new)

Charles Abby wrote"

My bad, thanks for commenting.


message 31: by Charles (new)

Charles Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ wrote: What's your point?"

I'm not sure. I read through the list and realised none of the books really appealed to me. Tried to figure out why. I don't usually count up the authors by gender and I'm not actually bothered about under-representation or whatever people get bothered about, I just was surprised that I didn't notice the first couple times I read through the list how it was dominated by women.


message 32: by Charles (new)

Charles Abby wrote

Seriously though his name is Val don't tell me I'm the first person to make that mistake.


message 33: by Charles (new)

Charles Ramona wrote: "I’m searching for people who’d like to take part in a big book exchange. You can be anywhere in the world. All you have to do is to buy your favourite book (just one) and send it to a stranger (I’l..."

Um how does that work, if each person only contributes one book?


Audra (Unabridged Chick) Ramona wrote: "I’m searching for people who’d like to take part in a big book exchange. You can be anywhere in the world. All you have to do is to buy your favourite book (just one) and send it to a stranger (I’l..."

This is a classic scam and illegal in the US.


message 35: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Bookish My Real Name is Hanna <3 <3 <3


message 36: by Charles (new)

Charles Jen wrote: "My real name is Hanna"

Is it though. Is it really.


message 37: by Lady Willpower (new)

Lady Willpower Two of these are on my TBR, but I also want to read Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft.


message 38: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Abby wrote: "Abby wrote: "Charles wrote: "There are four guys on this list over two and a half books."

1. Adam Silvera, co-author of What If It's Us and a best-selling author in his own right.
2. Val Emmich, a..."


Agreed. It has nothing to do with representation. It's only based on what's on readers' shelves.


message 39: by queen0f_hearts (new)

queen0f_hearts I’m looking forward to read “Dear Evan Hansen”, I’m such a fan of the musical. Also, I’m hyping the release of “Archenemies”, it’ll definitely be my favorite fall read! Maybe I’ll be reading “Pride” as well and “What if it’s us”.


message 40: by My Quiet Pages (new)

My Quiet Pages So many I want to read. Where to start is the question.


message 41: by My Quiet Pages (new)

My Quiet Pages @Janine I like the sound of these. Thanks for sharing!


message 42: by Priscilla (new)

Priscilla King Charles wrote: "There are four guys on this list over two and a half books."

More than that. As far as I can remember this field has been female-dominated. Problem? More room for guys to write YA novels that are realistic, not just "dark fantasy" or "romantic comedy."

Really good ones are rare, regardless of the authors' gender (or of how many new authors publishers lure with lower payments).

Me, I don't see an author I know...I might browse if I had time to kill at the library, might discover someone I'd like reading, but for sure I am not buying.


message 43: by Sharon711 (new)

Sharon711 turner Pride, The Lantern's Ember, Slayer, One of Us is Lying and Empress of All Seasons are some of the books on my wish list to be read!


message 44: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Amundson can't wait to read them all!!!!


message 45: by Megs (new)

Megs If a book has Adam Silvera's name on it, then there's no way I'm not gonna read it.


message 46: by Charles (new)

Charles Megs wrote: "If a book has Adam Silvera's name on it, then there's no way I'm not gonna read it."

Why not?


message 47: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Megs wrote: "If a book has Adam Silvera's name on it, then there's no way I'm not gonna read it."

Agreed! He rips my heart out every time and I cry for more!


message 48: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa KINGDOM OF ASH!!!! It’s finally here!!


message 49: by Bhavika (new)

Bhavika Patel OMG KINGDOM OF ASH
I'm readying my box of tissues :)


message 50: by Deirdre (new)

Deirdre I cannot wait for The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young. It comes out next month and I already have all the feels!


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