Summer Reading from YA Authors

Posted by Marie on May 20, 2019
When looking for the best recommendations in the young adult genre, we decided to turn to YA authors themselves. Narrowing down their list of "chosen ones" was certainly no easy feat.

Here was their quest.

We asked each writer: Which three books would you recommend to your readers this summer?

Browse their picks below and add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf.



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Last year Acevedo's passion for verse shined through in her National Book Award–winning debut, The Poet X. Her next book, With the Fire on High, will be available in May.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Ahdieh took readers to Khorasan in her Arabian Nights–inspired series, The Wrath & the Dawn, and to feudal Japan in her Flame in the Mist duology. Her upcoming vampire series, The Beautiful, arrives this fall and will bring fans to 19th-century New Orleans.

Here are her summer reading picks:



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Black is hailed as the queen of faerie fiction (she's got the pointy ears to prove it). Her enchanting repertoire includes The Modern Faerie Tales trilogy and The Folk of the Air, a blockbuster series that follows a human girl living in a treacherous faerie court.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Ally Condie
Author of the Matched series
Condie is no stranger to societies shaped by heartless regimes. Her latest dystopian standalone, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, follows a young ship captain who swears revenge on the raiders who stole everything she held dear.

Here are her summer reading picks:



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Melissa de la Cruz
Author of the Blue Bloods series
De la Cruz has written bestselling novels in a wide variety of genres for the YA audience. Her biggest hits include her paranormal vampire series, Blue Bloods, and her historical romance trilogy, Alex & Eliza.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Since 2004, Johnson has published a number of bestselling YA series, including the swoony Little Blue Envelopes and the heart-pounding whodunit Truly, Devious. She's also collaborated on YA anthologies with authors John Green and Cassandra Clare.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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In addition to penning the bestselling space opera trilogy The Illuminae Files with Jay Kristoff, Kaufman has partnered with Hunted author Meagan Spooner on the sci-fi series Starbound and Unearthed.

Here are her summer reading picks:



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This graphic designer–turned–novelist entered the YA scene with his award-winning contemporary debut, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, which tells the story of a young Persian American on his first trip to Iran.

Here are his summer reading picks:


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Jay Kristoff
Coauthor of The Aurora Cycle series
After concluding The Illuminae Files series with coauthor Amie Kaufman last year, Kristoff will partner with her again on the upcoming interstellar trilogy The Aurora Cycle. His popular solo projects include Lifelike and The Nevernight Chronicle.

Here are his summer reading picks:



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LaCour's acclaimed YA contemporary novels include We Are Okay and Everything Leads to You. She also co-wrote the novel You Know Me Well with Boy Meets Boy author David Levithan.

Here are her summer reading picks:



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Silvera's heart-wrenching contemporary hits include They Both Die at the End and History Is All You Left Me. He recently teamed up with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens author, Becky Albertalli, to co-write the YA rom-com What If It's Us.

Here are his summer reading picks:


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With titles including All the Rage and Some Girls Are, Summers' books aren't afraid to explore the darker side of teenage life. In 2018, she published Sadie, a YA thriller that follows a young girl's quest for revenge against her sister's murderer.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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The unconventional love story at the heart of Reynolds' contemporary debut (which also involves time travel) has been glowingly recommended by fellow YA authors Angie Thomas and Becky Albertalli.

Here are his summer reading picks:


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Roth's beloved dystopian series Divergent has earned her five victories in the Goodreads Choice Awards. Both books in her latest sci-fi duology, Carve the Mark, were also nominees.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Laini Taylor
Author of the Strange the Dreamer series
Since publishing her Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy in 2011, Taylor continues to dominate the world of YA fantasy with her Printz Award–winning series, Strange the Dreamer.

Here are her summer reading picks:


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Which recommendations will you be reading this summer? Let's talk books in the comments!

Check out the complete guide to Summer Reading, including:
Summer Reading from Romance Authors
Summer Reading from Mystery & Thriller Authors
Summer Reading from Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors

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message 1: by Kelley (new)

Kelley C FYI to the moderators, the click-through link above for "Truly Devious" actually points to the page for "The Sun is Also a Star".....


message 2: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen With the Fire On High! But these are great ideas too, thanks.


message 3: by Trevor (new)

Trevor Stubbs This list is sooo useful.
I am a YA writer and it's great to see what the young people rate. I shall get reading as well as writing.
I am not a young person but can I add Frances Hardinge to your list?
www.trevorstubbs.co.uk


message 4: by Alex (new)

Alex There are a fair number of books in here that I have either read or have on my "want to read" shelf on here. I'm so glad "In Other Lands" is getting recommended as well.

A personal favorite of mine (and one that takes place during the summer) is Vodník by Bryce Moore.


message 5: by Renee (new)

Renee Godding I have 0 idea what A Sky Painted Gold is about, but I just added it to my TBR, because Laini Taylor recommends it and apparently that's all I need to know...


message 6: by SℓιM (new)

SℓιM I do have matched on my TBR list


message 7: by Lenni (new)

Lenni Jones Alex, Approximately is the perfect summer reading book


message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Terry I like the new summer reads


message 9: by Lady Willpower (new)

Lady Willpower Sadly, the ones I want to read most (The Lovely War and A Sky Painted Gold) are the hardest to find. C'est la vie.


message 10: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ THIS IS A REALLY GOOD LIST!! The ones I want to read are Lovely War, Halsey Street, Black Enough, 4 dead queens, king of scars, the decivers, they both die in the end, hot dog girl, let me hear a rhyme, carve the mark, and aurora rising. Some of these are already on my want to read.


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly A S H L E Y ⚡️ wrote: "
A Sky Painted Gold... That cover
😍"


I thought the story was just as good as the cover. I love that book! :)


message 12: by Lady Willpower (new)

Lady Willpower Kelly, that's good to hear. I managed to find a used copy on eBay and am (im)patiently waiting for it to arrive.


message 13: by Jia ♥ (new)

 Jia ♥ Lady Willpower wrote: "Sadly, the ones I want to read most (The Lovely War and A Sky Painted Gold) are the hardest to find. C'est la vie."

what does that mean? C'est la vie)?(that's life?)


message 14: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan Mackie A S H L E Y ⚡️ wrote: "
A Sky Painted Gold... That cover
😍"


The cover is amazing, and the author is really sweet! The book is roughly based on St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, according to her!


message 15: by Lady Willpower (last edited Jun 18, 2019 04:48PM) (new)

Lady Willpower A'layjia wrote: "Lady Willpower wrote: "Sadly, the ones I want to read most (The Lovely War and A Sky Painted Gold) are the hardest to find. C'est la vie."

what does that mean? C'est la vie)?(that's life?)"


Yep! :)


message 16: by Lady Willpower (new)

Lady Willpower Siobhan wrote: "A S H L E Y ⚡️ wrote: "
A Sky Painted Gold... That cover
😍"

The cover is amazing, and the author is really sweet! The book is roughly based on St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, according to her!"


You just made my day! I love Daphne du Maurier, and Cornwall is one of my favorite literary settings. Maybe one day I'll actually get to visit...


message 17: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin Williams A S H L E Y ⚡️ wrote: "
A Sky Painted Gold... That cover
😍"

If I could thumbs up this I would =D


message 18: by Sara (new)

Sara Vickers Kathleen wrote: "With the Fire On High! But these are great ideas too, thanks."

YES!


message 19: by Amanpreet (new)

Amanpreet singh In the world where everything flows and nothing stays still, the biggest thing is to discover oneself...and that is Happy Realization


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