The Top 100 YA Books on Goodreads

Posted by Hayley on July 15, 2019

A battlefield where wild magic fills the air. A high school where a fierce rivalry transforms an entire town. A near-future wasteland where a group of misfits seeks something greater than survival…

This is the world of YA. Whether you're a lifelong fan or a curious reader looking to try something new, come along with us as we reveal the very best of the genre.

There are thousands of YA books, so how did we go about finding the most beloved ones on Goodreads? We started by focusing on what's been added the most to Goodreads members' shelves. But this isn't simply a popularity contest; we wanted the best. So we narrowed down our list to include only books with at least a four-star average rating. We also decided to select just the first book in a series—otherwise prolific authors like Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Sarah J. Maas would claim many more spots on this list.

And now, without further ado, we present the Top 100 YA Books, ranked by popularity on Goodreads. How many have you read? Tell us in the comments!

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How many have you read? Let us know in the comments!

Check out complete coverage of YA Week:
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Can You be 'Too Old' for YA? Our Expert Opinion: No
The Best YA Books of 2019 (So Far)

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message 1: by Evelin (new)

Evelin I do not see a difference with the top 100 made since last year.
No new titles or dropped old ones.


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Cromwell They don"t have my favorite series on here. The first book is called Gone and it is by Michael Grant. I just discovered this amazing author and I am working on reading all of his books.


message 3: by Marius (new)

Marius Paulsen (Antari-kun) 25! :)


message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate A lot of my favorite books ended up on this list!


message 5: by Leenah (new)

Leenah 63!
I haven't heard of only about 10 or so of them


message 6: by Angel (new)

Angel Schunard 31 books!


message 7: by Catie (new)

Catie  Ewing I don't read a lot of YA, even though I'm that age range. I'd like to read more of it, but I mainly get recommendations from close friends and friends.


message 8: by Phoenix (new)

Phoenix Reed Is it just me but I haven't heard of most of these! I've only read about 50 of them


message 9: by Paula (new)

Paula 29! That's more than I expected


message 10: by #Fangirl31♥ (new)

#Fangirl31♥ 6- Read
1- Currently reading
18- want to read


message 11: by ThatBookGal (new)

ThatBookGal 37 read, and a few I haven't heard of added to my list.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* 15 Read
A few others waiting to be read


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Evelin wrote: "I do not see a difference with the top 100 made since last year.
No new titles or dropped old ones."


Maybe they recycled it from last year. I agree the books seem to basically be the same.


Fluffy Unicorns Whoo I've read 25


message 15: by B.A. (new)

B.A. Wilson Yay! I've read 83 of these! Guess I should tackle those last 17 and see how they are.


message 16: by Punkin (new)

Punkin 14 read, 9 on my to read list.


message 17: by Sheryl (new)

Sheryl Martin 47


message 18: by Janet (new)

Janet I've read 26 of these and have 5 on my To Read shelf.


message 19: by Yara (new)

Yara Hossam 20 read 70 want to read


Rachel Reads Ravenously I've read 69.
Just curious, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a YA novel? I haven't read it but I thought that was adult classic fiction....


message 21: by Nadine (new)

Nadine 43 read and 25 on the to read pile :)


message 22: by Catie (new)

Catie Petroff 12


Sunshine✰✰✰ I've only read 13 and have 7 on my TBR


message 24: by Bbgirl28 (new)

Bbgirl28 Definitely feel like Chaos walking byPatrick Ness and His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman should be on the list!


message 25: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Sarah wrote: "They don"t have my favorite series on here. The first book is called Gone and it is by Michael Grant. I just discovered this amazing author and I am working on reading all of his books."

I loved the Gone Series!


message 26: by Nicko (new)

Nicko Moknu I've read 19 of these. 1/5th of the list. Cool :)


message 27: by Emily (new)

Emily I've read 15 and 4 are on my tbr shelf.


message 28: by Maddy (new)

Maddy Read- 25 titles : )
Want to-read- 35 titles


message 29: by Dena (new)

Dena Adler 28!!!


message 30: by Shanara (new)

Shanara Mertol I've read 3 out of 100....lmao.....but good news.....I found 20 that I WANT to read...LMFAO!!


message 31: by Whitney (new)

Whitney 36 :)


message 32: by Mary (new)

Mary Beth The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner should be on this list. I reread it recently and it it wrecked me all over again in all the right ways


message 33: by Aakash (new)

Aakash Yadav 7 read.
9 want to read.


message 34: by ThatGirl_172 (new)

ThatGirl_172 Angel wrote: "31 books!"

Same!


message 35: by Laura (new)

Laura 34


message 36: by Labi (new)

Labi 6 read!
20 want to read!


message 37: by Fred (last edited Jul 16, 2019 04:49AM) (new)

Fred Rachel Reads Ravenously wrote: "I've read 69.
Just curious, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a YA novel? I haven't read it but I thought that was adult classic fiction...."


It is about a young teenage girl growing up in immigrant Brooklyn between WWI & WWII.


message 38: by Lenni (new)

Lenni Jones I don't understand how "My Life Next Door" made it, but I agree 100% with "The Program" being up there.


message 39: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn I enjoyed How To Tell by Brenda Benny. It’s the best of her three books and solves the mystery of her first YA novel That Secret You Keep.


message 40: by Kelly (new)

Kelly LOTS of non-YA books on this list of "Top YA books."


message 41: by Joana (new)

Joana 27 ! But some of them I really don't know why are in the YA category really....


message 42: by Andie (new)

Andie 34 books read and there are so many more that I wanna read


message 43: by Ana (new)

Ana Flávia I've read 11!


message 44: by Izabela (new)

Izabela I've only read 26! I'm surprised because I love YA books haha guess I have some catching up to do! =)


message 45: by Oblivionsdream (new)

Oblivionsdream I’ve read 46 of these and 4 of them are in my ‘want to read’ list! :D


message 46: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I've only read 7 but I read the whole series for each of those books.
There are a lot I think should be on there that aren't that I've read


message 47: by Annette (new)

Annette 17, but I have read the folllow up books to most of them too. That should count for something!


message 48: by Haley (new)

Haley Wofford I've read 20.


message 49: by Lara (new)

Lara Goldstein 41! Honestly though, I probably won't finish all 100 since some of those teen romances just don't hold appeal. Some fantastic stuff on here otherwise.


message 50: by Sam (new)

Sam Read an even 50, quite a few interest me though.


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