The 36 Most Popular YA Books of the Year (So Far)

Posted by Sharon on June 8, 2020


Are you searching for a great young adult novel to dive into? In that case, you've come to the right place. Goodreads members are pros at scouting out immersive YA reads, and since we're now halfway through 2020 (what?!), it's time to round up the most popular YA titles of the year so far.

These books have the distinction of being both highly anticipated and highly reviewed (we winnowed out the books with less than a 3.5-star rating from your fellow readers). They run the gamut of subgenres, from contemporary mysteries to high fantasy and everything in between.

Don't forget to add any titles that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf! Now, without further ado, here are the books in order of popularity:

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Have you read any of these hit young adult books from the first half of the year? Which ones are you most excited to try next? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Downen The Markings is YA Fantasy and was voted as the #5 YA release of April but somehow was missed on this list. Here it is!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...


message 2: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Other Livesdeserves to be on the list, it just needs a bit more press


message 3: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Marmo I thought you missed "Call Down the Hawk" by Maggie Stiefvater but that was November 2019. I've read it twice in 2020 and forgot that this most excellent book came out last year.


message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Great list! I look forward to reading a couple of the series books.


message 5: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Robinson Great... More books I won't be reading any time soon.


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Burn by Patrick Ness should be on this list.


message 7: by TMR (new)

TMR Love this list.


Anna || BooksandBookends B.A. wrote: "You forgot my book... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5..."

A book with only 12 reviews doesn't make the 'most popular' list, regardless of how good the book is. It simply isn't popular yet.


message 9: by Katsuro (last edited Jun 26, 2020 05:59AM) (new)

Katsuro Catherine wrote: "The Markings is YA Fantasy and was voted as the #5 YA release of April but somehow was missed on this list. Here it is!


It doesn't even have 30 reviews. That's not "somehow was missed." That's "was excluded from a list of the most popular books because it wasn't one of the most popular books." I get that you want attention for your book, but be honest about it.


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) B.A. wrote: "You forgot my book... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5..."

Catherine wrote: "The Markings is YA Fantasy and was voted as the #5 YA release of April but somehow was missed on this list. Here it is!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5......"


As someone who interacts daily with tons of people who read YA, I can categorically say that regardless of the content and quality of those books, both of the covers just don't compete in the YA market. It's a shame because I love that indie authors are out there for YA readers but those folks (of all ages not just teenagers) are cray cray over their covers.


message 11: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Tons of Owlcrate books on this list. I wonder if they just predicted what would be popular or are so big that their readers are making their book picks the most read??


message 12: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle I’m only interested in My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand…as the others look scary and trashy!


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) ClaraBelle wrote: "I’m only interested in My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand…as the others look scary and trashy!"

So, what makes any of them 'trashy'???


message 14: by ClaraBelle (last edited Jun 26, 2020 09:33AM) (new)

ClaraBelle kittykat wrote: "ClaraBelle wrote: "I’m only interested in My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand…as the others look scary and trashy!"

So, what makes any of them 'trashy'???"


No it’s the content that bothers me as I looked them all up. But let’s not argue over a petty topic please. I have my standards on books and you have yours. Don’t nit pick me for expressing my opinion!


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) ClaraBelle wrote: "No it’s the content that bothers me as I looked them all up. But let’s not argue over a petty topic please. I have my standards on books and you have yours. Don’t nit pick me for expressing my opinion! "

Perhaps you should re-read my comment - a single line of just 7 words. I asked a question, one that you have not actually answered. Since when was asking a single question arguing or nitpicking?


message 16: by Rozanne Visagie (new)

Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner) Great list!


Kate (Feathered Turtle Press) I like lists like these because they're helpful for me to go back to books I missed and prioritize what to review.

That said, I cannot believe that Crave got so popular. It's a tacky ripoff of one of the tackiest books of all time. I thought it was a joke the first time I saw it.


message 18: by Milo (new)

Milo It’s a great and helpful list. Thanks!


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

Love the list!


Mrog12275yahoo.com B.A. wrote: "You forgot my book... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5..."

That looks really good!


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