For adults:
  • The Secret Place, Tana French
  • Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
  • The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
  • The Liars Club, Mary Karr
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Who is This Man? by John Ortberg
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Carl Hiassen
  • Wally Lamb


Young adult fantasy:
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Liar by Justine Larbalstier
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling


Young adult realistic fiction (or close to):
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Bates by E. Lockhart
  • Speak and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
  • Eleanor & Park, Attachments, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

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