If you’re looking for some books to put on your Christmas list, I’m here to help.
If you’re looking for books with some diversity to sink your teeth into, check out this list of 12 books that you probably didn’t know featured LGBQTA characters, from the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog.
The blog also presented a list of five suggestions for people who love books about boarding schools, as well as this list of seven characters having terrible school experiences. Going Geek by Charlotte Huang makes an appearance on both lists, but the other selections are all unique. And none of the books from these lists appear in the blog’s post about sixteen books that people should read before they start high school.
The Barnes & Noble Teen blog also attempted to match YA books with a readers’ favourite classic kids’ book. I might end up reversing the concept, since I’ve read a number of the recommended YA books but none of the kids’ classic books.
Penguin Teen offers up a couple of lists for people in the market for a good mystery. First we have books for the Veronica Mars fan, including Pasadena by Sheri L Smith, which I had some interest in, but the book has so far failed to make an appearance at a nearby bookstore or library. The second list is books that famed mystery writer Agatha Christie would have liked. This list includes the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson, a paranormal mystery series that I just recently motored through and very much enjoyed. I am now eager anticipating the fourth book in the series, said to be coming in 2018.
Penguin Teen also offers up a couple of lists for fans of fantasy. First there is their own recommendations. A second article contains the fantasy book recommendations from some of the authors of the books selected in the first article.
Some more unique recommendation posts include Penguin Teen’s attempt to match a reader’s favourite Pretty Little Liars character with a book recommendation. The most questionable choice is probably matching Hanna with The Merciless by Danielle Vega, a book aptly described as Mean Girls meets The Exorcist. Teen Vogue has decided to match YA books with reader’s astrological sign for the months of September, October, and November. Unfortunately the articles don’t offer any explanation for the choices made.
Finally, booktuber BenjaminofTomes offers up some of his favourite mythology-inspired YA books!