Hello, everyone! Exciting day today, as Top Ten Tuesday turns 10. Although I`ve been a part of this community for only two years, their weekly themed posts are my favourite to write. The topics are always fun and creative, and I highly enjoy making my list. Today we were able to choose from past topics, and I went with the popular books that are worth the hype. 
Popular YA Books

1/2. "Six of Crows" and "Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo
I don`t think that anyone is surprised that these are my first choices. It`s my favourite fantasy series, and I love the characters with all of my heart. I am a fan of her original Grisha trilogy as well, but I can see the flaws in that one. This one, however, is perfection from the first to the last page. 

3. "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Let`s be honest, The Hunger Games completely changed the YA dystopia genre. I`m not saying that it`s flawless, but it did everything right. Great world-building, complex characters and probably the only love triangle that made sense. Although I don`t see how everyone can be team Gale after the last book.

4. "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor
The fact that I`m not into romance in a fantasy book, but somehow this ended up being my favourite book of 2017 should tell you everything you need to know. We have angels, demons, and the beautiful setting of Prague. I still need to read the next two books, but I am confident I`ll love them just as much.

I`m not entirely sure how popular this book is, but it has a great rating. And most of the reviews I`ve seen are all positive, calling it one of the best Beauty and The Beast retellings. I`m between a 4 and a 5-star rating, depending on my mood. I will say that I wish the Guard ended up with our beauty, but oh well. 

"The Poet X" is a raw and powerful coming of age story, featuring 15-year old Xiomara. She uses slam poetry to navigate her feelings toward religion, her oppressive mother, love and body acceptance. "

Read with caution cause it will break your heart. This deals with grief, loss, growing up and eventually moving on. The protagonist, Griffin, recently lost the love of his life, Theo. The story is told between past and present, showing us the beginning of Griffin`s relationship with Theo, and the aftermath of his death. It also shows the progression of Griffin`s OCD, and how much it changed his life. One of the most touching YA stories I`ve ever read.

Time for something lighthearted, that will melt your heart. Simon Spier is a sweet 16-year-old, with a loving family and supportive friends. But his world turns upside down when someone blackmails him with an email about outing him. Some shenanigans happen, but in the end, this book will leave you with a big smile on your face.

9. "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds
I haven`t seen many people mentioning this book, but it has an impressive rating and was nominated for several awards. It`s another book written in verse, a touching novel about a kid that must decide whether or not he`s going to revenge the murder of his brother. I don`t want to say too much, but it`s a must-read for those that want to read more diverse authors.

10. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
As a white person, I know I can`t understand the struggles that Black people go through daily, so I can`t talk about the representation. And I know that many other books deal with police brutality (murder) and systematic racism. But I believe that this is the most popular one out there, and it`s definitely worth the hype. Like The Hunger Games, it also inspired many other BIPOC authors to share their stories. 

* TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


  1. I really need to read The Poet X sometime.

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  2. Great list! One of these days I need to cross The Hate U Give off my TBR, and I've heard so many good things about A Curse So Dark and Lonely that I need to try it. I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Six of Crows, and The Hunger Games is such a classic now.

  3. I've read three on this list (Hunger Games, Hate U Give, and Long Way Down) and I'd like to read a couple more (Simon and Poet X). Thank you for your list.

  4. YA is my favorite genre, and I feel like Long Way Down is such an underrated book so I was excited to see it highlighted here! I loved THUG and Simon, and look forward to continuing the series. Definitely going to check out the others you mentioned- great list!

  5. The only one of these series I've read is HG (although not the prequel, yet). I agree with you, it definitely changed the whole genre. There have been lots of imitations since, but nothing that really compares. I hope you enjoy it when you read it.

    Happy TTT!

  6. I've only read two of the books on this list I feel so behind, I am glad to hear that some of the ones that I've been on the fence about are worth giving a shot, I definitely want to pick up one of Leigh Bardugo's books. I agree with your picks for The Hate U Give and Hunger Games, great post and thank you for sharing!