The 20 Most Popular YA Books: have I read them? | part 1

I have like no energy right now. At all. But at least I’m posting semi-regularly?

Since school started and all my other classes are starting up too, I’m finding myself with barely any time. As someone notorious for horrible time management, my solution has been writing daily to-do lists split in to morning / afternoon / evening so that I know what I have to accomplish each day. It’s tedious, but helpful.

Because I barely have any time to even get schoolwork + extracurricular work done, I also have like no time to spend on reading. Which sucks, because I’m kind of a book blog. In case you haven’t noticed. AKA, I have no content to write about.

But then the wonderful Elli @ AceReader who must have been sent from the heavens (I’m serious, I’m that desperate) posted on her blog about if she’s read the 40 most popular recent YA novels that Goodreads posted as a list, and I was like OH! Look- it’s content!!

So before you read this post, go check out Elli’s post because she wrote it first. Thank you Elli for saving this girl from disappearing without any content to write about.

Anyways, that was an awfully dramatic intro. Let’s get onto the actual post ;)) P.S. please don’t read this in the WP Reader!! read it on my actual blog. I spent a lot of time on formatting 😭

Basically, I’ll be seeing whether or not I’ve read the 40 most popular recent YA novels to see if I’m a true book blogger (jk, you can read whatever you want and still be a book blogger, I’m kidding lalala). The thing is, I won’t be able to get to all 40 of them, so I’ll just be doing 20, and next post I’ll hopefully do 20 more!


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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Yes, I have! βœ… This is an amazing book and you can read a little more about what I think about it in my post about 5 amazing books by Black authors. I haven’t seen the movie yet, though.

Turtles All The Way Down

Yup βœ… I read this before I got into blogging, so my tastes were kind of basic and horrible then (not to shame anyone who likes john green. but. you know it’s true.) so I remember really enjoying it. I’m sure that if I reread it now I wouldn’t like it as much.

One Of Us Lying

Yes!! βœ… We’re on a roll here! I read this about a year ago and it was absolutely gripping. Like, I couldn’t put it down. I recommend it to people who love mysteries (but basically everyone’s read it anyway…).

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Nope, ❎ I jinxed my streak 😭 I used to want to read this but it’s pretty low priority for me now. There’s a lot of books I’d rather read and TCP isn’t even in the top 50.

Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

No again! ❎ I haven’t read any of the Lara Jean books although I hope to get to them someday! It’s probably not happening any time soon, though.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Yup- βœ… I read Caraval and loved it. After reading it, I realized that Julian is a literal bad boyβ„’ which is the worst trope ever. Also, it’s overrated.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Yes, I have! βœ… Ironically, I also shared my thoughts about this book in the same post I linked above and will link again- 5 books by Black authors that you have to read.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Yeah, I’ve read this.βœ… It’s been a while, but I remember being enthralled with the series (before blogging). I don’t think it’ll appeal to my tastes now, though.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Yup! βœ… SJM is my guilty-pleasure author despite the fact that she is quite problematic. Her TOG series was so good that I convinced my parents to actually buy KoA for me, and it’s one of the only books I own that I loved and got!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Nope, ❎ I haven’t read anything by Cassie Clare, actually. I’m just wary of the fact that she wrote a sibling romance and had an inc*st kink or something. Probably not going to read anything by her.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I haven’t read this one! ❎ I used to so passionately want to read it because it’s M/M and now I’m just like,, okay… honestly, it’s low priority but I wouldn’t mind reading it.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Not yet! ❎ Just like with Gentleman’s Guide, I wanted to desperately read this but this is a little more interesting to me that Gentleman’s Guide just a little.

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Warcross by Marie Lu

No :(( ❎ Although I’m not a gamer, I LOVE reading/watching about gaming worlds so I would still love to read this. This along with another gaming book called Slay really interest me.

The Book Of Dust by Philip Pullman

I’ve never heard of this! ❎ Has anyone read this? This must be a relatively older book if I haven’t heard of it at all… (wait nvm it’s only published in 2017. and this is the author of His Dark Materials! which I haven’t read lol.)

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

I really want to read this! ❎ I know a lot of people really love it, so I’m excited to hopefully read it.

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Nope ❎ I’ve read raving reviews of Scythe but it’s not super high priority for me right now.

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

No, and I have no intention to! ❎ Apparently it’s super problematic.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

No, and it’s low priority (yes like everything is low priority for me. but whatever). ❎ Honestly, I don’t read too many books with a less than 4.0 average rating just so I can read whatever I think will make me happy.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Yup! βœ… When I read this I really liked it but now that I think about it, the MC was kind of creepy and hyper focused on finding a boyfriend and her sister was downright nasty. I’m not sure how I feel about it tbh.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Yes!! βœ… I love this book so much- I honestly enjoyed it more than THUG (first book on the list) because Bri was an absolute queen.


And that’s a wrap! This was surprisingly fun and interesting to write. The grand total of how many books I’ve read out of the top 20 is…

Nine out of twenty! Not horribly bad, but for some reason I thought it would be more. Like I said, interesting.

I’m going to post part two next assuming I post on time. and assuming I even post part 2 because I already counted and I’ve only read three. oops I spoiled part 2 now there’s no content shoot. anyways. so be on the lookout for that!

 Meanwhile, I have a question for y’all- do you have any post ideas for me? Because I genuinely have no idea what I should post 😭 and I’m just sort of emerging out of a reading slump so I don’t have much content ready. 

How many out of these 20 books have you read? Do you want to see part 2? Would you be interested in seeing a compilation of the best free fonts on Canva? (yes I’m reaching PLEASE GIVE ME IDEAS)


49 thoughts on “The 20 Most Popular YA Books: have I read them? | part 1

  1. I’m totally feeling the no energy thing. Gosh I’m in need to be gifted some energy and motivation these days hahaha πŸ˜‚
    Okay so I have a 8/20 on this list so heheh, you beat me. Yep, I agree with your opinions and half these books are a low priority for meπŸ˜‚( I have too many books to read). One of Us is Lying is such a captivating book and I became so immersed with it. I’m in due for a reread soon:) noooooo, you should read Cassandra Clare. Ignore the Dark Artificats books. It’s the worse series she’s written and everything about that series is weird and the characters are all just so bland😫

    A wonderful readπŸ‘ Hope you get some more energy and hope your having a good day!

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    1. Lmao same πŸ˜­πŸ˜…
      Oh, that’s so cool! Which ones have you read that I haven’t? I KNOWW, it just goes to show that popular doesn’t always equal best!!
      I’m probably not going to read Cassandra Clare 😭 it’s low priority for me anyways and she’s just,, problematic…
      Thank you so much!!

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  2. I loved reading your thoughts on these books, Adi! To be honest, I haven’t read that many books from this list, but I’ve heard about all of them? So… half a point for me? πŸ˜‚

    Ugh reading slumpssss 😩 I hope you get to read some great books soon! And I’d love to read a post from you about your favorite tropes, if that helps at all? Amazing post, Adi! πŸ’›

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    1. Thank you so much Abby!! ❀ XD half a point I love that πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚
      I HATE SLUMPS 😭 I read some books which I'm VERY happy about but I'm still behind on my Goodreads challenge πŸ™ˆ
      That's a great idea, thank you!! I did a post on my favorite types of characters which is kind of similar so check it out (not so subtle promo hehe) πŸ˜‰
      Thank you Abby!! ❀

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  3. Okay I was totally going to read this in the reader until you caught me. I never want to read anything by Cassie Clare either? I read her first book when I was a kid and it was SO problematic and badly written. To the point where eleven-year-old me hated it. I feel like it’s a special kind of terrible if I knew it was trash when I was eleven? And the incest was something else.

    I remember that controversy with Carve the Mark–I could never tell what was even going on?? Some people said it was super problematic and other people said the people saying it was problematic had misread it. Either way I’m not going to read it because the premise just does NOT interest me lmao.

    Also, I think I’ve only read two books mentioned in this post. Oops.

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    1. LMAOO well I’m glad your didn’t haha. Ah yeah- if eleven yr old Becky hated it then I definitely don’t want to read any of her books now!! UGH YEAH HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK.
      From what I read, Carve the Mark treats Indigenous-coded folks like s*vages and is pretty racist but idk I haven’t read it. But same- I’m not even remotely interested in it lmao.
      XD it’s fine, hyped books are kinda overrated anyway!

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  4. I’ve only read the first two, but some of the others are on my TBR. ☺ The Hate U Give is an incredible book!

    And I completely understand the lack of time and energy to blog! I work full-time and my to do list seems never-ending at times πŸ˜‚ Good luck with everything, Aditi!

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    1. That’s great! T.H.U.G is seriously great, I definitely agree πŸ™‚
      Oh my gosh, yes! It’s frustrating 😭 but of course everyone else is in the same boat too, so who am I to complain haha.
      Thank you so much Stephen!

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  5. This is such an amazing post idea, Adi!
    (sorry for being away for so lng – how are you?? )
    You could almost make this into a tag thingy
    Love ya
    xx Emma

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  6. I have read 3/20. Well I guess 1/20 because I DNFd two of them πŸ˜† I read the first book to a few of these though! That should count as something, right? I really wanted to read The Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue but there has been absolute backlash over the author lately. I can’t tell myself to support her “/ i hope you enjoy these if you ever get around to reading the ones you haven’t yet ❀


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    1. Oh wow that’s so funny! Which ones did you DNF? Oh my, I didn’t know that- what did the author do 😭😭 I’m worried!! I definitely don’t think there’s a need to support authors that are not great ://
      Thank you so much Amber!


      1. I dnfed the hate u give and what if it’s is 😬😬😬

        She signed her name in other authors books. I’m not sure the latest drama but i know a few YA authors called her out πŸ₯Ί

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  7. This is such a fun idea! I generally tend to completely ignore the super popular books (I scored 5 on this) so I’m interested to see the second half of the list.

    The best free fonts on Canva sounds like a super good idea! There’s soooo many I usually give up scrolling by the time I get to the Cs and just stick to my favourite (Lemon Tuesday, if you were wondering).

    My go-to content idea when I’ve not been reading much is to talk about books I haven’t read. I just did a post of books I’ve added to my TBR recently, and in the past I did one on books I want to buy. I’ve got a really ancient post that I still like where I share wrong assumptions I made about books (like judging a story completely wrong by its cover, or not reading a synopsis properly then getting surprised). Revisiting old posts you’ve done can be fun, and if all else fails there’s always Top Ten Tuesday. Hope some of those ideas are helpful! Great post! ❀️

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    1. Thank you Abi! Yeah, I feel you- recently I’m trying to read more books by BIPOC and sadly, there aren’t that many on the super popular list. But I’m okay with that because popularity doesn’t automatically equal prowess!
      Yay I’m glad you think that!! GIRL I FEEL YOU. I spend SOO long scrolling through that one day I was like “I’M DONE” and I spent an hour and a half going through the ENTIRE LIST to find all the good fonts, so my work is basically done XD.
      That’s a really good idea !! Thank you so much Abi!

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      1. Oooh that’s such a good quote! And you’re totally right, popular does not always mean good. I think I’ve been more disappointed by super popular books than any other kind, if I’m honest.

        Oh wow, I admire the dedication there, I’ve never even managed to scroll halfway. Please, bless us lowly peasants with your incredible font knowledge! πŸ˜‚

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  8. omg I have read 20 of these (zero doesn’t have a value here) haha I recently started reading more but to be honest, I am a pretty new reader so idk. Great Post!!

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  9. Wonderful post, and I definitely want to see part 2! I have heard of several of these books but I haven’t read a lot of them…which really, really needs to change. Will definitely look into the ones you praised!!

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  10. I’ve only read 3 of these, so you’ve done a whole lot better than me! I don’t feel very inclined to read any of these anymore so it shall probably just stay at 3 lol. And I totally feel the no energy thing. Though I think my issue is more of no time than of no energy, but it’s also both. I blame school 😌
    Post ideas: these are some that I want to do myself, but haven’t gotten the time to do so. You could do a post compiling a list of diverse reads in certain genres (so you could do one post for romance, another for contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, etc) that you highly recommend, or that have been highly recommended to you. You could also do a discussion on how your reading has evolved and what you prefer reading nowadays (I would love to see that!), or a book tag. Oh, and maybe you could create aesthetic/bookish moodboards and share your process for making them/why you chose to add this picture or whatever! I did that some months ago and it was fun creating the boards, and then talking about them. And I got to recommend books while doing it, so it was a win all around.

    Hopefully, you get some energy soon ❀✨

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    1. Haha that’s funny! Which three did you read? And tbh I totally feel you on that- sometimes the most popular books aren’t necessarily the best or the ones that are the most appealing to me, y’know? UGH YEAH- school is drainingg 😭
      AHH THANK YOU SO MUCH!! These are really really good ideas. I esp love the first one and let’s see if I’ve even read that many books sksksk but I’ll def think about it!!
      ACTUALLY YEAH- with the second idea, my reading tastes have changed a lOT so it would be fitting!
      I’ve done some aeshetics for characters before and it’s super fun! It takes work tho lol.

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      1. Turtles All the Way Down, One of Us is Lying, and The Cruel Prince…all of which are pretty mediocre/bad now that I think about it lol. I never like TCP from the start, but I went on and finished the series. I liked The Wicked King, gave it a very generous 4 stars, and then I hated The Queen of Nothing because that was not worth my time or energy and I’m still salty (I also just wish I hadn’t read the series at all). One of Us is Lying annoyed me when I read it because the guy who figured it out had only heard about the mystery once and he instantly got it 😐 And it was a lot of drama anyways. Turtles…eh. That’s all I can say about it πŸ˜‚
        No problem ❀✨

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        1. Oh yeah, definitely! I’ve read the first two but not TCP. Honestly I liked One of Us Was Lying but it was a bit predictable? And I didn’t think it was as good as the hype made it out to be tbh but I’m still interested in reading the sequel !
          Ooooh I remember when QoN was published and book twitter erupted with disappointment πŸ˜‚
          “Turtles… eh” is a MOOD lmao πŸ˜‚ and exactly how I feel about it too!


  11. it’s kind of embarrassing that out of this whole list, i’ve only read 5 titles, lol. granted, most of these are part of series, though, and i don’t really read that many of them. i was so surprised that so many of these books are finales, though, like kingdom of ash and king’s cage. even always and forever! i certainly imagined that the most popular books would be the first ones, as i know not as many people do carry on with the series… that’s interesting!

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    1. it’s totally fine!! honestly most of these books are overrated πŸ™ˆ but you didn’t hear that from me…
      yeah for sure! i think it’s because these are all published in the past couple of years and the others were probably published before that, so they just weren’t supposed to be counted for this tally lol

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  12. Thanks again for reaching out and leaving a comment on my page, it meant a lot to know I hadn’t been totally forgotten in my absence πŸ’— I hope you’re well and getting a chance to read more like you wanted to.

    Nine is good!! I’ve read four πŸ™ˆ I blame my slump making me scared of picking up highly anticipated books. But I’m working on it (my last two reads were in my top five anticipated books of last year) so hopefully I’ll have read more of these by the end of the year. If I ever catch up…

    I hope you enjoy any that you do get around to reading. And I look forward to reading part two in a second.

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