Favorite Young Adult/Adult Books 2016

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While I didn’t read as  much as I wanted in 2016, the books I read were excellent.  I’m going to attempt to narrow things down a bit and maybe rank my list?

Ok. This is my third for fourth attempt at this post. Guys, I just read some really great books this year. And I keep remembering books that came from other sources than my main library. This is an excellent problem to have! I will give you my Top Five Young Adult/Adult selections. Read those. Then go to my 2016 Young Adult/Adult List and read the rest. Ha!

Top Five Young Adult/Adult Books for 2017

1 – Salt to the Sea (and others) by Ruta Sepetys. Salt to the Sea was breathtaking. Read it.

2 – Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. This is a hard read. Be prepared. It might make some readers uncomfortable but once again, Schmidt handles hard topics with such grace.

3 – The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan. Perhaps we would like to deny that forced labor of children (slavery) still happens in this world but the truth is often hard. Don’t miss this powerful story.

4 – Once in a Million Boy by Monica Wood. I loved this story. Truly. I think in the end you will close this book with a sigh and a smile.

5 – The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. How did I miss reading this classic for so long? If you are like me and somehow missed this story, grab it now. Stay golden, Ponyboy. Stay golden.

Psst..I didn’t want to overwhelm my Top Five with World War II books but The Girl in the Blue Coat (Monica Hesse) and The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)should be on your list if you haven’t read them.

Now..what book would you recommend to me?

Psst..again…I don’t recommend The Girl on the Train unless you are comfortable with language and intimate details.




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