10 Books for the July 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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July’s #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

For this #WotNReadingChallenge prompt, let’s find some newer (properly classified) YA reads for you.

When the culture thinks about books from the young adult (or YA) genre, it usually thinks of Twilight, The Hunger Games, or The Fault in Our Stars. Here’s the thing: high school students who read those books when they came out have graduated from college by now. Twilight came out in 2006, The Hunger Games came out in 2008, The Fault in Our Stars came out in 2012.

Additionally, there are some books that people see as YA that really aren’t. The books I’m talking about are mostly fantasy books by women, because I guess if a lady is writing fantasy, it can’t be for grownups. While I don’t understand why people misshelve adult fantasy books, here’s an article that can help you spot the differences between YA and adult.

Our prompt this month is “A YA novel from the last 5 years.”


10 Books for your July 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Becky Albertalli – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon is a high school student with two secrets: (1) he’s gay and (2) he has an anonymous pen pal he might have a thing for. Unfortunately for Simon, someone decides that those secrets shouldn’t be. How will Simon survive high school after this? Recently adapted into Love, Simon.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows

Criminal Kaz is promised a huge score if he commits one heist. He quickly builds a crew with skills ranging from thievery to magic. Everything seems simple from here, but heists are never that easy.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Holly Black – The Cruel Prince

Jude is a human girl living in the Faerie world. She desperately wants to be accepted as part of the High Court, but the teenage faeries hate her for her humanity. As Jude gets more entangled in the Court, the stakes for her and hers become dramatically raised.

Alien: Echo by Mira Grant

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Mira Grant – Alien Echo

Olivia and Viola are the twin daughters of xenobiologists, and move with them when they explore new worlds. Olivia has a crush, while ill Viola stays inside. One day, their father discovers something horrible (fans of the Alien franchise will know exactly what) and the family must struggle to survive. Echoing the first line of another of this author’s novels, there is so much blood. 

Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Maureen Johnson – Truly, Devious

Stevie is obsessed with true crime. She applied to the prestigious Ellingham Academy in hopes of solving the crime that happened decades before. However, she’s not the only person on campus who has a sense of local history…

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Heidi Heilig – The Girl From Everywhere

Nix’s father has a gift: as long as he has a map. he can sail anywhere or anywhen. He recently found a map that could take him back to her dead mother. Now, Nix is worried that the Grandfather Paradox could become the Mother Paradox.

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

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Fonda Lee – Zeroboxer

Carr wants to be a champion zeroboxer, and he’s well on his way. He’s even got a publicist who he’s falling for faster than his opponents in the ring. Unfortunately, what Carr doesn’t know might be a problem.

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

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

Henry “Monty” Montague has one year before he must shape up into a respectable heir. In the meantime, he, his sister Felicity, and his best friend (and crush) Percy are going on a Grand Tour of Europe. Will Monty confess his love to Percy before the year is out?

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman – La Belle Sauvage

Pullman has described this series as an “equel” to his beloved His Dark Materials trilogy. In this book, Malcolm accidentally ends up entangled in a conspiracy. That conspiracy leads his fate to become linked with baby Lyra’s. The next book in this trilogy is coming out this fall. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give

Starr struggles to fit in her two worlds: a fancy prep school and her neighborhood. When Starr witnesses her friend Khalil fatally shot by a cop while unarmed, all eyes are on her. Can Starr use her voice for herself, Khalil and her community?

What recent YA books do you love? What are you planning to read for this #WotNReadingChallenge prompt? Tell us in the comments!

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