I, like many others, have recently fallen pray to BookTok and have quickly found my Amazon cart filling with new books to buy. For those who are not familiar, BookTok is the side of TikTok filled with book suggestions, discussions, and aesthetics. This rabbit hole has become a positive as it has convinced me to read some series I was weary on. These series have become so special in their resting place on my bookshelves and I am so happy I expanded my TBR for them. Some took me by surprise, while other were as good as I was hoping they would be. If you love YA, then you need to add these to your TBR.
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Fae | Magic | Adventure | Assassins | Romance | Epic Battles | Castle and Crown
This series is honestly so freaking good. I only have two books left in the series and I don’t know what I will do when it is over. Rowan is the LOML and I am very upset that he is fictional. I am just so upset that it took me so long to read it. The cover really throws you off. I judged by the cover for sure and thought it looked cheesy. It took me completely by surprise.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Fae | Magic | Adventure | Romance | Epic | Beauty and The Beast | Charming | Witty
This is another series that completely has taken me by surprise. DO NOT JUDGE THIS BOOK BY THE FIRST ONE IN THE SERIES!!! I had completely given up on the hype of this series after I read the first one. I thought it was super cheesy and too specific and just very corny, but my fellow book nerds kept telling me I had to read the second one. The second book salvaged this series for me; it was a complete 180. I read the second book in a day and a half. Now I am completely on board with the obsession of this series.
3. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Magic | Adventure | Romance | Betrayal | Intense | Captivating | Good V.S. Evil
I just recently wrapped up this series a couple of months ago. I wanted to make sure I was well equipped for the upcoming Netflix adaptation. (Comes out on my birthday! Ben Barnes is the best gift I could ask for…) This series was so good! I do think it would have been fine as a duology instead of all the extra riff raff they used to spread out the story, but still a compelling read. I think it was incredibly interesting to see another new world developed and it stayed out of the new Fae theme everyone is circling.
4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Assassins | Thieves | Crime | Magic | Adventure | Plot Twists | Mystery
This duology was so good! It was refreshing to read something about the misfits and criminals rather than your stereotypical hero. These characters are so compelling and I loved getting to read from each character’s perspective. I can not wait to see this series adapted in the show as well. It does seem like they might be changing up the plot, but hopefully they don’t stray too far. Fingers crossed!
5. After by Anna Todd
Romance | Intense | Emotional Rollercoaster | Quick Read | Mind Blowing | Sultry
I don’t even know where to begin with this series. This series will have you gushing one minute and throwing the book the next. I went through every emotion while reading this series and don’t regret one single moment of the emotional torment it put me through. Something to know about this book is also that I read this entire series (four books of reasonable sizing) in one week. I stayed up all hours of the night devouring the pages. I have never done that with another series. I have never read a series so quickly, nor have I ever stayed up so late to read more. Anna Todd has a way of making you feel the same as these characters are feeling and putting you directly into their heads. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to take all of the magic out of it… READ IT!!!
6. Dustlands by Moira Young
Adventure | Romance | Vengeance | Rescue | Action
This is another series I read through pretty quickly. This is actually one of the first major series I ever read. I remember the last book to this and the last book in The Mortal Instruments came out relatively at the same time. Choosing which series to finish up first was Sophie’s Choice. This series is another unique one in that the writing style is unlike any other book I have ever read. The whole series is written in a sort of backhand southern slang, and the dialogue has no quotation marks. If you have read Harry Potter, think of an entire series written like Hagrid’s dialogue. I loved this series and the characters so much and I just so badly want a page to screen adaptation.
7. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Mystery | Magic | Monsters | Revenge | Family | Friendship | Super Powers | Gripping
If you are a fan of Stranger Things in any way, then this is your next read! This book has all the creepiness and mystery of Stranger Things. I devoured this series (pun intended) in a week. You will definitely find yourself reading this duology very quickly to find out what’s going to happen next!
8. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Action | Demons | Warlocks | Werewolves | Vampires | Demon Hunters | Romance | Revenge
This is a very special book series for me. This is the very first series I ever read; it is what started my obsession with books. Thee characters hold a very special place in my heart and there is nothing like the world Cassandra has created. I will say that you will need to buckle in because she has created several series around this original one and they all tie in to each other. I wish so badly I could go back and read these for the first time again. I also wish they wouldn’t have fudged up the show so badly. I couldn’t even watch past the second episode. They were closer with the movie adaptation.
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Intense | Romance | Love Triangle | Action | Vengeance | Peril | Survival of The Fittest | Family
Obviously this is a major book series. I am so excited to see Suzanne growing the story, but nothing will beat out the way it felt to read this one. I remember being immensely stressed and bundled with anxiety, and that was just the love triangle with Gale and Peeta. There is also no one sassier than Katniss Everdeen and I praise the movie creators for choosing J-Law because no one could have done it any better. If you like these books, then I can’t recommend the movies enough. Best book to movie adaptation to ever exist!
10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Magic | Castle and Crown | Survival | Revenge | Adventure | Romance | Betrayal
This series will throw you all over the emotional rollercoaster. I had no idea how to feel 90% of the time. Betrayal is afoot with this one for sure! This series created another unique world to explore and I can’t wait for her new series to be released because I loved these books so much. The story is immensely compelling and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat!
- Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
- The 100 by Kass Morgan
- The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Weregirl by C.D. Bell