Which Popular YA Book Have I Read? (Or Not!)

I saw this on Elli @ AceReader‘s blog and I thought it sounded like something fun to do, so I decided to give it a try as well. I know I’m always adding new releases and such to my TBR, but am I actually reading them? Not so sure! Anyway, earlier this month, Goodreads shared a list of the 40 most popular recent YA books. Let’s have a look at which ones of them I have read, and which ones I haven’t!


#1 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Yes I have read it, I actually gave it 5 stars, and I can only recommend that you read it as well, if you haven’t read it yet!

#2 Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. Yes I have also read this one. It’s an own voice book with a main character who has OCD, and a bit of a murder-mystery plot. I also gave it 5 stars.

#3 One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. Yes, I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book before it was released, and I never thought it would get this popular! I’m glad that it did though, because it was excellent. And I’m also really glad to hear that it’s getting an on-screen adaptation!

#4 The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. This one doesn’t really come as a surprise considering the hype that this series has received, and keeps receiving. I binge-read the trilogy back in November, upon the release of the last book, and greatly enjoyed it! So again, yes.

#5 Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. Also yes. I binge-read the trilogy two years ago, when the first movie was released, and I really loved it!

#6 Caraval by Stephanie Garber. No, I haven’t read that one. It’s still on my TBR after the great purge I did a few months ago, but to be fairly honest, I’m not sure I will ever get around to reading this one.

#7 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Yes I have also read this one, and I absolutely LOVED IT. I haven’t gotten around to reading the sequel yet, but I am pretty sure that it’s waiting for me on my kindle. If you like fantasy, and don’t know what to read next, go pick this one up!

#8 King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. No, I haven’t read this one, but I have read both Red Queen and Glass Sword and I actually already own a copy of it, which I’m pretty sure that I got immediately upon the release, but I guess I wasn’t in the mood to read it back then, and never got around to doing so. But, you know, it’s going to happen some day.

#9 Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. No, I haven’t read this on, nor have I read any other book by this author, and I’m not really planning on doing so anyway.

#10 Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. No, I haven’t read this one yet. I haven’t gotten this far into Cassandra Clare’s book, but in theory, I’m planning on doing so, eventually!

#11 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. No, I haven’t read this one either. I heard that the author has done some pretty problematic stuff, like signing other people’s books for fun, especially BIPOC authors, so I’m not really planning on picking up anything of hers.

#12 They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Yes, I have read this one, and yes, it completely broke me, pretty much like anything Adam Silvera writes to be honest. I loved it, and definitely recommend it though!

#13 Warcross by Marie Lu. Yes, I have read this one and really enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure I read it not long after it was released, actually, but, as it often happens, I haven’t gotten around to reading the sequel yet.

#14 The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. No, I haven’t read this one. I was a huge fan of his series His Dark Materials and Sally Lockhard when I was younger, but I guess I lost interest? I also heard that he said some pretty shady stuff, and I don’t think that I will pick up this one.

#15 Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott. No, I haven’t read it. This is one of those books that has been sitting on my TBR since forever, and I’m not sure that I will ever read it.

#16 Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. No, I haven’t read this one either. I kind of want to check out this series, but I still haven’t finished the Unwind dystology, and I’d like to do that before I pick up Scythe.

#17 Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. No, I haven’t read it, and nor will I. I’m really not interested in the white saviour trope, and besides, even though I did enjoy Divergent, I wasn’t really impressed with the rest of the series.

#18 What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. No, I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my TBR and I will definitely get to it at some point. I believe it’s already waiting for me on my kindle, actually.

#19 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Yes, I’ve read it, and yes, I loved it.

#20 On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. Yes, I actually read this one in June, and I didn’t really have time to chat about it on here yet, but one, I loved it, and two, this book is so important and worth your time. Also three, I can’t wait for Angie Thomas’ next release!

#21 Renegades by Marissa Meyer. No, I haven’t read it yet. I really have no explanation for this one. I absolutely LOVED The Lunar Chronicles, as well as her other release Heartless, and I’m also pretty sure that I got my copy of Renegades signed a few years ago, but life happened, and I haven’t taken the time to read it yet.

#22 Sadie by Courtney Summers. No, I haven’t read it, and also I have seen it around, I have to admit that I have no idea what it’s about.

#23 The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Same as the previous one, no I haven’t read it, I also have no idea what it might be about although I believe it’s probably a fantasy?

#24 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. No, I have to admit that I haven’t read this one either, although I clearly remember that I complained that my preorder was arriving very late, and look at me now. I have it, and I have done nothing about it. (It’s just so big!)

#25 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Yes, I have read it, and also completely fell in love with it. This book is so important to me, and I cherish it with all my heart.

#26 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Yes, I have actually read this one during the lockdown, and while it wasn’t my favourite book of hers, I loved it, and cannot recommend it enough, because the topics it deals will are so, so important.

#27 Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. No, I haven’t read it. I’m actually not sure this is my kind of book, honestly, although I’ve heard nothing but great things about it!

#28 Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. Yes, I have read this book quite recently actually, and absolutely fell in love with it. I am pretty sure it will make it to my list of favourite reads for this year!

#29 Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. No, I haven’t read this one yet. We have here pretty much the same case as King’s Cage and The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents: by the time my preorder arrived, I was busy doing something else, and haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet.

#30 To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. No, I haven’t read it. I am pretty sure that I have in facts seen it around, but I have truly no idea what it might be about.

#31 A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. No, I haven’t read this one either. I can see that it’s on my Goodreads TBR shelf, but to be fairly honest, I have completely forgotten how it ended up there.

#32 We Are Okay by Nina Lacour. Unfortunatly no, I haven’t read this one yet, but I desperately want to. I have heard nothing but great things, and I want to read more YA sapphics, so its time will come eventually.

#33 Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. No, I haven’t read it either, and this is another occurence of “I have no idea what this book might be about” although I have actually read and enjoyed other books by Maureen Johnson!

#34 Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. No, I haven’t read this one either, but I am pretty sure that it’s already sitting on my kindle, and will get around to reading it eventually!

#35 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Yes, I have read this one, and completely fell in love with it! I also enjoyed From Twinkle, With Love, and will definitely be checking out more of her books!

#36 Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus. I feel like this is getting pretty recurrent, but no, I haven’t read this one yet, although I do own a copy which I’m pretty sure that I got right upon the release. It even has gorgeous blue decked pages so really, I don’t know what I’m waiting for.

#37 King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. For some reason, seeing this book on the list makes me completely giddy with happiness. Yes, I have read it, and I fangirled a lot while reading it actually. I simply cannot wait for the sequel to be released!

#38 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. No, I haven’t read this one, although it is on mmy TBR, and I might pick it up on Scribd at some point because I have noticed that it is available!

#39 History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. Yes, I have read this one and it completely broke me. It’s such a strong book about grief, and I can only recommend it.

#40 Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. Yes, I’ve read this one, and I’m actually really happy to see it on this list, because I enjoyed it a lot! I haven’t actually gotten around to reading the sequel (I know, this is a pattern) but I’m sure I will at some point!


And the list has come to an end! I have read 17 of those books, and have even more on my TBR. It’s always interesting to see these lists, because although they don’t necessarily mean a lot, some of the picks can be surprising! And it’s always good to have a reminder that for example oh, I actually wanted to read that one… Thank you so much to Elli for giving me the idea for this article, and thanks to you if you have read this far!

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