Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in YA

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, so I went pretty general on this one. Mostly because I love these books so much that I REALLY want to write post about them, because HELLO they deserve it. Also, my Top Ten are all series because I can’t pick only one book out of the whole bushel. That’s not to say I don’t love my stand-alone, I do have so very many that I LOVE! I just feel more connected to characters when I’m with them for longer–our friendships have more time to bloom into something lasting, so that when I reopen their stories’ pages I feel as if I’m home.

AND, know that though I do know how to count, I simply can’t cut any of these from my list;)



The Mortal Instruments/
The Infernal Devices

City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire

Clockwork Angel Clockwork Prince Clockwork Princess

Okay, honesty moment: so when people ask me what these books are about and I try to describe them, it ends up sounding like books they wouldn’t particularly want to read because I suck. But don’t let my lack of convincing description deter you! Let my COMPLETE FANGIRL STATUS raaaaving about these books be enough for you to pop them open, because these are right up there with Harry Potter in how much I love them. (As close to Harry Potter as any series can get;))



The Iron Fey

The Iron King The Iron Daughter The Iron Queen The Iron Knight The Iron Legends

The Lost Prince The Iron Traitor

You know, I never knew I could love faeries so much, but these books are soooooo AMAZING! I was in Walmart after a closing shift at work, and, like always, I went to go look through the books. I saw the first two books in this series, read the back of the first and thought, I’m going to try these out, they sound especially cool. Boy was I right! I mean, Puck and Ash? I LOVE THEM. I love Ash but Puck is SO funny! Meghan can have the one and I can have the other, yeah?;) Oh, and then there’s Grim the cait sith and you just HAVE to read these books!



Vampire Academy/

Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Spirit Bound Last Sacrifice

Bloodlines The Golden Lily The Indigo Spell The Fiery Heart

You want some swoon-worthy books? Try these on for size!;) Really though, Richelle Mead does vampires right! People always ask me which books I like better, VA or Bloodlines? And I can never give an answer to one or the other, because I love them BOTH.



Shatter Me

Shatter Me Destroy Me Unravel Me Fracture Me Ignite Me

Can we just take a moment to stare at the utter gorgeousness that is these covers?


And to think, the stunning quality of these covers have nothing on the beautiful, flowing prose with which Tahereh delivers these stories. Her style is one of a kind and I LOVE it! Also, the MC has wicked awesome kill-with-a-single-touch powers, so you get some pret-ty cool sci-fi along with the dystopian.





Divergent Insurgent Allegiant

I was hooked on Divergent from the very first moment. I had it on my TBR and I was off at college when I got a birthday package from my friends, where inside I found my very own copy of Divergent (also, a fully prepared and frosted chocolate cake)!



The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay

The Christmas after Mockingjay was released, one of my friends gifted me the box set of these three booklings. I mean, I’d heard about this book called The Hunger Games, but I had no clue what it was about (embarrassing). So I started with the first and ended up on a two-day book binge where I completely devoured them. My friend and I found some pretty awesome fan fiction that helped us to cope with a particular loss at the end of Mockingjay, and I don’t read fan fiction for just any book;)



The Lunar Chronicles

Cinder Scarlet Cress

I only JUST started this series in, oh, January? And it’s entirely my own fault! I’ve seen Cinder on shelves since its publication, but for some reason I’m dumb I didn’t think it would be my kind of read. Um, WRONG YOU WERE, DANICA, wrong you were. Because these books are SO so so amazing.



Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass Crown of Midnight The Assassin's Blade

I can’t even describe to you how much I love this series. I BLEEPING LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!! I mean, Celaena is THE most wicked cool assassin. AND there’s MAGIC.




Enclave Outpost Horde

ZOOOOMBIEEEEEESSS!!!!! Let me tell ya, I LOVE me some zombies–they never fail to entertain. But these books? Tops ALL other zombi-fied books I’ve read. Also, I was a blubbering mess upon finishing it. Soo there’s some enticement for you;)



Red Rising


You guys. I just . . . as new as this book is, I bloodydamn LOVE IT! It’s the only singular book that made it on my list, so that tells you its status with me. Don’t get me wrong, it is part of a series, BUT it’s the first and only one out yet, so I haven’t had as much time with Darrow as I usually have with my favorite books’ characters. A new and lasting favorite, for sure;)



Harry Potter

Sorcerer's Stone Chamber of Secrets Prisoner of Azkaban Goblet of Fire Order of the Phoenix Half-Blood Prince Deathly Hallows

Just like how I eat my food, with this list I saved the best for last. I have my third grade teacher to thank for reading Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to our class. From that first page, I delved straight into Harry Potter and it was more than just another book–so much more. This story is my childhood, I lived it right alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. I’m still living it with them, after all this time.




  1. I am so happy you put the Divergent series, The Hunger Games and HP on there! I literally bawled like a baby when I read the last in the Divergent set and I bawled like a baby when a certain loss took place in Mocking Jay! I grow too attached! You should check out the Dragonlance series. They’re old books, but they are A-MA-ZING!

  2. The great thing about your list is not only are this books YA they’re also in the Fantasy genre, which I chose and happen to LOVE! I’ve read The Hunger Games and Divergent Trilogies and Red Rising, they are on my favorite list, FOR SURE! Hunger Games is actually the books I read that helped get me sober 😉
    The Throne of Glass is actually next on my reading list, as soon as I’m done reading Half Bad by Sally Green. Love everything about your list, even the books I haven’t read are on my TBR list 😉
    Check out my TT list @ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

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