It’s after the holiday season and we’re getting back to normal life. At least, I have a lot of great books to start reading. I love getting books for Christmas and then curling up with one in front of the tree. I was lucky that I got nine books from family and friends. Did you get or give any books this year? Let us know in the comments.
1. Barcelona and Catalonia
While not a YA book, I absolutely love to travel. I can’t wait to one day get to Barcelona, Spain!
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (#16): Big Shot by Jeff Kinney
I’ve been reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for many years and they never fail to make me burst out laughing. I love to see what Greg Heffley is up to. This time, he joined a basketball team.
3. How to Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles
After a chaotic but amazing trip to Israel in How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, Amy Nelson Barak is back in Chicago and her life has completely changed after an amazing summer romance. How to Ruin My Teenage Life follows Amy as she navigates a long-distance relationship, learns more about her cultural background and reconnects with her dad.
4. Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richards
Cleo receives a mysterious invitation for a scavenger hunt on her 18th birthday. Thinking it’s a gift from a friend, Cleo and her bestie Hope embark on the journey. But shortly after the game starts, things feel eerily familiar. Someone knows what really happened to Cleo last summer and they won’t let her forget it. Seven Dirty Secrets promises be exciting and intense.
5. The Yearbook by Holly Bourne
The Yearbook came out back in May and we only heard about it recently! It’s pitched as The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Mean Girls, so who can resist those comparisons? Paige is tired of all the lies people tell and doesn’t want that reflected in the yearbook this year. With them help of her best friend Elijah, Paige is about to reveal the truth about everyone.
6. I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt
I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas is about how Noelle ends up on ski vacation over Christmas with the family she babysits for. Enter Wyatt: the kid’s older half-brother and nothing goes as planned. Noelle annoys Wyatt from the beginning, yet the two are forced to spend time together at the resort. This book promises to be a hilarious rom-com about two teenagers who are both trying to make it in the competitive world of ballet.
7. So, This is Christmas by by Tracy Andreen
So, This Is Christmas recently released and we can’t wait to read it. Finley Brown recently returned from boarding school to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma. Everything has changed since she’s been home, including her ex and her bestie are dating, her parents are separating and her grandmother hired her enemy. To make matters worse, she told someone that this town was a holiday paradise, only for him to show up at her grandmother’s ready for a celebration. Finley has to take back Christmas and see if she can make it the best one yet.
8. Where There’s a Wisk by Sarah J. Schmitt
Peyton Sinclaire finally gets to escape her small town in Florida when she is accepted to be on Top Teen Chef, a culinary show on Food TV. We love that Where There’s a Whisk is set on a reality TV show and we can’t wait to start this contemporary set in the culinary world.
9. You’ll be the Death of Me by Karen McManus
It’s our January book club pick! We love starting the new year with a Karen McManus book. It’s basically Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder. Ivy, Mateo and Cal decide to ditch school and go into the city, but when they spot another student skipping, they plan to follow him. Nothing is as it seems and the three former friends might have been thrown together for a reason. Join us on January 16th to discuss.