5 popular YA books I still haven’t read

There are so many books that are extremely popular and seem to be read by e v e r y o n e. That’s amazing of course, but with that comes some pressure for sure. I want to read them, but at the same time I’m scared they won’t live up to the hype, so I keep thinking “I will read this one next time, after my current read“. Repeat for ever, haha. Here are 5 of those popular YA books that are collecting dust on my shelf I still haven’t read. Will I ever read them? Who knows… I actually own all 5 of them, so I don’t really have any excuse not to.

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.
But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh.
As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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This is one of those books that I haven’t read yet, but because I have heard so much about it, it almost feels like I did read it, haha. I’ve lost count of how many times I have told myself I’m actually going to read this book. This story sounds like it is right up my alley, and I really liked the movies too. I really should pick this one up ASAP, because I feel like I’m totally missing out. 

 

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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Oh my, I remember not shutting up about wanting to read this book to my mom. I talked so much about it, she went out to look for it, but it was sold out at all the local bookstores. And when she was finally able to get it for me, I put it on my bookshelf and stared at it with guilt every now and then. Why? Because in the meantime I had tried to read Paper Towns, also by John Green. Emphasize on tried. I loathed reading the book and put it down after like 20%. His writing style is just not for me, at least in Paper Towns. I’m so scared I will absolutely not like TFIOS too.

 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Back in 2015 (!!) one of my good friends was reading this book and she loved it so much, that I heard about it, uhm, every single day. Back then I didn’t know book blogs, book Twitter, Goodreads, etc existed, and I didn’t frequent bookstores that often, and this book still came to my attention. So I bought it, but didn’t read it. I have no idea why though, it still sounds like such a cool book to me! Perhaps I was too scared to tell my friend I didn’t like it in case it turned out our taste in books is too different?

 

Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

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I have a bookworm confession to make: I have never read a single page of a Sarah J. Maas book. How is that even possible? Sarah J. Maas has many fans and also haters, I’m pretty sure there are not many others who can say the same as me. I didn’t even buy this book, it came in a goodiebag when I attended a YA festival. Oops… To be honest I’m not really that interested in reading this book. I do want to give her other series, A Court Of Thorns And Roses, a try, though.

 

Legend by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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Isn’t this book on almost every bookworm’s bookshelf? Whenever I see one of those pictures of super pretty bookshelves, I zoom in to see what kind of books that person owns. And seriously, this book seems to be there every time, haha. This book came out in 2011 (again, !!), and to be honest I forgot what this book was about until I looked it up for this blog post. I feel like this book is not really talked about anymore as much as other older popular YA books, even though it’s loved by many.

Are there any books on this list you also have not read yet? Or any other popular YA book you have not turned the pages of? Let me know!

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8 Comments

  1. March 19, 2020 / 9:43 pm

    I listened to All the boys via audio and loved it that way. I’d totally recommend doing that one day, maybe it’ll finally be the way you read it and maybe binge the entire series! I’m ashamed I haven’t read Illuminae, A Darker Shade of Magic and An Ember in the Ashes yet because everyone raves about them! But oh well, we’ll get to our books soon enough, right? 😅😂

    • sophies99
      Author
      March 20, 2020 / 8:31 am

      I’m usually not the biggest fan of audiobooks, but maybe I should give it a try again with TATBILB! 😀 Haha there’s just soooo many books, one day we’ll read them… hopefully lol😂

  2. March 19, 2020 / 10:22 pm

    I loved this post, Soph! I think you have the prettiest blog design I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing?? lol

    I’ve never read The Fault In Our Stars either! I remember all the hype about and fully intended to read it, but then I watched the movie first and thought, “this is good enough” 😅. I’ve only read one John Green book also, Turtles All the Way Down, and wasn’t too impressed by it 😕. Also, anything by SJM! Haven’t read those either haha. I think these book will always remain those popular, YA books I still haven’t read 😬.

    • sophies99
      Author
      March 20, 2020 / 8:37 am

      Ohhh thank you so much🥰🌸 I worked hard on it the past few days, so that’s a great compliment😊

      I watched the movie too and I had a similar thought hahaha. Glad I’m not the only one who is not a big fan of his books, since so many people seem to love them😅
      I totally want to finally read a SJM book this year, though.

  3. March 20, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    Omg I just found your blog and I’m so OBSESSED! It’s so pretty ahh *insert heart eyes*

    I’ve only read the Warcross dulogy by Marie Lu but I ADORED them so I always really want to get to the Legend trilogy. And I’ve only read the first ToG book but literally all my friends want me to continue on so that needs to happen soon (more excited about Crescent City hehe).

    Also I really love To All The Boys and TFIOS, def recommend those 😉

    So cool to have found you.

    • sophies99
      Author
      March 20, 2020 / 1:36 pm

      Ahhh thank you sooo much🙈💕 I still need to read Warcross too.. oops😂
      Ah reading only the first book of a series is a thing I do too hahaha. Whenever I see a picture of Crescent City I’m shocked by how big it is haha. Let me now if it’s good when you read it!
      Definitely will read TATBILB soon😊

  4. March 20, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    I love the new blog look, it is gorgeous!!! *heart eyes*
    I have only read 2 books on this list (Throne of Glass, I loved this series at the time, and Legend), I enjoyed them both but not really my favourite anymore. I really hope you enjoy them both though!!
    I tried Turtles All The Way Down by John Green because I saw this quote ‘Your Now Is Not Your Forever’ and loved it but again the book was only average, still obsessed with that quote though.
    I’ve never read To All The Boys either but I do enjoy the movies, and I’ve heard very good things about the books!!
    Happy reading!! I think some of the most hyped YA books that I haven’t read are The Cruel Prince and Illuminae but I would like to check them both out!! 🙂

    • sophies99
      Author
      March 21, 2020 / 5:00 am

      AAAHHH THANK YOU❤❤

      That’s a nice quote indeed, especially during these times😌
      I have also not read The Cruel Prince yet🙈 Should’ve added that one to the list…. Ahhhh I want to read all the books at once lol. I tried reading Illuminae, but the writing style wasn’t for me sadly

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