Miss Beth’s YA Book Recommendations

Miss Beth's YA Book Recommendations

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Beth Kiurski, Upper Elementary Teacher

Well for some reason, some students out there in technology land said that they wanted to hear from some of the teachers during this crazy time. I truly feel I am my best self when I am serving others through teaching, so I decided to write something. Like many people, my life is not very interesting right now, so I wanted to write about something that I truly love and something that I have a huge amount of time now for, and that happens to be READING.

Reading has always been a love of mine. It started with the Harry Potter series in third grade. I had a teacher start reading it aloud to me, and then I made my parents read books two and three as soon as we finished the first. I then started going to every single midnight release. My mom even let me skip school after the release of book 4 so that I could read all day. (Sorry fourth grade teacher!)

There was a long time of my life where people made me read certain books, and I grew to not enjoy reading. I left the reading world because I could not relate to the “classic” books. After college, I realized that I had time again to read and could read whatever I wanted. The world suddenly became my oyster.

I wanted to read more, but didn’t know where to start. Right away, I started looking at some of “bookstagram.” Yes, that is a term for book accounts on instagram. I also joined a book club with some friends, and started visiting the library.

Last year, I was able to read about 140 books so I have been able to read some amazing ones that I would recommend to anyone! I created this list for all of you that include some of my favorite books to give you some ideas! Grab these books from common reading apps or even the library!

Middle Grade:

  • Crossover by Kwaeme Alexander
  • The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman *
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Young Adult:

  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers*
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • The Little Prince by Antonie de Saint- Exupery
  • North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek 

Now these lists are just some of my five star reads over the last few years! The ones that have an asterisk near them indicate a trigger warning. (Look up more info about each of the books before deciding to read them)

I hope that this helps you to find something to do during this time of our lives. Books are my “go to” whenever life gets hard, so it is perfect for me right now. I hope that you can find some solace in these books and would love to hear what you are reading and loving right now! I am always looking for suggestions.

To my favorite students in the world, stay positive and change the world.