YALC Author Book Recs


Last month at YALC I had the opportunity to meet lots of amazing YA authors. As well as saying hello and getting my books signed (and trying not to freak out too much), I wanted to ask each author the same question to see what answers I got.

The question I chose was: “If you could recommend a book, other than your own, what would it be?” (Or something to that effect!)

I was intrigued to find out what their answers would be. Would they pick one of their fellow YALC authors to recommend? A book recently published, or an old favourite? Would they choose adult books that might appeal to YA readers? Or would they recommend the YA books they read as a teen?

I wasn’t disappointed with the answers. Most of the recommendations were YA, but with a few adult books sneaking in there too, and from a range of genres. Some books I’d already read but many I’d not even heard about before, which was great, and I’ve enjoyed finding out more about them while compiling this list.

Many of these recommendations I’ve now added to my wishlist of books to read. Some books I decided weren’t for me, but they might be the books for you! I think there’s definitely something for everyone in this list.

So, without further delay, here it is…

A master list of book recommendations from YA authors at YALC, complete with Goodreads links so you can add them to your wishlist/TBR if you’d like.


Most recent YA book


Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things


Am I Normal Yet?
by Holly Bourne


by Deirdre Sullivan


Sophia Bennett

Love Song


The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson


Holly Bourne

What’s A Girl Gotta Do?


Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging
by Louise Rennison


Sarah Crossan



by Deirdre Sullivan


The Bombs That Brought Us Together
by Brian Conaghan


Juno Dawson

Spot The Difference


Nothing Tastes As Good
by Claire Hennessey


Kill The Boy Band
by Goldy Moldavsky


Laure Eve

The Graces
Published 1 Sept 2016


Six Of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo


Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies


The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson


Sally Green

Half Lost


Shadow Of The Wolf
by Tim Hall


Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel Of The Sands


The Winner’s Curse
by Marie Rutkoski


A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab


Lisa Heathfield

Paper Butterflies


My Name’s Not Friday
by Jon Walter


Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey


Love That Dog
by Sharon Creech


Sarra Manning

London Belongs To Us


The Muse
by Jessie Burton


Modern Lovers
by Emma Straub


The Big Lie
by Julie Mayhew


Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl Of Ink And Stars


The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge


Under Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall


Louise O’Neill

Event in Bath after YALC

Asking For It


The Girls
by Emma Cline


Alice Oseman

Radio Silence


Maggot Moon
by Sally Gardner


Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root Of Summer


The Smell Of Other People’s Houses
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping Prince


Six Of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo


Lisa Williamson

The Art Of Being Normal


What’s A Girl Gotta Do?
by Holly Bourne


Holly Smale

Geek Girl: Head Over Heels


Adrian Mole series
by Sue Townsend


Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King


The Dark Is Rising
by Susan Cooper


Chris Vick

Published 30 Aug 2016


In Darkness
by Nick Lake


How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff


Eleanor Wood

My Kinda Book Club panel

My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend


Kill The Boy Band
by Goldy Moldavsky


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