Teen Reads Week

Each year in October, a week is set aside to celebrate reading for teens. This literacy initiative first began in 1998, courtesy of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

In honor of Teen Reads, library staff has compiled a list of memorable books for young adults. From realistic fiction to fantasy, standard chapters to graphic panels, these 10 titles are just a few of our YA favorites.

Ink and Bone

by Rachel Caine – Fantasy, Alternate History, Dystopian

One of Us Is Lying

by Karen M. McManus – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


by Jennifer Donnelly – Historical Fiction, Realistic, Tragic

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton – Dramatic Fiction, Coming-of-Age

Iron Widow

by Xiran Jay Zhao – Futuristic, Science Fiction, Fantasy

The Thief

by Megan Whalen Turner – Fantasy, Adventure


by N.D. Stevenson – Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Graphic Novel

Hell Followed With Us

by Andrew Joseph White – Dystopian, Survival Fiction, LGBTQIA+

Be Not Far From Me

by Mindy McGinnis – Thriller, Adventure

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead – Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance