Feature & Giveaway: Favorite Young Adult Reads 2021

Crushed on by kelly, on December 21, 2021, in Blogging, Book Recommendations, Feature, Giveaways / 18 Comments

Favorite Young Adult Reads 2021

It’s that time of year were we as readers and bloggers try to compile a list of our favorite reads of the year! We also like to celebrate our readers who keep us going, so be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post, and check out additional chances to win on our Instagram!

Kelly’s Favorite Young Adult Reads of 2021

I read about 80 books at the time of compiling this list, and not all were YA, but out of the YA ones I did read, these were the standouts for me! Plus, Christy and I shared some amazing favorite books too!

  1. Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
  2. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  3. Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
  4. The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
  5. The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons
  6. Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
  7. Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
  8. Cheer Up: Love & Pompoms by Crystal Fraiser and Val Wise
  9. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
  10. Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Books on Both of Our Favorites List!

What can we say – we are Gemini partners for a reason!

  1. Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
  2. A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  3. The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold
  4. In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
  5. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  6. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Christy’s Favorite Young Adult Reads of 2021

I feel like I read more textbooks than anything else this year ๐Ÿ˜ญ But I read a lot of AMAZING books and putting together this list was nearly impossible. Please enjoy my pain below ๐Ÿ˜‚

  1. My Contrary Mary by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton
  2. Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall
  3. This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry
  4. The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
  5. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  6. She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
  7. Speak for Yourself by Lana Wood Johnson
  8. That Weekend by Kara Thomas
  9. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
  10. Take Me with You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven
  11. The Lost Girls: A Vampire Revenge Story by Sonia Hartl
  12. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
  13. The Project by Courtney Summers
  14. What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Series Endings

These deserved their own little section for completely ruining me.

  1. Payback by Kristen Simmons
  2. As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson
  3. Suns Will Rise by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
  4. Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


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18 responses to “Feature & Giveaway: Favorite Young Adult Reads 2021

  1. Christine

    A vow so bold and deadly and The hawthorne Legacy book is some of the books that the story was good that I read this year so far.

  2. Danielle Hammelef

    Firekeeper’s Daughter is in my top 10 for 2021. Bonus–it’s the author’s debut and she lives in my home state!

    • I own two copies, but the CW had me put it down, as I was not in the mental space to prepare for that when I wanted to read it…hopefully next year!

  3. Mama Reads Blog

    Oh I so loved Last Night at the Telegraph Club! I actually haven’t read much non-KU this year, but that one was absolutely a top read!

  4. I just recently looked at my Goodreads wrap up for 2021, and I was so shocked! I swear, there are some books that I read this year that I feel like I read a century ago haha

  5. Candice G

    Some of my favorties that I read in 2021 were Luck of Titanic, Ace of Spades, A Summer to Remember and Rock Paper Scissors.

  6. wanderingsofabookbird

    One of my fave books I read this year was Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet – so good! Have you guys read it?
    Megan S.