Ugly Cry YA Books

Ugly cry ya books

I don’t know many of these books, but sometimes you just need an ugly cry. YA is a good genre to use to attempt that level of crying.

1. Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

2. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

3. How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

4. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

5. The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand

6. Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley

7. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

9. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

10. Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley

11. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

12. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

13. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

14. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

20 Best Books

20 Best books of all time

According to the above article, these are the twenty best books of all time. I have read many of them, and I pretty much agree on the ones that I have read. It’s a pretty good list.

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

Catch-22 Joseph Heller

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

The Color Purple Alice Walker

Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

Beloved Toni Morrison

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie

The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7) J.K. Rowling

Books to Read in One Sitting

Books for one sitting

I have a few of these books on my TBR list. According to the article, I should be able to read a book in one sitting. They don’t seem to take into account the size of my bladder or other distractions. I guess I could give some of them a shot, though.

The Guest List Lucy Foley

Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid

Tiny Imperfections Alli Frank and Asha Youmans

Devolution Max Brooks

Luster Raven Leilani

Pizza Girl Jean Kyoung Frazier

If I Had Your Face Frances Cha

The Death of Vivek Oji Akwaeke Emezi

The Jane Austen Society Natalie Jenner

A Burning Megha Majumdar

Sea Wife Amity Gaige

Survivor Song Paul Tremblay

It Is Wood, It Is StoneGabriella Burnham

The Pull of the Stars

40 books

40 books before you die

I’ve read a lot of these books mentioned in the above linked article. Some are on the TBR list, and a few I haven’t heard of. I may be working on some of them soon. I hope the library opens for checkouts soon.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

1984, George Orwell

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Brideshead RevisitedEvelyn Waugh

Dune, Frank Herbert

The Code of the WoostersPG Wodehouse

The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Middlemarch, George Eliot

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Trial, Franz Kafka

The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

45 Best Books

45 best books

I have most of these books, but I haven’t read most of them. Some of them, yes, I have read them. Some of them I look forward to reading. Some will remain unread for a while.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Beloved by Toni Morrison 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Shining by Stephen King 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Ulysses by James Joyce

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

1984 by George Orwell

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Black Lives Matter Books

Black lives matter books

I haven’t read most of these books, but they are on my TBR list. I do hope to get to them soon.


All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Another Day in the Death of America
by Gary Younge

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Citizen
by Claudia Rankine

The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time
by Jesmyn Ward

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
by Angela Y. Davis

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

President Obama  Dreams From My Father.

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
by Mychal Denzel Smith

Kindred
by Octavia Butler

March, Book One
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Men We Reaped
by Jesmyn Ward

Middle Passage
by Charles Johnson

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Nobody
by Marc Lamont Hill

Pushout
by Monique W. Morris

The Residue Years
by Mitchell S. Jackson

They Can’t Kill Us All
by Wesley Lowery

This Side of Home
by Renee Watson

To Be Young, Gifted and Black
by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

We Love You, Charlie Freeman
by Kaitlyn Greenidge

White Rage
by Carol Anderson

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain
by Phoebe Robinson

Better Than the Book

Better than the book?

I agree that a few of these are definitely better than the book. The Notebook was well done as a movie. Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies. The Princess Bride doesn’t show up on the list, but I couldn’t even finish the book, but I have the movie memorized. Holes followed the book almost to the letter. All of these that I’ve seen are excellent movies. I will put the others on my to watch list.

For the record, Fifty Shades of Grey was so poorly written, they couldn’t have done worse with a movie. Yes, I am biased.

1. Jaws (1975)

2. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

3. The Notebook (2004)

4. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

5. The Godfather (1972)

6. Big Fish (2003)

7. Arrival (2016)

8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

9. Children of Men (2006)

10. Shrek (2001)

11. Fight Club (1999)

12. Holes (2003)

13. Blade Runner (1982)

14. Matilda (1996)

15. Jurassic Park (1993)

16. American Psycho (2000)

17. And finally, Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Completed YA Fantasy Series

Completed ya fantasy series

Here is a list from the above linked article that consists of Fantasy Series that have already been completed. You won’t be wasting your time waiting for the next book in the series to come out. Enjoy!

20 COMPLETED YA FANTASY SERIES TO REVISIT OR PICK UP FOR THE FIRST TIME

#1. FOLK OF THE AIR TRILOGY BY HOLLY BLACK

1. The Cruel Prince
2. The Wicked King
3. The Queen of Nothing

#2. THE YOUNG ELITES TRILOGY BY MARIE LU

1. The Young Elites
2. The Rose Society
3. The Midnight Star

#3. RED WINTER TRILOGY BY ANNETTE MARIE

1. Red Winter
2. Dark Tempest
3. Immortal Fire

#4. MEDAIR DUOLOGY BY ANDREA K. HÖST

1. The Silence of Medair
2. Voice of the Lost

#5. SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY BY LEIGH BARDUGO

1. Six of Crows
2. Crooked Kingdom

#6. THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY BY GARTH NIX

1. Sabriel
2. Lirael
3. Abhorsen

#7. THE PENRYN & THE END OF DAYS TRILOGY BY SUSAN EE

1. Angelfall
2. World After
3. End of Days

#8. SHADOW OF THE FOX TRILOGY BY JULIE KAGAWA

1. Shadow of the Fox
2. Soul of the Sword
3. Night of the Dragon

#9. THE BRILLIANT DEATH DUOLOGY BY AMY ROSE CAPETTA

1. The Brilliant Death
2. The Storm of Life

#10. WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY BY KATHERINE ARDEN

1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Girl in the Tower
3. The Winter of the Witch

#11. CHRONICLES OF IXIA HEXALOGY BY MARIA V. SNYDER

1. Poison Study
2. Magic Study
3. Fire Study
4. Shadow Study
5. Night Study
6. Dawn Study

#12. CROWN & COURT DUET BY SHERWOOD SMITH

1. Crown Duel
2. Court Duel

#13. TALES OF BEAUTY AND MADNESS TRILOGY BY LILI ST. CROW

1. Nameless
2. Wayfarer
3. Kin

#14. THE ORPHAN’S TALES DUOLOGY BY CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE

1. In the Night Garden
2. In the Cities of Coin and Spice

#15. THE FORBIDDEN WISH DUOLOGY BY JESSICA KHOURY

0.5. The Jinni
1. The Forbidden Wish

#16. HIS FAIR ASSASSIN TRILOGY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

1. Grave Mercy
2. Dark Triumph
3. Mortal Heart

#17. GRACELING REALM TRILOGY BY KRISTIN CASHORE

1. Graceling
2. Fire
3. Bitterblue

#18. HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY BY PHILIP PULLMAN

1. Northern Lights (The Golden Compass)
2. The Subtle Knife
3. The Amber Spyglass

#19. TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING

1. The Bone Doll’s Twin
2. Hidden Warrior
3. The Oracle’s Queen

In Skala warfare is a womanly thing.

#20. WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE DUOLOGY BY TEHLOR KAY MEJIA

1. We Set the Dark on Fire
2. We Unleash the Merciless Storm

Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Books you should read in your lifetime

A lot of these are on my TBR list. A lot of them I have finished or at least started. Some, I am just wishing to read. All of them have great reviews. I look forward to attempting to finish this list.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1984 by George Orwell 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Beloved by Toni Morrison

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

YA Anti-racist Books

YA anti-racist books

I have read some of these books and I have wanted to read some of them for a while. Each of the books on the list has given me something to think about. I hope to have the same reaction from those that I will be reading soon.

Just Mercy (Adapted For Young Adults) by Bryan Stevenson


Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Black Card by Chris L. Terry

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Dear Martin by Nic Stone


Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson


This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely