What bestselling YA authors read

We love discovering the books that our favorite authors and celebrities like to read. In honor of #TeenTober, we rounded up some of our favorite YA authors’ picks. Add them all to your fall #TBR pile.

Karen M. McManus loves The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

The beloved author of One of Us Is Lying recently dug into The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams. This new YA novel is said to be a cross between Adventures in Babysitting and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Karen McManus loves it. When 17-year-old Esme starts a babysitters club to make some extra cash, she’s shocked when it attracts the attention of her school’s rebel Cassandra. Esme will have to get to the bottom of their connection and why they’ve been brought together in The Babysitters Coven.


Kendare Blake reads The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake loves Kristin Simmons’s latest novel about a group of teens who attend a school for aspiring con artists. Brynn is excited to start at her new school because it provides her with an escape from the world. But starting over has its own disastrous effects as she learns secrets about the school that will change her life forever.


Samira Ahmed reads The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

If you’re a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale or the hit novel The Power, you’ll love Samira Ahmed’s pick for October: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. In this new YA novel, girls are dangerous and when they turn 16 (their “grace year”), they’re banished into the wild in order to keep the people of the town safe. Now that Tierney James has come upon her grace year, she’ll learn just how dangerous it is for society to pit women against each other and the consequences that come with the trials they’re put through.


Rainbow Rowell reads Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Renowned YA author Rainbow Rowell loves Leigh Bardugo and her first adult novel Ninth House. Alex Stern has had a hard life. She’s been mixed up in drugs, held short-lived jobs and was even the sole survivor of a multiple homicide that was never solved. Now, she’s being given a second chance as she attends Yale on a full-ride scholarship. It doesn’t take long for Alex to question why she was chosen and before she knows it, she’s caught up in an even more terrifying world than before.


Astrid Scholte reads Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

The bestselling author of Four Dead Queens made it clear this year that she loves Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series: “The Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco has been some of my favorite books of the last few years and I’m so excited to read what happens to Audrey and Thomas next! Congrats to Kerri for completing her amazing series!”


Laurie Halse Anderson reads Internment by Samira Ahmed

Laurie Halse Anderson took Internment by Samira Ahmed with her on vacation and her fans were excited for her to jump into the “thought-provoking read.” America has just begun forcing Muslim American citizens into internment camps including teen Layla Amin and her parents. Layla will have to form new relationships in order to find her freedom and rebel against the camp’s director and his team of guards.


Kathleen Glasgow reads Teen Titan: Raven by Kami Garcia

“Tore through Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia. This gorgeous, heartbreaking, fierce story hit all my sweet spots: complicated girl + survival + powerful storytelling illuminated by Gabriel Picolo’s stunning artwork. Don’t miss this.” A new release from DC Ink, Teen Titan: Raven tells the story of a young girl who survives an accident only to lose most of her memories and the truth about how powerful she really is.


Julie Buxbaum reads Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. is a classic that most teens have read since its release in 1970. Recently, Julie Buxbaum, the author of Tell Me Three Things, re-read this book once again, explaining that she will forever be a Judy Blume fangirl. When pre-teen Margaret moves to a new city, her new friends are surprised that she doesn’t adhere to a certain religion. What the girls don’t know is that Margaret has her own relationship with God that she holds near and dear to her heart.


Nicola Yoon reads On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Nicola Yoon loves supporting her fellow YA authors and visited Angie Thomas while on tour for On the Come Up, a story about a young teen girl who has dreams of making it big in the world of hip-hop despite all the odds she’s up against. When her first song goes viral, she finds herself in some deep controversy that has the power to either make or break her career.


Nic Stone reads Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The author of Dear Martin recently raved about Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: “You’re gonna wanna preorder this one. I’ve never read anything like it.” The reimagining of Stamped from the Beginning takes readers on a journey of the history of racism in America and explains the way people think and act in our modern society – a must-read for anyone committed to making a difference in the world.


Jason Reynolds reads On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Jason Reynolds recently read On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, telling his followers: “Ocean Vuong and this book are about to shift things.” This incredible New York Times bestseller is written as a letter from a son to his mother, detailing his family, their history and the power of love and storytelling.

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Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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