So I have a friend that is new to reading and listening to her talk about the books that she’s reading and hearing the excitement in her voice when she talks about this character from that book and this person from that story gets me all excited.
She’s been on a reading binge where all she does in her spare time is read.
I, being the gifted reader that I am (ha!) could not be any more excited for this because B-Nice (or B-Nizzle to some folks, hehe) is running out of books to read. She’s read the entire Twilight and House of Night series and now she’s making her way through some other YA books. She’s really into the paranormal/vampire YA books that she’s been reading and I’m trying to rack my brain for books that I think she would enjoy.
While thinking about what books to pimp out to her, I got to thinking about starter kits. I have a a starter kit for romance novels. A Romance Starter Kit is a short list of my favorite romance novels that I would want new readers of the genre to try out. There’s always a variety of titles for them to try out.
So B-Nice seems to like the YA titles that I’ve given her to try out so I’m going to put together a YA starter kit for her but I’d like your help on it. I’m having a bit of trouble trying to make my list and anyway, I haven’t read very many YA titles to consider myself a pro YA reader (not nearly as much as I like to think I’m a romance novel pro reader, haha).
So far, I know that she’s read:
- The Twilight books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn)
- The House of Night books (Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, Burned)
- The Blue Blood books (Blue Blood, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy)
- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
That’s it, I think. She’s loved all of those books, some more than others but she’s really into the whole vampire worlds and so some great paranormal titles would be something I’d like to add but to be honest, I haven’t read very many other books of the YA paranormal sort. So, I need help!
If you were putting a Starter Kit together for YA fiction, what books would you put in there?