Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen & Kate’s Favorites

The hardest question you could ask either of us is what our favorite book is. Our favorite book is always the one we have most recently read. Here is a list of books, series, and authors that we adore, will read again and again and never stop loving. We will continue to add to this list as we read new great books. Click on the book images for a Goodreads description and more information, and click on the titles for our own review. For our own individual lists from the very beginnings of this blog, visit Gwen’s Favorites and Kate’s Favorites. For our list of best graphic novels, see Gwen & Kate’s Assemblage of Favorite Graphic Novels. In addition, we have a huge flowchart of some of our book recommendations organized in a different format, check out our Gwen & Kate’s Ginormous YA Fiction Recommendations Flowchart post.


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger


Young Adult Contemporary Romance:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, Book 1) by Stephanie Perkins



Young Adult Fantasy:

Graceling (The Graceling Realm, Book 1) by Kristin Cashore

Crown Duel/Court Duel (one book in two parts) by Sherwood Smith

Poison Study (Study, Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder

Emerald Green (The Precious Stone Trilogy, Book 3) by Kerstin Gier

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, Book 3)


Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, Book 2) by Sarah J. Maas

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, Book 1) by Megan Whalen Turner

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy, Book 3) by Leigh Bardugo


The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns Trilogy, Book 3) by Rae Carson

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal


Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Young Adult Dystopia/Science Fiction:

Heir Apparent (Rasmussen Corporation, Book 2) by Vivian Vande Velde

The One (The Selection Trilogy, Book 3) by Kiera Cass


Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3) by Marissa Meyer


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


Young Adult Paranormal:

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama


The Unbound (The Archived, Book 2) by Victoria Schwab

Young Adult Historical Fiction:

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, Book 1) by R.L. LaFevers

Mississippi Jack (The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 5) by L.A. Meyer


Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction: 


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead



Middle Grade Fantasy:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, Book 6) by J.K. Rowling

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, Book 1) by Diana Wynne Jones


The Cabinet of Wonders (The Kronos Chronicles, Book 1) by Marie Rutkoski

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears by Jules Feiffer


Middle Grade Fairy Tale Retellings:

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, Book 1) by Shannon Hale


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Middle Grade Historical Fiction:

The Apothecary (The Apothecary, Book 1) by Maile Meloy


Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix


Squire (The Protector of the Small, Book 3) by Tamora Pierce




Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

1984 by George Orwell

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle


Let us know what your favorite books are!


One comment on “Gwen & Kate’s Favorites

  1. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday #29: ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!! | Gwen & Kate's Library

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