Each year, the Popular Paperbacks committee creates lists of books to encourage young adults to read for pleasure. The lists of popular or topical titles are widely available in paperback and represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.
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Nominations for the 2016 list will be posted May 1. In the meantime, suggest a title
based on this year's themes:
Fairy Tales Retold: Once Upon a Twisted Time: This list highlights retellings of both familiar and lesser known fairy tales in a variety of settings and genres.
Get Graphic: Graphic Novels: The possibilities are endless with graphic novels! From Fiction to Non Fiction, these titles transcend genre and offer a little something for everyone.
Post-Apocalyptic: It's the End of the World As We Know It: Post-apocalyptic novels are at the height of popularity. This list features books that focus on life in the aftermath of worldwide destruction.
Unreliable Narrators: Don't Believe a Word: These stories have serious plots twists, untrustworthy narrators and enough bumps and turns to surprise even the most jaded reader.
2015 Popular Paperbacks Titles
- Lock Up: Teens behind Bars: A relevant issue and widely popular theme for 2015. These titles explore the very real and dangerous issues of incarceration.
2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten.
Conflicted: Life During Wartime; GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual Individuals, and Their Allies; Humor Me: Funny, Fantastic and Witty Reads; Top Ten
Boarding Schools to Summer Camps I Gowns, Greasepaint and Guitars I I'm New Here Myself I More Books that Won't Make you Blush
Adventure Seekers | Forbidden Romance | Get Your Geek On | Sticks and Stones | Top Ten
Thrillers & Killers | What's Cooking? | What If… | Zombies, Werewolves, and Things with Wings | Top Ten
Bodies | Change Your World or Live to Regret It | Hard Knock Life | Twists on the Tale
Death & Dying | Fame & Fortune | Journey>Destination | Spies & Intrigue
Sex is... | What Makes a Family? | Magic in the Real World | Anyone Can Play
Get Creative; Religion: Relationship with the Divine; Now THAT'S Comedy! Humorous Books; I'm Not Making This Up.
Criminal Elements, Books That Don't Make You Blush: No Dirty Laundry Here, What Ails You?, GLBTQ .
Read 'Em & Weep, Gateway to Faerie, Own Your Freak, All Kinds of Creepy
If It Weren’t For Them: Heroes; On That Note…Music and Musicians; Guess Again: Mystery and Suspense; Simply Science Fiction.
Lock It, Lick, It,Click it: Diaries, Letters and Email, Flights of Fantasy: Beyond Harry and Frodo, This Small World: A Glimpse at Many Cultures, I've Got a Secret
Relationships: Friends and Family, War: Conflict and Consequences, Tales of the Cities, Graphic Novels: Superheroes and Beyond
Humor, Paranormal, Poetry, Western
Short Takes, Page Turners, Romance, Self-Help
Good Sports, Teen Culture, Changing Dimensions, Different Drummers
Adult Mysteries for Teens, Feel Good Books, Facing Nature Head On, Teens from Other Times: Historical Fiction
Books for the Soul, Going Alternative: Graphic Novels and Picture Books, Lesbian/Gay Tales, Multicultural Fiction, The Stories of Our Lives