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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2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- Book to Movie: Ripped from the Pages
The recent trend in movies seems to be screenplay adaptations of popular novels. You will find your favorites here.
- Mysteries: Murder, Mayhem and Other Adventures
The committee’s update of the 2004 Guess Again list reflects the growing abundance of titles for young adults with Mystery themes.
- 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.
- Narrative Non-Fiction: Inspired by Actual Events
This list of real life, factual stories supports Common Core State Standards and Critical Thinking Skills.
2014 Popular Paperbacks Titles
2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- Conflicted: Life During Wartime.
Today’s U.S. teens have lived most of their lives in a country at war. These books address direct combat as well as life in a war zone, across a broad swath of locations and historical periods.
- GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual Individuals, and Their Allies.
The committee’s update of the 2006 GLBTQ list reflects the growing abundance of titles for young adults with GLBTQ themes.
- Humor Me: Funny, Fantastic and Witty Reads.
Another revisited topic, these titles contain satire, slapstick, tragicomedy, and the more subtle humor that comes from everyday experience.
2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 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