It’s Teen Read Week: 6 Books To Add To Your TBR List


Let’s be honest: We don’t need an excuse to pick up a book. But October 12-18 is Teen Read Week, which is all about getting teens to read and to discover new books. And that’s reason enough for us to round up some favorite swoonworthy reads.

This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality”; we’ve collected a few YA reads for you to dive into, no matter what you’re dreaming of reading.

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Dreaming of something dystopian?

Try: Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

What it’s about: In the near future, a climate catastrophe throws the world into chaos. Separated from her family, Pen must go on a journey away from the ruin that was once Los Angeles. Her path mirrors Homer’s The Odyssey; like Odysseus, she’s desperate to find her family. And along the way, she finds love.

Why we swoon: The writing is riveting and poetic, with intense action from page one. This is a story of finding love (and humanity) in a horrific wasteland where all hope seems lost. It’s sweet at times and terrifying at times, but always poignant and beautiful.

Want more dystopian reading? You’re in luck! Click here to browse our dystopic manuscripts.

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Dreaming of something paranormal?

Try: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

What it’s about: A girl knows she’s different, but she has no memory of who she is. She sees a face in her dreams, and she knows the man she sees is named Gabriel. Then she encounters an injured stranger named Jonah, and she learns that he’s a vampire . . . who’s fighting dark forces with the help of an angel named (you guessed it) Gabriel. And with that, the battle between good and evil begins.

Why we swoon: An awesome love triangle + nonstop action = swoon. Are you #TeamGabriel or #TeamJonah? Also, that Nikki Kelly is one awesome gal.

Want more paranormal reading? Fall in love with one of our great paranormal manuscripts.

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Dreaming of something contemporary?

Try: Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

What it’s about: High schooler Samantha has a summer internship at a local newspaper. Her job? Writing obituaries (while getting called “Moronica” by her boss). But it’s not as bad as it seems. . .  after all, she works with the super hot features intern, Tony, and AJ, her fellow obituaries intern (and drummer in the cool local band Love Gas).

Why we swoon: This is a cute contemporary romance, with a bit of an edge (did I mention the obituaries?). It’s rare (and refreshing) to see a YA workplace tale, and this one is a lovely ode to print journalism. Samantha’s a relatable girl with brains, and the romance is so sweet.

Want more contemporary reading? Browse some of our contemporary manuscripts!

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Dreaming of something nostalgic?

Try: The Summer Invitation by Charlotte Silver

What it’s about: For fans of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this coming-of-age tale is a nostalgic love-letter to New York City. When two sisters spend a summer in the city at their Aunt Theodora’s Greenwich Village apartment, they visit legendary destinations like Bemelmans Bar and the Sherry-Netherland, go lingerie shopping, and unearth secrets about their Aunt Theo’s love life.

Why we swoon: To be clear, this book is full of a dreamy romantic atmosphere, not steamy love triangles (though there’s lots of talk about lovers). Though the book is set in the present day, it’s perfect to escape into if you want to savor the old-fashioned, whimsical world of New York (like the New York you’d see in mid-century, golden-age-of-Hollywood movies.

Want more nostalgic reading? Perhaps you’ll find the manuscript of your dreams in our historical or contemporary categories!

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Dreaming of something nerdy?

Try: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

What it’s about: If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. And you’re probably itching for more nerdy romance. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder is about a girl whose friends abandon her to join the punk rock scene. Lonely and confused, our heroine starts hanging out with the nerds. . . and falls for a cute guy from the Dungeons and Dragons crowd.

Why we swoon: This is a fresh contemporary tale, full of laughter, love, and Dungeon Masters. Try finding another romantic tale that will make you want to look into getting a D&D group together.

Want some more nerdy reading? We’ve got some awesome sci-fi and fantasy manuscripts. Or, if the contemporary aspect of Into the Wild Nerd Yonder appeals to you, try one of our contemporary friendship manuscripts.

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And last but not least, if you’re dreaming of something. . .  a little different. . . .

Try: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

What it’s about: Everyone can see that college kids Lea and Gabe like each other and belong together. But will they be able to overcome their shyness? It’s the ultimate will-they-or-won’t-they story.

Why we swoon: It’s an adorable love story told in a unique way (from 14 different perspectives.) And it’s the first published Swoon Reads book!

Want to help us pick the next published Swoon Reads book? Let us know what your favorite manuscripts are on the site by commenting and voting. What are you waiting for? Get reading!


What books would you put on this list? Will you be adding any of these to your to-read list? If so, we want to know—tell us by tweeting @SwoonReads or commenting below! Also, we want to hear what your favorite manuscripts are on the site. Let us know by commenting and rating!

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Christine Barcellona

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