Eighteen-year-old Emily Ables’ love of reading helped her gain nearly 40k followers on Instagram, where she’s better known as @blueeyedbiblio. Now she’s sharing her most loved books with Seventeen readers.
In all my years of reading, I have read a lot of books. I’ve read good books and OK books and pretty “eh” books. But these 17 books are stories that I’ve loved so much that I think every girl should read them. These books have taught me things, they’ve made me feel a whole wide range of emotions, and they’ve all stuck with me and became a part of who I am. I think these books should become a part of you, too.
1. The Harry Potter series, of course. I know J.K. Rowling’s series isn’t just one book, but I’m going to count it as such. Harry Potter is an essential for everyone’s library, regardless your age or gender.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Any girl who reads about strong, resilient Katniss won’t hesitate to make Katniss her role model.
3.Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This is a fluffy, romance story of an American girl named Anna who falls in love with a boy while at school in Paris. It doesn’t sound like it’s life changing, but it’s actually life changing.
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. A book about fitting in, feeling left out, how to deal with change and things that worry you, Fangirl is a book every girl should read before heading off to college.
5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfater. This series follows a girl named Blue and her four guy friends on their quest to finding a supposedly-dead Welsh king. The books are really well written and the plot is great, but you love the books for the characters; the characters are beautiful and very real and people who will stick with you for the rest of your life.
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Speak is a very well written novel about a teen who is depressed after something horrible happens to her at a party. The story is emotional and raw, and I believe that it’s one that all teen girls should hear.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The main character may not be a girl, but the book captures being a teenager so poignantly, it’s a necessity for all teens.
8.Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Just One Day is a very special book that starts out seeming like a romance but turns into a story about self discovery and what you can accomplish when you push yourself.
9. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. This book is a necessity to any teen girl who is questioning her sexuality. I’ve never read a better book about a teen who is confused with her sexuality and her journey in that confusion.
10. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This is a story about facing what makes you nervous and doing it without the person who acts as your comfort blanket. I think this is a really important story because it shows how some day you are going to need to face things that scare you on your own, and it shows how some friendships are really worth fighting for.
11. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl is a book about the importance of being yourself. It’s a very short book, but a lot of emotion and meaning is packed into its small number of pages.
12. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book, which is the first in a series, is directed towards a bit of a younger audience (around 10 years). One of my teachers in middle school read it to my class, and I loved it. It’s the first dystopian book I ever read. Since I associate this book so much with my childhood, I really think all kids should have the experience of reading it
13.The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. The Disenchantments is another great book not only about self discovery, but about finding out what you want out of life because sometimes you don’t want what everyone else does, and it’s important to know and accept that.
14. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Katsa, the main character of Graceling, is a very strong and inspiring teen living in a cruel fantasy world. She’s an amazing character to get to know and I think all teen girls should get to know her.
15. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. This book set in New York City is funny and emotional and really shows the kinds of adventures you can have right where you live. It shows that amazing things can happen wherever you are.
16. Eleven by Lauren Myracle. This is another book that is geared toward a younger audience; definitely more for around ages 10-11. Eleven is the story of growing up and learning about what changes when that happens. There are also sequels to read as you grow up, too. These books were a real presence in my childhood and showed me what to expect as I got older (in a good way).
17.My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. With more mature themes, this book is recommended to older teens. It’s an incredibly emotional and beautiful story about a girl whose sister has cancer and what she does to try and help her sister live.
All of these books and stories mean a lot to me. I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I did!