Teen Read Week 2012

on October 19, 2012 in I heart books., Perfectly Unique with 31 comments by

It’s Teen Read Week, put on by the American Library Association.

I love libraries. I frequent mine here in Nashville. And I’m ashamed to admit that for the first time in 32 years, I lost a library book. I know. Devastating. I’m going to pay for it today. Whah whah.

My grandmother was a librarian. I wish she could shelf my book. I bet she would think that was really cool.

[Speaking of really cool, Booklist Magazine, a huge resource for librarians, just gave Perfectly Unique a killer review that will be in the November issue! Here’s a piece of it….

Young women who are concerned about developing their internal character and becoming stronger Christians will gravitate to this beautiful and breezy title that deals with serious issues in a compassionate manner.

Um. HUGE compliment!! My grandma would freak about that too.]

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If you have any teens in your life, I wanted to offer a list of a few of my favorite books for that age bracket. Not all are Christian, and because I am a total prude I’m going to give them a rating, just so you know.

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set — I think this would be a great Christmas gift for teen girls or guys in your life. There’s some serious violence, so this probably rated PG. But great writing, fascinating storyline, you probably know all of this already okay moving on.

Graceful – Emily Freeman really gets to the heart of what many teen girls are struggling with in this book. Rated G, this non-fiction will really bless your gal.

I Am the Messenger – Such smart writing. Rated PG [best I can remember]. Our book club of adults loved this, but it is young adult fiction.

The Fault in Our Stars – It’s no secret I’m a huge John Green fan. This book has a sex scene in it between two teens, so it’s def PG13. But the writing is really really strong and the story is beautiful.

Jesus Calling– many of my small group girls are devouring this. Such a great devotional. Rated G. Duh.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness– Andrew Peterson is absolutely one of the most creative writers I’ve ever read. All three books are Rated G and if you are looking for a series that is 100% addicting and awesome, this is it.

Those are just a few of my current faves. There’s lots of cool stuff going on over at the Teen Read Week website, so I highly suggest you check it out. I’ve gotten to read so many cool blog posts about YA Authors and YA books. No joke, my request list for my local library is growing rapidly. 🙂

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To celebrate Teen Read Week, I want to giveaway some copies of Perfectly Unique

Just leave a comment with a book suggestion for teens and you’ll be entered to win. Two people will each get TWO autographed copies of Perfectly Unique. So you can keep one and give one away or you can give them both away!

You have until Sunday afternoon to enter to win.

Then I’ll randomly pick two winners, sign the books, stuff them in envelopes full of glitter [per usual] and send ’em your way!

Can’t wait to hear your book suggestions!



  1. Lesley
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM  |  reply

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It talks about concepts of time, space, reason, and emotion in a way that kids can get. The places the book takes you are really cool and different and “out there” but the characters are total homebodies.

    • posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM  |  reply

      !!! <3 <3 <3

  2. Lori
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM  |  reply

    I love hearing about good YA books. I recommend Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. Sort of a mystery but not in the typical sense and a good love story thrown into the mix.

  3. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM  |  reply

    starting with the christian fiction genre:

    ted dekker (chosen series)
    beverly lewis (holly’s *something* can’t remember the exact title)
    robin jones gun (christy miller series – i found this series for my niece at a used library book sale for $0.25 a book!)

    for non christian reading i would go very old school with titles like little women, heidi, heidi grows up etc. my children love any book to do with horses so they are reading through the misty of chincoteague books but the oldest is still four years removed from having *teen* behind his name so we are not quite to the teen years yet! you will have to compile another list in a few years so i can reference that at the time!

  4. Stephanie
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM  |  reply

    I loved Sloppy Firsts and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series as a teen.

    Thanks for the book suggestions. I’ve been looking for good suggestions for my younger sister and cousin (both 17) for Christmas. Would love to give them your book!

  5. Miranda
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM  |  reply

    Was always an Anne of Green Gables series fan, also for some different classics: Enders Game & The Westing Game.

  6. Jennifer Schaefer
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM  |  reply

    We love our local library, too! It’s like a second home to us!

  7. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM  |  reply

    Ooh, like Miranda we love The Westing Game around here, too.

    My older son loved Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Survival story. PG-13.

    I’m going to go with This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. It’s all about spiritual warfare. I’d probably rate it PG-13.

    (You know I’d say Christy. I had forgotten about the Peterson books. I’m getting those to read aloud to my son.)

  8. Lesley
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM  |  reply

    I enjoyed reading Christian fiction books in the YA section as a teen. I don’t remember specific titles…terrible with names sorry. But I’m looking forward to reading yours. Thanks.

  9. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 8:12 PM  |  reply

    You already mentioned The Fault in Our Stars, but I’d say that all of John Green’s books are great reads for teens. Looking for Alaska is a little racy, but I think it’s a fantastic and important book (we read it at my high school in my English class senior year. That could have been because the story was based on my high school, which John Green attended. Regardless of that, we had great class discussions about it).

    A few of my other favorites are:
    – A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner , both by Khaled Hosseini
    – Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
    – the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
    – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolsoy (it’s a surprisingly easy read, albeit lengthy)
    – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    – Love Does by Bob Goff

    All of these are fantastic reads for adults as well 🙂

    • posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 4:03 PM  |  reply

      Congrats, Eleanor! You’ve won TWO copies of Perfectly Unique! Email me your address and I’ll put those in the mail ASAP!

  10. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM  |  reply

    In my opinion, one of the best books anyone could ever read, especially girls who want to take their relationship with the Lord to a new level, is “The Shack” by William P. Young. This is literally one of the most AMAZING books i’ve ever read and i promise, it will actually change your life ! It will give you an entirely new outlook on God and make you fall more and more in love with Him. I can remember when i read it for the first time i stayed up until about 4 A.M. reading and didnt even want to stop to use the bathroom hehehe ! Trust me , you will not be dissapointed with “The Shack” ! 🙂

  11. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM  |  reply

    Honestly, my list could go forever, but my top choices are:
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    any book by Ted Dekker
    Artemis Fowl series

  12. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 10:54 PM  |  reply

    As a middle school English teacher, I love this list and love that you write for teens! I have tons of suggestions and I am copying down all your suggestions.

    Just finished “Birthmarked” by Caragh M. O’Brien (It’s actually a trilogy….so good)

    Anne of Green Gables series
    Christy Miller Series (One of the reasons I love Jesus today) or pretty much any of the Robin Jones Gunn books.
    Matched by Allie Condie
    Divergent Series

  13. Emma Mogard
    posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM  |  reply

    I noticed someone mentioned the Anne of Green Gables series, but I want to suggest a less-known one by the same author. It’s the Emily of New Moon series. They’re about a wonderful young girl aspiring to be a writer. A great series by a classic writer… Can’t go wrong with that! 🙂

  14. posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM  |  reply

    I know it’s been recommended already, but I stand by the “A Wrinkle In Time” series…it’s one of my dog-eared-treasured favorites, and I also love the Chronicles of Narnia. We can also toss in the Anne of Green Gables series, as well as one I really loved – “The Tower of Geburah”.

    • posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM  |  reply

      a wrinkle in time!!! <3

  15. posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 5:45 AM  |  reply

    My teenaged sisters really liked the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance). They are epic fantasy novels that were started when the author (Christopher Paolini) was a teenager himself. Full disclosure: I loved them too!

  16. Kelly
    posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM  |  reply

    I love YA books and I also frequent my local library looking for new books to read! Some of my recent favorites are: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “Matched” by Allie Condie, “If I Stay” & “Where She Went” by Gayle Forman, “Delerium” by Lauren Oliver, and “Wake” by Amanda Hocking. Happy Reading 🙂

  17. Kay
    posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM  |  reply

    “If I Stay” and “Where She Went” by Gayle Forman were both amazing books, although probably more PG13. Jenny B Jones and Erynn Mangum are two fabulous Christian fiction authors, rated G. I haven’t read “East” by Edith Pattou yet, but it has come highly recommended. The Inheritance Cycle is a great series too! So many great books for young adults : )

    • posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM  |  reply

      Congrats, Kay! You’ve won TWO copies of Perfectly Unique! Email me your address and I’ll put those in the mail ASAP!

  18. ~VA~
    posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM  |  reply

    Scars by Cheryl Rainfield…I read it a few years ago and it is amazing.

  19. posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM  |  reply

    I would have to recommend Prayers That Avail Much. It’s a book full of scripture and prayers for any and every issue in life. From worry to Godly friends. It’s awesome! My husband is a youth Pastor and we give each of our high school grads a copy to take to college! We’ve had a great response so far.

    I hope I win these copies of your book because I’m starting a book club/bible study with a group of girls I am mentoring and this is first on our list.

  20. marylyn
    posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 8:21 AM  |  reply

    i love
    drums, girls & dangerous pie by jordan sonnenblick (i’ve really enjoyed all of his books)
    the cardturner by louis sachar (kind of hokey but anybody who combine bridge and teenagers in an interesting way is brilliant)
    stargirl by jerry spinelli (a little younger than YA is but definitely deals with young adult issues)

  21. KR
    posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM  |  reply

    I can’t wait to check out some of these! I suggest the Maximum Ride series.

  22. Diane W
    posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM  |  reply

    I agree with the Lucy Maud Montgomery series’:
    Anne of Green Gables
    Emily of New Moon and
    Pat of Silver Bush
    My daughter devoured the “Hunger Games” series and “Inkheart”
    For boys we liked the “Little Britches” series by Ralph Moody (maybe a little on the younger side). My son just finished the Narnia series and is getting ready to read “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Ring” series.
    We also read biographies of all kinds.

  23. posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM  |  reply

    i bet the ones i replied to earlier might give mine away.

    the time series by madeleine l’engle.
    but i also love the austin series by her as well.

    man am i loyal.

  24. posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM  |  reply

    “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

    Great story! Earlier this year I was even able to attend a live stage performance of the book: http://thewordetarian.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-giver/

  25. mongupp
    posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM  |  reply

    My daughter enjoyed the fiction series inspired by Bethany Hamilton, written by Rick Bundschuch. The titles are “Clash”, “Burned”, “Storm” and “Crunch”.

  26. Angelica
    posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM  |  reply

    I read Jesus calling and it is amazing!!
    Moral Revolution is an incredible book! Every single person needs to read it!!

  27. Lana Sydenstricker
    posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 2:01 PM  |  reply

    A thousand splendid suns is great! Also crazy love! Im currently reading Jesus calling! It’s amazing!

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