In 2017, public libraries lent a record number of audiobooks. Why? Because it’s so easy to download books to your smartphones. You’ll get in more reading by listening to your books!
Use the one-tap reading app, Libby to download books (for free) from your local library. Or, use your Audible / Amazon subscription where you can borrow books for a monthly fee.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer SCI-FI
Cinder is a skilled mechanic cyborg, a human with machine parts, and lives with her step-mother and sisters. (Remind you of Cinderella yet?) When Prince Kai asks her to fix something for him, she becomes entangled in a plot which puts her life at risk and the entire country’s fate is hanging in the balance. This is an AMAZING can’t-put-it-down series!
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Not only will you love the writing, you’ll love the characters Eleanor and Park, teens who are seemingly too different yet who fall in love with each other anyway. It’s such a beautiful love story, you won’t want it to end.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Warning – you’ll laugh and cry and want more after the final page. (Okay, I didn’t just cry, I may have sobbed.) This is a heartbreaking, beautiful love story of two teenagers with cancer who learn to make the most of each day. To live. Not to wait to die.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Hands down, The Hate U Give, is the best book I’ve read in 2017. The author’s gifted writing wraps around a compelling story that feels so real we can almost taste it. Starr’s life is sharply contrasted between her family’s urban neighborhood and her fancy suburban school. She is riding in the car in her neighborhood when her unarmed close friend is shot by a policeman. Now people rioting, the policeman, who works with Starr’s uncle, isn’t punished, and Starr needs to decide if she’ll speak out about what really happened. What plays out as a result is a gut-wrenching drama that will make you think, question, and connect. This book should be required reading. It does an amazing job at describing three-dimensional characters and the events that happen without vilifying or stereotyping anyone, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions and try to answer the hard questions the author raises. It’s absolutely brilliant.
Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly, narrated by Bahni Turpin
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick, narrated by Neela Vaswani
If I Stay by Gayle Forman, narrated by Kirsten Potter
Mia’s trying to remember what happened after her entire family was killed in a car accident, all but her. She’s trapped in a broken body and wondering if she has a life worth living anymore. SO, so powerful!
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman
Discover the major stories of the Norse culture from Neil Gaiman’s perspective. Gaiman shares stories of the beginning of the Gods, how the Nine Worlds were formed, how Odin lost one eye, the children of Loki, and so much more, all the way to Ragnarok. These stories are more bloody than the Greek pantheon but they are quite entertaining none the less and hard to put down once you get reading.
The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey #1) by Richard Paul Evans, narrated by Fred Berman
If you like fast-paced, not-too-hard science fiction, you’ll love this fantastic audiobook about a boy with electrical powers versus an evil group who wants to control him and others like him. It’s an addictive series for teens who enjoy action, suspense, and adventure.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Thousands of teen readers, teen and adult love, love, love this YA book. It takes place on Mars with a caste society, color coded by the level of your caste. Darrow, a low-caste Red, infiltrates the ruling Gold caste’s special training school. His training? Kill or be killed. Lead an army or be enslaved. It’s better than Hunger Games – especially for boys who don’t want to read about romance and really get enthralled with battle strategy. Excellent. And every book in this series is well-written, enthralling, and mind-blowing.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by MacLeod Andrews
Teens will love this YA adventure from this uber talented author!! It’s typical of Sanderson’s amazing world building and offers tons of unforeseen plot twists and turns. In this world, the Epics are super-powerful individuals who have extraordinary powers and no goodness. Epics control the cities. David’s father was killed by Chicago’s Epic, Steelheart so now David wants revenge. He joins the rebel group called the Reckoners in order to assassinate Steelheart and all Epics. Memorable characters, a spell-binding plot, and page-turning action!
Unbroken Young Adult Adaptation by Laura Hillenbrand, narrated by Edward Herrmann
After Louis Zaperini’s WWII plane goes down in the open ocean — he’s starving, adrift, and prey to enemy planes. His triumphant survival is nothing short of incredible. You’ll be amazed and inspired at his incredible true story.
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