Ever since Netflix decided to make A Series of Unfortunate Events into a very fortunate TV series, we can’t help but daydream about all the amazing YA book series that would be awesome as a TV series. Here are our top picks:

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

The intrigue, the dresses, the time period! The Luxe would make for a very decadent and amazing series if it was adapted for television.

About the book: Manhattan, 1899: In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

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2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This futuristic retelling of Cinderella as a cyborg would make for a fantastically vivid show and each season could focus on a different character, much like the books do with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, etc.

About the book: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

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3. Gone by Michael Grant 

If Netflix is looking to adapt something that could be Lost-like in its mythology and multitude of characters, they don’t have to look much further.

About the book: Everyone except for the young. Teens, middle schoolers, toddlers, but not a single adult. No teachers, no police, no doctors, no parents. Gone too are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.

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4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Netflix could use more series with tough as nails heroines. We vote for THRONE OF GLASS.

About the book: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

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5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

If television doesn’t want to show us the pretty dresses from The Luxe series, then we’ll forgive them as long as they then show us the pretty dresses from The Selection!

About the book: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

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6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

We need this as a show.

About the book: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

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7. Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

In general, we want more zombies on TV, but since nothing really can beat modern-day or near-future zombies like The Walking Dead, we suggest turning the clock back a century and going with 1800s zombies.

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8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

We’re having a grand old time just thinking about the casting process for this amazing series.

About the book: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

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9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

There aren’t enough parallel universe stories out there and a show based on this book series would be done best if J.J. Abrams was producing it!

About the book: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself.

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10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This isn’t a traditional series, but rather a series of interconnected standalones, but it would still make for an amazing, cute, international show about finding your true love!

About the book: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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11. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

There are plenty of superhero shows out there (Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) so we think The Brokenhearted would make a unique addition to that lineup. It’s sort of like The Bionic Woman meets Batman.

About the book: Anthem Fleet, talented ballerina and heir to the Fleet fortune, has always been closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. Lured by the handsome and dangerous Gavin, Anthem is drawn into the dark and exhilarating world on the wrong side of town. But when the couple runs into trouble, Gavin goes missing and Anthem winds up dead . . . only to awaken in an underground lab with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. Now she can run faster, jump higher, fight better. But the only thing that matters to her is getting Gavin back. And when she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, she is determined to use her new-found powers for the ultimate revenge.

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12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This trilogy would be the must watch show of the season!

About the book: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court where she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world uses her new position to secretly help the growing Red rebellion. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

The Red Queen cover

What other YA series would you like to see as TV shows? Tell us in the comments below!

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Everyone likes to speculate about trends: fashion, sports, video games… But this is a library’s blog, so let’s concentrate on books. Here are a few Young Adult books announced for 2018 that: 1) Are/were impatiently awaited by all the bookish community 2) Belleville Public Library owns copies.

You may choose between: western with a kick-ass female protagonist (Gunslinger girl), historical thriller (Orphan Monster Spy), short romance stories (Meet Cute) or apocalyptic with a side of zombies novel (Dread nation). Maybe you would prefer murder mystery? (Truly devious, People like us, Murdertrending) This is like a literary buffet!

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Tell us what is your favorite read of 2018!

The past is fascinating. I like to read about how humanity coped before computers. As a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) the events I like the most are the ones called “Arts & Science”. Basically, people research and try their hands at old techniques of weaving, cooking, woodworking… name it. I learn something new every time. It’s amazing how clever our ancestors were.

History is made of people who, knowingly or not, changed the course of event by their actions. What happened in the past can be interesting. There is so much people that didn’t make it into textbook… What their lives could have been like? That’s where historical fiction comes from.

Yes I did write that much just to get at: here is a list of historical fiction books. I tried to get a lot of different eras and genres here.

If you scroll all the way down, there is two of my favorite Manga series too: A Bride’s story that relates Amir’s life who lives in Turkic Central Asia during the 19th century and Vinland Saga, the story of a Viking named Thorfinn and his efforts to get to Vinland (which is Newfoundland by the way).

 

Are books with a main protagonist having a mental illness a trend? OCDaniel by Wesley King, Bent not broken by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, A tragic kind of wonderful by Eric Lindstrom… Turtles all the way down is a good example of this trend. The main character, Aza is anxious and has obsessive-compulsive behaviors that threaten her social life… well actually it threatens her actual life too. (DAM dam DAM… suspense!)

 

So, my opinion is: it’s a good book, but Paper towns and The fault in our stars are better. So whether you liked Turtles all the way down or not, read the two others they are worth it. Especially Paper towns, in my opinion.

 

 

This said, you may have liked Turtles all the way down so much you want a read-alike. Here are some for you if it is the case!

Enjoy the spring warmth by reading one of them outside!

Maze Runner is a really popular series of YA dystopian fiction. Fast-paced, dark and mysterious, the first book begins as Thomas wakes up in the middle of a gigantic maze with no memories whatsoever. There is three books in the series: The maze runner, The scorch trials and The death cure. The kill order was published afterward but is actually a prequel. You may click on the covers here to get more information.

   

If you liked this excellent thrilling series, some of the titles below might appeal to you as well!

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Let us know which is your favorite fast-paced action book of all time!

Who never asked for a pet? A dog, or a poney, or an iguana or a cat… name it! Authors like pets too and some of them write stories about them…

So, what is your favorite book about an animal?

 

I was pondering, trying to find a subject for a post. I looked at my lists of “already read books” and “books I want to read”. There was “The upside of unrequited by Becky Abertalli”. And “How to save a life by Sara Zarr”. A, B, Z… I decided I would go for and A to Z list of books. Here we go!

A – Abertalli, Becky, The upside of unrequited. Didn’t read it yet but it’s on my list and got really good reviews.

B – Bang, Barry Lyga. Two Bs! I loved I hunt killers, this one is on my “To read list”.

C- Calvin, Martine Leavitt. A dip in a schizophrenic mind, funny and serious at the same time.

D- D.J. MacHale, Bobby Pendragon. Still such a great fantasy read!

E- Eric Walters, Flyboy. Historical fiction about WWII from an awesome auth0r.

F-Fault in our stars, John Green. They made a movie out of it… means it’s an awesome story right?!

G- Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, Mackenzi Lee. An exciting adventure set in 1700s Europe featuring LGBTQ+ and POC characters!

H-Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. I know that everyone knows about Harry Potter! It’s still a good reading suggestion.

I- Iturbe, Antonio, The librarian of Auschwitz. Based on a true story, great book about WWII prisoner camps.

J- John Flanagan, The Outcasts. First book of Brotherband chronicles, a tale of vikings that can become addictive.

K- Kid table, Andrea Seigel. Nice story about a crazy extended family. Nostalgia over your cousins guaranteed.

L-Long Walk to Valhalla, Adam Smith. This one is a Graphic Novel about facing your past. I loved it!

M- Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. It’s a story about body image and dreams. A must read.

N- Nest (the), Kenneth Oppel. An horror story like no others!

O-Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark endeavor. Oppel again… well he’s a great author. This one is about Frankenstein.

P- Prudence Shen, Nothing can possibly go wrong. Really funny graphic novel about a bunch of teens competing against each others and then together against the world.

Q-Quinn, Kate Karyus, Another little piece. It was really hard to find a “Q” one… however it got 3.7 stars on Goodreads and a place in my “To read” list.

R – Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Good story that begins in our reality and slips a bit in a mysterious one.

S- Stiefvater, Maggie. Scorpio Races.

T- They both die at the end, Adam Silvera. “This is sooooo good. Just so good!” someone told me.

U- Under the never sky, Veronica Rossi. Post-apocalyptic romance that got good reviews.

V- Vikki Vansickle, Winnowing. Great sci-fi coming of age story.

W- OCDaniel, Wesley King. Such a good read! It gives a good insight at OCD, the author being OCD himself.

X- X, Ilyasah Shabazz. Vivid, fictionalized account of Malcolm X early life.

Y- Young, Moira. Blood read road. It seems like quite a travel in a post-apocalyptic world. On my “To read” list.

Z- Zarr, Sara, How to save a life. Peculiar tale about two teenage girls, a mom and a baby to be born. It’s not clear who saved who but it’s a happy ending.

What would your alphabet of books would be? Let us know!