Twitter, such an amazing spot for professional development, ideas for your classroom, and book recommendations. Over the years we have both developed strong friendships on Twitter. We trust our Twitter friends to steer us in the right direction when we are staring at an overwhelming “to read” stack. When we hear a Twitter friend has a book they cannot put down, we immediately write that title down. While our taste in books might vary a bit from friend to friend, we know that when they have found a great book, we should look into it as well.
Which is why when one Twitter friend, Colby Sharp, shared that he was reading a YA ARC that was “great” but then added the caveat that “there’s some kissing” and “kissing makes me uncomfortable in books,” we knew we needed to create a list. What kind of list you might ask? Why the Top Ten YA Books That Are Worth Reading EVEN if You Are Uncomfortable with Kissing in Books list! So, without further ado, check out the book trailers below. We highly recommend these books for their characters, their plot, and yes – for the little bit of romance that is thrown in as well. Mr. Sharp, please let us know which book is your favorite!
Matched by Ally Condie
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Every Day by David Levithan
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Franki Sibberson is an elementary teacher in Dublin, Ohio. She blogs with Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading (http://readingyear.blogspot.com). You can find her on Twitter as @frankisibberson.
Katherine Sokolowski has taught for fourteen years and currently teaches fifth grade. She is passionate about reading both in her classroom and also with her two sons. When not recommending books to strangers in the library or the bookstore, Katherine can be found writing at her blog: http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/. You can find her on Twitter as @katsok.