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Food, Fitness & Fiction: 15 Must Read YA Books

If you love books like we do, you’re probably always thinking so many books, so little time, right? Below you’ll find a list of upcoming, recent and almost classic young adult books we at Food, Fitness & Fiction have on our to be read lists.

Josh Flores, Contributing Editor:

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul (Publication date: April 5, 2016)

I have been dying to read My Kind of Crazy ever since I became friends with the author recently on Facebook; I have also heard amazing reviews about it on Amazon as well.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Publication date: February 10, 2015)

Ever since I viewed the new movie trailer, I have wanted to give the book a try before I go see the film in theatres; I always have to read the book first before I go see the movie.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (Publication date: January 26, 2016)

I recently met the author at a book signing and also won an ARC of the novel in a contest, so I have been anxious to start this well recommended horror story.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabba Tahir (Publication date: August 30, 2016)

Directly after I finished An Ember in the Ashes, I was dying to know what happened next, so I am looking forward to seeing what Sabba Tahir has in store for her characters that I love and care for dearly.

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett (Publication date: September 22, 2015)

I usually avoid horror stories all together, but I am interested in trying to read a more diverse selection of books; this is a horror story that I am willing and excited to read in the near future.




Amber Lee, Contributing Editor

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Publication date: April 22, 2008)

The animated movie was a staple of my childhood and I’ve been craving the sort of charming, whimsical fantasy this book advertises.

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry (Publication date: July 30, 2013)

I love music, mythology, and pretty prose: reviews say this book was a perfect mix of all three.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Publication date: April 13 , 2004)

So many of my friends have been recommending this book to me!

The Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (Publication date: 1988)

I started working my way through the 41-book Discworld series last year and this book is next on the list (and I love witches and smart parodies of famous literature, this one satirizing Shakespeare’s Macbeth).

Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee (Publication date: June 5, 2014)

This book is the newest edition to Lee’s The Agency series and I absolutely devoured the first three over the summer but haven’t been able to get a copy of this one.




Elisa Zied

I admittedly had a lot of trouble coming up with such a short list. Here are just a few titles I hope to tackle in the coming months:

Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman (Publication date: April 21, 2015)

This book came to my attention when it won a National Book Award. When I was reminded by one of my best friends from Camp Anawana, Elise, that Neil was a counselor at our camp—he even wrote the lyrics to the Superman theme song for Color War sing when was on the Orange Celebrity team (we still recall the lyrics— they were that good), I knew I had to check out Neil’s work and read this book.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Publication date: April 7, 2015)

I’ve read and heard so much positive talk about this book with it’s very cool cover and multiple starred reviews. The fact that the debut author is also a clinical psychologist intrigues me as well since my undergraduate degree is in psychology.

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (Publication date: May 31, 2011)

Although I tend to shy away from books that tackle very heavy and/or disturbing subjects, I feel compelled to read Scars. Cheryl has become a facebook “friend” and I sense that her personal experiences have lent themselves well to creating a book that empowers teens, especially those who have engaged in self-harm and/or have experiences abuse or faced other difficult challenges.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

While I have not yet read any fantasy books (I mostly stick to realistic fiction), I am willing to challenge myself with this one since I’ve read and loved every single one of Rainbow’s books and can’t imagine not finding her humor and her heart in this book as well.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Publication date: July 24, 2012)

This award-winning book about grief, life, and second chances waits for me on my bedside table. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing this awesome author at YALLWEST last year (check it out here). I also really enjoyed his book, Noggin (it has been optioned and will no doubt make a unique and fantastic film).

What are some of your TBR titles? We’d love to know.

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About The Author

Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized and award-winning health and nutrition expert, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books. An avid walker, she loves motivating others to #moveitorloseit. A book lover, she recently earned a certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton and is currently working on several young adult novels. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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