4 must-read young adult books to jumpstart your collection

Who says we can’t escape our realities? These YA books beg to differ

Let’s get this out of the way: You’re a bibliophile (or someone who takes an interest in reading, at least). While most people want to start a luxury bag or a toy collection, you want a book collection. You don’t know where or how to begin though, right? And so you came here, hoping for some helpful insights. Well, you’re in the right place.

First of all, think of a theme. Are you a Mitch Albom stan? Do you like reading stories based on real life? Or are you more of a fairytale person? Whatever it is, make sure it’s what you really want. But if you don’t have a favorite author or area of interest in particular, young adult books might be your best bet. YA books are largely written for ages 13 to 19 but are equally loved by readers from every generation. Among all genres, YA has the most power to transport you to a different world as it tends to be descriptive. The characters and their struggles are also relatable—we’ve all been teenagers once, right?

Now to help you with your collection, here are some of our YA book recommendations you can purchase from Fully Booked via the SM Malls Online app.

“The Kingdom of Back” by Marie Lu

“The Kingdom of Back” by Marie Lu (Paperback). Available at Fully Booked

“The Kingdom of Back” by Marie Lu is a sublime combination of historical fiction and fantasy about Nannerl Mozart, a young musical prodigy in 18th-century Europe, and the risks she is willing to take just to achieve her one wish: to be remembered forever through her music. Buy it at Fully Booked for P499 via the SM Malls Online app.

“Dune” by Frank Herbert

“Dune: Dune Chronicles, Book 1” by Frank Herbert. Available at Fully Booked

The “Dune” novels by Frank Herbert is a six-book science fiction series that revolves around Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked to protect the deserted planet called Arrakis that houses the most valuable substance called “the spice”—a drug that extends human life. A movie adaptation of this series is set to be released this year starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and more Hollywood stars. Purchase the first book at Fully Booked for P528 via the SM Malls Online app.

“Crescent City” by Sarah J. Maas

“Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood” by Sarah J. Maas. Available at Fully Booked

“Crescent City” by Sarah J. Maas is about Bryce Quinlan and her journey to find justice for her murdered friends. She meets fallen angel Hunter Athalar along the way, who has to help Bryce find the murderer in order to gain freedom. Buy the first installment of the series entitled “House of Earth and Blood” at Fully Booked for P1,189 via the SM Malls Online app.

“Patron Saints of Nothing” by Randy Ribay

“Patron Saints of Nothing” by Randy Ribay. Available at Fully Booked

“Patron Saints of Nothing” by Randy Ribay revolves around Filipino American teenager Jay Reguero who is set to enter the University of Michigan. That was the plan, until his Filipino cousin was allegedly murdered as part of the current administration’s war on drugs. No one in his family wants to talk about it, so he takes matters into his own hands and decides to travel back to the Philippines to uncover the truth. It’s available at Fully Booked for P528 via the SM Malls Online app.

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