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TAYSHAS Reading List

The goal of the TAYSHAS reading list is to motivate young adults to become livelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. Students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to read books for pleasure from the list which includes fiction a

TAYSHAS Reading List 2019


  • A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo*
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Speak : the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Fatal Throne : the Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by M. T. Anderson, et al.*
  • We Are All That's Left by Carrie Arcos
  • Brazen : Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu*
  • The Special Ones by Em Bailey
  • A Psalm For Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett*
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman*
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  • #NotYourPrincess : Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy & Marth Beth Leatherdale, editors
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle
  • An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder
  • Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher
  • Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
  • The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
  • American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  • Royals by Rachel Hawkins
  • She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
  • When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Mary's Monster : Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge
  • Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
  • Tradition by Brendan Kiely
  • Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealth with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka*
  • Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  • Mercy Rule by Tom Leveen
  • Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
  • Bang by Barry Lyga
  • I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Camp Valor by Scott McEwen
  • What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee
  • A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda MIllard
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Voices in the Air : Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
  • Boots on the Ground : America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partidge*
  • This Story is a Lie by Tom Pollock
  • I Have the Right To : a High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson
  • A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds*
  • After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
  • Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi
  • Americanized : Revel Without a Greencard by Sara Saedi
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Erika L. Sanchez
  • Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
  • What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
  • Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork
  • Price of Duty by Todd Strasser
  • Chasing King's Killer : the Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin by James L. Swanson
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • Educated : a Memoir by Tara Westover*
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi*

Titles in BLUE are available through Unger Memorial Library and may be print books, e-books, or audio books (CD and electronic).

*Denotes a TAYSHAS Top Ten Book which are selected from those which received a unanimous vote in the committee's initial voting process.




The Belles

A Blade So Black

Blood Water Paint

Boots on the Ground


Children of Blood and Bone

Educated : a Memoir

Far From the Tree

Ginny Moon

A Heart in a Body in the World

Hey, Kiddo

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Little Fires Everywhere

Long Way Down

Love, Hate & Other Filters

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

Monday's Not Coming

Not Even Bones

Poet X

She Rides Shotgun


The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

There, There

What the Night Sings

When Dimple Met Rishi