This year we are introducing a monthly thematic reading list. Tutors will go through this with their tutor group at the start of each month and encourage students to read as many of the books as possible. A large number of the books will be available to request from the LRC.

September’s reading list is ‘Top Authors to follow on Social Media’ (for ages 13+). We encourage you to have a look at both the authors and the books that they have written. There really is something there for everyone!

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they create an account

Top authors to follow on social media 

  1. Ally Carter (@theallycarter)

New York Times bestselling author of the YA books series The Gallagher Girls  and The Heist Society Series about teenage spies and teenagers


  1. Patrice Lawrence (@lawrencepatrice)

A British award winner writer and journalist, Lawrence’s Orangeboy and Rose, Interrupted are gripping reads about teenagers overcoming situations none of us would want to be in


  1. Amie Kaufman (@amiekaufmanauthor)

Co-author of the thrilling bestselling series Starbound Trilogy and the Illuminae Files. Her novels focus on teenage science fiction and fantasy


  1. John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks)

The author of many award-winning novels such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. He is known for his witty and inspiring posts


  1. Jay Asher (@jayasher13)

An author that takes on the most serious, deadly problems today’s teenagers face. His first book, Thirteen Reasons Why has won numerous awards. His second co-authored book is called The Future Of Us  


  1. Gayle Forman (@gayleforman)
    Known worldwide for her bestselling novel If I Stay, the story about Mia: a 17-year old girl who has to make a choice after being involved in a car accident. The book has been adapted into a film of the same title


  1. Leigh Bardugo (@lbardugo)

Bardugo writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels and is the author of the bestselling series The Grisha


  1. Non Pratt (@nonpratt)

A witty (lover of cats) author to follow, whose stories are somewhat more serious. Truth or Dare is a gripping love story, whilst Unboxed tells the story of four teenagers ruined with a friend who is dying


  1. Malorie Blackman (@malorie_blackman)

Author of the powerful Noughts & Crosses series: a story about two young people forced to make a stand against racism in a dystopian society


  1. Adam Silvera (@adamsilvera)

An excellent LGBT author of books such as More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die at The End which all see characters overcome extreme odds


Twitter requires people using the service to be 13 years of age or older

  1. Thomas Taylor (@ThomasHTaylor)

Illustrator and author of the Legends of the Eerie-On-Sea series which is about a legendary sea-monster, the Malamander


  1. Jason Reynolds (@JasonReynolds83)

Reynolds is a writer who writes ‘books for kids who don’t read books’. His novels, such as Long Way Down are compassionate and timely with diverse characters


  1. Rick Riordan (@rickriordan)

The New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson series


  1. E. Durrant (@SEDurrant) 

Described as a ‘writer with heart’, her novels Running on Empty and Talking To the Moon are truthful, moving and gripping reads


  1. Alex Wheatle(@Brixtonbard)

An award winning author and described by The Times as ‘one of the most exciting writers of the black urban experience’. Crongton Knights is a funny, moving book about lessons learned the hard way and Liccle Bit follows a student caught in the middle of a gang war


  1. SF Said (@whatSFSaid)

A film journalist and a writer for young adults, Said tweets about issues facing young people today.  Phoenix has brilliant illustrations and brings together fantasy and science fiction


  1. Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz)

TV and film writer as well as author specialising in mystery and suspense. His work for young readers include the Alex Rider and the Diamond Brothers series


  1. Jewell Parker Rhodes (@jewell_p_rhodes)

Rhodes writes books hoping to inspire social justice and equality. Ghost Boys tells the harrowing story of a boy shot dead by police who mistake his toy gun for a real threat


  1. Dan Freedman (@DanFreedman99)

If you want to read stories that evolve around sport, The Jamie Johnson Series and Unstoppable are for you. Freedman is proud that he ‘writes books for kids that don’t read’


  1. Mitch Johnson (@Mitchauthor)

Author of Kick, a boy who wants to escape the sweat shop and play football for the greatest team on earth. Football fiction at its best




To keep up with the latest recommendations for YA novels, extracts and poetry, follow @YArecommends