Favorite Diverse Books of 2014

Diversity Book Club

One of the things that we’ve really enjoyed in 2014 was become part of the Diversity Book Club. We wholeheartedly support books that include diverse characters, themes, and issues. We sincerely hope that each year there will be more and more books to choose from for our best diverse books list, which we plan to […]


Happy Thanksgiving Fellow YA Readers

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, TLR readers! We’re so thankful we get to share our love of books with you all, and we wish you a wonderful holiday full of close family, friends, good food — and of course, plenty of great books to read. Diana and I can’t be together this Thanksgiving, but we are counting the […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Favorite LGBT Themed Novels

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Welcome to the fifth edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read Sara Farizan’s sophomore novel “Tell Me How a Crush Should Feel,” a contemporary […]


Q&A with Mira’s Diary Author Marissa Moss

marissa moss q-a

Although we focus on young adult literature here on Teen Lit Rocks, we also think Middle Grade Rocks! My 9-year-old daughter is particularly invested in books aimed at 8-12 year olds, and we are big fans of author-illustrator Marissa Moss‘ MIRA’S DIARY series. It started with LOST IN PARIS, continued with HOME SWEET ROME, and […]


Monday Quotes: National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award

This week we’re celebrating the National Book Awards by quoting from books that have been finalists for the Award for Young People’s Literature. Below are some of my favorites from the past few years. What are your favorite National Book Award finalists? “Noggin” by John Corey Whaley But in that moment I understood what they […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Deserve a Spinoff Book

Top Ten Characters for a Spinoff

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about supporting characters we’d love to see get their own book. Since Diana has done a few TTTs on her own, I’m paying her back by taking care of this week’s via Wordle. Here’s the twist: if you correctly identify the books these names come from (some are way […]


Monday Quotes: YA Books Set Deep in the Heart of Texas

YA Books Set in Texas

We’ve been doing Monday Quotes for a while now and would love to know if anyone else wants to join in the fun, if we provided themes or prompts? We’ve gotten a couple of emails about it but have always just considered it a TLR feature. But if you are looking for an occasional and […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Lies We Tell Ourselves Discussion

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Welcome to the fourth edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read debut author Robin Talley‘s historical novel “Lies We Tell Ourselves,” an unforgettable story […]


Monday Quotes: Hooray for Grandparents in YA

monday quotes: grandparents

Today would’ve been my beloved grandmother’s 105th birthday; I was 18 days shy of my 13th birthday when she died, and I was literally the last person she spoke to before she died. She lived with us, and I didn’t realize it wasn’t the norm to live with your grandparents until I was in junior […]


Editor’s Pick: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Althea & Oliver

 “Althea & Oliver” by Cristina Moracho Publish Date: Oct. 9, 2014 | Publisher: Viking Juvenile | Pages: 384 | Buy it on: Amazon ~  IndieBound What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track? Althea Carter […]