My Top 7 MG Favourites

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing? With everything that is happening around the world, lately I’ve been reaching for lighter reads, so the MG category has been my go-to!

Today I want to share with you guys some of my MG favourites. I won’t be ranking these books numerically since I think they are all different (it’s like comparing apples to oranges!) so I thought I’d divide them up into categories instead. Let me know if you have read any of these novels, and what some of your own favourites are!

Most touching & heartwarming

I loved both Wonder and The Memory Keeper! Call me soft-hearted but I was ugly-crying within the first few chapters of both of these books. Wonder is about a boy with facial malformations who was thrown into fifth grade and learned to deal with bullies and make friends. The Memory Keeper is about a girl with extraordinary memory who tried to help her grandmother recover from dementia by delving into her past. I am in love with how heavier topics were handled in these two books.

(Check out my mini-reviews for Wonder and for The Memory Keeper.)

Cutest friendship

Need I say more!??! Cassidy and Jacob from City of Ghosts (and its sequel, Tunnel of Bones) were the cutest pair of friends ever. I loved how they poked fun at each other and yet always got each other’s back. They even had a book of friendship rules to swear by. By the way, did I mention that Jacob was a ghost who only Cassidy could see?

(Check out my mini-reviews for City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones.)

Most realistic characters

If you’re in the mood for a more serious MG book with realistic, three-dimensional characters, check out Counting by 7s. This book tells the story of a girl who lost her adoptive parents in an accident and had to rediscover who she was as she dealt with her grief. I loved the MC and secondary characters who had quirky and unique personalities. Everyone was their own person in this book!

(Check out my mini-review for Counting by 7s!)

Funniest and fastest read

Are you looking for a light-hearted book that you just want to breeze through in a few reading sessions? One of my favourites is Space Case, which is about a boy who lived in a space colony on the moon… and was thrown in the middle of a murder mystery. I loved the fun vibe of this story and how there was a bit of humour in every scene — even when we’re tracking down a cold-blooded murderer!

Most imaginative world-building

When it comes to world-building, Lintang and the Pirate Queen takes the cake! I loved that this book immersed me in a rich and fantastical world. My favourite parts were the unique creatures in this book, ranging from adorable to grotesque and terrifying.

(Check out my mini-review for Lintang and the Pirate Queen!)

Most memorable

Other Words for Home is easily one of my favourite MG books of all time, and one of the first books I’ve read in this genre. This book tells the story of a young Syrian refugee who learned to adapt to life in America while struggling with the news of her family in her home country. I loved how this book took a serious and heavy topic and portrayed it in a way that young readers could understand and relate to. I also loved that this novel is written in verse rather than prose, and I can’t imagine it in any other form.

(Check out my mini-review for Other Words for Home.)

What are your favourite MG reads? Do you have any MG books on your TBR? Let me know if you’ve also enjoy some of the books I’ve listed here!

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24 responses to “My Top 7 MG Favourites”

  1. The Memory Keeper looks so good! I haven’t read a MG book in a while but that’s all the more reason to pick one up! I love reading everything I can get my hands on haha! City of Ghosts looks intriguing too! I remember one of my favorite MG books growing up was Coraline by Neil Gaimon. I know a lot of people think it’s creepy (and it so is!) but it is also one of my favorite books! There is just something about it 😀


  2. I see some I still need to read. I loved City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed those books 🙂 I’m really looking forward to book 3 in the Cassidy Blake series.

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  3. I must admit I’ve not read many MG titles, but I adore the artwork of these books. I still need to read Schwab’s City of Ghosts.


  4. I love Wonder, it’s definitely a story that sticks with you 🙂 But my favorite MG books are Percy Jackson and The Olympians series and The Girl Who Drank the Moon! ❤

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    1. Hey Tasya! Percy Jackson is definitely on my list! I’ve heard about The Girl Who Drank the Moon – glad that you liked this one! I’ll have to look into it 🙂


  5. Oh man! I now feel like to do a similar post. The Nevermoor books are such fun. I consider them among my fav MG books. They give me similar vibes that I got from Harry Potter books.

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    1. Hey Zezee!! I’ve heard so much about Nevermoor! It’s on my TBR so I should definitely start this series soon 🙂


  6. Haven’t read MG books but definitely gonna read Lintang and the pirate queen that’s an eye catcher for me hope it would not disappoint and special thanks for you sophie…..

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    1. Hi Alice! Glad that you’re interested in Lintang and the Pirate Queen. Hope that you’ll enjoy it 🙂


  7. My favorites are older: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwieler + The View From Saturday.

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    1. Thank you for these recommendations Stefanie! I’ll look into them 😀


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    1. Glad you find this helpful 🙂


  9. Love this list! agree with you about wonder!

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    1. Thank you! Glad that you like Wonder too 🙂


  10. Ahh Sophie! Thank you for this wonderful list of recommendations! I’ve been telling myself that I need to get into MG books a little more and I have the perfect list to get started now. That Jasmine Warga book sounds like such a hard hitting, beautiful read. ❤


    1. Hi Marie!! Glad that you like this list! Yes I loved the Jasmine Warga book so much (in general I love all her books!!)

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  11. The book that I most want to read here is City Of Ghosts but I love the sound of several of the others!! Especially Wonder which I think there’s a film of? Have you seen it? The main MG series that I can remember loving is Artemis Fowl. I also really enjoyed A Series Of Unfortunate Events although if you read them all at once it can get a bit repetitive around the midway point.
    Others that I’m really excited to read soon are Percy Jackson (I think that counts), School For Good & Evil, Paoalo Santiago & The River Of Tears (out this year), the Aru Shu books and The Last Spell Breather.

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    1. Hi Charlotte! Yes I’ve seen the Wonder movie which I enjoyed as well. Both are great but I think I like the book a bit better.
      I’ve read Artemis Fowl a while ago but can’t remember much about it. It’s on my shelf so I’ve been meaning to reread it sometime. I also really liked A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was a kid!
      I also have School for Good & Evil on my TBR and tried diving into the first book. I put it down after a few chapters since I wasn’t in the mood but I do want to come back to it later 🙂

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      1. Books are generally better than the movies ☺️
        Yes I want to as well (especially as I never read the final book!!). I actually only got around to reading them five years or so ago 😂 I always loved the movie when I was younger though.
        Ah well I hope you enjoy it when you are in the mood for it ❤️

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