Every good reading session requires sustenance, and to celebrate National Bagel Day we’ve put together a list of our bagel themed favorites. Whether you’re into something sweet, a bit of savory, or a taste of everything, we have the perfect YA picks to enjoy alongside your snack. What goes together better than a good book and a tasty bagel?
Blueberry – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
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Blueberries are the perfect mixture of sweet and sour, just like this pick from Adam Silvera. Aaron Soto is a sixteen-year-old kid growing up in a housing project in the Bronx. As he considers a procedure that helps erase bad memories, Aaron is truly a character that will pull at your heartstrings. The familial cast of characters bring to life your childhood (or at least the childhood you imagined having after seeing The Sandlot). With uplifting neighborhood antics and sad contemplations, Silvera brings the perfect balance to this YA pick.
Plain – The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
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Plain bagels are classic, simple, and sometimes overlooked with all the new and fun flavors out there. Look no further than this classic YA series with sixteen books to get your fix. The Princess Diaries helped define an age of emerging YA with Mia Thermopolis as a relatable teen thrust into being a princess. Still relevant and interesting twenty years after it’s publication, Meg Cabot’s unique writing style makes this series fun, heartbreaking, and utterly unforgettable.
Chocolate Chip – Just One Day by Gayle Forman
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This bagel is rich and sweet, just like this book from Gayle Forman. Allyson’s life is planned and prepped, while Willem drifts from place to place. This unlikely pair share one magnificent day in Paris that affects them both deeply and changes the course of Allyson’s life. Through the power of travel, Shakespeare, and self-reflection, Allyson learns about a lot more than just herself. A delight from start to finish, this book will have readers both laughing and thinking.
Onion – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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Serious and savory with a bit of a kick, an onion bagel packs a punch. The Hate U Give gives audiences a unique and interesting perspective on police violence and racism in the United States. Star, a sixteen year old girl, deals with the challenges big and small as she navigates her family, secret boyfriend, and the weight of doing what is right. With brilliant writing, a warm and wonderful cast of characters, and an important message, The Hate U Give is an absolute must-read.
Cinnamon Crunch – The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
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This pick is just plain sweet, if a little over the top, just like a cinnamon crunch bagel. On the day that Natasha’s family will be deported, she meets Daniel, a hopeful young poet. Even though Natasha doesn’t believe in love, Daniel bets her that he will make her fall in love in just one day. The book may have an over-the-top premise, but the incredibly sweet characters and the beautiful writing make this book a winner.
Asiago – I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
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Although this book may not be cheesy, it is rich, filling, and savory. Readers will simply eat up this contemporary read surrounding identity, family, and race. After the death of her sister, Julia must learn not only who her sister really was, but who she intends to be. The raw conflict and intense mystery of this novel make it an interesting pick for any reader.
Everything – I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
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Chock full of mystery, young love, tumultuous family relationships, art history, philosophy, and so much more, Jandy Nelson didn’t skip a thing. Just like this bagel choice gives you everything you want all in one place, I’ll Give You the Sun has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to laugh or cry, sing or paint, this book will give you that indescribable happy-sad-wonderful feeling.
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