Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
This book has received many starred reviews, and it's easy to see why. Albie is such a great character.
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Kate is one of my favorite middle grade authors, and while this isn't my favorite book of hers, I still enjoyed it.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
A fantastic end to a fantastic series. I want to re-read the series back-to-back someday. So, so good.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I read this on vacation and it kept pulling me back. Such a unique premise - really good!
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Note: this is definitely an upper-level YA (like 14 and up, at least)
It is one of the most strange, but also beautiful, books I've ever read. There is one troubling scene I really didn't like, but I still think about this book, months later, and that's saying something. I fully expect to see this one on award lists.
In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo
I know I keep saying unique and different, but here's another one!! The art, especially, is just... wow!
Tease by Amanda Maciel
This is not an especially easy story to read (it's about a suicide related to bullying), but it's so well-done and I loved the alternating chapters between the past and the present. Another award-worthy book for sure.
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
A great summer read - I really loved this one a lot, with it's mystery of where her friend has gone and the new friends she makes that help her sort of find herself.
Finally making a dent in my TBR pile, and it feels good!