recommendations

I give additional info (like POC protagonist, LGBT+ characters, disabled characters, retellings, etc.) in brackets behind the title. For some of these books, it’s been a while since I read them and I can’t remember the details. So if I don’t give additional info or no concrete info, I’m sorry for that, it’s my bad memory at work.
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  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (asian MC)
  • Toxic by Lydia Kang (Korean MC)

dystopia
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (own voices demi MC)
  • This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  • The extinction trials by S.M. Wilson

YA contemporaries
  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (demi, bi, lesbian, gay, black)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (sapphic, social anxiety)
  • Are we all lemmings and snowflakes? by Holly Bourne (mental illness, bipolar disorder)
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Indian)
  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (biracial questioning ace MC)
  • Baking for Dave by Melissa Palmer (sensory processing disorder)
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (lesbian side characters)
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed (Jewish MC, Pakistani-American muslim MC, black, muslim, jewish side characters)
  • Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green (gay, bi)
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

NA & adult contemporaries
  • Hot Mess by Lucy Vine
  • My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella
  • Berühre mich. Nicht by Laura Kneidl
  • Der letzte erste Blick by Bianca Iosivoni
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (gay, bi)
  • Begin Again by Mona Kasten

YA fantasy
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (brown MCs, based on Indian mythology)
  • Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez (brown characters, bysed on Bolivian history & politics)
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Maragret Rogerson (bi)
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (sapphic side character)
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (brown, black, inspired by ancient Arabia)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (asian, sapphic)
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu

NA & adult fantasy
  • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (black, brown, lesbian, bi, gay)
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (brown characters)
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (sapphic, based on Greek mythology)

retellings
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (Macbeth)
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (Cinderella)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Achilles, gay)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella, asian)
  • Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon (Beauty & the Beast, Indian)

enemies to lovers
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (brown characters)
  • Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez (brown characters, inspired by Bolivian history & politics)
  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (bi, gay, mexican-american MC)
  • We hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (brown, black, inspired by ancient Arabia)
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee