Required Reading

Required Reading

How it Works

  • Select two themed groups for which you would like to read:
    One for the morning session, and one for the afternoon session
  • Each group has a list of five books
    Some titles can be found on audio books
  • Please read all of the books in your discussion group, this will enhance the quality of the discussion groups.
  • Print version

Reading List, Books for the Beast 2019

That’s Life

  • Life L1k3 by Jay Kristoff
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 
  • And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness 
  • A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney 
  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka 

Stand Up

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo *
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland 
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers

On the Road 

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram 
  • What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee 
  • American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott 
  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman 

Into You 

  • This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender 
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon 
  • Odd One Out by Nic Stone 
  • Meet Cute by various authors 
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang 

Let Me Be 

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez 
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins 
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi 
  • Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu 
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao 


  • Black Wings Beating by Alex London**
  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson 
  • Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol 
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater 
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson 

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