Book List

The Perfect Books for People Who Love Lists

June 22, 2021
Brian Murray

I have a strong appreciation for a good list. I’m talking top tens, to-do lists, inventories, bucket lists, best-of lists, bullet journaling, etc. They are simple, elegant, and essential organizational tools for our daily lives. They also happen to feature in some of our favorite books here at Riveted by Simon Teen. So please enjoy this list of some of our favorite books with lists.

The Perfect Books for People Who Love Lists


1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This is an absolute classic, essential read for list lovers and YA readers alike. Emily doesn’t take to many risks, until her best friend Sloane enters the picture. One day, Sloane disappears right before they are about to have the summer of their lives. But she leaves behind a list of 13 activities Emily would never do. But this list might just lead Emily back to her best friend as well as the summer of her life.  If you happened to have missed this one, it is well beyond time to check this off your TBR list.


2. Start Here by Trish Doller

Willa, Taylor, and Finley were supposed to have the trip of their lives, sailing from Ohio to Key West together. But after Finley’s tragic passing, Willa and Taylor find their lives and friendship upended. But perhaps this trip can bring them back together. With the help of a list of clues leading to several destinations along the way, perhaps this trip can bring them back together.  This is a gorgeous summer novel of discovery and friendship you need to check out.


3. The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

Rachel Lippincott’s highly anticipated new novel is a heartwarming exploration of grief, love, and adventure. Emily’s life is suddenly upended. While still mourning the passing of her mother, she struggles with her fraught relationship with her boyfriend as well as the fact that her father is selling her childhood home.  But her luck will change when she discovers her mother’s old bucket list from high school. Her new friend Blake suggests taking on the list that summer. Together, these two girls face their fears, embark on adventures, and discover a bond deeper than either could suspect.


4. 26 Kisses by Anna Michels

Veda has the perfect plan to get over her break up and move on to better things: kiss her way through the alphabet. That’s right, Veda is on a mission to kiss 26 boys, one for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a hilarious, fun, and swoon worthy adventure that leads Veda to some unexpected places. A perfect read for the adventurous and ambitious list maker.


5. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

This romantic and emotional novel takes on the idea of lists a bit differently. Stella likes to be in control. And she has to be, given her need for a lung transplant and the chance of infection jeopardizing that. So, she helps center herself and her world through lists. Everything is organized, has its place, and in order.  That is, until she meets Will, whose swagger and devil-may-care attitude is absolutely the last thing Stella needs in her life. So the two begin an uneasy acquaintanceship, through which Stella tries to help and reform Will through some of her own list making.  Destined to be a new teen classic, this is an absolute must-read.


6. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

A school rivalry. A scavenger hunt. An enemies-to-lovers story. This novel is the full package. Rowan and Neil have been fierce rivals throughout their high school careers. After Neil is named Valedictorian, Rowan sees an opportunity to beat him: Howl, a senior scavenger hunt across Seattle. The two reluctantly team up after finding out one group of seniors is out to get them. And after begrudgingly working together, the two begin to discover different feelings bubbling under their animosity. This book is for the list lover who craves adventure and competition


7. Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

If you absolutely love love lists, this is the perfect book for you, because it is a book told entirely through lists! After a startling family revelation, Darren ditches school for a last-minute trip to see his brother Nate. As his family and world turn upside down, Darren tries to make sense of this chaos and his life through the books several lists. You will:

  1. Race through this
  2. Laugh out loud
  3. Love this book


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