1. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron - Melissa told me that this book is "magic." I read it (and did the whole deal) because I taught creative writing for the first time, and the woman who taught it previously used the book. Her students all seemed to love it, and she raved about it. So is it magic? Absolutely. It changed my life.
2. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes - Well, Shonda Rhimes is kind of a big deal (you may have heard of her: her production company owns ABC's Thursday nights) and she's been doing a ton of press for it, and she is everywhere. The book itself is amazing and I loved it. Very chatty, lots of humor, and, of course, honest. She also manages to be extremely personal without divulging details about her personal life.
3. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson - Lots of people I follow on Goodreads and in the blogosphere have raved about this series. I've read volumes 1-3 of this series, and Kamala Khan is the best ever. I love that the series tackles real life issues while also letting Kamala be 100% a teenager and the biggest and best fangirl EVER.
4. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume - Well, it's Judy Blume, and people tend to love her. I skipped over most of her books when I was an adolescent. I don't really know why or how. (Seriously, the only books of hers I remember hearing anything about is Just as Long as We're Together and Here's to You, Rachel Robinson.) She was so not on my radar, basically. But this book right here shows why she is JUDY BLUME. I wish more current YA was like this.
5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - I saw the movie first and read the book second. Reading the book made me appreciate the movie a whole lot more. This book is about how cancer sucks. Period. But it is funny and real and the voice and characters are great. I won't pretend it isn't problematic, but I found it to be worth my time and the read. I recommend it.