Top 10 Young Adult Novels

Our Books

There are some amazing Young Adult novels out there and Between the Grinds wants to make sure you know about them. Here is a list of our current top ten best young adult fiction.

The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a necromancer? Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series will allow you a glimpse into a primitive yet magical realm pitted against the technologies of the 20th century. Between the Grinds recommends the entire series but you have to start somewhere.




Sabriel is the first book in the Abhorsen series and it’s an amazing ride full of zombies, spirits quelled by bells, a sarcastic demon house cat, and a fearless girl searching for her destiny. Sabriel’s father, the legendary Abhorsen, has gone missing and she must journey into the unruly, magical land of the Old Kingdom to find him. Not quite ready for the demands of a necromancer’s lifestyle, Sabriel must learn quickly or face the end of the world as she knows it.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Well, the Murry family quickly learns how to travel through time after their father goes missing while working on a tesseract.



Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe journey through a wrinkle in time with the help of a few supernatural beings who go by Mrs. Whatis, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Together, the children face great evil, simply called IT, on the strange planet of Camazotz where Meg’s father is trapped. The children encounter many dangers but learn several valuable lessons about family, identity, and conformity along the way.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Have you ever wanted your world to be better or more interesting? Be careful what you wish for.

This blend of horror and fantasy from Neil Gaiman has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. We guarantee this book will enchant your imagination.


Coraline lives in an old house that is divided into several flats. Frustrated by how uninteresting and unfair her world is, Coraline ignores all warnings and unlocks secret door in the house. Through this door, Coraline finds a world that is similar to the one she left but far better. In the Other World Coraline has an Other Mother and an Other Father that are much more accommodating than her real parents. However, something sinister is hiding in this lovely world. As Coraline spends more time in the Other World she begins to feel that she is in danger of never being allowed to leave.

  A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

A Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. It all begins with the tragedy of the Baudelaire orphans.


Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are the unfortunate  Baudelaire orphans. A mysterious fire takes the lives of their parents and they are quickly sent away to a conniving, distant relative named Count Olaf. The children easily see through the greedy motives of Olaf as he assembles an authentic marriages ceremony in a theatrical play between Violet and himself. Count Olaf is hungry for the Baudelaire fortune but every adult is oblivious to his desperate plight for the inheritance. Alone in their misfortune, the orphans must use their creativity, wits, and teeth to thwart Count Olaf’s evil plan.


Feed by M.T. Anderson

We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck – Titus, The Feed

How would you like to have your smart phone permanently implanted in your head at birth? Would you like to be constantly bombarded by ads inside of your head? Would you like our language to be simplified into barely intelligible sentences?

This book is about a group of teens who live in the world of the feed which allows users to mentally access the internet and stream its contents directly to their brain. As a result, these individuals are accustomed to being bombarded by ads which are tailored to their tastes and their resistance to these temptations is practically nil. Can these teens empty their minds of the constant distractions of the feed and remember what it means to be human? It may be difficult to see fault in a high tech world full of ease and consumerism but the terrifying image of a declining modern society can be felt in the pages of The Feed.


Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Based on order of publication, the Chronicles of Narnia begin with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. However, C.S. admits that he prefers that the chronicles begin with The Magician’s Nephew.



Digory’s friend Polly vanishes after touching a yellow ring they found in his Uncle Andrew’s study. Digory soon finds out that his uncle is a magician and in order to bring Polly back he must vanish as well. Digory manages to rescue Polly from the Wood between the Worlds but when they return they are not alone. An evil witch named Jadis travels back to London with them and wreaks havoc on their world. To return Jadis to her own world, Digory and Polly will need the help of Aslan, the true king of Narnia.


The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Do you love stories about fantastical adventures, evil kings, and an average boy protecting the life of a hatchling dragon?

We recommend beginning with Eragon, the first book in The Inheritance Cycle.


When a lowly farm boy named Eragon stumbles upon a blue stone in the forest he thinks of how much the profits from his discovery will help his family survive the winter. However, when the stone hatches a dragon his soon realizes that his problems have only begun. In order to protect the fledgling dragon and fulfill his destiny, Eragon must leave his simple life behind. A sinister king hungers for the power that comes along with possessing a dragon and employs a horde of dark enemies to pursue Eragon and his precious treasure.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Are you searching for a mystery/thriller about a ruined orphanage that once housed peculiar children? This book may be just for you.



Jacob encounters a strange island off the coast of Wales. It is on this island that he finds the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s orphanage. Jacob finds more chilling evidence of the island’s occupants and comes to understand that the children may have been imprisoned to protect the rest of the world from their dark gifts.




The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

 A legendary classic that will capture your thirst for adventure and the fantastical.


Enduring the recent loss of his mother and the cruelty of bullies, Bastion escapes to a bookstore and leaves with a book that will change his life forever. Once Bastion begins reading, he quickly becomes absorbed in the great plight that has befallen the land of Fantasia. Bastion suddenly sees himself in the brave hero Atreyu as he goes on a quest to save the Childlike Princess from the terrible Nothing.

The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell

Have you ever wondered what birds would say if they could talk?



Clara Dooley lives with a magician’s widow in the large Glendoveer mansion. Within her mysterious home lies a mysterious aviary full of exotic birds. Clara is frightened of the birds that screech at her whenever she is nearby. However, when the birds start speaking to her the mysteries begin to come out.


What is your favorite Young Adult novel or writer?

Well, those are our current top ten young adult novels. We hope you enjoy reading these stories. Let us know about your experiences.


10 Great Books Adapted to Film

Our Books

Some people hate it when their favorite books are turned into movies. Some people love it. However, we cannot forget that these films are encouraging people to read the books.

A person may find themselves picking up the book if a film can make a lasting impression. At Between the Grinds, we feel these interactions are important because they encourage people to read when they normally wouldn’t open a book.

Here is a list of movies we think are worth your time.


This is a story about a precocious thirteen-year-old girl named Briony Tallis. She misinterprets the adult relationship between her eldest sister and her lover and creates an elaborate lie. As a result, the couple is torn apart and Briony must confess and atone for her sins.

The Film

 In Cold Blood

This is a harrowing, true story of murder in a quaint town.Truman Capote documents the horrifying family murder and the court proceedings for the criminals in this masterpiece. Truman conveys the story with empathy for all of the individuals involved and creates a suspenseful chain of events.

 The Film

Howl’s Moving Castle

Cursed by the Witch of the Waste, Sophie goes on a journey to cleanse herself of the hex. Along the way, she stumbles into a moving castle belonging to the great wizard, Howl. In order to rid herself of the enchantment, Sophie must confront the Witch of the Waste and learn to tame the cold-hearted Howl.

The Film

The Great Gatsby

This is the classic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Separated by war and wealth, the couple is finally reunited at one of Gatsby’s lavish parties. Drama ensues when Daisy’s husband catches on to their secret love affair. Fitzgerald’s story allows us a glimpse into the fascinating world of the Roaring Twenties.

 The Film

Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is a cult classic in both the film and literary world. It’s a quirky and fun tale of adventure and romance centered around Wesley and Princess Buttercup. Separated by Prince Humperdinck, Wesley and Buttercup must defy the odds to be together.

The Film

The Hunger Games

In a post-apocalyptic world, an enslaved society must send tributes from each district to fight as recompense for a rebellion. A girl named Katniss Everdeen is forced to volunteer as tribute to save her younger sister from certain death. Katniss must fight for her life in an elaborately designed colosseum against trained warriors from other districts. Only one tribute may remain at the end of the games.

The Film

Jane Eyre

The Film

Tortured and unloved as a child, a girl makes her own way in the world as a governess in the house of a mysterious man named Edward Rochester. Jane becomes entangled with Rochester but they cannot be united because of a dark secret he holds.


Roald Dahl brings us the story of a bright yet misunderstood girl named Matilda. Matilda must overcome the tyranny of her school principal, Mrs. Trunchbull, with the help of her classmates, a sweet teacher, and Matilda’s secret powers.

The Film

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We couldn’t resist another Dahl book to film conversion. Charlie and the Chocolate factory has charmed children and adults for years. Chaos ensues after a very lucky boy finds the last golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Charlie tours the  factory of sweets with four other beastly children and along the way they encounter otherworldly oompa loompas, chocolately disasters, and everlasting gob stoppers.

The Film

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A coming of age tale about a boy named Charlie who is struggling to find friends and an identity in a new environment. He encounters two amazing friends that ease his depression and uplift him during the massive letdown that is high school. Together this trio experiences great joys and misadventures while teetering on the verge of adulthood.

The Film

We hope you enjoy our list. What are some of your favorite books that have become movies?

Brewing with Mother Earth

Coffee, Literacy, Poetry

April is National Gardening month and Earth Day is right around the corner so we’re getting our garden ready at Between the Grinds. Let’s grow something together.

Did you know you can use coffee grounds to make your garden grow? Well, you can. Adding coffee grounds to your soil will repel slugs, keep the topsoil moist, and help boost plant growth. Ask us for our coffee grounds if you’re planting a garden this summer. Our grounds are free.

Visit this page for more information on how coffee grounds can benefit your garden

Isn’t Nature Romantic?

Romanticism was a literary movement that reflected on the beauty and simplicity found in nature. William Blake was one of the Romantic poets who could unveil the true face of mother nature with his words.

William Blake

William Blake

Need a little romanticizing?

Visit us at Between the Grinds and ask any of our employees to help your find the perfect book to romanticize with this Spring. We have books on poetry and even entire collections for your perusal.

We’re selling seedlings.

We have a limited availability so get them while you can. These seedlings were grown by our wonderful Reading Between the Grinds volunteers. We have herbs, vegetables, and flower seedlings waiting for a home in your garden. All proceeds go to benefit literacy in our community. Support literacy today!

How are you spending your Earth Day?

How to Cold Brew

Beverages, Coffee, Literacy

It’s getting hot outside so we’re going cold. Our delicious, double-strength cold brew coffee will sate your thirst for caffeine on a boiling day.

Can’t make it to Between the Grinds for some of our cold brewed coffee? We’ll show you how to make it at home. Plan ahead though, this coffee needs to sit and brew for 12 hours.

You’ll need:

  • 1 3/4 cup of coarsely ground coffee
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • Large pitcher
  • coffee filters/fine mesh strainer/cheese cloth

Combine the coffee and water in the pitcher. Make sure the ground coffee and water are thoroughly mixed. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and allow it to sit for 12 hours.

Line a metal strainer with a coffee filter and pour the cold brew slowly into another container of your choice. Be careful! Don’t pour too quickly. The coffee will need time to drain from the filter.

Enjoy your cold brew

You can purchase any of our syrups for your own use at home.


Make a small donation with every purchase and help promote literacy in our community. Your donations support our Reading Between the Grinds literacy program which impacts individuals struggling with reading skills. Would you like to volunteer? Volunteers receive free coffee during sessions. Give us a call and find out how you can stay caffeinated and help improve literacy.


We’re branching out. Find us @btwnthegrinds on Twitter. We’re following some amazing businesses that promote literacy for children and adults. We’ll be sharing their content and exploring new ways to improve our business. Let’s join together and support literacy in every way we can.

How will you stay caffeinated this Summer?

5 Magical Pop-up Books

Literacy, Our Books, The Daily Grind

The Power of the Pop-up

 Pop-up books aren’t just for kids. Although they are excellent tools for encouraging children to read, adults can have fun with these books too. Here is a list of pop-up books that simply must be your’s.

1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll & edited by Robert Sabuda

This book is an amazing pop-up experience. It has vibrant visuals, extra interactive slides, and a text that reflects the true Alice in Wonderland story. This book will surely captivate you and your children during story time.

2. ABC3D by Marion Battaille

Not only is this book a simplistic work of art that adults can appreciate, but it is also a book that’s going to capture your children’s attention. These 3D alphabetic images can help your child learn the alphabet. We definitely recommend this book because its just a lot of creative fun

3. Dali Pop-Up by Martin Howard & Courtney Watson McCarthy

This book is for the adults. If you love Salvador Dali, you’re sure to fall in love with this book.

 4. The Dragon & the Knight: A Pop-up Misadventure by Robert Sabuda

As you can tell we’re a fan of Robert Sabuda’s work. This is an excellent, quirky tale of a knight and his dragon breaking the story mold.

5. Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski

Haunted House is oodles of entertaining fun for the whole family. There is a slightly scary surprise on every colorful page and Pienkowski’s quirky art is sure to ensnare your child’s curiosity.

All of these amazing book are on our shelves. Visit Between the Grinds today and we’ll share our favorite pop-ups with you.

What’s your favorite pop-up book?

Happy St. Patricks Day!

What are we up to?

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and we hope you’re feeling lucky. We’re serving Irish coffee and desert samples all day. Pay us a visit and celebrate this holiday.

Also, don’t miss out on the Irish folktales we’ll be sharing all day. What’s your favorite folktale?

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

Did you know?

St. Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat.

St. Patrick’s Day is actually the day of his death. It began as a feasting day which takes place during the Catholic observance of Lent.

Some say that St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach people about the holy trinity.

For more facts on St. Patrick visit this site.

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Do you celebrate with a pint among friends? Tell us about your St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick Cathedral

St. Patrick Cathedral

How to Haiku


From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.




March 21st is National Poetry Day and we’re celebrating with haikus. A haiku is a descriptive Japanese poem. They are usually about small, beautiful aspects of nature. Between the Grinds wants to help you write a haiku.

Haiku Requirements
  • Haikus must be 17 syllables long
  • The first line must be 5 syllables
  • The second line must be 7 syllables
  • The third line must be 5 syllables
  • Haikus do not have to rhyme
Can you haiku?

Write a haiku and share your results with us.

Check out Between the Grinds’ haiku

The coffee beans spill

In the grinder they shatter

Brewed, liquid heaven.

New Week, New Grinds

Beverages, Fiction, What are we up to?

We’re smoothing things out at Between the Grinds.

We’re giving British Literature another week due to some new developments to our cafe menu. Fear not, we won’t lead you astray. We love our coffee but we also want to give our customers what they want. Your requests for healthy blended beverages have been heard. Without further ado, let us introduce our new smoothie lineup.

Smoothies and the Brits

How can smoothies possibly relate to British literature, you ask? Our featured smoothie of the week is Stardust. We named it after our favorite novel by the British author Neil Gaiman.

Stardust is about a boy who summons a star from the heavens to win the heart of the girl he loves. This tale is full of witches, pirates, and ruthless brothers fighting for the seat to their dying father’s kingdom. At the center of it all is a beautiful star named Yvaine and everyone is (literally) dying for her heart.

Our Stardust smoothie is a delicious blend of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and papaya. This drink is sure to satisfy any craving.

Reading Between the Grinds Needs You

Every donation made with a smoothie purchase comes with a free copy of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. All donations will benefit our Reading Between the Grinds literacy program. Your donations are used to purchase reading materials, text books, and other implements to help those in your community struggling with illiteracy. Help your community thrive today.

We’re not afraid to share.

Want a healthy snack but can’t make it to Between the Grinds? Here are the recipes for our new smoothies: Simply Whole Foods & Tip Junkie


Try pairing a smoothie at home with your children. Connect our quirky flavors with your child’s favorite book character for a healthy and entertaining story time.

 Author of the Week

Our new author of the week is Neil Gaiman.

Born on November 10, 1960, Neil Gaiman wrote his first book at the age of 24. Gaiman is a sensational writer known for his novels American Gods and Coraline.

Influenced by Alan Moore, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Edgar Alan Poe, Gaiman has written his fair share of fantasy. His stories are always darkly whimsical and full of interesting characters. He has written numerous books for children as well as young adults but his adult fiction still captivates a large audience.

Gaiman has also gained recognition for his graphic novel series called The Sandman. This series was written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Dave McKean. It’s a lengthy tale involving the entity of the Sandman gathering his dreaming implements after he has been held captive for centuries. The Sandman series was completed in 1988 but they decided to resume the story in 2013 because of its enormous following.

 Curious about Neil? Check out his work on his webpage. All of his books are on our shelves. Let us introduce you to Neil Gaiman.


Do you have a favorite smoothie combo? We’d love to hear about it.

Already in love with Neil Gaiman? Tell us what you’ve read.


3 Effective Methods for Boosting Literacy in your Community


Literacy is very important to the development of your community. People who struggle with literacy have difficulty communicating their needs and expressing their opinions. Together we must help the illiterate overcome the obstacles that plague their lives. Between the Grinds is an excellent place to begin positively impacting the literacy rate in your community.

Reading Between the Grinds

Volunteer at our weekly literacy program. Reading Between the Grinds is dedicated to improving the literacy in our community. These weekly classes are fueled by our volunteers and certified educators. Everyone works together to empower the individuals struggling to overcome illiteracy. Give us a call to schedule a volunteer session.

Read to your Children

Studies have shown that reading with your children greatly impacts their literacy rate. Committing to a daily story time with your children not only helps them learn to read, but also forges a family bond. For more facts about children’s literacy, please visit the National Education Association site.

Busy Schedule?

Bring your child to Between the Grinds. We have an interactive Story Time every day at 5pm.

Donate your Books

Between the Grinds is always accepting book donations. We even accept magazines and comic books. All donations are used to stock our library and fuel our reading programs. The community thrives off of your generosity because Between the Grinds offers all donated reading materials free for the public’s perusal.

Little Free Library

Little Libraries are sweeping the nation. These mini book stations are great for free book exchanges. Do you want to start a free library in your neighborhood? Visit to learn how.

Book Donations
Book Donations

Connect with Between the Grinds and let us know your ideas for improving literacy in your community. What books would you want to share with others?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Events, Our Books, Poetry, What are we up to?

Between the Grinds wants to be your valentine.

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” 

― Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was a Nobel-prize winning poet from Chile. He was the child of a railroad worker and a school teacher. Although his real name was Ricardo Eliezer Neftali Reyes y Basoalto, he adopted the pseudonym in honor of the Czech poet Jan Neruda. Also, Pablo was an outspoken supporter of communist leaders such as Stalin, Castro, and Batista. He was very much involved in the Chilean communist party because of the difficulties he faced in the Spanish Civil War. Despite his passion for Communism, he is mostly known for his beautiful love poetry. Check out Pablo Neruda’s love poems at Between the Grinds today. We have a copy waiting for you and your valentine.

Want to dig deeper into the life of Pablo Neruda? Check out our resource at

Love poetry?

We’ll be having a poetry readings all day. Join us at Between the Grinds and share your favorite poems.

Need gift ideas for your valentine?

Between the Grinds offers Valentine’s Day themed gift cards.

Unsure of how to win the heart of your beloved bibliophile? Ask any of our team members for book suggestions or bits of poetry that will warm the heart of your significant other.

Share the love of literacy

Buy any one of our handmade Valentine’s Day cards and all of the proceeds will go directly to supporting Reading Between the Grinds literacy program.


 For every purchase made on Valentine’s Day we will donate $2 of that purchase to our nonprofit literacy programs. We’re always accepting donations. Help us support literacy in your community today.

What do you love? Comment below and tell us about the things you love the most.