I think it goes without saying that I love young adult books. The first book I ever wrote is YA, after all. But I really do love them. I know I'm an adult, but it doesn't matter. They're fun and light reads that entertain, so what does it matter that they're intended for a high school audience?
And no, it's not because I loved high school. It was hell on earth and an experience that you couldn't pay me enough to relive. I won't even go to my high school reunions. I broke free of that mess years ago and have no interest in going back, thank you very much.
To be honest, it's not so much that I particularly care about the high school politics or the requisite love triangle in these books, but I do like the fact that most of the time, I know I'm getting a clean book. Some may call me a prude, but I like that most YA are fairly clean. I don't care for cursing and really don't like sexual content in my books, so it's nice to have a genre that is fairly safe on both counts. It's not a guarantee, unfortunately, but it's safer than a lot of adult books.
And as this is really more of a reading group than a genre, I'm going to break down these recommendations by genre.