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A high school reading list for the State of Texas.

TAYSHAS takes its name from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friends or allies.” Written as texas, texios, tejas, teyas or tayshas, the word was applied to the Caddos by the Spanish in eastern Texas, who regarded them as friends and allies against the Apaches.

The goal of the TAYSHAS reading list is to motivate young adults to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. Students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to read books for pleasure from the list which includes fiction and nonfiction titles.

Click the button below to nominate a title for next year’s list!

2023 TAYSHAS Nomination Form

Click the button below to view the current nominations for the 2023 TAYSHAS List. The current nominations list is updated monthly.

2023 TAYSHAS Current Nominations


2022 TAYSHAS Reading List TOP 10

2022 TAYSHAS Top 10


2022 TAYSHAS Reading List – Printable Versions

2022 TAYSHAS Reading List – By Title

2022 TAYSHAS ANNOTATED Reading LIST

2022 TAYSHAS Reading List by Title

TITLE AUTHOR
10 Truths and a Dare Elston, Ashley
Admission Buxbaum, Julie
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Johnson, George M.
All Eyes On Her Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth
Amelia Unabridged ** Schumacher, Ashley
Assignment, The Wiemer, Liza
Black Kids,  The Hammonds Reed, Christina
Blackout ** Clayton, Dhonielle; Jackson, Tiffany D.; Stone, Nic; Thomas, Angie;Woodfolk, Ashley;Yoon, Nicola
Blazewrath Games Ortiz, Amparo
Breath Too Late, A Callen, Rocky
Burn Ness, Patrick
Cast in Firelight Swift, Dana
Charming as a Verb Phillipe, Ben
Complicated Love Story Set in Space, A Hutchinson, Shaun David
Cousins, The McManus, Karen
Crossroads at Midnight, The Howard, Abby
Crownchasers ** Coffindaffer, Coffindaffer
Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea & Tomorrow, A Namey, Laura
Dear Universe Gonsalves, Florence
Every Single Lie Vincent, Rachel
Everything I Thought I Knew Takaoka, Shannon
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Villa, Jonny Garza
Find Layla Elison, Meg
Firekeeper’s Daughter ** Boulley, Angeline
Furia ** Méndez, Yamile Saied
Game Changer Shusterman, Neal
Girls I’ve Been, The ** Sharpe, Tess
Hard Wired Vlahos, Len
Harrow Lake Ellis, Kat
Heiress Apparently Ma, Diana
House of Hollow Sutherland, Krystal
I Hope You’re Listening Ryan, Tom
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks Brown, Don
In the Wild Light ** Zentner, Jeff
Indivisible Aleman, Daniel
Influence Shepard, Sara and Lilia Buckingham
Initial Insult, The McGinnis, Mindy
Instructions for Dancing Yoon, Nicola
Ivies, The Donne, Alexa
Just Our Luck Walton, Julia
Legendborn ** Deonn, Tracy
Living Beyond Borders Longoria, Margarita (editor)
Loop, The Oliver, Ben
Lore Bracken, Alexandra
Luck of the Titanic Lee, Stacey
Malice Dunn, Pintip
My Eyes Are Up Here Zimmerman, Laura
Nameless Queen McLaughlin, Rebecca
New David Espinoza, The Aceves, Fred
No True Believers Lumbard, Rabiah York
Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Adapted for Young Adults) Onwuachi, Kwame and Joshua David Stein
Off the Record Garrett, Camryn
Once Upon a Quinceanera Gomez-Hira, Monica
Parachutes Yang, Kelly
Pho Love Story, A Le, Loan
Poisoned Donnelly, Jennifer
Prepped Mangle, Bethany
Princess Will Save You, The Henning, Sarah
Project, The Summers, Courtney
Pudge & Prejudice Pittman, A.K.
Punching The Air ** Zoboi, Ibi and Salaam, Yusef
Ravens, The Morgan, Kass and Danielle Paige
Roman and Jewel Davis, Dana L.
Rules for Being a Girl Bushnell, Candace and Cotugno, Katie
Rural voices : 15 authors challenge assumptions about small-town America Carpenter, Nora Shalaway (editor)
Seventh Raven, The Elliott, David
Shine Jung, Jessica
Sidelined Bietz, Kara
Sixteen Scandals Jordan, Sophie
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Kemp, Laekan Zea
Super Fake Love Song Yoon, David
That Weekend Thomas, Kara
The Summer of Broken Rules Walther, K. L.
These Violent Delights Gong, Chloe
They Went Left Hesse, Monica
This is Not the Jess Show Carey, Anna
Time Will Tell Lyga, Barry
Truth Project, The Medema, Dante
Up All Night Silverman, Laura (editor)
Version Zero Yoon, David
Watch Over Me LaCour, Nina
What I Carry ** Longo, Jennifer
Where the Road Leads Us Reul, Robin
White Smoke Jackson, Tiffany D.
Yesterday is History Jackson, Kosoko
You Have A Match Lord, Emma
You Should See Me In A Crown Johnson, Leah

Titles with ** indicate a TAYSHAS Top Ten Book.

*Top Ten Books are selected from those which received a unanimous vote in the committee’s initial voting process.


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