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Article  •  2 September 2022


5 books Tobias Madden thinks you should read

Book recommendations from author Tobias Madden for every type of reader.

You might know him as the author behind some of the best new YA reads, but did you know that author Tobias Madden is also a bookworm himself?

When he’s not busy writing swoon-worthy novels, like his latest, Take a Bow, Noah Mitchellhe likes to get lost in a book – just like the rest of us. Whether you’re a YA fan or not, we recommend taking a page from Tobias’ book (pun intended) and checking out one of his favourites. 

Whether you like rom-coms, sci-fi, or horror, Tobias has a rec for every type of reader. 

Tobias Madden’s 5 book recommendations

All the bright places book cover.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven • YA Fiction

'This is one of my all-time favourite YA novels, by the ever-brilliant Jennifer Niven. It’s a beautiful story about love and friendship and grief, and I think everyone – young and old – needs to read it.'


Beach Read book cover.

Beach Read by Emily Henry • Contemporary Romance

'This was my first Emily Henry book, and I loved it! Any book about a writer is always going to speak to me (for obvious reasons) but throw in some gorgeous lake houses, a swoony love interest, and some friendly competition, and I’m sold!'


Ready Player One book cover.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline • Science Fiction

'The nerd in me fell head over heels for this book. It’s a thrilling adventure set in a hypothetical near-future that has become more and more frighteningly prescient with each year that’s passed. If you’re a gamer, this is an absolute must-read.'


Holding the Man book cover.

Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave • Memoir

'An Aussie queer classic, and for very good reason. This is a beautiful – and at times, harrowing – novel , based on the author’s own experiences of Australia at the height of the AIDS epidemic. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it is so, so beautiful.'


House of Hollow book cover.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland • YA Horror

'Not a lot of books can creep me out, but this one certainly did, and in the best possible way. It’s an eerie, haunting YA mystery, with a twist you will not see coming. Gorgeous prose, brilliant characters. And an Aussie author, too!'


. . . and Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell 

In addition to reading Tobias’ recommendations, you should also check out his new book, Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell.

Noah is in love with his best friend, but unfortunately, it’s complicated . . . to say the least. They only know each other by their online gaming avatars, and there’s no chance they’ll ever meet in real life thanks to some super-strict privacy rules put in place by his crush’s mom.

When Noah sees an opportunity to maybe meet his crush IRL, he takes it. Even though:

  1. He might have a false lead.
  2. His crush might not like him back.
  3. He will have to join a local production of Chicago to make it happen.

What could possibly go wrong?


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Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell
Tobias Madden delivers another swoonworthy YA rom-com winner with his second novel!
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All the Bright Places
The compelling and beautiful story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Soon to be a major movie from Netflix starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith.
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Beach Read
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Ready Player One
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Holding the Man
As uplifting as it is moving, Holding the Man is a funny, sad and celebratory account of growing up gay, and a powerful love story.
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House of Hollow
A New York Times Bestseller! An Instant Indie Bestseller! 'This dark, deliciously twisted novel has everything you could hope for as a reader – a brilliant concept, glamorous characters with secrets to hide, immersive world-building, and some of the finest writing I’ve seen in YA fiction. I’ll put it like this – I am obsessed with House of Hollow.’ Louise O'Neill, author of Printz Honor Book, Asking For It
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