Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Top 100 YA Books

I saw this list on Persnickety Snark a while back, but kind of forgot about it in the craziness of daily life. I just saw it again on Book Rat though and thought it would be fun to do!

I have read books in bold.
I own books in italics.
I intend to read underlined books in the near future.
*** indicates favorites


1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins ***
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee ***
4. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass), Philip Pullman
6. The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen (review) ***
7. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
8. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton ***
9. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (review) ***

10. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen (review) ***
11. Looking for Alaska, John Green
12. Just Listen, Sarah Dessen (review) ***
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling ***
14. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
15. City of Bones, Cassandra Clare

16. On the Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
17. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

20. Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen (review)
21. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater (review) ***
22. Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
23. Graceling, Kristin Cashore
24. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher

25. Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty
26. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
27. Alanna: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce
28. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling ***

30. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld (review) ***
31. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray (review)
32. Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden
33. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
34. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (review) ***
35. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
36. Paper Towns, John Green
37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
38. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
39. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith

40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
41. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen (review)
42. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
43. Evernight, Claudia Gray
44. Sabriel, Garth Nix
45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
46. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
47. Forever, Judy Blume
48. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
49. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine ***

50. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
51. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
52. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
53. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
54. Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
55. Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta
56. Second Helpings, Megan McCafferty
57. Dreamland, Sarah Dessen (review)
58. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (review) ***
59. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

60. Fire, Kristin Cashore

61. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
62. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
63. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
64. Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
65. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
66. City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
67. Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen (review)
68. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer (review)
69. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison

70. If I Stay, Gayle Forman
71. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
72. Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
73. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Robin McKinley
74. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
75. Feed, M.T. Anderson
76. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares
77. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
78. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
79. Lord of the Flies, William Golding

80. Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen (review)
81. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
82. Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson
83. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
84. Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
85. Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead

86. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
87. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
88. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
89. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L’Engle

90. Glass Houses, Rachel Caine
91. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I:The Pox Party, M.T. Anderson
92. Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
93. Whale Talk, Chris Crutcher
94. Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles
95. Going Too Far, Jennifer Echols
96. The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks
97. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
98. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
99. The Pigman, Paul Zindel
100. The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley


Obviously, I'm a big Sarah Dessen fan. Her books are all incredible. It makes me a little sad that I've only read 32 of these, but in all fairness I wasn't really into YA (except for Dessen) until this year -- so I hadn't heard of most of them. A lot of them are waiting for me on my bookshelves though. I know what I'll be doing over Christmas break!

If you do this, please leave a link in the comments! I want to compare books!


5 comments:

danya said...

Oh, when you get the chance you should definitely read Little Women and Beauty! Also the Alanna series was the one that introduced me to YA fantasy (of course, it was written back in the day when YA wasn't even really a section of its own, so some aspects may seem a little "cliched"...but that's only because Pierce set the trend!)

And Howl's Moving Castle is pretty fantastic. Some of Diana Wynne Jones' books are really confusing and hard to follow (at least, that's what I've found) but HMC is an exception. It's got excellent characters and is just generally a fun read!

*Love* Ella Enchanted by the way...it's my favorite retelling of Cinderella and one of the books I have re-read the most times :D

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Thank you for the recs! Coming from you, I will definitely be adding them to the good ol' TBR pile! Ella Enchanted is the first book I ever remember LOVING. =)

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Here's my link: http://booklabyrinth.blogspot.com/2010/12/top-100-ya-novels.html

I, too, LOVEEEE Sarah Dessen. =)

SusanKMann said...

What a great list. And here's me thinking I was the only one not to have read The Hunger Games. x

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Susan -- I read the first book and LOVED IT! That's why I haven't reviewed it yet -- it was simply too awesome for words. I really really need to read the rest of the trilogy! =)

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