Saturday, August 11

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ~ Lemony Snicket

Recently, my friend Rachel shared this post by NPR on the 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. Most of my favorites are listed, but when I was asked by someone else which of those books I would recommend, I decided I would make my own personal list of my favorite YA literature. Some may not technically be YA (what makes a book YA rather than adult or older child?), but these are books I would recommend to any child/young adult (not all are fiction). These aren’t in any sort of order (although the first six are definitely favorites).

So, here it goes:

  1. Harry Potter series (of course)
  2. Anne of Green Gables series
  3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  4. Peter Pan
  5. Flowers for Algernon
  6. Ender’s Game
  7. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  8. The Book Thief
  9. The Blue Sword
  10. The Call of the Wild
  11. Circle of Magic series
  12. The Dark is Rising series
  13. The Hobbit
  14. I Capture the Castle
  15. The Lord of the Rings series
  16. The Giver
  17. The Queen’s Thief series
  18. A Wrinkle in Time series
  19. To Kill a Mockingbird
  20. Tuck Everlasting
  21. Speak
  22. The Once and Future King
  23. Holes
  24. The Diary of a Young Girl
  25. The Lightening Thief series
  26. Farewell to Manzanar
  27. Ella Enchanted
  28. Bridge to Terabithia
  29. The Chronicles of Narnia series
  30. Warriors Don’t Cry
  31. Matilda (all Roald Dahl, just don’t read his adult stuff – it’s freaky)
  32. Charlotte’s Web
  33. Artemis Fowl series
  34. The Phantom Tollbooth
  35. The Secret Garden
  36. The Little Prince
  37. Where the Red Fern Grows
  38. Walk Two Moons
  39. Night (by Elie Wiesel)
  40. Pippi Longstocking
  41. Go Ask Alice
  42. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  43. Beauty (by Robin McKinley)
  44. The Blue Sword
  45. Hoot
  46. The Devil’s Arithmetic
  47. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  48. Summer of my German Soldier
  49. Once Upon a Marigold
  50. Boy: Tales of Childhood

I could go on, but I think I’ll stop at 50. After all, who wants to read a list longer than that? Actually, who wants to even read a list of 50? Meagan, I hope you’re reading this because it’s all for you!

Also, if I go on, I think the lines between YA and adult will begin to blur. Are Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and the Bronte sisters YA? I read them as a child/YA, but I appreciate them much more as an adult. Science Fiction/Fantasy I think can always be YA, but maybe not . . . Good thing I didn’t become a YA librarian like I originally wanted! Collection development is hard!


sharon said...

Great list! There are a few on the list that I really want to read.

The Reynolds said...

why, yes! I am ready. Thank you for the list. I'm excited to get working on it

Jason said...

The Thief is the first in a series?! My poor copy is so battered and used from all the times I re-read it, and I never knew it was part of a series! Have I had my head under a rock all these years? Thanks for sharing. Now I know what I need to read next.

Cami Rae Strasser said...

Awesome list!! I wish I had time to read! I'm afraid to get into a good book, because then my children/husband/house might suffer. When that day comes that I can read though this will be so helpful!

Ray said...

I can't believe anyone has even read this many books. This is crazy

Ray said...

I can't believe anyone has even read this many books. This is crazy