Thursday 29 May 2014

Rolling Stone's 40 Best YA Novels

It seems everyone wants to get in on the YA list action lately- even Rolling Stone.

I think this is a really interesting list. There's some obvious ones- The Fault in Our Stars and The Hunger Games for instance- the mega sellers of the past year or so. Probably some interesting omissions too. There are really quite a number that I've never heard of.

As always the books I've read are in red.

1. I Am The Messenger - Markus Zusak (see my review)

2. Miracle's Boys - Jacqueline Woodson

3. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

4. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein

5. (You) Set Me On Fire - Mariko Tamaki

6. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

7. Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew Smith

8. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

10. How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff (see my review)

11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

12. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

13. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

14. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen - Susin Nielsen

15. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

16. Legend - Marie Lu

17. Adaptation - Malinda Lo

18. Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan

19. Alice, I think - Susan Juby

20. The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson

21. Firecracker - David Iserson

22. The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton (see my review)

23. Born Confused - Tanuja Desai Hidier

24. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green (see my review)

25. The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer

26. Monster - Walter Dean Myers

27. If You Could Be Mine - Sara Farizan

28. Romiette and Julio - Sharon M. Draper

29. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse - Katie Coyle

30. The Hunger Games (trilogy) - Suzanne Collins (read 2/3) (see my reviews #1, #2)

31. Gingerbread - Rachel Cohn

32. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (see my review)

33. The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot

34. Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

35. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares

36. Ship Breaker - Paolo Bacigalupi

37. Forever - Judy Blume

38. Noughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman

39. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

40. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie (see my review)


October 2015 9/42

June 2016 10/42

July 2017 11/42


Joy said...

Interesting list. I recommend Uglies and Code Name Verity. I see a number that I should have read by now and more than I expected that I haven't heard of.

Joy's Book Blog

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I wonder which books are on our 1001 Children's Books list.

Oddly, today is the first time I've heard of Grasshopper Jungle and now I've seen mention of it twice.