Friday, July 27, 2012

Favorite YA Novels

When I did my Favorite Picture Books post and my Favorite Children's Novels post, I thought it would be an excellent idea to tackle Young Adult novels too, even if there was no poll being currently conducted for them. Then lo and behold NPR decided to conduct one Go here to vote on this poll. (Sounis-the ultimate meeting place for all Megan Whalen Turner fanatics-also conducted a more unofficial one.) There was a problem with these in that they limited the number of selections to five. Five? I had a hard time limiting my other two lists to 10. So, here where I make my own rules I am giving you my Top 10 (and a link to a bunch of others that didn't quite make the top 10).  

If one book from a series is here, you can count the whole series as being represented. Some of these book (ie Chime, Saving Francesca) SHOULD NOT be judged by their covers. In no particular order, here are my top 10:

Three of my favorites didn't make the NPR list so I had to vote for others in their place. Here you can see the rest of my beloved YA books.

What are some of your favorites?


  1. Oooh--we had way different lists this time--no doubt because you've read more of this genre than have I :-). OF COURSE, the Queen's Thief made my list as did Code Name Verity. I debated about Chime, but it ended up getting cut from my vote. And, since I'm not the record keeper you are, I can't remember all of the ones I voted for! The list was HUGE! I did include Tolkien (not the Hobbit--THAT's not YA (sigh)). I think I also included To Kill a Mockingbird. Some of the books on that poll are definitely not YA (um, Wrinkle in Time?), so even if they were faves of mine, I didn't vote for them on this poll....

    1. I voted for To Kill a Mockingbird too. It was one of the ones that replaced favorites that weren't on their list. And yes, the NPR list includes many books that I think are MG and not YA.