Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Top 100 YA List + My Thoughts

Since everyone else is doing this, I thought I might as well too.
April at Good Books and Good Wine had bloggers and readers vote on their top YA novels/series/etc, and here's the list she came up with. Titles in bold are ones that I have read, italics are those that I own, but haven't read yet. I'll leave a few comments, and at the end I'll name a few that I think *should* be on the list, but are not.

100. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
99. Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
98. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
97. Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
96. Bllood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Claus
95. Forever by Judy Blume
94. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
93. Tithe by Holly Black (I liked this book, but I think I like Valiant better...)
92. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
91. Wings by Aprillynne Pike
90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
89. Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
88. Marked by PC And Kristin Cast
87. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
86. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
85. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (Not the MJ book I would choose, but she does deserve to be on the list.)
84. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
83. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
82. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
81. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
79. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I honestly disliked this book. Take it off the list.)
78. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
77. Evernight by Claudia Gray
76. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
75. Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
74. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
73. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
72. Alana: The First Adventure series by Tamora Pierce
71. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Definitely deserves to be here. I loved this book.)
70. Unwind by Neil Shusterman
69. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
68. Paper Towns by John Green
67. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
66. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
65. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
64. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
63. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
62. Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz (Meh. I don't like this series much.)
61. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
60. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
59. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
58. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
57. Eragon by Christopher Paoloni (This series is great.)
56. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine (The perfect antidote to the sparkly vamps of Twilight. I like it.)
55. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
54. Fallen by Lauren Kate
53. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
51. Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke (Magical series that definitely deserves a place here.)
50. Number The Stars by Lois Lowry
49. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (This book was good, but I wouldn't put it on the list.)
47. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
45. The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong ( This is a good series, I'd put it a little more toward the top, like 70ish.)
44. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
43. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
42. Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
41. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
40. Wake series by Lisa McMann (I didn't like this one much...)
39. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
38. Are You There Good? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
37. Looking For Alaska by John Green
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
35. A Great And Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray
34. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman (This should be a little lower on the list. in the 20's at least.)
33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
32. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
30. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
29. Forest of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Love this one.)
28. Holes by Louis Sacher
27. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
26. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
23. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
22. Uglies series by Scott Westerfield (I like this series, but I think his Midnighters series is better.)
21. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Needs to be a bit lower on the list.)
20. Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder
19. Book Thief by Markus Zusak
18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine (I love this one too.)
17. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
14. Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
12. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (This definitely needs to be here, and it's at a good number.)
11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
10. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
9. A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L'engle
8. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore
7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan
6. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer (In terms of popularity, I can see this being here. Definitely not this close to number one though.)
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (I'm biased a little, but I think this should be number one.)
1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (Good series. Not number one, though.)

A few that should be on the list but aren't:

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Liar/Magic or Madness/How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld
Pendragon series by DJ MacHale
The Hobbit by JRR Tolken
Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
Pucker by Melanie Gideon
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix
The Otori series by Lian Hearn

Is there anything I left out that you think should be here?
Anything you disagree with?
Any of these I haven't read yet but I REALLY need too?
Let me know in the comments!


  1. I would go with The Hunger Games series being number one. I agree with you rother comments though.......

  2. That would be "your other" doh!

  3. Ah, I was sort of angry while I was tallying that Liar just missed it by 3 votes. So so pissed. Anyways, glad to see your thoughts!

  4. Three votes!? That's frustrating.

  5. I agree with nearly all of your comments. I liked Valiant more than Tithe and loved The Series of Unfortunate Events. I'd like to see the Mortal Instruments series a bit closer to #1. Perhaps it could trade places with Twilight? ;)

  6. YES. The Mortal Instruments series can definitely trade places with Twilight!



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