It was time for me to re-evaluate my top 10 young adult books. So, without your seeing my raging internal debate*, I very cleanly present to you the following:
1) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
2) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
5) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
6) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
7) Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
8) Fire by Kristin Cashore
9) Unwind by Neil Shusterman
10) Every Day by David Levithan
*Ugh, I hate making top 10 lists of books– it’s so hard for me. Even now, I see that I’ve favored books I’ve read more recently over some of the “classics.” Tuck Everlasting. Bridge to Terabithia. The Secret Garden. It seems like a crime to leave these off the list. The Pigman. When You Reach Me. A Monster Calls.
Oh gosh. Anne of Green Gables. How could I leave Anne off this list– especially when I’ve included other books much more controversial? Or The Sky is Everywhere, which is better written than several books on the list?
Next time I do this, I need to be more specific with the name of my list. Top 10 YA Books I’d Never Want to Live Without … if that were the list title, it would be different than the list above. Top 10 YA Books That Made Me Think. There! That more accurately fits the list above.
Okay, it is time to quit obsessing over this list, which only 100 people are even going to see anyway.
What I’d rather do is give you a must-read book list personalized to your reading tastes. I LOVE doing this, so let me know if you’re interested.