9.11.2011

100 Top YA Books (Or, How I Killed 20 Minutes at Midnight)

I've seen this going around, and at first it seemed to be the chain-mail of book blogs, minus the tagging element that is the bane of the blogging world (or at least my world). But I went to the blog who sort-of-originally posted it, and liked her reasoning. It's simple; she got the list off a Swedish book blog that posted a (subjective) list of top 100 YA books that they had seen going around some other Swedish book blogs.

It's missing some of the books I would include in a top 100 list, but I thought it would be something fun to do...and so, in a fit of boredom (which you would think would qualify as a reason to, you know... sleep) I decided to find how many of these "Top 100 YA Books" I've actually read.


Highlight = Books I have read
Bold = Books I own but haven't read

  1. Alex Finn – Beastly
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Callagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals  (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
  18. Christopher Paolini  - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
  38. John Green – Papper Towns
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  44. Lemony Snicket -  Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak  - The Book Thief
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4) (Don't ask how that happened!)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone  (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld  - Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld  - Uglies (1, 2, 3)
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
  93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped


Count: 59 books read!

Random thought: I think this list highlights my problem with series well; if I'm not in love with a series after a few books (or even after the first), I have absolutely no problem not finishing it...which is why I have only read the first and/or second books in most of the series above. There are a few on this list (four, to be exact) that I have recently started and just haven't finished yet, but the majority are series that I have no interest in finishing.



Which books have YOU have read!
...you don't have to make a blog post or anything. Just leave your favorite ones in the comments. :)

12 comments:

  1. I got about halfway through Eragon before I picked up a different book. I recommend you read Stardust - well it's a standalone, and they made a brilliant movie out of the book. I also recommend you read Kristen Cashore's books. Fire might not be your kind of thing but Graceling is really cool.
    I'm currently reading Artemis Fowl.

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  2. Not that many apparently.

    The Host is YA? I thought it was Adult Fiction.

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  3. Lissa: I did, too! I started reading Eragon, and found it so similar to LOTR, and lacking in the writing, that I couldn't stand it. I'll definitely read Stardust, though, and I'm glad you mentioned it. It sounds like a fun book. I have read Graceling though, and LOVED it! I'm not sure how I missed it on the list, but I just fixed it. You're also right about Fire (I have no idea how you could have known); I started it but couldn't finish. :)

    Juju: Ha! I didn't even think about The Host being on the list until I saw your comment. You're right, it is Adult Fiction, which just goes to show that this list is completely wrong. I'm thinking it may be something like the top 100 YA books of Swedish pop culture, which would explain why it seems so different.

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  4. SPOILERS re Fire

    I just got the feeling you wouldn't like all the out of wedlock bed hopping and stuff... Me personally, I loved Fire passionately. I read it earlier this year and it went straight to my favourites shelf. Whereas I didn't like Graceling quite as much.

    I dunno, it's just the feeling I get from reading the majority of your reviews since I started following you earlier this year.

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  5. Yeah! I love this list! Haha. I'm posting it on my blog later this week. How have you not read The Truth About Forever yet? Its SO AMAZING. Anyway 59 books is good! :D

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  6. I was thinking about doing this on my blog...but I think I would have to hide in shame if I compare to others of what I have read!

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  7. I've seen this list a few times but I didn't realize it started out in Sweeden. Interesting. We have quite a few in common. (Fire didn't do it for me. Neither did Graceling, so I'm not sure why I even read it...)

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  8. That's some list, I'm gonna steal this and do it on my blog because I'm kind of curious to see how I've done with reading these books.

    Fire is on my TBR pile but I haven't gotten around to it. I heard it's not as good as Graceling (which I loved). Thanks for bringing this list to my attention.

    You've got a lovely blog as well. =)

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  9. I was suprised to see The Lovely Bones listed as YA. I think that definitely qualifies as adult fiction.
    I haven't read many on this list, which surprises me as I am a big fan of YA. Guess I am reading different books. ;)
    On the list I'd say my favorites are Harry Potter and Vampire Academy off the top of my head.

    -jehara

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  10. Lissa: I LOVE that you knew that! I like to think my readers get an idea of what I do and don't like by reading my reviews, but sometimes I'm not so sure. It's good to hear it. :)

    Julia: I know, right? I call my self a Dessen fan, but I haven't read that, and a few others of hers. I need to get on that.

    Mindy: There would be no shame in it! It's all for fun. :)

    Kathy: I didn't know it started there, either, until I tried to find who began it. Anyway, I loved Graceling, but couldn't get through Fire. :(

    Rowena: Any time! I'll be on the lookout for your list.

    Jehara: I haven't read Lovely Bones, but I thought it was YA. Learn something new every day! Oh, and I LOVE Vampire Academy!!

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  11. Thanks for sharing this. It's pretty interesting indeed! Here is my list as well. As you may see, I have a TON of books on the list that I'd still like to read one day! :)

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  12. Ooh! I'm off to check out you list, Genna!

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