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Top 100 Young Adult Novels


Have you seen this list?  NPR held an online vote to compile a list of the  “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.”


I’ve seen a lot of griping online about the list, and there are certainly bound to be flaws with any top-100 list, but I really can’t complain since I didn’t even participate in the voting.

The main complaints are that some classics have been left off—apparently Pride and Prejudice was considered “too universal” to be considered YA Lit even though it was nominated often, and Ender’s Game was considered too violent (which frankly seems a bit ridiculous compared to some other books on the list).  And I heard that some authors campaigned online for votes, which might explain why they were chosen over other books (*cough*John Green *cough*).

But like I said, I didn’t contribute so I can’t really criticize the final list.  (If you want to read a hilarious gripe from a blog that actually did vote, look here.)  Let’s just take the list as it is.  Just for fun, I’ve gone through the list to highlight the books I’ve read, reviewed, and the ones on my To-Read list.   You know how I love lists!

Bold = I’ve read it (with a + if I loved it)

Italics = I want to read it

?!? = I don’t want to read it or I’ve never heard of it

Link = I’ve blogged about it

Top 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

+ 1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 

+2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins

+3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

+4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

+9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

+11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry

12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams

13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

+14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

17. The Princess Bride, by William Golding

18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth

20. Paper Towns, by John Green

?!?21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare

22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

?!?24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

?!?25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer

?!?28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld

?!?29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare

+30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan (reading right now)

35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

36. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

+37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

?!?38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

?!?39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead

?!?40. Abhorsen Trilogy Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix

41. Dune, by Frank Herbert

?!?42. Discworld Tiffany Aching (series, by Terry Pratchett

+43. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper

+45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore

46. Forever…, by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin

?!?48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini

+49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot

?!?50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

?!?52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver

?!?53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

?!?54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Stephanie Perkins

?!?55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson

?!?56. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

?!?57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray

+58. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

+63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle

64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud

?!?66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead

?!?67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate

?!?68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner

75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins

+78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie

?!?79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter

?!?80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

?!?81. Daughter of the Lioness Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

?!?83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce

?!?84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede

85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce

87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison

92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion, by Scott Westerfeld

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones

95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace

Click here for NPR’s original list with descriptions and click here for the Printable Version

27 out of 100 for me…. and my To-Read list just got longer!  Lists like these are fun, but I have to say I don’t take them too seriously.  What do you think?  Do you agree with the top 10 ranking?

And don’t forget… Wednesday is the last day to leave a comment for my 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway to win!

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