Monday, December 6, 2010

Persnickety Snarks's Top 100 YA Reads

Earlier this year, Persnickety Snark joined forces to create a Top 100 List of All Time YA Books. Here's the list from the site. 735 people from around the world voted by choosing their top ten YA novels of all time. Votes were weighted. I found this list re-posted on the Ink Crush blog.

In bold are all the titles I have read. Feel free to comment with a link to your post of the books you've read or to suggest ones that I should read. Dirty/ Bad confession: I have never read a word of the Harry Potter series. Feel free to thrown goblin gook at me or whatever!

1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
4. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman

6. The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
7. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak Go Aussie! :)
8. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
9. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
10. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen

11. Looking for Alaska, John Green
12. Just Listen, Sarah Dessen
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

14. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
15. City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
16. On the Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta (have tried several times...)
7. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

20. Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen

21. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
22. Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
23. Graceling, Kristin Cashore (On my TBR)
24. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
25. Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty
26. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
27. Alanna: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce
28. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
30. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld

31. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray

32. Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden
33. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart

34. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
35. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

36. Paper Towns, John Green
37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

38. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
39. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith
40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

41. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen
42. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman

43. Evernight, Claudia Gray
44. Sabriel, Garth Nix
45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
46. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

47. Forever, Judy Blume
48. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
49. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine

50. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot

51. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
52. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
53. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper

54. Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
55. Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta
56. Second Helpings, Megan McCafferty
57. Dreamland, Sarah Dessen

58. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
59. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
60. Fire, Kristin Cashore

61. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
62. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block

63. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
64. Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
65. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
66. City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
67. Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen

68. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
69. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
70. If I Stay, Gayle Forman

71. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner

72. Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
73. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Robin McKinley
74. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
75. Feed, M.T. Anderson

76. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares
77. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous

78. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
79. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
80. Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen

81. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
82. Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson
83. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness

84. Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
85. Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead
86. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

87. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
88. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
89. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L’Engle
90. Glass Houses, Rachel Caine

91. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I:The Pox Party, M.T. Anderson
92. Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
93. Whale Talk, Chris Crutcher

94. Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles
95. Going Too Far, Jennifer Echols
96. The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

97. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
98. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
99. The Pigman, Paul Zindel
100. The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley

Total Read: 72 

Any must-reads of the ones that I have not read?


  1. Thank you for sharing this list. Before I knew about this list I was contemplating on trying to create a list like this.

    Please do stop by to check out my new accomplice *grin* He is a bit cheeky but I think I can keep him in line!

    Mad Scientist,

  2. I loved reading this.

    Also, I felt a little kindred spirit moment when you confessed about harry Potter! I read the first one (12 years ago now) and have read any of the others. i feel sheepish about it, but weirdly not compelled to do anything about it even though i see the books at my library all the time...

    You'll love Graceling!

    I am so impressed with how many you have read.

    And, yeah, Jellicoe is really hard to get into - one of my faves though :)


  3. HP is wonderful but to each their own :)
    I also really like Vamp Academy and Poison Study

  4. Wonderful list. Thanks for sharing. I have ways to go, I have only read a few.

  5. 27 for me. Not nearly as impressive as your 72 (!!!), though our numbers are palindromes (can you have palindrome numbers?) of one another.

    I'm mildly appalled re: the Harry Potter series, but I think my favoritest of favorites out of the ones you've not read is Graceling. Oh, so good!

  6. 72 I am very impressed. I my total came to 45. Many of the books on the list I have patiently waiting for me to read, and others I need to get for my classics challenge.

  7. @ Erin (and other Harry Potter fans): I have not read the HP series not because I don't think that I'd like it now. I was just in a different space in life when the series came out. I was reading heavier stuff, thinking about politics and protest and was a little too big for my britches. Aren't we all at 20? So, I may go back and read the series now that I am a much more reasonable 32. It's just so hard when there's so many great new books!

    We'll see. I have seen all of the movies, if that counts for anything...

  8. I've never read Harry Potter either! Eke!

    Fascinating List. I'm copying it right now to see how many I've read. :D

  9. You have not read Harry Potter. How have you not read Harry Potter?

    The Song of the Lioness books (starts w/ Alanna: the first adventure) are stand-outs from my chidlhood. First books I became obsessed with, first books with strong female lead, first in that genre for me. So, so good.

    I Capture the Castle is fantastic, and I mean that as an adult, as I just read it myself. Great characters.

    Poison Study is something I never thought I'd like from the description or the beginning, and I loved it. Loved.

    I would also recommend True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and The Hero and the Crown. I didn't think I would like either, and didn't want to read them, and I really enjoyed both. True Confessions was a childhood read that was assigned SPECIFICALLY TO ME, and I was so angry at my teacher, because it sounded like a boy book (mutiny? pirates? whatever), but I loved it, and it was so vivid. We ended up discussing it when I was done, and I stopped being and at her. ;p

  10. Here's mine:



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