The big YA vote
Once again, NPR is awesome. (Save for Prairie Home Companion … I’m not on board with that one.)
A while ago, NPR sent out a call for the best teen novels ever. Ever! They received thousands of nominations and narrowed the list down to 235 possibilities. Now it’s up to us readers to vote for our top 10. You can vote here. Do it!
It was hard to choose, but I ended up going with:
1.) Anne of Green Gables series, Lucy Maud Montgomery (Gilbert+Anne 4eva)
2.) A Northern Light, Jennifer Donnolly
3.) The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
4.) His Dark Materials series, Philip Pullman
5.) The Gemma Doyle series, Libba Bray (Save for Harry Potter, this was my adult reintroduction to YA. I’ve been a Libba Bray fangirl ever since.)
6.) Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
7.) Daughter of the Lioness/Tricksters series, Tamora Pierce
8.) Leviathan series, Scott Westerfeld
9.) The Monstrumologist series, Rick Yancey (Remains one of the grossest/most fun books I’ve read.)
10.) Obviously, Harry Potter series. Obviously. I think this will end up taking the No. 1 spot on the final list. Unless, of course, NPR hates sunshine (and correctly choosing the best YA series in the history of everything). I really don’t think NPR is a bunch of incorrect sunshine-haters, but we’ll see.
It was seriously hard to choose just these 10. There are a lot on that list that almost made it. And there are even more that I haven’t yet read, but have heard only fabulous things about. (I’m thinking The Book Thief and the Curse Workers series … plus some classics like Howl’s Moving Castle and The Hitchhikers Guide.)