After seeing all the "best of 2009" lists lately, I've been thinking about how so many great YA books get published every year but don't make a splash. Most barely register a ripple. And of course, the vast majority of great YA books don't approach anywhere NEAR the fervor of The-Series-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.So Kelly had the idea of putting together a list of our favorite unsung YA books and all promoting these books on the same day. Here's my list (links go to my reviews). The numbers represent how many people on LibraryThing own this book.
So these great YA books get published, they get read by a few people that year and maybe the next, but then they end up on the bargain rack at the bookstore and start their descent into obsolescence.
It's a damn shame.
Year of the Horse: A Novel 5
The President's Daughter 157
The Carbon Diaries, 2015 159
The Alchemaster's Apprentice 246
As you can tell, the books are in order of least to most owned. The funny thing is, for me, they are also in order of preference. Year of the Horse was my most unexpectedly loved books last year and The President's Daughter is an updated re-issue of one of my childhood favorites.
For more information and links to everybody else's lists, see YAnnabe's post today.