Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Best YA Books You Haven't Read

Kelly at YAnnabe posted recently about how so many YA books we love don't get the attention they deserve. I'll let her explain:
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 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.
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.

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.


  1. I've been debating getting The Carbon Diaries for awhile...

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! Those are all new to me!

  3. Lenore, do it! Carbon Diaries was a fun read. :)

    Love this simple, easy-to-read list!

  4. Obviously I liked Carbon Diaries when I read it (and reviewed it), but the story hasn't stuck with me the way my favorites do. So its worth reading, but not something you need to rush out and get this minute, I think.

  5. The Carbon Diaries looks interesting, but I tend to dislike books that preach. I might just get it from the library.

  6. Don't know a single title listed. Will check out the links. Thanks.

  7. Adding a couple more to my reading list. Thanks!


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