Friday, May 13, 2011

So You Wanna Read YA Lit? (4)

YA novels are the booming genre in today's world of literature. From #1 national bestsellers to feature films, teen reads are taking the world my storm. Everyone wants to write them. Everyone wants to read them.   

Many people want to jump in to the world of YA lit but don't know where to start. Should I just read Harry Potter and call myself an addict? If I read Twilight am I a cop out? Should I only read the paperbacks that haven't been checked out in years?    

Welcome to my new series: 

So You Wanna Read YA Lit?

Now, for the people reading this who already enjoy YA lit, you might be wondering "There's rules to this?" 

Absolutely not!

This is just a simple weekly blog series to introduce people to other YA titles, authors, and genres they otherwise wouldn't have thought to read. There's a world of lit beyond The Hunger Games and I aim to prove it!

Step #4 - "Old" Favourites

For the last week of this series I decided to feature my favourite YA novels. I was originally going to discuss classics and their importance to teens but then I realized more than half of the novels I'd chosen were technically adult novels. Oh well. Instead I'm going to broaden your horizons by sharing some of my all-time favourite YA novels published prior to 2009. Books published in the last 2 years have received so much publicity that sometimes older novels are forgotten and under appreciated.

Check out 15 of my "old" favourite novels!

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Impossible by Nancy Werlin

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr

The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton
I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Leftovers by Laura Wiess
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson


  1. I have 3 books of this list that are still to-be-read, and just one that I HAVE read (How to Say Goodbye in Robot - which I loved too!)

    Great feature. Nice 'theme' this week.

  2. I haven't read most of these! Maybe I should check some of them out. I own 'Elsewhere' but I haven't read it yet. My friend Gem said it was amazing, but for some reason I haven't picked it up. 'North of Beautiful' is one of my favourite reads, though. I always get happy when I see other people mentioning its amazing-ness.

  3. I loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox! Glad to see it on your list. It's definitely a book that shouldn't be overlooked.


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