Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Top 5 Favorite YA books...

As my bio says, I have a LOT of YA literature to catch up on (all literature, actually). So, I thought I'd reach out to you and ask you this. What are you top five favorite, all time, YA books? And what is it about them that you love? I'll start with mine, though I probably don't have as much to choose from as you guys, but your lists and reason will help me to further add to my list of must reads.

The Mortal Instrments by Cassandra Claire--I can't say enough about this series. I just loved it. The characters are all so different and yet so awesome. I loved them all (or hated them when warranted). The story, even though I was able to figure some things out early on, had some nice twists to it. I love twisting plots (when they aren't ridiculously complicated). And, I heart Jace :) The only thing I didn't love was Claire's tendency to give a LOT of description of places. There were several times I found myself skimming, but some people really like that stuff and her descriptions really did captured the feel of where they were, but I was so into the characters and what was happening between them that I wanted desperately to skip the description so I could get back to them and the plot of the story.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. If you haven't read it...YOU'RE INSANE!!! RUN TO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY OR BOOK STORE AND GET IT. Yes...it's that good. Very different than anything I've ever read and I think Collins opened the door (heck, I think she may have unhinged the darn thing) for what writers of the YA genre can get away with. If that doesn't peak your interest, I don't know what will :-)

Some Girls Are by Coutney Summers. So this one was recommended by my good friend, Angie. Actually, recommended would be too soft a word. She threatened to send me her copy if I didn't go out and get it ASAP! Well, I could tell how much she loved this book, so I couldn't do that to her (make her give up her beloved copy) so I ran (okay, okay...I drove) to my local library, got a copy and couldn't put it down. The book is friggin' awesome! The way Summers makes you sympathize and actually root for a character that you hate and you know you should hate because she stands for the bitch of all bitches, blows my mind. Summers showed some genius characterization for the MC in that story. Wow. Just...wow.

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyers. Hi. My name is Melanie and I'm a Twilight fan. I feel like I have to say that because there are so many SM/Twilight haters out there that it makes me feel like I have a sickness if I admit I actually...like it (ducking flying tomatoes). Okay, so I have to give props to SM. I mean, I know there are a gazillion people who are ready to knock her down, but I greatly respect what she did with the Twilight series (minus some of the stalkerish and controlling behaviors of Edward), but the fact is, SM is the one who inspired me to want to write. People can tear her books apart all they want and like many books, it's not perfect, but as far as I'm concerned, it was a fantastic and easy read and evoked many emotions from me as I read through it. There. I said it. I'm not a Twilightaholic, but I am a Twilight fan.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings. Looooove them. Loved the whole series. Love the movies. Love the actors who play the characters and I love her writing. It was the first real series I ever read and the only reason I got into it was because at the time, my stepson who was 9, was really into them so I read it to him at night and was like, Oh my God. This story totally rocks. I also loved that the main character was a boy and that his best friends were a boy and a girl and each of their characters had something very different to offer. Something that someone could relate to on some level. Can't wait for the final two movies!!!!


  1. Ok, I obviously love all of those that you stated above. Other ones that you'll have to read:

    1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusac - it's about a german girl whose family hides a jew during WWII. The writing is brilliant and the prose is soooo beautiful, you have to read it.
    2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian - wonderful voice
    3. Graceling - super strong lead female MC.
    4. Jellicoe Road - hard to follow at first, but persevere through it because it's worth it. - all about friendship and has a compelling ending
    5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. - I kept thinking about this one months after I finished it. Some don't like it, but I did.
    6. Anything by Laurie Halse Anderson

    Ok, I'll stop there. I know Nomes will give you lots of good ones too. :)

  2. Whoa - did you just change the background? hehehe...

  3. Yes, I did, but now I have to figure out how to change the title and intro color so it's not white!!! Ugh. I hate this computer stuff. I so need a course on it all.

    Thanks for your recommendations. I don't think Naomi needs to post here (unless she wants to so she can share with everyone else) because I have an amazing list she sent me a couple of months ago.

  4. Ah but it's fun to get comments even if you know what they're going to say. :)

  5. haha...yes indeed. I'm enjoying yourse immensely (not that I know what your going to say :0)

    Nomes, if you see this please post your favorites!!! Top 5 only though (if possible :))

  6. If we're talking about YA, I think the art of the YA novel begins and ends with Francesca Lia Block. She's definitely not for everyone, but she's inspiring, and, actually, she ends up bridging the genre into adult fiction too, very nicely. Love ya!


  8. hey :)

    I'll give you 5 books I've read in the last few months that I loved. (so hard doing all time faves)

    The Sky is Everywhere - for beautiful prose and romance and heartbreak.

    The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Dont Mind - for voice and good times :) kinda quirky, mainly cool.

    Beatle Meets Destiny (out in the US in October) - for Aussie cult classic, off-beat love story and hilarious, quirky read.

    The Devil's Staircase - for something edgy and different and a bit of a thriller. Also, definitely upper YA. drugs, sex, violence, etc.

    I Know It's Over - for great male POV contemp read :) (and dealing with sex, sex, sex, pregnancy & growing up).

    I like your picks :)

  9. Thanks Nomes for the recommendations. They all sound awesome!

  10. Hey Mel!

    I like the ones you picked and I have a few additions.

    I love the Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. I also love Ranger's Apprentice series. And Melissa Marr's "Wicked Lovely" group.

    Oh, and an oldie by goodie. "The Blue Castle" by L.M. Montgomery (yes, the same as Anne of Green Gables).

    And you're not alone in your Twilight fanship. I also love it. I don't care what everyone says. If she has so many fans, she obviously did something right. (Not that I'm saying the swooning mothers of four are compeltely normal :))

  11. Thanks for the suggestions Shari. I have so much reading to catch up on. And it's nice to know that I can say I like Twilight without having my head bitten off :-)


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