If you hadn’t noticed, I am quite the Young Adult novel fan. So, I thought my Thursday Thirteen today would be past YA novels I have loved. I’m going to cheat a bit and keep a set together. These are in no typical order…or, rather, the order in which I thought of them, not necessarily in order of most favorite.
Favorite YA Novels:
Twilight/New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – Who didn’t know I loved this set? I have read Twilight 3 times and New Moon once already and honestly can’t wait to read them again. I still can’t quite put my finger on what it is that makes these books so obsessable, but they are. Can’t wait for the next one!
A Great and Terrible Beauty/Rebel Angels by Libba Bray – read these for the first time this year, but I am sure I’ll read them again soon. They are very Victorian, with lots of ghosts, witches, and a girl’s boarding school to boot. I can’t wait for the next one in this series either!
elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – Read either last year or year before last, to lazy to check. Very enjoyable book about death, which probably sounds weird, but it was an interesting and different take on what happens after you die.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Another novel about death, or, rather told by death. This will be my top read this year, very deservedly, and will definitely be read again and again. This is definitely one I will be sure to pass on to my child(ren).
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak – Same author as above, different subject. But the writing is just as exquisite.
Trickster’s Choice/Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce – Ah, the woman warrior writer! Pierce writes very strong female characters that make me pea green with envy because I want to write just like her. At the time I read these, I did not realize that all her books took place in the same universe and that I had missed many books that took place before this one. Someday I hope to read them all.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen – Another touching story that 1) is set during the Holocaust and 2) is a fairy tale retelling. A very good read.
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly – Honestly, can’t remember what this was about, I read it a couple years ago. Obviously I need to reread it. All I remember is enjoying it just as much as the Tea Rose. Another book featuring a strong female character.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman – I have read this at least 10 times and will read it at least 10 times more, the only book I have ever read so many times. It just never gets old! If you loved the movie, read this, you’ll love it more.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – It’s been several years since I read this one as well, but I remember really loving the main girl character. Need to reread it too.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Modern day fairy tale by the master. Have read it a couple of times and want to again. Can’t wait to see the film!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Read this a couple times too. It’s one I wish I had discovered in my youth, but alas, I read it when I was in my early 20s. Still a great story.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – This and the next book are definitely for the bookish at heart.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Smith, Betty – Ah, Francie. How I love Francie, bless her heart. I definitely need to reread this again. A great YA classic.
So there is a small sampling (did I do more than 13?) of some of my favorite YA novels. I’m sure I missed many. Do you have a favorite YA novel?
*** Edit *** Long live the pooter post! Because I assume this qualifies and I don’t give a %^&*%!!!!!