top YA picks

Yesterday, I discovered (through an article on school censorship of books, which is an entirely different post) this “2009 Best Books for Young Adults” list created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (a group within the ALA).  It’s a list of 86 titles — 73 fiction, 13 nonfiction — of recently published works, comprised by a committee of people who work in or with libraries throughout the country.  

Even though I’m familiar with a number of the authors listed, I have read exactly one of these books.  

Which means I now have 85 more titles to add to my to-read list.  Not that I plan to read them all right away, but I do like to try to keep up with what’s coming out in the YA world — and since it seems that I’ve been failing miserably, I have some catching up to do.    

If you’ve managed to do any better and have any recommendations with what to start with, let me know!

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~ by Molly on May 30, 2009.

2 Responses to “top YA picks”

  1. I don’t why it is that I have a block on YA books that I won’t go near them. I guess the Boy in Stripped Pajamas was the kiss of death for me in that genre. However, I’ve been told that The Book Thief is very good and I have that in my TBR pile. I’ll take a closer look at this list and hope to find someting of interest.

    • I agree that not all YA lit is for everyone, but there is some amazing stuff out there that transcends age. I would definitely include The Book Thief in that description, as well as Jacob Have I Loved, Speak, The Giver, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Graveyard Book, and Fallen Angels, among others.

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