Monday, August 27, 2012

NPR Books: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

So, I know that a lot of people are posting about the NPR Top 100 Teen Books that was actually posted earlier this month. (I always miss everything, so bear with me.) I actually voted in the poll, so I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and share with you which of these books I’ve actually read. The ones in BLUE are going to be those, and the ones I loved or really have stayed with me over the years will have the fantastic little beside them. Also, I stole this idea from everyone, so please feel free to grab a handful of credit for being fantastic. *hugs*

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry

12. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams (Every. Single. Book. Yeah.)

13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

17. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth (I have not read Insurgent yet.)

20. Paper Towns, by John Green

21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare (I’ve only read the first one.)

22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer (I have no idea why I finished these books.)

28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld (I’ve read Uglies, Pretties, and Specials.)

29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare

30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan

35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

36. Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead

40. Abhorsen Trilogy / Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix

41. Dune, by Frank Herbert

42. Discworld / Tiffany Aching (series), by Terry Pratchett

43. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series) , by Susan Cooper (I’ve only read The Dark is Rising (Book #2), but it totally counts.)

45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore

46. Forever..., by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin

48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini (Eldest is still as far as I’ve gotten. I’ll make it to Brisingr one of these days.)

49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot

50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver

53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Becca Fitzpatrick

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson

56. It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray

58. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L'Engle

64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud

66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead

67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate

68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner

75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins

78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie

79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter

80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

81. Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce

84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede

85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce

87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison

92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion, by Scott Westerfeld

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones

95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater (I have Forever on my TBR list, but I’ve read Shiver and Linger.)

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace

Admittedly, I’ve missed out on a lot of these (or forgotten them from my middle school reader-binging years), but then again, many of these are books that I wouldn’t even consider to be YA. (Nobody asked me though, did they? *sniff*) Which books on the list are some of your favorites? Should I run out and grab anything that I’ve missed?


  1. wow.. thats a LONG list! Definitely agree with HP, HG, Tuck Everlasting, Twilight, The princes diaries! <3 haha! I have The Hobbit, but havent read it yet! Maybe i should! Great post dear!!
    - Farah @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. OH OH OH I wanna do this!!! I loved The Giver by: Lois Lowry. It was the first dystopian I ever read and it was wonderful and heartbreaking and a book I will NEVER forget. There are 3 books in the series but The Giver was by far the best! Great post!

  3. Oh man, I really thought Hitchhiker's Guide went downhill after the first two. Oh well.

    Ugh. Divergent. Mortal Instruments. Blergh.

    bahaha, Twilight.

  4. Oh my goodness! So many books. I probably shouldn't have looked at that list becasue it reminded me of all the ones I need to read. I highly HIGHLY recommend The Fault in Our Stars. That book is amazing!


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