Ok, I promised I was going to take a little break from YA. But that just meant reading. It didn’t mean I couldn’t VOTE. NPR is asking readers to vote on their to 10 favorite young adult books of all time. ALL TIME. Wow. It’s a heavy question. So. Many. Books. My mind seriously started to race once I noticed a publishing industry friend post this on Facebook this morning.
I can pick 10…. thank goodness it’s not ONE. I once saw a quote that said something like “Asking a book lover to name their favorite book is like asking a mother to name her favorite child.” So true, so true.
If you’re interested in voting — and I know you are — you can do so here: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157072526/best-ever-teen-novels-vote-for-your-favorites#panel
What books made MY final cut? (Because I know you’re dying to know.) Trust me, choosing this list wasn’t easy! I won’t go into detail about why I selected what I did, but I selected each of my books for different reasons — some are the foundations of YA literature, some exemplify the genre, and some are fantastic reads that 100% captivate. If I had to select 10 books for any teen to read off the NPR list, these would be the 10 I would recommend. (And it appears as if the Printz Award committee agrees with me.)