Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 100 Teen Books

This summer NPR threw a Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll where more than 75000 votes were cast and 235 finalists nominated. The other day I found this list through Nina's blog. I have not seen it before so I obviously didn't vote but since I'm such a big fan of lists I had to post it here and check out how many of the books I actually read. I wish Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta), Stolen (Lucy Christopher) and The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson) had been on this list but maybe it's because they aren't as well known as many of the others (or maybe I'm not a teenager anymore;-). I also have to say that I'm not a big fan of all the books I've read either that made it to the top 100 so I would gladly find a place for my three favorites.

The books I read are highlighted and the books I plan to read in the nearest future are marked with a cross. That means books that are already on my tbr-shelf at home or I plan to read in the book blog tour this fall. I think it has to be a new goal for me now to read as many of these as posible because there are so many I want to read:-)

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 x

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 x

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

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 x

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

17. The Princess Bride, by William Golding

18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding x

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth x

20. Paper Towns, by John Green

21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare

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

28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld

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

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

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 x

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 Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver x

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

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

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 x

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

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

I've only read 16 of these so I have a long way to go. I actually haven't finished The Fault in Our Stars just yet. John Green have five books on this list and as I'm loving the one I'm reading right now I have to pick up some of his other books.
 How many have you read and what do you think of the list? Are you missing a book or are there any bboks you think shouldn't be on this list?


  1. I've read 19 of the books on this list, well more if I'm going to count the series as more than one book.

    Still haven't read HP!!

    1. Yes, me to. Harry Potter is 7 books!:-) But I haven't read all the books in the series I've counted either. I'm looking forward to a new count at the end of the year:-)

  2. Cool list. Haven´t seen it before. Myself haven´t read all the books in the series. But if I coun´t it as read by some of the books. Then I read 11 of these.. But several are on my to read list :)

  3. Wow. Um.. I've read 50 of those. I counted. That's insane. Never thought I'd have read that many off the list.

  4. This is a great list. I've read 49...I better start reading some more.

  5. an amazing list I have read 16 of these...a long way to go...

    Le' Grande Codex

  6. Thanks so much for the list! I'm going to have to add some to my tbr. :)

  7. I've read 20, and a bunch are on my to-read. Maybe I'll also take on your goal of trying to read as many as possible. Hmm...

  8. Definitely an interesting list, I've read only a small part of them. I do recognize a lot of titles though, a lot of them are on my to-read list already. :)

  9. This is an awesome list! I actually voted--could only choose my top ten, which was really hard. I've read 66 of these.
    Mary, A Book A Day


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