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Top 100 teen reads for the summer. Do you agree?

I ran across a pretty interesting article today on Twitter from @NPRBooks: Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. Well, with a title like that, I had to go and check it out. The list (below) was a result of teens voting, more than 1,200 nominations.

What I thought was most interesting about this article was the eclectic array of books that showed up in the spread. Since the voting was left up to the people, I was quite surprised when I saw books like The Catcher in the Rye (#6), The Princess Bride (#17), and Flowers for Algernon (#23), and not so surprised when I saw (in my opinion) brain cell wasting books like the House of Night series (#68) and the Fallen series ( #67).

It didn’t come as a shock when the Harry Potter series was listed as number one and The Hunger Games series as number two, but I was a tad surprised when I saw that the Twilight series was listed as #27 (not that I thought it that great of a series, but there is a huge fan base–both young and old–that think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread). I also found it interesting that several authors were duplicated on this list (meaning different books made the cut), like Cassandra Clare (#21 & #29), John Green (#4, #9, #20, #22, & #34), and several others. Could it be that the YA audience is actually starting to demand substance and good writing as well as an intriguing plot in their books? Let’s hope so. But if the top 10 are any kind of indicator, then I think our youth are on the right path to good reading.

But what about the Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis or the Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa or the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques? Those are AMAZING and they weren’t anywhere to be seen. Maybe next summer, or for the winter reading list.

And now, for some fun numbers regarding genre:

  1. 22% are fantasy

  2. 12% are dystopian

  3. 14% are classics

  4. 37% are contemporary/literary

  5. 15% are paranormal

I’ve read 25 books on NPR’s list while owning another 11 that I’ll be getting to soon. What about you? How many have you read? Do you agree with the list? Which book(s) should be on there that didn’t make it? Which should be taken off?

  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 by J.R.R. Tolkien

  8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  9. Looking For Alaska by John Green

  10. The Book Theif 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 L.M. 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

  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 Westerfield

  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 Ann Brasheres

  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 Apinelli

  38. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  39. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

  40. Abhorsen Trilogy 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 Sequence by Susan Cooper

  45. Gracelng Series by Kristin Cashore

  46. Forever… by Judy Blume

  47. Earthsea Series by Ursula K. Le Guin

  48. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

  49. The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot

  50. 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 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 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 by Jonathan Stroud

  66. Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

  67. Fallen Series by Lauren Kate

  68. House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and 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 Beagle

  74. The Maze Runner Series by James Sashner

  75. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  76. The Blue Sword by Robn McKinley

  77. Crank Series by Ellen Hopkins

  78. Matched Series by Ally Condie

  79. Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

  80. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hlae

  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

  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 Westerfield

  93. The House Of The Scorpion by Nancy farmer

  94. The Chronicles Of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones

  95. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

  96. Gone Series by Michael Grant

  97. Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

  98. The Hero And The Crown by Robin McKinley

  99. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

  100. Betsy-Tacy Books by Maud Hart Lovelace

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