Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To X Person — where X could be just about anyone. I had a hard time figuring out my focus for this week, but then it came to me! I have a certain BBF (Best Book Friend) who is wonderful in every way — except she turns up her nose whenever I suggest a young adult novel. Typical conversation:
BBF: What are you reading?
Me: (Shows book cover)
BBF: Oh. Is that… YA? (said with a distinct sneer and an uplifted eyebrow)
To be honest, I think she’s been permanently scarred by the Twilight series, and has never recovered. But just to show her that the world of YA is full of wonderful books, here is my list of 10 books I’d give her that I’m sure would crack her YA aversion!
1) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
2) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3) Incantation by Alice Hoffman
4) The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
5) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
6) Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
7) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
8) The Diviners by Libba Bray
9) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
10) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
These ten books just scratch the surface — but my hope is that my BBF would start to appreciate the depth, imagination, and fabulous writing that you can easily find on the YA shelf. A smattering of contemporary, fantasy, historical, and sci-fi, these are just a few of my favorites — and these are the YA books I tend to push into unsuspecting people’s hands the most in response to the question, “Hmm. What do you recommend?”
PS – You may ask, “What about The Book Thief?” It’s simple: I adore The Book Thief and think everyone should read it — but because I really did put together this list with a particular person in mind, I decided not to include something that I knew she’d already read!
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