Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…
Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to YA Skeptics
This week I wanted to feature a list of books that I think would get YA-skeptics to take a second look at the genre. So often, people assume that YA is a lesser subset of “real books”, and I think this opinion could not be more wrong. So let’s get our facts straight. YA is just as vast and diverse, just as jam-packed with talented writers, just as worthy of discerning and devoted readers, as any other subset of literature. This list is my attempt to showcase some books that I think perfectly represent this fact, books that I loved personally, but also that I think would change the mind of those who aren’t sure if YA can be great. YA skeptics, this one’s for you:
Each of these books is a standout in its genre. Not just its YA genre, but its overarching genre. You’ve got sweet but poignant contemporaries in Amy & Roger and Anna and the French Kiss. You’ve got your more serious but incredibly uplifting This Song Will Save Your Life, and the deeply moving The Fault in Our Stars. You’ve got excellently-executed time travel in All Our Yesterdays, amazing high fantasy (tsarpunk!) in Shadow and Bone, and freaking awesome alternate-history WWI in Leviathan. Then there are the highly atmospheric paranormal/fantasies, The Archived and The Scorpio Races. And of course, one of my all-time favorite sci-fi series ever ever ever, Under the Never Sky (this series pretty much encompasses everything I love in a good book in general).
What did YOU choose for your Top Ten topic this week?
Let me know in the comments! And be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!