There are countless suggested reading lists out there, and I’m not talking abou those given to you for class assignments. This one just came out and is compiled of books that other teens consider the cream of the crop. The Teens’ Top Ten list was voted on by over 8,000 teens and is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (BTW, YALSA puts out many great reading lists that are regularly updated). Keep in mind that even though these books have been selected for 2010, they were all published in 2009.
On a related note, I think that the artwork featured on these covers is pretty good, and books are judged by their covers. If the cover is boring or unattractive it’s much less likely that someone will be motivated to try reading it, right? It’s interesting that Beautiful Darkness, If I Stay and Shiver all feature silhouettes of trees – I particularly like the cover of Shiver.
What do you think? Are there other titles that should have made it on the list? Is there a book cover that you like?
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
“Lea lives the life of a Wintergirl, stuck between the world of the living and the dead.” Read the staff recommendation.
9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
“In order to save the kingdom her father destroyed, Fire will have to become what she has fought against her entire life.” Read the staff recommendation.
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
“Would you say yes to living if everything you loved was gone?” Read the staff recommendation.
7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
“Auden’s finds out that more than book smarts are needed to put her family back on track.” Read the staff recommendation.
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
“Team Jacob… and Team Edward should check out Sam!” Read the staff recommendation.
3. Heist Society by Ally Larter
“Katarina Bishop never wants to participate in another heist again. Too bad she may not have a choice.” Read the staff recommendation.
2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
– Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist