12.28.2010

Favorite Young Adult Reads

I have been asked what my favorite books are several times, but there are way too many to do one post about. I have had a love affair with reading since I was seven years old.

Here are my favorite young adult books - one of my favorite genres. I have read each of these books more than once and would recommend them to anyone - teenager or adult.

Bloomability: Sharon Creech "And that was the last week of my first life."

Walk Two Moons: Sharon Creech "Sometimes you know in your heart you love someone, but you have to go away before your head can figure it out."

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins "You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him."

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles: Julie Andrews Edwards "Pax amor et lepos in iocando."
What My Mother Doesn't Know: Sonya Sones "And, when he pulls me to him and presses his lips to mine. It feels as if our souls are kissing. And, it‘s exactly how I used to imagine it. Only all that love, all that need, is pouring out of both of us.”

The Luckiest Girl: Beverly Cleary "The wonderful way you have of looking as if you thought something exciting was about to happen."

The Chosen: Chaim Potok "One learns of the pain of others by suffering one's own pain, by turning inside oneself, by finding one's own soul. And it is important to know of pain. It destroys our self pride, our arrogance, our indifference towards others."

Stargirl: Jerry Spinelli "Who are you if you lose your favorite person? Can you lose your favorite person without losing yourself?


Kristy's Great Idea (and all Baby-sitters club books: Ann M. Martin "The Best Friends You'll Ever Have!"

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Ann Brashares "Wear them. They'll make you brave."

Speak: Laurie Halse Anderson "You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against."

Mary, Bloody Mary (and The Young Royals books): Carolyn Meyer "You must be queen Mary, no matter what the cost to me."

17 comments:

Half Dressed said...

I am adding some of these that I haven't read to my mega long 'books to read' list. :) Thanks for the recommendations

L x

Julie said...

I am now certain that we are kindred. Bloomability, Mary Bloody Mary, Speak...yes, yes, yes, yes. All of these shaped me. Great post!

Emma said...

what great picks, i have read and love most of the books. it has been quite some time though, i need to reread them.

Erin said...

This is a great post, Mandy. I loved The Luckiest Girl when I was growing up, and Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was a fave of mine too.

I am a huge fan of the Travelling Pants books (not so much the movies, though) and I recently devoured all three Hunger Games books. Amazing!

Dev and Laur said...

Mandy gave me Star Girl for Christmas in 8th grade...I still love her for that. Still one of the greatest presents I
I've ever received.

chrischaos said...

these are all deff good books

Diana Smith said...

what an awesome collection of favorites! I remember reading a few of those in my young teens!

She Loves To Make said...

I love that you posted book lists! I'm always looking for new books. Can't wait to read some of thes.

Grace said...

such a great list. i've been looking for good reading suggestions. i love the hunger games series. just sayin'. :)

Alex said...

So nice to know a fellow avid reader!! Those are some great reads, I say.

Brittany said...

This is why I adore you and your blog. I need to revisit some of these favorites and read the ones I haven't!

Shalyn said...

Oh man, this took me back! I love Babysitters Club, Hunger Games and a couple others and can't wait to read the others- they are added to my list:-) Have a great night!

Michelle said...

I haven't read most of those!

Did you read the little house on the prairie series? Those are my absolute favorite from childhood. Probably read each of them ten times, and refer back to them in my life more that you would think.

Jess You said...

I 100% agree with every book you listed. I too read all of those as a kid, and sometimes wish that I was young again so that I can reread them and not look like a crazy lazy on the train lol!

Don't you sometimes think that there are better books for kids out there than for adults? Thank goodness for Harry Potter.

Kari said...

We share so many of the same favorites :)

Jessica said...

Danka for putting up Mary Bloody Mary. Who knew that would spark my history obsession? :)

annie said...

these brought back such fun memories! bloomability is one of my absolute favorites! :)