Where I out myself as not actually being well-read

A group of YA librarians on Facebook apparently put together a list of 100 “top” teen novels (not a group I am a member, and want to know what I have to do to join). “Top” goes in quotes because they freely admit this is something wholly unscientific. It’s just meant to see what you’ve read and have a little fun. 

Feel free to copy and repost this in your own blog.

The following list of books teens love, books teens should read, and
books adults who serve teens should know about was compiled IN
ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENTIFIC MANNER and should be taken with a very large
grain of salt.

Instructions:
Put an “X” next to the books you’ve read
Put a “+” next to the books you LOVE
Put a “#” next to the books you plan on reading
Tally your “X”s at the bottom
Share with your friends!

1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams 
2. Kit’s Wilderness / David Almond  X
3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie  #
4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson  # (I’m ashamed)
5. Feed / M.T. Anderson  X
6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews  X
7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher  X
8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer (editor)  #
9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway  X
10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block  X
11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor 
12. Forever / Judy Blume  X
13. What I Saw and How I Lied / Judy Blundell  #
14. Tyrell / Coe Booth  #
15. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants / Ann Brashares  #
16. A Great and Terrible Beauty / Libba Bray  X
17. The Princess Diaries / Meg Cabot  
18. The Stranger / Albert Camus 
19. Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card  #
20. Postcards from No Man’s Land / Aidan Chambers 
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky  #
22. And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie 
23. Gingerbread / Rachel Cohn  X
24. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist / Rachel Cohn and David Levithan  X
25. Artemis Fowl (series) / Eoin Colfer 
26. The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins  X+
27. The Midwife’s Apprentice / Karen Cushman  #
28. The Truth About Forever / Sarah Dessen  X
29. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow  X+
30. A Northern Light / Jennifer Donnelly  (I’ve started it but the Dreiser connection keeps scaring me off, I took a class in college that was all Dreiser)
31. Tears of a Tiger / Sharon Draper  #
32. The House of the Scorpion / Nancy Farmer  #
33. Breathing Underwater / Alex Flinn 
34. Stardust / Neil Gaiman 
35. Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden  #
36. What Happened to Cass McBride / Gail Giles  X
37. Fat Kid Rules the World / K.L. Going  X
38. Lord of the Flies / William Golding  X
39. Looking for Alaska / John Green  X+
40. Bronx Masquerade / Nikki Grimes 
41. Out of the Dust / Karen Hesse 
42. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen 
43. The Outsiders / S.E. Hinton  X
44. Crank / Ellen Hopkins  X
45 The First Part Last / Angela Johnson  #
46. Blood and Chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause 
47. Arrow’s Flight / Mercedes Lackey 
48. Hattie Big Sky / Kirby Larson 
49. To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee  X
50. Boy Meets Boy / David Levithan  #
51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks / E. Lockhart  X
52. The Giver / Lois Lowry 
53. Number the Stars / Lois Lowry  #
54. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie / David Lubar  #
55. Inexcusable / Chris Lynch 
56. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things / Carolyn Mackler  #
57. Dragonsong / Anne McCaffrey 
58. White Darkness / Geraldine McCaughrean
59. Sold / Patricia McCormick  #
60. Jellicoe Road / Melina Marchetta  #
61. Wicked Lovely / Melissa Marr  #
62. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer  X
63. Dairy Queen / Catherine Murdock  #
64. Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers
65. Monster / Walter Dean Myers  X
66. Step From Heaven / An Na
67. Mama Day / Gloria Naylor
68. The Keys to the Kingdom (series) / Garth Nix 
69. Sabriel / Garth Nix 
70. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel 
71. Eragon / Christopher Paolini
72. Hatchet / Gary Paulsen 
73. Life As We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer  X+
74. The Golden Compass / Phillip Pullman 
75. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging / Louise Rennison  X
76. The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan 
77. Always Running: La Vida Loca / Luis Rodriguez 
78. how i live now / Meg Rosoff 
79. Harry Potter (series) / J.K. Rowling XXXXXXX+ (one for each book)
80. Holes / Louis Sachar 
81. Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger  X
82. Push / Sapphire 
83. Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi 
84. Unwind / Neil Shusterman  X
85. Coldest Winter Ever / Sister Souljah  #
86. Stargirl / Jerry Spinelli  X
87. Chanda’s Secrets / Allan Stratton 
88. Tale of One Bad Rat / Brian Talbot
89. Rats Saw God / Rob Thomas 
90. Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien  XXX (one for each book)
91. Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman  X
92. Gossip Girl / Cecily Von Ziegesar  X
93. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld  X+
94. Every Time a Rainbow Dies / Rita Williams-Garcia
95. Pedro and Me / Judd Winick 
96. Hard Love / Ellen Wittlinger 
97. American Born Chinese / Gene Luen Yang 
98. Elsewhere / Gabrielle Zevin  X+
99. I am the Messenger / Markus Zusak 
100. The Book Thief / Markus Zusak 

32 out of 100 – TERRIBLE. I really need to catch up on some classics and figure out a way to motivate myself through fantasy. I have a really hard time getting in to fantasy.

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4 responses to “Where I out myself as not actually being well-read

  1. Jenn

    I’ve only read 11. Now the fact that I have no need to have read ANY I think that is not so bad? But I am glad now to have a good list of books to jump into! THANKS!

  2. Ben

    You beat my 28, and yes, that number includes all 7 Harry Potters. Not the Lord of the Rings, though! Never tempted by those. No Chris Crutcher anywhere seems like an egregious error or snub, though. I’m not his biggest fan, but I expected to see Staying Fat, and I really think Sledding Hill and Deadline are even better. Another author I do love that no one else seems to notice? Carol Plum-Ucci. The Body of Christopher Creed, The She, What Happened to Lani Garver……all of them were good. Carry on.

  3. Jen

    Are you kidding me? YOU not well read? pfffft. You are probably one of the most well read people I know.
    I did a similar list on FB, except it was for classics and I think I read a measly 20 or so books. Pretty sad for someone who had to read a gazillion books to get that English degree. I’m bookmarking this list now to save for my to-read list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. dogearedandwellread

    Jen, I was going to do one of those classics lists on FB, too, but like you I had only read about 20 and felt ashamed! I’m glad I’m not the only English major who hadn’t read more.

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