Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Top Five Favorite Young Adult Novels

Elizabeth Fama has asked me to list my top five favorite young adult novels. Challenge accepted! You can visit Elizabeth Fama's website here, and here's a link to her book Monstrous Beauty on Amazon (available in September). And here's a review of her book.





20 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I want to know about your bathroom messes ;) LOL

    The only book I've read in your list if the first one in the Dark Materials. I gave up after that so I never got to the final 20 pages in what I presume is the final book.

    Am interested in what you have to say about Anna and the French Kiss but you should know, that if you hate it? I'm going to have to disown you as a friend :P (just kidding but please like it)

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    1. The thing is, is that I thought bathroom because I'm the kind of person who leaves dirty clothes everywhere and the bathroom has about half my clothes in it at this point.

      You need to go back and read those last 20 pages. It's heart wrenching.

      I'm going to finish it tonight and do a video review of it tomorrow. So you'll find out... (insert evil laugh here).

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  2. Laughed on An Abundance of K's. Full names Amanda and best fried in HS was named Jenny! And don't watch the movie for it's kinda. Not good. Might have to give it a whirl. Hmm...how about top 5 books turned movies?

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  3. Iorek Byrnison for-evah!

    I just found a bind-up at a library sale, not AT ALL as beautiful as yours, for $1. Including Spyglass, which I'm scared of, as you know. But I figured that if they were all stuck together, I had no excuse to stop after Knife. I'm working very hard to overcome my extremely irrational fear of last books in a series. (this is not a joke)

    People are REALLY excited about Elizabeth's book. And with very good reason.

    Love the link you got there. ;)

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    1. Not just Iorek, but any polar bear that wears armor and battles it out with his foes is a winner in my book.

      Here's where you can get the version I have:
      http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Materials-Trilogy-Philip-Pullman/dp/1407109421/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1329348465&sr=8-5

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  4. I'm beyond excited by this post and video. First of all, you link to the best review of MB ever, by Asheley, and second of all HIS DARK MATERIALS is my favorite "book" too! Although the QUEEN'S THIEF "book" is tripping on Pullman's heels right now...

    Now for the golden moments: 1. "Up yours, John Green, for that false hope." 2. You can pronounce "Galifianakis" but not "Vizzini" (think Princess Bride) 3. The mess I created. I DID THAT! How rewarding is modern technology that I can see that on my computer?!

    Oh, and Fama rhymes with Obama. Just throwing that out there for your next top-five-YA-novels vlog.

    You are the greatest.

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    1. Noted. I have not yet read Queen's Thief, but wi now make that effort. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. I enjoyed making it.

      Damn it. I thought that's how you said your last name, but then I though it codnt be that obvious.

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    2. Oops, I also forgot to say that MB is my second YA novel. OVERBOARD (2002) was my first, but that was forever ago, so MB does sort of feel like a debut. OVERBOARD was on the 2003 ALA list of BFYA (which was called BBYA at the time). It had a nice long run, but it recently went out of print.

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    3. I had no idea. Sorry I didn't know that... I just looked into it and a new copy on Amazon is $999.99. You drive a hard bargain, lady.

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  5. You're really taken with posting videos now huh? (Not that there's any problem with that obviously!)

    Loved this top five. I've read and loved everything you mentioned except for DAIRY QUEEN (which I haven't read but have been meaning to). I read and loved HIS DARK MATERIALS in high school and re-read them all last year for a Children's Literature class I was taking and fell in more in love with them. Such an amazing trilogy.

    Also, loved the Fivel Goes West reference. That was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid.

    Oh, and I second the QUEEN'S THIEF recommendation -- it's one of my favourite series and is so so good.

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    1. Everyone seems to like them so... yeah!

      Dairy Queen is an amazing book. I most recently learned that it's part of a trilogy (don't know if I want to read those).

      I had a beach towel with Fivel on it. He was my hero.

      I am now reading the Queen's Thief.

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  6. I really liked Katherine's but the math lost me at some points. I always kind of questioned why he didn't try to create a formula for relationships succeeding. I think expecting to fail increases one's chances of failing.

    I'm looking forward to your review of Anna and the French Kiss. That is one of my top 5 books of all time and I'm really picky when it comes to YA. I don't know why that is.

    You could do a top 5 of books you were hesitant about but ended up loving. Or trends you'd like to see more of in literature.

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    1. Trends I would like to see more of in the future? THAT IS A GENIUS IDEA. I am totally doing that next week.

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  7. Goblet of Fire is TOTES the best book.
    It makes the clear break from children to YA, for me.
    Also, the Tri-Wiz tourney added a structure and flow that just worked.

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    1. Yes. That as well. Not to mention MOTHER TRUCKIN' DRAGONS.

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  8. Love His Dark Materials too! Those books are included in my list of favorites (I don't think I can ever do a list with just five novels/series)and I have <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/289113.His_Dark_Materials_Trade_Paper_Boxed_Set>this edition.</a>

    I enjoyed reading An Abundance of Katherines because of all the nerdy things in it but I think The Fault in Our Stars is even better. I've only read those two John Green novels although I plan to read the rest.

    I second (third?) the recommendation for the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. It's my all-time favorite YA series and I think you'll enjoy reading it. Don't read the summaries for the latter books though because they contain spoilers. Also, have you read Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta? I think you'll like that one as well.

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    1. The Fault in Our Stars is a better rounded book, I agree. The main character in Katherines is a boy, so it really beats TFiOS for that reason alone.

      You're actually fourthing the Queen's Thief series... if I could count the amount of Tweets on on Twitter about it; you'd be tenthing it.

      I have not read Jellicoe Road. But I just read the description on Goodreads. It's on my TBR pile now.

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