Hi, all! I’m interrupting my normally scheduled “Leaves Talk” post to bring you my top 10 YA reads for 2013! I know, I know…I miss the little leaves, too, but with all this winter about, leaves have been pretty scarce. I promise they’ll make a return soon! For now, let’s focus on some Young Adult awesomeness! In case you’ve been living under a blogging rock in the reading and writing world, I should let you know that people LOVE YA (Young Adult) books–specifically those that fall under the “fantasy” and “paranormal” umbrella. Ever heard of Twilight? Yeah, I thought so. While Twilight may not be the end-all-be-all of YA fiction, it certainly made enough headlines in its hey-day. Why? Because YA books are amazingly approachable for all age groups above 12 years old. That’s a wide range, folks. YA books are typically easy to read, well-written (in most cases), fun, and full of adventure.
While they may not be “challenging” reads from a literary perspective, YA books bring a certain comfort to the soul that is hard to match. YA books generally follow the life of a…young adult. That young adult might be a teenager, pre-teen, or somewhere in between. The story lines usually concern coming-of-age sorts of motifs and themes with lots of adventure, some romance, and “tough-decision-making” thrown in. Still not convinced people like these books or that you would like them? Take a look at these posts. They might further convince you:
This year, I’ve made a goal for myself to read more YA fiction–specifically fantasy or science-fiction YA books. Because my first book Night Bells follows a 12 year old boy, I can safely consider myself an author who delves into the Young Adult sphere at times. Since I’d like to write more YA books in the future, I feel it is necessary to read lots of books that fall within that category! If I look back over my life, some of my favorite books of ALL time have been YA books:
>> The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
>> The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
>> Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
>> The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
>> The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville
You get my point. I loves them. So, what YA books are on my list this year? Many. My top 10, though? You can find those below:
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (technically 3 books, I know, but shush!)
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Book 2 of the Inkheart Trilogy)
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (Book 3 of the Inkheart Trilogy)
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville (Book 4 in The Unicorn Chronicles)
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones (Book 2 of Howls’ Moving Castle)
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (Book 3 of Howl’s Moving Castle)
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (Book 3 in The Queen’s Thief series)
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
As you can probably tell, many of these books are sequels from specific series. I’ve been meaning to finish these series up for a long while now, so 2013 is my YEAR to do that! If you’ve never read any of these books, I can personally recommend The Queen’s Thief series, Diana Wynne Jone’s books, Bruce Coville’s books, and Cornelia Funke’s books. Their writing is superb and you will not be disappointed if you give these YA books a try. I would, of course, recommend you start at the beginning of any one of the series above. That would be a given.
What YA books are on your To-Read List in 2013? Who are your favorite YA authors? Share, share, share!
Happy Friday, everyone!