Book Riot Top 50, YA Novels, and oh, yeah, VOTING!

The good folks at Book Riot compiled a list of reader-favorites, and like any good reader, I love me some lists.  PLUS, they want to know how many you've read.  Usually, we do it kind of on the sly, right?  We see a list (any list) of titles, and we have to see how we measure up.  We count.  We get smug.  Or dismayed.  We add titles to our TBRs.  Aaaah, lists.  

So here's the Book Riot list with the ones I've read in bold.  I pretty much shine at this list.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  15. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  16. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  17. The Stand by Stephen King
  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  20. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  21. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  22. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  23. The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  24. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  25. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  27. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  28. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  29. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  30. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  31. 1984 by George Orwell
  32. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  33. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  34. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  35. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  36. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
  38. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  39. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  40. Ulysses by James Joyce
  41. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  42. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  43. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  44. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  45. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  46. Dune by Frank Herbert
  47. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  48. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  49. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  50. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Last night, I sat and talked to one of my favorite librarians in the children's section of our public library, seeking some help on a work thing.  There's always a work thing, isn't there?  Well, this work thing relates to our First-Year Reading Experience.  The committee seeking nominations for next year's book insists they be non-fiction.  Now, I like non-fiction as much as the next reader, but many of my First Year students do not.  They almost all agreed that a fast-paced novel with lots of social issue discussion points would be better.  And though we certainly want to model for our incoming students the importance of academic discourse, I believe the summer before they enter college is not the time to hand them a long, boring book and expect anything positive to come of it.  For many of them, if they're going to read, it's going to be YA or some other high-interest title, preferably with a movie attached.  

So thanks to my librarian friend (and seriously, I can confidently say I've never met a librarian I didn't like.  Never.), I have a small-ish list of titles to consider.  Things in the same vein as The Hunger Games.  I started James Dashner's The Maze Runner last night but didn't get far enough to have a response yet.  Also up for consideration are Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker, Veronica Roth's Divergent, and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan.  Any others I should include?  

Finally, I'm on my way out to vote!  Do the same, won't you?

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