100 YA Books Chain – What Have You Read?

I’m building a chain that I’ve recently seen in a few other blogs, but I saw first at my friend Robin Weeks‘ blog. I love to show off the books I’ve read, but I was also surprised by the amount of books on this list that I haven’t read. Some of them are in my TBR list, and some I haven’t even heard of (gasp!).

I also couldn’t help but add my comments or a mini-review in blue, although that was my idea – it’s not an official requirement of the chain.

If you decide to forward it, leave a link to your blog post in the comments because I’m nosy that way. πŸ˜‰ Which books do you think should or shouldn’t be on this list? Which ones should I add to my TBR list? (I love just about all YA fantasy, and I’m really getting into dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories too.) At the end of this post, I’m adding a few of my faves that aren’t on the list. I’ll probably come back and edit this post several times as I remember more!

Bold = I’ve Read It
Italics = I Own It
Underline = Started, didn’t finish

1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) LOVE!

14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3) I couldn’t continue reading this series, the narrative was so repetitive and the MC was shallow and selfish.
18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4) Didn’t love this series enough to finish it; too long and overly descriptive (sorry, Eragon fans!)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3) Loved the first one, got a little tedious in 2 & 3 because of the writing style, “as if this,” “as if that” in nearly every paragraph! It drove me crazy.
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) So intelligently written! Made-for-the-movies action.
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) Need I say more?

30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Saw the movie, I can’t read the book. I don’t like crying that much.
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline A must-read for anyone who loves a very creepy children’s story! LOVED it.
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust Also loved this, but I liked the movie slightly better because I’m a sucker for happier endings.
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book LOVE LOVE LOVE! When is the movie coming out?

72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere Carnal Over 40 Winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2) I love steampunk, this is on my TBR list as soon as I’ve caught up.
86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host [This, of course, is not YAβ€”not sure why it’s on the list]
93. Stephenie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4) It was hard to be honest with this one, because I’m not a Twilight fan. LOL
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3) Loved these books – so, so much!

97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

Now – I’d love to hear about your favorites, either on this list or not! If you wish, forward the chain and let me know in the comments. If you don’t forward it, you’ll get a papercut. πŸ˜‰

Now for my additions to the list:

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke – Charming and thoughtful
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison – I’ve only read the first book, can’t wait to read the others!
The Faerie Wars series by Herbie Brennan – A little weird in parts, but action-packed
Bones of Faerie and its sequel, Faerie Winter, by Janni Lee Simner – This post-apocalyptic fantasy is creepy and paints fairies in a sinister light. I thought the first book was better developed than the second.
The Moongate, Blood Moon, and Cobalt by Kristin Baker Przybyla – Nothing wrong with a little wishful thinking!

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7 thoughts on “100 YA Books Chain – What Have You Read?

  1. I don't see anything by Lauren Oliver on this list – too bad, bc Delirium is one of the best I've read this year. Before I Fall was her first – didn't like it as much – but definitely add Delirium to your TBR pile!

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  2. I second Jolene–The Host is amazing. Of course, I also loved Twilight (I also love more normal romances, so…).

    Read Shannon Hale. She's awesome–start with The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern #1)

    I wonder how many books are really on this list. It's well over 100. πŸ™‚

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  3. Only *very* slightly better than the book. There were parts in the movie that I didn't like as much as the book, but I thought Michelle Pfeiffer stole the show, and I loved Claire Danes too. Oh, and Robert De Niro's dance scene in drag had us rolling. It's true that the book was more elegantly written than the script.

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