February 3, 2015

Top Ten Classic Young Adult Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're listing books from a certain genre that we can't believe we haven't read yet. My current class on young adult literature has got me thinking about the origins of books marketed specifically for teens (which really hasn't been a thing for more than about half a century), so this week I thought I'd pick out some books that have essentially become classics of young adult literature that I haven't read yet (but plan to soon!).

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Forever by Judy Blume
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Are there any other young adult literature classics that I should read?

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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. Yikes, I can't believe I haven't read any of these either! Especially Anne Frank, which was required reading for some English classes growing up, but not mine for some reason...

  2. I've been using Forever for....forever....as part of an interview question - but I've started to find that nobody has read it so it doesn't work! I think it may have gotten banned a little too enthusiastically around here or something...


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