On Saturday, October 15 the polls closed for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen’s Top Ten books of 2016. This top ten list is chosen from teens all around the country who nominate and then vote for their favorite books of the previous year. A big YA reader myself but unable to vote, each year I review the books nominated and choose my own top ten. Then, when the list comes out, I like to compare my choices with the ones the teens have chosen. Last year, I only got four correct. Let’s see how I did this year.
- Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell—With a Cinderella-esque storyline, this book loosely reminded me of Cinder, by Marissa Meyer which I loved.
- Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls, by Lynn Weingarten—This gripping mystery kept me guessing until the end.
- Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo—Seriously. Who doesn’t like a good heist book?
- All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven—Just a warning: This book will make you cry.
- Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon—I love when the author choses to unfold their story in interesting ways, such as adding charts, lists and illustrations to their prose.
- I am Princess X, by Cherie Priest—What can I say? I’m a mystery girl
- The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker—Now, this is not normally my genre, but a witch hunter being saved by a wizard—I just had to see where that went.
- The Game of Love and Death, by Martha Brockenbrough—With the characters of Love and Death playing games with an interracial couple in the 1920s, who wouldn’t read this book?
- When, by Victoria Laurie—Another mystery, with a psychic spin, which I found intriguing.
- Alive, by Chandler Baker—This paranormal/thriller was not what I thought it was going to be. Very spooky.
To see how well I did, check out the 2016 YALSA Teen’s Top Ten list.
And happy reading!