Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teen Scene Tuesday: The Best Books of 2011

As the year winds down, we're seeing a variety of "Best of..." lists. Of course, since I'm an aspiring author, I always tend to look at the "Best of..." lists that highlight all things books--especially YA. As a matter of fact, you can check out a variety of 2011 Best Book Lists by going here.

So with all of these opinions, I figure why not ask teens about the best books they've read in 2011--you know, since they're our target audience at all. With help from my cuz, Quita, here are the titles that were mentioned (in alphabetical order):


1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King


2. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren


3. Blueford series by various authors


4. Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee


5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller


6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver


7. Demon Seed by Dean Koontz


8. Divergent by Veronica Roth


9. Evermore by Alyson Noel


10. The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman


11. Last Sacrifice: A Vampire Academy Novel by Richelle Mead


12. Medieval Tales and Stories Edited and Translated by Stanley Applebaum


13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


14. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks


15. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan



Two major things I noticed while reviewing this list:


  1. Not all of these titles were published in 2011, and


  2. Not all of these titles can be considered YA (major props to the teen who loves Medieval Tales)

So what does this information tells us about today's teen? Hey, I only gathered the data--but I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. :)

4 comments:

Marquita Hockaday said...

I think it shows that teens are so complicated! Which all of us YA writers are already fully aware of :D Teens change their minds b/c their so fickle. And of course, they read up. They love adult books b/c it takes them even further out of their world. But they also love young adult books b/c they can relate to them in some ways.

Excellent post! And yes, shout out to my lil' history geek who loves the middle ages!

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