I love books and I love writing (big surprise, right)? So a little while ago, I asked readers here to recommend YA novels for other readers. If you're coming up short for suggestions about books to buy for holiday gift-giving, here are the ones that came up at the top of the list for my blog's readers.
1.) One of MY picks for the year: TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by debut author Jay Asher. An amazing split POV showing the circumstances that snowballed and led to one girl giving up on life and the way the knowledge of those circumstances impacts one of the people she left behind. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. That's why I went back and bought additional copies. Just gave one away as a prize, too.
2.) One of my readers strongly suggests: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassandra Clare which includes: CITY OF BONES, CITY OF ASHES, and CITY OF GLASS. <--recently read CoB, good--action packed with a hint of romantic elements.
3.) Also suggested wasMelissa Marr's work: WICKED LOVELY <--I agree with this one, liked her FRAGILE ETERNITY, too.
4.) 100% WOLF by Jayne Lyons was suggested by a reader "for those wanting to introduce younger children to the paranormal universe in a fun way. My eight year old loves Freddie's adventures, actually read some of this on his own for the first time!"
5.) One reader said, "I read BAD APPLE by Laura Ruby last month and I fell in love with it. It's a book about bullies, crushes and just being yourself. Quirky characters and amazing writing, I highly recommend it."
6.) A blog reader suggested James Dashner's THE MAZE RUNNER "- amazing book on so many levels," the reader said.
7.) The same reader (from 6) also said, "And BEAUTIFUL CREATURES - took me a bit to get into it, but once I did - it was amazing!" <--This one's by Kami Garcia--I'm curious about this one, heard great things from some book bloggers about it.
8.) ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen. "She's a very talented author and every character she creates, you just can't help but love them. I highly recommend this book." <--this one's on my TBR pile. :-)
9.) "... ICE by Sarah Beth Durst which I never would have bought myself but won it from Jeri's [Jeri Smith-Ready's blog--Jeri has a YA novel SHADE coming out in Spring 2010] Blogtoberfest. (I owe Jeri much thanks because I discovered 13 to Life there too!) I didn't think I would like it but I LOOVED it! Easily the best book I have read all year."
10.) "...Lucienne Diver's snarky YA take on vampires, VAMPED. If you like YAs and you like vampires, you'll love this book." <--Agreed! If ever there was a perfect vampire beach book, VAMPED is it. 11.) "I recommend DEMON PRINCESS by Michelle Rowen to everyone!"
12.) "Okay, this YA is an oldie but a goodie that I keep re-reading. It also happens to be hard to find, so snatch up a copy if you happen to see it--It's called THE GROUNDING OF GROUP 6 by Julian Thompson. A group of "bad kids" are sent to a rehabilitation camp by their parents. Soon they find out that it is really just a way for their parents to get rid of them, literally. It will stay in your brain. I promise."
13.) Another reader said: "I won Megan Crewe's GIVE UP THE GHOST from Jeri's Octoberfest and loved it."
14.) I (Shannon again) also suggest Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME for YA sci-fi.
15.) Another of MY picks--Robin McKinley's THE HERO AND THE CROWN.
16.) And another--Robin McKinley's THE BLUE SWORD.
17.) And this one--THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES by Holly Black. Great for younger teens and the tweens who may have missed the series before it hit the big screen.
18.) THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD by Heather Brewer. This series is especially good (in my--Shannon's--humble opinion) if you're buying for a reluctant young teen male reader.
19.) We'd be remiss to leave out the following classics: A WRINKLE IN TIME; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE; THE GIVER.
*FTC Notice: A.) I'm not a book blogger (I *buy* books, I read, sometimes I blog about the books I read); B.) My readers who were kind enough to make suggestions relating to books they've read are doing the publishing industry a service--it's called word-of-mouth and I appreciate it--gives me more ideas of what to buy and give as prizes; C.) If you're with the FTC and you're actually reading this right now, I'm guessing you've got too much time on your hands and perhaps government spending needs to be re-examined... Again.
Happy holidays (buy a book!)!