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The Ultimate YA Checklist

How many of these YA titles have you read?

The Ultimate YA Checklist

Several weeks ago, a list with quite a narrow definition of 'well-read' made the rounds; like many of y'all, we were not impressed. And because we'd like to score higher than newbie since we obviously are not, FYA made our own YA-version of the list! 

Using Top 100 lists from NPR and Persnickety Snark, as well as our own Required Reading selections, we compiled a list of classic, popular, and popular-within-YA novels. Now, this is not the same as being the best of YA -- because omg there are some titles that I'd sooner knit myself a hat and eat it, rather than putting them in the same time zone as Best of YA.

And conversely, if you're wondering why your fave isn't on the list, there are a lot of beloved books that didn't make the cut. This is merely a sample of well-known YA, and inclusion doesn't necessarily reflect quality. Or diversity -- and y'all know it kills me to have so little of it. (... so let's all read more books with diversity and make some of 'em The Next Big Things, OK? OK.)

Series books also only count as one entry, so having read the entire Harry Potter series eleventy million times isn't going to boost your score. For the purposes of this, anyway, 'cause that would win you a gazillion internet cool points!

Without further ado... 

How many of these YA books have you read?
Check all the ones you've read!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Forever by Judy Blume
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
King Dork by Frank Portman
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Fear Street series by R.L. Stine
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

So what does your result say about your YA reading habits?

1-11 Books (1-15%)Hermione Granger

Maybe you're just starting out in YA, or you prefer other types of books. But let's be real -- the only reason you haven't read more YA is 'cause you're usually busy saving the world, NBD. Ten points for Gryffindor!

12-26 Books (16-35%): Donna Meagle

You read enough YA to know the difference between Tris and Katniss, so go ahead and Treat Yo' Self! You can get it.

27-38 Books (36-50%): Charlie

Dear Friend, you tackle any and all reading lists with zeal, and your favorite book of all time is always the one you just read. Books just have a way of making you feel infinite.

39-49 Books (51-65%): Belle

You're a regular fixture at your library, and your love of books has even been immortalized in song (or it should be). You have always harboured a desire to slide around on a rolling ladder.

50-60 Books (66-80%): Rory Gilmore

To say you love books is an understatement; you never leave the house without at least one, and you've been known to euphorically sniff them, too. And you know the best kind of flirting is done over books. 

61-68 Books (81-90%): Matilda Wormwood

Nothing can get between you and your books -- HATERZ TO THE LEFT (even if they happen to be your own parents). Besides, there's no better pick-me-up than cozying up with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book.

69-76 Books (91-100%): Liesel Meminger

You'll take any book you can get your hands on and devour them all the same. Because for you, books aren't just a passion; they're a way of LIFE.

... BUT WAIT. What if you haven't read a single book from this list?

0 Books (0%): Jordan Catalano

You've come to the right place! You might not read anything YA, but we love you anyway. We have plenty of recommendations for you to start a love affair with us YA. (P.S. You're very pretty.)


How many of these books have you read? Let us know in the comments! (I've read 43  -- Belle! -- and FYA has reviewed a Rory-tastic 55 of these books so far.)

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.