The writers at the Broke and the Bookish run a weekly Top Ten, and since this one is so easy for me to do for the YA genre (I’ve only been reading it for one year), here it is: YA Books EVERYONE has read but me.
1. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. My teenaged niece couldn’t believe I hadn’t read it. She looked at me with the same level of disbelief as when I told her I’d had my children without the aid of any drugs. “Whaaa?” she seemed to say. “Aunt Sandie you HAAAAAVE to read it!” I know, I suck. But it’s definitely on my TBR list.
2. “The Tiger’s Curse” by Colleen Houck. Yeah, yeah, it’s been optioned, and supposedly it’s one of those fantasy series that could be the “next Harry Potter.” But I haven’t been motivated to read it, not to mention that it’s never at the library, and I am on a strict YA book buying moratorium imposed by the husband.
3. “The Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith. I have watched about half a season of the popular CW series, but I’ve yet to crack open the books. Sorry, I’m just not in the mood right now, seeing as I’ve got so many other paranormal romance books I’ve got to read in order to finish a series. Also, maybe I’m just not a fan of anything with the word Diaries in it.
4. “The Princess Diaries” by Meg Cabot. I just started my YA kick, and since I’ve seen all of “The Princess Diaries” (I even interviewed Anne Hathaway back when she starred in the first one), I didn’t want to commit to reading a series I’d already seen adapted on the big screen. I know the YA Crush ladies go on and on about how crush-worthy Michael and Mia are, but I just haven’t taken the plunge.
5. “The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa. This is another one of those books that people keep saying “But you really must!” and I keep thinking, “No, I don’t!” I am sure it’s a fabulous series, but for now, there are so many other books I’m my TBR pile that I can’t justify getting into it just because “everyone” else has been there, done that.
6. The “Gossip Girl” series by Cecily von Ziegesar. Strange but true — we have some friends in common in the fair borough of Brooklyn, but I never felt compelled to read her books, and by the time they got adapted into the teen soap, I had no interest to indulge in the Upper East Side-set drama.
7. “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. I’m guessing this one I’ll actually make time to read before Selena Gomez makes the movie and I undoubtedly have to review it. I’ve heard it’s excellent, but I can never find it at the library. Must get on the waiting list to check out if all the buzz is merited.
8. “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis. I’ve heard about it, but I kept thinking it had something to do with the Beatles and that Julie Taymor musical. Oops. I was really off base, since it’s actually a futuristic fantasy romance. Still, I’ve yet to read it.
9. “Fallen” by Lauren Kate: I think I’ve read so many paranormal romances in a row, I need a break — except of course from the gajillion sequels to all of the books I’m already invested in — so this one has to go on the backburner right now.
10. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner. It’s literally on my coffee table right this minute, but between ARCs and review assignments I haven’t had time to read it.
I’ve shared mine. What do you feel like everyone else has read but you?