2. “The Princess Diaries” by Meg Cabot: I’ve heard such rave reviews of these books, particularly from my good pal Tee, who swears, after reading hundreds of YA books, that this series remains her absolute favorite. At this point, I think I’ll wait until my 8-year-old daughter is old enough to read them, and we can read them together!
3. “Gemma Doyle Trilogy” by Libba Bray: I think Libba is one of the most interesting authors working in YA right now. She’s got such a diverse breadth of scope, and unlike some authors whose books become formulaic after a while, Libba Bray’s books are always different and fascinating. I can’t wait to read about a Victorian boarding school with Bray’s fabulous dialogue and descriptions.
5. “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan: Somehow my 11-year-old son started this with me, but then he moved on to other books and came back to Riordan via his other two Middle Grade series, so I need to convince him to go back to the Olympians books and start with No. 2 in “Percy Jackson.” Our contributor Jenn loves them and swears Percy and Annabeth are as awesome as Ron and Hermione.
6. “The Caster Chronicles” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I read the first book last fall in preparation for interviews with the author and cast for the movie adaptation, figuring it would do well enough for me to keep reading the books as the movies came out… but sadly the movie tanked (which is a surprise, considering it was so much better than a lot of other teen-targeted movies). I want to find out what happens to the characters anyway, and there are only three more books!
8. “Song of the Lioness” by Tamora Pierce: After she won a career achievement award from the ALA this year, I promised myself I would read at least one Pierce books, but our contributor Cassie explained that’s near impossible, because she writes long series, and you can’t stop at just one. I’ll definitely give the first one in the “Song of Lioness” books a try and see where I go from there.
9. “Confessions of Georgia Nicholson” by Louise Rennison: I first came upon this title when I was researching a story about about Aaron Taylor-Johnson (back when he was in “Kick-Ass”) and read the adaptation of “Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging” was one of his early parts. I’ve heard they’re funny and light, maybe a good beach series.
10. “Crank” by Ellen Hopkins: These books seemed too gritty for me (I watch “Breaking Bad,” but reading about meth-addicted teens seemed too much), but then I saw Ellen Hopkins speak at YALLFest and was ridiculously impressed. I’ll definitely read the first one this year, because I’ve heard only excellent reviews of the series.