One of the best parts about reading YA books is that I can share them with my daughter. So often when I read books I immediately think to myself, “I want my daughter to read this.” Luckily, she loves to read and is open to reading almost anything that I suggest. Sometimes she doesn’t quite agree, but most of the time we end up having many lengthy conversations over some of our favorite books.
Of course, there have been several times when I suggested something that didn’t quite strike her fancy in the same way it did me. She tends to feel bad when that happens, as though she’s somehow letting me down. I always reassure her and remind her that we all don’t have the same taste in books.
So here is our attempt at a top 5 list of the books that we both love, in no particular order (okay we had a really hard time coming up with just 5, this is as close as we could get it):
1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – There is really very little that we could say about this book that hasn’t already been said. However, for us 2010 was the magical year when we all read the Harry Potter series (yes we were late getting on board, just in time for the Deathly Hallows movie frenzy). They will forever be among our favorite books ever read.
2. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Foreman – We both LOVED these books. We also both swooned over Adam (although I think I kind of swooned a bit more, but not in a creepy way). Where we differ is that I loved If I Stay more and she loved Where She Went more. It doesn’t matter to us. One thing that’s funny though, is that whenever we hear a cello being played we think about Mia (sorry Yo Yo Ma).
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – We both really love this book, but we can’t agree on whether we love Will or Jem more. I am neutral, I love them both, but she is Camp Will ALL the way. She still hasn’t read Clockwork Prince, but I’m sure it won’t dissuade her from Will. I am eagerly awaiting Clockwork Princess tomorrow so I can find out what happens to Will, Jem, and Tessa!!
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Oh how we love this book, and Anna, and St. Claire, and did we mention St. Claire? This book makes my daughter want to go to Paris and it makes me want to go back and visit some of the places that they went to. (Sandie read this on her way to Paris and actually took pictures at some of the spots mentioned int he book). Did I mention that we’re big Stephanie Perkins fans?
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – One word: Cricket. Need we say more? We’re such big fans of Stephanie Perkins, that she was one of the main reasons we were excited about going to YALLfest. We were so excited that we stood in a long line to meet Stephanie and then we also bumped into her on the street of downtown Charleston when she was with her husband and she graciously agreed to take a picture with us. We can’t wait for her next book, hurry Stephanie!
6. Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald – This book was a surprising discovery. While it’s not as well known as some of the others, it certainly deserves to be. There’s no swoony guy in the book, but I love the fact that this books reminds girls and women everywhere that you should never change who you really are just to impress a guy (or a man). I want my daughter know that it’s okay to to be herself and one day someone will fall in love with her. It might take some waiting, but he will be worth it.