When I started getting back into reading I mostly jumped into Young Adult with my eyes closed. I just kind of went with what was popular at the time. Not always the best choice for me. I’ve gotten more picky with what kind of YA I want to read. These days I still read Young Adult, but I am more drawn to SFF Adult.
Logging onto Goodreads this Monday morning resulted in seeing that they have a young adult week going this week and I figured why not have another look like I did with the SFF week.
The 100 Most Popular YA Novels on Goodreads
It’s about 50-50 for the YA novels I’ve read of this top 100. Interestingly the top 10 is 60-40.
The Top 10 consists of: HP | The Hunger Games | The Fault in Our Stars | Divergent | The Book Thief | The Giver | City of Bones | The Perks of a Wallflower | Looking for Alaska | A Wrinkle in Time
There are not a whole lot of surprises in this list except maybe the two Sarah Dessen novels. Well at least for me anyway. Mostly you can see that I’ve read most of the SFF portion of this top 100 and not so much the contemporary side of things which is still fairly accurate for my brand, lol.
The 40 Most Recent Young Adult Novels
I’ve read less here which is not so surprising considering that I have been reading less YA. Actually it is still kind of high.
The Top 10 consists of: The Hate U Give | Turtles All the Way Down | One of Us is Lying | The Cruel Prince | Always and Forever Lara Jean | Caraval | Children of Blood and Bone | King’s Cage | Kingdom of Ash | Lord of Shadows
Surprisingly I’ve read more contemporary on this list like Lara Jean, The Upside of Unrequited and The Poet X. I see a lot of sequels on this list. That is always interesting to see.
48 Highly Anticipated YA Novels for the Rest of 2020
Lastly I’d like to have a look at the list they created for these anticipated YA novels. One thing that stands out to me right away is that it is way more diverse than the other two lists. I see books like: Star Daughter, Cemetery Boys, Legendborn, Raybearer, The Silvered Serpents, Punching the Air, Miss Meteor and Occulta.
Again i just goes to show how much work we still have to do on the diverse end. The fact that we see so many diverse books in a hand picked list but not in a list that shows what is being read widely on goodreads just shows that we still have a lot of readers still to reach.