The List – Ashley

Since meeting Tiffany almost three and half years ago, she and I have bonded over many things – our students, our shared teaching beliefs, our love of chocolate and other delicious food stuffs, our mutual devotion to television…   We share “new finds” with each other all the time.   I tried to give her a heart attack by making her watch 24 and she got me hooked on Revenge, Scandal, Gilmore Girls, and more.  We also have a shared obsession with great young adult novels.  For her birthday last year, I got her the Divergent box set and she introduced me to the Matched series.  We read and talked, saw the movies and felt like we had a pretty good grasp on the world of young adult novels… until we found the list! In Tiffany’s post, she mentioned that she was disappointed that she had only read about a third of the list. I was more shocked than disappointed.  I thought for sure that I would have read more of them!  I felt very confident in my supreme knowledge of the genre.  Alas, I too had only read about one third of the books! So, here is my list – divided into new books and rereads!  Any surprises?

New Rereads
1.      The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian

2.     The Book Thief

3.     Holes

4.     The Outsiders

5.     The Phantom Tollbooth

6.     Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret.

7.     Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

8.     Monster

9.     The Golden Compass

10.    The Diary of a Young Girl

11.     From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

12.   Looking for Alaska

13.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

14.    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

15.   Wonder

16.   The Sword in the Stone

17.   Lord of the Flies

18.   Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

19.   A Separate Peace

20.  Harriet the Spy

21.   The Chocolate War

22.  Jacob Have I Loved

23.  A Series of Unfortunate Events (series)

24.  Hatchet

25.  Feed

26.  The Alchemyst

27.  The Princess Bride

28.  Tarzan of the Apes

29.  Johnny Tremain

30.  The Westing Game

31.   The Wind in the Willows

32.  Mary Poppins

33.  The Fault in Our Stars

34.  A Northern Light

35.  The Yearling

36.  For Freedom

37.  The Wall

38.  A Monster Calls

39.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series)

40.   The Illustrated Man

41.    A Wreath for Emmett Till

42.  Every Day

43.  Where Things Come Back

44.   Number the Stars

45.  Blankets

46.  Private Peaceful

47.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

48.  Dangerous Angels

49.  Frindle

50.  Boxers and Saints

51.   The Graveyard Book

52.  City of the Beasts

53.  American Born Chinese

54.  The Lost Conspiracy

55.  Dogsbody

56.  The Pigman

57.  Alabama Moon

58.  Esperanza Rising

59.  The Knife of Never Letting Go

60.  Boy Proof

61.   Fallen Angels

62.  A High Wind in Jamaica

63.  The Tiger Rising

64.  When You Reach Me

65.  Saffy’s Angel

66.  The Grey King

67.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

68.  The Thief Lord

69.  The Mysterious Benedict Society

70.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret

71.   Sabriel

72.  Tiger Lily

73.  Secret (series)

74.  A Wizard of Earthsea

75.  Tales of Mystery and Imagination

76.  Whale Talk

77.  The Chronicles of Prydain (series)

78.  Danny the Champion of the World

1.      Harry Potter (series)

2.     A Wrinkle in Time

3.     Charlotte’s Web

4.     Matilda

5.     The Giver

6.     To Kill a Mockingbird

7.     Anne of Green Gables

8.     The Chronicles of Narnia (series)

9.     Little House on the Prairie (series)

10.    The Catcher in the Rye

11.     Little Women

12.   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

13.   The Hobbit

14.    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

15.   Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

16.   Bridge to Terabithia

17.   The Call of the Wild

18.   The Lord of the Rings (series)

19.   Beezus and Ramona

20.  Speak

21.   The Hunger Games (series)

22.  Twilight (series)


3 thoughts on “The List – Ashley

    • What “classics” would you add to the list, Gma?

      And, we chose Young Adults because those are the books in which we are most interested. They are easier reads, which works better for us within the framework of being a busy teacher! It’s also funny because (despite my more-adult age), I still feel like I relate most to the young adult character.


  1. Well then, how about adding: Black Beauty, Flowers for Algernon, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Anne Karenina, Pride & Prejudice ???


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