Each year, I eagerly look forward to the announcement of the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten book list. In contrast to the much more formal awards handed out by the American Library Association in January, the Top Ten is a list crafted by teens themselves. Teens between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible to nominate and vote for their favorite books from the past year.
I keep a binder of ALA and YALSA awards and book lists. My goal is to read through each of these lists so I stay current on reading trends and don’t miss any of the “must read” books of the year. It’s always interesting to see how many of the books on the Top Ten that I’ve read before the list was released. This year the list heavily trends toward dystopian and fantasy novels, which is to be expected. Of this year’s picks, I’ve read 4: Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm, Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing, Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave, and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.