I have a whole boatload of young adult books and I expect this list to grow the more I read.  Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White This was my first book love.  I still have the copy my parents gave me for Christmas when I was six.  Best. Book. Ever.
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling I was like a ten-year-old when each book came out.  I cried.  I laughed.  I’m glad I got to experience it as the books came out.
  • Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder Officially, my favorite in the series is Little Town on the Prairie, but it’s delightful, beginning to end.  I have two sets of this series.  Make sure to get the one with the illustrations.  They’re priceless.
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Only the first one in this series appeals to me.  I tried to read further but it felt like Anne got too perfect as she grew up.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl If you must watch a movie version of this book, please watch the one from 1971.  I love Jonny Depp but that book adaptation is just wrong.
  • The Great Brain Series by John D. Fitzgerald I only read this as an adult but what a great series.  Funny.  Infuriating.  Priceless.
  • A Wrinkle in Time and Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle Actually, I like Many Waters more than A Wrinkle in Time.  Twin brothers are sent back in time to experience a retelling of the days leading up to the Biblical flood.  Good stuff!
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I blogged the opening book of this trilogy but I loved all three books.  I think it’s for the mature YA crowd and adults could definitely enjoy it.
  • The Forbidden Game series by L.J. Smith This one is total mind candy.  I’m so glad that this author got some recognition when her Vampire Diaries were adapted for the WB.  Fun, easy reads.
  • Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen They are so dark but I love them.  The Snow Queen.  The Mermaid.  The Nightingale. Gems every one.
  • Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde Yup.  He wrote fairy tales.  The Selfish Giant was my favorite.
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett I tend to like lesser known books by famous authors.  This is true here, too.  I liked The Secret Garden, but I loved this book.
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson I’m in awe.  It’s not a re-read too often because it’s too dark.  But it is a masterpiece.