As much as I aspire to be content in the present moment, focused entirely on the work at hand today, this morning, this minute, I just really am not a zen meditation lady by nature. This lends a certain “TIME. IS STILL MARCHING ON” tone about this blog, I know. But heaven help me, there are just too many books to read and ideas to discuss and places to visit and things to do and blargh did I mention I’m turning 30 in less than six months? I’m turning 30. So there’s that.
This morning I am thinking about December. I am thinking about December of 2014, when I will be busy writing blog posts and book reviews and Christmas shopping and traveling and what have you, and then all of these magazines and newspapers will start publishing those juicy “Best of 2014” lists. I will be left, yet again – year after year – wondering how I could have missed so many great books and wondering what the heck I was even reading this year and wondering if I will die without having read The Best Books of 2014.
So maybe a preemptive strike is in order.
Like my big fat Printz posts, the following lists are pure gut instinct and baseless speculation. I asked myself what young adult-ish books I’d be remiss to not have read this year. What books are the must-reads, not because they are better than any other books, but because they have been at the heart of the 2014 reading conversation? I’ve narrowed it down to two lists – the Everyone Must-Reads and the If You’re Into YA Realism Like I Am Must-Reads. Some I’ve read, some I haven’t. Along with the National Book Awards long list, I’ll probably try to squeeze a few more of these into the last quarter of the year, lest 2014 go to complete and utter reading waste.
Alos, leave me suggestions if you have them!!
The Must List
– read these in 2014 or gtfo –
1) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
2) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
3) The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
4) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
5) The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
6) This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
7) Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
8) The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The YA Realism Must List
– if realism is your genre of choice, then you should read these –
1) Noggin by John Corey Whaley
2) Pointe by Brandy Colbert
3) Far From You by Tess Sharpe
4) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
5) Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
6) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
7) 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
8) The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
9) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
(I promise to stop making lists of the same 20 books in a different order soon. I really promise!)