Thursday, November 11, 2010

Young Adult Reading Challenge COMPLETE!

Completed on October 29, 2010

I posted a review of Stringz by Michael Wenberg two days ago and turns out it was the twelfth young adult novel I read in 2010, completing the Young Adult reading challenge I joined back in January. I've read two more young adult books since finishing Stringz and am even reading a third now and may even read one or two more before the end of the year. Perhaps reading twelve young adult novels in a year isn't as much of a challenge as I thought it would be. ;)

Here's a list of what I read for this challenge:

1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
2. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
3. Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart
4. Beastly by Alex Flinn
5. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
6. My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent
7. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
8. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
9. Looking for Alaska by John Green
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
11. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
12. Stringz by Michael Wenberg
13. No Such Thing as the Real World anthology by An Na, M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch and Jacqueline Woodson
14. "Winter's Passage" novella by Julie Kagawa

All great books that I highly recommend. What a blanket statement, huh?

Okay, okay, I highlighted my favorites in blue.  Oops. That's most of them. ^_^

Have you read any of these books?

What's your favorite young adult novel for 2010 (so far)?


  1. Congrats on completing the Young Adult Reading Challenge! *throws confetti*

    From the list, I've only read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...and I've read little YA this year. I'm actually in a YA's all just not working for me ATM. Saying that, I do have a YA scheduled for next month - The Thief (Megan Whalen Turner). I've heard heaps about it so am looking forward to it.

  2. Congrats on completing the Challenge Christine! WOOT!!

    I've only read one YA novel this year.. lol (I know pretty pitiful.) However it was "The Eternal Ones", by Kirsten Miller and I enjoyed it thoroughly. :-)

    I hope you are doing well and enjoying the cooler fall weather..


  3. Oh congrats on completing the challenge! I've read a number of YA novels this year and enjoyed all of them....and 2010 is the first year that I tried this genre. :D

    You didn't enjoy My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent? I adore her books!

    I started reading YA with Rachel Vincent and then moved onto Kelley Armstrong the Darkest Power series. My last YA book read that was non-PNR was Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson which was a contemporary novel. I highly recommend Matson's book. Nath recommended the book to me and I'm happy I took a chance on it!

    I'm going to check out the books you recommend. I need a YA fix from time to time and would not know where to start so your list helps. Thanks!

  4. I adored Beastly and The Iron King and well, a lot of the books you mentioned!

    Congrats on completing this challenge. I'm really glad that I got into the YA genre this year because there are so many great books waiting for me to read them.


    I totally adore the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent and I'm on pins and needles waiting for the new book to come out! Can't wait to see what happens with Nash and Kaylee. And more Tod! I want more Tod!

  5. Good for you! Great list btw. I need to read Incarceron. Abby loved it! The next book, Sapphique, comes out next month.

    Some of my favorite YAs this year were: The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, Linger and all of Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers books.

  6. Rowena, ditto what you said about the waiting. Just two more months but still so long!!

  7. Well done! :) I've been wanting to read Incarceron for so long! It's strange that I couldn't find it in any of my local bookstores.

  8. Thank you everyone for the kudos on finishing this challenge. I already know I'm not going to finish at least four of the challenges I joined this year, so I'm having fun making a big deal over the ones I DO finish! =)

    orannia... I really loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but the others left a more emotional mark on me, so to speak.

    I read The Thief a while ago and had trouble finding the rest of the series at any of my local libraries, but I want to finish the series. Maybe I'll get to that over Christmas break when I have the time to drive all over the county hunting down the books! LOL! I think it will be satisfying to read all four books in a row.

    Lea: Oh! My library JUST got The Eternal Ones! I'll have to add that to my list! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Hope you're well, too! xo

    Mariana: Thanks! :)

    Tabz: I'm glad you've enjoyed reading some YA this year! There are some really great YA books out there these days.

    I DID enjoy My Soul To Save, but not as much as the first book in the series and not as much as those other books on my list. As a whole, I really, really like the Soul Screamers series and have been dying to read My Soul to Keep and finally requested my library to buy it because I was tired of waiting for it. I may have to scout out other libraries at this point.

    I think my issue with My Soul To Save that kept me from all out loving it was that I thought Kaylee took too many life risks--and asked Nash to do the same-- for that rock star girl who didn't do anything to deserve or earn their help. I know Kaylee has a good heart and wants to use her "gift" for the greater good, but it didn't seem a compelling enough reason to put her life on the line for someone who didn't appreciate it. I guess I wanted the rock star girl to have learned a bigger life lesson other than don't sell your soul for fame, you know? I guess I just wanted something more profound out of the conflict.

    I have heard a ton about Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. I have got to hunt that one down, too!

    Rowena: Thanks, doll! I just saw the cover to the next Soul Screamers book on your YA blog! I love it! I'm looking forward to reading more of this series, too... and I agree that Tod is a fascinating character and is being developed really well.

    Leslie: Do read Incarceron if you get the chance. It was really interesting. I can't wait to read Sapphique!

    The cliffhanger at the end of Linger is killing me... I cannot believe we have to wait until July for Forever. OMG the torture!

    Jace: I think you would really enjoy Incarceron. The book is written by a British author and I believe it has been out in the UK for a long time already. What about The Book Depository? It may even be available in paperback by now.

  9. Woo! WTG on finishing the challenge! I had to go back and count and I've read 15 YA books so far. Out of all of those I HAVE to recommend Paranormalcy by Kierstan White and Firespell by Chloe Neil. *g* It's just so hard to pick one. *g*

    Congratulations on finishing your challenge!

    Hope you're having a terrific day!

  10. Terrific job! You have been reading a lot!
    I can't say that I've even heard of most of them. Maybe I should get my head out of my Nook occasionally & look for some new stuff...

  11. Congratulations on finishing your challenge, Christine!

    I think it's interesting that I'm not really a YA reader per se, but I did read one book from your list -- HP and the Deathly Hallows -- and I have Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater on my TBR. I also want to read Incarceron by Fisher and The Iron King by Kagawa.

  12. Woohoo, Christine!! Good job on the challenge! You're doing great, really :P

    The only YA I've read from your list is The Iron King and I didn't really like it ^_^;

    Hmmm, this year's YA. Well there's always Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner. Really love her Queen's Thief series. The other would probably be My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson... of course, the conclusion to the YA trilogy, The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong... and the Percy Jackson series. Jeez, I did read a lot of YA this year!! ^_^;

  13. Golly, I havent' read any of them. Boy oh boy but admittedly I have been taking a little break from YA fiction. Maybe next year...


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