Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Final List - Top 100 YA Novels (2010)

First of all I would like to thank you all very sincerely for your involvement in this enterprise. From voting to commenting on the results, your involvement has been greatly appreciated. I look forward to a larger pool of voters next year.

Secondly I would like to thank Kevin Lee for all his hard work in sorting the data. It was an overwhelming task that was made difficult by typos, votes provided without authors and other curious entries. It was a mountain that Kevin tackled with enthusiasm and grace and I don't really have the words to thank him enough.

Lastly I would like to thank Judith Ridge for her perusal of the list. Judith is the resident YA expert here in Australia and used a John Stephens quote as the basis for what title met the YA criteria - “the emergence of subjectivity as a development of a central character’s ability to express self-recognition or agency”. I valued her knowledge and thank her for her role in fine tuning the top 100.

In future polls the definition will be spelt out more clearly but even with a very basic criteria in 2010 many people voted for title that were clearly not within the bounds of YA. The line between middle grade and young adult is still fuzzy with many people's opinions quite subjective.

At the conclusion of the Top 100 YA Novels poll for this year, I would like to share some information gathered from your votes.
  • Voting took place over five weeks at the end of April and throughout May.

  • 735 people shared their top ten choices of the best YA titles. The participants come from across the globe and many different careers. Students, librarians, teachers, editors and a myriad of other professions took the time to volunteer their thoughts on YA.

  • At least 80% of participants were female.

  • An overwhelming majority of voters identified themselves solely as readers.

  • Sarah Dessen accumalated the most points which is amazing considering she has not written a series. The only title of hers not to make the top 100 was That Summer, her first publication.

  • The top five authors represented on the list in terms of title rankings order were - Sarah Dessen, JK Rowling, Melina Marchetta, Stephenie Meyer and Cassandra Clare. Three represent the strong representation of paranormal series on the list while the other two represent contemporary works with strong female protagonists.

  • Despite having only a single title (The Princess Diaries), Meg Cabot was the author with the most titles voted for - 20.

  • The top five authors in terms of titles voted for were - Meg Cabot, Tamora Pierce, DianaWynne Jones, LJ Smith and Judy Blume.

  • The top five authors represented in terms of point accumalation were - Sarah Dessen, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer and Philip Pullman.

  • As I am an Australian it is with pride that I point out that five titles were from my homeland.

My intention is to conduct this poll again in 2011 with some revisions. Readers have been pretty vocal in their thoughts on this poll and I would like to hear from you on what you'd like to see next year. Feel free to have your say in the comments section or privately via email.

Note - Should you reference this poll and its finding, please ensure you hyperlink to Persnickety Snark as the original source. Thank you.

And now for the final list ....

Persnickety Snark's Top 100 YA Novels for 2010

  1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J.K. Rowling
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
  1. Speak
Laurie Halse Anderson
  1. Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
  1. The Truth About Forever
Sarah Dessen
  1. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
  1. The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton
  1. Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
  1. This Lullaby
Sarah Dessen
  1. Looking for Alaska
John Green
  1. Just Listen
Sarah Dessen
  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling
  1. Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
  1. City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
  1. On the Jellicoe Road
Melina Marchetta
  1. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling
  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
  1. Along for the Ride
Sarah Dessen
  1. Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
  1. Vampire Academy
Richelle Mead
  1. Graceling
Kristin Cashore
  1. Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
  1. Sloppy Firsts
Megan McCafferty
  1. The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
  1. Alanna: The First Adventure
Tamora Pierce
  1. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J.K. Rowling
  1. Uglies
Scott Westerfeld
  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty
Libba Bray
  1. Tomorrow, When the War Began
John Marsden
  1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
E. Lockhart
  1. Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
  1. The Westing Game
Ellen Raskin
  1. Paper Towns
John Green
  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
  1. Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
  1. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Betty Smith
  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
  1. Lock and Key
Sarah Dessen
  1. The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
  1. Evernight
Claudia Gray
  1. Sabriel
Garth Nix
  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
  1. Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  1. Forever
Judy Blume
  1. I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
  1. Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine
  1. The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot
  1. Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
  1. Howl's Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones
  1. The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper
  1. Hush, Hush
Becca Fitzpatrick
  1. Saving Francesca
Melina Marchetta
  1. Second Helpings
Megan McCafferty
  1. Dreamland
Sarah Dessen
  1. Eclipse
Stephenie Meyer
  1. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
  1. Fire
Kristin Cashore
  1. The Chocolate War
Robert Cormier
  1. Weetzie Bat
Francesca Lia Block
  1. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank
  1. Looking for Alibrandi
Melina Marchetta
  1. How I Live Now
Meg Rosoff
  1. City of Glass
Cassandra Clare
  1. Keeping the Moon
Sarah Dessen
  1. Breaking Dawn
Stephenie Meyer
  1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Louise Rennison
  1. If I Stay
Gayle Forman
  1. The King of Attolia
Megan Whalen Turner
  1. Wintergirls
Laurie Halse Anderson
  1. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Robin McKinley
  1. The Blue Sword
Robin McKinley
  1. Feed
M.T. Anderson
  1. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Ann Brashares
  1. Go Ask Alice
  1. Wicked Lovely
Melissa Marr
  1. Lord of the Flies
William Golding
  1. Someone Like You
Sarah Dessen
  1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan
  1. Jacob Have I Loved
Katherine Paterson
  1. The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
  1. Poison Study
Maria V. Snyder
  1. Shadow Kiss
Richelle Mead
  1. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  1. An Abundance of Katherines
John Green
  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon
  1. A Ring of Endless Light
Madeleine L'Engle
  1. Glass Houses
Rachel Caine
  1. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party
M.T. Anderson
  1. Walk Two Moons
Sharon Creech
  1. Whale Talk
Chris Crutcher
  1. Perfect Chemistry
Simone Elkeles
  1. Going Too Far
Jennifer Echols
  1. The Last Song
Nicholas Sparks
  1. Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver
  1. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen
  1. The Pigman
Paul Zindel
  1. The Hero and the Crown
Robin McKinley

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Emilyandherlittlepinknotes said...

this it's amazing, thanks for organizing this

Kaethe said...

I just wanted to add my thanks for undertaking this enormous task. Your efforts are appreciated.

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

This was great! Thank you for doing this. I can't imagine all the work it took to compile this huge list and sort through everything, but it is very appreciated. It is a wonderful list of some of the best titles in YA Lit. Thank you!

the story siren said...

absolutely loved this! thanks so much for tackling this project!

Anonymous said...

What a fascinating list! Thanks for braving typos, computer glitches and other technological and human mishaps and taking the time to compile it. Will definitely be doing so more YA reading.

Nomes said...

this has been so awesome. just loved it (and ordered 3 books b/c of it :)

i can imagine how huge the whole endeavour was and think it's a really important and cool list.

i love seeing what books have meant so much to people - am astounded just how strong Sarah Dessen went with all her novels. she's obviously touched a lot of lives :)

looking forward to the next one - i know a few books i've read that will change in my list.

also, was conflicted when compiling my original list as a few titles i love i know are internationally obscure and are essentially a waste of a vote as i'm sure my few points is not counting towards anything - was tempted to make it a top ten of my faves that are more well known in an effort to boost some titles i love (but aren't necessarily my own personally very most favourite-ist books - if you get what i mean?).

thanks again Adele - hope you enjoyed it all too :)

Anonymous said...

You've done an awesome job compiling this list! I'm glad to see some Aussie authors on the list, and was especially glad to see my favourite YA author John Marsden on there.

Tere Kirkland said...

Awesome to see people are still reading the Westing Game. I really should find a copy of that to re-read.

Awesome list!

Unknown said...

I clearly have some reading to do! This is a great list!

Madigan Mirza said...

Terrific list! I've written more of my thoughts about it on my blog.

Jaee said...

oh my god!!! thanks so much.. its maddeningly pleasant to have such a list... thanks sooo very much!!

Beverly said...

Wow - I didn't realize how far behind I was! Here is my list!

Marita Thomson said...

A great list, Adele, and very interesting information about the participants. Confirms that male reader opinion is harder to tap into than female.

Okie said...

This is a very interesting list. Thanks so much for putting it together.

I ran into it on a couple of blogs and was curious as to the process for creating the list and the criteria that went into it.

I love that it spans centuries (a quick glance reveals work from the 1800s to 2010, which is cool) as well as a variety of themes (supernatural, sci-fi, high school/teen drama, family/friend interactions and more).

Not having read all of these books, this is a great list for future reading. :)

The only thing that I dislike (and I have this problem with many/most lists like this) is the splitting out of individual books from a particular series...especially when the books are intrinsic to that series.

Granted, a lot of "series" novels can stand alone on their own merit but in many cases they are either more powerful when coupled with the whole series or it is vital to read them as part of the series.

I do see that one "series" was lumped together completely (Lord of the Rings), but that others were broken apart even though they could be less effective as a stand alone (for example, jumping right into Breaking Dawn).

Still, as I mention this is a problem with any list of this type and is a difficult one to work around. So I am in no way criticizing your particular list...just making an observation.

Thanks again for the huge amount of work that went into this. I look forward to seeing future lists and to following your reviews/blog.

Anonymous said...

this list of novels is abstrusely ignorant to the preceding authors of this generation, including various classics such as catcher in the rye, as well as many novels subject to exemption and negligence, for i do not notice them existing on this list. many others feel as follows and further more this is insulting to literary giants within history for their absence is ludicrous.

Adele said...

Ahh thanks for the feedback? I wonder if you voted?

As for the results, sure they are a varied bunch but teens actually voted. So did professionals and the results are a mix of what both groups think are worthy reads.

Using a thesaurus when writing a comment does not mean you are more intelligent, better read or that your opinions holds more weight. Reading is ultimately subjective and we can't all like what other people do.

Thanks for commenting!

Pooja. S said...

I printed this out last year, taped it to my refrigerator and read as much of the list as I could (which I hadn't read already). Introduced me to a lot of really fun YA books xD Wanted to drop by and say thanks :D