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Trisha’s favorites

If you’re looking for my top 10 YA novels as of 2010, head here. But FYI, I need to redo this list, because, gah, A Monster Calls is SO GOOD.



  • Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi (my review)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity & Hope – William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (I haven’t listed adult books in the past, but this would be so great for teens and I loved it, so here it is; my review)
  • The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness
  • Deception (Haunting Emma #1) – Lee Nichols (my review)
  • Some Girls Are – Courtney Summers (my review)

And the not-exactly-a-favorite-but-definitely-among-the-most-memorable book: Nothing by Janne Teller (my review)


  • Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco X. Stork (my review)
  • Broken Soup – Jenny Valentine (my review)


  • Primavera – Mary Jane Beaufrand (my review)
  • Perfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles (my review)
  • My Most Excellent Year – Steve Kluger (my review)
  • Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta (my review)
  • The President’s Daughter, White House Autumn, and Long Live the Queen – Ellen Emerson White (my review)

Favorite YA books read in 2007

Regarding Carpe Diem, at first I wasn’t sure if it was a favorite or not. I figured, if I had to think about it, it wasn’t a favorite. But a week later, I’m still thinking about the book, laughing about what happens to Vassar on the boat (if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about), trying to figure out Hanks. And Bounmy! Love him. So here it is on my favorites list.

Since I only mentioned my favorite YA books of 2006 on the “About” page, here are my older favorites (alphabetical by author, since ranking them would be too hard):

  • Hawksong – Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  • The China Garden – Liz Berry
  • Tithe – Holly Black
  • Weetzie Bat – Francesca Lia Block
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
  • True Confessions of a Heartless Girl – Martha Brooks
  • Princess in Love – Meg Cabot
  • Honey, Baby, Sweetheart – Deb Caletti
  • LoveSick – Jake Coburn
  • A Northern Light – Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Hollow Kingdom – Clare B. Dunkle
  • Fairie-ality – David Ellwand, David Downton, and Eugenie Bird
  • The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer
  • America – E. R. Frank
  • The Seer and the Sword – Victoria Hanley (retro review)
  • Damage – A. M. Jenkins
  • Sloppy Firsts – Megan McCafferty
  • Second Helpings – Megan McCafferty
  • Bloody Jack – L. A. Meyer
  • Sabriel – Garth Nix
  • The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner
  • On Fortune’s Wheel – Cynthia Voigt (retro review)
  • Peeps – Scott Westerfeld
  • The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray – Chris Wooding
  • If You Come Softly – Jacqueline Woodson
  • Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

The 2006 books, for the record (or if you’re too lazy to click on over to the About page):

  • Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  • Fly on the Wall – E. Lockhart
  • Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Terrier – Tamora Pierce
  • Good Girls – Laura Ruby
  • The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner

last updated June 2011

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2008 4:21 pm

    I am so glad that you decided to add Carpe Diem to your top books in 2007. It was on my own top 10. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much while reading in a long time, and I laugh while reading a lot–just ask my husband.

  2. November 18, 2008 1:18 pm

    YAY about My Most Excellent Year. SUCH an awesome book. I can’t get it out of my mind, even now, a month later. Will it stand the test of time? Much remains to be seen…!


  3. Mrs. Andersen permalink
    August 1, 2010 8:26 am

    I also love Elsewhere. I teach it in my YA Lit class; my students adore it!

  4. January 9, 2011 12:28 pm

    I loved Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. Def. one of my top picks for 2010. I’m excited for the third book in the trilogy to come out this year!

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