Do we really need another list of top YA books?

imagesIn a word, YES. At any rate, I always do.

A character on a show I just watched referred to quiz fans and list makers as “compulsive neurotics”. I’ll accept that, if it means I don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying trivia websites, like Sporcle, and book lists.

I suspect list-readers enjoy the frisson of pleasure when we learn that a favorite book, or a guilty secret, is known and loved by others. We also must like how lists help us decide. When I go to a bookstore to browse, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Adult or YA, sci-fi or fantasy, classic or newly published — or that reliable default setting, the cookbook section. Then I end up spending more money than I had planned, and come home with a menacing stack of books.

A list, on the other hand, eases the anxiety of over-choice. Right now I’m using the Newbery Award list to guide my reading choices for the summer — if it isn’t on the list (winner or honoree), I can’t read it. Yet.

KidLit, the List comes to us courtesy of Steve K Smy at his Imagineer-ing blog. He asks his readers to send recommendations of favorite books for readers up to age 16. A crowd-sourced reading list! Yay! And, unlike GoodReads, it’s a small crowd (for now), there are no forums or discussion groups to join, and no rankings. Just a list. So simple.

If you have a favorite you’d like to see on the list, let Steve know. The recommendation form is simple to complete, so you have no excuse not to participate.

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.
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3 Responses to Do we really need another list of top YA books?

  1. Steve says:

    Thanks for the mention Lizzie! And how well I can relate to what you’ve said 😀 I still have too many books I bought that were not planned 😉


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