Best YA Books of the Year

Photo credit: Entertainment WeeklyI’m thisclose to finishing the 50-book challenge, but I still have to squeeze in 4 more books by New Years.

My new catch up strategey: Read YA. My friends read tons of YA (it’s an exploding category, and many of those sales are in the over-18 set) and I’m never sorry when I take one of their recommendations. But for some reason, I’ve resisted adding too much of it to my list this year. Somehow it felt like a cheat, like I wouldn’t really be reading 50 books if too many of them were meant for teens.

But some of my all-time favorite books fall into that category (The Harry Potter books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, even To Kill a Mockingbird qualifies).

So, I’m abandoning the idea that they don’t count. The only question now is which books to read. The only book in Entertainment Weekly‘s “final four” (see left) that I haven’t read is The Fault in Our Stars, so maybe I’ll start there. 

After that, I’ll comb through NPR’s list of 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels and Mashable’s list of 11 Best YA Books of 2013.

What’s your favorite YA book?