- The Outsiders- S. E. Hinton
- Catcher in the Rye- J. D. Salinger
- Go Ask Alice- Anonymous
- Forever- Judy Blume
- The Chocolate War- Robert Cormier
- The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
- To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
- The Giver- Lois Lowry
- Lord of the Flies- William Golding
- Weetzie Bat- Francesca Lia Block
- A Wrinkle in Time- Madelein L’Engle
- Hatchet Gary- Paulsen
- The Chosen- Chaim Potok
- The Color Purple- Alice Walker
- A Separate Peace- John Knowles
- Seventeeth Summer- Maureen Daly
- Maus- Art Spiegelman
- The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Pigman- Paul Zindel
*I used to use a website called Lists of Bests to track my lists but it no longer exists. This is one of the lists that I was unable to find a source for, even though there are a lot of really close lists.
The Breakdown (Numerically)
Books I Read for a Class: 7
Books I’ve Reread: 7 (Not the same books, necessarily.)
Books I Didn’t Finish: 1
Part of the reason that I started working on this list was because there were a lot of books that I LOVE on it. Weetzie Bat, Go Ask Alice, The Chosen, A Separate Peace, The Giver, and To Kill a Mockingbird are all books that I have absolutely adored. Weetzie Bat and The Giver are two of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read them both a number of times.
I Didn’t Care For
Look, you guys, I never finished The Hobbit. I seriously tried. I tried reading it three times and I tried listening to it once and I seriously just don’t care enough to invest the time in it. I wish that I had caught it when I was younger because I might have been able to stick it out. I HATE Cather in the Rye. I know everyone is in love with it and all of that but it’s not my cup of tea. I wanted to smack Holden the whole time that I was reading. Finally, I didn’t really care for Forever or Lord of the Flies. I’m glad that I read them but I wouldn’t bother again.
Best Reading Experience
I had wonderful reading experiences that I will never forget with two of these books. I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings while I was on the plane to Las Vegas. I have very vivid memories of reading it while we took off and how it helped to keep me from freaking out on the long flight. On the way home I had wine for that. I read Seventeenth Summer before we figured out what was wrong with the air conditioning at my house. I read most of it on a blanket underneath my trees in the ridiculous Michigan heat. The weather was perfect for the book and it was one of the happiest weeks of my life.
This was actually a kind of disappointing list for me. I liked a lot of the books but I expected more from the rest of the books. On the other hand, I think that it is actually a great list for teens. It has a ton of variety on it and I’m sure that there is something for everyone.