Top Ten Picks: Favorite Young Adult Novels

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Top Ten Picks is a meme here in Random Ramblings where I would be posting just about that -- my top 10 picks! Every week, there will be a different and specific topic given. I will then choose 10 of my picks from that given category, create the list, and post them up here!
For this week, I will be doing something I've never done before; a video blog! Hopefully it turned out alright.

If you'd like to skip watching me talk about each book in detail, you can fast forward it to 8:03 where I just show them all real quick again.

My reviews for some of the novels included:
1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
4. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

And if you really don't want to watch me ramble, here's a list of the books in no particular order:

1. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
2. The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
6. The Lightning Thief [Percy Jackson series] by Rick Riordan
7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L' Engle
9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Again, if you would like to join in, all you have to do is:
1. Do a post, listing all your answers. Like I already mentioned, you do not have to include pictures, descriptions, or explanations, but if you would like to do so, feel free! And if you would like to do your own video blog, that'd be awesome ;) And series can be considered as one book.
2. Please sign the Mr. Linky box below with the specific URL of your post.

Can't wait to hear what you all have to say! :)


  1. I like vlogs! It helps you know the person better.

    I want to read The Lightning Thief. I love Greek Mythology! I have a copy somewhere... my mom lost it though!

  2. That was a fantastic video blog! Even though you mentioned it was your first one you seemed so comfortable I would have thought you'd done them before. You did a great job of covering all the picks and explaining briefly why you liked each one. If they're personal recommendations of yours it's safe to assume they're good reads :) Keep up the awesome job, looking forward to more!

  3. Awesome! I was just about to do a post with my top ten favorite books, so I might as well join in on this!
    And I agree with Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Thirteen Reasons Why. The Book Thief sounds great!

  4. +JMJ+

    You raise the bar every week, don't you, Jillian? ;-)

    I really enjoyed your vlog! (Now I wish I could make my own.)

    Funnily enough, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was a similar "first" book for me. It was the first book I read after coming home to the Philippines from New Zealand. =)

    PS--I wouldn't say that The Diary of a Young Girl counts as a Young Adult novel, but it's cool that it's on your list.

  5. I always have a hard time picking my favorites.

    I enjoyed reading your list. Some of my wish list items are on there.

  6. I'm definitely going to do this one. I just don't know how I'm going to pick a top ten!

  7. I loved your V-log! I haven't read some of the books in your list, so I'm going to have to look in to that! :)

  8. @Marie: I love watching other people's vlogs. Just felt like I'm too much of an awkward person to do it! Haha. If you ever do read The Lightning Thief, I'd love to hear what you think of it :)

    @Tim: Thank you so much. You already know how much of an awkward person I am when I talk in front of people, sooo if you say I looked comfortable enough, I'll just trust you! You inspire me to be better at everything I do.

    @Anne: I loved your list, and I have to say, I also love your blog name! Harry, Percy, and I -- so clever! :D

    @E: Haha thank you! Glad you liked it! Hope I wasn't awkward or anything =p
    Now I am curious, E, where are you originally from? I'd love to know if you don't mind sharing.
    And I guess The Diary of a Young Girl isn't exactly a "novel," you're right. But I looked it up and it does belong in the YA non-fiction section.
    P.S. - Can not wait for your meme! I really love the idea.

    @Medeia: I do too, and having this meme constantly challenges me! And thank you, glad you enjoyed it. :) If you ever do the list, I'd love to read it.

    @Becky: Yay, looking forward to your list again, Becky!

    @Kelly: Thank you so much! I recommend all of them! :)
    PS - Please do put your other Top Ten Picks posts on the Mr.Linky on each of the topics. I'd love to have all of your lists visible for everyone to see and check out! Thanks so much :) Following you now too!

  9. +JMJ+

    I'm from the Philippines, too! =) I just got my uni degree from New Zealand. I guess I should have mentioned that very important fact? LOL!

    And I can't wait for my meme, either!!! Do you think it would be bad manners for me to e-mail the designer and ask how it's coming along?

  10. Ooops, totally forgot to logoff your username while writing the comment. Accidentally hit enter without looking. LOL. My bad.

  11. Sorry for the confusion, everyone. Meet one of my best friends, Kayla Mikaela -- the one that borrowed my laptop for the time being, and decided to leave a comment on this post while using it. Of course, since I was still logged on to Blogger, the comment automatically said it came from 'Jillian.' This of course is coming off as if I wrote the comment to myself. Anyway, our apologies :/

    @E: I don't think it's bad manners at all, if you ask nicely. Although you can always start the meme without the 'official' badge :)

    @Kayla: I still love you but next time, use your own laptop, woman lol

  12. OK, this took me forever this week because I am swamped with testing and paperwork for school, but it is finally done. I realized looking at YA lists that I really need to get more current. It was hard to think of things I had read that weren't 25-30 years old!

  13. +JMJ+

    Okay, Jillian, I have my own vlog up . . . but it's nowhere near as good as yours!

    You might want to watch it with your eyes closed. Seriously.

  14. @Heather: Gonna go check yours out now! Thank you participating this week :)

    @E: I'm watching as I type this. The first part where your brother dropped the card was so funny. :D

  15. +JMJ+

    Heather, I have a lot of old books in my list, too--though for me, "old" refers not just to the years the books were published, but to the points in my life when I discovered them. My Top Ten can actually divided neatly in half: five books I read as a real young adult and five books I read as an older adult. It was hard to narrow the first group down to five, but also hard to find as many as five good ones for the second group!

    And your list reminded me of some "old" favourites I didn't think of in time for own list.

  16. Your vlog was great. Good job! Thanks for hosting this. Can't wait to see the next topic.

  17. @Kim, Too: Thank you so much! :) I really love doing this meme every week and reading everyone else's. I have yet to decide on next week's topic.. Hmm...

  18. You should do a bookshelf tour!

  19. WooHoo-- Izzy posted-- Wonder if DeLynnne will-- I like seeing their picks.

  20. Woohoo-- DeLynne did one too! We love YA books at Mrs. BG!

  21. I'm too shy to vlog, but I think it's a cool option and I enjoy watching others' vlogs. :) Thanks for setting up this whole "top ten" deal!