YALSA’s Best of the Best Reading Challenge: GO!

As you all can tell from our various bios, many of us are working as teen or youth librarians, and the rest of us have been known to pick up a teen book or two.

So, when the call came out for participants in YALSA’s Best of the Best Reading Challenge, I couldn’t resist.  I checked through the titles, made up my own goals of a reading list, and asked if anyone else from the staff would like to join me.  With this type of challenge, it’s always best to have company so that we can cheer each other on (and deploy a necessary guilt trip as needed.)

The challenge, to read at least 25 but as many as you can above that of YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best selection list and award titles, allows all of us to read the Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012 Top Ten and our potential selections include fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.  You have to read the titles within the three month period from April 1st to June 30th, so many of us will be re-reading or re-listening.  We’ve all agreed to read (and re-read as necessary) the GGNFT top ten, as a core group, and then we’ll each branch out.  The other lists include the Alex Award, Margaret A. Edwards Award, William C. Morris Award, Nonfiction Award, Odyssey Award, and Michael L. Printz Award, as well as the Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks.

The Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens of 2012 are:

Our NFNT participants include:

Robin

Tracking her reading: here at the NFNT site.
Starting with: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  (Best Fiction) (re-read), Zahra’s Paradise by Amir (re-read) (Great Graphic Novels)
P. S. For any audiobook fans out there, I cannot recommend the audiobook of The Scorpio Races highly enough!  SO GOOD.  Also, The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.  You will be creeped out for AGES by that reading (in the best way.) I will probably re-listen to that just to relive the excellence of both the story and the reading.

 

Abby

Tracking her reading: at Goodreads
Starting with: Daybreak by Brian Ralph (Great Graphic Novels)

 

 

 

Sarah

Tracking her reading: at Goodreads
Starting with: Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (Great Graphic Novels)

 

 

 

Emma

Tracking her reading:
Starting with: Pavement Chalk Artist by Juilan Beever (Quick Picks)

 

 

 

Snow

Tracking her reading: at Goodreads
Starting with: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Printz Award)