- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- Holes by Louis Sachar
I found the list intriguing. I have a feeling some of the titles ended up on the list simply because they're new and popular (and fresh in the readers' minds). However, the inclusion of some older titles (such as The Outsiders and Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl at #19) shows that teens are still reading and enjoying some of the older "classic" books. Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Hobbit also made the list.
I don't really understand #1 (I didn't enjoy the last Harry Potter book; the first three titles in the series are the best, in my opinion). I think I understand #2; it's probably partially a backlash against Breaking Dawn, which a lot of people hated... but I'm not sure why Eclipse would have beaten out Twilight as a favourite. I can't speak for #5, as I haven't read either of those books yet... but it's interesting that the second book was picked over the first. Was Catching Fire really better than The Hunger Games? Or was it just fresher in the reader's mind?
I can't really remember what I was reading when I was a teen. I don't think I read that much. I've always enjoyed reading, but when I had to read so many god-awful, boring books for school, I tended not to want to pick up any other books. (During my first year of university, I kind of went on a reading blitz. I read a ton of stuff... mostly classics, if I remember correctly. I was kind of like a dehydrated man in the desert who'd finally found a water source!) So while I couldn't really tell you what my list of top books would be if I'd actually made it as a teen, I could probably make a pretty good list today of books that I wish I could have read back then:
- Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Trader by Charles de Lint
- Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
Oh, and there are so many more...
What would be your top 10 books to recommend to teens?