I love the YALSA Best Books lists. Yes, I am a huge fan of the drama and tension of the Youth Media Awards, but I also love that YALSA gives so many books attention through their best book lists.
The list of Amazing Audiobooks gives Neil Gaiman well-deserved attention for his reading of The Graveyard Book.
Fabulous Films has a great collection focused on the theme of "Coming of Age Around the World." Love that Bend It Like Beckham is there, plus Persepolis. But really adored seeing Whale Rider. Looove it!
Great Graphic Novels makes me wish that I had more opportunity to read graphic novels. Though I am surprised to not see Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci on the list!
I am very happy to see The Hunger Games, Waiting for Normal, and Skim on the top-ten list. Though I see others that I have to add to my reading pile! Has anyone read Baby by Monninger or Mexican WhiteBoy by de la Pena?
The remainder of the Best Books list has some of my favorites of the year.
The Savage by David Almond
Debby Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (which I wanted to be a Printz honor at the least!)
Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
Paper Towns by John Green (I consider this his best book yet)
Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (oh, the darkness of this one. Brutal really but amazing too.)
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
And too many more to list! It’s a doozy of a list!