Summer is a good time to enjoy a few books. The longer days and the slightly more relaxed vibe makes reading one of the go-to activities this time a year. But while some folks thumb through juicy beach reads, a growing number of adults are taking a cue from their younger siblings (or children) and diving into Young Adult books.

The YA category has been exploding for years, with more grown-ups picking up “teen” titles. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Lord of the Rings are just a few that adults tend to devour, and with more and more YA books being published each year, the trend will only continue.

Recently, NPR asked its listeners to share their favorite YA books and a whopping 75,220 people responded, far exceeding their last poll on science fiction books.

So which novels topped the list? Here’s the top 10:

  1. The Harry Potter Series
  2. The Hunger Games Series
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. The Fault in Our Stars
  5. The Hobbit
  6. The Catcher in the Rye
  7. The Lord of the Rings
  8. Fahrenheit 451
  9. Looking for Alaska
  10. The Book Thief

(Check out the entire list on the NPR site)

Unfortunately, some of my favorites like Walter Dean Myers’ Monster and Sharon G. Flake’s The Skin I’m In and Money Hungry, didn’t make the cut. But looking through the list made me remember why I fell in love with reading in the first place: a great story.

 What Young Adult books are you favorite? 

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  • Of the one’s mentioned on the list, my favorites are

    Catcher in the Rye
    Go Ask Alice and
    Forever

    There are many others that I liked that didn’t make the cut. Like Dear Bill, Remember Me? It’s not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories by Norma Fox Mazer

  • Laugh

    I recommend the Gone series by Michael Grant!

  • Leena

    Because it seems so cliche to say, I’m going to leave Harry Potter off my list, but a lot of my other favorites were there. Sarah Dessen books are great beach reads, I read some of them every summer. I also love the Gemma Doyle Rebel Angels series by Libba Bray, I don’t think they are ever going to get this movie made though someone always has the rights to it. I would have loved to see When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune, by Lori Aurelia Williams on the list too though.

  • Anything by Sharon G. Flake, Sharon M. Draper and Dana Davidson… Go Ask Alice was a favorite, Monster was great, too… I also liked the Gossip Girl books.

  • who run the world?…GOD

    1. Of course the Harry Potter series
    2. Lord of the Flies
    3. Homecoming/Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voight
    4. A Time for Dancing by Peter Gilbert
    5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Duman
    6. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho