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:
- The Harry Potter Series
- The Hunger Games Series
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Fault in Our Stars
- The Hobbit
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Lord of the Rings
- Fahrenheit 451
- Looking for Alaska
- 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.