Friday, November 22, 2019

Someone Else's Top 30 List

Hello! I've been off-blog for too long, and am going to attempt to get back into posting here semi regularly.

All the end-of-year and end-of-decade posts floating around right now are certainly inspiring. I enjoyed several of the "best of" posts on Paste, and wanted to respond to their YA picks. Maybe later I'll put together my own list, but since I'm just easing back into this, I'll take the easy route first.

Their list, which was put together by agent, author, and twitter guy Eric Smith "and Paste staff," whatever that means, is as follows:

  1. Code Name Verity
  2. Shipbreaker
  3. The Hate U Give
  4. Pointe
  5. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  6. Diviners
  7. Seraphina
  8. More Happy than Not
  9. The Sky is Everywhere
  10. Shadowshaper
  11. All American Boys
  12. An Ember in the Ashes
  13. The Rest of Us Just Live Here
  14. To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  15. Last Seen Leaving
  16. This is Where It Ends
  17. Dread Nation
  18. Six of Crows
  19. Want
  20. Love, Hate, and Other Filters
  21. Legend
  22. Scorpio Races
  23. Salt to the Sea
  24. The Walls Around Us
  25. The Serpent King
  26. The Poet X
  27. Timekeeper
  28. Everything, Everything
  29. Starfish
  30. Hot Dog Girl
Green = I've read it
Lavender = I really want to read it. I mean, I would be happy to read any of them, since they did end up on this list, but I SPECIFICALLY want to read those books.

So I've read 21/30, which seems like a decent amount. I think about six would be on my own personal "best of" list, but I'm not going to tell you which ones, so you'll have to come back when I write my own list. There are also two or three that did NOT do it for me at all, but to each their own, right?

I've only read five of their "best fantasy of the 2010s" list, and I noticed that four of the fantasy winners are also on this list, which is--interesting? I mean, if it's the best, it's the best, but given that you're choosing a total of 60 books from thousands and thousands, it seems like they could highlight different titles. 

And this is off topic, but their list of the best memes of the decade is pretty dang fun. Now I know the origin of all the authors on Twitter sharing pictures of their cats and calling them "my large adult son." 


  1. I’ve read 9 of them, and I have Scorpio Races sitting on my shelf. I think More Happy Than Not, Salt to the Sea, and The Serpent King would make my “best of” list.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I saw this list. I have read 13, which is pretty good, considering I only really read contemporaries and I tend to less hyped books. I have Pointe slated to be read with another ballet book in the near future, and All American Boys has been on my radar for quite a while, since I really enjoy both authors so much. I have to be in the mood for something that heavy though. And, welcome back, my friend!

  3. Wow, you read a lot of the books on that list! I still need to read Hot Dog Girl, too.


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