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:
- Code Name Verity
- The Hate U Give
- Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
- More Happy than Not
- The Sky is Everywhere
- All American Boys
- An Ember in the Ashes
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here
- To All the Boys I've Loved Before
- Last Seen Leaving
- This is Where It Ends
- Dread Nation
- Six of Crows
- Love, Hate, and Other Filters
- Scorpio Races
- Salt to the Sea
- The Walls Around Us
- The Serpent King
- The Poet X
- Everything, Everything
- 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."