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Goodreads – How Many Top 100 YA Books Have I Read? Part #1

Ever since Beth @OffTheShelf introduced me to the wider world of YA fiction four years ago, I have fallen down the YA rabbit hole. Just take a look my shelves (physical and Goodreads) to see how much YA I now read, and it has got to the stage where nothing seems that new or spectacular to me anymore. I still love reading them but I find that once you’ve read up to 100 YA books, you’ve read them all.

And that got me thinking.

Out of all the big YA books, how many have I actually read?

After a quick Google search, I found this list chronicling the Top 100 YA books on Goodreads and I endeavour to discover which books I have and haven’t read, and if not, would I be interested in reading them?

As there are 100 books, I’m going to do this across ten posts, looking at ten books at a time. Let’s just make it simple!

So, let’s jump right in and get started!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Average Rating – 4.33 stars
Number of Ratings – > 5.4 million

Read Yes or No – No

Thoughts – Even when it was huge and the whole world talked about it, I was never interested. It simply wasn’t the kind of dystopia that appealed to me for some reason.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Average Rating – 4.46 stars
Number of Ratings– >5.5 million

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – There’s nothing about this series I can say that I haven’t said before.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Average Rating – 4.24 stars
Number of Ratings – >2.8 million

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – I remember reading this in a few hours, sat in the Novel Café in Lancaster before I went to a school placement. I liked it, and it moved me, but I wasn’t big into the hype like everyone else was.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Average Rating – 4.22 stars
Number of Ratings – >2.4 million

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – This was my preferred dystopian read over The Hunger Games. I really liked the ideas of different factions and the messages it portrayed about everyone actually being divergent instead of being neatly packaged into one box for the rest of their lives. Also, unpopular opinion alert, I don’t mind Allegiant and the ending. It has been a while since I read it, but I was never super annoyed and angry about it like a lot of people were.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Average Rating – 4.12 stars
Number of Ratings – >1.4 million

Read Yes or No – No

Thoughts – I had not even heard of this book until I discovered Booktube and everyone kept talking about it. I think it is more popular in the US than the UK though, and for that reason it was and still isn’t on my radar. I could be interested in reading it but it would stay on the TBR for so long, I’d forget about it, which isn’t great.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Average Rating – 4.11 stars
Number of Ratings – >1.3 million

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – The Mortal Instruments, Divergent and another big series that will undoubtedly appear on this list later on plunged me deep into the YA world. I read all of them in very quick succession as I came across the books not long before the release of City of Heavenly Fire and to say I was hooked is an understatement. It’s a miracle I could even concentrate on finals when all I wanted to do was read anything Shadowhunters.

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Average Rating – 4.24 stars
Number of Ratings – >1.6 million

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – I say yes to just the first book. Although I liked it and thought it fun, I never carried on with the rest of the series as there were so many others out there I wanted to prioritise. I do now have an interest in knowing a bit more about different mythologies so I might think about re-reading this and discovering the rest of the series, plus Rick Riordan’s other books.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Average Rating – 4.21 stars
Number of Ratings – < 1.1 million

Read Yes or No – No

Thoughts – I only heard about this book when the film came out and although I could have related to it, I didn’t go and seek it out. Knee deep in fantasy, sci-fi and dystopia, it didn’t appeal to me at the time and whilst it does appeal to me now, I feel as if I’ve missed the stage where it would mean something to me. I’d rather leave the book in the bookstore for the right person to discover it.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Average Rating – 4.07 stars
Number of Ratings – 934,000

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – It was the only other JG book besides Fault in Our Stars that I liked and which appealed to me. Similarly to TFIOS, I liked it enough at the time but now I look back on it, the characters were pretentious and a little unbearable. I’m glad I read it though so I could discover why John Green was so popular.

19063 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Average Rating – 4.36 stars
Number of Ratings – >1.47 million

Read Yes or No – Yes

Thoughts – I read this not long before the film came out and I really liked it. At the time, it was also refreshing to read a WWII story that was set in Germany rather than England, as I’d done a lot of reading and studying about the British Home Front for my final year History module. I haven’t read it since but its story and power will always stay with me.

And that’s it for this first instalment.

Number of books read in this selection – 7 out of 10.
Running total – 7 out of 100

That’s not bad at all really. I do have a feeling my read number might be high for the first few posts as the more well-known books are featured but we’ll just have to see.

Also, apart from Harry Potter which I read as an 8/9 year old, all of these were books I read on discovering YA so they really were instrumental in moulding my YA reading tastes and helping me to realise what I liked and didn’t like.

If you are a reader of YA books, how many books out of this selection have you read?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!

13 thoughts on “Goodreads – How Many Top 100 YA Books Have I Read? Part #1”

  1. This is not bad at all! I’ve only read 6 but they are on my TBR so I’m not completely off the popular Ya radar hahaha

    And really, how many of these so called Top 100 books are actually great? I have some reservations… But I’ll explore that list for sure!

    Great post, Emma 🙂


    1. Thank you. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there with that question. I reckon they’ve made the list by looking at the most popular YA books, and not those that are specifically ‘great.’ Although saying that, PJ and The Lightening Thief and HP and the Philosopher’s Stone are technically Middle Grade books so I am questioning the reasoning behind some of the other books on this list.

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    1. Thank you. I think it is interesting to see how many of the popular books we have all read, especially as there are so many divided opinions on some of the books.

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    1. Like I said, I have a feeling I won’t do as well the further down the list I get. There are some big YA series and books that passed me by and don’t appeal to me. Maybe the books you’ve read will come up in a future post!


    1. I suppose it did put some of the most popular and hyped books first. I’m intrigued to see what my score will be for the rest of the list.


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