It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:
Top Ten Books in X Genre
So this post started a long and winding conversation with Loren and I about genres and the subcategories within YA. I won’t bore you with the details, but let me just say trying to come up with parameters about what makes a book fit in x category is both a science and an art.
I decided to go off the beaten path and do a subgenre that I absolutely love. I’ve lovingly called it ‘tough issues’. This is basically anything that is going to make you cry: death, mental illness, abuse, etc. I know so many people are turned off by books like this, but I am drawn to them. The more emotion and tears the better.
Loren decided to go with Supernatural (probably because she is joining the fandom and binge watching Supernatural over spring break!)
Top Ten ‘Tough Issues’ YA Books
Almost • Speak
Both books about rape, but different enough from one another to be on the list together.
The Fault in Our Stars • My Sister’s Keeper
These will induce tears, but because of things beyond cancer.
If I Stay • The Lovely Bones • Before I Fall
These books are both told from the perspective of someone dead. All three are exquisitely written and passionate about life.
Hold Still • Thirteen Reasons Why
Suicide told from the perspective of those left behind
Hopeless • Perks of Being a Wallflower
These two books are vastly different, but both speak to the lasting effects of abuse.
This book is about mental illness in the form of anorexia. While there are SO many MI books I recommend, this book is one that always comes to mind first. It was devastating and inspiring.
Top Ten Supernatural YA Books
I love the Supernatural and everything that goes with it. I love the things that go bump in the night and to be quite honest, I often dream of the Supernatural. It is my favorite genre to escape into and often my go-to genre when I don’t know what to read next. I sometimes think that my life is displayed in these books…but of course, we all know that isn’t possible.
Passion • City of Glass • Spirit Bound • Burned
These four all fit together because it deals with finding yourself and finding who you belong to.
Masquerade • Eclipse
Both of these books touch the love triangle in different ways. Whether they are destined to be together or have loved in a different life, both stories push the boundaries of what love it.
Shiver • Linger
First and Second in a trilogy, both books are about finding love and belonging to a world you feel left out of.
Frankenstein • The Short Life of Bree Turner
These two books are about new life and creation and finding the balance between right and wrong.
So, that’s it. What popular authors have you managed not to read yet?