Okay, this one didn’t come out of my Digg feed, it came out of my pages feed on Facebook, but that doesn’t actually matter. So Mashable made a list (sooner or later you’ll get tired of my lists, but I love them so much) of 11 Young Adult Books Sure to Make You Cry. I’ve read five and own two (one of which is on my TBR soon shelf). I’ll be back on Friday to give you my own list (that doesn’t include any of the ones you see on Mashable’s).
BusinessInsider came up with a list of Most Famous Books Set in Every State. I heard about this one on my Sunday listen of the Book Riot Podcast (if you don’t listen, you should. It’s awesome). Rebecca and Jeff talked about a number of problems with this list, and you can listen to them to find out what they had to say, but I’m going to add one more. Where the eff is TFIOS? As a native Hoosier (ugh, it loathes me to say that, having graduated from Purdue), and someone who reads a fair amount of young adult literature, if one is going to say that Twilight is the most famous book set in Washington, then one could also say TFIOS is the most famous book set in Indiana. (I realize that my logic is faulty. I’m clearly promoting my biases here, and am unapologetic about it in this particular instance.) But I mean, if 80 year old people in nursing homes are reading it, and it was a best seller before it was even released…
When I was looking for that map, as the show notes from the podcast weren’t up when I started writing this post, I also found The United States of YA by Epic Reads. As a reader of YA, I liked this list significantly better, and it appears that the creators aren’t trying to do a “best of,” soliciting titles from the forums. That’s cool with me. I’ve read 17, and now I’m curious to read more. The one picked for New Mexico isn’t the one I would have chosen, though. I would have picked some Francisco X. Stork. Probably Last Summer of the Death Warriors. But that has more to do with specific setting and proximity to where I live.
And now I may have to create my own map. Because I need more projects.
It wouldn’t be an iDigg post if there wasn’t something from Flavorwire. So this week’s Flavorwire list is a list of books about soccer. As someone who recommends books to adolescents, it’s nice to have this list in my back pocket.
Reality Boy by A. S. King comes out on Tuesday, and I’m anxiously awaiting it. While I’m waiting, I have reviews from Sarah Anderson at YA Love and Jennifer Hubert at Reading Rants to tide me over. Go check them out.
Oh, and did I mention, in all my talk of lists, that the National Book Award Shortlist has been released? The only book on the young people list that I’ve heard of is Boxers & Saints. I’ll definitely be checking the rest of those out, though.
Happy reading this week, bibliophiles, and don’t forget to be awesome.