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Amazon Essential Books for Young Adults + Sweepstakes

Amazon is always adding new features to its site, and today they announced a new YA book list- Essential Books for Young Adults.

According to an article on MarketWatch.com, Amazon is offering “a new feature designed to offer teens and parents a selection of timeless fiction outside the classroom that young adult readers will enjoy.”

It’s high time, I say!! I mean, I definitely loved To Kill a Mockingbird (whoa, I almost put “Mockingjay.” Suzanne Collins has affected my subconscious) in high school,  but, if I could have read The Perks of Being a Wallflower instead, I would have! But, I only could have made that choice before reading To Kill a  Mockingbird. I mean, Boo Radley is a rockstar, and I learned to love Atticus et all!

Amazon is also going to feature a Customer Selected Essentials  for Young Adults list, and they are currently accepting submissions. To submit your book suggestions, click here. By doing so, you will be entered to win the 10 books listed below. Holla!!!

The books already listed on the current Essential Books for Young Adults list are:

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1) by Philip Pullman

Sadly, I need to read a bunch of books on this list- like The Book Thief and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!

Random fact: I took a Native American Lit class in college, and I actually read a different book by Sherman Alexie called Reservation Blues. It is definitely geared toward more mature readers, so I’m excited to see how he writes for a younger audience.


What books do you think should be added to the Customer Essentials list?

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About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://lovelyascharged.com Faith @ lovelyascharged

    We seriously would have loved this for the adolescent lit class I took at my university (actually, now that I think about it, I’d love to forward your blog to my ad.lit teacher so she could possibly direct her students here, since you cover a lot of the fun YA lit!)
    At any rate, I’d totally add Night by Elie Wiesel and Ender’s Game (which you still have to read!)

  • http://twitter.com/thewannabefoodi Alicia

    Love this list! I am going to school to be a Library Media Specialist and many of these titles were necessary for my YA lit class!

  • Celesta Hubner

    ooh, I haven’t read all of these yet either! I borrowed ‘part-time indian’ from the library a little while ago but never got around to read it. Golden compass was an intense series and I think other kids really should enjoy it as well! What fun information, thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa Hayden

    You know I have not read any of those books. And several of them I’ve not even heard of. Now that sounds awful! lol. Thanks for sharing the new list on Amazon with us. :)

  • http://fewmorepages.blogspot.com/ readerk8

    I LOVED The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie! It has become one of my favorites. I’m even planning to re-read this summer, something I only do with books that I loved the most.

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