20 June 2009

Young Adult Challenge: Wrap Up

I have officially finished J. Kaye's 2009 YA Challenge. To learn more about the challenge, visit J. Kaye's YA sign-up post. To see what everyone else in the challenge has read, visit J. Kaye's YA review page.

The challenge asked us to read twelve young adult books. I think I met this goal a while back, but I'm declaring myself finished as of yesterday. I read lots of YA so there will be plenty more reviews to come.

Here are the YA books that I specifically designated as part of the YA Challenge. Click on the link to read my review. My rating is in parentheses.

Completed Young Adult Challenge List

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (C+)
The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer (B+)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (A+)
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (A)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (A)
Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by M. K. Scott (B+)
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (A-)
A Killing Frost by John Marsden (B+)
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (A)
Rumors by Anna Godbersen (A-)
Starfinder by John Marco (B)
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (A)

Judging from my ratings, I picked a good group of books. Wintergirls and Wicked Lovely are my top picks from this list. Swallows and Amazons was one my favorite childhood books, and I wholeheartedly recommend the entire series.

I plan to finish up both the Luxe series and the Tomorrow series (the John Marsden books). And I'm looking forward to reading more of Gary D. Schmidt's books.

All in all a very satisfying challenge. Thank so much to J. Kaye for hosting it.


Julie P. 6/20/09, 10:33 AM  

You have read some wonderful books with this challenge. I find that I'm loving YA and even middle grade reads.

bermudaonion 6/20/09, 10:56 AM  

Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

Louise 6/20/09, 11:01 AM  

Congrats on finishing the challenge. I am going to make a YA post myself today or tomorrow, because I have my own little YA challenge, but first of all I need to get hold of some books, though :-)

serendipity_viv 6/20/09, 11:45 AM  

Congratulations on finishing your challenge. You have some books on your list I still need to read. Hope to get to Wicked Lovely this week.

Kim 6/20/09, 1:39 PM  

Isn't there something so satisfying about finishing a challenge? Yeah for you! One of things I have found amazing as I have been drawn into the world of book blogs is how many adults really truly love YA literature.

By the way, I am off to look on my library site for About Alice--it sounds stunning.


Anonymous,  6/20/09, 4:30 PM  

Congrats on finishing your challenge :-) Wintergirls is on my wishlist, and I can't wait to read it. It's creating quite a stir, which must mean it's a good book ;-)

Shooting Stars Mag 6/20/09, 6:13 PM  

Way to be, I love YA books. Starfinder was way more fun than I initially thought it might be and I loved Wintergirls.

Oh, on another note. I have a YA Book Carnival starting tomorrow if you want to take part, enter contests, or find new blogs. Check it out!


Nise' 6/20/09, 11:54 PM  

Great job. Got a few of those on my TBR stack!

Heidenkind 6/21/09, 4:18 PM  

Congratulations on finishing the challenge! :)

SmilingSally 6/21/09, 6:06 PM  

Congratulations of meeting your goal!

Margot 6/21/09, 8:46 PM  

Congratulations on completing your challenge. I've enjoyed reading the reviews on these books and have picked up some new authors to check out. Cornelia Funke is one I got for my granddaughter. I also have the Luxe series on my list. Thanks.

Melody 6/21/09, 9:26 PM  

Congrats on completing the challenge, Beth!

I still have a few books to be read before completing this, and I've a fun time doing so! :)

The Reading Momster 6/22/09, 7:16 AM  

God! :'(
I am no where near completing this one! :) :)


Louise 6/22/09, 1:00 PM  

I never got around to make my YA post, but hopefully will have the time to do it this week. I have bookmarked your post, because it is great for reference! Some of the books are unavailable in Europe, and will come out first in hard cover and THEN in paperback and that can take forever.....but am not giving up ;-)

Anonymous,  6/22/09, 4:36 PM  

Congrats! That's very awesome :) I'm working my way through this challenge right now, too, and can't wait to read Wintergirls! I won it from Lenore a few months ago and have been dying to start it since... I really need to do that :( So many books -- never enough time!

Jess 6/23/09, 2:13 PM  

I enjoyed Wicked Lovely as well, but loved the second book Ink Exchange even more -- have you read it?

Anonymous,  6/25/09, 3:18 PM  

Way to go! This is one challenge out of the way. How many more left? :)

3m.michelle 6/29/09, 12:22 AM  

Congrats on finishing the challenge!

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