Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

NPR’s Top 100 Book Lists

When browsing the fantastic blog Always Opinionated Girl, I discovered a fantastic idea she had done — to check off and keep track of how many books you have read from NPR’s Top 100 Books lists. Kate and I had a lot of fun reading through the Teen Books and Kids 9-14 Books lists. How many of these books have you read? Any other book lists you enjoy?

Young Adult NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books List

Gwen: 42/100 books read!

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 

2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry

12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams

13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman (first book only)

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

17. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth (first book only)

20. Paper Towns, by John Green

21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare

22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer (first book only)

28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld

29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare

30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan

35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

36. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones  (and the rest of the series!)

37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead

40. Abhorsen Trilogy Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix

41. Dune, by Frank Herbert

42. Discworld Tiffany Aching (series), by Terry Pratchett

43. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper (first book only)

45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore

46. Forever…, by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin

48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini

49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot

50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver (first book only)

53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Becca Fitzpatrick

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson

56. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray (first book only)

58. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle

64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud

66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead

67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate

68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner (first book only)

75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins

78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie (first book only)

79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter

80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale (and the rest of the series!)

81. Daughter of the Lioness Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce

84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede (first book only)

85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce (first two books only)

87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison (first two books only)

92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones

95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace (first book only)

Kate: 6/100 books read!

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins

3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry

12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams

13. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

14. Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

17. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

18. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

19. Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth

20. Paper Towns, by John Green

21. The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare

22. An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

24. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

26. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer

28. Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld

29. The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare

30. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan

35. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

36. Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

37. Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

38. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

39. Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead

40. Abhorsen Trilogy Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix

41. Dune, by Frank Herbert

42. Discworld Tiffany Aching (series), by Terry Pratchett

43. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper

45. Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore

46. Forever…, by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin

48. Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini

49. The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot

50. The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

52. Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver

53. Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins

54. Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Stephanie Perkins

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson

56. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray (first book only)

58. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

63. A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle

64. The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud

66. Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead

67. Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate

68. House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner

75. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley

77. Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins

78. Matched (series), by Allie Condie

79. Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter

80. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

81. Daughter of the Lioness Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

83. The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce (first book only)

84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. Wrede

85. Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce (abandoned the first)

87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor

88. Feed, by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison

92. Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones

95. The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

96. Gone (series), by Michael Grant

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater

98. The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace

Middle Grade: NPR’s 100 Must-Read For Kids 9-14

Gwen: 53/100 books read!

1. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

2. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken

3. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

4. The Chronicles of Prydain series, by Lloyd Alexander

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

6. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda series, by Tom Angleberger

7. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

8. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater

9. Poppy, by Avi

10. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

11. Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

12. Oz series, by Frank Baum

13. The House With a Clock in its Walls, by John Bellairs

14. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

15. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume

16. Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink

17. The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

18. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

19. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

20. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

21. Ramona series, by Beverly Cleary (not all the books)

22. The Dark is Rising series, by Susan Cooper (first book only)

23. Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

24. The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis

25. Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman

26. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

27. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

28. Danny the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl

29. Matilda, by Roald Dahl

30. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

31. Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

32. The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau

33. Half Magic, by Edward Eager

34. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards

35. The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright

36. The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich

37. The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes

38. House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

39. Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

40. The Lincolns, by Candice Fleming

41. The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

42. Eleanor Roosevelt, by Russell Freedman

43. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

44. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean CraigheadGeorge

45. My Side of the Mountain, by Jean CraigheadGeorge

46. Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry

47. Bunnicula, by James Howe

48. Redwall series, by Brian Jacques

49. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

50. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney

51. The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

52. A Wrinkle in Time series, by Madeleine L’Engle (first book only)

53. Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai

54. The Earthsea Cycle series, by Ursula K. Le Guin

55. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

56. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

57. The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis

58. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

59. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

60. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

61. Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

62. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne

63. Anne of Green Gables series, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

64. The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

65. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

66. Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

67. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

68. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

69. Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

70. A Long Way From Chicago series, by Richard Peck

71. The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pène du Bois

72. The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett (first book only)

73. His Dark Materials series, by Phillip Pullman (first book only)

74. Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

75. Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan

76. Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling

77. Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan

78. Holes, by Louis Sachar

79. Okay For Now, by Gary Schmidt

80. The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

81. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

82. Bomb, by Steven Sheinkin

83. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

84. The Bone Series, by Jeff Smith

85. A Series of Unfortunate Events books, by Lemony Snicket (not all the books)

86. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

87. Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

88. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

89. The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

90. The Arrival, by Shaun Tan

91. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, by Maria Tatar

92. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

93. All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor

94. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

95. Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

96. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

97. The Sword in the Stone, by Terence Hanbury White

98. Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

99. One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

100. American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang

Kate: 34/100 books read!

1. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

2. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken

3. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

4. The Chronicles of Prydain series, by Lloyd Alexander

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

6. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda series, by Tom Angleberger (first two books only)

7. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

8. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater

9. Poppy, by Avi

10. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

11. Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

12. Oz series, by Frank Baum

13. The House With a Clock in its Walls, by John Bellairs

14. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

15. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume

16. Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink

17. The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

18. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

19. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

20. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros

21. Ramona series, by Beverly Cleary (not all the books)

22. The Dark is Rising series, by Susan Cooper

23. Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

24. The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis

25. Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman

26. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

27. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

28. Danny the Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl

29. Matilda, by Roald Dahl

30. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

31. Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

32. The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau

33. Half Magic, by Edward Eager

34. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards

35. The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright

36. The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich

37. The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes

38. House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

39. Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

40. The Lincolns, by Candice Fleming

41. The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

42. Eleanor Roosevelt, by Russell Freedman

43. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

44. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

45. My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

46. Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry

47. Bunnicula, by James Howe

48. Redwall series, by Brian Jacques

49. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

50. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney

51. The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

52. A Wrinkle in Time series, by Madeleine L’Engle (first book)

53. Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai

54. The Earthsea Cycle series, by Ursula K. Le Guin

55. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

56. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

57. The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis

58. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

59. Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

60. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

61. Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

62. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne

63. Anne of Green Gables series, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

64. The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

65. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien

66. Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

67. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (abandoned)

68. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

69. Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

70. A Long Way From Chicago series, by Richard Peck

71. The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pène du Bois

72. The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett

73. His Dark Materials series, by Phillip Pullman

74. Where The Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

75. Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, by Rick Riordan

76. Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling

77. Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan

78. Holes, by Louis Sachar

79. Okay For Now, by Gary Schmidt

80. The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

81. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

82. Bomb, by Steven Sheinkin (abandoned)

83. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

84. The Bone Series, by Jeff Smith

85. A Series of Unfortunate Events books, by Lemony Snicket (not all the books)

86. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

87. Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

88. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

89. The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

90. The Arrival, by Shaun Tan

91. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, by Maria Tatar

92. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor

93. All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor

94. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

95. Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

96. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

97. The Sword in the Stone, by Terence Hanbury White

98. Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (not the whole series)

99. One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

100. American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang

2 comments on “NPR’s Top 100 Book Lists

  1. alwaysopinionatedgirl
    August 27, 2014

    Ooo, you’re doing better than me! I will have to work tirelessly for catch you up. X

    • gwenkate
      August 27, 2014

      Ha-ha! Which reminds me… I just read Paper Towns! 40/100! ;-)

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