Sunday, 7 October 2012

Our Top 20 Books (Feb - Sept 2012)

Our Top 20 books for February to September 2012 were revealed this afternoon amidst a frency of teen bookswappers and bookbattlers at our Ilkley Literature Festival fringe event. In the spirit of Spreading the Book Love (the name of our event) our Top 20 supports the aims of Booktrust's Bookstart20 where we pledged to share 20 books in 2012.

The Top 20
(the list is in a roughishly descending order - but it's not set in stone. Titles that were on both M & Little M's lists have been given priority)

see end of post for covers of Maggot Moon and Code Name Verity

Jointly selected (i.e. appeared in both M & Little M's lists)
1. Wonder - RJ Palacio
2. Slated - Teri Terry
3. Flip - Martyn Bedford

Little M's choices
4. Girl, Missing series - Sophie McKenzie
5. Insignia - SJ Kincaid
6. Maximum Ride series - James Patterson
7. The One Dollar Horse - Lauren St John
8. The Medusa Project series - Sophie McKenzie
9. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (M gives this one a tick too)
10. The Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones - Susie Day
11. Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
12. Laura Marlin series - Lauren St John

M's choices:
13. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
14. Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner
15. The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket - John Boyne
16. After the Snow - SD Crockett
17. The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
18. All Fall Down - Sally Nicholls
19. Obsidian Mirror - Catherine Fisher
20. The Giver - Lois Lowry

The narrow misses:
  • For Little M - Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed
  • For M (because they're excellent but harrowing): The Seeing by Diana Hendry, Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick and Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams.

This is how we chose the books:
  • Little M chose her favourite books she'd read this year and whittled it down to about 12.
  • M chose her favourite books that she'd read for the We Sat Down blog this year.
  • Some of Little M's choices are an entire series - because there's almost nothing better than a series you enjoy.
  • Books had to be read this year but not all of them were published this year - so there are some oldies too.
  • Favourite books definition: books we enjoyed reading.

Cover for Code Name Verity
Cover for Maggot Moon


  1. Hello, I wondered if you'd had chance to read A Sea of Stars yet? Xxx lots of love xxx
    I'm reading Between Shades of Grey at the moment and loving it! Xxx

  2. What a lovely mixture of books. Some of both of your favourites are also favourites of mine as well :)


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