Saturday, August 25, 2012

100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

Soo...I don't really go around calling myself a feminist because until right now, I have never thought to ask myself if I am one or not. But if I had to choose, I guess I would say that I am a feminist--just not a hardcore one? I'm always irritated when I read books where the heroine always relies on her love interest to save her and stuff, but I don't go out of my way in real life to point out the injustice against women unless it's totally uncalled for and there's no way you can just ignore it.

And I'm taking a Woman's Gender Study class called Gendered Lives this semester, so I'm interested in what I'll learn and do in that class. I've only had the class once, so I'm not totally sure how much I'm going to like it, but I can already tell that the class is going to be debating on lots of topics and questioning many common every day aspects that we take for granted, which is sure to be interesting to participate in.

Yeah...I'm just gonna leave it at that. This was not what I wanted to post about, lol. bitchmedia had written a list of YA books for feminist readers, and I thought it was cool that I had really enjoyed all of the books that I had read on the list.

The * means that I read it. The ~ means that I own but have yet to read.

100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

1. Estrella's QuinceaƱera by Malin Alegria
2. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
3. Choir Boy by Charlie Anders
4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson *
6. Alt Ed by Catherine Atkins
7. The Rhyming Season by Edward Averett
8. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
9. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
10. Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
11. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
12. Forever by Judy Blume
13. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray *
14. Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers
15. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot *
16. Graceling by Kristin Cashore *
17. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelluci and Jim Rugg *
18. This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers
19. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. Magic Knight Rayearth by CLAMP
22. Celine by Brock Cole
23. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins *
24. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech *
25. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
26. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
27. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
28. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
29. For the Win by Cory Doctorow *
30. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
31. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
32. El Lector by William Durbin
33. The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
34. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
35. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
36. Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
37. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
38. The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden
39. Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie
40. Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
41. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
42. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones ~
43. It’s Not What You Expect by Norma Klein
44. Uncommon Faith by Trudy Krisher
45. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart *
46. Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
47. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson *
48. Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
49. White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages
50. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle *
51. Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
52. Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin *
53. Ella Echanted by Gail Carson Levine *
54. Gravity by Leanne Lieberman
55. Ash by Malinda Lo *
56. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry *
57. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden *
58. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty ~
59. Sold by Patricia McCormick ~
60. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
61. Thunder Over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay
62. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley *
63. The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton
64. Night Flying by Rita Murphy
65. Revenge by Taslima Nasrin
66. A Step from Heaven by An Na
67. Skip Beat! By Yosiki Nakamura
68. Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
69. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell *
70. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
71. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund ~
72. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
73. Luna by Julie Anne Peters
74. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
75. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce *
76. What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci *
77. Imani All Mine by Connie Rose Porter
78. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman *
79. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
80. Beneath My Mother's Feet by Amjed Qamar
81. The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds
82. Flygirl by Sherri Smith
83. Lucy the Giant by Sherri Smith
84. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
85. Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
86. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
87. Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
88. Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt
89. Cress Delahanty by Jessamyn West
90. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld *
91. When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune by Lori Aurelia Williams
92. Blue Tights by Rita Williams-Garcia
93. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
94. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
95. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
96. The House You Pass on the Way by Jaqueline Woodson
97. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
98. When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright
99. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
100. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak *

I read around a fifth of these books! Add it together with the total number of books that I have heard and want to read, it would most likely be half of the list, lol. 

Anyway, how many books have you read or plan on reading in this list?

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