2009 Young Adult Book Challenge

Ok, here is another challenge that I have signed up for. My reading tastes have changed in the past year and I found myself reading more and more YA novels. It first began as a project to screen books for my godchild, but now I truly adore them. I have a huge pile already in front of me ready to go and I hope that I am able to complete the task at hand. I don't believe that it will be a difficult challenge for me.

Guidelines for 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 Young Adult novels. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.

You can sign up at J. Kaye’s Book Blog here or click on the logo. Cheers!

Here is my list, in no particular order:

1. You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay 1/20/09
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
3. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
4. Wintergirls by Laurie halse Anderson
5. A King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby
6. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
7. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr 2/01/09
8. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare 1/26/09
9. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
10.Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
11.Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
12.Intertwined by Gena Showalter
13.My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
14. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
15.Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
16.Evermore by Alyson Noel 2/2/2009
17.The Season by Sarah MacLean 2/16/09
18.Wings by Aprilynne Pike 3/1/09
This list is 90% solid, but some may change due to all the amazing YA books that are coming out this year.

4 comments on "2009 Young Adult Book Challenge"

J. Kaye Oldner wrote: December 31, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Wanted to stop in and welcome you to this challenge. If you haven't already, feel free to join us at the Yahoo Groups where others are participating in this challenge as well as others.

Bookgeek wrote: January 1, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Nancy, just wanted to tell you that I followed your link and joined the challenge too! Thanks for pointing it out.

DarlingDiva wrote: January 4, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Yeah!! More to join in the challenge. 2009 is going to be a great year

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm
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Hello, fellow readers! Look at the upcoming events in our marvelous SF Bay Area for next year. There are some events that are coming out that I cannot post about yet, but believe me when I tell you they are made of awesome.

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, January 15 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Saturday, January 16 time TBD

Books INC. in San Francisco
Monday, January 18



Boderlands in San Francisco
Saturday, February 28 TBD



Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, March 6 @ 2pm

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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