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9/30/10

YA-D2: The YA Dystopian Reading Challenge

Every year, I tackle a genre I normally don't read. This year, I attemped business books and failed miserably. After reading only three books that all contradicted each other, I gave up on the challenge & instead focused on just reading what appealed to me. I discovered a lot of new authors & also a few new genres, one of which will be my genre of choice for the rest of the year.

I read Hunger Games early in the year, liking it enough to also pick up Catching Fire although I have not read it yet. The buzz surrounding Mockingjay (and my secret love for the title) made me do a little investigating into dystopian literature. I stumbled across Bart's Bookshelf and his YA-D2 challenge made total sense to me. I've always loved YA lit but this year's readings have kept me in the adult fiction section of my bookstore. Being able to dive back into the genre and explore a new side of it works out perfectly.

I'm taking on Level Three of the challenge -- 5 or more YA dystopian titles between October 1 and December 19. I have a personal yearly goal of reading at least one novel a week so this challenge shouldn't be a problem. I also used Bart's list of 50 Fantastic YA Dystopian Titles and discovered a pretty good amount on my living room bookshelf. Who knew I have always been intrigued by the genre but only read one title from it?!

My YA-D2 List
1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (not going to officially count this one since it's a re-read)
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. For The Win by Cory Doctorow (I'm reading this as a free e-book on my phone!)
6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
7. Gone by Michael Grant
8. Hunger by Michael Grant
9. Incarceron by Fisher
10. something by Scott Westerfield I haven't read yet (need to check bibliography)
11. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
12. The Ask & The Answer by Patrick Ness
13. Genesis by Bernard Beckett
14. The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle

1 comment:

Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf said...

It starts tomorrow! Can't Wait! :)

Welcome to the challenge, hoping you have an absolute blast taking part :)

I can't recommend The Knife of Never Letting Go (and even more The Ask and the Answer) enough. You should definitely give them ago. :D