What Your Favorite YA Series Says About You


This week, NPR published their list of the 100 Best YA Novels of all time — as nominated by their readers and then selected by a panel of judges. While we have our reservations about the ranking (Twilight before Earthsea?), the poll reminded us of the fact that no matter how many serious books grace their shelves, every devoted reader has at least one favorite YA series from their childhood (or, um, more recently than that) that they still think is pretty great. After all, of the 100 entries on NPR’s list, almost half of them weren’t novels at all, but rather series of novels at least three books long. So in case you’re wondering what that lingering affinity for Weetzie Bat means for your life on a grand scale, or wondering what strangers on the train think when they see you reading Vampire Academy, we’re here to help. Click through to find out what your favorite YA series says about you, and let us know if we’ve got you pegged — or if we’re totally off the mark — in the comments.

Harry Potter , J.K. Rowling

You spent several of your formative years wishing you could be way cooler than you really were. But then again, who didn’t?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy , Douglas Adams

You haven’t been to Comic Con, but you desperately want to go. Also, you may or may not have too many towels in your house.

The Mortal Instruments , Cassandra Clare

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still your favorite TV show. No, wait, make that Angel.

Discworld (Tiffany Aching books), Terry Pratchett

You tend to question your own assumptions and those of others. The side effect of this is that you spend a good deal of time wondering if the world will collapse when an elephant sneezes.

The Princess Diaries , Meg Cabot

You’ve got muddy sneakers on under that party dress.

The Hunger Games , Suzanne Collins

You really, really think you would win in a fight to the death with 23 other people. You wouldn’t, though.

Anne of Green Gables , L.M. Montgomery

You bake pies and knit and are probably a really lovely person.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants , Ann Brashares

You just can’t give up wearing favorite item of clothing from when you were a teenager, regardless of the fact that it’s stained and ragged and looks terrible on you now. Your friends are no help in this matter.

The Dark Is Rising Sequence , Susan Cooper

You wish you had more uncles. And brothers, for that matter.

Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books , Francesca Lia Block

You were a pretty weird teenager, and you’ve grown up to be a pretty weird adult. But you’re pretty happy with that (as you should be).

The Lord of the Rings , J.R.R. Tolkien

You very much enjoy taking long road trips with your ragtag group of friends.

The Twilight Saga , Stephenie Meyer

Sometimes, you want things you can’t have SO BADLY, you guys. We know, it hurts.

The Earthsea Cycle , Ursula K. LeGuin

You irritate all your friends by constantly asking them to tell you their “true” names. Some of them are just named “Ralph,” okay?

Vampire Academy , Richelle Mead

You’re really, really protective of your best friend. Like seriously, back off.

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson , Louise Rennison

You may or may not be a complete Anglophile, but you definitely know what it feels like to be knocked out by your nunga-nungas. Metaphorically, of course.

The Giver Series , Lois Lowry

You never wear black and you love to tell stories.

The Uglies , Scott Westerfield

You were pretty disappointed that you didn’t automatically turn into a supermodel when you hit sixteen, but you’ve learned to live with it.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles , Patricia C. Wrede

You’re a smart aleck and kind of a badass — that is, you know all the places where a young lady is supposed to scream for help, but you generally prefer to rely on your sword hand. Also you make a killer cherries jubilee.

The Hush, Hush Saga , Becca Fitzpatrick

You assume that any bad boy is really a fallen angel — but you don’t necessarily think they can be saved.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy , Jonathan Stroud

You can never quite tell if your best friend is evil or not, but you’ve decided that it doesn’t much matter. He’s probably thinking the same thing about you.

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

You’re pretty much the only person in your family who isn’t mortally terrified of their own self-awareness. Good for you.

Divergent , Veronica Roth

You spend a lot of time thinking about which of your own attributes you like the best.

Alphas , Lisi Harrison

You kind of wish you could roll America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and American Idol into one show, and then live in it.

Delirium , Lauren Oliver

You’re into taking calculated risks with very serious diseases. We advise caution with that love sickness.

The Time Quintet , Madeleine L’Engle

You are an epic nerd, but that’s how you’re going to save the world.

Pretty Little Liars , Sara Shepard

Your hair is full of secrets.

The Abhorsen Trilogy , Garth Nix

People think it’s weird that your pets are your best friends, but you know better.

The Inheritance Cycle , Christopher Paolini

Gossip Girl , Cecily Von Zeigesar

You’ve probably never been to New York City.

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci , Diana Wynne Jones

You always seem to land on your feet.