YRCA 2014 Nominations

In the past few years, I’ve been paying attention to the Young Reader’s Choice Awards books — I’ve found some wonderful books that have been nominated in the past, from Sarah Dessen’s Along for the Ride to Alexander Gordon Smith’s Lockdown to Reina Telgemeier’s Smile.

What are the YRCA’s, you might ask? This is from the official website:

The Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.

The nominations are picked by kids and divided into three categories — Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. The only thing I don’t agree with, that they’ve changed this year around, is including ANY books in a series. I would much prefer the first book in a series being nominated since it could confuse readers who don’t do the research before picking up their next read. Though, I think that the books listed are a great way to choose a book from a different age range — especially if you’re a strict middle grade reader, or a strict YA reader. You can find some great reads from this selection!


1 cabin fever 2 wonderstruck 3 13 gifts 4 the worst years of my life
5 darth paper 6 the last council 7 big nate out loud 0-545-32409-2

Out of the junior nominees, I’ve only read two — Wonderstruck, which is AWESOME (much better than Hugo Cabret, in my opinion) and Darth Paper Strikes Back, the second book in the Origami Yoda series (a great series!). I do really want to try out the Wendy Mass series, and I plan to start trying out the 39 Clues series one of these days, too!


1 the son of neptune 2 between shades of gray 3 the scorpio races 4 okay for now
5 the outcasts 6 legend 7 the prisoner of cell 25 8 this dark endeavor

The only book I’ve read in this category is This Dark Endeavor, which was crazy good — if you love the Frankenstein story, you will love this one! I do have a copy of Legend and Between Shades of Gray, both of which I’ve heard are good. And I do love Rick Riordan, even if I haven’t read the series nominated!


1 divergent 2 miss peregrine 3 angel 4 tiger's curse
5 what happened to goodbye 6 ruby red 7 ready player one 8 karma

Surprise, surprise, this is probably the category where I’ve read the MOST books — and that’s only 4, so not that many! LOVED Divergent, even if I’m on the fence about the second book;Β Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is quite unique with some very spooky pictures;Β What Happened To Goodbye is wonderful (as are most Sarah Dessen books); and I can’t recommend Ready Player One enough — especially the audiobook! I do have Ruby Red on my shelf to read (and have heard great things about it!) and I’m very intrigued by Tiger’s Curse!

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of the nominee selection?Β 



10 thoughts on “YRCA 2014 Nominations

  1. I must admit that I don’t understand these age categories >.> I would never put Percy Jackson in the same age category as Legend unless it was every younger than adult πŸ˜‰ I mean, Legend has a fair amount of grit and death and torture…. D:

  2. I love working my way through the YRCAs! And yay! Someone else who thinks Wonderstruck was better than Hugo! High five! πŸ™‚
    I’ve read pretty much all the same ones you have (how much does Ready, Player One rock?!!). Thanks for the recommend on the Oppel, I had been wanting to read it.
    Legend, in my opinion, was fun but somehow it didn’t grab me in the same way that other books of that genre seem to (like Divergent). And the Wendy Mass was cute and fun, as her books usually are. There was a lot of buzz around Tiger’s Curse when it came out, I’m kinda curious about it as well. (Tania)

    • Oh my gosh, Ready Player One was AWESOME! Such a great book! I hope you can try out some Kenneth Oppel … I have the second book in that series and really need to read it.

      I’m definitely intrigued by Tiger’s Curse … especially after that gorgeous cover! We have the hardcover in the library and it’s just so pretty!

  3. Wow, I have read very few of these..lol None of the Junior nominees. Only one of the Intermediate (This Dark Endeavour, love love love Kenneth Oppel!) and only tow of the Senior (Divergent.. loved it, and What Happened to Goodbye, also loved).

    There are a lot of books there on my TBR though, including Tiger’s Curse.. I love tigers so that is the sole reason I want to read it. lol

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