Let’s shake things up this Monday and play a game. I tried this a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun, as well as a total and complete challenge.
I’ll provide you the subject headings from WorldCat of well-known YA books — defined as best sellers, award winners, or books by authors with whom you’d be familiar — and you’ll try to guess what the book is. The answers will be at the very bottom of the post, so you can see how good your guessing is. All of the titles this round are fiction.
The challenge, of course, is thinking about the essential innards of these books and how they might be categorized by the brains behind catalog creation. Some of these might be fairly obvious but others might seem like they’re entirely out of left field.
Drop a comment and share how you did. What did you get right? Which ones tripped you up? If you mixed one up with another book, too, I’d love to know what the title was you thought originally.
1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabah Tahir
2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (I almost blacked out “snake cults” since that really gave it away!)
3. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
4. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
5. Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
8. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (The top subject felt like a big giveaway)
9. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
10. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han