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.