Guys Read: Best of 2010

Many of my male students became readers this year, so they deserve a blog post covering their favorite books.  This list includes the 15 most popular books borrowed from my classroom library.  It is ordered from the most to least often borrowed. **My list is not as accurate as I’d like it to be.   I’m going to keep track better in 2011 🙂 **

Guys- What are some of the best books you’ve read in 2010?

Teachers- What books were popular with your male students this year?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Right Behind You by Gail Giles

Wake by Lisa McMann

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Fade by Lisa McMann

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


  1. thanks for this post Sarah. I really love trying to write well for boys. I am hoping TPOG has boy appeal — though maybe young for the higher grades — and my new one I’m working on even moreso. I think boys make great narrators and there aren’t enough books that really work for them. Pete Hautman is another great YA author for boys. And Chris Crutcher, yep!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I’m a big fan of Chris Crutcher, but Deadline has been the most popular with my boys. I’ve read a couple of Hautman’s books, but they haven’t caught on yet with my students.

  2. I have read six of those! Two of them are on my to-read list. 🙂

  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner was a big hit with the guys in my library. It helped that it was one of the books on the high school summer reading list, but everyone I suggested it to loved it.

    Swim the Fly & Beat the Band by Don Calame are pretty funny books that I think guys would enjoy.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I have The Maze Runner but it hasn’t become a hit yet. A couple of boys have borrowed it within the last month, so hopefully more will catch on!

      Thank you for reminding me about Swim the Fly- I’ve been wanting to read that for some time 🙂

  4. Really interesting list, it’s fantastic to see The
    Chocolate War is still popular! I’ve linked to your list along with
    some others at my latest blog post at
    – I hope you don’t mind.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      The Chocolate War is a hit with the right kind of boy. I’m always excited when they like it b/c then they move on to more Cormier books 🙂

      Thanks for linking to me! I’m going to check out your post as well 🙂

  5. Hello, about one hour ago I finished reading Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn and I felt like I had to do some research on the web about it. I found this blog and I have to tell you that it is the best book I’ve ever read! I strongly recommend it!


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