Fantasy has always been a popular genre - for readers of all ages - but has been dominating pop-culture more than ever for the past few years. Author James Dashner is one of its biggest names. The first book in his "The Maze Runner" series is getting the blockbuster movie treatment, coming out in September 2014. He has also written three other series and his latest book, "The Eye of Minds" was released in October. Somehow, this busy writer finds time to read. He shares his favorite YA books of the year below:
"The Lucy Variations" by Sara Zarr "This book has so much depth and character that it stays with you like actual memories. I love how Sara Zarr can make you laugh and cry on the same page, and I think this is her best book yet."
"Steelheart" by Brandon Sanderson "Action packed, full of intrigue, suspense and just plain, cool stuff. But you also fall in love with the characters, especially as you discover their many layers."
"Icons" by Margaret Stohl "The ultimate compliment I can give this book: I hate that it was written by someone else. It's just awesome. I hope this one gets made into a movie."
"Champion" by Marie Lu "'Champion' is a fantastic finale to a fantastic trilogy. I wish it were a 10 book series."
"Unbreakable" by Kami Garcia "Spooky, rich and vivid, this book haunted me and I can't wait for its sequels. It's a spectacular ghost story that feels fresh."
Dashner wasn't the only YA author who gave us their top picks. Click here to see "The Fault In Our Stars" author John Green's favorite books of the year.
Want more "Best Of" books lists? Click here to see Emily Giffin's favorite fiction books or 2013 and here to see Teresa Rhyne's favorite non-fiction books of 2013.