If we’re talking about quantity, I’ve had a poor reading year. I’ve read 46 books, when I usually read 70-100. But the quality has been amazing, and that’s what matters! I’ve rated 11 books 5* so far this year – check them all out below!
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
The Sky is Everywhere turned out to be perfect for me. It was my first book of the year and I took the opportunity to curl up in bed for hours, going on a turbulent emotional journey with Lennie.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
If you’ve never read a book that talks about being transgender, if you want to read more diversely, or if you just want a realistic coming-of-age story, pick up The Art of Being Normal and start to dismantle the definition of ‘normal’ bit by bit.
One by Sarah Crossan
One is about sixteen-year-old twins, Grace and Tippi. Best friends as well as sisters – and conjoined. A wonderfully moving and breathtaking story of love, identity and sisterhood, this is one young adult novel you need to read.
Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
A clever and impressive combination of alternate history and fantasy. Yael is brave and intelligent. Wolf By Wolf seamlessly moves between Yael’s heartbreaking backstory to her exhilarating and dangerous present as she pretends to be Germany’s most famous female motorcyclist
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
A wonderful combination of friendship, family and romance. If you’re a fan of YA contemporary and you haven’t read one of her books, you’re really missing out.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything was the final book on my summer reads TBR and I’m so glad it ended on a high. A novel about family, self-discovery and change, Saint Anything was a spectacular end to the summer.
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson
As soon as I saw Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella, I had to read it. The lovely illustrations! The cute title! The adorable cat! The yellow raincoat (just like mine)! It is a wonderful children’s story about friendship, cats and a love of music.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I adored reading about young Francie Nolan, growing up as a ferocious reader and, later, an aspiring writer. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a utterly wonderful and unforgettable tale of family and growing up.
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
I swept through The Wolf Wilder as fast and determined as Feodora herself. A wintry, charming story of one girl’s attempt to rescue her mother, it’s definitely been the year of the wolf!
All That Glitters by Holly Smale
It was a delight to return to the world of Harriet Manners. I missed the random facts, her hilarious father and wacky modelling. I’d read a few long, dense novels and All That Glitters was the perfect antidote.
Are any of these books in your top ten?