I’ve had quite a disruptive reading year – lots of reading slumps, no motivation to pick up classics and feeling like there’s no time to pick up a book, but I’m pretty happy with my top books of the year!
When We Collided by Emery Lord
A joint-favourite alongside A Quiet Kind of Thunder, I loved everything about When We Collided. I was intrigued by sparkling Vivi, dealing with bipolar depression; adored careful Jonah and his love of food and cooking, and treasured the chaotic Daniels family. In 2017, I need to pick up her other novels.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
El Deafo is one of the best graphic novels I’ve read. Set in the 80s, it’s about Cece Bell, a young girl who develops a severe hearing impairment after becoming ill. From the difficulties of making friends to discovering the amazing Phonic Ear, this is a remarkable story about growing up.
Head Over Heels by Holly Smale
Every time I pick up a new Geek Girl story, I’m transported to a happy place. Forever Geek will be the last in the series and I know it’s going to be sad to say goodbye to these characters.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Out next month, A Quiet Kind of Thunder is the incredible story of Steffi, a selective mute, and Rhys, who is deaf. You won’t be able to help but love these two teenagers – it’s already my favourite book published in 2017!
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
I love coming-of-age stories and in Roller Girl we get everything from realistic confrontations with parents to what it feels like to be the worst at something you so desperately want to conquer; a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and roller derby over one summer.
Unboxed by Non Pratt
I was always going to read Non Pratt’s latest as soon as I got my hands on it. Unboxed is a breathtaking novella about four teenagers who come together after a tragedy, about the power of close friendship and about letting go of secrets kept from the people who know you best.
How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
My favourite in the Spinster Club series, How Hard Can Love Be? follows Amber to sunny California. Adorable feminist American boy? Check. Complicated family relationships? Check. Supportive female friendships? Check. Fulfilling my dream to visit the USA? CHECK.
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Grace is not a likeable character – and she’s not meant to be – but to Henry she’s fascinating. Our Chemical Hearts had an unexpected emotional impact on me and I loved spending time with Henry Page and Grace Town.
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Also out next month, Wing Jones is a spirited story about fitting in, running and family. I’ll be reviewing it properly next year, but it’s one you won’t want to miss! Sporty girls ftw!
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
I loved accompanying Sophie and Lil as they cracked codes, duped debutantes, and solved puzzles. And we meet many more lovable – and even odious – characters along the way. I’ll be picking up the third book next year!
Are any of these in your top ten?