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Now if I had to really think about, I feel like the majority of the books I read would probably be considered YA. I mean there is a wide variety of books in my reading life, but whenever I’m in a bookshop (Waterstones, let’s be real. I’d live my life in a Waterstones if I could) my trip there doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t checked out the YA section. I also always find myself picking something up from there and I am always adding new books from this genre onto my list. I mean it says YA, but the themes still feel very relevant even though I’m now in my mid-twenties.
Given that so many of the books that I read are from this genre I thought it would be fun to just give a run down of my Top 10 faves from the genre (I may be playing around with what might be considered YA, there is some crossover I feel). In no particular order.
1) Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Look I love this book so much. I will never stop talking about it. I don’t even think it is possible for me to stop talking about it. I want to re-read it so badly but I need to get through some new stuff before I even think about falling into the familiar. As I said last week, this is one of those books that I will always recommend. I just love it so much.
2) The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson
This is one of those books that I kind of forgot about but then when I was thinking about this post it suddenly struck me. This book is so beautifully written and the style of it is so damn comforting whilst reading it. It’s effortless whilst also being so impactful. The friendship between David and Leo was so natural and it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy in the end.
3) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book is all kinds of wonderful. It’s beautifully written. The story is told almost quietly, if that makes any sense. The characters are so easy to fall in love with they are so gorgeously written. I loved the perspective the narrative was told in, it really allowed for a greater scope and understanding of these characters. I was a little skeptical because I had seen a lot of hype around this book, but I understood that the moment I started reading why there was hype. It’s so worth the hype.
4) Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
I blitzed through this book so quickly. It’s so well written and so light and frothy. The whole series is great and feels like it is rooted in a reality in some way. It’s not too heavy hitting which a lot of the books that I read really are. So it’s on my list for that reason.
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
Okay, so hear me out because I know this is book 3. I could have chosen Book 6 though, it was a close one that one is also a favourite of mine from the series. But I feel like come Azkaban this series really starts to come into it’s own. This book is darker, it’s got more scary elements. It toys around with death a bit more. It introduces two of my favourite characters in Lupin and Sirius (it’s a running joke between my brother and I that our dog should have been called Padfoot and we do that sometimes just to see if he’ll respond…he does. Sometimes.) and makes the Marauders finally complete. It also introduces the map, which I love. Things seem to get more magical. Hermione somehow gets smarter. The Demontors get introduced and it really up the stakes for the rest of the damn series. This book has always been my favourite. The third film is also my favourite. I love everything about Azkaban.
6) The Secret Hour – Scott Westerfield
I actually forgot about how much I loved this book. I think I sort of lost interest as the series moved on because I feel like they didn’t all capture my imagination the way that this first book did. It was such an interest idea and premise and it was so well written. It was the first ‘dark’ (I use that term so loosely, it’s not that bad, but when I read it it felt that way) that I had ever read. And also beyond wanting to me a witch this was the first book that really took me to a world that I wanted to be a part of. Just always without the bad guys okay?
7) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Only the first one. I gotta be honest, I didn’t really feel like anything was added in the following two books, other than a whole lot of heartbreak (I will never be over Finnick, just saying). The first one however, packed a real punch. It was like go go go from pretty much the beginning and it never felt like I knew where it was going overall. It was intense. And I think it was so intense because in some ways in raised a mirror to society and how it operates and just how power can actually work. It really made me think way more than I realised it would when I was walking around and was allowed to have one book to take home with me.
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
This is honestly everything I wanted The Catcher in the Rye to be. Which I know some may consider blasphemous but that is the case. It was a coming of age story that I could actually relate to. I loved the way the characters were written and how the story progressed with them. I liked the way that it was written just in terms of style. It’s one of those books that I think everyone should read.
9) And I Darken – Kiersten White
This book kind of blew my mind when I read it this year. It was so not what I expected and it was so well written. It built the world up so perfectly and fleshed things out and it was conclusive and yet also, obviously, left scope for the future books. It built tension so well and had so many well written characters. I love that it was told from two perspectives and how they interacted with each other in terms of how events were perceived. I love the relationship between Radu and Lada and how that interplays throughout the whole book. I love the backdrop that it is set against. It’s such a solid opener to a series, that I still remain very excited for.
10) Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
I discovered the other day that this book got a sequel. Which I think I kind of wanted for this book, but also didn’t feel like was 100% needed or else I would throw a fit. Either way I added a new book onto my reading list hen I discovered this fact (actually it’s 2). I liked this book. It’s got serious Romeo and Juliet vibes, so you know you’re onto a winner there with me. It ‘s also not your typical zombie story. It surprised me in that respect. I like books that surprise me.
And those are my Top 10 (at the moment as I am writing this) YA books. There are for sure so many more that I have either forgotten or had to move to the sideline for something else and I did have to refrain from putting two Potter books on there…but there you go.
A Top 10.
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