Top Ten Young Adult Novels

I’ve had quite a strange relationship with Young Adult books this year.

As I started my yearly reading challenge, I was aiming to break away from books written for people much younger than my age and read more adult books. Although that aim was semi successful, there’s something about Young Adult books that make me keep clawing my way back into the pit of nostalgia. Since I am clinging onto my teenage years, and my twentieth birthday is rolling around fast, it’s time for another list! This time: My top ten Young Adult books. (In no particular order, because I can barely decide on an ice cream flavour let alone any sort of hierarchy)

Also, feel free to check out Wordery’s latest campaign as they are currently on the hunt for the top ten books in a range of categories, and this time it’s the Young Adult Genre’s time to shine, and all that jazz.

And now, we shall list things.

  1. Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. I wrote a blog post about this a while back because I was so pleasantly surprised by it! At the time I was very reluctant to read YA because I didn’t feel I could relate to it as much but I was so very wrong. Also I love the fantasy and historical elements to this, which made it an original and interesting concept for me!
  2. The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson. Again, I’ve mentioned this book before in previous novels, but Jandy Nelson has mastered the art of talking about delicate issues in a way that makes it comforting but still brutally real. It’s very much a book that teens can relate to nowadays, and it’s a beautiful read.
  3. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison. I devoured this and all the sequels in my early teens, and I can’t hear She’s So Lovely by Scouting for Girls without thinking of that iconic scene where Georgia runs down the street in a giant olive costume. It was such a light-hearted book, and I was gutted when I heard about Rennison’s death back in February. Your legacy will live on in my generation.
  4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. I’m incapable of writing a list like this without mentioning my favourite author. She’s captured the magic of fanfiction while keeping it grounded and relatable, and I like the fact that it’s set in University rather than in High School. All her other books are great too, I can’t praise her enough.
  5. Jinx, by Meg Cabot. This was another book I reread to death in my early teens, and I fell in love with it like Jean fell in love with Zack. I think it will be one of those books that I’ll read now and feel really old, but I absolutely adored it, and it’s underrated.
  6. Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare. This is the final book in the Infernal Devices series, and although I have a thing about love triangles now the amount of angst and brooding made me love it. I was invested in all the couples and all the possibilities and it took over my life, along with the main series. (The Mortal Instruments)
  7. Anne of Green Gables, by L M Montgomery. This is more of a classic novel, but I remember my Gran collecting classic novels for my brother and I, and I read this and then raced my way through the sequels. I remember finding it hard to get into the first one, but once I was hooked, I was HOOKED.
  8. The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. Sure, his writing style can be cheesy at times, but all my knowledge regarding Greek and Roman mythology comes from these books, and I like the fact that there are so many main characters and not just one sole protagonist. AND THE SERIES ISN’T OVER. MORE BOOKS. YAY.
  9. Divergent, by Veronica Roth. The third book left me heartbroken, and many can say it’s similar to The Hunger Games, but I liked the fact that everyone had struggles and that there was no perfect easy option. This book is not for the faint hearted.
  10. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. This is my favourite John Green book, and I just adore his writing style and his original quirky characters. His other books are also well worth a read, and I’m glad he’s getting the recognition he deserves as an author and not just as a YouTuber.

Hit me up with opinions, and don’t forget to do the facebooking and the tweeting and let the world know your favourites!

 

The Thing About Home

Wordery have launched another new campaign recently about embracing local history and encouraging people to explore their roots. If you want to check that out you can swing by here. Now, I’m going to talk about Home.

Home, for me, is South Wales. I was born here, and I grew up here. Even though my welsh isn’t fluent like many of my friends, Wales is pretty much ingrained into my soul now. Home is described as the place where one lives permanently, but as a university student I spend more time in Chester than I do in Wales. Sure, I have a soft spot for Chester and I may digress into that in another post, but my little Welsh town will always be home.

To other people, Wales is a novelty. It’s unheard of, or only known by TV programmes like Gavin and Stacey. Also if I had a pound for every sheep related joke I had heard, I’d be able to pay off mine and my friends’ student loans. There’s mountains and fields everywhere, and my friends I went to school with are there. My friends’ pets are also there. Darcy is there.

I know where everything is at home. I know where my nearest shop is. I know how long it takes to get to the station, I know how long it takes to go to my best friend’s house, or to get on the train to visit my boyfriend. I can see my Grandparents in minutes and I know good cheap places to hang out with my friends. I also know Arriva Trains Wales can be absolutely awful even if it does get you from A to B.

I reminisce a lot when I’m home. I used to walk to college and pass the park where I practiced for a talent show in year five, where I attended Sports Days, and where we drank terrible 35p energy drinks in the bandstand one summer. It’s comforting when you’ve lived in the same place for 18 years.

The singing is wonderful, the atmosphere at the rugby is incredible, you feel the cold and you embrace the rain when it pours.

That is the thing about home.