As the year draws to a close, I love looking back and reflecting on the year that was. I was a lot more intentional about recording the books I had read this year, and I’m really thankful as I can look back and see which books I really enjoyed. Without further ado, here are my top ten favourite books that I read this year.
- Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon
I am a massive fan of contemporary young adult fiction, but after a while the books follow a similar pattern and it can get a little boring. I often find new reads through bookstagram or booktube, so I find that I can already form opinions about books before I read them. However, I read this book completely blind and I was pleasantly surprised. I was sucked into the story as the characters were likeable and the ending unexpected. Although it ended a little abruptly in my opinion, I still really enjoyed this book.
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Again, I am a massive fan of dystopian literature, but it is getting harder to find good dystopian that doesn’t loosely resemble the Hunger Games. I enjoyed the premise of Red Queen and I found the world Victoria Aveyard easy to understand, which always makes books more enjoyable. While there are similarities to other dystopians, I found the characters enjoyable and there were plot twists I didn’t expect. An overall really enjoyable read.
3. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
This was a really fun, light-hearted read that I gravitated to more than once this year when I was needing a good pick me up. I don’t find many contemporary books with dorky characters that aren’t cringy, so I loved the fact Zak was such a loveable nerd. I found myself personally relating to Ana as a character, which made the book all the more enjoyable for me. The romance progressed in a realistic manner, which I always appreciate and I think I will be reading this again next year.
4. Room by Emma Donaghue
A good friend recommended me this book, and although it took a little while to get into it, by the end I was captivated. I loved how the story was written from the point of view of a five year old. Although the premise of the novel is grim, I found the narrative’s view made it oddly uplifting and I enjoyed how it brought a fresh perspective to the situation. I also didn’t expect the turn of events of the book, which made it more interesting. While a bit of an intense book, it definitely was a page-turner for me.
5. The Yearbook Committee by Sara Ayoub
In case you hadn’t noticed the trend, I mostly read contemporary fiction. This book follows the high school journey of a group of very different teenagers who are brought together to create the yearbook. I enjoyed how Sara Ayoub intertwined their stories together, and each character was a unique individual. The ending was quite sad and unexpected, but I really liked this book and the way it was written.
6. Only ever yours by Louise Anderson
Now this was one of the most unique dystopian books I’ve ever written, and the world Louise Anderson created haunted me for a long time once I’d closed the book. She shares a story about a world where girls are manufactured and created solely for the purpose of being paired with a male. The shocking similarities to our present reality made the story all the more chilling, and you find yourself so much more disgusted with the objectification of women. As a female, I related to the characters of this book a lot, and I found it a real eye-opener to the subtle ways we objectify girls. Definitely not an easy read, but one I 100% recommend to anyone and everyone.
7.Maybury Place by Keitha Smith
I picked this book up in a book fair a few months ago and I was really surprised with how much I was drawn to this book. I had picked it up because the blurb captured my attention, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the blurb only contained a small part of the whole story. I don’t tend to gravitate towards adult fiction, but I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons and I couldn’t put this book down. The story centres around a small street called Maybury Place and the characters are all very unique, some likeable, some not. You learn their secrets, their fears and the ending makes you want more.
8. Tell me something real by Calla Devlin
Another contemporary, are we surprised? I picked up this book because the blurb looked interesting, and the cover was pretty (yes I do judge a book by its cover sometimes), but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Although I found the romance developed a little quickly, which tends to happen a lot in contemporary fiction, it was only a small part of the whole story. This story took a really unexpected twist and is a book that deals with illness in a unique and thought provoking manner.
9. A little something different by Sandy Hall
I did quite a bit of travelling by bus this year, and found myself delving into audiobooks in order to pass the time. This book is another contemporary romance (lol surprise), but written in such a unique way. The story follows two college students who fall in love, but is from the perspective of everyone else who is watching them. It was the perfect book to listen to because of the number of narrative voices. It made me nostalgic for the time when you are trying to figure out whether that guy likes you, and the blossoming of a new relationship. It gave me so many warm fuzzies and I can’t wait to read the book.
10. Brave enough by Nicole Eunice
I don’t tend to read many non-fiction books, and the ones I do read are usually Christian books. Brave enough completely changed the way I think about what it means to be brave. We don’t have to be superwoman, we just have to be brave enough. I really loved the way this book was written and it gave me so much to think about, and I found it to be super encouraging and uplifting. This book was full of wisdom about bravery and life, and I recommend to any woman who wants to be brave.
Let me know what your favourite books of the year are in the comments below!
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