Guest Post: Top 10 YA Books by Twenty Something and Day Dreaming (Shannan)

I mainly read YA literature, and it is safe to say that I have a fair few favourites from the last few years. And each and every has made it on to my top ten list of young adult literature for their own reasons.

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green – I’ve spoken about his novel over on my blog countless times. It’s a book that I can read over, and over again yet still take away something different each time. 
  • On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher – this book came to me when I needed it most, I’d lost my Nana (my best friend) just days before I picked this novel up, and it gave me comfort. It follows Evie Snow, an 82-year-old women who passes away in her sleep, but when she reaches the door to her own personal heaven she can’t open. To move on, Evie must be lighter and she must reveal the three secrets that are keeping her down. It’s such a beautifully written story, and I just couldn’t put it down.
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – I fell in love with this novel instantly, its clever, and well written. But most importantly it doesn’t agree with the trope that “love can cure all” which is fantastic, as the whole “love cures all” malarkey is rather problematic.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – this was another novel that I instantly fell I love with, but what really stuck out for me was the style in which this novel was written. It used texts, emails, doodles, medical records and conversations as well as typical story telling methods. And it helped to tell the story.
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – this book wouldn’t be one that I would necessarily pick up for myself, however it was recommended to me by a member of staff from my local Waterstones and I loved it. At first I honestly wasn’t so sure but my opinion soon changed, and I was gripped right through to the very end.
  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan – this was the very first novel of Sarah Crossan’s that I picked up, and it really set a high standard. It is so different to anything I have read before, and Crossan has a brilliant way of telling a story.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – this book was recommended to me by one of my best friends, and I am so glad she did recommend it to me. It was one of those books where I remember everything from it, and I even remember where I was when I finished it – sat in the bath. I was so shook when I reached the end of the novel I just sat in silence thinking “wow”.
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – okay so at first I listened to the audio book, but because I enjoyed it so much I wanted to enjoy it all again, so I read it almost straight after finishing the audio book. And wow. I connected to the protagonist throughout the novel, and I felt everything she felt. Its beautifully written too.
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I’m not usually a fan of series as I always get frustrated if I have to wait for the next instalment but since I chose to read this novel last October, that wasn’t an issue. Well, I absolutely loved this novel, from the characters, the magic and the mystery. I was hooked, and always eager to continue reading.
  • Troublemakers by Catherine Barter – this novel is the one I have read most recently, and well when I first picked it up I was a little worried as it discusses terror, and bombings – and well with everything going on in the world right now it was little timely however this wasn’t the novels soul focus and in fact, it became a background story. It was well written and the character development was what is often missing from YA literature, plus the characters were real and enjoyable too. 

And there we have it, there is my top 10 young adult novels. Do any of your favourites appear in the list? Or is there any that you think I should have considered?

BIO: Shannon is a book blogger who blogs over at Twenty Something and Day Dreaming.

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