My very first favourite book of the year and 8 months later, Simon still has a hold of my heart and I don’t see that changing - ever. I’ve talked your ear off about Simon quite a bit this year, but if you still haven’t read it and need convincing… This book is special, heartfelt, heart-warming and a joy to read. It made my heart happy and put a smile on my face. Simon’s voice is genuine and real; the kind of character you want to be friends with. If you want to make me happy, go read this. Then come join the Becky Albertalli fan club where we meet every Tuesday to talk books and drink Oreo milkshakes*. I also recommend you munch on Oreos when you read it - trust me on this.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This book is beyond amazing. I was originally interested in this because I got a (not so) Buffy vibe from reading the blurb and after that, I was sold. Let’s just say, this book blew my expectations out of the water and gave me more than I could ever have hoped for. Simply, this book is dreamy and Patrick Ness is hella talented. The writing, the characters, the originality - it’s all here and done effortlessly. This guy is a pro and you should pick this one up is what I’m saying.
Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
This book is amazing and since it’s not as popular as the other two titles, I will now caps you, so you don’t miss what I’m saying because YOU NEED THIS BOOK and you probably don’t even know it yet. The friendship between Reagan and Vic is what YA has been lacking. There’s questioning, growing and figuring out and whether you’re a YA or an A, I think you’ll be able to relate. And even if you don’t, I think you’ll liked it nonetheless. I’ve read all of Dahlia's books and I’ve enjoyed/loved them all, but this one takes the cake for me. This might sound really weird, but when I finished reading it, I felt proud. I’ve followed her since before her debut released and I can already see how much she’s grown as an author, which makes me even more excited to read her future work.
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell
So…I read this one late last year, but it released this year so I’m allowing it. After all, I’m in charge and I make the rules in that there all no rules. Getting back to it, I’ve mentioned this book a lot, but never reviewed it. Not because I forget to, but because for reasons, namely being it felt too close to try and put into words why this book meant so much to me. It’s not a light book, it tackles tough subjects, but Sora is an unforgettable character and his story won’t leave you anytime soon. (If you do take on my recommendation, as much as I adore the US edition, buy the UK/red cover. I heard they’ve changed some things in the US ed. and from what I’ve heard, it maybe doesn’t best suit the book.)
*I wish. Can we make this a reality?
Now it's your turn - tell me your favourite books of the year! Have you read any of these? If you haven't, I hope I've convinced you to pick them up and that you end up loving them as much as I did.