As part of my New Year’s resolution, I promised myself I’d create different kinds of content, especially Top Five’s considering they are my favourites to read… and guess who missed the first Tuesday of 2018? So, starting now, I’m hoping to publish a Top Five post on a weekly basis, but bear with me, guys, there’s a high chance of that not working out as soon as Semester 2 starts. I’m still hoping to be more dedicated to this blog this year.
This weeks Top Five is about my favourite reads of 2017! Each will have a little gush from me, with a link to the Goodreads page, and to my own review. I’ll also be sure to include the genres of each book, and warnings of any possibly triggering elements to them, just in case.
Noah Can’t Even | Simon James Green
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Fiction, Romance.
Contains: Crude Humour, Strong Language, Bullying, Mentions of Homophobia.
Okay, so I finished this book in one sitting during summer break, and it’s by far one of the only books this year that has made me laugh, cry and melt all at once. Noah’s character is one of my favourites, his crude humour entertaining me from start to finish, and I adore his relationship with Harry. I honestly don’t think there’s a single hate-able character in this book either, which made this story much more easier to love.
The Princess Saves Herself in this One | Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Nonfiction.
Contains: Mental Health, Abuse, Cancer.
This book consists of endless beautiful poetry of self-worth, discovery and empowerment. Since reading it earlier this year, I’ve returned to sections on numerous occasions, getting lost in the words before returning to reality. Although, there’s a few poems of admittedly triggering themes (the princess section), there’s numerous others that are full of references to recovery and self-acceptance. There’s also going to be a second instalment entitled The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One, releasing in early March, and I’m so excited to get my hands on it. Lovelace’s poetry is definitely some of my favourites.
Ink | Alice Broadway
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult.
Contains: Violence, Death, Slight Gore.
This. Book. For starters the protagonists name is Leora, which is such a beautiful name, who is an aspiring inker (tattooist), in a world where tattoos tell the story of your life. With such an interesting concept, it’s very difficult to not adore this book; the characters are lovable, the plot line is attention-grabbing and the cover is gorgeous. What more could you want? I’m desperately hoping a second book will be announced soon; I love this world so much.
Half Lost | Sally Green
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic, Romance, LGBT.
Contains: Strong Language, Violence/Torture/Abuse, Death, Mentions of Blood/Gore.
Sally Green knows how to end a series, okay. This book has made me laugh, squeal and sob in around 300 pages. I adore this series, having convinced four people to read it since completing it earlier this year. It has everything I ever wanted in a Fantasy novel, and almost all books I’ve read haven’t been able to top it since. Nathan’s character development since the first instalment was beautiful to read, and his progressing relationship with Gabriel will always be one of my favourites. I adore those characters, and I’m heartbroken that I won’t get to read more of them.
The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Contains: Strong Language, Violence, Abuse, Mentions of Mental Health, Death.
This is probably completely predictable of me, but how could I not mention this incredible series?! Everything about this book is mind-blowing to me; the writing, the characters, the concept. Noah’s character has since become one of my favourite fictional characters ever, and I’ve since dedicated a Pinterest board to the series (That’s when you know it’s an obsession). Alike Half Lost, I’ve since recommended it to numerous people in the hopes of sharing my love, and has currently been successful! This book has also appeared in my bibliography for numerous writing assignments at university, having been incredibly inspired by Stiefvater’s work and I’m hoping to read her other novels outside of the Raven Boy’s world this year.