So far this year I’ve read 98 books. 

This is a fairly large amount of books. My challenge for the year was 100 so unless I end up in a coma, I think we should be sweet. Anyway, I thought I’d take the opportunity to discuss some of my FAVOURITE books of the year, because I’ve been incredibly slack with blogging and my reviews have been non-existent. 

Also, just so you know, most of these will be contemporary YA. 

Because that is my fave. Which you should ALL know, btw. If you click on the images they’ll go to Goodreads.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book is so gorgeous. It’s chock-full of pumpkins, hanging moons from trees, roses growing from wrists and things turning to glass. It’s also full of diversity and the most incredible writing. Magical, beautiful and strange.

 

 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

It’s very difficult to over-state how incredible this book is. From family to police brutality to Hogwarts houses as gangs, it’s full of life and is so, so important.

 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Everything about this book is incredible. It’s a rom-com between Dimple and Rishi, who is an Ideal Indian Husband, and their banter is absolutely incredible. Also it’s really geeky which I am here for. 

 Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Would you look at that, another geeky book. This one has great f/f rep, anxiety rep, autism rep and GEEK REP. It takes place at a Con and is full of fandom, feminism and fun. Highly recommend.

 Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I don’t know how I don’t have any photos of this one, considering how gorgeous it is. I think I’m allergic to books that aren’t brightly-coloured and/or pastel. ANYWAY, this book is amazing. It’s sci-fi, and pretty much the whole book is told in interviews. There are giant alien robots and some messed-up scientific experiments and the SCALE is just so huge that it’s really mind-blowing. 

 

Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

This is an anthology that showcases the breadth of Australian writing talent, and I adored every single story. Short stories are just what you need sometimes, you know? They’re so creative and often incredibly funny, and I feel privileged to be part of a country where such talent exists.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Of COURSE the final Lara Jean book is on here. It’s everything I hoped it to be and more, and perfectly captured those final year of school feels. Everything is so brilliant. The Song girls. Peter K. Trying to bake the perfect choc chip cookie. Freaking out over the future and colleges. I absolutely adored it.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Swimming, complex family relationships, the fluidity of sexuality, queer friendship groups, how being poor changes so much of your life…this is a really, really good read and a really important one.

 Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E. K. Johnston

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD AND I WAS NOT EXPECTING IT TO BE. I’ve barely heard ANYTHING about it, and I’m so mad there’s no hype because it’s incredible. It’s about a girl who is raped at a cheerleading camp, but MOSTLY it’s about female friendship and how powerful it can be. Everyone in this book is so supportive, and it was honestly a really amazing read.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Finally, my favourite book of the year. You can read my review of it here. I’m pretty much convinced it will be my favourite book of 2017, because I’ve already read it twice and I could honestly read it a dozen more times, it’s so amazing. Nothing much actually HAPPENS, but it’s the way Nina LaCour describes scenes in such detail, with such REAL characters, that it’s nothing like I’ve ever read before. If you take even one of my recommendations, definitely read this book.

So those are my top ten books of 2017 so far. 

There are many more that I’ve read and loved this year, but if I wanted to talk about all of them I’d be here for a million years. 

What’s your favourite book of this year? It doesn’t have to have been published this year, either. Some of my faves were published a long time ago…I’m definitely never going to get on top of my TBR.