2017 will be my busiest year so far. State Exams being the prime reason. But that only goes as far as June. As soon as June 22nd comes, I’ll be free. In September, I’ll be (hopefully) starting college – BA Psychology. Since I have a busy year ahead, I need some kind of outlet – reading.
I’ve been told that it really isn’t the most ideal time to read, I kinda agree, but I kinda don’t care. I’m gonna do it anyway. And, I’ve been stockpiling a bunch of books that I want to read. So here they are. All 7 must-read books in their glory.
1. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
O.K. I guess this is cheating but I have already started this book. And it’s great. It has raving reviews from teens and adults alike, and to no surprise, has won numerous awards; Goodreads Choice Award for YA Fiction being the most notorious.
It is about a girl called Cadence, and her ostentatious, extremely wealthy and snobby family (all parents, aunties, uncles, cousins) whom own their own little holiday island called Beachwood Island in Massachusetts. Cadence, however is slightly different to the rest of the ‘perfect family’. She has a so-called ‘brain injury’ from an accident that occured during Summer Fifteen (I believe – not sure) which she can’t remember. The only details she knows of the accident are from her mother, who Cady believes is lying in some sort. Cadence strives to find what really happened to her that Summer, behind all the lies told by herself, her group of cousins called The Liars, her mother and so on, whilst trying to cope with falling in love with Gat, a guy seems to love her, then doesn’t seem to. It’s confusing, but all comes together.
So far, this is intriguing. As the title says, a lot of what Cady (the narrator) says isn’t true. I love the mystery element of this novel. A blog review definitely insues.
2. Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven
The first of two novels by Niven on this list is ‘Holding Up The Universe’. It apparently follows a girl called Libby Strout who (kinda clichéd) is about to meet Jack Masselin,who is ‘sexy, aloof and too cool for school’. The novel follows a uniquely Niven-style narration, where one character narrates a chapter, the other protagonist narrates the next and vice versa – it’s very captivating.
Everyone thinks they know Libby, but nobody looks past her weight to see who she really is. Jack’s cool swagger is hiding secrets. Once they meet each other, “the whole universe comes into focus.”
I cannot wait to read this.
3. All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
I have heard amazing words about this novel. It sounds incredible – also incredibly sad. Last September, I read the first 5 chapters but couldn’t continue. But I’m ready to tackle it again.
With the same narration style as ‘Holding Up…”, this novel follows the path of two characters, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, both of whom are suffering from severe depression. The novel starts at the top of a school bell tower (harrowing, I know) with one Violet ready to jump, but she is saved by Theodore. As Violet’s world opens up, Theodore’s begins to close. They must help each other battle through their darkest moments.
4. Binge – Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley, a king of YouTube (or ‘Queen’ of YouTube as referred to by some) is an LGBTQ+ activist, has over 8 million subscribers, a featured celebrity interview segment on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and a New York Times Bestselling Book. Last year, I read a significant proportion of this book, but school took over and I went through a lull phase.
Binge follows the story of Tyler, his struggles and successes when growing up, his stories, and his YouTube life. Not an author by profession, however Oakley has a distinct writing voice. This is the only book I’ve ever laughed out loud while reading. It is absolutely hilarious. Each chapter deals with a different topic, either pop culture , an anecdote, a personal (and strong) opinion, or an interest. And they are wacky but priceless. Examples: ‘Beyoncé for the Day’, ‘The Gay Chapter’, and my personal fave ‘Fecal Matters’. It’s one of few excellently written and well received YouTube books.
I can’t wait to finish this.
5. The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
Lennie Walker is supposed to be grieving that her sister has died, but instead she is falling in love. She is seventeen, a clarinet player, and a hopeless romantic who scatters poems all over town. This character created by Jandy is common in Young Adult Fiction, the young girl, something tragic has happened, there’s a ‘hot’ guy involved, she’s an outsider etc etc. But there is something about Lennie that I cannot wait to find out about. The narration seems so sweet and simple. But I know the novel isn’t all sweet and sugary.
Regardless, I’m excited.
6. Book 1 of Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard
The T.V series of Pretty Little Liars is arguably one of the most raved about and popular teen shows IN HISTORY. I’ve watched the show – it’s absolutely incredible. I mean it.
The books are what started the show, so I’m excited to start the first book of the endless series. It follows 4 girls who live in a nasty town called Rosewood. The boss of their clique, Alison DiLaurentis has ‘gone missing’ and soon after, her body is supposedly found outside her house. She was buried alive. After a years break, the 4 girls, Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily get back together as soon as a mysterious unknown identity called ‘A’, sends threats to the girls, threatening to spoil their dark secrets and ruin their lives. ‘A’ continously exploits the girls, as they figure out what happened to Alison that night she disappeared while trying to figure out who this nasty ‘A’is.
SPOILER ALERT: After Season 2 of the show, it is revealed that there is more than one ‘A’, and a huge game surrounding Alison’s disappearance and a bunch of evil people wanting revenge begins.
It’s the best T.V show I’ve ever watched. I hope the books are at least somewhat good.
7. In Real Life – Joey Graceffa
Surprise! A second YouTuber makes the list. You wouldn’t know from this list that I’m actually not that big of a fan of YouTubers writing books. But dyslexic YouTuber, Joey Graceffa is giving a thorough and unique outlook on growing up and what he believes to be “real life”. Known for his eccentric personality and boisterous humour much like Tyler Oakley, Joey offers a perspective on life that I’m eager to read.
So this is the end of the list. It’s a long one – I know. But if a book doesn’t take your fancy, just skip. But I become energetic when I think about reading these books. Hopefully my year doesn’t get outta grip to the point where I can’t read em. If any of these books seem intriguing to you, they are all really accessible in any book store or online. I recommend bookdepository.com if you are on a budget. I hope you got some ideas from this list, incase you were looking 🙂
So that’s it. Happy Reading.