Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Of My Favourite Recent Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s top ten Tuesday is ten of your recent five-star reads or favourite books. I don’t do ratings, really, but here are ten that would DEFINITELY get the full five stars if I did! Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson and […]

2016 Classics Challenge – Recommendations and TBR

We’re taking part in the 2016 Classics Challenge, hosted by the brilliant Stacey at Pretty Books – sign up here! Throughout the year she’ll be running chats to go with the challenge, using the hashtag #ChatClassics, and the first is TONIGHT (Sat 16th Jan) at 8pm GMT – we can’t wait! It seemed like a […]

Top 12 Books I’ve Read This Year

These are in order by author surname as I couldn’t possibly pick between them – except for the last one, which in a year including some truly remarkable books is absolutely my favourite. I’d also like to mention The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, […]

Christmas Gift Guide 4 of 4

And we complete our Christmas Gift Guide here, hopefully just in time for your final present-buying!   For history lovers The Curious Tale of Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson – Based on the true story of a young woman of colour who convinced a respected family she was a princess from the South Seas, this […]

Christmas Gift Guide 3 of 3

What better way to mark the last weekend before Christmas than with putting up part 3 of our Christmas gift guide, for all your book-buying needs? For the creative type Colour Me Mindful series by Anastasia Catris – There are a huge amount of great colouring books out there aimed at adults and teens rather […]

TWELVE Reasons To Read Have A Little Faith by Candy Harper

With just two weeks until Leap Of Faith, third in Candy Harper’s brilliant Faith series, is released by Simon & Schuster, I thought I’d bring my ‘Twelve Reasons To Read Have A Little Faith’ over from the now defunct YA Contemporary site. (I know I usually do ten reasons, but Faith is just too good to […]

Christmas Gift Guide: 2 of 4

We continue our Christmas gift guide with 6 more recommendations here! Remember, check out our previous post for more suggestions.   For teens with big groups of friends Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – While it’s a spin-off from her wonderful Grisha trilogy, set in the same world, Bardugo’s fantasy heist novel can be […]

Christmas Gift Guide: 1 of 4

With Christmas just over 3 weeks away, we thought we’d share some recommendations of recent reads you might like to buy as presents! There’ll be 4 parts to this gift guide, with 6 books in each, coming over the next week or so.   For people wanting to read about brilliant heroines The Wolf Wilder […]

Top Ten Books Celebrating Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.   Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – For pure fun, this gorgeous read is perhaps my favourite YA of the year so far, and the two gay teens at the centre of the story are DEFINITELY my favourite couple for […]

Summer Round-Up by Imogen Russell-Williams

Still recovering from YALC – I hope people saw our live tweets over the weekend! – so apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days! We WILL be bringing you a bit about the highlights of the convention soon, but today, we’re delighted to have a summer round-up from the wonderful Imogen […]

Book Review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Fab to have teenager Lily reviewing the new Patrick Ness book for us – I’m really looking forward to this one!   The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness will change the way you think about the apocalypse. Remember those ‘indie kids’ in every post-apocalyptic book? They’re the ones that always save […]

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making

… By  Catherynne M. Valente Dive into fairyland with September, a 12 year old girl with a longing for adventure, and the Green Wind. Meet well-educated Wyverns (Dragon like creatures) and leaders with panthers for pets. It has an awesome setting, like no book before it. There is a wonderful switch between September’s rational and […]

Life of Pi- Yann Martel

Pi Patel is a young Indian boy who is left stranded on a life boat on his journey away from India. It is on the boat that he is able to discover a new side of his personality, through the desperation of being in a life-threatening experience. The books deals with issues of fear and […]

Wonder R.J Palacio

Wonder is about a boy named August who has lived in the shelter of his own home for years. He’s always been home schooled and doesn’t have many friends. He has recently decided that he needs to go to school to understand the reality of the world. The book follows his journey through the beginning […]

Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton

Keris Stainton’s Spotlight on Sunny is the second in her Reel Friends series, following on from last year’s Starring Kitty, a favourite of mine. The first book was a sweet, tender romance about Kitty, who was in love with another girl, trying to navigate a relationship without at first feeling quite confident enough to come […]

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier is sixteen, gay, and not out yet. But he IS enjoying a rather wonderful e-mail flirtation with Blue, another student at his school – it’s just that neither of them know the other’s identity offline. Simon is hoping that the secretive Blue will eventually let him in – and then things take a […]

We Are All Made Of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Stewart is a thirteen-year-old prodigy, academically brilliant but socially inept, and grieving over the death of his mother. Ashley is a fourteen-year-old queen bee, ruling the school but struggling with her work – and hiding the secret that her dad split from her mother as he’d fallen for another man. When Stewart’s father and Ashley’s […]

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Sophie is shipwrecked in the English Channel on her 1st birthday, with her mother presumed dead, but she’s lucky enough to be found by scholar Charles. He raises her as his ward and they have a happy, if seriously unconventional, existence until the authorities intervene on her 12th birthday. With the orphanage beckoning, Sophie and […]

Liccle Bit

Alex Wheatle is an award winning British novelist and has published 8 novels, initially focussing on his life in Brixton as a teenager, and experiences with social care. Alex’s first novel, Brixton Rock, was published to critical acclaim in 1999. Five more novels, East Of Acre Lane, The Seven Sisters, Island Songs, Checkers and The […]

The Sword of Kuromori by Jason Rohan

Greek legends seems to have been done to death in YA and MG recently, there’s been a fair amount influenced by Norse mythology over the years, and Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles are probably the most popular of several books and series which have brought us stories based on that of Egypt. Japanese culture doesn’t seem […]