Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where book bloggers from all over the world make a list of 10 things that fit that week’s topic. This week’s topic is “Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far”. Since I’ve only read fifteen books so far, I’m not going for ten books. Instead, I’ll give you my Top Five.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: anyone who’s been following me for a while knows that this is one of my all-time favourite contemporary YA novels. I’m in love with Silvera’s writing style. He manages to pack so many emotions in very few words, but it never feels like he’s manipulating the reader. Every emotion feels genuine. I also think his characters are well-developed and realistic. They feel like real people, which makes his stories even more heartbreaking.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I’d heard a lot of positive things about Simon vs., but I never expected to like it this much. Simon is a breath of fresh air to me. He’s dealing with some issues (such as being blackmailed and coming out as gay to his family and friends) but he’s never angsty. He’s actually a really cool, down-to-earth person who I’d love as a best friend. Oh, and Blue is absolutely precious. And don’t forget about Abby! Man, I wish I could be friends with all of them. I can’t wait for the movie!
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: it’s contemporary, but “sluggers” and (alien) abductions play a big part in the story so it was different from anything I’d read before. But the best part of this book is main character Henry, who’s smart, funny and nihilistic. He’s a teenage boy trying to make sense of the world while dealing with very complicated (and also abusive) relationships. He’s the kind of character you want to give a hug and tell him it’s all going to be okay. Added bonus: family plays a big role in We Are the Ants, which is nice to see in a YA novel.
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard: this is one of those cute romances that make you smile like an idiot the whole time. Seriously. I got a lot of weird looks from the people on my train, but I didn’t care. Rhys and Steffi are just too cute. But there’s more to the story than just romance. Rhys is deaf and Steffi is a selective mute who also deals with anxiety and panic attacks and it was nice to see that represented in a YA book. It taught me a lot about how non-inclusive we are and the mistakes we make when it comes to people who are deaf for example.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I suspect this book to be on many people’s lists. The Hate U Give is THE YA novel of 2017 (so far) and rightly so. It’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and it’s one of the (if not THE) most important YA novels I’ve ever read. I highly recommend everyone to read it if they haven’t already.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? And what are some of the best books you’ve read so far?