Hi everyone! So today I am talking about my top three books of 2016. I am an avid reader although I’ll admit I’ve been slacking a little bit this year. I am talking about my favourite books that I have read this year regardless of their publication because honestly I probably haven’t read many books that were published this year if any.
I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson – “Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.” I loved this book, particularly because it’s told by two people. I thought it could have been cliched to begin with but it was so much better than I thought it could be. The two characters have their own side of the story and their own secrets that only they could tell. There’s so much that you don’t see coming throughout the story as well and you’re take on this story that makes you feel like you know the characters. I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough!
Am I normal yet? By Holly Bourne – “All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?” I heard of this book through another blogger so I thought I would read it. I love the fact it’s about mental health and I feel the author tells it really well. It shows her story in a real way because she has a rocky road to recovery and it’s not as though by the end she is ‘cured’. I also love the other characters like Amber and Lottie as they are the kind of people I would want as my own friends especially with their brutal honesty because you know it comes from a good place.
The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson – “Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…” This book was a Girl Gang book club choice and I loved it! The story is told from the view point of two people, David and Leo. From the outset you know that David wants be a girl which you see develop throughout the book. You also know Leo has a secret which forced him to go to Eden Park but this doesn’t come out straight away (and I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it). The main thing I love about the book is how it is told by both characters, especially when it comes to the development of their friendship. I also loved how the two form their friendship as they are two completely different people on the surface but underneath they are more similar than they realise. I also felt that the issues were dealt with really well and played out true to real life.
Those are my three top books of this year! Hopefully I will do more reading next year as I do love to read but it’s just hard to find the time sometimes. Had you read any of these books or have your own favourites? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments.
Thanks for reading!