As the new year has rolled around, and we got plenty of new books for Christmas, it was about time to re-evaluate some of the books on our shelves, and which ones were itching to find new homes via our local charity shop. We wanted to go through some of the reasons we decided to get rid of these books, and questions we’ll now ask ourselves when considering whether a book is worth keeping or not! Continue reading “Our First Book Unhaul!”
We’ve never managed to complete one of these surveys in the two other years we’ve been blogging, but next year we’re planning a lot of thing for our blog and one of them was to get more involved in the community! We get really interested in these kinds of things – stats are so fun to analyse (well…bookish stats!) – so we thought we’d do one too! As there are two of us, Maddie’s answers will be either in pink or on the right and Bee’s answers will either be blue or on the right. Get ready. It’s a long one.
Number Of Books You Read: 238 | 230
Number of Re-Reads: 21 | 28
Genre You Read The Most From:
For Maddie that’s out of 213 and out of 195 for me. Any books we didn’t include we probably uni texts or we just didn’t know how to categorise them! We both read quite a lot of middle grade this year and while my most read genre was fantasy, Maddie’s was contemporary (other) (sounds about right!) which we classified as any contemporaries where romance wasn’t the main component. We probably classified the same books differently too, depending on our individual genre specifications but it’s still really interesting to compare them!
1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
We have a video of our top 10 ! Our #1s were The Serpent King and This Savage Song.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
See How They Run by Ally Carter – After an explosive first book, I was pumped for the sequel, but I was completely let down. It was nowhere near as good as the first book, although I did appreciate the continued representation of PTSD.
Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery – I wanted this to be centered on the reality TV side of things, but that was only a quarter of the narrative! I also didn’t really care about the main character, so I didn’t care whether she was persecuted or not. Also, the ending was WAY too Hunger Games-esque.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew – Bee read it first and didn’t make much of it, but we were going to a signing with Julie Mayhew, and I wanted to read one of her books beforehand and ended up loving it! The Big Lie is an alternate history of what would have happened if Germany won WWII, and I found it beyond interesting. There’s a really good friendship dynamic between the main girl and her best friend, and a secret lesbian relationship I didn’t see coming as an added bonus!
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – I might have talked about this before, but I really haven’t got on with Black’s writing in the past, but I picked this one up from our local library because I hadn’t read a book with faeries in a long time and I was intrigued by the fact it was a standalone, and I have to admit, I LOVED IT! It makes me want to give all her books a second chance now, so who knows…
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – We love both of Alice’s books, but this one spoke especially to us for its representation of someone on the asexuality scale, with lots of other diverse and wonderful characters, concerning race, sexuality and mental health! It ticked all the boxes, and we did a whole video about our reading experience to share how cool it was!
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
The Lone City series by Amy Ewing – It’s a miracle, but somehow it answers all of these questions! I fell in love with The Jewel, that I couldn’t wait to get to the next books and devoured them all within 48 hours! If you like The Selection or Wither, this is the next series for you, with a great female protagonist, a magic system and a romance that doesn’t inhibit Violet from doing what she needs to do to save the world!
The Young Elites series by Marie Lu – I haven’t been let down by Marie Lu yet, with Legend being one of my faves from last year! The Rose Society is definitely one of my favourite sequels and the more I think about the ending, the more I think it fits! I didn’t end up starting and finishing many series this year because I had a lot on the go already that my focus was mostly on finishing.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
We made a whole video about just this because we couldn’t just pick one!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I don’t read a lot of historical books, but all the ones I do end up reading, I really enjoy, so it’s definitely something I want to look into more in 2017! This book also won a Goodreads Choice award this year, so it definitely deserves the ‘best’.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I know it’s not really a genre, more of a specific thing, but I’m not really a fan of books that are compared to Harry Potter (other examples being The Magisterium series). It’s like everyone knows you can’t touch wizard schools, and yet some people are prepared to try. Carry On even had a two boys one girl dynamic and was set in England, but it was one of the only Rainbow books I haven’t read so I gave it a shot and ended up liking it! Not really liking it, but I liked it all the same.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield – Although this was an absolutely tragic story that had me in tears by the end, there was always a glimmer of hope amongst all the bad things, and I just had to know if June made it out okay! Definitely a book I stayed up late to finish!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I was devastated every time I had to put it down to go to class or eat. I just wanted to read the whole thing in one sitting, so that’s practically what I did with Crooked Kingdom.
9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Head Over Heels by Holly Smale – There are so many that I read and thought, wow, I’m definitely reading this another six times, at least, but this is one I know for sure is on my 2017 TBR. We plan on reading all the Geek Girl books on the run up to the final book’s release!
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch – The contrast of rainbow versus white and grey is just gorgeous, and there’s just something about that little pink car I can’t get over! If you Google the cover, there are so many that didn’t make the cut, but are just so pretty, I don’t know how the final cover was chosen!
The Unexpected Everything – Although I’m devastated that the publishers in the UK didn’t decide to stick with the cute typography covers like the ones I have for Amy & Roger and Second Chance Summer, this cover is still beautiful! So beautiful in fact I paid extra for the US hardback so I could get this cute retro-ish many dogs ice-cream cover. I mean it matches Since You’ve Been Gone at least!
11. Most memorable character of 2016?
River from The Graces by Laure Eve – The only problem is, she’s memorable for all the wrong reasons! One of my least favourite characters of the year, but one I can’t stop thinking about.
Alucard from A Gathering of Shadows – What an addition to the cast of characters, am I right?
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – I’ve never read anything quite so strange and beautiful. If you liked Miss Peregrine’s Home, then you’ll love this!
George by Alex Gino – A book that EVERYONE needs to read.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Wonder by R. J. Palacio – It’s so eye opening, with so many different perspectives, I consider it mandatory reading for book lovers everywhere!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – This had a lot of hype and love when it first came out, but it was another book that Bee read and didn’t like, so I wrote it off, but I’m the bigger contemporary fan, and I think I read this at the perfect time during the year that I loved every second!
Winter by Marissa Meyer – Ohmygosh, ohmygosh, ohmygosh. It’s finally done. I’m finished. After over 800 pages I’ve made it to the other side of the Lunar Chronicles…and I want to go straight back in!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
We don’t actually tab passages or quotes from books, so I guess we could’ve skipped this one, but that’s just like a little extra fact about us!
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
SHORTEST: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt | Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan at 166 pages
LONGEST: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon at 896 pages!
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – I saw the plot twist coming, but that didn’t make it any less of a ‘what the heck?’ moment!
The Deviants by C. J. Skuse – Although the ending was pretty guessable, the actually content and some of the twists were just generally shocking, and it’s a story that I think about every now and again – it just creeps up on me!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Steffi and Rhys from A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. Perfect pairing.
Nina and Matthias from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. My fragile heart.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
MALE AND FEMALE: Frances and Aled from Radio Silence. There is literally NO romance between these two and it’s glorious! We loved their text messages and the way they support each other but also how they don’t always get along or understand each other was really touching.
FEMALE AND FEMALE: The Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne, complexly representing girls!
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
That has to be The Secret City by C. J. Daugherty. I also read her Night School series this year, which I didn’t really like but the Alchemist Chronicles were brilliant! I gave both books four stars!
21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Night Owls by Jenn Bennett – Bee loved this book when she read it from the library, but not immediately, she had to read fifty pages before she really got into the story, and because she loved it, I loved it too!
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven- everyone loves Jennifer Niven and I refuse to read All The Bright Places but Maddie read this book really early and said it was a lot better than she was expecting. It’s not one of the best books I’ve read this year, but I read it on a recommendation!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
Everyone from The Serpent King.
Everyone from Six of Crows.
23. Best 2016 debut you read?
The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner. I’ve already got my hands on his 2017 release, so I’m raring to go and see what his next heart breaker is going to be.
I’m looking forward to more stuff from Harriet Reuter Haploid author of The Square Root of Summer!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
How many of these am I allowed to answer with Six of Crows?
I found it really easy to imagine the setting of The Lone City series by Amy Ewing. Usually, I find dystopians hard to map in my mind, but this one formed really easily!
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Head Over Heels by Holly Smale – We were really anticipating this release being HUGE Geek Girl fans. We were smiling throughout the entire thing – the characters had come so far, it was truly wonderful. Forever Geek is one of our most anticipated releases of next year!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani – I adore The School For Good and Evil series, and when Soman announced on EverNeverTV that there was going to be another series that would follow on from The Last Ever After…well, you can guess my reaction!
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James – we got to hear Lauren talk about her next book when we met her in November. It sounds incredible but it doesn’t come out until September – how am I meant to wait that long?!
3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
We’re really not sure, if you have any debuts that we should be looking out for, please tell us about them!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
A lot of my favourite series ended either this year or last year, so I’m really pumped for their new releases, like Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer, which is a spinoff rather than a sequel, but oh well!
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab – This one needs little explanation, because A Gathering of Shadows was my favourite book of the year. I have so much faith in Victoria Schwab that this is going to be the best sequel I’ve ever read.
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Get more involved in the blogging community for sure! If you have any blogs that you’d like to recommend then please send them our way!
6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The survey is hosted by Perpetual Page Turner, and if you want to have a full look at the questions go here!
For the final day of Blogmas, and we can’t believe it’s almost over, we thought it would be a good idea to look forward to 2017, and write about how we want our reading habits to change!
There are so many incredible books on our TBRs and sometimes how much there is to read completely overwhelms us! Luckily, Maddie and I are able to read around 10 books a month on busier months and up to 20 in the summer months, so we’re not too bad when it comes to making dents in TBRs, but we’re constantly adding to them with new releases or series we’ve only just heard about, so it can be hard. At the beginning of the year we thought long and hard about the kinds of books we wanted to be reading and how we could maximise the percentage of books we actually enjoy out of all the books we read in a year. Although we made progress, we still have a way to go, so here are a few of the changes we want to make to our reading habits! Continue reading “Reading Resolutions for 2017!”
The #cramathon has come around once again and we’re going to try and participate! Our goal for December overall was to read 20 books, and if we have to read 7 in a week that’ll definitely help. We’ve also been stuck reading mostly for our classes next semester and working on our essays, so it feels like a long time since we’ve read for pleasure – and we deserve a break! As per usual, there are seven challenges, the last one being to read 7 books and we’ve created a TBR that will hopefully complete all of them!
If you’re interested in joining in with the #cramathon – which aims to have you read the smallest/easiest books on your TBR so you can reach your Goodreads goal – then you should check out the Twitter!
1. Read a book under 200 pages
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson – Over the summer we started a project where we wanted to read more Middle Grade, and we started to churn our way through all of the old JW books we had, whilst also buying the ones we didn’t have from charity shops. Then we stopped because we were going to back to uni and couldn’t bring them all with us, so we’re really pumped to get back to it! (Maybe by the end of 2017 we will have read her entire collection!)
2. Read 2 books in 24 hours
7 Days by Eve Ainsworth & Girl Online: On Tour by Zoë Sugg – that’s 584 pages!
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West & Nerve by Jeanne Ryan – and that’s 592 pages!
3. Read a book set in a different country than where you live
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick – Maddie picked this one up from the library because Sedgwick was an author featured in the I’ll Be Home For Christmas anthology we wanted to read more of his stuff!
Silver Stars by Michael Grant – I’m already 15% through this one, but hopefully I’ll finish it during the readathon so I can count it towards this goal!
4. Read a book you’ve been putting off/have been meaning to read forever
Winter by Marissa Meyer – I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish this one, but I can at least start it, and if I somehow can finish it then that’ll just be a bonus!
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle – Maddie has had this on her TBR forever and it was one of her Top 5 books to read before the end of the year, so two birds, one stone!
5. Read a book with pictures
We’re going to double up a challenge with this one and said any Jacqueline Wilson book we manage to read in this period!
6. Read a graphic novel
Giant Days Vol. 3 – This graphic novel series is one of our favourites!
Gotham Academy: Yearbook – We found out about this series quite recently but have already whipped through the first two volumes and the third has just been released, so we need to be caught up!
7. Read 7 books
These are the books that didn’t quite make it to our Top 10 Books of 2016 (that’ll be going out on our channel at the end of the year!) but still deserve an honourable mention for a wonderful reading experience, or unexpected enjoyment!
♡ Maddie’s Picks ♡
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel
The story of a girl who suffers an insane injury where she has to have half a face transplant, Faceless is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s extremely character driven, and you really get to know Maisie and how much a new face can make her feel like she’s losing identity. Although it took me a while to read, I thought the story was so inventive and out of the box that I was desperate to know what happened next!
The Crown by Keira Cass
After not liking The Heir, the finale of The Selection series had a lot to do to recover its place as one of my favourite series of all time. But, surprisingly, Eadlyn’s personality changed in exactly the way I wanted it to, and the perfect happily ever after was reached with limited conflict! We did a whole review of this book if you’re interested in our more in depth thoughts on why this salvaged the series from the brink of disaster!
George by Alex Gino
This book is just amazing. Absolutely amazing and eye opening. It’s a middle grade story about a transgender girl who struggles to tell her family and peers about her true identity, and changes the hearts and minds of those around her by performing a part in her school play. The friendship in this book is heartwarming, the zoo trip was heart melting and overall, you can’t walk away from this book without the warm and fuzzies.
Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kezzler
Can you believe this was the first book I read with a lesbian protagonist? Me neither! This year I really tried to read as many LGBT+ books as I could get my hands on, and I fell in love with Liz Kezzler’s portrayal of a girl coming to terms with her sexuality and accepting who she really was. This also deals with teacher-student relationships, which I normally steer away from, but in a completely respectful way, and the reason this book was a surprise, so it’s well worth a read!
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This story was beyond unique. I don’t think any description could really do it justice, but if you absolutely love story telling and fairy tales and the slightly peculiar side of life, this is the perfect book for you. I was completely drawn in by the whole Lavender family and their strange and beautiful lives. Of all on this list, this was the most surprising, because the style was slightly out of my comfort zone, but that didn’t stop me getting intoxicated by it!
♡ Bee’s Picks ♡
And I Darken by Kiersten White
This story definitely took me by surprise! I’d put off reading it for so long (I have no idea why!) so I took going on holiday as the perfect opportunity to get round to reading some review books and And I Darken was at the top of my priority list! The first 30% or so was ridiculously exciting. The writing was enticing and the characters were flat out incredible. Then the focus shifted to the politics of the situation and introduced a love triangle and I started to switch off. In the end I gave the book 3.5 stars, but it is by far the best thing I’ve read by Kiersten White and I have high expectations for the sequel!
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
I wrote a gushing review for this books because it really did tick for many boxes. Strong character voices, likeable characters, heartwarming story! It really is something special, and I feel like it’s a story that’s had quite a bit of underground hype but I still haven’t heard many people talking about in on booktube. I’ve just finished reading her book that comes out in March 2017, Optimists Die First, and she made it to my Top 5 New To Me Authors too!
Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer
I enjoyed 85% of this book! Just like And I Darken it was so so so promising to begin with, but there were a few things that meant it can’t quite make it to my Top 10 of the year. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the entire reading experience, because I found Invisibility in the library and practically couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend it, especially to fans of Beautiful Creatures.
Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy
This was actually one of the first books I read this year, and it’s stuck with me all this time. I was completely sucked in to the mystery and I was one hundred per cent invested in the outcome! I’ve never read anything by Anne Cassidy before either, and I’m pretty sure she’s a staple UKYA author, so I’m really intrigued to pick up some of her other stories now, especially because I think she has a few darker ones perfect for the autumn season!
Paper Weight by Meg Haston
This book was recommended to me by my good friend Carys, because it was one of her favourite books of last year I think. Originally I was hesitant to pick it up because it’s about a girl suffering for anorexia and I find that headspace quite difficult to relate to when I read about it in first person, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! The ending was such a twist, I’m really glad I gave it a shot!
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic was perfect for us today because at the moment, we’re trying to sort out our reading priorities for the end of 2016, and moving some of the best books on our TBR over to 2017 will definitely take the the pressure off!
♡ Maddie’s Picks ♡
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
This is one of our favourite book-to-movie adaptations, and Bee’s been recommending it to me every time I’m stuck for something to read but it’s so long and I don’t want to feel like I have to rush through it, so 2017 will be the year I finally sit down and soak up The Host, at a leisurely pace!
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Everyone was talking about this book when it first came out because it was about writing and a teenage girl publishing a book, and that sounded awesome. I bought it straight away, read the first 50 pages, loved it and then put it down. Why? Who knows. Not next year though.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Another book that I started reading and couldn’t get into, 2017 is like the year of second chances. I couldn’t keep the world straight in my head, but I really want to like this series because it’s slightly more adult and the author is from the UK, and I already own the second book!
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I’m so hyped for the movie to come out in 2017, starring Zoey Deutch, that I need to read the book to satisfy my need to see the movie right this second. I’ve loved all the Lauren Oliver I’ve read so far, and I’m really excited to go back to her debut novel and see how far she’s come!
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
It’s been a while since I read my last Rick book, and I’d say I’m far enough away from the Heroes of Olympus series to not just dislike the new kid on the principle that he is not Percy or Annabeth or any of the other demigods I fell in love with. I know he’s also written The Trials of Apollo and I need to catch up with my old fave middle grade author before I fall completely out of the loop.
♡ Bee’s Picks ♡
Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
First of, I would recommend you check out the Goodreads page for this book and look at all the different covers, because each one seems to market the book in a slightly different way, and now I have no idea what to expect from it! All I know is that the characters share surnames with the characters of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and it’s about witches and that was intriguing enough for me to buy the whole series!
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I’m really excited to read this trilogy now that the final book The Winner’s Kiss came out this year! I’ve been waiting so I can binge them without any wait in between and from the reviews Maddie has already given the series, I think I was right to do so. The covers for this series are just outstanding and I’ve heard SO many good things, it’s about time I finally read them.
Slated by Terri Terry
This is another trilogy that Maddie has raved about, so I think you can see a pattern emerging. This list could’ve been made entirely from series that Maddie has completed and loved, but I limited myself to just the two. Maddie’s read quite a few of my series recommendations now, so I think I should take some of her recommendations seriously in return! Slated was actually one of the first books that she reviewed on this blog too, so the wait has been long enough!
One by Sarah Crossan
Sarah Crossan is such a diverse author. This year we both read the Breathe duology and loved it, and One has been nominated and won a few awards for being just so brilliant! It’s the story of conjoined twins, so I know it’s probably going to be a very emotional read for me, but Maddie and I are actually going to a reading and signing that Sarah Crossan is doing with the co-author of her next book We Come Apart, Brian Conaghan, so I definitely want to get it done by then, but I might even sneak it in before the end of this year, who knows!
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
I have had this book on my TBR for what feels like forever, and I know it’s had some mixed reviews, but I’ve only been reading the positive ones! It’s the story of Emi and Ava who fall in love and that’s enough to make me desperate to read it!
Blogmas wouldn’t be Blogmas without a few Winter/ Christmas recommendations! Just like in previous years, the list contains a few Christmassy books and a few that are perfect to read in the cold season! This year’s list is probably the most diverse we’ve compiled, so let’s get to it!
Here are this year’s picks:
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
This book shares the same cross between middle grade and adult fiction that Wonder by R. J. Palacio has. It’s a book that everyone can enjoy! It’s the story of miscreant by who’s taken in by a family that live on a farm and their compassion is what helps this boy reconnect his past. It deals with some heavy issues, like teenage pregnancy, in an incredibly sensitive manner. It’s one of those books that you don’t think much of when you begin, but once you get dragged into the story you won’t be able to stop thinking about it! Bad weather and frozen lakes play a big part in the story making it a perfect book for the season.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Maddie and I started the year by watching the first episode of the TV, then we found out Outlander was going to be one of the books we had to read for university. So, we halted watching the show and decided to read the book first! This series is one to sink your teeth into, it has the perfect mix of character and plot driven arcs and the romantic scenes are interspersed with politics and fighting. We loved the intrigue and the historical setting, and adore how level-headed Claire is, even in a completely new situation. The TV show has run it’s second season, and I do believe more is in the works, so if you like to watch adaptations along with reading the main text, this is an incredible series to begin over he Christmas holidays. Also, the book series is still on going and all of the books are extremely long, so if you love Outlander, there’s still so much more to read!
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Without fail, The Wizard of Oz is always on at Christmas. So is Oliver Twist, but until a YA adaptation of that is written, I can only recommend this marvellously unique retelling where Dorothy is a witch with a capital B and must be taken down at all costs, otherwise Oz will be corrupt forever and ever. This isn’t the Oz you know and put up with because your granddad refuses to change the channel (not speaking from experience or anything.) It’s feisty and gritty and the Wicked Witch of the West isn’t the only evil lurking around. Although I think the blurb lures you in under the false pretences of an epic quest, there are still lots of epic things going on that are worthy of your attention! If you like Percy Jackson, retellings or villains, this is your perfect Christmas in book form.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas, a UKYA anthology
We reviewed this on Day 2 of Blogmas and it’s the perfect read for anyone wanted to boost the number of UKYA authors they’ve read in 2016. It’s also a great introduction to authors you may not have heard of, or a juicy extra from one of your favourites. There’s something in here for everyone, including a ghost story, a refugee, astronauts, LGBT+ visibility and plenty of Christmas romance. A bonus for this book is the £1 of every sale goes to the Crisis charity that helps the homeless over the holiday season, so by investing in some great stories, you’re doing a good dead as well!
Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by R. Cohn and D. Levithan
This list wouldn’t be complete without a contemporary centred around our favourite time of year. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares made it to a previous list, and the sequel earns its spot as another jovial and unexpectedly quirky story of the Christmas couple, a year later. David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn have done it again, crafting a story around hilarious situations and drama that is guaranteed to keep you occupied until Christmas dinner is on the table. Note: this book can also be appreciated as a stand alone, even if you haven’t read the first book! It’s never too late to get on board Dash and Lily’s romance, huzzah!
If you want to look at our recommendations from previous years just click the dates!