Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.
This week is Top Ten Best UKYA Books.
Being 25 doesn't stop me from reading and loving UKYA.
Out of all of the books I have ever read, these are the ones that have stayed with me the longest, that have haunted me most vividly. Not all of these books are even rated 5* - I'm sure I only gave one a two - but that hasn't lessened the impact. If you've been browsing my blog for a while you are about to see some very familiar titles and authors, but I can't help it. These books are all amazing.
- Lucas by Kevin Brooks
This is one of my all time favourite books and I have lost count of the amount of times I have read it. Even the first page has me bubbling.
- Junk by Melvin Burgess
This is often hailed as one of the first YA books and it is immensely gritty and dark and really makes you think.
- Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
Every time I walk anywhere near water on a sunny yet nippy day, I think of this book. And sometimes I'll just be day dreaming away and think of it.
- Darkmere by Helen Maslin
I only came across this book a few weeks ago, but it made one heck of an impression. I once read someone saying it was like someone gave the cast of Skins a castle, and that is exactly what this is.
- Pirates by Celia Rees
I just have to smell the sea to think of this book. Or see a barrel. Or just let my thoughts wander to pirates. This book is every bit as bloodthirsty and violent as the title entails, but also has this incredible underlying story about family and love and friendship.
- The Blemished by Sarah Dalton
This is the only indie to have made it on to my list and it is breath-taking. The feminist undertones to the story really take it to the next level.
- My Second Life by Faye Bird
What happens when you die? This book asks some serious philosophical questions about life, death, family... You name it. It's intense.
- Slated by Teri Terry
The possibilities explored in the pages of this book are terrifying. This book is what YA should be and it's what dystopian should be. It's absolutely incredible and the series just got better with each book.
- Geek Girl by Holly Smale
I don't think that I have ever laughed as hard as I did when I read this. In one sitting. Staying up until three. Keeping my OH awake because I was reading the facts aloud. And laughing. Loudly.
- Possessing Rayne by Kate Cann
I stumbled upon this book by accident in high school and I've read it (and the second) probably about twice a year since then. It is my go to book when I'm in a slump or need something for a summer's day or an autumn evening.