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15 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #39

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.


  1. I haven't even heard of any of these lol - must correct this ASAP :) My TTT

    1. You will definitely not be disappointed! They span a pretty large range of genres.

  2. This is a great choice of topic! I'll have to check some of these out. :D

    1. Thank you :)
      It's a bit of a recurring theme, but what can I say? I'm in love with UKYA.

  3. I really need to read Geek Girl. I own it, so hopefully soon! Great list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My TTT

  4. Oh wow - thank you so much! I'm hugely proud to be on the list. Some of my favourites are already on here - I'll definitely check out the others xx

  5. Nice list! SLATED has been on my must have list for a while and I definitely need to check out the rest!

  6. I haven't read any of these, but I know my daughter really liked Pirates and wants me to read it! Nice list!

  7. I love UKYA! Great choices as always!

  8. I really want to try Slated someday! And I did read Looking for JJ and OMG THAT BOOK WAS CHILLING AND SAD. But so good. XD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. Ooh if you liked Looking for JJ you'll probably like My Second Life too, they're really different but there was just something about them that is so similar, and I have no idea what it is.

      Also, Slated is amazing. One of my biggest book hangovers this year. I finished the series and just sat there. Doing nothing.

  9. This was a great idea for a top ten list. I'm not very familiar with a lot of these, but I'll be checking them out:-)

  10. I feel awful that I haven't read any of these :(


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