Top Ten / YA Books I’m Excited About

Top Ten / YA Books I’m Excited About
I thought I’d talk about my top anticipated July-December books today since I first blogged about this topic for Top Ten Tuesday in December.

JULY (even though it’s a bit late!)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
I wasn’t too fussed about the script book until I saw the play and now I’m really looking forward to revisiting the story! I know it’s not a possibility for everyone, but if you can, definitely see it before you read it.

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
I adored Holly’s Am I Normal Yet? – a fantastic story of mental health, friendship and feminism – and so I’m delighted there are three more books to go, including the sequels How Hard Can Love Be? and What’s a Girl Gotta Do? Bring on the Spinster Club!

Unboxed by Non Pratt
As Non is one of my favourite authors, I was super excited to hear she was writing a new novella, about four teenagers who reunite after their friend passes away. I’ve heard such amazing things from everyone who’s read it so far, so I’m making it my next book!

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Various
As soon as it hits December, I’ll be reading I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. It includes some of my very favourite YA authors, such as Holly Bourne and Lisa Williamson.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
If I needed an excuse to re-read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares once again, this would be it! Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
This is a dèbut I’ve seen a lot of excitement around – about the unlikely love between Henry and Grace – so I was happy to get my hands on a copy at this year’s YALC. 

Replica by Lauren Oliver
I’ve not read a Lauren Oliver novel in a while (not by choice – my TBR is just towering!), but I really want to make time for Replica. I’m intrigued by how this science fiction story is written; you can read Gemma’s story first, or Lyra’s, or in alternate chapters!

The Last Beginning by Lauren James
I’m looking forward to delving back into the tricksy world of Matthew and Kate, and meeting new characters Clove and Ella!

Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin
As Wolf By Wolf was my favourite book of 2015, Blood For Blood must be my most anticipated book of 2016! I haven’t even looked up what it’s about because I’m going to read it no matter what.

…And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne
Aaaand finally, another new story from Holly, this time a novella. I’m delighted that we get not one, but three new festive YA stories this year!

Will you be reading any of these?


Illumicrate Unboxing: August

Illumicrate Unboxing: August
I subscribe to Illumicrate, a bookish subscription box based in the UK. As it’s a quarterly subscription, August means it is time for a new box! I can’t believe we’ve had a whole year of Illumicrate and we’re now onto the fourth box. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t received their box yet, so click ‘continue reading’ to see what’s inside (and see my previous unboxing posts here).

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Shelf Swap with Louise Corcoran

Shelf Swap with Louise Corcoran
I love swapping book recommendations, so I’m asking one person each month to pick five books from my Goodreads shelves that they want to read and five books from their own shelves that they think I might like to read.

I’m happy to welcome Louise Corcoran (@thisandyou), London Area Sales Manager for Bounce Sales & Marketing (she helps get lovely publishers’ books into bookshops) and former bookseller, to Pretty Books for Shelf Swap!


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I don’t know how this one has managed to pass me by, as it mixes many of the key ingredients that attract me to a book – magical realism, roundly-portrayed female protagonists, and alternative histories. This book comes highly recommended by many people whose book recs I trust, so I’m excited to finally read it.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Friendships, romance, non-linear timeframes – this book has many of the themes that I like to read in and around, particularly in the summer. I’ve had a proof copy of this sat on my shelves for a little while now, and will be reading it very soon as part of a long distance book club with a friend.

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold and Emily Gravett
Illustrated books for older children are a growing section of the industry, and having read Patrick Ness and Jim Kay’s A Monster Calls, David Almond’s collaborations with Dave McKean, & Sally Gardner and David Roberts’ Tinder, I’m eager to read The Imaginary. Mixing humour and horror, and illustrated throughout by Emily Gravett, this sounds right up my street.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Various
On Stacey’s wishlist shelf, this is another book whose release I’m eagerly awaiting. It features short stories on the themes of home and Christmas from some of the most prominent writers in UKYA, including Non Pratt, Juno Dawson and Lisa Williamson. Having read a couple of the stories already as I work for the company who distribute this book to bookshops, I can’t wait to read the rest.

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
Another that’s been sitting on my shelves for a little while, I’m mentally preparing myself to read this as everyone I know that’s read it has emphasised the emotional punch it packs.


Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
I know Stacey loved Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything when she read it last summer, so I’m recommending my favourite of her back catalogue. While this does follow the author’s traditional story arc, this book’s themes of music and friendship are two that I think will appeal to Stacey, and it also touches on some deeper issues around relationships and alcohol.

Stacey says: I definitely want to read more Sarah Dessen after reading Saint Anything! Debbie loaned me The Truth About Forever, but Just Listen sounds fun too. 

Vivian Versus The Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
Katie Coyle’s Vivian Apple books are incredibly underrated, in my opinion. Following the titular character after a modern day ‘rapture’, this book expertly weaves an engaging narrative with discussions of feminism, religion and capitalism. It also features a brilliantly depicted female friendship, something that I’m always looking for in the books I read.

Stacey says: I’ve wanted to read this ever since the cover reveal – the contemporary twist on apocalyptic fiction intrigues me.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
As Stacey also loved Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road, I’m recommending another Australian YA: Cath Crowley’s Graffiti Moon. Written in a dual narrative, this book is set over the course of one day and follows four teens as they come to terms with leaving school and everything that means. Poetic, heartwarming and uplifting, this is the kind of book that inspires you to get up and create.

Stacey says: I’ve had this book for so long that I had forgotten what it was about!

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
As someone working within the publishing industry, I think that Stacey will enjoy Afterworlds, a book with two narratives; one featuring a young author immediately pre-publication, and the other the fictional world that she has created. Blending the real world with the paranormal, this is an excellent coming of age story.

Stacey says: I’m definitely interested in the publishing aspect of this novel, plus it’s been years since I read Scott’s Uglies series.

Middlemarch by George Eliot 
While Middlemarch can seem slightly intimidating given its size, it’s definitely a book that I would recommend to Stacey for the Classics Challenge. While set in the industrial revolution, the insights provided by George Eliot feel more than appropriate to the world we live in today, and the prose that they are delivered in is beautiful.

Stacey says: This has been recommended to me quite a few times in my life! It definitely is intimidating, but I’ll give it a shot at some point. 

Thank you, Louise, for swapping shelves with me!

Which of these books would you read?