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So, as readers of Young Adult fiction (unless you’re looking for great ways to wear old coats… because, guys, I really can’t help you), you will undoubtedly be a Young Adult Book Pusher (YABP).
Over the past couple of months I have got my colleague who has never, ever read a YA book (she reads Proust on her lunch) demolish the entire Hunger Games series and when she read it (and loved it! Even Mockingjay… whaaaaat?) she asked me if I had any more recommendations.
My answer, of course, came in the form of throwing my head back and cackling loudly and for just a second too long*.
Like most people, I have my go-to recommendations and apart from one series, I’ve had 100% HURRAH feedback.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
No brainer. This is the YA series that gets people hooked, right? I hand them over to strangers… but it will always come with a warning. A Mockingjay Warning (AMW). (So far) Every single person who I’ve told to read this series have absolutely adored it and have been.
I already have two copies of this series and I know what the new editions from Scholastic look like (SHINY SHINY SHINY) so I know that by the end of this year… I’ll have three copies.
Jellicoe Road/Saving Francesca/ The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Come ON. When I know people are serious about YA fiction, I thrust one of these in their hands.
I’ve often debated with myself about which one to start with. Do we Jellicoe first or Saving Francesca? I, personally, tend to get them started on Jellicoe Road because that was the first book I read of MM’s and, I don’t know, it just feels right that other people should read them in that order too.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore this series. So much so that I re-read them every year and every time I read them I find something new that I missed first time around. I just wish everyone would read them and love them as I do.
The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson
It upsets me how few of my favourite YA bloggers have read this series. This series has turned me into a jibbering wreck on so many occasions that, depending on how fragile I’m feeling, there are some scene I can’t even think about with sobbing like a small child.
I found the first book in my local library and demolished it within a few hours and promptly bought all three (they were the only ones that were out when I first started). The books in this series are a complete auto-buy for me (watch out for the review of The Fallen some time in the near future) . This series has everything: fantastic dialogue, a vibrant setting and horrific, grim descriptions. It’s so different to anything out there at the moment and such a brilliant example of what UKYA has to offer.
The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
Now this is my series that I’ve had mixed feedback from. I won’t NAME NAMES but, yes, there have been some people who haven’t been too fussed about this series.
This is one of my all time favourite series and, even if there’s a risk that people won’t like it, I’ll still lend them it because… well, if I can recruit more Nessochists then I will stop at nothing.
This is Shyness by Leanne Hall.
The thing that I love the most about this book is
Wolfboy the fact that it comes with a link to all my bestest blogger friends. It was Rey who prodded me rather forcefully to read it, then I read it with Maree and now I’ve lent it to Anna and Jasprit is on the waiting list when Anna’s done.
This book is Aussie and is incredibly difficult to get your mitts on if you’re British so I’m happy that I can send it to people and give them the opportunity to meet Wolfboy and go on this adventure. I rely on people lending me books and getting me hooked on new authors and I absolutely love doing the same. There’s nothing better than handing over a book, one that means so much to me, to someone you hope will feel the same way.
So these are my ‘always lend’s and every time I look at them on my shelf, I know who I’ve lent them to and I remember the ace conversations we had about them.
Are there any books that you absolutely love and want EVERYONE to read? Is there a series you wished got more air time? Are there any books that you’ve borrowed that you’ve immediately bought because they were so good?
Let me know in the comments!
*She’s just finished Jellicoe Road and I’ve just placed a copy of Saving Francesca in her hands and Tom is waiting in the wings.