September 27: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List
Following an amazing three days at YALC in July, meeting and listening to dozens of wonderful YA authors, I decided to make this autumn about finally reading many of their novels. I chose a selection of genres, and this list comprises both books that have been on my TBR for a number of years as well as ones that I only discovered a couple of months ago. Aim: to have read books by more YA authors before YALC 2017!
1. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
This wasn’t on my radar before YALC, but I have heard such good things about this feminist contemporary series, so I just need to delve into it.
2. Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
With Noughts and Crosses being one of my favourite books/series of all time, I need to read more Malorie Blackman. This sci-fi book was the novel she was promoting at the convention, so I dutifully purchased it and had it signed upon meeting her.
3. Rebel of the Sands by Alywn Hamilton
I was relatively unfamiliar with this book before YALC (I did have a copy sitting on my bookshelf though, so I clearly wasn’t that unfamiliar). It appears to me to be like Throne of Glass meets Arabian Nights, which sounds intriguing.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This is a book I’ve had sitting on my bookshelf since its release (along with several other books by V.E./Victoria Schwab). The only thing that’s putting me off is the sheer size of the individual novels, but I have read amazing reviews, so I just need to bite the bullet.
5. Half Bad by Sally Green
Benjaminoftomes raves about this book and series, but it wasn’t until I heard Sally Green speak on a panel at YALC that I really wanted to read it. It sounds like a really gritty paranormal novel.
6. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Hearing Louise talk on a panel at YALC was so interesting: it was about morally complicated YA. Her novels have caused so much controversy, and that can only be a good thing.
7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I’ve had a copy of this for over a year, but (as with all other Patrick Ness books) I’ve never picked it up. However, the movie is coming out relatively soon, and the book has received rapturous applause, so I need to read it soon.
8. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Another book I was unfamiliar with, I finally gave in and purchased the paperback and eBook this month. I love the concept: Harry Potter meets CSI, so I’m pretty sure I’ll love it.
9. Homecoming by Kass Morgan
Having now read and loved The 100 and Day 21, the third book in the series is very high up on my TBR list, especially since there is a fourth book coming out in December.
10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Despite Jo not attending the convention (she doesn’t need to and I doubt would want to) I couldn’t neglect to have this book on my autumn TBR list. I’m going to the midnight screening with my friend Lucy, and no doubt the very same day I’ll pick up JK’s first attempt at screenwriting.
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