I read a lot. And I’m borderline obsessive when I’m engrossed in a good book.
Once my husband came home to find our two year old upending a bottle of milk all over the couch next to me while I sat reading, completely oblivious.
I don’t have time to review every book I read but below is a selection of books that I love and totally recommend reading if you get a chance.
Code Name Verity
Red, White & Royal Blue
This laugh-out-loud book is one of those books that you finish and immediately want to reread because it’s just so good. The premise is fantastic – what would happen if the First Son of the President of the United States fell in love with the Prince of England?
Lock and West
The characters in this book will steal your heart. Lock is glorious is his awkwardness while West will make you laugh and cry. There are a lot of dark issues addressed in this tale of first love, but the light still manages to shine through.
We Are All Made of Molecules
I'll Give You the Sun
How to be popular
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
19 Love Songs
This collection of 19 Valentine’s day stories David Levithan has written for his friends over the years is full of the wonderful writing you’d expect from this author.
They call me Alexandra Gastone
A spy book with an intriguing concept and packed full of moral dilemmas that you can’t help but contemplate what you would do if placed in the same situation.
Wolf by Wolf
An alternative history imagining the world if Hitler had won the war. Tick. Herione with a tragic past that has left her with supernatural powers. Tick. Fast paced plot involving a motorcycle race across continents surrounded by enemies. Tick. Actually, what’s not to love about this wonderful story? Oh, and I forgot to mention the heroines compelling and unique internal conflict and struggle for identity.
With stunning writing that will leave you shivering with delight, Craig Silvey manages to perfectly capture the slightly sinister vibe of a small Australian town bristling under the surface with intolerance. A powerful book in every respect.
Feeling sorry for Celia
Evie is a Shield, bound by DNA to protect her best friend from a mysterious assassin. The cool concept, fast paced plot and swoon-worthy hero make Spark a must read. The twist at the end is just the icing on the cake.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
One of my favorite books of all time. The whole novel hangs on Mark Haddon’s masterful crafting of Christopher’s unique voice. I’m almost envious of you if you haven’t read it, because you still have that wonderful experience in your future.
One of Us is Lying
This book is a bestseller for a reason. A cool concept relentlessly executed with one of the best twists that is difficult to predict even when you are looking for it.
Part an in-depth look at the aftermath of a school shooting on the survivors, part a moving love story, Boy Shattered is a powerful story on all levels.
The Sea-Wreck Stranger
And I Darken
The Song of Achilles
I ugly cried so hard at the end of this beautiful book. The story of Achilles told from the point of view of his companion Patroclus is simply stunning and a masterclass on how to retell a classic story in a unique and compelling way.
Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda
If I could choose one book to crawl inside and live forever in, this would be it! I love Simon’s family and friends and the romance is off the charts cute.
The Sun is Also a Star
Snakes & Ladders
The Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones
Such a cool concept and executed so so well. Bluebell Jones has an older version of herself to guide her through one memorable summer. What has stuck with me since reading it is the idea of what your life could be like if you simply let go of fear.