Hello everybody! Today, it’s time for my MG edition of my favourites of 2018. As I mentioned in the YA post, I decided not to have a strict number limit of 10 this year and just talk about every 5 star read I had over the course of the year, which has led to this one being a bit lengthier than my YA one! There are a LOT of books to talk about,
Today’s post is a tiny bit different to usual (more in format than anything else), so onto the post! I hope you enjoy it 💜
Of all the books that I count as favourites, the Geek Girl series is one of the very closest to my heart. There are so, so many reasons why I love this series and I decided, since it’s now almost a year since the final book came out that I wanted to write about it.
It fits my taste perfectly.
Harriet’s voice is incredibly unique, and her dry sense of humour throughout never, ever fails to make me laugh at least once a chapter. We’re very different in a lot of ways, though I see similarities too. I don’t rattle off facts or love maths and Science, but I adore history, and books, and I’m the first to admit I’m not all that into fashion. There is a passage in the first book about that very topic that speaks hugely to me, and I’m often heard saying ‘they’re just clothes!’
That’s something Geek Girl has given me. There are whole sections of this book I can rhyme off by heart; Harriet’s vocabulary has seeped into mine. Ostensibly, which features in one of the most uncomfortable bullying scenes throughout all 6 books is one of my go to phrases in an essay, and it’s one of my favourite words ever. I also try and learn some of the glorious facts sprinkled throughout that always fit just right with the narrative, which never feel jarring as they could be in other hands.
The rest of the cast are just as special. Eccentric agent Wilbur; so bizarre I can’t help but giggle when he’s on the page. Her parents; clever and caring, and undoubtedly my favourite book parents of all time. Toby; initially an irritation, but someone I came to care about by the end of Forever Geek. Best friend Nat; ferociously protective of Harriet, hilarious, a true ‘girl bomb’. Scary fashion designer Yuka Ito, whose terrifying manner provokes Harriet into some of the best moments of the series for me. And Nick. Lion Boy. A character I’m unashamedly in love with. He’s funny, charming, gorgeous and I can picture him so vividly throughout. He’s perfect for Harriet, to me, and she’s perfect for him.
Watching them grow over the course of the series is a pleasure, and letting them go in Forever Geek was difficult (I spent the entire sitting in which I read it in tears, even as I inevitably laughed). I don’t think I’ll ever stop rereading them though. At the end of any especially tough week, or in preparation for something I’m dreading, I go to the drawer in which I keep these (the most easily accessible I have), pull them out and start reading. And it feels like going home.
Why do you love Geek Girl? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl
Today, I’m going to be taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s theme is basically perfect for me as I absolutely love rereading and the fact that I barely do any more since starting blogging is so annoying. Onto the books!
Chocolate Box Girls series by Cathy Cassidy– it seems only fitting to kick this post off with this series, which I’m pretty sure first released in 2010, aka when I wasn’t even double digits in terms of age. If they can withstand that length of time, I’m fairly sure I’ll be rereading them forever. They’re lovely teen contemporaries about a blended family creating a chocolate business, and the lives of the 5 daughters in particular.
Geek Girl series by Holly Smale- these books are like a cosy comfort blanket for me. They’re my go to in the middle of any especially tough time, and this world and these characters just never ever fail to lift my mood, though I always find it super tough to leave again as I get near the end.
Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens- these are, like what I know of Agatha Christie’s books (which I should probably read, as I somehow never have), the perfect mix of cosy and crime. They’re intricately plotted, have a nostalgic feel that’s like a more murderous Malory Towers vibe, and a really phenomenal friendship between two incredible female characters. They’re also very funny (or, I think so anyway), and they’re continuing to be of top notch quality 6 books in. It’s also super cool to pick up on foreshadowing when I reread them, as I am unobservant and never notice on my first reading.
The 39 Clues series by various authors- this series is criminally underrated and I cannot fathom why. They’re like an addictive TV series, and about the feuding superpower Cahill family as they undertake an unusual battle for an even more unusual inheritance. Discovering these books again is amazing, and I’d love to fit in a reread of this in 2018.
Adventure Island series by Helen Moss– another series I’d love to reread this year, time permitting, is this. It was my saviour at a time when I couldn’t find any books I loved and wasn’t sure reading was for me. Castle Key is a fantastic setting, I adore the characters, and as a lover of MG mysteries I’m yet to stumble upon a series with such consistently complex mysteries. Each of the 14 are of such a high standard, and I very much recommend them.
The Babysitters Club by Ann M Martin– it would take years to reread this series (in truth, I don’t think I’ve read them all anyway), but they’re perfect low concentration reads for when I’m especially I’ll. I found solace in a few mysteries when I had an especially bad chest infection last spring, for example. I’d like to rediscover some super specials this year.
Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison- I haven’t reread this in a while I’ve realised, but most of the time when I do I want to turn straight back to the start when I finish (and yes, I have done this before, multiple times). I adore the characters, the story is a lot of fun and it’s the laugh out loud type of funny.
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen- after raving about it on this blog an awful lot, my reread of this at New Year was daunting to say the least. But it more than lived up to my stratospheric recollection, and I weeped my way into 2018, unable to leave Ade’s world again before I finished.
Lockwood and Co series by Jonathan Stroud- I got into this series when there were only 3 of 5 books, and I must have read them at least 3 or 4 times in three months. I’ve not done a full reread yet, but I’d very much like to soon.
Pony Club Secrets by Stacy Gregg- this is the only longer series I’ve vowed I MUST reread this year, and I’m ridiculously excited, but also nervous, to reread them. I hope they’ll retain this status after I do, though I have a feeling they’re timeless in the same vein as the Chocolate Box Girls.
Thank you so much for reading! What books could you reread forever? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Welcome to day 20 of blogmas! Today, I’m going to be speaking about my 10 favourite YAs in 2017. This was a tough choice, and I still love all of the books on my mid-year favourites list too! There’s one book on here that I didn’t give 5 stars as I can’t actually remember why not and I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend everything I’ve rated that not on this list too. I’ll be doing a seperate list for MG books in a few days, and I’m leaving it till last as my 3 overall favourites of this year are all MG. Note- not all of these are from 2017. Some are books I’ve read this year that were either published before 2017 and others aren’t out till 2018
Onto the books!
The Summer of Telling Tales – this was beyond heartbreaking. It’s a tough but hopeful read, and reminded me of Jacqueline Wilson at her very best. I think this is massively underrated, so if you get a chance to read it (I stumbled on my copy at the library, for example) please, PLEASE do.
The Exact Opposite of Okay -I feel so lucky to have read this already, seeing that it isn’t out till next March. It has a wonderfully witty narrator who made me snort and cackle multiple times and I think a lot of people are going to fall in love with this when it’s released.
This Beats Perfect- A wonderful boyband YA, with a really nice romance and a prontagonist I loved, as well as a superb cast of secondary characters. I also just really liked the writing style, which felt unusual but I can’t explain how, and I’m looking forward to the sort of sequel that’s due out in February.
The Graces– this was so chilling and creepy it gave me goosebumps in places, and I couldn’t put it down to revise for my French exam (which I read it on the day of… oopsies). I passed though, so my love for this book remains very much in tact. Also, the last line is GLORIOUS; roll on the Curses right now please!
Radio Silence – This was another book from my last week of exams, which I also read in a day (the day of my Modern Studies exam). The thought of going back to this got me through a challenging paper, and it’s just phenomenal! Aled is one of my favourite characters ever.
Stargazing for Beginners– I read this after a bit of a reading slump, around the start of May I think, and it’s just wonderful. Meg is such an inspirational, yet flawed and realistic character, and watching her struggle with caring for her little sister after their mum jets off and abandons them is so sad in places. Her friends, such as Annie, are hilarious, and I also loved her romantic interest Ed.
The Empty Grave- this was pretty much the perfect finale to a pretty much perfect series. The trademark drama, humour and adventure combo was as slick as ever, and the characters continued to be exceptionally awesome in every way. And it made me cry at the end!
Wing Jones– I read this at the start of 2017 and it got me through the very difficult night before my MRI scan (which I find really difficult). Wing’s journey of finding her passion for running and falling in love is stunning from start to finish, and I adored the magical realism element.
Moxie– This is a fierce, feminist read that’s guaranteed to make you want to start your own revolution. It tells the story of Viv as she starts up her own zine and creates the Moxie movement to shake up her sexist school.
Noah Can’t Even– I genuinely have no idea why I didn’t give this 5 stars. It made me giggle loads and it was amazing fun, and Noah is so sweet and nerdy. DEFINETELY a favourite of this year in spite of the stupidity of past me’s star rating. (Which I have now went and swapped on Goodreads)
EDIT- I forgot a book! One of the most special things I’ve read this year is Forever Geek by Holly Smale, which was the final instalment of one of my favourite series (Geek Girl). I am MOST ashamed that I forgot it, but it’s definetely worth going over my 10 books.
What have your favourite YA books of 2017 been? Do we share any choices? I’d love to read your list if you have one! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!