It’s March! Already! How did that happen? This month, I have cajoled the lovely Amy from Golden Books Girl to choose my TBR. Amy and Louise started this whole thing last year by choosing me some books to read, and Amy has been wanting to do it again ever since. Here’s what she chose for me to read this time, along with some lovely comments about why she’s chosen each one:
As I’m writing this quite a bit in advance, I’ve decided to not include a few more obvious options of recent releases that I loved in the hope that you’ll already have read them by the time this post comes around to being published! Instead, I’ve went for some older releases that I really liked, and I hope you do too!
Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth- this was my absolute favourite read of 2017. It’s gorgeously written and evocative, it made me cry more than once and given that you enjoyed When The Mountains Roared I’m pretty sure you’ll love this too. I learnt a lot about the situation in Tibet too. I definitely need to reread this in 2019, now I think of it!
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord- I’m pretty sure we bought around the same time, and I loved it so much. I was expecting it to be incredibly sad, and it is, but it’s also about Paige moving forward from the tragic loss of her boyfriend and meeting someone new (spoiler alert: he’s AMAZING and I love him). I was very stressed about how their romance would end, but the ending was so much better than I could have ever imagined and it was just perfect. The friendship group is so great too, and Emery Lord’s writing style is beyond beautiful- she’s since become one of my favourite authors since I picked this up!
Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain- this is another one that’s super sad at some points and super happy at others: it’s about twins whose family runs a circus skills school and tells the story of how Finch reacts to his sister Birdie’s accident on a trapeze that leaves her in a coma, as well as him having to save the school from closure and deal with his feelings for new boy Hector. Finch is hilarious as a narrator even though he takes a while to reveal who he truly is, and I can’t tell you how hard I was rooting for him and Hector to just bloody get together already- their romance is one of the sweetest ever! Finding out what happened to Birdie was fascinating too, and with these elements combined I struggled to put this down.
How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne (and What’s A Girl Gotta Do if you get time and feel like it!)- while Evie’s book of this trilogy is definitely my favourite, I still really love these two for being fabulous, funny, feminist joys to read, and it was a lot of fun getting inside Amber and Lottie’s heads and learning more about them and their families than you get to in Am I Normal Yet?
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness- I read this for the first time ages ago, and it’s a really special book: it’s about the “normal” teenagers, who aren’t the chosen ones and don’t need to save the world from an apocalyptic end, but are just trying to navigate high school and graduating from high school and their relationships and friendships. It’s a very weird concept and I will warn you that the indie kid chapters are bizarre (I recommend skimming or skipping them like I did, because it made for a far more enjoyable reading experience!), but the friendship group is so close and complex and I love them and the magical realism aspects other than the indie kid sections (namely Jared’s unique gift) were a lot of fun. Mikey is still one of the best narrator’s I’ve read too; I defy anyone to read this and not just want to hug him and help him.
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf- I read this last summer and it’s such a lovely, heartwarming book about a group of friends who try to help a refugee who has just joined their class find his remaining family members. The kindness of the children and especially the narrator is just so, so enjoyable to read about and the subtle humour made me smile often. There are plenty of tearjerker moments too though, so be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster!
Yet again, Amy has chosen me a great list of books I really should have read before now! So I am looking forward to finally picking these up.