2013 Round-up

Looking back over 2013, I am impressed by the amount of good books I have read.

The dystopian theme has continued with new titles from Malorie Blackman (Noble Conflict), Gillian Cross (After Tomorrow), Patrick Ness (More Than This) and Sophie Mckenzie (Split Second). The final book of the Divergent series was published – Allegiant – and now fans are waiting for the film to appear.

The publication of books in a series remained popular with new series by Chris Bradford (The Bodyguard), Ian Johnstone (The Bell Between Worlds), Simon Mason (Running Girl ), Lauren Kate (Teardrop) and Ruth Warburton (Witchfinder). The books cover a range of interests and will appeal to a large group of YA readers.

Refreshingly, there were individual and unusual books too.  My favourites were:

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Heroic by Phil Earle

The Hanged Man Also Rises by Sarah Naughton

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

I could go on because there were plenty of excellent books to read – often I hear the complaint that there aren’t any good books to read, or they don’t write books like they used to or all YA books are about vampires: the list I’ve just written proves this isn’t the case. The problem lies more in finding the books, hearing about them, having them recommended. Until the media – newspaper, TV, radio – decides to dedicate a small space to promoting YA books on a regular basis, finding a good book to read is likely to remain a bit hit and miss. However there are plenty of librarians, blogs and websites available to help – so do make use of them.

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