Oh my word this is the last of my guest posts! I can’t believe we’ve got here so quickly. So though last, they are certainly not least, thanks to a brilliant list from Leo. I now present your last set of twelve from one of our well read book gurus:
1) The Sky is Everywhere / Jandy Nelson
An unusual, beautiful debut novel, I couldn’t put it down.. You will cry, but this book will make you fall in love with life all over again (though the blurb does not do this book justice! It took a customer’s rave review to make me pick this up, as it didn’t sound my sort of thing at all.).
2) Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
It’s the last chance to read this fantastically gripping trilogy before the film comes out early next year.
3) The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Trilogy) / Patrick Ness
So intense you’ll miss your bus stop (I did!), it’s dark, thoughtful and addictive. – Note: The second book in the trilogy is quite gruelling, with holocaust-like themes. Definitely worth it, but not for the delicate.
4) I Capture the Castle / Dodie Smith
An absolute classic, loved by everyone here, it’s funny and beautiful and a must-read for every girl of 13+.
5) The Scorpio Races / Maggie Stiefvater
An atmospheric, lyrical, windswept romance (with horses!); a great read for a stormy day, wrapped in a thick jumper by the fire.
6) The Vanishing of Katharina Linden / Helen Grant
A good thriller for frightening yourself in the dark, in the claustrophobic setting of a small German village, young girls start to go missing.
7) The Death Defying Pepper Roux / Geraldine McCaughrean
Quite surreal, but handled with a light touch.
8) Wonder Struck / Brian Selznick
Another book by the author of the wonderful Invention of Hugo Cabret (which has just been made into the film ‘Hugo’ by Martin Scorsese). Part text, part graphic novel, it is quite magical.
9) Velvet / Mary Hooper
This book, and her previous novel, Fallen Grace, provide fascinating and emotionally engaging insights into the victorian cult of death; Fallen Grace looks at the fashion for highly elaborate funerals, whilst Velvet deals with the world of seances and mediums.
10) Blood Red Road / Moira Young
An epic, full-blooded debut, with the toughest heroine you’ll read in a long time.
11) The Secret Countess / Eva Ibbotson
This, along with the author’s other historical romances, offers pure girly escapism.
12) Momentum / Saci Lloyd
Great characters and great energy!
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