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My Top 5 Reads of 2018

“When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me. One was the usual birds and bees. […] The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.” Echoing the words every single reader has said about this book: The Hate U Give should be required reading. For everyone. Of any age. It is the ultimate flagship novel for the YA genre; Angie Thomas gives us characters we can love, who feel real and that we care about. It talks about important and relevant topics but not harshly; it’s done with emotions, with tears. It’s done slowly, making you fall for Starr and her family, presenting the themes with a side of love and compassion. It explores racism in a way we can all understand, or we all should understand, whether we are old or young, black or white. The police brutality against innocent black people and the horrors and injustice that ensues, but also casual day-to-day racism, the kind that so many people just don’t understand is harmful. It’s not …

Top Reads of 2016

10. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon The third installment in one of my favourite fantasy series, but not the best so far. I love the characters and the world-building in this series, but I found The Song Rising slightly lacking in substance. The series has focused far too much on the politics of the story in the latest two installments, and we’re left wondering about the greater meaning of the world and its characters. I love this series, but this was a 3-star novel for me. 9. Scythe by Neal Shusterman I have tried a lot of Shusterman’s novels and Scythe was the first I properly enjoyed. In his latest awesome piece of speculative YA fiction, Shusterman shows us a futuristic world in which humans have conquered death, but in order to curb population, select members of society called scythes chose who lives and who dies. I thought the novel was brilliantly thought-out with two enjoyable protagonists showing us the way. Great for the younger spectrum of YA readers. . . . . . . …