If there’s one thing that makes a novel memorable for me, besides having amazing characters that I’d 100% take a bullet for, IT’S THE ANIMALS. Whether they be mythical creatures in fantasy, dogs in contemporary, or anything in between, I’m so here for it. Animals just make life so much better, am I right?! Whenever I see a doggo on the street, I’m like, THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME WITH YOUR PRESENCE. It’s truly an honour to live on this planet alongside dogs.
So today I’m going to rank some YA books by how cute the animals in them are! There’s honestly no better way to judge how good a book is, in my opinion. So I hope you can add some more fantastic books to your TBR – but prepare to want to drop everything to adopt a teacup dragon. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.
Okay, so the real reason why I haven’t been sleeping recently isn’t because I’ve been staying up late reading… it’s because I’ve been addicted to watching thrillers. I KNOW. NETFLIX IS RUINING MY LIFE. First it takes my money, then it takes my productivity, then it takes my precious beauty sleep?! (I’m kidding, Netflix and I are in a loving relationship. We’re all good.)
OH BOY. 2019 is already blessing us (cursing us? depends how much you enjoy being scared) with some amazing thriller TV shows, and I’m loving them — in a Will-I-Sleep-Tonight? kind of way. I mean, it’s a valid question. Will I be too addicted to the show to sleep? Or will the show be so creepy I’ll think every sound inside my home is a serial killer coming to finish me off? Flip a coin and kiss goodbye to those midnight snacks. I’m too scared to walk around my house alone now.
So today I’m going to share some YA thrillers you should check out, based on your current Netflix thriller obsession! Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with all of these shows at the moment. AND THEN WE CAN GUSH ABOUT THEM TOO. Or, you know, start a support group filled with gifs of coffee on those early mornings after we’ve had two hours sleep and reassuring there-there’s when run out of tea and are too scared to go into the kitchen when it’s dark.
YA is often famous for particular tropes or subject matter taking over our shelves in a rotating fashion. When I first started reading YA, dystopia was all the rage – think The Hunger Games and Divergent and The Maze Runner. We also had a pretty good run of vampires for a while, with Twilight and Vampire Academy and House of Night. You get the idea. We love a good theme.
I don’t know about you, but 2018 definitely felt like the Year of the Water Creatures / Mermaids. We had Sea Witch and To Kill a Kingdom, and it felt like those books were everywhere. But today I want to talk about some particular things I think are making a comeback in 2019 / 2020 that I’m excited about! Ahh! Books!
“I’D TAKE A BULLET FOR THEM”. It’s something most of us have said about a fictional character at one point or another (or even someone IRL, let’s be real). But how could you not want to protect someone with your life? Well, even if you’re like, look, I’m selfish, and I kinda like how my life is going, TRUST ME, I’VE BEEN THERE. But even this cold Slytherin heart couldn’t help but step into the path of a speeding car if it meant saving one of these cinnamon rolls.
So today I’m going to share with you some queer characters I’d risk my life for! I JUST HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR THE QUEER CHARACTERS IN MY LIFE AND I WOULD PROTECT THEM AT ALL COSTS. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over there weeping in the corner because of how much I love them. I’m totally fine. Nothing to see here.
Tropes. Love them or hate them, they’re a big part of YA. What would Twilight have been without the iconic love triangle? What if Harry Potter wasn’t actually the chosen one, but just some random student at Hogwarts who took it upon himself to rid the world of Voldemort, just for LOLs?
Tropes can definitely be overdone and some are poorly written, but there are a few tropes out there that pretty much guarantee a book to be an auto-buy for me. Does it have the “enemies to lovers” trope? YES PLEASE. What about a character that’s secretly famous? ADDED TO BASKET.
So these are nine of the tropes I’ll never get sick of!
Villains have it pretty tough. We all hate on them, scream at them through the pages, and cheer when they die. Sounds a bit unfair on the baddies, doesn’t it? BUT THAT ALL ENDS TODAY. It’s time to show our appreciation for the villains of some of our favourite novels in THE VILLAIN AWARDS!
Ever wondered which villain should take out the prize for the Most Stab-Worthy? Or what about the villain to whom you said “I wish you were dead” the most times? It’s time to commemorate the best of the worst in an appreciation post for everyone from the murderers, to the creeps, to the people who just rubbed us off the wrong way.
Hello and welcome to my first post of 2019! Can you believe I’m going into my sixth year of blogging?! HOW EXCITING IS THAT! And to celebrate the New Year, I’m going to be sharing six YA novels you should read to start 2019 off right. I can already tell this year is going to be EPIC!
Again, But Better is a book about a girl in college who decides to move countries to mix things up and find adventure, but instead, she’s faced with the scary reality of leaving her bubble. Introvert problems, am I right?! But soon she comes to find that with courage and determination, she can eliminate the self-doubt that’s been inching its way into her life—and that’s the kind of positivity I want to channel this year. It sounds like such an uplifting book about challenging yourself and putting yourself out there, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Plus that cover—SWOON.
How do you decide which books to add to your TBR? Personally, I’m a fan of finding books that sound as though they have similar elements to some of my existing favourite novels—whether that be my love of queer romances, or paranormal stories, or just a good empowering, feminist narrative. I do love trying out books that sound like nothing I’ve ever read before as well, but it’s hard not to reach for those that sound like I’ll instantly fall in love with them first.
In my search for 2019 releases to add to my TBR, I came across some upcoming YA novels that sounded right up my alley! Based on books I’ve read previously that have similar themes, I figure I’ve cracked the code to working out which books I’m guaranteed to love. So check out the 2019 releases that I’m looking forward to reading, based off books I’ve already read and loved!
How is it the end of the year already?! Even though I’m slightly annoyed that we’re meant to be celebrating New Year in just over a week when it feels like it was June last month, but hey, it also means that I get to flail about all the upcoming releases I’m most excited for!
I say this every year, but 2019 looks like the best year of YA yet. We have anticipated sequels from some of our favourite authors, new books from people we know and love, and, of course, this year we’re going to get to fall in love with new writers and their worlds for the very first time. We’ve been promised zombies, and queer witches, and murder, and drag queens, and ghosts, and I couldn’t be more excited for all the 2019 releases.
It’s becoming a tradition that I predict my favourite books of the next year and then reminisce on what I actually thought of them one year later, and I had so much fun this year that I thought I’d do it again! If you want to check out my thoughts on my predicted favourites of 2018, check out this post. Aaaaand… here are my predicted favourites of 2019!
So… I participated in #NaNoWriMo this month! If you don’t know what that weird mash of letters means, it stands for National Novel Writing Month – a month where writers across the globe get together (well, online, but the feeling of unity is real) and aim to write 50k during the month! It’s fun and hectic and we all need approximately 328 gallons of coffee to make it to December alive, but it’s totally worth it.
While I didn’t get to the full 50k this month (why do they plan this during the busiest month of the year, I demand to speak to the manager), I did make a really good start on a new WIP and I had a lot of fun doing so! I’ve been working on a crime / sci-fi YA novel for the past month, and yes, it’s as weird as that mashup of genres sounds. It has sociopaths and vigilantes and monsters and stabbing and scones! What more could anyone want in a novel?!
This is the third time I’ve participated in #NaNoWriMo, and still I learned new things from taking part again. So whether or not you were involved this year, I think these tips are applicable to all writing experiences. I hope you can take something away from this post!