So here’s a list of my favourite YA books from back then, and from now – a bookish child has grown to be a bookish Mum, who still daydreams a lot.
1) Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy M. Montgomery. I probably read this book a hundred times! It’s the story of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl who builds herself a new life in Avonlea, on Prince Edward Island. Anne is very emotional, she has a temper and she’s longing to belong – wonder why I liked her so much! Anne’s story continues in a total of six books, which I loved – it meant I could follow her whole life, from a little girl to a married woman and a mother.
2) Emily of New Moon, by Lucy M. Montgomery. This is supposed to be the anti-Anne: where Anne is cheerful and sunny, Emily is quite dark and a lot more autobiographical. In fact, Emily Murray, an aspiring writer, is Lucy Montgomery, in a way. My copy of Emily of New Moon is worn, highlighted and full of post-its, to mark my favourite bits. I see myself in Emily a lot, and her obstinacy in pursuing her dream of becoming a writer has always been an inspiration to me.
3) Under The Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi. I only read this book a few weeks ago, but it’s a firm favourite already. It’s sci-fi meets dystopian meets romance, written very creatively and with a use of language that will make you do a double take/double read! The main characters, Aria and Perry, are so three-dimensional, so real, and both so lovable (but not in a mushy way). You’ll remember them forever.
4) Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare. The reason why I included this book in my list is because Cassie did something amazing: she created a whole world, with its history, its mythology, its rules. A world that is complex, multi-layered and full of mystery. She plays so well with a multitude of characters, making them all real and vivid and individual – she weaves a tapestry with many, many threads and keeps track of them all. And I love the way she writes.
So check them out, and if you’d like to chat about these books, do give me a shout!
These sound great. I'm shocked to say I haven't read any of these, but Under the Never Sky is on my tar and I keep meaning to check out Cassandra Clare so you have urged me to read those sooner Daniela, thank you!
Danielas new book, Dreams, in the first in the Sarah Midnight series. It will be published on May 17th by Black and White Publishing.