I had a really busy day yesterday: I’m in the process of moving into a new house for uni, so I’ve been moving my stuff, plus the wifi man came (truly the most important person when moving house!), I had a training session in preparation for some volunteering I’m doing during freshers and after that I had a four and a half hour train journey back home. What all of this means is that even though I had planned this post and had made my choices and everything, I didn’t have time to write it. So I though, do you know what? I’m going to do it on Wednesday!
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah over @Bionic Book Worm. The theme this week was recommendations for non-readers. This list could have been a mile and half long so I’ve decided to make a list of recommendations for non contemporary YA readers as that is my favourite genre at the moment!
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
This book is short but sweet so can be a quick, easy read. It’s got some nice characters, a cute relationship and a shock twist. I also like how it’s not just set text for example it includes emails, text messages and drawings!
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Aside from the fact that I love this book, I think it had to be on this list just because it is such an iconic contemporary YA. The writing is beautiful, the story is hard-hitting but there are real moments of humour and there is a pretty decent film adaption so non-readers could watch the film and then read the book or vice versa!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
This is actually a recommendation for this list from my big sister, and as she is not a frequent YA contemporary reader, I thought I better listen to her! What she pointed out is that if you don’t read very often, you want the books you do choose to read to mean something. As she cried practically the whole way through this book and still gets emotional about it, this was a perfect example for her. There is also an amazing film adaption which could help some non-readers which also features an incredible soundtrack. Win-win-win for this one then!
One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
Similar to Everything, Everything this book is a quick and easy read but is really enjoyable and gives a good taste of what YA is about. As I always mention when I talk about this book, the characters are really fantastic and really easy to root for. There’s also the added dimension of the murder mystery which maybe makes it a bit more appealing to people who don’t often read YA contemporary.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
This is a contemporary YA which is really important and timely and sort of links to what my sister was saying about The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Not only is this book an interesting and engaging read, it’s also educational.
So there’s my top 5 books for non-readers of contemporary YA. Do you agree which my picks? Which contemporary YA books would you recommend? Which books from your favourite genre would you recommend someone read?