So as the Easter holidays have just broken (in these green and pleasant lands, at least!), what books are you going to be reading to help you procrastinate from imminent exams (sorry I mentioned them!)? I’ve compiled a list of some of the best books from 2014 so far – with the hope that there’ll be something for everyone. Enjoy!
Trouble by Non Pratt – if you’re looking for a story without vampires, demons, angels, dystopic governments, cyberwarfare, talking animals or witches, then Pratt’s debut is for you. Vaguely Juno-esque, this tale of pregnancy, love and friendship had me literally dumbstruck by one of the revelations it makes.
Half Bad by Sally Green – this has been tipped as the next big thing to come from Britain, and I recommend everyone read this superbly written series-starter about a boy, Nathan, son of a white and black witch. It explores some similar themes to Harry Potter, and is, in my opinion just as good. I recommend it even if you’re not into supernatural or “witchy” books: I’m not and I LOVED it. Read it in one sitting; first time that’s happened in years. So go on, get it. PS: we’ve got a giveaway running for Half Bad here!
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – okay, so if you follow me on Twitter you’re probably bored of me talking about this book by now….but in all seriousness: Grasshopper Jungle is THE BOMB and it’s going to be one of those books in 50 years time that still blows minds and becomes a coming of age classic. And, let’s be honest: it’s better than the Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield can stuff it.
Burn by Julianna Baggott – I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the Pure Trilogy is probably the best dystopian/post-apocalyptic series out there. They are beautifully written, superbly characterised and generally stunning.
So those are four books you definitely should read in the next two weeks – or whenever! What are you guys reading this Easter?