Looking for some f/f books? Here’s a list!

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If you’re active in the YA community, it’s pretty obvious how little love f/f books get to m/m books. You’ve probably heard about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe which has over 141,000 ratings on Goodreads, or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (over 102,000 ratings)or more recently The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee which has over 25,000 ratings. Now think of the most popular f/f books. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour is probably the most popular and has 21,000 ratings. Next up is probably her other novel We Are Okay with 14,000 ratings. After that, it is probably Far From You by Tess Sharpe with 9,000 ratings. Even How to Make a Wish, a phenomenal f/f contemporary, only has 1,200 ratings. The bias against f/f and sapphic YA books is pretty obvious. So, I’ve compiled a list of f/f books to help diversify everyone shelves with some ladies loving ladies. Continue reading “Looking for some f/f books? Here’s a list!”

Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week

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This week (8 – 14 May) has been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. It is also Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. There are numerous mental health problems and all of which are experienced differently from person to person. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I’m always searching for books that feature anxiety accurately. A lot of YA books that feature mental health do end up problematic or end up romanticising or ‘curing’ the mental illness. I’ve not read everything on this list, but I’ve tried to avoid recommending books that I’ve read that feature problematic content, or that I’ve heard features problematic content from reviewers I trust.  Continue reading “Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week”

Favourite Female Friendships

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We recently read and reviewed Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon which was a fantastic book about female friendships and navigating difficult circumstances together. It showed female friendship in an authentic and complex way. My favourite quote – “We’re friends because when girls – women – are alone in this world, they’re easier to pick off.”  – shows just how important this friendship was in the book and how empowered these girls were stood side by side. (You can read my full review here.) Then we read Gem & Dixie which was a touching story about two sisters struggling with their dysfunctional family. Both books reminded us of why we love female relationships and friendships. I love stories with female characters uplifting and supporting each other and their friendship. So here is a list of some of our favourite books with female friendships and female sibling relationships. Continue reading “Favourite Female Friendships”

Women’s History Month

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Women’s History Month is an annual month, which takes place in March, that highlights the contribution of women to history and society today. It overlaps with International Women’s Day, which takes place on 8th March. So in celebration of this month, here are our recommendations of historical fiction books that feature some badass and important women – some of my favourite female characters that I’ve ever read. Continue reading “Women’s History Month”

YABookers Top 10 2016 reads!

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2016 has been a pretty bad year, especially politically. However, 2016 has been pretty darn good in terms of books. I’ve had some exceptional reads ranging from contemporary romance to epic fantasy. Although apparently I have been very into contemporary this year, because that makes up the majority of my reads. There were so many great reads for us to choose from that we decided to pick 10 books each that we have read and loved in 2016.

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11 Spooky and Magical Reads Perfect For Halloween.

20-halloween-pumpkin-clip-art-free-cliparts-that-you-can-download-to-06oj7g-clipartHalloween is just around the corner, so what a perfect time to get looking for a book to put you in the perfect Halloween mood. Whether you are looking for something to send chills down your spine, something that is magical and enchanting, or a book that is just down right scary, I hope this list has something for you.  Continue reading “11 Spooky and Magical Reads Perfect For Halloween.”

YABOOKERS FEBRUARY 2016 FAVOURITE RELEASES

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The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig – This book was everything I wanted and more. The Girl From Everywhere is truly something special. It’s beautifully written with fantastic story telling. There is such great character development, fantastic character interaction and I have a lot of love for Nix and Kashmir. I loved the Hawaiian setting in the 1880s and it is clear the author put a lot of time and effort into the culture and the atmospheric setting. A book to put on your TBR piles, people!

 

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys –  Based on a true story, Salt to the Sea is truly a heart-breaking and devastating read. Sepetys tells the stories that have been ignored or overshadowed by other terrible events in history. Salt to the Sea tells the story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship carrying many refugees, with a death toll estimated to be over 9,000. This is Ruta Sepetys’ best book to date. I fell in love with many of the characters, and my heart broke when theirs did. Salt to the Sea is a must read for any fans of historical fiction.

 

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The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us #1) by Emily Skrutskie – The Abyss Surrounds Us is a very unique book. It’s a science fiction story that is very engrossing with pirates and sea monsters and badass ladies, who had great and complex relationships and a great romance. The Abyss Surrounds Usis a must reads for science fiction fans.

 

 

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Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton – A magical, enchanting, and adventurous read. We have a gun-slinging badass and witty heroine, Amani and a charming love interest, Jin. Wonderful world building and a great debut fantasy novel. A must read.