Well it is that time of year when reviewer Sam and I like to look back on the books we have read and make some recommendations for Christmas presents or just holiday reading. I let Sam go first this year, and the little monkey stole some of my picks! Links will take you to reviews so you can read further.
Sam’s Top Five
Maze Runner by James Dashner – This book is full of twists and turns and secrets. In fact I would recommend the whole series (Safe to say Sam has been obsessed with the Maze Runner series and prequals all year).
Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan – I read the most recent book in this series this year but I loved them all.
Nevermore by Jessica Townsend – Just cause it is amazing and magical. (This is one he stole from me!)
York by Laura Ruby – It is full of secret codes and cyphers! I should have listened to mum and read this earlier! (This was my other pick!)
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell – Just as good as the How to Train Your Dragon Series. I loved it!
Also you should check out The Hunger Games Series (I did not review this) and I loved The Summoner Series and the Tree House Books are great for a laugh! Also, I know Wonder is out as a movie, but you really should read the book!
I have had a great year reading, the more books I read the more I find to love. Personally this year I have loved reading the Throne of Glass Series, and I was most surprised by how much I enjoyed The Lovely Dark. But mostly this year I have rediscovered that beautifully written stories can touch the heart and my my top picks are more in the line of traditional writing – good stories told well.
Wombat Goes to School by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley- a great picture book beautifully illustrated. Children will love it and adults will love reading it to them.
Sungglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs – (Any book you can get your hands on) For the illustrations alone, but really because May tells lovely takes that are timeless.
A Different Dog by Paul Jennings – A happy sad story beautifully told.
The Shop at Hooper’s Bend by Emily Rodda – for me this and Nevermore we the best books I read all year! Once again a beautiful tale well told.
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson – Imaginative story telling at its best.
We still have some more reviews coming this year, with a special surprise from Sam and I for the last review before Christmas.