Yesterday was my 11th blogiversary here at Fluttering Butterflies. 11! How amazing is that. I feel such a sense of ...pride and achievement at sticking with this for so long. I should really do something more than this to celebrate but I'm literally writing this last minute because this anniversary surprises me every single year and I'm not very organised.
11 Books I recommend
Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
Fracture by Megan Miranda
The Astrologer's Daughter by Rebecca Lim
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
You Don't Know Me by Sophia Bennett
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale
Bird by Crystal Chan
These books are some of my favourites of the last few years, since I started keeping track on Goodreads anyway. All of these books have been read during my time as a book blogger. I realise that all of these recommendations are ...fairly similar. I think you can look at a list like this and see mostly straight away the type of reader that I am. I love emotional, contemporary stories with a bit of darkness to them.
11 Upcoming Books I'm looking forward to
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Following Ophelia by Sophia Bennett
The Jungle by Pooja Puri
A Change Is Gonna Come by Various (Stripes)
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
The Fallen Children by David Owen
One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton
I think 2017 is looking pretty exciting for YA releases, don't you think? I'm so looking forward to all of these books. I love supporting books by UK authors in particular, which is why they feature so heavily on these lists.
11 Books on my TBR I haven't read (But really want to!)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Mind the Gap by Phil Earle
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Most of these books have fallen victim to my horrendous reading slump that has mostly lasted between 18 months and 2 years. So while I've been incredibly excited about some books ... the books such as above usually go unread because I'm just not in a reading mood. But I hope that my slump has left me (at least for awhile yet!) so that I can make some good progress in reading these books and others!
11 Authors I recommend
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hard to narrow this list down to just 11 authors I love without double-posting the same books and authors in more of these lists. Melina Marchetta is my absolute favourite ever author, I think. But every author on this list deserves their place there.
I contemplated ending this blog post with 11 book bloggers and booktubers that I admire, but I couldn't possibly limit that to 11 or even 22 bloggers or booktubers. It isn't possible. But you know, my favourite thing about this blogging thing is the community that has sprung up around me. It was such a lovely, unexpected bonus to what my idea of what book blogging would entail. I never would have guessed that you all would be so warm and welcoming and supportive. Thank you for being bookish and for letting me tag along.
Here's to the next 11 years...