classic ya books

Do you know what the most popular book among WWII GIs was?

Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which was printed in a special military edition, went into reprints, and was the most requested book by soldiers. Smith got thousands of fan letters from GIs. And it’s a book by a woman, entirely about the experiences of a teenage girl.

So I don’t ever want to hear about how boys won’t read books about girls, or how we need more “boy books” in YA, ever again, thanks.

The thing that isn’t great about liking classic literature is that people will automatically assume one is a pretentious snob. 

The thing that isn’t great about liking young adult novels is that people will assume one is not as intellectual as the readers of classics, or belittle these books for being poorly written with generic plots. 

People will have always have something negative to say. Read whatever you like. 

A-Z Book Recs

I’ve been AWOL for a while on booklr while I finished up at uni, but now I’m back and to celebrate I am giving you a WHOLE 26 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS by doing @macrolit‘s A-Z of book recs! Click on the links to read me reviews! Here we go:

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- his best book in my opinion, showing a generation of young people that it’s perfectly okay not to be a genius.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson- a poignant and beautiful poetic memoir of growing up black in America.

Court of Mist and Fury (A) by Sarah J Maas- the second in a series but a fantastic read of overcoming loss and trauma while kicking serious ass and saving the world.

Dream Thieves (The) by Maggie Stiefvater- also the second in a series, but the best one in this quartet of friendship, magic, and history. 

Eragon by Christopher Paolini- somewhat of a pastiche of high fantasy but still a fabulous read.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- a great college-set read for the Potter generation about overcoming anxiety, finding your voice, and making new friends.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- a gripping twist-filled crime thriller. 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling- my favourite of this phenomenal series!

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai- an inspiring non-fiction account of an incredible life. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte- my favourite classic novel, very accessible and perfect for curling up with in the winter!

Kite Runner (The) by Khaled Hosseini- a fantastic and emotional panoramic view of Afghanistan.

Little Princess (A) by Frances Hodgson Burnett- my favourite children’s classic!

Martian (The) by Andy Weir- OMG THIS IS FABULOUS GO READ IT

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen- the protagonist is the original fangirl and this short classic is so worth your time!

One by Sarah Crossan- get ready to ugly-cry, a perfect YA verse novel

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- a beautifully intricate novel set in Nigeria. 

QI: The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd- I’m somewhat of a QI nerd and this book of fun facts is interspersed with jokes from the show!

Room With A View (A) by EM Forester- a gorgeous novel from the early twentieth century.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- a fantasy novel combined with a heist novel with brilliant characters! Go read!

Tar Baby by Toni Morrison- set in a sultry, humid atmosphere, romantic, dark, and full of beautiful writing, I highly recommend. 

Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna- a children’s book set in Ireland during the famine in the mid-nineteenth century.

Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis- a poetry anthology celebrating the black female body and reclaming beauty.

Wrath and the Dawn (The) by Renee Ahdieh- the first in a duology.

Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (The) by James Shapiro- a non-fiction in-depth look at the context of one year in the life of Shakespeare.

I don’t have one for Z, can you recommend one? 


     / *                “ on the evenings when the mermaids rose through the water like this, arm in arm, their youngest sister stayed behind all alone, looking after them and wanting to weep. ”


Support young readers

No matter what. Don’t shame a kid for wanting to read a book you don’t like. Don’t shame a child for choosing a comic book instead of a novel. A famous book series that you may not enjoy? Who cares! Let them enjoy it! Who cares as long as it gets them reading! We all started somewhere. Manga? YA? Classics? Comics? Picture books? Who cares what they are reading, care about the fact that they ARE reading! Support young readers!

2.1.16 Happy new year!! Feels weird to be in 2016. So this is my desk and my bookshelf! I thought I’d take a shelfie so that at the end of the year I can take another one and see how it’s changed. My reading goal for 2016 is 40 books so I’d better get cracking!
My old work is at the top with design books, the classics and notebooks are below, then cds and harry potter and graphic novels, then fiction at the bottom! 📚📖

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

When someone asks for a book recommendation
  • Person: You read a lot right? Got any suggestions?
  • Me(internally): ...well shit, how can I answer this? Yeah I read a lot but I read a lot of a few specific genres. What am I suppose to recommend? A classic? A YA book? A series or a stand alone? What if I suggest a romance book but they actually want a historical non-fiction??? Okay calm down...
  • Me: Well what kind of books or genres do you like?
  • Person: Whichever is fine.
  • Me(internally): UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuggggggghhh!!!

“Well, my kitten was less than an hour old and Tomcat was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy-kitten or a girl-kitten. She meowed that it was a girl-kitten. And so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, 'I’m glad it’s a girl-kitten. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl-kitten can be in this world, a mew-tiful little fool.’

Classicat #10: Daisy Mew-Chanan, from The Great Catsby by F Scratch Fitzgerald