GREAT topic. It took me a long time to jump on the blogging bandwagon, so this is a great one for me to spotlight all of my old favourites! I still recommend these to people a lot:
1. Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund – finding SSG and Diana’s blog was a big part of my descent (or ascent?) into book obsession/bloggerdom. I know I recommend these a lot, but they are THE BEST. Check out my review!
2. The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy – This is one of my favourite YA contemps EVER. It’s also one of most underrated and little-known books in my best-of list. If you’re a contemp reader, and you like sassy girls and swoony romance, this is seriously the book for you.
3. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – This is the book that got me reading YA again. Proudly. If you’ve ever been backpacking around Europe, you MUST read this.
4. Dreambirds: The Strange History of the Ostrich in Fashion, Food, and Fortune by Rob Nixon – I know you’re all like, “WHAT?”, but I read this during my Masters, and it has some of the most gorgeous writing and beautiful plotting I’ve ever encountered.
5. Royally Crushed series by Niki Burnham – I heard about this on BookMooch.com back when I was not quite a blogger, but looking for good contemps – it’s seriously one of the most fun and on-point contemp series I’ve read. It’s three books, but now it’s sold all in one book by Simon Pulse, so go get it!
6. Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald – I talk about Abby a lot, and this is the book to read if you’re into feminism and awesome, strong females.
7. The Violet on the Runway series by Melissa Walker – I’ve discovered that this is a great YA series to give to girls who don’t do a lot of reading, but want a light, cool read. I’ve gotten two of my besties onto Melissa Walker from this series, so, WIN.
8. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – this book made me start writing again. It’s the perfect blend of romance, music, fun, and discovering oneself, and it just made me realize, all over again, how the right words and ideas all together can change and move people.
9. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn – never mind the movie, this book had me up all night reading, laughing, swooning, and loving.
10. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – this is one of my all-time favourite books. It’s pretty much perfection, and if you’re looking for a classic, it’s a fast and gorgeous read that bears repeating, over and over.