Over the past year, the YA Buccaneers have read, recommended, and written about dozens of books - YA, MG, classics, books about the craft of writing, and more. We've shared our favorites and challenged you (and ourselves) to "stretch" beyond your usual reading repertoire.
Through our Reading Mutiny Challenges, we've suggested more than 60 books for your TBR. All of our Reading Mutiny posts can be found here - and while some of them are tried and true recommendations, you never know what kind of hidden treasure you'll find among the lists!
For our first anniversary, the Buccaneers chose their favorites of those 60+ books - not an easy task!
Shiver Me Timbers (Caroline Richmond)
My pick is ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins! I gobbled up this book in one afternoon because 1.) Etienne! A French boy with an English accent!, and 2.) Paris! I think that's what I love about AatFK--it's not only a love story about an American girl and her cute classmate, it's also a love letter to the breathtaking city of Paris. *Swoons*
Captain E. Hook (Erin Schneider)
SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo. I love this series for a number of reasons -- the descriptive setting, the well developed characters (hello, Sturmhond!), and the quick page-turning pace. I'm not normally a huge fan of Fantasy, but this has been one of the best Fantasy series I've read in a long time!
Curly McGee (G. Myrthil)
I'm going to choose one of the non-fiction titles, BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. It is by far my favorite book on writing and never fails to provide me with much-needed inspiration. The way Lamott talks about the writing process makes makes you feel like you can write anything!
Guppy Guts Skullcracker (Heidi Sinnett)
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. This book reminded me so much of myself going away to school (except of course, the whole twin thing). Hiding away in my room, too nervous to go to the cafeteria to eat, writing fan fiction---it was my first year of University in novel format. I just wish I'd had a Levi to hang out with. I can't wait for LANDLINE!
Back from the Dead Red (Ellen Goodlett)
I've gotta go with CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein (although THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater is a superclose second). Not only did it hook me on page one, pull the rug out from under me with its plot twists, and make me tear up at the end, but it's also a book about female friendship. Be still, my beating heart! <3
Bonny Kitty Cutlass (Kathryn Holmes)
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams. I have read this book so many times—and seeing it among the list of books we covered in Reading Mutiny over the past year just made me want to read it again! The characters and worlds Douglas Adams created are utterly unique, and the writing makes me laugh out loud. Even if you aren't a sci-fi fanatic, you really, really should read this book.
Dread Pirate B. (Bridgid Gallagher)
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare is my pick! When I look back at this year's reads it stands out as one that captivated me as a reader and inspired me as a writer.
Jas Ketch, Siren of the Seychelles (Kris F. Oliver)
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell. ELEANOR & PARK was the most brutally-honest, exceptional portrayal of high school life that I think I’ve ever read. It captured perfectly the petty cruelties, the doubts and the sublime sweetness, and I don’t think I’ve ever met two characters who truly compare. It resonated with me on so many levels that I just couldn’t put it down. I think I devoured it in a single night and stayed up waaay too late in the process. It was the kind of book that is so well done, you want to turn around and read it all over again… and then read it aloud to someone just so they will know what you’re talking about.
Brunhilde the Black-Hearted (Rachel Searles)
I'll go with Stephen King's ON WRITING. I grew up pre-Harry Potter, pre-Twilight, and so when I got to middle school, I transitioned straight from Frances Hodgson Burnett to Stephen King. I read his books obsessively for years, and I still get that comfortable, slipping-into-my-favorite-worn-shoes feeling whenever I read anything by him. ON WRITING is not only a fascinating, intimate look at his writing path, but it was the encouragement he provides in it that tipped me over the edge from saying "I want to write," to "I am writing." Love that guy.
Lady Byrd Bonebreaker (Sara Biren)
THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Sci-fi is not my usual cup of tea, but I was completely captivated by Lilac's and Tarver's world (and relationship) and I experienced a huge book hangover that lasted for days. Days.
We want to hear from you! Did you participate in the Reading Mutiny Challenge this year? What was your favorite pick? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to enter to win one of the many fantastic prizes from this month's overflowing Treasure Chest!
As always, happy reading!