This was actually a difficult topic for me because I read a lot of books I liked and have become favorites of mine. But I did want to narrow it down.
Also I’m not going to rank them because these are all my favorites for different reasons!
1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This was a gorgeous and eye-opening generational story about the lives of two sisters born in Africa and their descendants following one in America and the other in Africa. This one is for sure going to be considered a classic in the future.
2. Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Another book that I’d consider a future classic. This a slice-of-life coming of age story about a teen Black girl. This features some of my favorite writing this year and one of my favorite heroines in Jade Butler.
3. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
One of the first book reviews I did for my blog was for this book. This has a cute F/F romance but also deals with parental neglect and grief. This made for a good summer read. You can read my full review for this here!
4. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Some people may say that this was “cliche” but I think it does many of those adventure, fantasy YA cliches so well. I had so much fun reading this and I loved the characters, particularly Yumeko. I has flashbacks to some of my favorite series such as Inuyasha, Avatar the Last Airbender, Dragon Ball, and Samurai Champloo.
5. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Another slice of life tale about discovering who you really are. This explores mental illness and sexuality so well and I fell in love with Brandy Colbert’s writing. This story felt so real.
6. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
One of the funniest books about depression I’ve read. The humor mixed in with the exploration of mental illness was handled well and I admire Jane Sinner so much for her sarcastic wit and her honesty.
7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Dark fantasy! Fae! Hate-to-love! UGH. Holly Black has me by the throat. Also one day I’m going to do a whole essay on Jude and why I love her so much being the badass anti-heroine that she is. (Okay maybe not a whole essay but I have so much to write about Jude freaking Duarte)!
8. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
Another emotionally charged read that’s relevant today even if it’s about a female artist during the Renaissance era in Italy. Based off the real life of Artemisia Gentileschi and told in verse, this impacted me in so many ways. This takes a look a young girl growing up in a society where men have the power and women are undervalued and taken advantage of.
9. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Autumn vibes and a cute romance! I adored the main characters and the world created by Margaret Rogerson.
10. Sadie by Courtney Stevens
This book has tragedy, suspense, and a what the hell ending. The podcast thrown in adds so much to the overall story and I loved that. Sadie herself is a such a memorable and tragic character.