Favourite Reads of 2015: Clare

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I’ve asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths…I like my friends and my books DIVERSE :). Today I’m sharing Clare’s fabulous reading list – which is a lovely mix of middle grade and YA titles and two biographies which are on my Summer reading list. Clare is a gorgeous library tech I know and we try to have dinner once in a while with the lovely Trish – to argue all things BOOK. Clare, Trish and I are known as #3LibraryLadies on Instagram. Clare and Trisha

My name is Clare and I am a cat loving coffee addict! I am a Library Technican at a girl’s high school and I dream of one day becoming a Childrens’/Youth Librarian. I know Megan through her blog and professional networking. I am beyond excited to be sharing some of my favourite reads in 2015 with you all!

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Middle Grade:

  1. Ugly – Robert Huge (Childrens’ Edition)

Robert tells us his real story of growing up with a facial disfigurement. His voice is humorous and honest, and the book is easy to read. I’m sure it will resonate with kids who are fans of Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

  1. Soon – Morris Gleitzman

The latest instalment in Morris Gleitman’s Once series does not disappoint. This story is set soon after the Second World War. Unfortunately Felix’s situation has not improved as he had hoped it would. The repercussions of the war are harsh, but Felix continues to remain hopeful for the future.

  1. Bridget : A new Australian – James Moloney

I’m a sucker for some great Aussie fiction, particularly if it’s written by James Moloney! Bridget is an Irish girl whose family is made homeless as a result of the potato famine. The only way for Bridget to survive is to travel to Australia with her sister to create a new life.

YA:

  1. Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

Willowdean Dickson is a large Southern gal and Dolly Parton fan. She’s relatively confident in her own skin, but sometimes she doubts herself. Will challenges everyone’s expectations by signing up for the Miss Clover City beauty pageant. This book is funny and friendly, and I just want to hug it!

  1. Pieces of Sky – Trinity Doyle

OK, I’ll admit I wanted to read this book because the cover is AMAZING! The writing was just as beautiful. Lucy’s dealing with the pain of losing her older brother, but also needs to learn the circumstances around his death. Trinity Doyle’s use of language is stunning and she handles this difficult topic with care.

  1. The Flywheel – Erin Gough

This gorgeous novel tells the story of Del’s desperation to save her father’s café, The Flywheel. You will need to overlook the obvious question… what kind of father leaves his café in his 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER’S hands so he can “find himself”?! Ah well, this is a quirky Aussie story with a LGBT element – yay!

  1. All the bright places – Jennifer Niven

This is another tough read. The two protagonists Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the school’s bell tower. Both characters are experiencing emotional pain in their lives and I found that I had to put the book down on several occasions. Mental illness is a huge issue, and it’s great to see it being addressed in YA fiction.

  1. Carry on Rainbow Rowell

This is cheating, I haven’t actually finished this book yet! I am still trying to fill the void that was left when I finished Harry Potter. I tried The iron trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and The school for good and evil by Soman Chainani, but they weren’t quite right for me. Carry on is the closest I’ve gotten so far!

Memoir/Biography:

  1. How to be happy – David Burton

I really don’t think I can do this book justice with a review. This is Dave’s account of his struggle with anxiety, depression, sexuality and growing up. The subject matter is difficult, but Dave presents it with honesty and humour. This is definitely a book for older readers.

  1. Steve Jobs : insanely great – Jessie Hartland

This is a graphic novel biography – what a great idea! Plus, you don’t have to be a “Mac person” or a fan of Steve Jobs to read this book! You will adore the illustrations, I just know it! The story follows Steve’s transition from college dropout to technology innovator. The book includes information about technology advances from different decades, which will be interesting to share with young people.

Clare Top Ten Books of 2015

Thank you SO much Clare! You can see other ‘Top Ten of 2015’ lists here and here…with a few more to come!

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