Happy Belated UKYA Day/ Top Ten UKYA Reads

It was UKYA yesterday and as is usual practise with me, I missed it. Sorry. ukya sticker

UKYA day is a day in which we celebrate young adult reads written by authors who were either born or live in the UK. Out of the 27 books I’ve read so far this year, 3 were UKYA, but I’m pretty sure I’ve read plenty. Here, in homage to UKYA day, are my top ten favourite UKYA reads.

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is an American born British author who holds a dual passport. He resides in London.

Anthem for Jackson Dawes – Celia Bryce

Celia Bryce was born and raised in Jarrow and still lives in Tyneside. She teaches creative writing.

Before I Die – Jenny Downham

Jenny Downham was born in London.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K Rowling

Joanne Rowling was born in Gloucester and is the UK’s best selling author 

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

Dorothy Gladys Smith was born in Whitefield, Lancashire. 

Life on the Refrigerator Door – Alice Kuiper

Alice Kuiper was born in Britain but now resides in Saskatchewan, Canada.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher was born in West Yorkshire

Paper Aeroplanes – Dawn O’Porter

Dawn O’Porter (nee Porter) was born in Scotland and as well as being a writer, she is also a television presenter

The Isobel Journal – Isobel Harrop

Isobel Harrop is an eighteen year old art student from somewhere between Manchester and Liverpool, England

The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born in Norfolk

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Book Journal: January 2014

Books Read (7), Pages (1,905), Library Books (3)

29th December 2013 – 13th January 2014

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins – P L Travers

Pages (768), Days to read (16), Rating (4/5)

A fabulously fantastical read; Mary Poppins’ charm is highly contagious A Great read for both adults and children alike.

13th – 14th

Diary of a wimpy kidHard Luck – Jeff Kinney

Pages (217), Days to read (1), Rating (3/5)

Part of a fantastic children’s series. Very funny. Long live Gregg Heffley!

14th – 16th

Anthem For Jackson DawesAnthem For Jackson Dawes – Celia Bryce

Pages (231), Days to Read (3), Rating (5/5)

If you liked John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars, you’ll love this. Brace yourselves for a cute love and a tearjerker ending

17th – 23rd

Eleanor and Park coverEleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Pages (325), Days to read (7), Rating (5/5)

Best. Book. Ever

23rd – 24th

untitledThe Library of Unrequited Love – Sophie Divry

Pages (95), Days to read (1), Rating (3/5)

This was a fabulous concept, it just didn’t have the right execution. It’s a love letter to library people, but a slightly disappointing read.

26th – 28th

1431Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

Pages (191), Days to read (3), Rating (3/5)

An uplifting read. It’s like what would happen if Paulo Coelho wrote teen fiction.



Love & Misadventure – Lang Leav

Pages (78), Days to read (1), Rating (5/5)

A lovely poetry book with some beautiful language and illustrations.