It’s time for my next Top Reads post and this time it is a little bit different. Instead of focusing on a specific genre or theme. Instead, this time, I am honouring some of the best UK authors. I feel like a lot of the time authors from anywhere besides the US can fly the radar. They just don’t seem to get as much attention particularly on booktube and bookstagram. And this particularly apparent with YA authors. So, today, I want to do my part in giving them the attention that they deserve and talk about my top reads by UK authors. I chose UK since it is where I am from, but I would love it if other people did the same with authors from their country. In this post I am going to be talking about authors from any and all genre’s (expect classics), not just YA or whatever, but if you would like me to do more specific ones, let me know. but, without further ado, let’s do this!
The specific book that I mention for each author is simply my favourite of theirs from what I have read of their works.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
If you are looking for a book to completely lose yourself in, then this is the book for you. This story follows 12-year-old Lyra as she discovers the truth of who she is and sets out to find her stolen friends. This is a brilliant story, set in a world very similar to ours. It is full of mystery, adventure, friendship and so much more. It is honestly so good. I would also highly recommend listening to the audiobook for this one. It is narrated by Phillip Pullman and has a full cast. It is well worth a listen.
The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Sailsbury
Welcome to an epic fantasy trilogy. These books follow a pair of teenage of girls, Twylla and Errin, who live in a very different world to ours. This is a world where myths are real and they are coming to get you. You follow the girls as they discover truths and watch their lives intertwine in unexpected ways. These books twist and turn, you never know what is coming next. There is mystery, drama, murder, betrayal and love. Everything that you could possibly want in a story. As soon as you finish one book, you will instantly want to pick up the next. They really are books to sink your teeth into.
The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
This debut novel follows two timelines, both of which centre around two different woman, as their lives slowly come together. throughout this book we see these two story lines weave together until the connection is finally revealed right at the end. this book is full of friendships and romance and a dozens of film references. I have never read a book like this before but I loved it.
Lockwood And Co by Johnathan Stroud
This is one of the most underrated book series on this list. These books are essentially about a group of teenage, private investigators that deal with ghosts. Each book follows a different investigation and they are brilliant. They are funny and dramatic, dark and sometimes twisted, full of adventure and friendship and so much more. I absolutely adore these books. The storylines are fantastic, the characters are amazing, the whole books are just brilliant. I am not sure I would give them to the intended age group, because they are pretty dark at times (in the first book there is a bleeding room), but I feel like everyone should give these books a go.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I cannot even begin to describe the sheer range of emotions that I have for this book. I simultaneously loved and hated it. Moyes’ is an incredible author. The way in which she writes just feels so realistic that you find yourself being dragged into the story. This is why this book is so painful to read. You feel as if you are there, living it all. ‘Me Before You’ is such a heart-breaking story, about loss and love. Moyes’ characters are so lifelike that it is almost frightening. I know I say this quite a lot, but everybody should read this book. Yes it is harrowing and heart-breaking, and I cried my way through it, but it has such a poignant message to hit. Such a staggering plot. I loved it. And know you would too. If you are only going to read one book this year, make it ‘Me Before You’.
The Confessions Of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison
Oh my god! I loved this series. Actually, I still do. I read these for the first time when I was 13 or 14 and I read them back to back and I have honestly lost count of how many times I read them. I loved them. They are laid out as a diary and you follow 15-year-old Georgia throughout her teen years. There is drama, and boys, and friendships and lot of laughter. I swear I have never laughed so hard at a book. Think Bridget Jones, but for teens. I cannot tell you how much I love these books. It also helps that they are set in Brighton (I live just down the road) and we are pretty sure, the school is based of the high school I went too (I don’t just mean that in a vague way, I mean it is literally the same place. All girls, super strict uniform, bloody beret, evil science teacher, bitchy prefects, the back ally where people snuck out and smoked…. literally, it is that school). I reread these last years and fell in love with them all over again. They are just so funny and honest.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is a stunningly beautiful book. It is essentially a contemporary story, but with a fantasy, supernatural twist running through it. In this book you follow teenager Conor as he deals with all the emotions and struggles of his mother’s illness. When he is visited by a monster, you learn some very important life lessons with him. This book is absolutely incredible. You will sob uncontrollably but you won’t care. As soon as you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down. It is the perfect book to curl up with and lose yourself in.
Harry Potter J K Rowling
I cannot talk about UK authors and not mention Potter. They are just truly incredible, whether you read them as a child, or an adult, you will fall in love with the story. In-case you have been living under a rock, in these books you follow a young boy names Harry as he discovers his true identity and starts at a school for magic. You follow him on countless adventures and watch him grow, develop and fight the greatest evil that the world has ever known. If you have somehow made it this far in life without reading these books, you need to read them asap.
Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland
When you read this book, you will fall in love with Robin Wilde. This brilliant debut follows 20 something, single mum Robin over a year of her life. You see her deal with everything from mummy issues to dating and the book even touches on elements of mild depression. This book is sweet and funny, daring and brilliant. It has highs and lows and many funny moments. I read this in just two days, it was such a good book and I cannot wait for the next one. It is the perfect summer read.
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
This is a stunning book. I read it for the first time when I was about 10 or 11 and then reread it last year and it is honestly amazing. It focuses on a young boy who finds himself shipwrecked on a desert island. The book follows his struggles to survive and find a way home. This is a beautiful story full of drama and love, determination and unlikely friendships. Morpurgo is the king of heart wrenching stories.
Half Bad by Sally Green
I fell completely in love with this trilogy as soon as I picked up Half Bad and I honestly couldn’t put them down. You follow a young boy as he navigates his way through the dangerous world in which he lives. A world of magic. These books are so addictively good and very different from what you would expect them to be. These books have so much going on in them. Love, death, torture, magic, family, drama and so much more. This is one of those series that you will either love or hate, but if you are going to read them, I would suggest looking at the audiobooks. I listened to the whole trilogy and loved the format, mainly because of how amazing Carl Prekopp (the voice actor) is. He is just the perfect voice for the trilogy and just narrates the story brilliantly. You cannot help but enjoy these books when he is voicing them.
Billy And Me by Giovanna Fletcher
This is a really surprising story about a 20 something woman, who lives in a little village in Kent and works in a bakery, who falls in love with a world famous movie star. On the surface you think that this story is going to be a bit shallow and predictable, but in reality it was so much more then I was expecting. The characters are so real and three dimensional, the storylines are a lot more complex than I thought they would be, there are a lot of hard hitting storylines throughout, all in all, it is so much more than I thought it would be. It is the perfect book to curl up with and just lose yourself in. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love.
Poison, Charm And Beauty (Tales Form The Kingdoms) by Sarah Pinborough
I adore these books. I think they may well be my favourite ever retelling. In this amazing trilogy you follow several different fairy-tale characters on their journeys. You see their stories twist and manipulate and weave together. Everything in this world is connected. The who series follows the basic story of Snow White, but then there is also Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, The Huntsman and more. All of these characters are connected and I love that. This story is a brilliant re-telling. It is dark and twisted, sexy and intriguing. Everything that you could ever need in a retelling.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
This is the first in a companion trilogy and it is brilliant. It follows 16-year-old Evie as she heads off to college after being sectioned for her OCD. This is a brilliant story full of friendship and dating, mental illness and relapses. It also contains all things British. I read this book in about 2 days and I loved every second of it. I can’t wait to continue with this series.
And there we go. Those are just a few of my favourite UK authors. i really hope that you liked this post. Let me know if you would like me to maybe do some genre specific versions of this list, then just let me know. If you have any posts like this then about authors from your country I would love to see them J. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.