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Top YA Reads: ‘Worldwalker’ series author Josephine Angelini tells us her fave YA books


Post-Book Mourning is a very real and terribly distressing risk we avid readers take when embarking on new books, and sometimes, it’s difficult to get out of the reading-slump which follows.

For example, you might have found that you’ve been wondering what the flip to read now that you’ve finished Josephine Angelini’s ‘Firewalker’ and are waiting for book 3.

Being the fab individual Josephine Angelini is, she’s pointed us in the direction of her favourite reads, which will hopefully satisfy us until the Worldwalker series’ finale hits shelves:

1. Harry Potter.

This starts middle grade and then definitely moves into YA territory by the end. Not only do I love the series, but J.K. Rowling’s life story is so inspiring to me personally. She was writing in cafes with her baby next to her—dead broke and freezing cold. Just amazing what she accomplished.

2. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.

The characters in this slay me. The story is unique and the ending is a tearjerker, but it’s Will and Lyra who steal the show for me. It’s such a beautiful love story.

3. The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin.

Her prose is just da bomb. Simple and elegant, she paints such a complex picture with as few words as possible. This is Worldbuilding with a capital W.

4. The Harper Hall Trilogy by Anne McCafferey.

This is what I read when I was a young teen, maybe 13? It still tugs at my heart.

5. Everything by Jane Austen.

Pretty self-explanatory. She’s the master.

I know, I know. These aren’t technically YA, not as YA is understood now. But this is my “all time” list, and you have to remember that when I was teenager authors didn’t write with teenagers specifically in mind like they do now. YA is a relatively new genre, and it has become so targeted. So categorized. I’m just going to say that the books on my list are appropriate for teens to read, and they are some of my all time favorites. Here are two of my current favorites:

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski.Great love story. Realistic dynamics, and the second book is just as good as the first. I can’t wait for the third.
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore.Great world building, but again, it’s the love story in this book and in the second one that really does it for me.

Buy ‘Firewalker’ now on Amazon for £3.85.

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