Top Ten Australian YA Reads of 2013

I know I’m biased, being Australian and all, but I really do think Aussie authors produce some of the best stuff in Young Adult literature. Here are my top ten — a lot of these were released this year, but I finally got around to reading some oldies that have been on my to-read list for a long time.

10. Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

9. Steal My Sunshine by Emily Gale

8. Girl Defective by Simone Howell

7. The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes

6. Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

5. Ice Age by Kirsten Reed

*This was on the YA shelf in the library, but I think Text consider it adult fiction.

4. Wildlife by Fiona Wood

3. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn

2. Stolen: A letter to my captor by Lucy Christopher

1. Haze by Paula Weston


Top Ten International YA Reads of 2013

As it’s December, Triple J announced that it’s time to start thinking about our Top 10 songs to vote for in the Triple J Hottest 100. And I thought, while I’m sorting out my fave songs of the year, I may as well do the same for books I’ve read in 2013. I have to separate International from Australian because I have too many favourites this year. Top Aussie picks will be posted later this month (need to read a few more Aus books before the end of the year!)

10. Bunheads by Sophie Flack

9. Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

8. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

7. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

6. Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman

5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

(finally got around to this one and wish I had read it earlier)

4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone/ Days of Blood and Starlight

2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
(She just ups the bar on each book she writes!)

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

(Definitely the only book this year where I chose reading over much needed sleep)