I find it really hard to come up with a concise, definitive favourites list so this page is just full of a selection of books that I loved reading and think back on ever-so-fondly (I love reminiscing about my fave reading experiences and all the characters I've met and loved). I was torn on how much to include (without getting carried away) so I've tried to limit myself to only one/two books by the same author.

Aussie YA that's a perfect fit for me <3
(for more info on these books and more awesome Aussie YA check my Aussie YA page. The ones here are all stand alone - see more fave Aussie YA in my 'series I love' section further down the page)

And a bunch of favourite happy-making imported contemporary YA recommendations :)

Non-contemporary YA faves

I adore verse books. Here are some of my top recommendations:

Series I love <3


Cruise-y, feel good adult contemporary faves 

Adult fiction faves

A few favourite nostalgic books (books I loved as a teen)
(plus anything by Meg Cabot!)

My top ten swoon-worthy crushes:

Jonah Griggs from On The Jellicoe Road
Chris from Good Oil
Ryan from Raw Blue
Seb from Finding Cassie Crazy and Dreaming of Amelia (also, Charlie, so very close behind)
Tom Mackee from Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son
Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables
Greg from Stealing Heaven (I love all of Scott's boys. She has a talent. Another fave is Will from Perfect You)
Ed from Graffiti Moon and Dave from Chasing Charlie Duskin (Cath Crowley's boys)
Nathan from Psych Major Syndrome
Finn from If he Had Been With Me

Boys from series:
Rafa (The Rephaim series)
Sevenwaters: Red (Daughter of the Forest) and Bran (Son of the Shadows)
Gale (The Hunger Games)
Christian (from Unearthly series)
Catcher (Forest of Hands and Teeth series)
Day (from Legend)

And just a couple of fave movies
Anne of Green Gables (plus the sequel, obviously)
Star Wars (the original trilogy -- Empire Strikes back is my fave)
Indiana Jones franchise (The Last Crusade is my favourite)
Swiss Family Robinson
Before Sunrise + Before Sunset
Tristan and Isolde
The Beach
The Trouble With Angels (will always love and adore this)
Two Hands
Dead Poet's Society
Original Parent trap (Hayley Mills <3)
The Age of Adeline
About Time
Shutter Island

Round-up of my end of year faves posts

2015 Top Twenty
2014 Part One  Part Two  Top Ten
2013 Top Ten
2012 Top Ten
2011 Part One(the books) Part Two (characters) Part Three (scenes) Part Four
2010 Faves  Aussie YA faves

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