I had more time this year to read, which made me so so happy. Reading, like music, is a sort of escape for me, and just allowing a story, be it fictional or not, to impact my life and educate, is crazy cool! I read many books this year, but these are just extra special to me, and made me feel, which is exactly what art and literature should do.

‘More Happy Than Not’, ‘History Is All You Left Me’ & ‘They Both Die At The End’ – Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera has become on of my favourite authors this year after reading all three of his books, with each one just teaching me something or making me feel something different. Adam writes about people who don’t often get written about, and his stories are just real and special, and oh so important. Read an Adam Silvera book and I assure you it’ll impact your life.

‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ – Jandy Nelson

A rollercoaster of feelings had me finish this book in one sitting – I just could not put it down. It deals with family and love, and all the sacrifices we make for the two, and just how things happen in life that we may not understand, but all eventually make sense – read it!

‘Holding Up The Universe’ and ‘All The Bright Places’ – Jennifer Niven

These two books made me cry, smile, think, laugh and then cry some more. Beautiful stories about loving yourself and others, family, mental health and life. Jennifer Niven can teach us all something through these fictional characters who face real life problems – so so important.

‘milk & honey’ and ‘the sun and her flowers’ – rupi kaur

These two books are filled with words that I could never put together, but felt inside. Rupi’s writing is sometimes just two short sentences, which may be exactly all we need to help us understand a current situation. Beautiful writing, that is important to understand and share. Words of love, loss, pain, bravery, growth and everything in between fill these books and now my life – you should definitely read them.

‘Turtles All The Way Down’ – John Green

John Green is back with an incredibly special and personal book, that see’s the main character Aza dealing with heartbreak, mental illness, confusion, love and a missing person. A beautifully written book that’s relatable, wonderful and speaks to the reader. Just read it!

‘Call Me By Your Name’ – André Aciman

A film based on this book was released this year and is getting rave reviews, so I wanted to read the book before seeing the film – and I was not disappointed. A incredible story that is so beautifully written and is filled with passion from beginning to end. An unlikely, but perfect, story that is emotive, honest and heart-breaking. Read ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for a sad and real, but hopeful and desire filled love story.

‘Simon VS The Homo Sapien Agenda’ – Becky Albertalli

Funny, real and important. This book, (and soon to be movie in 2018) has Simon trying to navigate life, through its ups and downs, homosexuals and heterosexuals, and just trying to figure out who he is, and who he wants to be. This book made me smile, think and feel. You can watch the trailer here, but make sure to read the book too!

‘note to self’ – connor franta

This is Connor’s second book, and it is a collection of poems, photographs and short stories, that together create a visual diary for his life. Honest, relatable and inspiring – a book for anyone who just needs to be reminded that it’ll be okay, and that they are okay.

There are so many stories and voices out there that are important, and need to be heard. Let me know in the comments below which books changed your 2017.

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