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Guest Post: Top 10 Favourite Books

Guest Post Stephanie Tran

Today I will be talking about my top 10 favourite books as of now. These are in no particular order because I could not rank them, because I love them all. I’ve also cheated and grouped some together as I couldn’t leave them out. Some of these I rarely talk about, too, so they may come as a surprise! Here they are:

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Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I adored both books! They are cute, quick reads and are filled with wonderful diverse characters, and I just love these so much. Everyone should read them if not already.

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Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

The MC is half Vietnamese, so this is the first book I’ve read that I can partially see myself in. I could relate to Jess (the protagonist) a lot and I enjoyed the story. There are superheroes and villains and it’s just awesome. I’m very excited for the second book which is coming out soon!

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The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices)

City of Glass was the first YA book that I ever read and it ignited my love for YA books. Quick story: I read City of Glass first because my friend recommended me the series and when I saw it in the library I picked it up, borrowed and read it. It wasn’t until halfway through that I realised I skipped two books in the series. The Mortal Instruments will always hold a special place in my heart for this reason. The Infernal Devices is amazing (and three times better than The Mortal Instruments in my opinion). I’ve yet to read Lady Midnight, but I know it will not disappoint.

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

I was lucky to read an ARC of this and IT IS AMAZING AND ADORABLE AND I AM STILL NOT OVER IT! Plus, the cover is gorgeous and Sierra’s a sweet soul. The story is cute yet heart-breaking; I teared up many times but I love it so much. It releases in July, so definitely go check it out!

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This was my first graphic novel and I loved it! It was a new and interesting experience and I stared at the illustrations longer than necessary. But it was refreshing to read a book in a different way and I wanted to read more after this experience. The ending made me sob like a baby, but it was awesome. I definitely need to reread because I miss this book so much.

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My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick

I love this book so much! It’s a cute contemporary, and perfect for a summer read because it is also set during the summer. Samantha finds her first love interest and this novel screams summer romance. It’s not as cheesy as it sounds! I want my own Jase and a close sibling bond like Jase with his siblings.

The Six of Crows duology and Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing, world and characters. Nikolai is my favourite character from the Grisha trilogy and Nina and Inej are my favourite from Six of Crows. Honestly, the Dregs are all my favourites. I can’t choose between my babies. The Grisha world is confusing at first, but as you read it makes more sense.

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Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

I recently read Freedom Swimmer and adored it. It’s a heartfelt, emotional story and deserves the world to know of it. Freedom Swimmer is based on the historical events of the communism movement in China and the story really hit home because it is similar to the reasons why my parents migrated to Australia. The writing flows so well and there are strong themes of courage and friendship, two things that I believe are important factors in our lives.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

I love this book a lot because not only is it an adorable quick read, but I relate so much with the main character, Steffi. Rhys is sweet and lovable and all the characters in this story are amazing. I think a reread is due soon.

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The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi’s writing is so beautiful and lyrical and very quotable – ‘And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.’ I love Juliette, Kenji and Warner so much. Tahereh Mafi is planning to continue the series and I am so excited for that! Three books have been released and Tahereh Mafi recently announced that three more are on the way! My favourite would have to be Ignite Me.


And that’s a wrap! Thank you for reading. Are any of these on your favourites list?


My name is Stephanie (aka @literaryreads) and I am a 17 year old Australian bibliophile who dreams of travelling the world. I enjoy reading novels and aim to read a variety of genres. My favourite genres are: Fantasy, Contemporary, YA, Dystopian and Historical Fiction and any diverse book but I still read a mixture of other genres. Besides reading, I also love to listen to music, write stories, daydream and swim during summer. I also enjoy meeting new people so feel free to talk to me.
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