I don't do Top Tens very often but I'm trying something different, shaking things up, and other changing things metaphors. So here is a list of books that I thought were awesome and more people should read so we can all fangirl together.
Drew by T Cooper
A story about a boy who changes into a new body every year of high school, and whose first reincarnation is a petite blonde girl. It was very funny and very clever, pretty self-deprecating about how Ethan had to re-learn nearly everything as a girl, including how to handle yourself in public, getting unwanted attention, and the annoyance of leggings.
Flight of Dragons by Peter Dickinson
Dragons are real and this is how they work: how they fly, their ability to breathe fire and their obsession with virgin sacrifices.
Think Twice by Sarah Mlynowski
The sequel to Don't Even Think About It, about a group of teenagers who develop telepathic powers. I have successfully convinced a friend to read this duology as it is very funny, so easy to read and pretty clever considering it isn't that long.
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
A small town in the middle of nowhere is upset by Doomsday idiots flocking to their homes because apparently that will be the only safe place when the world ends. A brilliant coming of age story with an apocalyptic twist, Alba has to come to terms with the fact that her peaceful little life can't always stay the same.
Set over 24 hours, we follow Sunny on a mad dash across the city to track down her boyfriend and set the record straight about rumours of him cheating. Funny, diverse, slightly insane and a huge love letter to London, more people definitely need to read this!
Animal: the Autobiography of the Female Body by Sara Pascoe
I adore Sara Pascoe, she is hilarious and this part autobiography and part psychological essay is no different. Sara writes about personal stories with the twist of renewed feminism and the benefit of hindsight, as well as explaining lots of psychology theories on sexuality and femininity.
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling
Who doesn't love books about books? It was sweet, endearing, heart warming and simply a pleasure to read and fall in love with books all over again. Plus it had a bod boy with a heart of gold and utterly hilarious misunderstandings.
Love Song by Sophia Bennett
I don't think I will ever get tired of stories about boy bands and Sophia's is one of my favourites. Nina is hired to look after this band, trying to keep them calm, writing songs and not breaking up. It was so much fun to read, it was really down to earth and realistic, considering the subject matter, and utterly adorable.
And there we have it! My Top Eight Hidden Gems of the past year - I'm actually surprised I managed 8 because I've been reading mostly review books and new releases for quite some time now.