One of my most favourite things I did in 2017 was becoming a book reviewer for Kids' Book Review. I cannot quite explain just how much joy I get from reading. I feel as if books are a part of me, that in my hierarchy of needs, reading comes before breathing.
So I'm not really surprised that I went a little crazy with the book reviewing. In total, this year, I reviewed 91 books. That's like seven and a half books per month!
I am in awe of the talent of authors and illustrators in Australia and beyond. I have so many many favourites. But if I absolutely have to choose, these are my ten favourite books of 2017:
Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar. If you love science fiction and fantasy, you need to get this book. IT IS AMAZING!
Ban this Book by Alan Gratz. A middle fiction novel about how powerful and important books are for kids, this was always going to be a favourite read.
Ready, Steady, Hatch! by Ben Long and David Cornish. I'm always looking for fun and funny picture books I crave to read again and again. This one ticks all the boxes!
Colour Me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Moira Court. A picture book about the colours of the rainbow (and that's the true colours of the rainbow), this is a gorgeous, beautiful and amazing picture book you will never want to part with.
The Ice Maze by Isobelle Carmody. This is the third instalment in the Kingdom of the Lost series and the best one yet. Secrets are revealed and more are raised. It's addictive and amazing, and if you love fantasy, you have to read it (and the entire series!).
Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King. This picture book is hauntingly beautiful. It stays with you long after you close the cover.
A Perfectly Posh Pink Afternoon Tea by Coral Vass and Gabriel Evans. I love a good twist, and this picture book has an awesome one. It is not about what you might think it's going to be about, and what it is about is fabulous.
The Vampire Knife by Jack Henseleit. Chilling and quite scary, this middle fiction novel is not for the faint hearted. But if you dare to be bold, it is an awesome and addictive read. PLUS, it's the first book in a cool new series!
Trouble and the Exploding House by Cate Whittle. Junior fiction at its finest, this final instalment in the Trouble series is fun, funny, suspenseful and action-packed (like all the Trouble books!).
And because I just can't help myself, I'm adding another one. But it's not exactly a book, so it doesn't count, right?
You simply must check out Australia Illustrated Map by Tania McCartney. This giant poster of Australia has been lovingly saturated with gorgeous Australian animals, plants and places. Seriously, this map needs to be in every child's bedroom. It is AWESOME and HUGE!
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope Santa brings you lots of books and bookish things!