There are many excellent YA books which combine great stories with a message. The story might provide an insight into bullying or coping with death or a disability or learning about a different country or a historical period. I love books like this. It is a pleasure to enjoy a book and also learn something or realise that you have been made to think about something, especially if it is outside your usual comfort zone.
However there are times when you just want to curl up with a fun story and just get lost in it - whether its a thriller or a romance. Often readers will say that they just want to read for fun, to escape, to relax - and why not? The truth is that every book you read teaches you something or adds something new to your way of thinking, but perhaps some do it in a more subtle way.
So here is a list of books that are, to my mind, fun reads. This doesn't take away from the value of books with a message (you only have to look a the BT&M website to see how much I love these books) and neither does it mean that the books listed below are any less worthy or good. What they are is pure escapism - and there's nothing wrong with that, especially on a miserable winter afternoon.
Dead Silent by Sharon Jones - whodunit
Throne of Glass by SJ Maas - fantasy adventure
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - fantasy adventure
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy - whodunit
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman - romantic weepie
Divergent by Veronica Roth - dystopian adventure
Blood Red Road by Moira Young - dystopian adventure
The Bodyguard: Hostage by Chris Bradford - adventure
Runnung Girl by Simon Mason - whodunit
Jimmy Coates: Killer by Joe Craig- adventure
Deprtment 19 by Will Hill - adventure, fantasy, horror
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