Comfort reading & book recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

In their last meeting of the year, our Teen Advisory Board shared their thoughts about comfort reading, and recommended the most memorable books they read this year.


What is your favourite kind of book to read when you want comfort?

‘I read books that will make me even sadder so that I can truly fall into a pit of despair. Then I read a romance book to pull me out of it’ - Sasha Copic

‘I reread certain passages from books I’ve already read, specifically the last chapter of Hero at the Fall’ - Amy Wright

‘I normally read books when I’m in a good mood, but if I do need comfort I read YA contemporary fiction’ - Siena Kabay

‘Lemony Snicket’ - Riley Rust

‘Fantasy or contemporary. Sometimes I reread my favourite novels’ - Claire Long

‘Romance, issues, historical fiction and classics’ - Ananyaa Duggal


Do you reread books?

‘Yes, all of Rick Riordan’s books (because I love them) and The Vampire Diaries, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ - Amy Wright

‘Yes - just a few favourites. Oscar Wilde short stories and Call Me By Your Name’ - Riley Rust

‘Yes: Legend, Harry Potter, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I reread to get out of a reading slump and to remember specific stories that I love.’ - Claire Long

Harry Potter, The Maze Runner, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Hunger Games, Little Women and any Jane Austen novel’ - Ananyaa Duggal


Are there any authors who make you feel hopeful about the world?

‘JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare and Angie Thomas’ - Claire Long

‘Louisa May Alcott, Jenny Han, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Angie Thomas’ - Ananyaa Duggal

‘Nevo Zisin’ - Riley Rust

‘Nina Kenwood’ - Sasha Copic

‘Not in so many words but the Rebel of the Sands trilogy has a lot of hope for a better future for the characters and their country’ - Amy Wright

‘Not an author, but most sci-fi novels’ - Siena Kabay


A ROUND UP THEIR FAVOURITE BOOKS FROM 2019


The BEST books they read


The books they were most excited to read


The books that made them laugh


The books that made them cry


The best crime reads & thrillers


The best non-fiction books


The best adult fiction books


The best books with environmental themes


The purpose of the Teen Advisory Board is to give young people between the ages of 14 and 19 the opportunity to learn more about books, authors, and the book industry. Find out more here.

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It Sounded Better in My Head

It Sounded Better in My Head

Nina Kenwood

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