Tag Archives: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to People Who’ve Never Tried YA Contemporary

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely chicas over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I wasn’t going to do Top 10 this week but I’m currently waiting for the net episode of Orphan Black to download so what the hell, I’ve got some time before I return to watching Tatiana Maslany kill it on screen. This week’s Top 10 topic is books you’d recommend to someone who hasn’t tried X. Since I am pretty seriously devoted to contemporary YA fiction, that’s what I’m going to recommend to y’all today.

Something Light & Fun

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1) Wanderlove

Anna and the French Kiss // My love for this book is never ending, as are my constant re-reads of it. This is for someone looking for the ultimate classic contemporary.

My Life Next Door // While slightly heavier towards the end of the story, it definitely has a light, summery feel. But the writing and the characters completely draw you in – this was almost a one-sitting read for me.

Wanderlove // Travel, travel, travel. Then travel some more.

Something Intense & Deep

The Fault in Our Stars  If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) Looking for Alaska

The Fault in Our Stars// No, I am not a superfan of this book, and yes, I do think that John Green is given far too much credit for reviving the YA contemporary. But. For someone just getting into YA contemporary, this is pretty much a staple just as The Hunger Games is for dystopia and Harry Potter is for fantasy.

If I Stay  // Personally I think this series is much better than Gayle Forman’s other books, and it’s such a short book that packs a huge punch. Definitely a must read for someone looking for a heavier contemp.

Looking for Alaska// Okay so this is my favourite John Green book. It really took me by surprise and I still think about it all the time. If you’re looking to make your way through the John Green repertoire, or if you just want to expand beyond TFIOS, definitely go for LfA.

Quirky & Different

On the Jellicoe Road Graffiti Moon Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Jellicoe Road// I know that this book is confusing and hard to get into, but I will reiterate what I and countless other have said time and again: push through. In my opinion, this is the standard every YA contemporary should be held against.

Graffiti Moon // This is such a whirlwind of a book, it completely sucks you right in. I could not. put. this. down. Definitely a rec for someone not too sure about contemp who wants something engrossing and fast paced.

Cold Hands, Warm Heart // This book doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. I picked it up on a whim at an indie bookstore and was really surprised by how moving it is. It’s a very short, quick read about a girl and a boy in neighbouring hospital rooms who develop a relationship. A good rec for those who want something reminiscent of TFIOS but much less popular.

Top Ten Books About Friendship

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books About Friendship, which I kind of modified to be best friendships in books. Also, for the first time, Grace is going to be adding her books to TTT!

Chloe’s Picks

set1

1. Sam & Charlie & Patrick / The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I think the relationship between these three friends is very honest, very emotional, and very real. Although, I am having trouble remembering the friendship dynamics displayed in the book because I’ve seen the movie twice now and I’m still disappointed with the way their friendship is presented. It feels more contrived, in the movie. In the books, even though it seems a little unrealistic for a freshman to become friends with a handful of quirky teenagers, Chbosky somehow makes it work. This is definitely a book with friendship as a strong central theme, although it also deals with a plethora of other hard hitting topics.

2. Georgia & The Gang / The Georgia Nicolson Series

These books are 100% hilarious goodness. I’m sad I finished the whole series because I could always count on these books to be a light, funny break from everything. Georgia and her pack of friends are the weirdest, coolest, bunch of people and I love it.

3. Maddie & Julie / Code Name Verity

This. This is how you write a friendship. This is also how you write a kick-ass story of two amazing female pilots in WWII that makes me laugh and cry and then cry a lot more.

    set2

4. Harry & Ron & Hermione / Harry Potter Series

They will always be the penultimate friendship, the best of the best, the amazing trio. The thing about Harry Potter is that, it’s a book about so many things. It’s a book about good vs. evil and finding yourself, but it also has such a strong theme of friendship and family and all the relationships that make up life.

5. Narnie & Tate & Hannah & Jude — Taylor & Raffy, etc. / Jellicoe Road

Other than this being my absolute favourite YA contemporary, and just an overall beautiful and insanely fantastic book, the characters in the story are so overwhelmingly unique and developed. Every single character added something, and the friendships displayed in both stories woven together is simply outstanding.

6. Vicks & Jessie & Mel / How to be Bad

I don’t care how old I get or how many books I read, this one will always have a special place in my heart (and on my bookshelves). The friendship between these three, while quite rocky and a little unconventional, is very funny and real, and the writers don’t shy away from using the friendship as a starting point to discuss some pretty tough topics. Also, roadtrips!

Grace’s Picks

set3

7. Katsa & Po / Graceling

I recently finished Graceling and one of the reasons that I was able to enjoy it so much was largely due to Katsa and Po’s relationship. Katsa is an amazingly independent heroine and it was awesome to see Katsa and Po go from a friendship based on practicing fighting to something much more than that. Po never pushed Katsa to do anything that did not fit her beliefs and completely understood her, which was very refreshing to read.

8. Hazel & Augustus & Isaac / The Fault in Our Stars

As the countdown to the premiere of The Fault in Our Stars is getting closer and closer, one of the things that I most look forward to seeing on the big screen is of the friendship between this trio. The Fault in our Stars hit really hard in all the feels, but Hazel, Gus, and Isaac still managed to stay strong friends and supported each other through each tragedy that occurred.

9. Alaska & Pudge / Looking for Alaska

Speaking of feels, another memorable friendship from John Green was between Alaska and Pudge specifically (and the rest of their gang too) in Looking for Alaska. While Pudge did like Alaska and wanted to be much more than friends, he still understood his boundaries and was able to remain close with Alaska and her circle of friends.

set4

10. Gemma & Pippa & Ann & Felicity / The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Even though the Gemma Doyle Trilogy takes place in Victorian England, the friendship between these four was very real and reminded me of my own friends at times. Each girl was very different and while they definitely butted heads over a multitude of things, they still were able to support each other and learn to get along despite their differences.

11. Sam & Charlie & Patrick / The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Gee, there is quite the triumvirate theme going on here today! (Triumvirate is a SAT word don’t judge). In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie was a lone freshman and Sam and Patrick were kind enough to be genuinely interested in being his friend and watching out for him as he began his journey through high school. How many seniors would do that? Personally, I can barely stand the group of screaming freshman girls that sit at the table behind me at lunch.

Read any of these books? What are your favourite friendship books?

Top Ten Books to Make you Swoon

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

In honour of Valentine’s Day, this week’s topic is books to make you swoon (AKA the only books I read)…

bookstoswoon

1// My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – Um, is there really any better boy-next-door book? I think not.

2// The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Besides being heartbreaking and tear-inducing, this book is also so romantic and cute.

3// Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – I definitely liked this one better than the second book. The romance between Noah and Echo is sooo good.

4// Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I just finished reading this one for the third time and I can undoubtedly say that it is one of my favourite books. What really gets me is just all the subtleties in the story… It’s so well thought out and every time I re-read it I find something new.

5 & 6// Shatter Me & Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – Aside from the non-stop action and crazy plot twists, the romance between Adam and Juliette (and Warner?!) is sooo swoon worthy. Uhm, Chapter 62?

7 & 8// If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman – These books are so short but are completely filled with emotion, namely heart-wrenching sadness and swoony moments.

9// Just One Day by Gayle Forman – Oh hey, another Gayle Forman book. Although I wasn’t as in love with this one as I was with the books above, I did still really enjoy it, and for the brief parts that include Allyson and Willem, I thought the romance was pretty great.

10// Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – This might seem like an unlikely choice for this list, but I fell hard for the romance between Lucy and Ed in this one. It’s also one of my favourite books of all time… I’m definitely due for a re-read.

What are some of your favourite swoon-worthy books?

 

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Yes, I know today is a Wednesday, but this week’s topic is books that will make you cry, and there was no way I was gonna pass that one up!

The Book Thief

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I was a blubbering mess throughout this whole book, pretty much.

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green – Oh John Green, is your sole purpose in life to make us all cry?

3. If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman – This is actually two books, but both of them made me cry like mad, for different reasons.

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – Ughhh noooo, I’m just going to start bawling again…

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – As soon as I opened this up and saw the dedication, I was gone.

6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – I promise not to rant about how much I love this book (but just know, it’s AThe Fault in Our Stars LOT)

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Here we are again, John. And now a movie?! The trailer is already making me cry, I can’t imagine I’ll be able to last more than two minutes when I actually see the whole thing.

8. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – If you can make it through this one without shedding a tear, you have a heart of steel.

9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Melina Marchetta, you are the queen of YA literature.

10. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – To be fair, I read this one a long time ago and I don’t know if I would still cry if I read it today, but I just remember it being so heart wrenching and emotional.

What are some books that made you cry? I’m always looking for a good tear jerker!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Once again it’s been months since I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll get better at it in the new year because this is one of my favourite memes. This week we’re talking about the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors we read in 2013.

ttt1ttt2

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Dian Peterfreund// I really liked this one and I have Across A Star Swept Sea sitting on my bookshelf just waiting to be read…

Every Day by David Levithan// Technically this is not my first DL book because I read Naomi & Eli’s No Kiss List a few years ago, but this is the first book I’ve read JUST by him. I liked it a lot, waaay more than I liked Naomi & Eli. {Every Day is one of the reviews that got lost in the move, so no link, but I really did like it}

ttt3ttt4

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway// Hahaha, this book was just funny and happy and a seriously good time to read.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak// “Will we ever hear the end of it?” you ask. “Noooo, neverrrr,” the wind whistles back.

ttt5ttt6

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi// The action in this book as well as Unravel Me is incredible and had me sucked in from page one. I also got to meet Tahereh and she’s so nice 🙂

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers// Courtney Summers writes kick-ass books. TiNaT was such a different take on the dystopian genre/zombie apocalypse and I loved it. I also read Some Girls Are this year which I gave 4 stars. Here’s to more Courtney Summers in 2014!

ttt7

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick// Oh I loved this one so much (well, until the end at least). The romance, the families, it was so perfect and I could not put this book down!!

I could only find seven for this one, so what were some of your favourite new-to-you authors you read in 2013? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2013 (so far)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

I hadn’t planned on doing TTT today, but when I saw the topic I knew I had to jump in. Except, I have only read 27 books so far this year. And of those 27, I only REALLY enjoyed four of them. So, here are my top four books I’ve read so far this year:

The Book Thief Audrey, Wait! I Want My Hat Back Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Goodreads | Review)

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (Goodreads | Review)

I Want My Hat Back (Goodreads) – Yes, this is a picture book.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Goodreads | Re-reading Review) – Does this count? It was a re-read.

Out of all of these, the one that stands out as the absolute number one book in my mind is The Book Thief. If you read my review, you’ll see a glimpse of how much I love this book. I don’t think any book I read this year will be able to top that masterpiece.

As a side note, I’m currently reading My Life Next Door, and loving loving loving it, so next time I post this list that will probably be included.

What are your favourite books you’ve read so far in 2013? Any recommendations for me?

Top Ten Series I’d Like to Start but Haven’t Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a super fun meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Series I’d Like to Start but Haven’t Yet. I could probably go on forever with this list, but I’ll try to keep it short.
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
1. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
So, I actually got to meet Tahereh and I have a copy of Shatter Me signed by her, but… I still haven’t read her books. Pretty shameful, I know. Hopefully I’ll get to this series sometime this spring.
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
2. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
This is the book you guys voted for me to read in February, and guess what? I didn’t read it. I pretty much sucked at reading books in February, but that’s no excuse – I need to start this series soon!
Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks, #1) Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks, #2) Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3) Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks, #4)
3. Hundred Oaks Series by Miranda Keneally – This series just looks so fun and I’ve heard amazing things about it, but I don’t think my library has any of them 🙁
The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1) The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2)
4. The Forsaken Series by Lisa M. Stasse – These covers are so gorgeous, and if that’s not enough, the plot sounds amazing.
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)  The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
 5. The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater – Okay, so unlike a lot of people, I really didn’t enjoy Maggie’s Shiver series. BUT I’ve heard only incredible things about this series as well as The Scorpio Races, so I really need to put aside my past dislike of Maggie Stiefvater’s books and READ THESE.
Unraveling (Unraveling, #1) Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2)
6. Unraveling Series by Elizabeth Norris – I own a signed copy of Unraveling, so I have no excuse for not having read it yet. They’re not what I’d normally read but they look really interesting so I’m eager to read them.
The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1) Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2) The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)
 7. The Goddess Test Series by Aimee Carter – Again, I own the first book, and this series has been on my TBR list for SO LONG.
Matched (Matched, #1) Crossed (Matched, #2) Reached (Matched, #3)
8. Matched Series by Ally Condie – I just love the simplicity of the covers, and I’ve had an ARC of the first book for forever.
Die for Me (Revenants, #1) Until I Die (Revenants, #2) If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)
 9. Revenants Series by Amy Plum – These also are a bit out of my comfort zone, but from the praise they’ve gotten, I know I need to read them soon.
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2) Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)
10. I feel like these books aren’t really known outside of the blogging world, but I bought a copy of Perfect Chemistry a while ago and I have to get to it sometime.
What series do you want to start but haven’t yet?

Top Ten Favourite Romances

I really want to participate more in Top Ten Tuesday, because it’s such a fun meme. I always used to do it but I just kind of… stopped.
So this week’s topic is favourite romances 🙂 In no particular order…
Between Shades of GrayAnna and the French Kiss Graffiti Moon

1. Lina and Andreas {Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys}
When do I post anything on this blog without mentioning this book? Honestly, you’re probably tired of me talking about it by now. But the point is: this is one of my favourite books ever, and the romance between Lina and Andreas is so different from other romances because they’re in a Siberian labour camp. And this book is not a love story. At all. The romance is not the main focus, but it gets me every time (obviously I’ve read this book more than once).
2. Anna and Etienne St. Clair {Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins}
Because no list is complete without those two, let’s face it. Oh, and hey, I just re-read this book 🙂
3. Ed and Lucy (Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley}
So this quote pretty much sums it up, for some weird reason:
“I look over at Ed. He’s staring out the window giving Leo the thumbs-down. I wait till he’s looking at me, then I give him two fingers up. He gives me two fingers back. I give him the middle finger. He gives it back to me. I don’t know any more signs, so I make up one. Three fingers. Take that, mister. He sticks up four. I call your four and raise you five. He skips straight to ten and does something with his thumb that disturbs me. I bounce my hands on my lap. Ed bounces his lap right back.”
Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4. Ron and Hermione {Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling}
I have to say that I love Ron and Hermione together waaaay more than Harry and Ginny. Mind you, they both have nice skin.
5. Katniss and Peeta and Gale {The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins}
I’m tired of explaining this one, but I think it should be here anyway.
6. Charlie and Sam {The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky}
So this is definitely not a romance, technically. But if you read the book you’ll know why I included it.
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)The Sky Is EverywherePushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
7. Adam and Mia {If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman}
I’m getting waaay too lazy to write descriptions, but basically: there’s one scene in the first book about a cello (which sounds dumb because the whole book has cello scenes but YOU KNOW THE ONE), and yeah.
8. Lennie and Joe {The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson}
The trumpet and the letters and… yep, I’m just getting lazy.
9. Echo and Noah {Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry}
Because I was surprised how much I liked this book, and the romance.
So that’s only 9, I know, but I just need to get up, because I’ve been sitting on my couch for like, 6 hours, and it needs to stop. What are your favourite romances?

Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!

Since I was hoping to do a post like this anyway, this seems like the perfect occasion to talk about my Top Ten Tips for New Book Bloggers…

1. When naming your blog, choose wisely. I barely thought about it and ended up with the most generic name out there. Brainstorm, share your ideas with family and friends, and do your research to make sure the name is not already taken. 

2. Before you get all caught up in the ARC madness, find out what they are and how they work. There are a ton of great posts on this subject. I even did a post on ARCs! Other great posts include: this one and this one.

3. Find a way to make your blog personal. Honestly, I’m still working on this. 
4. Pay attention to your blog design. I don’t mind if a design is simple or plain, but a blog with crazy colours, hard to read fonts, and cluttered side bars will turn me off immediately. 
5. When reviewing a book, take the time to write more than a couple sentences. Talk about different aspects of the book, like the characters, plot, writing, and pacing. I have a set form to my reviews, because it helps me get out what I want to say in an understandable way (I hope!).
6. I think this is one we all need to think about, but – follower numbers are not everything. When I first started blogging I participated in lots of giveaway hops because I wanted to gain followers. Don’t get me wrong, giveaway hops are a lot of fun, but I think I was doing them for the wrong reasons. Don’t let yourself get caught up in numbers and stats. 
7. Be polite, friendly, and inviting. Comment on lots of other blogs, talk to people on social networking sites, and don’t get involved with drama and meanness. 
8. Join social networking sites! Twitter, Formspring, Goodreads, Facebook, all these sites are great ways to connect with blog readers!
9.  When you first start blogging it seems like you have a million ideas for posts. But after blogging for more than a year, it sometimes takes a while to come up with good post ideas. So, when you first start, make up a list of post ideas or schedule posts in advance so you don’t have to always resort to memes or features.

10. Have fun! Sometimes blogging can be a bit stressful, and maybe you need to take a break for a month or two. But always remember that blogging should be enjoyable and fun.

What are some of your tips for new bloggers? Leave me a comment!

Top Ten Books to Read in A Day

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!

Today is a super fun topic – top ten books to read in a day!

Anna and the French Kiss The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) Between Shades of Gray The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

Leap Day How to Be Bad If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
Leap Day – Wendy Mass
How to Be Bad – Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart
If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Sold The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
Sold – Patricia McCormick
The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall
Have you read any of these? What did you think? What’s on your list of top ten books to read in a day?

Post Navigation