February 23, 2016 • Cee • Lists


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten eight books I enjoyed that weren’t my type of book (but now is).” Middle Grade books! I never thought much about Middle Grade books, but I’ve found myself yearning for them after getting a taste of the awesomeness I read. It’s all those beautiful displays of friendships and the adventures the characters get themselves into. They have seduced me! Now, I’ve been bit by the Middle Grade-loving bug! I need to get all of them!

Here are eight Middle Grade books I enjoyed, and that you definitely need to read. (I highly recommend the first five.)


Why you need to read it: Bizarre and creepy, unexpected outcome. Parents sending their children to The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, a reform school. Kids disappearing. It’s brilliant. (My review)


Why you need to read it: Beautiful displays of friendship, where fights do not end them. So honest and full of love. Made me very emotional. (My review)


Why you need to read it: Murder mystery investigated by Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Told from Hazel’s POV, a Chinese main character. Super fun. (My review)


Why you need to read it: Patrick Ness is a gem (and he wrote this). Very emotional book. Great illustrations that will consume you.


Why you need to read it: Super delightful MG about Captain Hook’s daughter. Pirate antics.


Why you need to read it: Supernatural tale about a girl who can talk to ghosts. Honest portrayal of death and grief. Good friendship! (My review)


Why you need to read it: Treasure hunt about lost Cold-War technology, disappearances and government cover-up, space-themed riddle, gun-toting bad guys, and an underground city doomsday bunker! (My review)


Why you need to read it: A taste of history. Simple historical portrayal of life after the erection of the Berlin Wall. Lots of tension between Greta’s family and the Stasi. (My review)

I hope you’d read these Middle Grades! This is just the beginning. I have lots I want to read. What Middle Grade would you recommend me? 


19 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY | Books I Enjoyed That Weren’t My Type of Book”

  1. What a great list – I haven’t heard a lot of these, but they are catching my eye now.

    Thanks for the post.

  2. Thanks for this post! You posted it just in a good time, as I am trying to read more middle grade books, just to see what’s outthere plus I always seem to enjoy them when I read them, even if I’m in someone’s opinion waaaaaay too old to read MD.
    When I was a child I read only Croatian MG authors, german, austrian and italian, some chech and so on (it would be esier if I just said European), long story short, as a child, I didn’t read amrecian authors, so it’s nice to catch up those later in life. The good thing is that those books read pretty fast.

    From your list, I am adding: Goodbye Stranger, The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls and The urious Tale of the In-Between.

  3. darcy h. says:

    MG was very much out of my comfort zone until quite recently, and I loved Murder is Bad Manners (or as I knew it, Murder Most Unladylike) as well! I really enjoyed GEORGE by Alex Gino, and thought that it was a simple but important book.

    I’m definitely going to be checking out some of the books on this list! ?

  4. I didn’t realize that A Monster Calls was MG. I’m always looking for good MG because my son likes me to read them to him before bed. The Cavendish Home, Hook’s Revenge, and A Curious Tale of the In-Between are all going on my list :)

  5. Fida says:

    I love history and will definitely check out A Night Divided. I need to get back to reading more MG. I would suggest Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler, it’s an MG Adventure.

  6. Whitney says:

    I haven’t read or heard of most of the books on this list, which is a good thing. Middle grade books aren’t really my thing, but I’ve recently started a part time gig as a writing tutor for a young girl. She’s an extremely advanced reader for her age, so I’m trying to compile a list of good books to work through with her. I’m thinking this is good place to start!

  7. I LOVE middle-grade novels, they deal with such heartbreaking topics with such innocence and simplicity. I love them! I’ve read A Monster Calls and Murder is Bad Manners (I know it by the title of A Murder Most Unladylike) and I really enjoyed both books. There’s quite a few novels here that I haven’t heard of so off to check them out!

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My TTT Post!

  8. Love this post, I definitely need to read more middle grade!

  9. Jeanna says:

    I just picked up A Monster Calls and I usually don’t read books like this one. I’m enjoying it though! Patrick Ness is a gem, so right. Happy reading!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

  10. Annika says:

    That’s loads of books I need to get around to reading! A Monster Calls is already on my list but The Curious Tale of the In-Between and Goodbye Stranger definitely have to go on my TBR now!

    I’ve been wanting to read more books like these because now that I’m older I feel really strongly that it’s actually super important to have good books aimed at kids.
    I think I’ve mentioned this to you already but Howl’s Moving Castle! Read it! ;)

  11. I really honestly rarely pick up middle grade! I didn’t even know A Monster Calls was a middle grade one. Apart from maybe Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, I really never read much MG. I am definitely going to check out some of your recs though! Definitely an interesting list, Cee! :)

    my TTT:

  12. Aentee says:

    MG books have the best covers omg *stares forever* I am usually quite snobbish about them but there are some MG I love such as A Monster Calls & Leviathan.
    The Cavendish Home for the Boys and Girls sound exactly like something I would love though, now I just need to go pay that fine at the library before I can check it out.

  13. Crystal says:

    I just finished reading a middle grade book called Risuko. It is really good. See my review here. http://crystal-hikari.blogspot.com/2016/02/risuko-david-kudler.html Unfortunately, it’s not out yet, but there are previews on Risuko.net and i got the e-ARC from Netgalley.

  14. Jess @ POB! says:

    Yikes, I haven’t read any of these… but I do own the Lauren DeStefano one and I hear remarkable things about the Ness one! I’ll have to read Murder is Bad Manners because I’m always on the look out for Asian MCs!

  15. Rose says:

    I don’t read much Middle Grade but this list has me excited to start. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds so interesting. And I’ve had A Monster Calls on my TBR for ages – definitely need to bump it up to read soon. Hook’s Revenge sounds really fun, too. Thanks for the recommendations!
    My TTT

  16. I’m not a big fan of middle grade books either. But A Monster Calls was my jam :-)

  17. It’s always awesome finding reads that are unexpected loves! The only one I’ve read here is Goodbye Stranger but I can’t remember much about it. I’m looking forward to reading A Monster Calls though.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  18. Alexa S. says:

    I’ve only read two of the books on your list! I guess that means I have a ton of middle grade reading ahead of me ;)

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