February 23, 2016 • Cee • Lists

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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.)

THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

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)

GOODBYE STRANGER

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)

MURDER IS BAD MANNERS

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)

A MONSTER CALLS

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

HOOK’S REVENGE

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

THE CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN

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)

OMEGA CITY

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)

A NIGHT DIVIDED

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:
    https://letsgababoutbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/top-ten-tuesday-recently-enjoyed-out-of-my-comfort-zone/

  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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