[quote]Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens![/quote]
This week’s topic is “top eleven books I really love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough.” I don’t tend to talk a lot about the books I love, though I think many people will say I do for these. If I do, it’s usually in lists or screaming out “yessssss” in response. The books I really love are usually ones nobody talks about often in general, so I feel obligated to remind people of the awesomeness of these books.
I want to recite sonnets and sing songs about my love for them, but it’s hard to speak about them when 1. I’m always rendered unintelligible by the emotions that comes over me and 2. there’s no one to share my joy for the books. All the books I love are usually a hit or a miss depending on the reader, but I just want everybody to read and revel in the greatness of these books.
Here are eleven books I really love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough, and that you definitely need to read. I just want to constantly remind people these are my favorites, okay?
Why you should read this: Sci-fi creepiness + found families, what more can you want? It’s one of those books that’s either a hit or a miss for people, but for me, it’s an absolute hit. Every time I think about this book, I get super emotional. The journey that Seth goes on is the best because you see him realize that he has friends, and friendships send me on an emotional rollercoaster. (My review)
Why you should read this: Melina Marchetta always writes the best book. None of the books I’ve read by her has disappointed me. Saving Francesca is one of those books. The friendships and the badassery of the characters are everything dear to me. The characters are fiercely devoted to each other, despite their differences, and I love that. It also gave us one of the best friendship quotes ever.
Why you should read this: If you love space, old-timey radio, mixed media narratives + genres, and films, Radiance is for you! This book leaves me dazed and wanting. This is a book that demands your full attention because it is like watching live theater performing in front of your eyes. You don’t want to miss the Venusian callowhales and the mystery this galaxy holds for the characters. (My review)
Why you should read this: A space opera comic full of awesome and families! It’s one of the greatest comic books of all time. Sure I have demanded people to read it (especially to comic newbies), but I don’t think I’ve spoken often about the beautifulness of this comic. It’s one of those comics that is stunning both because of the art and the writing. I always have a hard time putting together words of why I love this and why you should to. It’ll put you through an emotional rollercoaster, and make you wish that everything will be okay for these characters.
Why you should read this: Need a beyond creepy Middle Grade? The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is where it’s at! This MG has parents sending their children to The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, a reform school, but then kids are disappearing. What’s going? What you found is creepy, bizarre, and brilliant. (My review)
Why you should read this: Four reasons: Bookstores. Puzzles. Sleuthing. Typography. You want a love letter to books? Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is one of those books. It’s a truly a magical book that makes you appreciate books even more.
Why you should read this: Witches + wizards? YAS. I love Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic sooo much. I can reread these over and over again, and I never fail to fall head over heels for Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne. They are the best couple ever, and the world they live in is so wonderful and crazy. (I love it more than books about the werewolves—Elena and Clay.)
Why you should read this: Made You Up continues to stun me in the best way possible. What I expected from Made You Up was not how I thought everything was going to play out, and I love it. I have a tendency to dislike YA romance, but I was so onboard for this one. It had great witty characters and surprising goodness.
Why you should read this: A cute love letter to films and fate. Everything Leads to You is everything you’d think it’ll be—a light and cute, beautifully written book with a girl who loves set designing and an easygoing f/f romance.
Why you should read this: Where to start in the Marvel universe? Definitely with Ms. Marvel! You get to see this Muslim-American teenager try to reconcile her newfound superpowers with her culture, but it’s hard. She’s struggling to fit in all aspects of her life, and you just root for Kamala to be the best she can be.
Why you should read this: You love characters who can banter together? Sophie Mercer and Archer Cross are those people. You can’t help but grin when they argue with each other because it’s so cute and the chemistry level is insane. Hex Hall was the first book that made me fall in love with YA, so I have a lot of fond memories of this series.