March 22, 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 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.

Have you read any of these books? Are there books here you haven’t read but want to? Tell me about the books you love but don’t talk about it enough.


13 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY • Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough”

  1. I liked Everything Leads to You also. Nina LaCour is a fave and I’ve pretty much loved all her books. I’ve also wanted to read Hex Hall for a while. LOVE boarding school books.

  2. Nice picks for this week! I haven’t read any of the books on your list… I’ll have to expand my reading horizons!!

    Here’s a link to my TTT for this week:

  3. AHH TWINS!!! I have More Than This on my list this week too!! *flails happily* I think it’s entirely underrated….actually I don’t see people blogging about Ness’ books very much at all!? which is SUCH a shame because ajfdksald they are all amazing. I also really want to read Ms Cavendish and also Mr Penumbra’s 24hr Book Store. OH OH AND MS MARVEL. I actually have no idea why I haven’t already devoured that one. And oMGGG Made You Up is gorgeous adorable perfection. :’)
    Here’s my TTT!

  4. Julia E. says:

    I adored Hex Hall. It’s one of those books that is just FUN. Probably should be on my “forget to talk about it list too”!

  5. I don’t like this topic – it’s making me add so many books to my tbr haha. Thanks for the post.

  6. Clare Stone says:

    You’ve made me want to re-read Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic! And I definitely think Made You Up deserves to be more talked about! The only reason I didn’t include it on my list this week is because I feel like I go on about it constantly!

  7. Ah Ms Marvel! So good I just want to keep recommending it everyone I ever come across! It was the Marvel I picked up after so many recommendations because I wanted to get into graphic novels and had no idea where to start, it’s so overwhelming.

  8. I got More Than This out from the library but I never got around to reading it *facepalm* but I’ll definitely give it a go! There’s a few on your list I haven’t heard of so off to check them out! :)

  9. I also have Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore on my list. I really enjoyed reading that one. I have Ms Marvel and I need to read it soon. Made You Up is a book I have seen before and I definitely need to add to my TBR which keeps growing with this TTT topic. Here is my TTT

  10. Rachel says:

    I loved Made You Up, and I should probably talk about that one more. Ooh I really want to read Saving Francesca, I love the cover and my co-blogger loved it! Nice list :)

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  11. Alexa S. says:

    I really, really, really want to read Hex Hall! It is a novel that has a cover I don’t love, and that made me feel iffy about this one. But you’re making it sound AWESOME, and so I’m now going to have to read it!

  12. I always forget how badly I want to read Saving Francesa, Made You Up and Hex Hall so I never actually buy them when I do a book shop and then I remember and I’m struck with an incredible feeling of disappointment in myself so thank you for reminding me!

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