Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About Enough/In A While

This week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) was fun! I love talking about books that I read a while back. Here are ten books I haven't talked about lately.



1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
 A family accidentally stumbles upon a spring with water endowing them with the gift of eternal life. Seventy years later, without having grown a day older, a young girl discovers them and learns their secret. This is such a sweet story! And the movie version stars the adorable Alexis Bledel and Jonathan Jackson.


2. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
 When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. It's a citified Alice in Wonderland, and I loved it! You'll even like the cockroaches.



3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
 A Black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. I read this in elementary school, and it was really my first introduction to racism. 




4. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love. You'll love both Darcy's story and the novel she's writing.


5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. This is a sweet story filled with the uncomfortable parts of first love between two people who really don't fit in. The 80s nostalgia is a definite plus. 


6. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Seventeen-year-old Harper Price's charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she's been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who's an Oracle. Harper is a Southern belle who becomes a kick-butt fighter. Super fun!



7. Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
While running away from a London foster home just before her fifteenth birthday, Holly has ample time to consider her years of residential care and her early life with her Irish mother, whom she is now trying to reach. This was the last book written by Siobhan Dowd.


8. Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black. This story takes The Giver and makes it more available to teens and young adults, adding a stronger love story and rebellion.


9. Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. This book is action packed and full of moral ambiguity. Day is a vigilante, a little like Batman.


10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This brilliant and heartbreaking novel tells the story of a prestigious family living on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Full of love, lies, secrets, no shortage of family dysfunction, and a shocking twist that you won’t see coming. It will have your pulse racing! 
(Summaries from Novelist)












































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