Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books Read in One Sitting”. Since I’ve only read one book in one sitting, I adapted this week’s theme to Top Ten Books I Couldn’t Put Down (but had to because of school, sleep, work … you get the point)
1. Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
Smart, hardworking girl with a big heart? Check.
An adorable love interest who’s also a famous writer? Check.
Convention setting? Check.
Supportive friends and parents? Check.
What else do you need?
2. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I’ve read this one just last week and my full review is coming soon so I won’t spill too much information but… this was such a fun and adorable read!
It’s about Steffi, who has trouble speaking (selective mute, social anxiety … ), and Rhys, who’s deaf and how they understand each other perfectly and fall in love. I love how it’s not just about dealing with their disability / disorder / mental health but there’s plenty of room for them to be teenagers with “normal” problems. Like falling in love for the first time, standing up to your parents, finding your identity, etc.
Also, can I just say that Rhys is one of the sweetest and cutest and most adorable love interests ever? Yes, I can because it’s true and I want one.
Just read this:
stefstef: are you doing anything next saturday?
rhysespieces: i hope so
stefstef: oh, ok. Have you already made plans or something?
rhysespieces: what? no, i mean i hope that i’ll be doing something with you
rhysespieces: like seeing you, not DOING something
rhysespieces: oh fuck
rhysespieces: i am so much smoother in my head
stefstef: i hope for your sake that’s true
Ugh. They’re so cute.
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell captures what it’s like to be a teenager and fall in love for the first time. It was a pleasure reading her story and fall in love with the characters and the story.
4. Looking for Alaska by John Green
I love John Green’s mixture of weird, funny, and serious. His characters are complex, their motives and actions completely realistic. Alaska is one of the most interesting female characters in YA fiction simply because she’s not perfect or (falsely) modest and she’s not pretending to be. She’s not even likable sometimes and that’s okay.
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
This book is a perfect combo of the two authors. John’s characters were quirky and eccentric and made me laugh out loud many times (shout-out to Tiny!) while Levithan’s words hit me on a deeper level. Also a great representation of depression.
6. All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This book is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide during WWII. And, no, it’s not a romance. I like how Doerr shows that both sides of the war had their victims. It’s easy to hate all Germans but Doerr shows us it’s not that black-and-white. I also really admire his prose (especially when in the POV of Marie-Laure) which is full of physicals details that don’t rely on sight.
7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
One of my all-time favourite classics. It’s hard to use so many POV and make readers relate and sympathize with all of them but Faulkner definitely pulls it off. His prose is one of the best I’ve ever read. It comes out so naturally and effortless.
8. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
It broke my heart page after page after page but I couldn’t put it down.
9. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
I absolutely love Henry. He’s funny, sarcastic, a real skeptic and incredibly nihilistic but he’s got a big heart. I’d love to have him as a friend.
10. All the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think this needs an explanation. From the day every book was released, I was lost in J.K Rowling’s magic world and I didn’t stop until I finished.