Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Enjoyed, but I Rarely Talk About

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that you enjoy, but rarely talk about. Looking over my list, all of the books fall into one of two categories. Either it is a genre that I typically don’t read, so after I review it, it isn’t included on lists that I frequently do (like my favorite contemporary books) or it was a book that I read before I starting blogging. Here are my choices:

  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This was one of the first books that I read this year, but besides my review and monthly wrap-up, I haven’t mentioned it otherwise. This is doesn’t surprise me. Even though I rated this book as five stars and I have gushed about it to my family friends, it is in a completely different genre than my usual reads. Since I mostly read contemporary and romance books, it’s not one that I can easily throw in as a comparison to another book.

  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

This book fits both categories: I read this series before I started my blog and it is in a genre that I don’t typically read. It is crazy that I don’t mention this series because I feel like it probably the only series that I ever got seriously invested in regarding midnight premieres and buying random merch, like nail polish that represented my favorite districts. Also, fun fact, I have dressed up Katniss multiple times for Halloween over the years, including one year being before the movie was made.

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

I read Divergent shortly after The Hunger Games and while I didn’t expect to love it because The Hunger Games was the series for me at the time, I really enjoyed it. I think I don’t mention this book for a few reasons. It is outside of what I typically read, I read it before my blog, and the series went quickly downhill for me after the first book. Another fun fact: Allegiant, the last book in the series, was one of my first book reviews of my blog.

  • Meagan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

This was an OG contemporary favorite for me. I read it so long ago which is why I don’t really take about it, but it was so cute and so fun and I am so excited that cute YA books are making a resurgence right now. This was before My Life with the Walter Boys, which is a more current rendition of the trope of a girl living with a large family of boys, and it was so much better.

  • The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

I read so many Sarah Ockler books in high school, years before I started my blog and I loved her writing. On my blog, I have only reviewed one book by her, The Summer or Chasing Mermaids, but that was a backlist book when I read it. I think that I don’t talk a lot about Sarah Ockler’s books on my blog because while I did love them, I haven’t read them in a long time.

  • Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita

This series. It is like every Disney Channel original movie, so naturally, I loved it when I read it many years ago. Plus, Jen Calonita has some of the most clear writing that flows so naturally, her books were so easy to read. Did this book play into a lot of tropes? Yes. Would it probably be outdated now? Probably and that’s most likely why I don’t recommend. However, if you love a good throwback, check this one out.

  • The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

This is another book that I don’t talk about because I read it before I started blogging. That being said, I loved this book and reread it so much that I could quote parts of it as I read it aloud. I will still never forgot how I want3d this to be a movie SO BAD and that the main character literally called someone a wench in an actual conversation supposed to take place in high school.

  • Avalon High by Meg Cabot

I actually mentioned this book recently for Top Ten a Tuesday for contemporaries that I used to love. Other than that, however, it rarely makes an appearance on my blog. Like with several other book on this list, I read it in high school which was quite a few years ago for me. I do remember though that I absolutely loved this book and I would check it out every year to reread it. I also recommended this book to a lot of my friends. It was so different tHan other books that I read by Meg Cabot, who was one of my most read authors at the time.

  • Keeping by the Moon by Sarah Dessen

I always talk about Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby which our my favorite books by Sarah Dessen. However, Keeping the Moon along with Along for The Ride are on the level jut below for me. Keeping the Moon is a shorter Dessen read, but I remembering enjoying it and rereading multiple times back in high school. Unfortunately, I haven’t read this book in a long time so it’s difficult for me to offer it as a comparison to a book now which is why it isn’t really featured on my blog.

  • Reality Check by Jen Calonita

Another book by Jen Calonita! This book along with the other book I had mentioned really opened up my eyes to what Hollywood was really like. Especially in this book, the characters are frequently manipulated by producers for a reality show. This book also didn’t have the picture perfect ending like mot of the other contemporaries that I read at the time. Like with many other books on this list, I don’t talk about it frequently because I read it so long ago.

What books do you enjoy, but rarely talk about?

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Enjoyed, but I Rarely Talk About

    • I plan on it! I’m a little nervous though. I loved the original series so much, that it makes me nervous that the new book won’t compare or will taint how I felt about the original series.

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  1. I haven’t read Aurora Rising yet, but I will be around the time Aurora Burning comes out this year, so I’m really looking forward to it! It totally makes sense why you wouldn’t mention it that often. I’ve found that happens a lot. Sometimes you enjoy something outside your normal genre, but it’s hard to then fit that book into lists, even if you loved it. Great list!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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