Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Books that I’ve Recently Added to my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is books that I’ve recently added to my TBR from X genre. Usually, I stick to young adult contemporary books, so most of my TBR consists of books from that category. However, I do love middle grade books, especially middle grade books that make me laugh out loud. Even though it isn’t a specific genre, here are ten middle grade books that I recently added to my TBR:

  • Junior Lifeguards series by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Oscar Season

I recently finished the first book in the Junior Lifeguards series (see my review here) and I thought it was the perfect book for readers between middle grade and young adult. Since the following books in the series follow different characters introduced in the first book, I want to continue reading to hear their unique voices and to follow their story lines set up in the first book.

  • The Winnie Years by Lauren Myracle 

Ten (The Winnie Years, #1)

I remember seeing The Winnie Years series all the time in the bookstore when I was younger, but I never read them. Now, I have accumulated most of the series through thrift stores and couldn’t be more excited to read them!

  • Rumor Has It by Jane B. Mason

Rumor Has It (Candy Apple #22)

Rumor Has It is part of Scholastic’s Candy Apple Collection (see my countdown of Candy Apple here). When I was younger, I reread the Candy Apple Books over and over again. This will be a short and fun read that will make me feel like a kid again!

  • The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Recently, I watched The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and it made me add the series to my TBR immediately! Even though I read this book in fourth grade, I definitely want to reread it with new eyes.

  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree

This book follows a girl with a learning disability and a teacher that changes her life. Even though they aren’t the same plot, the summary of this book reminds me of Rules by Cynthia Lord and Wonder by R.J. Palacio which are two of my favorite middle grade books. Hopefully, this book will live up to my expectations!

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary #1) by Jim Benton

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary #1)

I remember watching the Dear Dumb Diary movie on Netflix and I couldn’t stop laughing! Hopefully, the books will leave me feeling the same way.

  • Much Ado About Anne (Mother-Daughter Book Club #2) by Heather Vogel Frederick

Much Ado About Anne (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #2)

I read the first Mother-Daughter Book Club book when I was younger and loved it! I never knew until recently that it was actually a series. My sister has read all the books in the series and she loves them, so I can’t wait to give them a try.

  • Best Friends and Drama Queens (Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls #3) by Meg Cabot

Best Friends and Drama Queens (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #3)

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls was one of my favorite books last year (see my reviews here and here)! The Allie Finkle series is high on my middle grade TBR because it never fails to make me laugh out loud.

  • Jessica Darling’s It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, and Faux Friends by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling's It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends

Jessica Darling’s It List was another one of my favorite middle grade books last year (see my review here). Like with Allie Finkle, it made me laugh out loud. I have high expectations for the next book in the series!

  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan 

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Like with the two books I previous mentioned, I read The Lightning Thief last year and absolutely loved it! However, I still haven’t gotten around to reading the next book in the series. Hopefully, I can read this one before the end of the year!


What middle grade books are on your TBR list?

#TeenTuesday: Let It Snow Book Review

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Where I review a Young Adult Book on Tuesdays

Even though it’s after Christmas, Let it Snow seemed to be the perfect read since snow is finally falling where I live! I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews for this book, and even though it did not completely live up to its hype, Let it Snow still is a fun read for the winter time.

Let it Snow centers on three stories (written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle) on three different teenagers in Gracetown on Christmas Eve. The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson follows Juiblee, who ventures from Virginia during a freak snow storm to spend Christmas with her grandparents in Florida after her parents are arrested. The train breaks down and Jubilee relocates to a Waffle House with Jeb and a handful of cheerleaders who were also on the train. John Green’s Cheertastic Christmas Miracle develops after one of the Waffle House workers calls his buddies to race down to the Waffle House to flirt with the cheerleaders. The final story, The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle, follows Jeb’s self-absorbed ex-girlfriend who wants to get back together with him.

Out of all three stories, The Jubilee Express stood out as the strongest to me. Maureen Johnson’s funny and easy writing style really connected with me and I missed Jubilee and Stuart when their section finished. I wish I could read a whole book just about them!

After The Jubilee Express, the story started to go downhill for me. Even though I loved Tobin’s voice and the hilarious situations the group faced, I found it difficult to connect with the characters until the last few pages. The best way to describe these characters is “typical John Green.” This isn’t necessarily bad, but if you aren’t particularly interested in the types of characters he often writes, then this section won’t be your favorite even though the writing is fantastic.

The Patron Saint of Pigs, the final section, contained the least interesting story line and least likable characters. While I breezed through the first two sections, I put the book aside during the middle of this section, which I believe is the longest section in the book. This section revolves around the self-absorbed Addie who cheated on her boyfriend, broke up with him, and complains about how he doesn’t want to get back together with her. The whole point of this section is to see a huge change in Addie, but the change is never really noticeable. Also, out of all the couples, I didn’t see myself rooting for Addie and Jeb because they never seemed compatible.

Overall, Let it Snow lived up to its purpose: a fluffy book you can read while cuddling under a blanket on the couch with hot chocolate. However, I did enjoy the book less as I continued reading. Since I loved one section, liked another, and didn’t care for one, I will give this book a three out of five stars.

Which story in Let it Snow was your favorite?