Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough.” Here’s my top ten!

1.) The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Even though I haven’t really been able to get into Nicholas Sparks books, I did love The Last Song. I loved the beach setting and how Ronnie’s relationship with her father grows throughout the book.

2.) It’s a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison

I first read this book in middle school and every time I reread it, I laugh even harder. Sometimes it’s hard for me to find humorous contemporary books that I like, but Janette Rallison’s books always make me laugh out loud!

3.) Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

This book by Janette Rallison is the perfect blend of humor and heart. I loved this book in high school, so I can’t believe it haven’t mentioned it more!

4.) Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon High is a retelling of King Arthur, so usually that would be something that wouldn’t draw me in. However, I loved this book and definitely recommend it.

5.) The Giver by Lois Lowry

I actually first read The Giver for a class in college and I was surprised by how quickly I read through it. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series yet, but this makes me want to read the rest.

6.) Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca is like a book that takes a similar plot that you would see in a movie, but gives the characters more depth. I think it’s a great book if you want a fun story line, but with deep characters.

7.) Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

This book is absolutely hilarious and every person I’ve showed this book to falls in love with the pigeon.

8.) Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I remember loving this book and reading through it in one day. It takes place in the summer and has unique characters that you can’t help but love.

9.) The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

This book drew me in because who wouldn’t want to spend the summer in Italy? Sending a letter to Juliet is also a fun idea that you can actually do yourself!

10.) Secret Santa by Sabrina James

Today I posted a review of Spring Fling by Sabrina James (you can read my review here) and it made me remember how much I loved Secret Santa by the same author. The plot of this book is just like a high school movie, which I love!

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Unpopular Book Opinions Tag

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Here are my answers to the Unpopular Book Opinions tag. I tag anyone who is reading this!

  • A popular book you didn’t like

 After seeing a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads and reading the plot, I decided to read My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I love light, fluffy novels set in the summer, but this was an exception. I felt like the book was too long, it became too unbelievable at the end, and a “too perfect” main character.

  • A book or series that everyone else seems to hate, but you love

People either love or hate this book and I fall into the first category. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher made me keep wanting to turn the page to hear more of Hannah’s story and made me think for weeks after reading it.

  • A love triangle where the main character ended up with a person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors, but whenever I think of couples in her books, I usually forget about Ruby and Nate. I don’t  dislike them, but I never really connected with this book or them either.

  • A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

I never really reach for fantasy books or paranormal books even though there are many popular books in both of those genres released recently.

  • A popular or beloved character that you don’t like

It’s not that I don’t like this character, it’s just that I didn’t connect with him. Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace have a great relationship that I enjoyed, but Augustus has a personality that I don’t mesh with well. The deep and philosophical statements and always speaking in metaphors sometimes came across as a little unauthentic to me. Since this book was so hyped, I expected to fall in love with Gus and fangirl over him like everyone else, but there just wasn’t the connection that I expected.

  • A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

I really loved The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, but every time I pick up another book by him it is difficult for me to get past the first chapter.

  • A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

Love triangles. Most of the time, one of the characters just seems to be standing there off to the side… they usually don’t have much of a personality and you can easily see they won’t be the person chosen at the end.

  • A popular series that you have no interest in reading

The Selection series seems like something that I would enjoy since the plot appears to be the dystopian version of the Bachelor. However, there are so many dystopian books out, I’ve heard from that it wasn’t that interesting, and I usually don’t gravitate to dystopian books that focus on love (for example, Delirium and Matched).

  • The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

When reading Mockingjay for the first time, it didn’t seem to have the same spark present in the first two novels. I found myself uninterested in the characters and just reading to see how the series ended. However, I loved the movies and they helped me visualize the large cast of characters and appreciate the book more.