Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Wish I’d Read as a Child

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that I wish I’d read as a child. Here are my choices:

  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I read The Lightning Thief as an adult and I really enjoyed it. However, I can just imagine how much more exciting it would have been to read when I was younger. I have seen schools read The Lightning Thief and do parties to celebrate reading it, which I think would have been a lot of fun to do when I was in school.

  • Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends, #1)

I read this book recently, but it was only an average read for me. This book leans towards younger YA, which isn’t really my cup of tea anymore. However, like I mentioned in my review, I think that I would have enjoyed this book if I was more in the target audience. Looking at all the elements of the story, there was a lot in this book that I would have enjoyed if I read it when I was in middle school or early high school.

  • 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon
10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3)

Like with Bookish Boyfriends, I think that I would have enjoyed this book more if I read it earlier in my life. While there have been books in this companion series that I really enjoyed, this book skews the youngest out of the three, in my opinion. In this book, there’s a lot of younger teenage drama that I can understand, but I don’t relate to anymore. As I mentioned in my review, I think that I would have enjoyed that aspect of the plot more when I was in middle school or early high school.

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder (Wonder, #1)

I read Wonder as an adult, and while I enjoyed it, I would have loved reading it in elementary school like so many kids get to do now. I love all of the lessons that can go along with this book and it has such an important message for kids to hear.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)

I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid as an adult. It was an average read for me, but I wonder if I would have been more into it if it came out when I was a kid. I like seeing trends, especially in middle grade books and series, because I always wonder if I would have bought into the hype like I did with The Babysitter’s Club and Pony Pals.

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)

If you asked second grade Brittany if she would ever read this, then she would probably say, “Ew! Gross!” I remember seeing all the boys in my class love this book and thinking they were so gross because the main character was wearing underwear and there were bathroom words in the title. I actually have read this book as an adult and now I can see why so many people like them when I was younger, especially seeing how many of the ideas in the book came from the author’s own ideas when he was in elementary school.

  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Story of Ferdinand

This is such a popular children’s story, but I never heard of it until the move came out a couple of years ago. This story is so cute and I know that I would have loved it as a child!

  • Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot
Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #1)

I was a huge fan of Meg Cabot’s writing in high school, but this middle grade series came out when I was already an adult. This book series is funny no matter what age you are, so I know that I would have read every book in this series if I read them as a child.

  • Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty
Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

When I was younger, the young adult version of this series was very popular. Although it was very hyped, I never could get through the first book. Then, I saw the middle grades series and gave it a try. I thought this book was hilarious as an adult, but it also has some great messages that would have been good for me to read in middle school. I also highly recommend the movie version of this book, which I believe is on Netflix.

What books do you wish you would have read as a child?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that would make good band names. We all know Daisy Jones and the Six took the bookish world by storm, but now it’s time for a new band to take center stage. Here are my choices:

  • Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
Chasing Lucky

The name Chasing Lucky for some reason reminds me of Brighter Than the Sun by Colbie Calliat. Just like with Jenn Bennett books, they are contemporary and make you feel good when you finish listening or reading them.

  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)

Aurora Rising is that rock band that your parents listened to in the 80s. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are a solid writing duo. As a band, they’re solid. They’re classic. They’re probably doing a reunion tour right now.

  • Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Brocka
Always Never Yours

Always Never Yours reminded me of the name Never Shout Never. For this one, I can just hear someone saying the name of a song on a radio followed with “from Always Never Yours.”

  • Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren
Cold Day in the Sun

Cold Day in the Sun reminded me of Chasing the Sun by The Wanted, so they probably would be that boy group who thinks they’re too cool to be a boy group, so they never are the biggest boy group out there. This reminds me of Cold Day in the Sun because the main character is so not like the other girls because she plays on the boys’ team, not the girls’ team.

  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s reminds me of the Plain White T’s. It something that you use in everyday life, but doubles as a band name. If Counting by 7s were a band, they probably sang that one song you played over and over again in middle school because it reminded you of your crush.

  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners was the couple famous for singing together, but have since had a very public messy feud, kind of like one of the couples in this book. Now, instead of singing together on tour, their bashing each other in their memoirs.

  • The Summers by Iva Marie Palmer
The Summers

The Summers would be some sort of pop group that had one popular song during the summertime (of course) that you’ll remember all the words to… next summer, when they finally play it on the radio again. Just like this book for me, this band would be forgettable, but say, “Hm…. do you remember them?” when it comes up again.

  • Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)

Biggest Flirts is that pop girl group or boy group that was thrown together on some talent show after after the contests didn’t make it through as individuals. They probably wear bright colors. They are probably obnoxious. They are probably singing to a target audience half their age. But good or bad, you remember them, and that was more important than the actual music.

  • Genuine Fraud by e. Lockhart
Genuine Fraud

Genuine Fraud reminds me of Billie Eilish. Genuine Fraud is the cool girl that everyone wants to be, but only looks like their trying too hard to copy her style.

  • Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom? They’re the edgy and loud band that your parents forbid you to listen to, but you still did anyway. Back in the day, you probably would have downloaded them from Limewire and got a virus on your computer because it’s so not a phase, mom.

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs that You are a Book Lover

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is top ten signs that you are a book lover. Remember: whether you can check off everything on my list, or only a few, it doesn’t change whether or not you are a book lover! Here’s my list:

  • You have a list of auto-buy authors.

Anyone who loves books also loves the authors who write them. In the bookish community, I always sees posts and videos where people rank books by their favorite authors or say what authors they will automatically buy whenever they release a book. Some of my auto-buy authors are Kasie West and Morgan Matson.

  • You have a favorite type of book.

There are so many different ways to read books: paperbacks, hardbacks, audio, or electronic copies. If you are a book lover, you have probably debated with another book lover about what you like best. While I’m not especially particularly about editions, some book lovers will even buy different editions of the same book until all the books in a series match.

  • You own at least one piece of (somewhat embarrassing) book merchandise.

The Hunger Games movies released in high school and that is probably the only major series that I got swept up in the hype. I dressed as Katniss for Halloween (with a homemade Mockingjay pin since merchandise wasn’t released yet). I had a Hunger Games poster on my bedroom door. I bought several nail polishes that represented my favorite districts. I wore a Hunger Games shirt to the movie premiere. I even had a blanket with character’s faces on it, a puzzle, and a board game. Every book lover has that book that they love and want everything that has to do with it.

  • You have a specific way that you like to keep your bookshelf.

Many book lovers dreamed of having a library like Belle in Beauty and the Beast which has translated to dozens of Instagram and Pinterest-worthy bookshelves all over the internet. Whether your bookshelf looks like a work of art or your books are just stacked in a corner on the floor, everyone has a preference on how they keep their books.

For me, I have what I call a “modified rainbow.” I sort my books by color, but they don’t necessarily follow Roy G. Biv. On the top shelf, I keep all of my pastel colored books. On my second shelf, my books range from yellow to orange to red. On my third shelf, the books turned from green to purple to blue. The next shelf contains all of my silver, gray, and brown books. The bottom shelf contains any black or navy books.

  • You decorate your bookshelf (bonus points if it is with that embarrassing merchandise you thought of earlier).

Along with the previous point, many book lovers don’t stop with putting books on their shelves. Often times, they decorate their bookshelf with merchandise that represents their favorite novels. For me, my shelves contain a mix of Funko pops, Tsum Tsum plushes, and other various decorations.

  • You can think of at least ten book recommendations to give to a friend (or a random stranger).

A book lover just doesn’t read books, but they learn about a lot of books even if they aren’t interested. If someone has a different preference for books than me, I can still give them a lot of recommendations based on what people with similar preferences enjoy.

  • You have tried to convince a friend to read your favorite series.

If you love books, most likely you want other people to love them. Sometimes that means pestering your friends and family until they decide to pick up your favorite read.

  • You have a favorite way of reading.

Whether you like reading on a Kindle, an audiobook, or a hard copy, everyone has their favorite way to read. You may even like a mix of all three!

  • You can understand why someone else likes a book, even if you didn’t like it.

A book lover knows that they may not always love a book, but someone else will. For me, even if I don’t like a story, I try to think of why someone else might like it so I could recommend it to the person that would be a perfect fit. Even though you will defend your favorite book, a book lover will never put down someone else for their opinion.

  • You read lists on Goodreads for books that will be released two years from now.

If you love books, you are always looking for more books to read… even if those books aren’t released yet. One of my favorite things to do on Goodreads is to scour reading lists for books to be published in the future. It makes me so happy when I see my favorite authors coming out with new books!

What are signs of a book lover to you?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Books that I've Re-Read the Most

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a genre freebie. For my list, I decided to choose my top ten contemporary re-reads. These are books that I have read over and over again throughout the years and greatly enjoyed. Here’s my list:

  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

In high school, Just Listen was my favorite book in high school. I read it at least once a year, sometimes even more than once. Since high school, I usually pick up Just Listen once a year if I need to get myself out of a reading slump. Although Sarah Dessen’s books haven’t impressed me much recently, Just Listen is from the time period when her books were extremely popular and memorable.

  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You was the second or third book that I read by Kasie West and the one that made her an auto-buy author for me. P.S. I Like You is like your favorite romantic comedy in a book. Like with Sarah Dessen, I haven’t been too impressed with West’s most recent releases. However, I always pick up P.S. I Like You or other favorites by this author when I find myself in a reading slump.

  • It’s a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison

I think my sister got this as a free book at school and we both immediately loved this book. Janette Allison’s books always make me literally laugh out loud, no matter how many times that I read them. This book takes place around Christmas, so I love to pick it up around December every year.

  • Avalon High by Meg Cabot

This was another book in high school that I picked up once or more than once every year. While Avalon High has the fun of Meg Cabot’s other books, it is also very different than her typical books for some magical elements. This was a book I constantly recommended and re-read myself. I also think this was a Disney Channel original movie, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it.

  • Secret Santa by Sabrina James

Secret Santa is such a cute Christmas read that I find myself picking up year after year. This book is extremely dated with the clothing and pop culture mentioned, but I like the multiple perspectives and fun Christmas activities throughout this book. I always wished that this book would have been made into a movie.

  • Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life, and the List is a more recent addition to this list. Out of West’s most recent releases, this would have to be my favorite. No matter how many times I read it, the story hooks me from start to finish. I can always count on this book to pick me out of a reading slump!

  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever is another book from the time period where Sarah Dessen was the top contemporary author in YA. I think The Truth About Forever is a favorite of her books. I think I read this book over and over, especially in high school, because not only was it fun, but it also had a lot of depth.

  • All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

This was another book that I discovered in high school and read over and over again. This is a more traditional Meg Cabot book with pop culture references and tons of humor. This was another book that I really wanted to be turned into a movie in high school.

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything is probably the book that I’ve re-read the least on this list (it is so long!), however, I have enjoyed this book each time that I re-read it. The Unexpected Everything is such a fun summer read and I’m a fan of Morgan Matson’s writing style, so it is another book that I gravitate towards during a reading slump.

What books have you re-read the most?

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Blogmas Day #31: Top Ten Tuesday // Favorite Books of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is favorite books of 2019. Every year, I hold my annual book awards, The Brittany Awards, which concluded this past Saturday. For several weeks, I spent time ranking my favorite adult, young adult, and middle grade books, as well as my overall favorites. To see my favorite books of the year, please check out The Brittany Awards 2019 linked below:

 

What were your favorite books of the year?

 

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Blogmas Day #24: Books that I Hope to Find Under my Tree

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that I hope to find under my Christmas tree. Here are my choices:

  • Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Supernova (Renegades, #3)

I have the first two books in the Renegades series, so it will be nice to receive the last book in order to make a complete set!

  • The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

Like with Renegades, I own every book in The Selection series… except for The Crown! I love the covers of The Selection series, so The Crown would make a pretty addition to my shelf.

  • Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Like with Renegades and The Selection, Cress is the only book I do not own in The Lunar Chronicles. Cress is my favorite book of the series, so I would love to receive it as a Christmas gift.

  • Pre-order of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

If I received a gift card for Christmas, I would definitely pre-order the next Hunger Games book. I own every book in the original series, so I need a physical copy of the next book.

  • Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

Almost Midnight

I think Almost Midnight would make a cute Christmas gift. I have only read one of the short stories in this book, but it would be a festive read to finish off the year.

  • Amazon Gift Card

While there are some books I would want physical copies of, it would be nice to have an Amazon gift card to order books for my Kindle. I lack shelf space, so I need to be careful of physical copies that I am adding to my collection.

  • Pre-Order of Moment of Truth by Kasie West

Moment of Truth

Kasie West is my favorite contemporary author, so if I received a gift card, I would pre-order her next book for my Kindle.

  • Pre-Order of Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta's Academy, #1)

Like with Moment of Truth, Of Curses and Kisses is a highly anticipated read for me in 2020, so I would like to pre-order this book if given a gift card.

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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I’ve always wanted to read Anne of Green Gables and I think this book would be a lovely addition to my bookshelf.

  • The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I enjoy The Folk of the Air series and own it on my Kindle. However, I think the physical copies of the books are so pretty, I wouldn’t mind owning physical copies as well.

 

 

What books would you like to see under your Christmas tree?

 

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Blogmas Day #17: Top Ten Tuesday // Winter TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books on my Winter TBR. I haven’t been reading a large amount of books recently and I don’t expect to see a huge spike during the winter season because of other business in my life. As a result, I only have four books that I really want to finish this winter. Here are my choices:

  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

10 Blind Dates

I started 10 Blind Dates and hope to finish it before the end of the month, since the book takes place during Christmas and New Year’s. So far, I have really enjoyed it and can see it becoming one of my favorite contemporary books of the year.

  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)

I have already started this book, however, I’m not finished with it yet. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, so I’m determined to knock it out while I’m home for winter break. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda tells the story of an Origami Yoda that lives on a middle school boy’s hand and gives advice to other students which turns out to always be spot-on.

  • American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda

I started American Panda months ago… and never finished. Hopefully over winter break, I can wrap up some books that I started awhile ago. American Panda follows a girl named Mei who goes off to college, but wants to deviate from her Taiwanese parents’ plans.

  • Moment of Truth by Kasie West

Moment of Truth

Kasie West’s new book comes out at the beginning of March, so of course I will be reading that the moment it is released. Kasie West is one of my favorite YA authors, so I’m excited to read her next book, which followers a swimmer determined to uncover the identity of a masked boy crashes her swim meet.

 

What books are on your Winter TBR?

 

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Blogmas Day #10: Top Ten Tuesday // Christmas Tree Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a freebie! This week, I decided to make a Christmas tree out of some green books. Then, I divided them into books on my TBR and books that I have read. Here are my choices:

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Books on my TBR:

  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
  • Britt-Marie was Here by Fedrik Backman
  • Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Books Read (book reviews linked to book titles):

 

What books do you hope to find under your Christmas tree?

 

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Blogmas Day #3: Top Ten Tuesday // Holiday Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is holiday reads. I love themes, so when December rolls around, I love to read books that include Christmas holidays and activities. Here are some of my favorites (reviews will be linked to book titles):

  • Secret Santa by Sabrina James

Secret Santa (Holiday and Party Romantic Comedies Book 1)

Secret Santa has been favorite Christmas book of mine since high school. This book follows several characters at North Ridge High School who participates in their school’s Secret Santa gift exchange. While very predictable, it is a cute story that I wish Netflix would pick up.

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a holiday classic. I love all of the Herdman stories because while they are funny, they also hold a deeper message.

  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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While not my favorite Christmas book, The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a unique read. Before Holly died, she lived out the classic Christmas Carol tale: three ghosts visited her and tried to make her change her selfish ways. The only problem? Holly didn’t listen, so now she must serve as one of the ghosts and save another Scrooge before they face the same fate.

  • Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, and Kasie West

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Snow in Love is one of my favorite Christmas short story collection which does not feature interconnected stories. I particularly enjoy the first story by Kasie West.

  • Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

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Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler is more of a winter book than a Christmas book, but it still takes place during that time period. I appreciate Ockler’s accurate portrayal of Christmas. In most books, everyone gets the present they wanted and everything is absolutely perfect in their life because it’s the end of the story. However, in this story, a family faces their lights being turned off their family business struggling during the holidays.

  • Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

This short story collection overall wasn’t my favorite, but I really enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s contribution. This is the only New Year’s story on my list, and if you’re interested, it is also published along with Kindred Spirits in its own short story book called Almost Midnight.

  • My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

My New Crush Gave to Me

I discovered My New Crush Gave to Me through a Kindle deal was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This book also features a Secret Santa element, but has the main character work with a sworn enemy to pick out the perfect gifts for the person that she selected.

  • Let in Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Let it Snow

Let it Snow features three interconnected stories and was recently turned into a Netflix movie. In the book, I enjoyed Maureen Johnson’s story the most. This is a cute, easy read for Christmas time.

  • It’s a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison

It's a Mall World After All

I’ve read this book countless times since middle school, but I still find myself laughing out loud each time that I reread it. This book follows a girl trying to find evidence that her best friend’s boyfriend is cheating. Meanwhile, she gets closer to his best friend, one of her enemies, to run a toy drive for Christmas.

  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

10 Blind Dates

I’m only partly through 10 Blind Dates, but I can tell it will be a favorite. The dates are very Christmas themed, which makes it the perfect read for Christmas time.

 

What are your favorite reads around Christmas?

 

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