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Top Ten Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites

Oh hi! It’s Top Ten Tuesday Day thanks to the geniuses at Broke and Bookish! Today we’re teaming up to share with you the top reads we’ve experienced so far this year — no easy task! At all! It’s just so hard to choose when you fall in love with so many things for different […]

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July 2, 2013 - 10:28 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I just added the Tom Leveen book that Magan has listed to my library wishlist. WOOHOO! Also, E, I just finished the Lauren Graham book yesterday.

June 26, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Alexa Y. - What great picks! I really do agree with a lot of the ones you guys have chosen, particularly Golden, which I ADORED. I have yet to read a few of these titles, but I’m eagerly looking forward to them – particularly Criminal, Dangerous Girls and Starstruck.

June 26, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Daisy @ The Broke and the Bookish and Between the Pages - YAY for Golden!! So much love for that book! And I’m very excited to see I’ve Got Your Number on Magan’s list, I got a copy last week πŸ™‚
And Estelle: I’m dying to read Nantucket Blue, I’m glad you liked it so much!!

June 26, 2013 - 10:59 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I’m going to have to read DANGEROUS GIRLS! The synopsis gave me lukewarm feelings, but with such a strong endorsement I’ll give it a shot! I love seeing CRIMINAL get some love — what a fantastic book! FINGERPRINTS OF YOU is also a book I think is underrated so I’m glad you enjoyed it. I need to read GOLDEN soon. I just might have a Jessi Kirby marathon!

June 26, 2013 - 2:20 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You both have fantastic taste in books! Winger, Someday Maybe and Dangerous Girls are a few I can’t wait to read. Loved Golden, E&P and manicpixiedreamgirl. Hope the rest of the year is just as amazing for you!

June 25, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oh hi. Yeah. I haven’t read any of your top books. SADS! But I want to! They’re on my list! I PROMISE!! πŸ˜€

June 25, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great lists, ladies! I’ve read or want to read all of these. I was very pleasantly surprised by Criminal and Someday, Someday Maybe. And I think I’ve Got Your Number is one of Sophie Kinsella’s best (I agree she’s very hit or miss).

My TTT

June 25, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Wow, I can’t imagine only being able to choose five books – I had enough trouble narrowing my list down to only ten! Hehe. I was really excited to see so many books on my own TBR list on your TTT lists this week. I own Nantucket Blue, Golden, Fingerprints Of You and Eleanor & Park and have yet to read any of them, but their inclusion on your list made me all the more excited to read them now πŸ™‚ The fact that they’ve appeared on a number of TTT lists this week is comforting.

June 25, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Anna - Some lovely picks, ladies! Winger’s high up on my “GAH I NEED TO READ THIS” list for sure.

June 25, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I am definitely borrowing I’ve Got Your Number when I next go to the library as it looks awesome. I’m really looking forward to reading Nantucket Blue as it seems like everyone who has read it has loved it!

June 25, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Natalie @Natflix&Books - I loved Winger and Golden. Both made my list, too. I really liked Someday, Someday, Maybe and Nantucket Blue. I’m so excited for Dangerous Girls. Great lists!
Natflix&Books’ TTT

June 25, 2013 - 11:58 am

Rachel - I’m reading three of the books Estelle listed in like the next two weeks so YAY because she/you have the best taste ever IMO. Golden was AMAZING. And obviously Nantucket Blue. I especially liked the sex scene in that one. And that’s going to sound totally awkward to anyone that hasn’t read the book, but it was handled so well which I really appreciate.

June 25, 2013 - 11:51 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Nantucket Blue and Someday, Someday, Maybe were both phenomenal, as was Golden! I especially enjoyed Lauren Graham’s humor and voice in SSM.

June 25, 2013 - 11:35 am

Sash and Em - We’ve only read one book off this list – Eleanor & Park – Looks like we’ve got some good reading ahead of us πŸ™‚

June 25, 2013 - 11:03 am

Jamie - Estelle I own all of the books except Criminal on your list so I’m excited! I started Starstruck on the beach but only got like 2 pages in because I was chasing Genevieve. I love that so many of my “must reads” for my beach bag are on your list so I know I’ll be doing some good reading!

Magan — E&P <333 I have you to thank for that one. I also LOVED Golden and really wanted to put it on my list but I split it into 2013 releases and backlisted. SIGH. Dying to read Winger because of how much you are raving about it! And I own Manicpixiedreamgirl but I haven't seen much about it so I'm glad to see it make your faves list!

June 25, 2013 - 11:02 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - How is it that I have read NONE of these books yet? I really need to get on that! I’ve been on the library waiting list for Someday, Someday, Maybe for entirely too long, and I’m still waiting! *sigh*

June 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

Olena - Nantucket Blue is on my list. Golden was amazing and life altering! It definitely changed my way of thinking.

My TTT: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-books-ive-read-so-far-in-2013/

June 25, 2013 - 10:43 am

Daphne - there is so much on here that i want to read, but i have to agree with magan on E&P and I’ve Got Your Number, great, fantastic books. I haven’t read any of Estelle’s books, but I think they’re all on my tbr list already πŸ™‚

June 25, 2013 - 10:18 am

Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLiterature - I’m waiting on Nantucket Blue to get to me via mail and I plan on reading Eleanor & Park in July. It seems to be on everyone’s list.
Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

June 25, 2013 - 10:15 am

Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros - I’m so glad Golden is making everyone’s lists! I loved that one! Eleanor & Park is another popular choice this week (I need to read that one!) And I definitely want to pick up Someday Someday Maybe! Great list guys!

My TTT

June 25, 2013 - 9:43 am

tabithasbookblog - I’m so behind on my 2013 releases! The only book on your guys’ list that I’ve read is Nantucket Blue! Which I enjoyed, but it didn’t make it onto my list! Hopefully I’ll be reading Golden this week!

June 25, 2013 - 9:25 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes! Loved E&P and Nanctucket Blue! And ESTELLE. You are killing me!
*goes to Edelweiss… downloads my copy of Dangerous Girls.. puts work aside and starts reading* HAPPY? Haha πŸ™‚

June 25, 2013 - 9:17 am

Andi - I have heard excellent things about Winger. I’m going to have to make sure I read that.

Great list!

My TTT List

June 25, 2013 - 8:49 am

Bookworm1858 - I really dislike Becky in the Shopaholic series too-my sister loves them but I find her just too annoying. Thankfully I tend to like her standalones like I’ve Got Your Number a lot. Eleanor & Park would definitely be on my list for this year but I will need to spend some time thinking about what else should be there.

June 25, 2013 - 8:33 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve only read 1 book from E’s picks & 2 books from M’s picks. I always trust your judgement, so I guess it’s time I add a few of these to my forever growing TBR list.

June 25, 2013 - 7:41 am

VeganYANerds - E – so glad you loved Fingerprints of You!

M – I want to read all your picks!

June 25, 2013 - 2:31 am

Cee @ The Novel Hermit - I have yet to read any books on your list, but I have Nantucket Blue and Eleanor & Park on my desk rn, waiting to be read!

June 25, 2013 - 1:32 am

elena - meep estelle i haven’t read any of the books on your list besides starstruck but I WILL RECTIFY THAT! i have to check out nantucket blue from my library and you made me so curious about dangerous girls.

auugh magan, I REALLY WANT TO READ WINGER!!! i need to get myself to the library and check it out! also hee to click clack moo. :3

June 25, 2013 - 12:53 am

DannyBookworm - Awesome list girls and some books I have not read yet… I loved Fangirl, but haven’t read Eleanore and Park – must do this soon!!

June 25, 2013 - 12:29 am

Alice in Readerland - I really want to read Golden, and Sophie Kinsella’s books are so cute and fun! πŸ™‚ My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/06/24/top13/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

June 25, 2013 - 12:21 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve been dying to read Someday, Someday Maybe since you posted your review. Eleanor and Park is currently in my TBR pile. Hoping to get to it soon! πŸ™‚

My TTT

June 25, 2013 - 12:13 am

Jasprit - This is a great list ladies, I love it because there are so many books on here that I’m dying to read; Criminal, Nantucket Blue, Someday, Someday Maybe. And also because Golden made it to your list too, I love that book!

June 25, 2013 - 12:10 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Ok, Golden and Nantucket Blue I NEED to move up on my TBR list! These books have been on EVERYBODY’S list!! Love it!

Estelle’s Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (In Books)

Greetings, friends! Truth? I’ve loved so many of the past Top 10 Tuesday memes but I have been unable to come up with 10 items to list for mostΒ of them. TODAY I WILL DO IT. I definitely don’t shy away from tough subjects in books. They are intense, emotionally-stirring, and, when done well, help you […]

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May 20, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, I love that you included “following your heart” as a tough subject! It’s not one that I’d immediately think of, but it’s really fitting. It also helps that I LOVED both books included with that number πŸ™‚

May 16, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Lauren - What a wonderful list – I haven’t read any of these before, but now I’ve got some more books to add to my never-ending to-read list!

May 15, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Molli - I really want to read both Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. I considered buying the latter, and just haven’t. I love your take on this list, Estelle, because you’ve given so many wide examples.

Have a nice day, ladies!

May 14, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Sash - As you know, I loved Dreamland Social Club. Jane really came into herself through learning about her mother and that’s something tough to do and yet, totally relateable.

May 14, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Yay, I’m glad you did a TTT post this week! Lots of books I’ve enjoyed on your list. After reading Going Vintage I decided I need to read more by Lindsay Leavitt, now I just need to get on that. Great list!

My TTT list

May 14, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Tara - I’m a big fan of your categories πŸ™‚ I’ve only read a handful of the books you featured but I’m really intrigued by the books under Acceptance and Truth.

May 14, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Great list, Estelle. I had a really touch time thinking of ten (and in fact only thought of nine). Although I totally should have included Eleanor & Park! I am kicking myself for that one slipping my mind.

I’m very curious about Someday, Someday, Maybe

May 14, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Lucy - I have to say you have just awesome taste in books. Several of these I’ve read and loved like E&P, Where You Are, Sean Griswold, and Just One Day. So I know I need to check out the other books on your list. Criminal sounds fantastic.

May 14, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love what you did with this post E! The issues/tough stuff you chose to point out are great, and the book suggestions are spot on. Great list!

May 14, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Cecelia - I *loved* SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD, and I’m so glad that I’ve seen it on multiple lists today. I haven’t checked out any of your other picks, but I can see that I need to. Thanks for sharing!

If you’d like, you can check out my list here.

May 14, 2013 - 9:38 am

Eve @ Every Flavour Books - Wow, these are great topics you thought of. I’ve only read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight but I’m definitely adding the rest to my TBR if they’re not already there. Tough subjects are hard to read about but I love books that deal with them because they really make us think. Awesome list!

May 14, 2013 - 9:12 am

Kate @ Ex Libris - Oh, MAN. What an awesome list. I see some of my all-time favorites on here and some that I didn’t know about, so thank you for that. I’m so glad that you mentioned Nantucket Blue because I really loved that book. It was very well done.

May 14, 2013 - 8:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This is done really well, Estelle. I like how you grouped them. I definitely agree with you about TBoBH since I just recently read it. I considered adding it to my list today, but had already picked my 10 lol.

May 14, 2013 - 8:41 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - The last two sound so good! I already own Just One Day and thought I’d read it in July, but now I’m thinking I might have to squeeze it in next week – it sounds way to good to wait any longer πŸ™‚

May 14, 2013 - 5:43 am

Lori - I love, love, love your list! There’s still a few on here that I need to read. Cam Post is one of my favorites!

May 14, 2013 - 4:31 am

Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews - Sooo many of these titles are on my TBR right now. I love that you included the dangers of technology. Not a lot of people would consider that a tough subject, but I definitely think it’s relevant in today’s world. Also, I LOVED Bumped & Thumped. Awesome picks!

Bekka
Pretty Deadly Reviews

May 14, 2013 - 1:13 am

Rebecca - I didn’t even think to include divorce in this topic, but it definitely goes there. I have a hard time reading stuff about bullying, but I really loved Eleanor and Park. Nice post!

May 14, 2013 - 12:38 am

Tabitha S. - Ohhh, I love how you took a different spin on the topic this week! Divorce is definitely a hard one to read about, but it’s something that almost everyone has to deal with in life – so when an author does a good job of portraying it, it’s amazing.

Great list!!

May 14, 2013 - 12:30 am

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings - I haven’t read any of these but they all sound so good
My Top Ten

May 14, 2013 - 12:12 am

elena - i LOVE how you divided these! ugh i totally agree w you re: bullying. i’ve seen some japanese tv/film on it and it’s awful. it makes me really really sad. i thiiink i have in cold blood somewhere. i need to read it! i really loved the last way you divided in particular because it hits close to home for everyone. i’m so excited to read lauren’s book!

fantastic list, e! xoxo

Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Read Pre-Blogging

So I kind of cheated for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I only chose nine books. This is so incredibly OCD of me, but when I was doing the layout, I did a grid that only had room for 9 books. I’m a bit neurotic and couldn’t force myself to squeeze in a tenth book. Oops? […]

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April 16, 2013 - 2:43 am

Lucy - Nice topic and layout πŸ™‚ I’m also a fan of Love Story so I’m glad to see it on your list. And I’ve been meaning to read The Piper’s Son forever!

April 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve had The Glass Castle on my to-read list for over a year now, I am going to make more of an effort to read it now!

April 10, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Alexa Y. - Harry Potter always gets a spot when it comes to lists like this. Such a fantastic series!

But I was a big Something Borrowed/Something Blue fan as well. Chick lit was one of the genres I read to relax prior to blogging, though it’s fallen by the wayside a bit. I may need to remedy that.

April 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Cynthia - YESSSS for Melina Marchetta, Myra McEntire and Jennifer Echols. I love them!! I read the first and second book in the Jessica Darling series but haven’t gotten the others yet because I heard that they weren’t as good. =/

April 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Angelica @ Paperback Princess - I love your blog design.

I need to read Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, she’s one of my fave Authors.

My Top Ten

Have a great week!

April 9, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Lisa - I have Benedict Society on my shelf. I know. It’s been there for AGES but the fact that it is a rare MG read for you that you adored tells me that I need to keep it around and give it a whirl.

April 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I VERY rarely pick up memoirs, but there must be something special about The Glass Castle. To this day I’ll get customers asking for a copy at least a few times a week.

The Mysterious Benedict Society has been on my radar for years now. My youngest sister has a copy of the first novel so it must be good – she’s not much of a reader. It certainly sounds like a series I’d be into.

A few years ago I gave chick-lit a try and it failed miserably. Since then I’ve been hesitant but determined to give it another shot and I’ve come across a few good books. Jill Mansell is a name I’m familiar with, though I have yet to read any of her books. However, if they’re as good as you say, then I really need to track down some of her stuff!

April 9, 2013 - 8:13 pm

elena - I totally get what you mean about the nine pics thing! I hate that it doesn’t go together nicely so I leave one out or I smoosh two together. Also, you make me excited to read The Mysterious Benedict Society! esp since you don’t usually read middle grade and still loved it. πŸ™‚

April 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Natalie @ Natflix&Books - I totally cheated and put both the entire Jessica Darling series and the entire Harry Potter series. Something Borrowed is definitely a favorite, but I reviewed that on my (ahem, 5th or 6th re-read).

April 9, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Annie - I read The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I immediately loved it! I bought the rest of the books too, and that’s the first time I’ve ever bought an entire series! Though the third one wasn’t great, the series overall is one of my favourites! Constance was so awesome!

April 9, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The fact that you chose Perfect Fifths as your favorite is why we’re friends… because it’s my favorite, too!

April 9, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I really want to read Hourglass! I love the covers from this series πŸ™‚

Mel@thedailyprophecy

April 9, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love it! Choosing 9 instead of 10 due to layout is just the kind of thing I would do! Jill Mansel and Myra McEntire are both in my to read pile. The only one on your list that I’ve read so far is SOMETHING BORROWED though. Adding things to the must read list!

April 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I haven’t actually read any of the books in your grid…I need to rectify that very soon! (I have read Harry Potter though…and of course I loved it, haha!) I do have Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta on my tbr pile, and I’ll probably follow that up with The Piper’s Son. Fantastic list! πŸ™‚

April 9, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alice in Readerland - I love The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I really want to read North of Beautiful! πŸ™‚ My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

April 9, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Kelley - Gosh, I haven’t read ANY of these! But The Glass Castle is intriguing. I’m a sucker for memoirs, so that one has definitely caught my eye. Great list! Now I have a bunch of new books to explore. πŸ™‚

April 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - The ones I’ve read on this list I read AFTER starting my blog, but loved them all the same! And I agree with you about being in the minority on Love Story; I actually really liked this one and the ending!

April 9, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Tara - Oh my gosh, I read The Glass Castle too! What a heartbreaking story but so good at the same time. Speaking of which, I also read the A Child Called It books… talk about brutal :/

April 9, 2013 - 8:03 am

Anna - PERFECT FIFTHS! NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. I always knew I liked you…

April 9, 2013 - 12:09 am

ashley - Oooh The Mysterious Benedict Society. Excellent choice! I adore that series. As for my favorites pre-blogging, my post should go up sometime soon. I hope!

April 9, 2013 - 12:08 am

Sarah O - I will always love you (and Estelle!) for loving North of Beautiful. I think this needs to become the book I start pushing on everyone from now on! Also I love your layout πŸ™‚

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA

Happy Tuesday, friends! Hopefully most of us are enjoying a shorter week since we had yesterday off! We’re back for another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. We decided to put our own little twist on Favorite Characters in a Genre and show huge appreciation for some awesome families we have […]

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February 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that you guys chose to highlight families for this TTT! I think family is always an integral part of our lives (whether it’s the family you’re born into or the family that chooses you/you choose), and it’s always fun to see that being highlighted in YA.

Among my favorites in your choices are Also Known As and My Life Next Door – both have great examples of families in them!

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Jamie - OK I LOVE THIS. I have a lot of these books but have only read Lola and Audrey, Wait and I LOOOOOVED the families portrayed in those two. It’s so important to me to see this sometimes because so often families get shoved out of the equation!

February 20, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - The Garrett family is one of my favorite fictional families EVER. I love them. ♥ I also agree with your thoughts on Jordan’s family in Catching Jordan. I especially liked her brother and mother, and I definitely see how her dad added an interesting dynamic to the family.

February 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys, these are some seriously awesome picks. How much fun would it be to have your dad play for the Titans? Oh, and who wouldn’t want two gay dads or to be a part of the Garrett clan?

February 19, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - Great list. Catching Jordan is a great example.

February 19, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - A great choice to include families in YA! There’s a shortage of that in paranormal books and lately in most of the contemps I’ve been reading so I totally needed this.

All in all, a great list. Love it.

Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

February 19, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - It’s been a while since I’ve been making the rounds of my favourite blogs — but LOVE the new design! It’s so pretty! Your old design was stellar as well, but this one is just so … perfect for the two of you!

LOVE your list! I totally agree with the Garretts in My Life Next Door (that family was truly my favourite part of the book) and the dads in Lola too!

February 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Cecelia - I love where you took this idea – so original! And it does seem that sometimes families are lost in the YA shuffle, so it’s great to have your handy guide to good ones.

If I can offer two others that could earn a place on the list… Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt and Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern also feature awesome families.

Great list – thanks for sharing!

February 19, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Kim - What a great idea to highlight the families! You’re right, they often take a back seat to the main character, so it’s nice to recognize the good ones once in awhile. I love your list.

February 19, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Great choice of topic, ladies!! I always appreciate a great family in books. I agree with E on Jordan’s mom. She was seriously wonderful and supportive. And Lola’s dads!! I LOVED THEM!!

February 19, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I am SO with you both on loving family dynamics and the richness they add to a story!

I also respectfully submit Amy’s family from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour (for richness and depth and realism) and all the families from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (for uniqueness and depth).

February 19, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Tabitha S. - ALRIGHT. Can I start off by saying how adorable your blog is? SERIOUSLY. I don’t know how I’m just now finding it, but I’m kind of obsessed now. So props to you guys. πŸ˜€

LOVE this post – it’s definitely something that’s overlooked in the young adult genre and I wish I had thought of it as a post topic this week. I’ve only read two books of off your guys list *hangs head in shame*, but I loved both of them!!

That scene in Lola and the Boy Next Door… AH. Incredible.

PS: If you see a lot of comments from me today, please don’t be weirded out.

My Top Ten

February 19, 2013 - 10:45 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Everytime I see Miranda Kenneally’s books, I immediately think of Estelle because I know you love them, Estelle! I think I want to feature some or all of them during my contemporary month. I also want to feature Lola and the Boy Next Door, Megan, so YAY for both of you throwing books up there that are on my to-read-very-very-soon list!

Also, gosh, My Life Next Door. Such a great family in that book. So fantastic.

I’m bookmarking this post so I can come check some of these books out again. Besides My Life Next Door and Audrey, Wait! I haven’t read any of these and I totally trust you guys when you recommend and suggest stuff. LOVE that y’all chose to focus on family!

February 19, 2013 - 10:00 am

Daphne - love the topic! great families are often missing in YA, but I’m glad you pointed out some good ones. i just finished Second Chance Summer last night and if it’s an honorable mention for you, I’ll definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. πŸ™‚

February 19, 2013 - 10:00 am

April Books & Wine - I have not ready any of Estelle’s choices — FAIL! BUT the first three are on my TBR and I think I want to get to Catching Jordan and Also Known As sooner rather than later — the strong family aspects really appeal to me.

The parents of Audrey, Wait ARE so awesome indeed. I want to be chill like them if I ever become a parent as well.

Oh my gosh, I love LOVE the Garrett family so much. They are absolutely wonderful. All the way.

Lola’s dads = WINNING. They rocked.

February 19, 2013 - 9:58 am

daphne - what a great topic & list! great families are often missing in YA and I like that you pointed out the good ones. i just finished Second Chance Summer last night and loved it and if it’s a honorary mention for you, i will definitely need to add some of these to my TBR. πŸ™‚

February 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

Judith - Oh, I love this topic so much! And though I’ve only read two books on your list, they just have some of my all time favorite fictional families. Lola’s dads are amazing! I love how much they love and support Lola, even though she dresses up like the um, unique person she is. And the Garretts – YES! I love their dynamics so much and dang it, I just want to be a part of the their family <3

February 19, 2013 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - The Garrett family in My Life Next Door and Lola’s dads in Lola and the Boy Next Door are two of my favorite families!! I loved their characters and relationships to the story so so much. Also, so glad The Survival Kit is making an appearance on this list. I wish more people would read this book!

February 19, 2013 - 6:17 am

Lori - I love the theme of your list! I read The Difference Between You and Me and really liked it. I wish it would have gotten more attention. I still really want to read Queen of Kentucky.

I LOVED Lola’s family! They were so great.

Fabulous list, ladies!

February 19, 2013 - 1:57 am

Danica Page @Taking it One Page at a Time - Wow! I’ve only read Catching Jordan and Lola, but I loved both of those.

I loved how you chose to feature families. That’s so original. Thanks for sharing.

Check out my Tuesday meme post here

~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

February 19, 2013 - 1:42 am

Alice in Readerland - I totally loved the family dynamics in Also Known As and Audrey, Wait! πŸ™‚ My TTT is Favorite Characters from Fairy Tales/Fairy Tale Retellings: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/02/18/favorite-characters/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

February 19, 2013 - 12:40 am

Kate - I haven’t read any of these books but LOVED that you picked families to focus on!

February 19, 2013 - 12:22 am

elena - First off, THIS LIST LOOKS SO QT!

Estelle, I’ve only read one book from your list (SHAME!!!!) but I’m definitely going to rectify that soon. I love that Jordan’s mom and brother support her so much. The quote from The Difference Between You + Me is absolutely fantastic! I love the family in Also Known As too, it makes me think of Spy Kids. I want a cool family like that!! aaand next time I check out Not Exactly a Love Story from the library, I will DEFINITELY read it.

Magan, I love the point you made about Geek Girl because it’s so true. I liked how support the foster family was too and that it showed a positive side for once. I LOVE the parents in Audrey, Wait! and 100% believe you and D will be fantastic parents. Definitely the kind of parents YA can look up to. πŸ™‚ The Garretts were the best in My Life Next Door! You also made me want pie thanks to Lola.

Fantastic list, you two!

February 19, 2013 - 12:20 am

Stormy - I haven’t read ANY of the books you mentioned, but I just had to say I loved the way you decided to do this TTT post. It gets really frustrating to read book after book where families play either a tiny or negative role in YA. I definitely get that some families are like that but it seems to be a predominant theme.

Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Howdy, y’all! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the awesome crew at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re talking about our most anticipated books of 2013. I could hardly narrow this down — do you guys realize how muchΒ amazingness is coming out in the next year? So many of my […]

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December 2, 2012 - 4:04 pm

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November 27, 2012 - 11:46 pm

Kim @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - Great picks!!! I am trying to branch out of dark and twisted murder stories and experience more light-hearted fiction, so I am definitely looking forward to This is What Happy Looks Like.

November 27, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Addie - After seeing nobody but us, I am going to add it to the top of my reading pile!
Gorgeous blog btw, I love the muted colors – classy!
Addie @ READioactive Book Blog
My TT : Top Ten 2013 Titles

November 27, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Kay - I really like your list. I am also looking forward to Requiem and I hope it doesn’t let me down! Return to Me also sounds pretty good.

November 27, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - So much to look forward to in 2013! A few that didn’t make my list but are still must-reads for me are Falling for You, The Moon and More, and Return to Me. Love your taste in books!

November 27, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - 5 common books and I just added the rest to my Goodreads list! Return to Me sounds fantastic!

November 27, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Going Vintage sounds like such a fun read!

November 27, 2012 - 5:16 pm

VeganYANerds - SOOOO many good books in 2013!!! I want 1,2,5,6,7,8,10 πŸ˜€

November 27, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Daisy @ Between the Pages - Finding more books is ALWAYS the best answer! I’m kinda sad so many series will be ending in 2013 as well…
Going Vintage sounds so good! And you just know that when a girl swears off guys she’s going to fall epicly in love and I’m already smiling thinking of it πŸ˜€

November 27, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Bonnie - This is What Happy Looks Like and Reboot look fantastic! So many good ones to look forward to in 2013 this was a tough Top Ten Tuesday. πŸ™‚
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November 27, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Brittani - Awesome top ten! I have This Is What Happy Looks Like, Through The Ever Night and Requiem on my top ten as well! πŸ™‚

November 27, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Mel@Thedailyprophecy - I see some series I really need to read, like Under the never sky and Pandemonium, so I better get started before these pretties are released. Great list!

Mel@thedailyprophecy TTT.

November 27, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - GREAT list! I want to read ALL OF THEM. No, seriously. All of them. I am dying for Requiem and Through The Ever Night though! πŸ™‚

November 27, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews - This looks like a very awesome list! Definitely This Is What Happy Looks Like. I cannot wait for that.

The Moon And More and Falling for You look great along with Reboot. I keep seeing more and more great titles this week.

Great list! πŸ™‚

November 27, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I absolutely adore the cover of This is What Happy Looks Like – it’s so cute! Plus, the story sounds really sweet, and I love how Jennifer writes.

And Reboot sounds AWESOME. I have heard of it, and it’s on my want to read shelf on GR, but I just wanted to say again that it sounds AMAZING.

The book I hadn’t heard of but is now on my list thanks to your post is Return to Me. The premise sounds so intriguing!

November 27, 2012 - 11:32 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Uh, yes to all of these! Literally. ALL OF THEM. I want to read them all so badly, haha! Ugh, we needed to have a top 50 list for this week’s topic, haha! Man, how did I forget to include Reboot? THAT COVER!

November 27, 2012 - 11:28 am

Rachel - Great list! There a bunch on there that I want to read, especially Requiem!! I’m so excited for a new Sarah Dessen book as well. I love that hers comes out just in time for summer. She has the BEST summer reads.

My TTT

November 27, 2012 - 9:30 am

Jamie - Love how our lists are so similar (obvi because we have great taste in books πŸ˜› )…ahhh how did I forget Requiem (like major fail…you know how excited I am) and This Is What Happiness Looks Like??! I fail at liiiiife.

AWESOME LIST! The ones that aren’t on mine are at least on my TBR list!

November 27, 2012 - 9:15 am

Cynthia - I’m soooo lame, totally forgot to add This is What Happy Looks Like and Falling for You to my list. I love Lisa Schroeder and really loved Smith’s debut novel too. Can’t wait for these!

November 27, 2012 - 9:12 am

kate - Great picks, quite a few of there are on my list as well!

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November 27, 2012 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I am so psyched for the new Dessen book! And of course new Jennifer E. Smith! I have both of those on my list, too πŸ™‚

November 27, 2012 - 8:04 am

The Reading-ista - Return To Me was not on my list, but I am looking forward to that one too. Great list.

November 27, 2012 - 6:46 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I need to read Smith’s other book. This is What Happy Looks Like’s cover is so awesome. More Dessen!!!

November 27, 2012 - 6:44 am

Lori - I’m so excited for Going Vintage. I loved Sean Griswold’s Head (it really doesn’t get gushed about enough) and I really love all things 60’s. So I already know I’m going to LOVE it. Fabulous list, Magan!

November 27, 2012 - 5:21 am

Holly - Going Vintage looks really cute! πŸ™‚

November 27, 2012 - 3:40 am

Victoria - I really need to tackle the Veronica Rossi section of the library. Everyone has been raving about her new book coming next year and I haven’t read a single one. Great list, I’m marking them down on my TBR list!

November 27, 2012 - 1:39 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - AGGHHH I want all these too! New Sarah Dessen! New Sara Zarr! New Jennifer E. Smith! Finally continuation for Aria & Perry! I’m loving how many college-age (or near-college-age) books are coming out, too. Can we just…2013 needs to get here soon, and provide free books of all the awesome. Yes.

November 27, 2012 - 12:59 am

Jenny @ Mimosa Stimulus - I must have them all!! Really, REALLY want The Moon and More, Reboot, and Through the Ever Night. The waiting! It will kill me! I NEED so many 2013 releases. It is a miracle that I was able to stop at ten for this list.

November 27, 2012 - 12:34 am

elena - auuuugh I want you to read Requiem sooon so we can discuss!! Also hehe to 4, I like the premise of the book. 1 & 2 also sound FAB. Love your list, M! πŸ™‚

November 27, 2012 - 12:30 am

Monica - Cant wait for Return to Me and the new Sara Zarr. Great list. Feel free to come by and checkout My TTT

November 27, 2012 - 12:29 am

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings - I can’t wait for Requiem, I’m so interested to see how it all ends! And Reboot and the new Dessen, so many to look forwards to!

Marissa
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November 27, 2012 - 12:28 am

Erin M. - Oh. 2013 can’t come fast enough! I want to get my hands on these books including all of your books. Doesn’t Requiem just sound fantastic? I need to read it after that terrible cliffhanger!
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November 27, 2012 - 12:24 am

Li @ rulethewaves.net - Great list! This is What Happy Looks Like has such a fantastic cover, I’m going to have to check that one out πŸ™‚

Here’s the 10 books I’m looking forward to next year =)

November 27, 2012 - 12:22 am

Alice in Readerland - ‘The Moon and More’ is on my list & both ‘This is What Happy Looks Like’ & ‘The Lucy Variations’ almost made my list! πŸ™‚ My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/top-ten-most-anticipated-books-for-2013/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

November 27, 2012 - 12:10 am

Trinity - So excited for new Sara Zarr! Great list πŸ™‚ 2013 is going to be brilliant.

November 27, 2012 - 12:07 am

Anna - YES. All of this. PS: Do you want me to send you Through the Ever Night?

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books (from 5 Authors) We’re Thankful For

What a perfect topic for this week! Over the past year, we’ve both discovered a ton of authors that we love. Today we are celebrating our go-to authors, who write the books we can’t gobble up fast enough. No matter the title, we know their books are a sure bet. So this is our twist […]

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November 25, 2012 - 10:38 am

Dianne - Wow, what an awesome list. No not awesome, but supercalifreakinawesome! Plus, your post looks so pretty, I feel like mine’s so lackluster. Haha! πŸ˜€

November 22, 2012 - 5:03 am

VeganYANerds - Love your choices, girls! A big yes to Sar Zarr and Hannah Harrington and now I also want to read Adele and J.H’s books πŸ˜€

November 22, 2012 - 12:03 am

Alexa - Nice choices ladies! You’ve given me a bunch more titles that I really need to check out soon πŸ™‚

November 21, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Little Willow - Nice mix of authors and books! Of those listed here, I especially like Courtney Summers.

November 20, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Julianne - I haven’t read any of these except for Saving June, which I enjoyed, but you’ve both explained your choices so thoughtfully that I’ve got to investigate more!

November 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I really want to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It sounds SO good! The Julian Game looks awesome, as well.

Great list and Happy Thanksgiving! (:

November 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

cass - Can I just say… in additiion to adding Sara Zarr to my radar as well as Jen Smiths Comeback Season, the graphics in this post are frickin AMAZINGGGG.

November 20, 2012 - 11:42 am

April Books & Wine - So many of these authors hit you right in the heart with their writing, so I am glad to see a few that I haven’t read on here, because I know I have some great reads to look forward to.

November 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Jennifer E. Smith, Courtney Summers, Sara Zarr, Hannah Harrington! So much to be thankful for in their writing πŸ™‚

November 20, 2012 - 7:23 am

Lori - I really need to read Adele Griffin’s books. They definitely sound like my kind of thing. πŸ™‚ Great choices, ladies! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2012 - 3:31 am

Lola - Wow! Great lists ladies! I need to read How to Save a Life! I meant to a long time ago!

November 20, 2012 - 1:40 am

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings - these are all brand new to me. I’m excited to check them out!

Marissa
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November 20, 2012 - 12:57 am

monica - Love Sara Zarr! Feel free to checkout My TTT

November 20, 2012 - 12:17 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great list! And Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!
I just picked up This is Not a Test from the library today, and thought it was totally fitting that it’s on your list of books to be thankful for. I can’t wait to read it!