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Top 10 Tuesday: THE UNDERRATED (5 Books + 5 Authors)

“Underrated” is pretty much an Estelle buzzword. I love talking and sharing books with people but nothing gets me more excited than sharing a less known title and author, and having others fall in love with them too. Almost 4 years into the blog and it’s still the best high in the blogging universe. So […]

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October 8, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Alexa S. - As always, E, you’ve hit it out of the park with this post! Your recommendations, especially the ones for authors or books I’d never even have looked at before, are always so great, and I love that you book push all of these authors and titles SO HARD. Here’s to hoping more people get alerted to them all (and that I have the time + budget to buy the books that I DON’T have from this list)!

September 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Joséphine @ Word Revel - YES TO JESSICA MARTINEZ! She’s definitely one of my favourite authors and I agree that her books are rather underrated. As much as many seem to be looking forward to Kiss Kill Vanish, not enough bloggers are talking about her other books.

September 9, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Alexa - I really love Miranda’s Catching Jordan. It is the only one I have read but I own the rest of the series because I need to read more of her great work.
Thanks for the great list! I also love seeing the hidden gems that other people love.

September 9, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know - I both love and hate topics like this. My TBR list grows too much on weeks with topics like this. The only author you mentioned that I’ve read was Leila Sales. I read This Song Will Save Your Life–which unfortunately I didn’t love. But Jennifer Smith (Jennifer E Smith), I definitely need to check out her books! Great list. Several I need to look into!

TTT
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

September 9, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Amber - Pixie@pageturnersblog - Great list. I almost added Miranda Kenneally – great choice. Here is our top ten.

September 9, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently read Past Perfect and thought it was super cute. I just borrowed This Song Will Save Your Life. Can’t wait to give that a shot.

Also, I know what you mean about people calling Statistical Smith’s debut. I haven’t read the one you mentioned, though, so I should look into that. 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Betty - I bookrockbetty promise to read Catching Jordan as soon as I unpack the box of books I had hidden away while our house was for sale. 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Daphne - I loved Past Perfect, too & I agree that it needs a new cover. I have been side eyeing The Comeback Season for a while. I have to say that I read Friends with Boys a while back & LOVED IT. I still think of it occasionally and want to reread. great list 🙂

September 9, 2014 - 1:38 am

Lucy - Nice list! I liked Uses for Boys and Bumped and J.H. Trumble, and still need to read Past Perfect and Starstruck. And Miranda Kenneally’s books for sure!

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon

I couldn’t let this topic get away. So here I am writing it when I should be going to bed early and possibly changing out of my gym clothes. Who needs sleep anyway? No one. Not when you have swoon. Be sure to check out today’s meme at The Broke and the Bookish. Let’s get […]

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February 13, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Ellice - Ohh, that Me Before You quote! *tears up just thinking about it* That book absolutely destroyed me, but there are parts of it that are just so sweet 🙂 That’s one of my very favorite scenes in that book.

February 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Alexa S. - You are making me want to read some of my favorites on this list (My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, The Book of Broken Hearts, Where She Went) again! I love when just one particular swoony moment manages to create intense feels that last throughout the book — and these are certainly good ones you’ve chosen 😉

February 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Rebecca - I’ve only read read Love and Leftovers, Anna and MLND but I loved them all and I agree with you 100%. I’m bumping the rest up on my to read list!!

February 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - I’ve added Love & Leftovers to my TBR list now! And I also seriously need to get reading the Sloppy Firsts series as well as Nantucket Blue! Love your swoony list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Cecelia - I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m more than halfway to being convinced because of those lovely quotes! What a way to woo readers… *grin*

I’ve been meaning to get to MY LIFE NEXT DOOR for ages… I think a read might be in the cards soon. Love your list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Why didn’t I put Nantucket Blue on my list? 🙁 I guess I just had too many!
I LOVE ADAM. Where She Went is soooo swoony and I think I’m a sucker for reunions too! Dear god, Anna and the French Kiss, Book of Broken Hearts…. So much swooning!

February 11, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Jessica - I just added so many of these on my “to read” list on goodreads!!! 😀

February 11, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I love that you included Me Before You. There are some uplifting moments in that one but those are never the scenes I remember most about the book! MLND and Anna are lovely.

I recently picked up a copy of God Shaped Hole so I’m happy to see it on your list. Love & Leftovers is a good one too. Verse novels are the best.

Thanks for sharing your swoony faves!

February 11, 2014 - 10:52 am

Betty - So… I wasn’t obsessed with Zack in Nantucket Blue, but I was seriously obsessed with that romance! Leila captures first love… the butterflies… the blushing… the physical awareness of the opposite sex so, so well!!! It reminds of all my firsts!! <3
And YES… GAYLE FORMAN. Her writing is so raw… she is able to portray emotion so incredibly well that I end up with a lump in my throat on the verge of tears every time I read one of her books. The bridge scene in Where She Went ripped a hole in heart!

February 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’m glad Love & Leftovers made this list! I have a copy of it that I’ve been wanting to read for ages; love that it’s swoony! So many good books on here too – the Book of Broken Hearts was fabulous!

February 11, 2014 - 8:17 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Nantucket Blue has been moved up in my pile.

February 11, 2014 - 7:04 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Funny, but I don’t read traditional romances, but I just love a swoon-worthy book.

Thank you for your list.

Here’s my list of books that will make you swoon.

Top 10 Tuesday: Happy Recommendations + Requirements

Happy Tuesday all! I am so in love with today’s Top 10 Tuesday topic from the Broke and the Bookish. As book bloggers and book lovers, I’m sure so many of us are also “book pushers”. It is all too frequent that I’m talking to someone and a book recommendation pops in my head. Or […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Alexa Y. - This is a pretty awesome list! I think it’s particularly cool that you read Harry Potter for school, and also that your officiant recommended Anna to you. There are a few titles on this list that I think I should check out now…

October 17, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Michele @ Just a Lil Lost - I love the way you’ve laid out the books in that graphic 🙂
Oh One Day.. i loved that book too… and omg I can’t believe you got to study Harry Potter in a class!! Best. Class. Ever.!!!

Thanks for stopping by my TTT! 🙂

Michele

October 16, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I love the way you highlighted recommendations from friends in this TTT. Besides Harry Potter, the only one of these I’ve read is NOWHERE BUT HOME, and that was also a recommend that I LOVED so very much. Oh wait, that’s a lie, but I don’t want to change what I wrote above. I just checked and I’ve read ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND – and wasn’t sure about continuing the series but Betty has convinced me that I MUST go on. Also, I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss, and THAT was a recommendation that the Teen librarian gave me. She doesn’t push a lot of books specifically, but I remember her loving and really promoting that one. Anyway, great TTT.

October 16, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Reviews from a Bookworm - I really enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss & One Day. My life would not be the same without Harry, Hermione and Ron in it! I’m actually surprised by how many people I’ve seen who had to be forced to read Harry Potter. My TTT

October 16, 2013 - 11:38 am

Hannah - I’m the exact same with Harry Potter, I feel like a failure of a fan when I confess that I wasn’t an immediate fan. Harry Potter made my list too, and I’m so glad that I did finally read it because I was immediately a fan and couldn’t believe that it had taken me so long to pick it up!

October 15, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t realize you’re a fan of This is Not a Test! I love that book so much and it’s totally not a “me” book either. I feel like Courtney Summers can do absolutely anything!

October 15, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Ellice - I was also one of the ones who Cassie talked into buying Nowhere But Home. I started reading it last night and I’m loving it!

I also brought Alice and Zombieland home from work the other night… I’m so easily persuaded! Haha

Since I’ve started writing guest reviews for Judith, my TBR list is multiplying like craaaazy. I love getting book recs 🙂

October 15, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - 1. Love the Monsters Inc. Pic at the end, brilliant.

2. Anna and The French Kiss and Harry Potter makes any list instantly better.

I haven’t read One Day, but I love the movie, so I have to go back and read it. Great list.

October 15, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Christianna - The cover for Nowhere But Here made me go and put it on my TBR list! I also love Hart of Dixie so I feel like this book and I will get along!
My TTT

October 15, 2013 - 11:37 am

Allison L - I keep seeing Alice in Zombieland on people’s lists. I haven’t ever had the urge to pick it up before I just might have to give it a shot if everyone seems to love it so much! Plus, I really like your explanation of it.

October 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading - I was also forced to read Anna and The French Kiss (which is on my list for today, LOL). I own This Is Not a Test but I haven’t gotten to it yet and I have heard great things about Alice in Zombieland. Great list 🙂

Here is My Top Ten Tuesday
Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

October 15, 2013 - 10:06 am

Andi - It’s so funny how many people never read Anna because of a cover/title(myself included) until someone pushed it on them

October 15, 2013 - 9:15 am

Betty - HAHHAHA…. I don’t think I’ll be able to get that image from the end of your post out of my head until I read some of those books. I haven’t read a bunch of them so I better get adding them to my list…. or else?

I am so happy that you read Alice in Zombieland and even more happy that you really liked it!!! Zombies can be a pretty tough sell. haha But I think just about anyone would fall in love with THIS SERIES!!! Get reading Through the Zombie Glass!

October 15, 2013 - 8:38 am

Cassie - HAHAHAHHAH. I legit laughed while reading about my pushy/bossiness 😉 <3 Love you! SO GLAD you enjoyed Nowhere But Home and I also must say I willlllll try JH Trumble and Alice because of you. Alice made me nervous but.. you give me hope 🙂

October 15, 2013 - 8:29 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - One Day I just could not get into. So I saw the movie and was glad I didn’t invest my time. I’m glad you liked it though! And HP – on so many lists today!

October 15, 2013 - 7:33 am

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - Hmmm I’ve very curious re: your Alice in Zombieland thoughts. I keep feeling like it’s not a series I’d like at all, but hmmmmmm……

October 15, 2013 - 6:59 am

Ciara @ Ciara Reads Books - Anna and the French Kiss and In Cold Blood are on my to-read list. I also like the sound of Alice in Zombieland so that could be added to it too! 🙂

October 15, 2013 - 6:34 am

Sandra @ Tea Between Books - Hard to say that but I never was interested in Harry Potter books as well. I really loved the movies though. Maybe it was because I was in a 2-year-long reading slump (that happened) or maybe I was just perfectly satisfied with only the movies. But finally picked up one of the books (I read Order of the Phoenix first) and I ended up loving it. So I ran to the library, took out all the books from the series and didn’t eat, sleep or pee until I was finished with the books. Can’t believe I thought the movies is all the best there could be to the story!

October 15, 2013 - 4:04 am

Nadia - Haha! I was also forced to read Harry Potter! Of course then it turned out to be one of my favorite books!!

October 15, 2013 - 1:12 am

Elizabeth - HAHAHAH oh my god I love the picture of Roz at the end!

I’m always so happy that people who discovered Harry Potter later than the rest of us still love the series. After the past week when I discovered that one of my friends thought the series was boring (WHAT??) and another thought the world building wasn’t good (WHAT THE WHAT??!!? SERIOUSLY??!? I refused to speak to him for the rest of dinner), you have reaffirmed my faith in humanity!

October 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I also purchased a copy of Nowhere But Home because of Cass’ book pushing — so you can add me to the list 😉 I’ve read some truly amazing books because I was encouraged to by other bloggers (um, Fingerprints of You? I have YOU to thank on that one!) and that’s one of the things that I love most about this community!

October 15, 2013 - 12:21 am

Bookworm1858 - I can’t believe you had to be forced to read HP! Of course there are two ladies in my office who haven’t read the series either though I’m working on them right now because I can’t imagine them not loving the series the way I do!

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 most 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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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

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. 😀

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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! 🙂 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. 🙂 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.

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! 😀

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 😀

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 🙂

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 🙂

November 20, 2012 - 7:23 am

Lori - I really need to read Adele Griffin’s books. They definitely sound like my kind of thing. 🙂 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
here’s my my TTT

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!