Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved When I First Started Reading Young Adult

Hello everyone! Needless to say, my opinions in books has drastically changed since I first started blogging. If you go in the deep, dark trenches of my early Goodreads books, you’ll see almost all of these books. To save you the hassle, I thought I’d just list them here. Let’s get started!

 1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Who didn’t love these books in late 2010-2013? I remember so vividly when the movie was released. The Hunger Games was one of the first books I read that I truly fell in love with. Looking back, a 5th grader (aka me) probably shouldn’t be reading books like that so young. Although, I’m thankful I did because I probably wouldn’t be the reader I am today.

2. John Green’s Books

Ah, Mr. John Green, many of my first Young Adult reads were his books. I started with The Fault in Our Stars first, and then I read the rest of them (except for An Abundance of Katherines. I DNFed it).

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Many of these books are such basic YA books that pretty much everyone read. Divergent was no different. My Divergent obsession hit hard. I even dressed up with my friends for the midnight premiere of the movie; I dressed up as Dauntless. Looking back, I don’t think Divergent was even that great of a book. Especially later on in the trilogy with Insurgent and Allegiant. I’m just thankful for it because I wouldn’t be that big of a reader now.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments was one of the first YA series that I really loved. Again, I don’t think I would have liked them if I had read them now. However, I’m so glad I did because it really helped me get more into YA books.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

Unlike the other series/authors on this list, I still really love Marie Lu. All of her books are quite different from the other, and I’m glad she was one of the first YA authors I read.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

If I Stay was one of the first YA contemporaries I read besides John Green’s books. I actually read it right after I finished Harry Potter and I DEVOURED it.

7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Looking back, the representation in this book definitely isn’t very good. However, this was one of the first contemporaries that I read when I first dove into my love for YA. I even crossed out all the swearing in the book :).

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I remember when I first read this I loved it so much. It was right before the movie came out so everyone was very hyped about the series. However, I’m not as much of a fan as I was three years ago. I’m glad I read it all those years ago, but I don’t think I’d ever reread it or read any more of James Dashner’s books.

9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I actually picked up Delirium after a friend recommended it to me! I honestly don’t remember much about the trilogy (I haven’t even read a Lauren Oliver book since then).

10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Unlike some of the other books on this list, I still adore this book very much. I think it’s such a wonderful story with a great message.

One difference in my reading now and then is that I read so much more contemporaries now. I also read quite a bit more diverse novels. I’m glad that these books were my roots, but I’m so happy with the books I read now! 

What were some books you read when you first started reading? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know down in the comments!

-Liv

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Buy Your Mom This Mother’s Day

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in quite some time. Since Mother’s Day was last weekend, I thought I’d participate in this one! My mom doesn’t read too much because she is so busy. She, however, is such a champ when it comes to taking me to book events and carrying my books! If your mom does like to read, these are a few books that I would recommend if she isn’t quite a YA reader yet:

1. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows

I read My Lady Jane about a year ago; all I remember from it is how much I enjoyed it. It was hilarious and the characters were really enjoyable. It’s also historical fiction; so if your mom loves historical fiction, she would really enjoy My Lady Jane!

2. The Selection by Kierra Cass

For many people, The Selection is a classic for a new YA reader. Although it isn’t the best book series, it really is addicting which makes it great for a new reader.

3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

If you’ve never read A Monster Calls, what are you doing? I read it last year, and I absolutely loved it. I’d definitely gift it to my mom.

4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

If you’ve been following my blog for a little bit, you might have seen that Upside of Unrequited was one of my favorite reads of 2017 already. I seriously wish I could recommend this book to everyone.

5. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also A Star is a really good book for people who aren’t as much into reading. The writing is super addicting, and the chapters are fairly short. It also deals with many issues that you wouldn’t normally see in a YA romance contemporary.

6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Out of my entire reading career, I don’t think I’ve recommended a book more. I read it many many years ago, and it’s definitely one of my top favorites of all time.

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Again, Cinder was a book that I think would be perfect for someone who is new to YA books. I found it really addicting, and I think it’d be a really good to gift a mom.

8. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

If your mom is anything like my mom, then your mom enjoys historical fiction. My mom has actually read one of Ruta’s other books and enjoyed it immensely.

9. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Does this really need an explanation? Cute contemporary by an #ownvoices author? It’s definitely a book I’d gift to a mom.

10. Legend by Marie Lu

This recommendation is a bit different than the other ones. Legend is great if you enjoy dystopian and action centered books.

-Liv

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Didn’t Think I Would Like As Much As I Did

Hey guys! This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I thought this was a very interesting theme because I find it fairly common to have books exceed my expectations. Let’s get started!

1. The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis25812109

I expected to like The Female of The Species. I expected to close the book and say: “wow, what a great book. Alright, on to the next one!” I thought I would. I didn’t. This book has stayed with me even after reading it several months ago. It is definitely on my “you need to read it ASAP” list.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I had A Monster Calls on my shelf for over a year. I purchased it at Half Price for $5 on sale; I didn’t have any immediate plans to pick it up. A group of my friends thought: “hmm, maybe passing around a book and annotating it. I thought that maybe we could do A Monster Calls because I already owned it. I loved it so much. Honestly, it is now one of my favorite books of all time.

3. I’d Tell You I Loved You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

Confession: I initially didn’t want to read this series. The covers seemed childish to me and I wondered if I was ‘too old’ to enjoy this book. (By the way: There is no such thing as being ‘too old’ for a book). The overall book was great, and it was perfect because it picked me up out of a reading slump.

4. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

I heard about Fire & Flood from my friend Lizzie (LizzieLovesBooks). I figured I’d enjoy it and forget about it. This definitely wasn’t the case. I enjoyed the writing style and the overall plot immensely.

5. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

During my middle school years, everyone in my class loved this book. All of my friends would recommend it to me. However, I didn’t like to follow ‘the crowd’. So, I didn’t read it. Eventually, I bought it and decided to read it. I LOVED it.

6. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I read Wonder in 8th grade after I finished Percy Jackson. Again, I expected to feel ‘meh’ about it and move on. I ended up completely adoring it. I felt so impacted by the overall story; it is such an important story to tell as well!

7. Winger by Andrew Smith

I had heard about Winger for years. When I moved into high school, my new school library had a huge selection of Young Adult books. As soon as I saw Winger, I borrowed it immediately. I ended up devouring the book in two days. I couldn’t put it down.

285039418. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

I received this book for review from Quirk Books in the fall. I wasn’t sure how I would like it. I thought I would, again, feel ‘meh’ about it and move on. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I loved how funny it was while still being informational.

9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Funny story: I almost DNF-ed this book. !!NOTE: ALMOST!! I found the first 70 pages to be uneventful and boring. I set the book aside for a few months and picked it up again. The second time I read it? I loved it. The characters were suddenly interesting, and the overall plot was so much more enjoyable.

10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Again, this book was recommended to me over and over again. I refused to read it. Eventually, I caved in. I loved it so much more than I thought I would. The writing style, the characters, the plot, the sci-fi elements–everything was just phenomenal. I’m so glad I picked it up finally and read the series.

What are some books that exceeded your expectations? What books fell short? 

 

-Liv

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

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Hello everyone! This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is ‘Books on Our Fall TBR’. In the past few months, I’ve finally crawled out of my reading slump. My Fall TBR list is quite extensive, but I’m hoping I can do it. Let’s begin!

1. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Fun Fact: I am currently reading Stalking Jack The Ripper right now (as of 9/26/16). I am fifteen pages into it; I’m absolutely loving it! It’s so dark and haunting; I can’t wait to finish it.

2. The Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

I have been seeing this book on #booksfortrade and on Goodreads. So, I knew I had to buy it when I saw it for $9 at Half Price Books.

3. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina is one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. I’m hoping to re-read Illuminae before Gemina’s release.

4. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

To be honest, I completely forgot that this was being released until a few weeks ago. I loved All The Bright Places, and I’m hoping that her second YA book won’t disappoint.

cover_ravenboys_3005. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I wish I was kidding when I say this: I have had this series on my shelf for so long. I still haven’t read it. I have heard of how amazing it is; I just really need to bring myself to read it.

6. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I was lucky enough to have an ARC of Furthermore, but I fell into a reading slump before I could finish it. I’m hoping to finally tackle it this fall.

7. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Again, another book I have had on my shelf for almost two years. I have been wanting to read it for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. That is one of the reasons why I’m hoping to read it this fall.

8. Dan and Phil Go Outside by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Dan and Phil’s second book (it’s more of a picture book) is being released in November. I’m so excited about this release because I loved Dan and Phil’s first book. I’m also excited to see more in-depth about their tour.

9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer17659011-_sy540_

Who isn’t anticipating this book? This book is one of the most coveted ARCs right now. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I am hoping that this book won’t disappoint.

10. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

A Book I Have Had On My Shelf For Years And Still Haven’t Read: A Memoir by Me. I even met Lindsay, and I still haven’t read this book. This book is one I definitely one I need to get to.

Are there any books I need to get to right away? Are there any books I’ve missed? 

-Liv