Top Ten Tuesday: Books I just had to buy… but are still sitting on my bookshelf

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is ten signs you’re a book lover, and I think the first thing I want to say about this theme is that there’s no right or wrong way to love books! It doesn’t matter if you have a huge collection of books you’ve bought or if you get everything from the library. It doesn’t matter if you read five or five hundred books each year. If you like books, you’re a book lover.

So since I don’t like this week’s theme, I’m going back into the archives to do a theme that I missed! Without further ado, here are ten books I just had to buy… but are still sitting on my bookshelf, way back from March of 2011.


Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Heartstopper, Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

The Last Hope by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Educated by Tara Westover

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite graphic novels (part 2)

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is a genre freebie, and I’ve been meaning to write a follow up to my previous post about favorite graphic novels, so what better opportunity? Here are ten more of my favorite graphic novels.


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Audience: YA • Genre: Fantasy/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin

Audience: YA • Genre: Adventure/LGBT/Historical • Series/Standalone: Series (eventually)

When Chris joins the staff at her local record store, she’s surprised to find out that her co-workers share a secret: they’re all members of a secret fight club that take on the patriarchy and fight crime!

Starry-eyed Chris has just started the dream job every outcast kid in town wants: working at Vinyl Mayhem. It’s as rad as she imagined; her boss is BOSS, her co-workers spend their time arguing over music, pushing against the patriarchy, and endlessly trying to form a band. When Rosie Riot, the staff’s favorite singer, mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show, Chris discovers her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl . . . Her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club! 


Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Audience: YA • Genre: LGBT/Romance • Series/Standalone: Series

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

Audience: Adult • Genre: Fantasy • Series/Standalone: Series (but can be read as standalones)

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth:

Before our history began, another now forgotten civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth’s unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero:

In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry.

But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

Audience: YA • Genre: Contemporary/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

A graphic novel that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.

Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever.

Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.


Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Audience: YA • Genre: Romance/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.


Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable

Audience: YA • Genre: Coming of Age/Romance/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight. An exploration of sexuality, family, and faith, Kiss Number Eight is a coming-of-age tale filled with humor and hope.

(Content warnings for strong homophobia and transphobia at the beginning of this book.)


Midnight Radio by Iolanda Zanfardino

Audience: Adult • Genre: Contemporary/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

An intriguingly interwoven tale of four lives changed by a mysterious late-night radio broadcast that wakes them up from their mundane existences. Each tale speaks to different social issues without pandering to a political agenda: LGBT+ rights, racism, social network addiction, and the difficult decision between settling down versus following your dreams. Each tale is told in a vivid, polychromatic illustration style that flows from one character to another and back again in a uniquely identifiable fashion.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is spring TBR. I just looked at my Winter TBR post and I’d actually read 5/10, which was better than I thought I’d do! I won’t bother lying to myself again and saying that I’ll read those books when I probably won’t, so here are ten totally different books that I’ll hopefully get to this spring!


Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Mall by Megan McCafferty

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

A Very Stable Genius by Philip Rucker & Carol Leonnig

The Woods, Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith


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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors who have a fun social media presence

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is authors who have a fun social media presence. I’m actually not that great about social media (I log into Twitter maybe a couple times a month) but I did come up with eight!


Jenn Bennett

Erin Hahn

Jay Kristoff

Rainbow Rowell

J. Kasper Kramer

V.E. Schwab

Marissa Meyer

R.S. Grey


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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books with single-word titles that I really enjoyed

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is ten books with single-word titles, but I thought I’d take it a step further and make sure they’re books that I really enjoyed! I limited this to one book per author, otherwise half of this list would be Marissa Meyer. 🙂


Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Sadie by Courtney Summers

You by Caroline Kepnes

Room by Emma Donoghue

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Bloom by Kevin Panetta


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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d follow on social media

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is ten characters I’d follow on social media. I thought this one would be really difficult since I’m not really into social media, but it ended up being a fun theme!


the aliebn from Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too

The aliebn’s Twitter would just make me happy. Imagine how cute and pure it would be.

Marko, Alana, and basically anybody from Saga

Interplanetary adventures! Weird creatures! The pictures would be crazy!

Luka from Infini

I would love to see some behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the show!

Josh & Lucy from The Hating Game

Mostly I just want to see the long threads of banter between these two.

Ari & Hector from Bloom

Between the baking and the music, I’d love to follow these guys!

Bennett from Love Scene, Take Two

Okay, a teenage bestselling author would definitely have some good things to say.

Evie from The Diviners

I know this book is set in the 1920s, but Evie is so interesting! She’d definitely be all over Instagram with the parties she attends and the different objects that speak to her.

Jane from My Lady Jane

Okay, much like there was no social media in the 1920s, there was definitely no social media in 1553. And does Goodreads even count as social media? I don’t know. But I’d love to see what Jane’s been reading.

West’s podcast from Sadie

Again, not entirely sure if this counts as social media, but I found the podcast sections of Sadie so interesting! I’d love to listen to the whole thing.

Daisy Jones & the Six from Daisy Jones & the Six

Okay, again… no social media in the 1970s. But if Daisy Jones & the Six had a Soundcloud or a Myspace or a Youtube channel or anywhere they could post their music, I’d definitely be checking it out.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Last ten books that gave me a book hangover

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is last ten books that gave me a book hangover. This is a tough one! I might have to go pretty far back in my memory for this theme…


Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


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