Top Ten Tuesday: Books with fall-themed covers

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today is all about fall vibes, or more specifically, ten books with fall-themed covers.  Did you know that a lot of books have summer and winter-themed covers, but not a ton of books feel like fall?  I’ve picked out ten books that feel like fall to me – be it their color scheme, the back-to-school vibes, or one that looks like Halloween.  Regardless of how much (or little) I might have liked these books, here are ten covers that fit the bill.

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🍂 Emerge
🍁 Joyride
🍂 The Moment Before

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🍁 The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
🍂 Pushing the Limits
🍁 Cursed
🍂 Sugar Skulls

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🍁 Eleanor & Park
🍂 The Perfect Son
🍁 Prima Donna

What are your favorite fall books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that are set in high school

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s theme is a back to school freebie, so I decided to go with ten books that are set in high school.  Have you ever noticed that even when characters are of high school age, we don’t really see them in their natural environment? Books often take place over the summer or on the weekend, or the actual high school experience is just glossed over.  In these ten books, the school itself plays a big role.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
Falling For Forever by Melissa Chambers

Joyride by Anna Banks
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

What are your favorite books set in high school?

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I’m a big fan of Rainbow Rowell. It seems like all of her books affect me much more than those from other authors. I can count on one hand all the times I’ve cried while reading in recent memory… and her books are all but one. Now I’ve been sitting here for the last two weeks, trying to put my thoughts into words. It’s not going well, but I’m trying.

Eleanor is an outcast. She’s targeted by almost everyone because of her weight, her clothes, her flaming red hair. Her home life is awful – her father couldn’t care less about her, and her mother married an awful man who makes no move to hide his hatred of Eleanor. Their family lives in a dilapidated two-bedroom home, where Eleanor shares a bedroom with her four siblings and their bathroom doesn’t even have a door. They don’t even have money for things like toothpaste and shampoo. But Eleanor is strong, and she’ll put up with whatever she has to until she can get out on her own.

Park is the only Asian kid at his high school. He loves comic books and the kind of music his classmates don’t listen to. This makes him a bit of an outcast too. But his home life is pretty good. His parents love him, and each other, and although they don’t see eye to eye all the time, he knows they’re looking out for his best interests. At first, Park wants nothing to do with Eleanor. She’s the weird girl who constantly sits next to him on the bus. But when Park notices Eleanor reading his comics over his shoulder, a beautiful friendship – and, eventually, love – begins to form.

In each other, Eleanor and Park find a very sweet, loving relationship that is based on what’s inside rather than physical appearances. Their relationship builds and builds and builds… until it doesn’t. The ending, while it made sense in the context, disappointed me. What had been so carefully constructed fell apart, and no amount of quirky references or adorable love scenes could quite make up for that.

Still, Eleanor & Park is highly recommended.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

For my 2015 reading challenge, I’m crossing off #38: a book that made you cry.