Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is top ten favorite books of 2017 and honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this theme! There are still almost three weeks of the year left! But still, I’ll call it my top ten favorite books so far in 2017. There. That sounds better.
Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Here in the US, we’re getting ready celebrate Thanksgiving, so today’s theme is ten books I’m thankful for. There are a lot of books overall that I’m thankful for, but I decided to go with ten recent books instead of going back to the beginning of time!
Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten books I want my future children to read and rather than write about the various board books that I’ve read to my nephew and my friends’ children, or write about the middle grade books I loved back in the day, I thought I’d talk about ten issue-driven YA novels that would help expand their horizons without being too preachy.
✨ If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: A reminder that something as simple as using the correct pronouns and treating someone like a human being can make all the difference.
✨ What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler: A reminder to speak up – especially when it’s hard – if you see something that shouldn’t be happening.
✨ The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson: A reminder that not all members of a region or a religion are the same and to keep an open mind.
✨ The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin: A reminder that it’s okay to fail as long as you pick yourself back up and keep going.
✨ The List by Siobhan Vivian: A reminder that words and jokes can hurt and to be careful with what you say.
✨ Cherry by Lindsey Rosin: A reminder that it’s okay to do what you want with your own body as long as everything is consensual and you’re being safe.
✨ A List of Cages by Robin Roe: A reminder to always be kind because you never know what’s going on behind closed doors.
✨ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: A reminder that racism is alive and well in this country and it’s up to us to consciously fight it.
✨ Made You Up by Francesca Zappia: A reminder to actively fight the mental illness stigma rather than feeding into it.
✨ Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: A reminder that teenage girls are strong and powerful and can do anything that they set their minds to.
If you had to choose ten books that you’d want to pass along to your future children, what would they be?
Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is ten characters who would make great leaders, which is super fitting for election day.
First up we have Darrow from Pierce Brown’s Red Risingsaga. Do I remember a lot about Red Rising? No, not really, which is one of the reasons that I still haven’t picked up Morning Star. But do I remember that Darrow was awesome? Yes, absolutely.
Next up is Starr from Angie Thomas’ bestselling debut, The Hate U Give. Starr is put in an almost impossible position as the sole witness to her childhood friend’s tragic death. Stuck between the expectations of her fancy prep school friends and the real-life implications of the shooting in her neighborhood, Starr has to figure out how to do the right thing without letting anybody down or creating any additional problems.
Then there’s Victor from V.E. Schwab’s Vicious, probably the most controversial pick on my list. It’s true. Victor’s a villain. But this guy has serious leadership potential! And, in his own way, he is the leader of his group of misfits. (Side note: I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.)
It’s been a long, long time since I read Peter F. Hamilton’s Voidseries and I honestly remember very little of it, but I do remember Edeard being a great leader.
Both Rose Calloway and Connor Cobalt from Krista & Becca Ritchie’s massive Addicted/Calloway Sistersseries easily make the list of great leaders. While Connor is logical, refined, and cunning, Rose is a perfectionist who wouldn’t hesitate to tear out the heart of her enemies (and look great while doing it).
I’m maybe cheating with these last four picks since they actually are official leaders in their books, but next up is Prince Kai from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chroniclesseries. It’s true that Kai starts out the series primarily as a love interest for Cinder, but as he grows up, he becomes a strong, morally sound leader who isn’t afraid to stand up for his people.
I’m definitely cheating with Lady Jane Grey, who ruled England for nine days back in the 1500s. I’m not sure if the real-life Jane Grey was quite as awesome as this fictionalized version, but the Jane from this book made an awesome leader.
And what about Alexander Hamilton? The amount of attention this guy is getting now is insane. There are so many books (above: Alex & Elizaby Melissa de la Cruz) written about him, a musical so popular that people wait months for tickets, and suddenly everybody is interested in his life. Why was he never president?
Finally, I’m going with Prince Rhy Maresh from V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magicseries. While Rhy comes across as a flirty playboy as the series begins, he grows as a person and a leader as the series comes to its conclusion.