Top Ten Tuesday: Unique book titles

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is top ten unique book titles, and this is a theme that is very close to my heart.  For better or for worse, I’m often drawn to books with unique titles.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t, but here are ten uniquely titled books that I’ve reviewed since starting this blog.

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👍 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
👍 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
👊 The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger

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👍 The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
👍 The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

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👊 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
👎 The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel
👎 Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

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👍 All the Feels by Danika Stone
👎 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry Augustifteen by Claire North

What are some uniquely titled books that you’ve read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that feature neurodivergent characters

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s theme is ten books that feature ___ characters, and I thought I’d deviate away from my norm for once.  I know that I usually write about really great romances or my favorite tropes or upcoming debuts that I’m really looking forward to.  Instead of the fluffy stuff, I thought that today I’d go for the heavy-hitting ten books that feature neurodivergent characters.

Representation is so important in literature, and I think it’s great that authors are making a conscious effort be more inclusive.  The ten books below include characters with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, PTSD, and more.

If you’re interested in seeing my reviews for these books, navigate over to my review organization page!

⭐ Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
⭐ Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
⭐ The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

⭐ Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow
⭐ A List of Cages by Robin Roe
⭐ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
⭐ All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

⭐ We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
⭐ The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
⭐ Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

If you had to make a list of ten books featuring characters with a certain characteristic, what would it be?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved more than I expected

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  I actually forgot to post this last week, and I even had everything all ready to go!  Luckily for me, this week is a TTT hiatus, so I have another chance to post it.

Anyway, this topic is all about books that I loved more than I thought I would.  There was an option to do books that I disliked, but I figured I’ve talked about those enough!  I tried to go back in time since I feel like I’m always raving about the same few books.  I went way back to 2013 for this one, so I hope you enjoy!

Please feel free to send me any books that you’ve enjoyed more than expected and I’ll add them to my TBR!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I have a documented problem with bestsellers.

Margot by Jillian Cantor: Historical fiction about the Holocaust, however important it may be, is not my favorite topic.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger: I don’t read a lot of thrillers and I really like kids, so I don’t generally enjoy books about creepy children.

Stiff by BB Hamel: This was the first stepbrother romance I ever read and I honestly did not expect to like it even one bit.

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan: If I’m honest, I don’t generally love memoirs. Especially memoirs from people I’ve never even heard of before. But this was surprisingly good and it read like fiction, which helped a lot.

Marie Antoinette’s Head by Will Bashor: Although I was a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s film about her life, Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser does not top my list of interests.

Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin: I really just requested this book for kicks, but even though I went to thirteen years of Catholic school and have never thought of a priest sexually before, this book was HOT!

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane: As a rule, I’m generally skeptical of anything from Kindle First, but this book was honestly really great.

Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman: I only read this book because I needed something published in 1990 for 2015’s reading challenge and it was enchanting.

The Void Series by Peter F. Hamilton: I don’t read a lot of epic fantasy – like the real kind that spans universes and millennia – but Hamilton is one of my boyfriend’s favorite authors and I can clearly see why.

Book review: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane

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It’s been awhile since I read a Kindle First book. They haven’t really been capturing my interest lately, but for some reason, I felt compelled to try this one. And I’m so glad that I did. Because this book was great.

Zander has been sent by her parents to Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens. Some of her fellow campers have eating disorders. Some have attempted suicide. Others suffer from mental illnesses like schizophrenia. Zander doesn’t really feel like she belongs there. After all, she gets great grades. She does what her parents ask. She even has a cute boyfriend. Everything is just fine with her life, so why is she stuck at this weird camp, forced to partake in “share-apy” and craft time?

Zander doesn’t think that anything at this camp will help her. And she’s right, to an extent. The adults that run the camp don’t seem to know what they’re doing. They certainly don’t act like they’ve studied adolescent psychology or are qualified to do this for a living. The kids are allowed to pretty much do whatever they’d like. Aside from the counselors that sleep in the cabins with them, there’s very little supervision. But it turns out that kids know how to help each other.

At camp, Zander meets a collection of misfits who turn out to be exactly what she needed. Cassie describes herself as a manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Bek is a pathological liar. And Grover. Oh, Grover. Grover just knows that someday he’ll turn out to be schizophrenic like his father. Cut off from all communication outside the camp, the four teens bond and, as much as they can, help each other overcome their issues.

It seems that the negative reviews for this book have one main criticism: that the resolution of the characters’ various problems was too easy. So let me just put my take on it out there. This is a story about four teens finding friendship despite their differences. It is not a how-to manual for overcoming mental illness. It was not written to encourage parents to send their troubled children to summer camp rather than a qualified physician. It’s a ray of hope for people who feel like they’re alone with their problems.

This is a great book. It’s a believable story of a collection of teenagers who just want to feel better about their lives. It wraps up a little too neatly, but sometimes we all need a ray of sunshine in our lives.

Final rating: ★★★★☆