Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
This weeks topic is a freebie. Trying to think of a topic for these freebies is always a challenge, mostly because my mind goes blank haha. So this weeks theme is not the most original but I thought it would be nice to highlights some books I read and loved before I began blogging.
1. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I don’t talk about this book enough but I absolutely adore this book. The contrast between the openness of Josh’s situation with the secrecy of Nastya’s situation was on point. The characters are very troubled and layered. Yes there’s a lot of angst but I felt like it was handled well. I simply love this book.
2. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry: I’ve mentioned this book a few times but I feel like I need to reiterate my love for the book. All the Truth That’s in Me is one book that highlights the beauty in the simplicity. The use of the second person narrative was very effective in demonstrating how Judith is ostracized from the community. Plus the relationship between her and Lucas is beautifully developed. You can just feel the love between them.
3. Burning Blue by Paul Griffin: Mystery. That’s what drives this plot. Our protagonist, Jay, seeks to find out who was responsible for marring the face of the most popular girl in his school, Nicole Castro. I’m usually pretty good at uncovering the mystery before the big reveal but I was floored by this one. As well as the mystery, the book also looks at the perceptions of beauty and the toll that these perceptions have on Nicole. I need to re-read this book again cause I love it so much.
4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: A fascinating world, beautiful character dynamics and a love story that stole my heart. Everyone by now knows that I hate love triangle and this is one series that could have easily gone down that route. In stead, we are treated to a wonderful friendship, a heart-stopping romance and an unbreakable brotherhood.
5. Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson: I almost forgot about this book. It’s not mind-blowing but it is a fun read. It’s has a military setting (love), an X-Men like quality to it and one hell of a romance ft. protective brother.
6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Everyone knows how much I love the Raven Cycle and so I thought I should give some love to another, perhaps understated book by the oh so talented Maggie Stiefvater. The atmosphere in this book is breathtaking. The world building is vivid. Above all else, this book makes you feel and it takes you on a journey you won’t want to return from.
7. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas: Magic, or more specifically, elemental magic. I love the concept of this series. There are three settings in this book; the magical realm of Atlantis, London, and a book of fairy tales. On top of all that you have wonderfully complex characters that are thrown together by fate.
8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: As I’ve said before, Morgan Matson is my go-to summer contemporary author. This is a story of friendship, love, and taking chances.
9. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler: Another book I need to re-read. This was one of the first books I read when I was re-discovering my love for reading. It’s another contemporary that’s perfectly suited for the summer. The story takes us to a family full of secrets and mystery, a swoon-worthy summer romance and a lot of heart.
10. Boomerang by Noelle August: Tired of the same old angst ridden NA books? Me too. That is why Boomerang is a breath of fresh air. This book reads more like a romantic comedy. Yes, there is some drama/conflict but it’s not the over the top, angsty drama we typically see in the world of New Adult literature. This book has a lot of heart, great banter, and some serious sexual tension between our two protagonists.
Those are the books that I read and loved in my pre-blogging days. What books do you read and love in your pre-blogging days?