Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today the topic they’ve chosen is a tough one: books we feel don’t get the attention they deserve. The reason this is tough for me is that I really only don’t look at the popularity of books (although sometimes it’s hard to ignore in cases like Twilight or The Hunger Games). So here are some books I absolutely loved, but don’t hear tons of buzz about. For all I know they could be HUGE hits (in fact, I think some of them are) but if you haven’t read them, you are missing out.
1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– I talk about this one an awful lot, I know. It’s that sweet, that funny, that touching, that beautifully written.
2. Austenland by Shannon Hale- this is actually considered Adult Fiction, but with the sheer volume of Austen fans out there, it shouldn’t matter what genre it is, only that it is such a cute, romantic take on what happens when we get a little too obsessed with the enticing worlds she created.
3. Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot- This one is classic Meg Cabot. The heroine is funny and makes some cringeworthy decisions complete with lots of smooching with someone who isn’t her boyfriend (I mentioned those bad decisions didn’t I?) and by being caught up in something with a mysterious guy who’s just returned to town. As always, Cabot’s writing style is what makes it a fun read.
4. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales- I just reviewed this recently but I cannot stress enough how funny this writer is. Pick it up. And laugh. Alot.
5. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler– This book was such a realistic picture of best friends and what happens when there are secrets. The growing pains and the grieving are so well-written without being too weighty. It’s a good read.
6. Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger- This is an Adult Fiction about a web of lies (could you tell that from the title?) surrounding the main character. The question it asks is this: if you found out your whole wonderful, amazing life was a lie and that your real life was sad and devastating, would you choose to live the lie or pursue the truth? So good.
7. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready– It’s a romantic story with ghosts and tragedy. I thought it was very creative and refreshing, especially considering I’m not a huge fan of paranormal books.
8. Avalon High by Meg Cabot- I though this book was so cute and creative. Cabot twines the legend of Camelot into a story where the main character, Ellie, begins to believe that she and her friends are modern-day version of King Arthur and his men (and women). Note: if you’ve seen the Disney movie, it’s completely different. Read the book!
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart- I talk about this one alot too. And I won’t stop until every girl on earth reads this story and embraces her inner Frankie. It’s just so mart and funny, as all E. Lockhart books are.
10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchette- This book may actually be popular, I’m not sure. I know It has received tons of critical acclaim, but I truly believe that anyone who has skipped it is missing out. She is a fantastic writer and this story, though it can be heavy at times, is amazing.