Hello all and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s top ten topic is all about books I love from the past year. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
So without further ado, here is this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, books I love from the past year.
1) Hello Me, It’s You by Hannah Todd
“Keep smiling and being you. Don’t let the world change you”
Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.
This book is incredible! It was one of the first books that I request on Netgalley and I’m so glad I took the risk. I have recommended this book to so many people because of how helpful it is. I took a lot of advice from this book that I still bear in mind a year and a bit later. Here is my review for this book.
2) Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
“Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.”
I read this book a couple months after I started my blog. I remember it was one of the books I obsessed over for months before its release date. I loved the dual POV in this book. I am also a fan of the body positivity that this book promotes. This book is fantastic and I really recommend giving it a read. Here is my review for this book.
3) You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris
“This inspiring and courageous book is a guiding star for us all in troubled times.
One night last winter, Antoine Leiris was at home looking after his son while his wife, Hélène, was at a concert with friends. Suddenly he started receiving text messages asking if he was ok. Turning on the TV, Antoine watched the terrorist attacks in Paris unfolding around him and tried to call Hélène. She didn’t answer. That night Hélène was killed, along with 88 other people, at the Bataclan Theatre.
Three days later, Antoine wrote an open letter to his wife’s killers on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his baby son’s life be defined by their acts. ‘For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,’ he wrote. Instantly, that short post caught fire and was shared thousands of times around the world.”
This is another book I requested on Netgalley very early into starting my blog. I had read Antoine’s Facebook post after the Paris terrorist attack and I remember sitting in shock and crying about the trouble the world was in. So, when I saw that he was publishing a book after losing his wife to the terrorist attack I wanted to give it a read. This book is heart-breaking as you would expect but it is a book that I would tell everyone to read. This book is incredible and just needs to be read by everyone. Here is my review for this book.
4) Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
“Sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef.
The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt.”
I was extremely excited for this book to be released in March of this year. I was a huge fan of Susin Nielsen’s novel We Are All Made of Molecules. So, I was expecting to really enjoy this book. This book is brilliant, I felt all the emotions when reading this book. This has reminded me that I want to buy a physical version of this book for my shelf rather than just having a kindle copy. Here is my review for this book.
5) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is.”
I cannot write a list about books I have enjoyed in the last year and not mention this book. I devoured this book. It took me a little while to get into the first 50 pages of this book and I thought I was going to dislike it. Once I had read about 100 pages I could not put the book down it was incredible. It is funny, hear-breaking and heart-warming and really promotes body positivity which made me enjoy the book even more. Here is my review for this book.
6) Super Awkward by Beth Garrod
“I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn’t impressed.
3. I’m a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I’m doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.) ”
I seem to have talked non-stop about this book recently but I loved it! This book was my saviour when I was stuck in a reading slump. I just wanted a light-hearted and really funny book to read to get me out of the reading slump. This is the perfect book to do so! I couldn’t stop laughing when reading this book and I read it in one sitting. Here is my review of this book.
7) Countless by Karen Gregory
“When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time … ”
Countless is a fantastic book! I came out of this book heart-broken and needed a while to think about it before I started a new book. This is the perfect book to read if you want to have a think and learn about a mental illness. The mental illness in this book is spoken about so well and true to real life. Here is my review for this book.
There you have it, this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, books I had a hard time getting into! There are only 7 books on this list but these are all the books I can think of at the minute! Don’t forget to leave links to your Top 10 Tuesday below!
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Until next time,