Tuesday, November 14

Ten Truly Exceptional Books *Everyone* Should Read


Hello everyone! Today marks the day when I'm back with a Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) post after not doing any for a few weeks. And y'all, I am so excited for today's topic! It's about books I'd make my future children or other relations read, but I twisted it up a bit, and will be listing ten books EVERYONE should read, because they are just so damn good

*click on the covers for Goodreads!*



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas



Ahh, hands down ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER FOR SURE. I couldn't be happier it is becoming a movie, because that means more people will see/read it, and I can't think of a book, a story right now that is more important or more deserving of the attention. Beautiful, powerful, #ownvoices novel centered around the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Wonder / A List of Cages
by R. J. Palacio / by Robin Roe

 

One is Middle Grade - the bestest MG book I've ever read, to be honest - while the other is YA, so why mention them together? Because - whilst being about hella different topics - both have an underlying theme of family and friendship, AND BOTH NEARLY MADE ME CRY from how beautiful those themes were explored.

Dating Sarah Cooper / Peter Darling
by Siera Maley / by Austin Chant

 

AGAIN, these two are not at all similar - Dating Sarah Cooper is a YA Contemporary with #ownvoices F/F romance THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HEART BURST WITH HAPPINESS. Peter Darling, on the other hand, is a NA Fantasy retelling of Peter Pan that has #ownvoices trans M/M romance THAT IS SO CUTE AND AH, I WANT A SEQUEL. Why I grouped them together is because both will leave you with a really happy feeling, smiling from ear to ear when you finish them.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda / The Gentleman's Guide To Vice and Virtue
by Becky Albertalli / by Mackenzie Lee

 


The thing these two books have in common is that both have M/M relationships as the main romance - Simon is gay, Monty is bisexual - and both are such feel-good, adorable books! Seriously, if you want to read a truly HAPPY book, pick up either one of these. 

Want
by Cindy Pon


One of the most realistic dystopian novels I've EVER READ. I mean, read Want and tell me that that shit is not exactly what our future will look like. I'll be waiting here. 

Moxie / The Female of the Species
by Jennifer Mathieu / Mindy McGinnis

 

What these books have in common is that they both have a feminist, strong as fuck heroine - albeit, AGAIN, that doesn't mean the stories or the characters are really similar to each other!! Cuz they aren't. In Moxie we see Viv start a feminist movement, whilst The Female of the Species is HUGE call-out on rape culture.

Let's chat!
Have you read any of these books? What books would you make EVERYONE read? 

32 comments:

  1. I really liked the way you grouped your choices. Moxie made it onto my list because I think it's great and a good introduction to feminism, I'll have to check out The Female of the Species.
    My TTT.

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    1. Thank you! True! I really hope you'll enjoy The Female of the Species if you decide to read it. Like I said, different, but really-really good.

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  2. Wonder is also one of them best MG book I've ever read. I remember being so mind blown by it that I just sat there thinking of what I've read for a while :D

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    1. YES, SAME. It is so well-written and such a powerful read.

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  3. Totally agree with you on most of these, Veronika! THUG is just iconic, Simon vs. is the contemporary we all need, Wonder is just beautiful!! I have yet to read Gentlemen’s Guide, but it’s definitely on my tbr!

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    1. Oooh, I cannot wait to see what you think of The Gentleman's Guide, it had SO MANY cute scenes and A+ characters.

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  4. Want looks really good, I keep seeing good reviews for that one. Moxie looks awesome too.

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    1. You should check them out!! They are kinda underrated, esp Wanted, but SO GOOD.

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  5. My daughter's teacher read Wonder to them in 8th grade and she loved it. I need to pick it up and read it myself soon. Excellent list!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you!! You definitely should give Wonder a chance, it is freaking fantastic!

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  6. The Hate U Give. All of the yeses. Wonder is also one of my favourites and I'm excited to see the movie once it comes out.

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    1. Yess, same about Wonder. It is such a fantastic book, I can't wait for the movie, also the THUG movie.

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  7. I want to read a couple of books you put on your list. One of them is The Hate U Give. I can't wait to pick it up.

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  8. The Female of the Species and The Gentleman’s Guide are on my TBR list. I’ve heard so many good things about them.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Yess, read them soon! They are both really-truly fantastic and the latter is hella entertaining and cute.

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  9. I had Wonder on my list. It just is such a beautiful story of kindness and empathy. Loved it so much. Simon is a great read, and I thought Albertalli did a great job showing that love is love with the way she ran the two parallel romances in the book, and yeah, it made me feel good.

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    1. Yes! I hope the Wonder movie will live up to the book! Same about Simon. I looove these two so damn much.

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  10. I've read about half of the books on this list and loved them all! :D Peter Darling, WANT, Gentleman's Guide, and Simon VS!

    I think I may be one of the last people who hasn't read THUG yet. And I don't even know why! I have a copy sitting right next to me, but at least I know that I WILL get to it. I'm so glad it's being made into a movie, as well! (Same with Simons VS - omg I cannot WAIT FOR THAT MOVIE)

    Did you know that Austin Chant is writing a sequel to Peter Darling? I am so excited for it because I want to know what their life was like after that wonderful ending :D

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    1. Yay, I'm so glad! OOh, you should definitely read THUG soon!! It is so fantastic, and yes! I'm SUPER-EXCITED for both that and the Simon movie.

      I JUST SAW THAT TODAY ON TWITTER, AND I AM HYPED. I really-really want to read a sequel to Peter Darling SO BADLY. I cannot wait.

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  11. I haven't read any of these, but I really want to read Moxie and Gentleman's Guide!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/top-ten-tuesday-133/

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    1. You totally should! They were both fantastic!

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  12. I loved A List of Cages so much. It broke my heart but I am still so glad I read it. Wonder... am I the only person that hasn't read that one? I need to read it fast before the movie comes out! Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda... I have so much love for that book. It is absolutely precious to me.

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    1. Same! It was such a beautiful book with absolutely precious characters. Please, do read Wonder soon! It was fantastic!! I also can't wait for the Simon vs. movie. HOW COOL IS THAT GOING TO BE!?

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  13. The Hate U Give is definitely an exceptional book !

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  14. There are a few books on here had me nodding me head in agreement as they are fantastic books everyone should read. I loved THUG and it's a very relevant read right now. Moxie and Female of the Species were brilliant feminist reads I wanted to give everyone to read. And Simon was a fantastic read I only read this year and I'm questioning why I didn't get to it sooner! Great list, I will have to read the books I've not read on your list since I agree with the ones I have.

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    1. I wish everyone would read THUG, and the same for Moxie and The Female of the Species! They are so very important and could teach MANY PEOPLE a lot of things, I think. I plan to reread Simon soon, because it is SO FANTASTIC, I just love the characters and the writing. (On a side note - The Upside of Unrequited by the author is also fantastic if you haven't read it yet!) Thank you! :)

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