Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all the books on our to-read lists. I actually don’t have a lot of timely books this season.

  1. Winger by Andrew Smith (I want to reread this for the sequel) Winger (Winger, #1)
  2. Stand-Off by Andrew SmithStand-Off (Winger, #2)
  3. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God
  5. More Happy than Not by Adam SilveraMore Happy Than Not
  6. The Diviners by Libba Bray diviners
  7. Wicked by Gregory MaguireWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
  8. Hello, I Love You by Katie StoutHello, I Love You
  9. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang Falling into Place
  10. Red Queen by Victoria AveyardRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Top Ten Characters I didn’t Click with

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic focuses on the characters we don’t click with.

  1. Earl (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) — I know Earl’s supposed to have that whole not-likable-but-lovable vibe going on, but I don’t see it. I get that’s he’s actually a sweet guy deep down, but I feel like he’s too much of a jerk on the surface for me to like him. But all the characters in this book are like that. Not likable, but lovable.
  2. Amir (Kite Runner) — Okay, let’s face it. Nobody likes Amir. He’s cowardly and disgustingly selfish, and I didn’t think his redemption at the end of the book completely made up for all the stuff he did to Hassan.
  3. Katniss (Hunger Games) — I didn’t like how by Mockingjay she couldn’t hold herself together, and she focused too much on Gale-Peeta-Gale-Peeta instead of the actual revolution.
  4. Bernard Marx (Brave New World) — Bernard could not make up his mind about whether he wanted to fight the system or feed into it, and I was super frustrated throughout the entire book because I couldn’t tell what his master plan was.
  5. Mim Malone (Mosquitoland) — I don’t have a completely concrete reason for disliking Mim,
  6. Travis Coates (Noggin) — I absolutely hated Travis because I felt like he focused on trivial things instead of being like, oh, hey, maybe I should figure out this whole thing with my new body and revived brain.
  7. Naomi (Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List) — Oh my gosh, Naomi is so annoying. She and Ely fought over the stupidest things, and she’s too overly possessive and concerned with herself. I cannot stand Naomi. It was a good book, but Naomi was awful and petty.
  8. Max (The Alex Crow) — I don’t know. I didn’t hate Max, but I just felt like we weren’t the best of friends while I read it. He was just mildly annoying to me.
  9. Anthony Patch (The Beautiful and the Damned) — Anthony was disloyal to his wife Gloria, too concerned with alcohol, and too lazy to get a job. Yet he was completely rich and got everything he wanted and was upset when things didn’t work out.
  10. Sloane (Since You’ve Been Gone) — I have a love/ hate relationship with characters like this. I adore the idea of Sloane, her mystery, her style, her wistfulness. But I hate her carelessness and callous nature and disregard for others’ feelings.


Top Ten Books that would be on My Syllabus if I Taught Importance of YA 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “celebrating” back to school with books on a 101 syllabus. My class of choice is Importance of YA, meaning that these are the books that should show my students that hey, maybe young adult literature has some credibility and even some major life themes.

  1. Feed by M.T. Anderson feed
  2. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger catcher in the rye
  3. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak iammessenger
  4. Any Andrew Smith book andrew smith books
  5. Any John Green book 
  6. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous goaskalice
  7. We were Liars by E. Lockhart we were liars
  8. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher ThirteenReasonsWhy
  9. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanga 
  10. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys between shades of gray