AHHH I LOVE Top Ten Tuesday! I just discovered it last week, but it’s pretty amazing and I love the prompts and the community. Plus, all of my bookish blogger friends participate in it, so I think I should, too. Because peer pressure and all. But of the good sort.
This week’s prompt is: last ten books that came into my possession.
I don’t buy a lot of books. BUT I WANT ALL THE BOOKS.
(You see, it’s all part of my goal to reach bookish domination. Unfortunately, I am broke. This is what being a high school student, living with your parents, and not having a job does to you.)
But apparently I own a lot of books.
This is what having a kindly aunt does to you. I kind of blew my book-buying budget for the summer (my parents gave me $30 for ebooks and that plus one physical book was supposed to be it), because I got WAY TOO MANY BOOKS but, Mother, when you read this: I found shelf space for ALL of them in my room. And no, the books on display are not on display because they don’t have shelf space. They are on display because I want to have my books on display. I WANT TO LIVE IN A MINIATURE LIBRARY. (*hint coughmybirthdaygiftinlikesixmonthshuhcough hint*)
1) ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
GASP I used the same picture last week, what shame what shame. *clucks tongue mournfully* I just finished reading this yesterday, actually, and it’s quite good. Not as sad as I was expecting it to be, though, even though sad things happen. Sad things happen very often in YA contemporary. In fact, sad things happen so often, I no longer cry at them. It’s saddening.
2) A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens
Courtesy of my mother. I wasn’t supposed to buy a book, but you can’t send both of us into a book shop and expect us to come out with nothing, can you?!
3) ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sàenz
This was adorable and courtesy of my aunt. The parents were nice and sweet and supportive, and I LOVED Ari and Dante to bits, but I think the family situations were a bit too idyllic, minus Ari’s brother’s problems. I don’t know. My parents are divorced and so are a lot of my classmates’, but who knows? I have a great mother, but one thing I do hate is how having happily married parents suddenly makes books a whole lot better to some reviewers. I’m ranting a bit now. I should probably write a full review.
4) DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
(Book courtesy of my aunt.) I actually liked this one more than I thought I would. Basically love is an infection to be avoided at all costs and Girl, SURPRISE SURPRISE, goes and falls in love. GASP.
5) THRONE OF GLASS and CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas
I’m going to cheat a little here and list both together because they’re by the same author, but I really didn’t acquire them at the same time or by the same means. I bought Throne of Glass right before The Beginning of Everything (see below), but, well… who cares? ALL THE BOOKS. ToG I bought for myself, and CoM was a gift from my lovely aunt.
6) PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
I got this and Second Chance Summer as ebook road-trip-reading. I’ve heard a LOT of great things about Kasie West and her books, and while the storyline was cutesy and nice, it just wasn’t my *favorite* book in the world. I liked the sci-fi mixed with contemporary, although I’ve been noticing I dislike books which largely take place in a school environment?
7) SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson
I ADORED Since You’ve Been Gone and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, but Second Chance Summer just didn’t work for me. Matson’s other two books really concentrated on the problems surrounding the MC’s life and the romance was just a side plot, but for this, the fluff REALLY took over the book.
8) BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas
A lot of people didn’t like this one because it went all sci-fi, but I LOVED it. It was a bit slow and Ollie and Moritz did tend to get a bit long-winded, but it was a really sweet book and honestly for me the sci-fi and contemporary mix worked, no matter how odd it was. I like odd things. Why else would I like White Collar or Doctor Who? *coughflyingblueboxandsunkennazitreasurecough*
9) THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider
Well, not my favorite book in the world. I bought this one for school as an ebook because it was on sale for $2 and apparently my school has wild ideas about what summer reading for AP students should be. (Don’t worry, my literary career is safe. I’m reading Shakespeare for fun and we had 300+ pages of essays and 200+ pages of grammar and essay writing guides, too.)
10) EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone
I got this for review and MY oh MY was it fabulous. It’s about a girl with OCD who struggles through everyday life because of it and basically how she copes with it. GO READ IT.