The time it was Top Ten Tuesday {10}

Posted March 22, 2016 by Stacee in Top Ten Tuesday / 18 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


Today’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough.  I had a few titles come to mind right away and then as I was looking for the cover photos in my library, I changed half of the list.  And then changed it again…

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1. Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule –This is a book that I firmly believe more people need to read.  I don’t even know how to sell it.  Just do me a favor and take a look at it.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

2. The Born Wicked trilogy by Jessica Spotswood — Jessica’s trilogy was the first witch-y YA series I read and it set the bar really high.  This series is filled with the sweetest of boys, the smartest of MCs, and one character I still want to bitch slap.

3. Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson — Caddie is afraid to touch people and of course there’s a boy who makes her want to try.  Added bonus: it all revolves around Hamlet.

4. Far From You by Tess Sharpe — Part murder/mystery, part relationship story, all around awesome.

5. The Rules for Disappearing  by Ashley Elston — I’ve loved this book and the sequel, The Rules for Breaking, from the very first page. The MC is in Witness Protection and as she tries to figure out what her father is hiding, she gets in deeper than she bargained for.

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6. Mayhem by Jamie Shaw — I read NA mostly as a palate cleanser.  This series is a lot of fun, but this first book is my favorite.  Bad boy lead singer + good girl student he doesn’t realize he’s kissed before + French class = Stacee in a puddle.

7. Damage Done by Amanda Panitch –This is mindfuckery at it’s finest.  A topic that is not for everyone, but handled so masterfully.  I really need more people to read this just so I can flail about it.

8. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi — I loved the alternating past and present chapters.  Not many stories pull it off as well as this one did.  Also, you guys know how picky I am about contemps…this is one of my favorites.

9. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli — If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t read or heard of Simon, do yourself a favor and get a pack of Oreos and snuggle in with your new favorite book.

10. Velvet by Temple West — I feel like a lot of people might have overlooked this book because of the vampire angle.  Let me assure you, these are not the vampires you’re expecting in YA. And it has my trifecta weakness: swoons a plenty, a shitload of snark, and it’s one of the few books that have made me cackle out loud.


Honorable mention to The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes and The Program by Suzanne Young.  I could have easily named a lot a few more.

What is one of your favorite books that you haven’t talked about enough?



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18 Responses to “The time it was Top Ten Tuesday {10}”

  1. Ali

    OOO Born Wicked is such a great book. The others I haven’t heard of, might have to add a few of these to my never ending TBR! Happy Reading!

    • Stacee

      Have you read the others in the series or just Born Wicked? I hope you found some other great reads.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Stacee


      I’m so happy you read and loved Far From You!! I feel like that book just doesn’t get the love and attention it deserves. I hope you enjoy Damage Done.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Denita

    I know exactly what you mean about Velvet, it was so good and I love the twist that Temple put on the vampire story.

    • Stacee

      Yes!! I can’t wait to see what the next book brings and I want it now!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I adored Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda, and I am not a Contemporary YA lover, so double thumbs up. The book I don’t talk about enough is The Glittering World by Robert Levy. Mostly because it is Adult Fiction, and also there are a lot of psychological elements used. It is uber-weird. It has Native American fae in it. It isn’t the typical fare of my blog followers. :)

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    • Stacee

      I’m not normally a contemp lover either, but I do have my favorite/auto-buy authors. I still read them, even though I’m usually a bit disappointed in them.

      I haven’t heard of The Glittering World. I don’t read a lot of adult books any more, but I’m intrigued after what you said. I may have to look into it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Stacee

      YAY!! I hope you love Velvet!! Strange Sweet Song and Don’t Touch are both amazing for different reasons and I also love both of the covers.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. OH OH *raises hand* I HAVE READ DAMAGE DONE!! I only read it just recently actually and afdjkalds I loved it and it was SO SO SCREWED UP. *shrieks* Like I had a feeling what the plot twist was going to be? But I had noooo idea it’d go that far and I just, gah, it was terrifying and wonderful. XD I love mind-twisty books like that. ;D There is…probably something wrong with me. ahem.
    And Simon Vs is SO CUTE. So stinkin’ adorable. <3

    • Stacee

      YES TO ALL OF THIS. I had a theory the entire time, but it was wrong and I was just blown away at how it all happened. I really need to read it again soon. There is nothing wrong with you, I love that genre of twisty, unreliable narrator books too!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!

  5. Tammy V.

    Since Drew by Nathan and Not If I See You First by Lindstrom. Loved these two first reads for me by these two authors.

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