It’s Top Ten Tuesday! My first, actually. Woo-hoo!
So, the Top Ten this week is ten random books I pick from my personal bedroom library. I’ll review them a bit.
TOP TEN RANDOM BOOKS
1. Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell
I love this book. The series, “Dork Diaries”, is really sweet and cute, full of clichés and great characters. In this particular diary of Nikki (the main character) the Sweetheart Dance is coming up, and she’s debating whether or not to ask her crush and friend, Brandon. Then she starts getting really weird and mean texts from him suggesting that he’s hanging out with Nikki’s enemy, MacKenzie, who also like Brandon. I suggest that anyone who likes funny, easy reads read this.
2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
This book is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. It has this main character, Milo, who is completely bored with everything until a mysterious tollbooth transports him to a land where everything is literal. He befriends a watchdog named Tock and goes on a journey to recue two princesses, Rhyme and Reason. It’s full of hilarious characters, like the Humbug and Dr. Dischord. It is a fantasy book for fantasy lovers, especially those of Alice in Wonderland.
3. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
Umbrella Summer is a story of friendship, heartbreak, and healing. When Annie’s brother dies of a freak hockey accident, she changes her way of life so it is danger-free. She obsesses over medical books and safe activities, like turtle tracks. Then she meets a new neighbor who teaches Annie “to close her umbrella of sadness and step back into the sunshine.” Full of twists and turns, Umbrella Summer is a bittersweet story with a lesson laced through it.
4. Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
I can’t say how wonderful this book is. I know I’ve been singing each book’s praises, but this book definitely gets my own award: the Teach You Something in a Book While Not Sounding Scholarly Award. It’s set in a segregated town, except the main character, Glory, doesn’t realize it. It’s normal for her. So when a stranger, and new friend, sets foot in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, drinking from the wrong water fountain and whose mama is working to help African-American people, Glory and the town doesn’t know what to make of it. Join Glory, her sister, and Frankie on a journey to finding themselves and how to rescue their town.
5. My Summer of Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
Yes, it is the sequel to My Life in Oink and Green, and honestly, I liked the first book more. It had a better plot. This one’s about Lucy being a third wheel–to her sister and best friend, and their boyfriends. On top of that, the green spa she’s trying to make happen is being run not by her, but by the new coordinator that pushes her away. It’s an okay book, but if you don’t want to read it, you don’t have to.
6. The Fairy-tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
7. The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell
This book is a coming-of-age story about two different friends, Kate and Marylin that just now realize their differences. They each branch off into two groups, cheerleaders and outcasts, but manage to stay in touch despite a rocky past and present. I recommend it to anyone that likes realistic fiction and friendship stories.
8. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
9. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
10. The Postcard by Tony Abbott
It’s a mystery in a mystery that two kids have to solve–and they barely know each other. Set in sweltering hot summer Florida, Jason and Dia set out to unearth family secrets while seeing shadowy figures…want to read it yet? It’s better than you think.