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Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Character Driven Books-10/7/14

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish are asking for our favorite character-driven books. These are books were the characters come alive for readers. They grow and develop and they are the ones driving the plot forward rather than heart-racing action. For me, these books are the ones I savor and the ones that tend to stick with me long after I have closed the book.

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This one is a slow burner of book. It may take a while to get into it, but the patient reader is in for a treat.

jellicoe road

2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. One of my all-time favorites. I just love Ed and The Doorman.

i am the messenger

3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I could gush about this one all day long.

i'll give you the sun

4. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. It’s really difficult to pick from A.S. Kings books. They are all character-driven and they are all beautiful and amazing.

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5. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I love this book about an unlikely friendship.

universe verses

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. See all those awards on the cover? This book deserves every one! Ari and Dante are fantastic.

aristotle and dante

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is one of the best unreliable characters I have read in ages.

we were liars

8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This one features a colorful cast of characters and readers will be rooting for Josie from the start.

out of the easy

9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I really enjoyed this debut novel. Theo is such a complex character. She has a lot going on!

pointe

10. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I haven’t mentioned this old favorite in a while!

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It was hard to limit myself to just ten!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Will Make You Cry 2/4/14

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It’s Tuesday, which means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that will make you cry. True confession time: I apparently have a heart of stone because I really struggled with this one and in the end accepted that I am not a crier and stopped trying to come up with ten titles. Another possible theory is that I *am* a big crier and therefore intentionally stay away from books that will make me cry. I like that theory. Let’s go with that.

1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This book full of raw grief, heartache, hope, humor, romance, and healing. Me=big, blubbering mess.

skyiseverywhere

2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I don’t remember being so moved by If I Stay, but Adam’s story brought on the waterworks for me.

where she went

3. Winger Andrew Smith. I felt all the feelings! AND now I have get to feel them all over again since it has been revealed that there will be a sequel!!!

winger

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I sat in my car in my own driveway bawling…

book thief

5. I am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. If I remember correctly, these were tears of joy. That happens sometimes.

messenger

6. The Eightly-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. This one caught me off-guard. It shouldn’t have surprised me when Snowman met his end (after living a long, long time) but the story of his passing was so touching. Yeah, I cried.

eighty dollar

7. Champion by Marie Lu. Happy tears.

champion

8. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. The only books I run away from faster than cancer books is Holocaust books. I broke my own rule and I paid. Go figure, 3 of my teen tear-inducers are Holocaust books.

code name verity rose under fire

9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This book was surprisingly beautiful.

jellicoe road

10. Pretty much anything A.S. King writes. Sometimes tears of joy, sometimes tears of heartbreak, always tears of triumph. She writes such poignant stories.

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Ok, in retrospect, I guess I am actually a big cry baby. Fine. Pass the tissues, please.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan