Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description taken from The Broke and the Bookish)

1. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares- Bridget, Lena, Tibby and Carmen helped me get through my later teen years. They showed me the kind of friendships I wanted and deserved to have. The Sisterhood gave me a taste of what unconditional love from friends could be like. They showed me there are friends who will choose to love you and stay with you no matter what. That was HUGE for me at the time. I adore this series to death for giving me that insight. (Sisterhood Everlasting and Three Willows do not exist in my mind. If you want to talk about those books, you better bring cookies, a bottle of wine and three tissue boxes.)

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- Aside from being funny, cute and more than a little swoon-worthy, Anna makes the top ten for giving me true love. No, not The Princess Bride, going through a fire swap battling R.O.U.S.s type of true love. I mean the real, messed up, inconvenient, drama-making, no-one-knows-how-to-do-it-right, wonderful, sweet, all-worth-it-in-the-end love. Anna makes gives hope that some day, somehow, some way, I'll find that "can't eat, can't sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, world series kind of stuff."

3. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller- I adore Doller's writing. It's lovely and poetic while staying true to life. Something Like Normal is the best novel featuring soldiers I've ever read. Travis' pain and PTSD are devastating, but not used as melodrama. The book shows him faltering and screwing up, but still finding ways to anchor himself and to keep going. I love all the people willing to stand by Travis while he figures himself out. Such a good book. Man, I want to re-read it.

4. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- Another contemp. near and dear to my heart. Amy & Roger was the first (and the best) roadtrip novel I read. I had never known traveling by book could be so alluring. One day I'll retrace Amy and Roger's trip and have one heck of an adventure! While Amy & Roger is dramatic, fun and crazy in the best way, Amy's inability to drive influenced me the most. I read the book back when I was terrified of learning to drive. Amy helped me get through it and begin learning at my own pace. (Fun fact: I wrote my first ever fan letter, to Morgan Matson over Facebook, explaining how Amy helped me.)

5. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales- Oh man. If I had had this book to read in middle school. I would have felt so much less alone. Elise's battle with depression, insecurity and suicidal thoughts so closely echoed my middle and high school years, I sobbed reading the book. Of course I loved This Song because of how closely I connected to it. Still, I firmly believe books can save and I hope this one can help those who feel lost and alone, like I did.

6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan- I stand by my decision to include a "literary" book on this list, even though I mostly read YA fiction. The Joy Luck Club is a fabulous look at Asian culture, storytelling and assimilation into American society from multiple perspectives. The stories are all interesting and force me to think about my own history, traditions, even my morals. It's definitely worth the read for anyone who enjoys learning about other cultures and how they translate in American society.

7. Searching for David's Heart Cherie Bennett- This book broke my heart so many times. My sister had a copy. I would steal it practically ever week, just to have it close and be able to re-read it. Darcy was the first character I ever encountered with a name even remotely close to mine. (This was before I knew a Lord Darcy existed.) I felt a we-both-have-strange-names bond with Darcy immediately. When she listens to David's heart for the first time, in it's new home, after all she went through to find it, I wasn't able to contain my tears. It was my first experience of dealing with the grief and regret that came from unexpectedly losing a loved one and finding your way back from it. (We also pretend the terrible ABC Family movie doesn't exist. Like ever.)

8. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins- Shhh. Don't tell anyone Stephanie Perkins is on the list twice. I had a profound moment while reading Lola. I was effected to the point where I put the book down and yelled "YES" through my tears. Lola made the decision not to get involved with a person she really liked, and who liked her back, because she wanted to earn his respect and wait until she was emotionally ready. That is a MAJOR revelation and departure from most of the other teen books and TV I read and watch. I wish more people would realize they need to be ready emotionally for a new relationship, and make sure their new partner respects them. Forever love to Lola and Stephanie Perkins for pointing this out.

9. Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally- Another fantastic example of earning respect in a relationship! Savannah chose to break off a secret relationship because she knew she deserved better than that. Again, I wish more people would look for the love and relationship they deserve instead of settling for something less! This was such an important message to send and I'm glad Kenneally, who has a large audience of fans, was able to do so. Way to go for personal empowerment!

10. Tie between My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Okay, it's two bestselling "cancer books." I didn't put them on here because of their popularity. The biggest reason these books are important is because they send the message "you do not have to give yourself over to a disease" whether it's yours or someone else's. Even though these books can be sad, there are still lovely and happy moments. Life still goes on and still has meaning outside of any disease whether it's cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, whatever you may be suffering from. You DO NOT have to give all of yourself to it.

Happy Reading,

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