Top Ten Tuesday – Not My Typical Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we give our top ten choices on different topics, hosted by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH. This week’s topic is top ten books you’ve read the past year that aren’t your typical genre. This Tuesday I had a bit of trouble coming up with books. I have a tendency to stay inside my comfort zone. Generally when I read books that aren’t my usual it’s because it was recommended to me by someone in my life. Here are my top ten books that aren’t my usual genre.

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  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – This was recommended to me by several people in my life and though it took me a while to finally pick it up and read it, I’m glad I did. While it’s not my usual fiction, it was really interesting and eye opening. I’ve recommended it to many others now that I’ve read it.
  2. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho- I got this book as a gift. It’s another book that sat on my shelf staring at me until I finally picked it up. The Alchemist was a really good, quick read. The story was very good and I’m glad I finally gave it a chance.
  3. Outlander by Diana Gaboldon- Antonia’s mother recommended and let me borrow this book. It’s definitely not a book I would have ever picked up on my own. I still need to finish the rest of the series.
  4. Carrie by Stephen King- Carrie was another gift from someone. I’d never read anything by him before this book, but I might read more of his stuff after reading Carrie.
  5. Wideacre by Phillipa Gregory- I read this trilogy on the recommendation and lending of a coworker. They were definitely not my usual romance that I was anticipating when I started reading, but they were super good reads.
  6. The Year We Disappeared by Cylin and John Busby- My grandmother lent me this book. It’s a true story that takes place in my hometown. It was really interesting to learn about something that happened in my area.
  7. Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick- I bought this book from Barnes&Noble. I was standing in the young adult section looking around for something new to read when I overheard someone talking to a friend about John Green books. I quickly interjected and told them to buy all of them and read them as fast as possible. They in tern told me to buy this book.
  8. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- This is a book that Antonia read and then made me read. It isn’t one I would have picked on my own. The description was a little too young adult for me.
  9. Eon by Alison Gooman- This was another recommendation from Antonia. She read it and then made me read it. It was an awesome book and I’m glad she pushed me to read it.
  10. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- Antonia made me read this series too. We pass a lot of books back and forth. It took me over a year to actually start the book, but it was worth it. I now own all four and have read them all more than once.

These are my top ten, what are yours?

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Favorites From the Last Three Years

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week has a different prompt for you to make a top ten list about. This week is Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to).
I expected this topic to be really difficult for me. When I saw it I immediately texted Amanda freaking out. But she didn’t panic with me; she simply pointed out that I reread alot of books. With this reassurance in mind, I sat down with my book lists from previous years, positive I could find ten favorites even if I had to use only rereads. Then a funny thing happened: I didn’t need any. Within ten minutes, I had ten books/series’ for my list with no need to use all the old favorites I’ve had for years. Which is how I’ve come to the conclusion that almost every book I read instantly becomes a new favorite. I’m still trying to decide if this has any downsides…
So here are my top ten all-time favorites from the last three years (in no particular order):

1. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead- I love Sydney. I adore Adrian. This is a series I could read over and over again.

2. The Witness by Nora Roberts- My favorite Nora Roberts book. It has everything I love about her writing.

3. Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima- These are the types of books I wasn’t expecting to like but as soon as I started I couldn’t put them down. I even had to take emergency trips to the library to get the rest of the books. It’s one of the most well-written YA series I’ve ever read.

4. Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- This is another one I got because I was bored but didn’t have much hope for it. It was an instant favorite for Amanda and I.

5. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson- Everything about these books is amazing. They’re quick, fun, emotional reads that I would recommend to everyone.

6. Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- I was waiting a couple years for this book to come out and it didn’t disappoint. Lackey and Mallory can do no wrong together.

7. Looking For Alaska by John Green- Amanda spent years trying to get me to read this book but I kept putting her off. When I finally read it, I was instantly in love.

8. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George- I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Everything about it was perfect.

9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith- I’d expected this book to just be a silly YA romance but it wasn’t even close. Smith took a childish idea, like love at first sight, and made it sweet and reasonable. I loved it so much I immediately went to the library to get her other books (i.e. #10).

10. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- I found this book emotional, funny, and romantic. I’ll definitely be looking for more of Smith’s books.

Do you share any of these favorites? Let me know some of yours in the comments. Thanks for reading.
-Antonia

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Summary:
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Review:
Antonia and I recently went to the library and took out a ton of books. This was one of hers but she thought I would like it, so I gave it a try. She was right. I did enjoy reading this book. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (TSPOLAFS) was a cute, romantic, quick read. I think I liked this book mostly because the main character Hadley was so relatable. She’s on her way to her dad’s wedding, to a woman she’s never met before. Her parents divorce pretty recently. I am a child of divorced parents myself, and when I was younger it was something I had a really hard time with, similar to how Hadley is feeling in the book. I think relatable characters are one of the most important things to have in a book. I liked TSPOLAFS because I grew attached to Hadley, because she was going through something I’ve had to go through in my life too. So I understood what she was feeling. Hadley was a very positive character, aside from the moaning and groaning about her dad. She tried to find the silver lining wherever she was and I liked that a lot. She was also very spontaneous which added some entertainment to the story.
The part I enjoyed the most about this book was following Hadley in her slow acceptance and forgiveness toward her dad. She has many harsh feelings about him when the book starts and is pretty much forced to go to his wedding. Hadley makes the best out of it and ends up meeting a boy in the process. I really like reading about Hadley and her dad closer to the end of the book. She finally lets him in and she leans on him in her time of need. This was something I really liked because her dad tries throughout the whole book to better his relationship with his daughter. He never stops trying. So he’s there when Hadley finally crumbles from everything going on around her. She lets her dad into her life and tries to make the effort he’s been making all along. I really didn’t like Hadley’s dad at first. Mostly because of the divorce being his fault. He definitely proved himself to his daughter in these pages.
Now, the boy I mentioned, Oliver. He meets Hadley in the airport right after she’s missed her flight by four minutes. Oliver is mysterious and funny and charming. Everything a cute British boy should be. The two talk about so much on the seven hour flight together. At first the relationship seems innocent, but as the book goes on it becomes intense very quickly. I really liked reading about these two together.
This book was a good, quick, entertaining read that I would suggest to any young adult reader. The characters were fun and relatable. The story line was interesting enough. Overall I liked this story, so you give it a try too.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.