Our Top Ten Tuesday this week covers ten 2013 titles that you've probably heard of, but haven't read.
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature by the awesome ladies at the Broke & the Bookish! -J
Ten 2013 books that you've probably heard of & really need to read:
We pick out ten of those titles here, and explain why you need to read them ASAP. Now, in no particular order...
10. That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard (Point)
It's a contemporary book about a girl named Lexi who joins the circus. How awesome is that? How many of us haven't dreamed of, (or in my case, threatened to run away to) the circus when we were little?
Read this because: Lexi is snarky and quirky, and Howard leads the reader on a heartwarming, coming-of-age story as Lexi grows up and finds herself. Howard also handles serious issues - e.g. Lexi's father dying - with sensitivity and intelligence.
9. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise (Balzer + Bray)
Also, Sise's book features a lot of racial and sexual orientation diversity, including a same-sex adult couple, and I just really, really appreciated this as a reader.
Read this for: awesome tech humor, an intelligent commentary on our dependence in technology in society, smart characters and the type of diversity that everyone has been asking to see more of in YA.
8. Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong, M.A. Marr (Little, Brown BFYR)
Read this: if you want engaging MG-aged characters, facing off Big Bads in a journey that's amazingly compelling. Read this also if you a fun way of learning some background of Norse mythology.
7. Gated by Amy Christine Parker (Random House BFYR)
So I'll just say:
Read this book: because you'll go on a harrowing psychological journey with a sympathetic, smart heroine trying to navigate the murky waters of life in a cult.
There's a lot of contemporary fiction out there, but this is contemporary fiction that will literally change your world view.
6. Being Henry David by Cal Amistead (Albert Whitman Teen)
Read this: for an engaging story on someone finding themselves literally and figuratively, and for an awesome merging of Henry David Thoreau's works with the main character.
5. Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey (Simon Pulse)
Read this for: a fantastic steam punk mystery, an intriguing heroine and a fantastical historical setting. Seriously. If you haven't read steampunk fiction before, this is the perfect introduction.
4. Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe (Flux)
But after I actually started reading, I realized that this was a book that went far beyond your typical summer contemporary fluff. Scheibe incorporates a lot of serious issues in Riptide, and does so effortlessly.
Read this if you want a book: that really shows the difficulties involved with going against family expectations, a smart (and conflicted) romance, and the struggle to define yourself in a toxic environment, when you have a talent that can help you rise above it.
3. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher (Gallery Books)
Read this book if you want a story that is: engaging, mysteriously, hauntingly beautiful and also relates to certain real-world issues.
Also, Chelsea Pitcher is adorable, so you should totally follow her on twitter.
2. Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed (Disney Hyperion)
Read this book: for a thoughtful critique on the difficulties of conforming to class expectations, and what it is to think progressively but have people not necessarily understand.
Read this also if you want a thoughtful story of how families are often the people in your life who value you, and not necessarily your blood relatives.
1. The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford (Scholastic Press)
Read this if: you want a book that genuinely captures what it's like to be a star-crossed couple, with every obstacle stacked against them.
Read this also if you also want a book that beautifully depicts what it's like to be a study abroad student in one of the most challenging periods in history for the USSR.
Also, I go into all the reasons why you should read this book: here!
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