Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I Love But Haven’t Talked About Enough


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a topic and bloggers create a list based on that topic. This week’s theme is books that I loved but haven’t talked about enough.

1. The Colours of Madeleine trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty

This is an Australian YA fantasy trilogy and I absolutely loooove it. I’ve actually talked about this book quite a bit over on Happy Indulgence, where I reviewed all three of the books. But I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how much I love the series, on this blog! The first two books were good but the final book, which came out in February, was AMAZING. This series is like a wonderful mix of contemporary and fantasy elements. It’s magical, colourful, funny and exciting, and I highly recommend it.

2. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

This is a book that I enjoyed so much that I was scared to review it. Which sucks, because you guys probably didn’t know that it’s currently one of my favourite books of the year so far. This is a Romeo and Juliet story about forbidden love. Cluck and Lace come from rival families and fall in love. Their romance was soooo great and is definitely one you can root for! There’s magical realism in this book, which just speaks to my soul.

3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I’ve recommended this one a few people individually but I thought I needed to profess my love for this book in this post. Just One Day is my favourite of all of Gayle Forman’s books. If you were disappointed with I Was Here (don’t worry, I was too) and you didn’t love If I Stay as much as you thought you would, I recommend her Just One Day duology! Both Just One Day and Just One Year are fantastic! The epilogue novella, Just One Night, was also absolutely amazing. If you want a great coming of age story with lots of travel, please check out this duology!

4. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

I’ve given both of Robyn Schneider’s books 5 stars. Severed Heads, Broken Hearts (aka The Beginning of Everything) was amazing, but I enjoyed this one even more. It was bittersweet and fun, with lots of amazing characters. It had the fun, as well as the depth, and I thought it was a really well-balanced story.

5. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything is the epitome of a great contemporary novel. It has intriguing and relatable characters, realistic friendships and romances and it actually explores the issues that it sets out to explore. On top of that, there’s a lot of mention of pizza in this book, which just warms my heart.

6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Last year, I read a whole pile of books about teen suicide, all at the same time. My Heart and Other Black Holes was one of the standouts (along with The Last Time We Say Goodbye, which topped the list). Forget All the Bright Places. Forget I Was Here. My Heart and Other Black Holes is where it’s at! What I think it has that the ever popular All the Bright Places doesn’t, is an accurate representation of depression and suicide. All the Bright Places kind of shocked me into liking it with all of the emotions and feels (when honestly it wasn’t even that great). My Heart and Other Black Holes really sucked me in with the writing and the realism, and it received a 5 star rating from me because it was a great book, and not because it shocked me into loving it.

7. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I don’t think I can explain why I loved Finding Audrey as much as I did. It was just a really adorable and funny book about anxiety that still managed to portray it well. The characters were hilarious and I loved the format of the book. I also liked that it wasn’t a ‘love cures all’ kind of book. It was just wonderful!

8. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I always seem to talk about My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, but I love What I Thought Was True almost just as much. The characters are wonderful and the love interest is a super nice guy. What more could you ask for from a contemporary romance? It also has a lovely summer setting and you will just absolutely fall in love with. As with all of Huntley’s books, the writing is beautiful to read and your eyeballs will sign with happiness!

9. Every Day by David Levithan

This is one of my favourite LGBTQ+ books. There are so many diverse characters in Every Day and I appreciated all the representation that was in this novel. Every Day has a really intriguing premise and I enjoyed every single page of this book. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!

10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This is one that everybody loves, so I probably don’t need to profess my love for it. But I’ve realised that I rarely talk about how much I loved it. It was a wonderfully conceptualised and crafted world that you can’t help but be sucked into. I loved most of the characters and were really intrigued by them. Most of all, I just really want Kell’s coat. I’ve been putting off reading AGOS because I really want to reread the last third of this book to refresh my memory first. But I hear people raving about AGOS left and right, so I might just jump straight into it.

Are any of these books on your favourites list? Which ones have I convinced you to pick up? XD



49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I Love But Haven’t Talked About Enough

  1. Sara @ freadomlibrary says:

    Just One Day is amazing!! It’s the only series I’ve read from Gayle Forman and I loved them. Now I don’t know if I should pick up the rest of her books. I’ve been meaning to read My Heart and Other Black Holes but I feel like I need to be in a specific state of mind for it

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Just One Day was definitely my favourite of all of Gayle Forman’s books. The duology was just so great and the little novella was perfection! I think you’d still like If I Stay but for me, it wasn’t as good as Just One Day. My Heart and Other Black Holes isn’t actually as sad as everyone thinks. It’s a heavy topic but it’s definitely not as emotional and depressing as something like All the Bright Places.

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  2. Lois says:

    I do the exact same thing with Huntley’s books. I always talk about My Life Next Door but What I Thought was True is equally as compelling. The characters are so much fun to read about and the character dynamics are always on point.
    Get in line cause so many of us want Kell’s coat. I feel like they need to release a line of them just so we can all get one. It’s just such a practical piece of clothing haha.

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  3. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    I don’t think I loved The Weight of Feathers as much as you did, Jenna. >.< But still so happy that that one didn't disappoint! And yayyyy!! I recently bought both of the Huntley Fitzpatrick titles you mentioned. I knew you loved My Life Next Door so I jumped on that opportunity. :3 And oh my gosh, cannot want to hear your thoughts on AGoS when that happens!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I think you’re going to love My Life Next Door and probably What I Thought Was True as well. I know how much you like Sarah Dessen, and I can see some similarities. Huntley Fitzpatrick is probably a little bit more fluffy but still explores some serious issues. Hehe I have no idea why I loved The Weight of Feathers so much but it was just an unexplainable feeling of love ❀ HAHA


  4. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    OMG Jenna I just love your “shocked you into liking it” term hahaha was so pleased to stumble upon that here! I loved Saint Anything, Extraordinary Means and Finding Audrey as well. I still have to read My Life Next Door and ADSOM though! What great recommendations, can’t wait to delve into some of those!


  5. Ksenia says:

    Jenna, I’m very familiar with this feeling when you love a book so much that you are scared to review it. I haven’t read Just One Day and Just One Year yet. Actually I loved If I Stay and Where She Went, but I’ve heard this duology is different. Several books from your list are on my tbr-list, and I’ll check out other titles. Thanks for the recs!


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