Top 10 Tuesday – Books from Our Favorite Genre

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We’re back for Top Ten Tuesday! After many weeks of absolute craziness for both of us, we’re finally back! This weeks theme is books from our favorite genre. Unlike previous posts, we’ve decided to each pick ten favorites!

Felicia’s Top 10!

My favorite genre is contemporary! While I enjoy fantasy, contemporary will always be my favorite! While I could go on and on about all of my favorite contemporary that I’ve ever read, that list could go on forever so I’m going to stick to just my favorites that I’ve read in the last year or so.

Drift Heat

I absolutely loved this book! It’s definitely topped my list as one of my favorite sexy reads. I’m very glad I decided to read it before reading the ARC of the sequel that I was able to read.

Hot Dog Girl

I was lucky to win an ARC of this from a Goodreads giveaway and I’m so glad I got to read it early. It didn’t disappoint at all. So much good in this story. Friends to lovers trope, a cute friendship, an amazing sounding theme park and so much more!

Tell Me How You Really Feel 

I recently read this one and oh my goodness, this book! First off, the cover. It’s amazing and I’m so glad to see representation for a female/female relationship on the cover of a YA book and that it’s so amazing. That sexual tension on the cover, yeah, it’s all throughout the entire story and it had me never wanting to put it down. What an absolutely amazing hate to love story!

With the Fire on High

I’m not going to lie, I had some doubts about this book. I adored The Poet X so much and was worried this could possibly be a book two slump, but wow was I completely wrong. I was kind of expecting it to be in poem format like The Poet X, but what I got instead was short chapters that still managed to keep me so intrigued. I loved everything about this book from the family dynamic, the subtle romance, the amazing sounding food and so much more!

Only a Breath Apart

A list of my favorite contemporary books wouldn’t be complete without a Katie McGarry book. She is hands down one of my favorite contemporary authors and this book was no exception. So much is said in this book and while it was a tough one to read, it is something that is needed in the world of YA books.

Red, White, and Royal Blue

This book! Oh my goodness, this book. It’s hilarious and amazing and has my new favorite relationship ever! I’m absolutely obsessed with this book and can’t wait to reread it over and over again.

Love Songs & Other Lies

There are so many of my absolute favorite things about contemporary books that are included in this book. Second chance romance, duel perspectives, and musicians! Those things alone sold me on this book and it was absolutely amazing.

The Kiss Quotient

Gender bent Pretty Woman! Need I say more? This is amazing and has some amazing representation, but also a great story with consent!

Dare You to Lie

Suspenseful books that deal with mysteries aren’t my usual genre of book, but I’m so very glad I gave this book a full chance because it ended up being one of my absolute favorites of 2018. Since then I’ve also gotten the chance to read the sequel and it definitely lived up to any expectation I had for it. The books are also set in my home state so I feel like I have a huge connection with them and their small town setting.

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

I had so many feelings while reading this book! My heart ached for Sunny throughout this book. She goes through so much over the course of it. Between a heart transplant and her mom coming back into her life and trying to figure out who she likes. This little girl goes through so much!

Stephanie’s Top 10!

My favorite genre, hands down, is Fantasy! I’m SUCH a fantasy JUNKIE!! Gimme magic, fairies, monsters, or mythology and I’m a happy camper! Here are my top favorite Fantasy novels (in no particular order – don’t make me pick a favorite child!)

A Court of Thorns and Roses

I’ve read the ACOTAR series WAAAY to many times to count! If I’m being honest, my favorite is definitely A Court of Mist and Fury (the second in the series), and you’ll catch me rereading that behemoth at least once every few months! It’s definitely a must-read for fans of the fantasy genre!

Grisha-verse

I really couldn’t choose between all of the novels included in the universe of Grisha. Between Alina and the Darkling, all the way to my dregs in Ketterdam, I can’t get over the epic world that Leigh Bardugo has crafted in this saga of novels! The characters are all interesting and compelling, and the magic is both fundamental, and supplementary. You can’t have her magic without her story, but you can’t have her stories without her magic. A true genius!

Throne of Glass

Yet another high-fantasy series by the great Sara J. Maas. This one is much more of an epic fantasy, though, and I really like the differences she’s created between her two worlds. Once again, though, I love her characters (her fae males cannot be beat) and her storylines are so compelling! All faerie lovers need to read this one as well!

Caraval

Caraval is on this list because of how dazzling it is! I just finished the series, and while Finale didn’t quite reach the precedent set by Legendary, I still was not disappointed by the ending that the series established! I loved all of the magic tricks, and how it all seemed so real…but still so make-believe! Definitely not as dense as some of the others on this list, but no less enjoyable!

Camp Half-Blood (all sagas)

I have been in love with Camp Half-Blood since I was twelve. Percy Jackson was (at least in my mind), my first boyfriend. Oh how I wanted to go and live at Camp Half-blood and train with the children of Olympus! I love how Uncle Rick has kept the magic alive through all of his various series’ and I think he’s doing a great job of keeping them all distinct and interesting, while still weaving those connecting threads through all of his works (he’s a real Arachne, am I right??).

Harry Potter

What would this list be without the fantasy classic of our generation. Someone once asked me what a modern classic looks like, and I immediately pointed them to Harry Potter! It’s excellently crafted, and a timeless story of bravery and friendship. I highly recommend it (but honestly, if you haven’t read Harry Potter, what are you doing?? Close this right now and go pick it up!)

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted is one of those books that sticks with you throughout your life. I have owned three copies of this book over the years, and each replacement has come about because it’s predecessor has literally crumbled to pieces in my hands. This is a story that I grew up reading, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it over the years, but the number has to be several dozen. Char was my first crush. Ella was my best friend. The story is a bit juvenile, but that doesn’t erase it’s special place in my heart!

Shadowhunters (all sagas)

Let me just take a second and curse Cassie Clare for the countless dollars that have fled my wallet over the years because of her books. I can’t not immediately buy one of her books simply because her name is on the cover. She is by far one of my “insta-buy” authors and it is completely because I am in LOVE with her Shadowhunter world. Sexy demon hunters? YES PLEASE! LGBTQ+ representation? COUNT ME IN! Someone please drop me in this world immediately – I need to go find Jace please!

The Diviners

The Diviners is one of those novels that makes you go…”was that really fantasy?” It is a beautifully crafted novel that is set in the 1920s. It’s full of supernatural elements and people who can do insane feats. This one is definitely the darkest of all of these novels, almost broaching into the horror genre at times. Nevertheless, I love this series with all my heart, and if the fourth novel doesn’t come out soon, I will be tracking Libba Bray down!

The Backstagers

This series is such a sweet, innocent fantasy graphic novel! It takes place in the backstage area of a highschool theater. All of the tech students have to venture through the magical areas to find all of their materials and supplies…but watch out! The magic might be a bit more devious than it seems! This series is full of representation for both people of color, an the LGBTQ+ community! I love seeing my passion for theater represented in various different media forms, and this one was definitely not a disappointment!

What is your favorite genre and your favorites in the genre?
Felicia and Stephanie

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday – Books from Our Favorite Genre

  1. I’m thrilled you liked Hot Dog Girl. The friends to lovers trope is my favourite, and I adore the title of that book. Really need to read it sometime.

    My TTT.

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  2. I’m so glad to see that you liked Tell Me How You Really Feel and Hot Dog Girl! Both of them are on my TBR, they look like perfect summer-y f/f romances. And I really want to get to With the Fire on High too – I loved The Poet X and it’s great to hear that this one is just as good.
    Great list!

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