December 25, 2012

Top Ten Books That Make Me Happy (3)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a Freebie, so I've chosen to list the ten books I've read over the years that make me HAPPY. These are the books I read when I'm blue, the ones with the swooniest boys and the loveliest plots. They are the books that sit on my shelf with batter bindings, knowing they'll get re-read soon enough. I love these books with all my heart, whether I read them for the first time ten years or ten days ago. They're my pick-me-up books and I hope to never have a collection of books without them in it.

1-4. The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
These books. GOD. THESE BOOKS. They know what's up. I've read all of them so many times it's kind of insane. Alanna is pretty much my personal hero, no matter what stupid things she does along the way. Furthermore, I'm not sure when, but at a certain point the covers were changed. I think I mourned for like a week when I found out. I love the old covers. I'm terrified of the books I have now falling apart (which they inevitably will as they have before). I mean, what if they don't make the old covers anymore and I can't find them on eBay!?! It won't be a pretty sight, I can promise you that.

5. Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
I don't know what it is about this book, but I absolutely adore it. I constantly recommend it. It's actually not in my possession right this second since I lent my copy to a friend. Megan's just so tough and those boys are just so... I don't even know. Just so. Everyone in this book is just so and it makes me so incredibly happy every time I read it.

6. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Keeping the Moon is, in my humble opinion, possibly the most underrated Dessen book out there. I love it so very much. It makes me sad and happy all at the same time. And of course there are the patented Dessen *squee* moments. How does Sarah Dessen do it? HOW?

7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
This is the very first Dessen book I ever read. My friend Danna handed it to me and said "READ THIS." I did and it was the happiest day ever. That year for Chanuka we even bought each other the same present and "swapped" - a tote bag that says "Hate Spinnerbait" on it. Most people have no idea what it means but every so often someone knows. Once, a girl - a complete stranger - stopped me and asked me if that's what it was referring to. I just about died.

8. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
And so continues to the Sarah Dessen lovefest. But can you really blame me? Picking a favorite Dessen book would be like picking a favorite child, but this one's really up there. I love the music, I love the plot, and I love just about everything else. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure Owen's my favorite Dessen guy. I mean, OBVIOUSLY I love Dexter and Norman and every other Dessen guy who's not Roger, but OWEN. Just. UGH. Owen. Love him.

9. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
This is the most recent book published on my list by far. Like, by many years. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe actually only came out this past April. But I read it over the summer and I was a giant ball of glee over it. Honestly, from the cover to the very last word, I loved it all. Especially Chloe and Duncan. And Grams. And all of their relationships. So it really does belong on this list, no matter how recent the publication is.

10. Old Magic by Marianne Curley
UGH. UGH. UGH. You guys. This book. This book is proof that I don't list things in any particular order when I compose said lists. Old Magic is one of my all-time favorites. For the longest time, no matter where I went, I would bring it with me just in case I needed a little joy in my life. It's contemporary and magical and just wonderful. Y'know what? I haven't read this one in a while and I think I just convinced myself to re-read ASAP.

 **BONUS: The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot**
I couldn't put this one the list without cheating big time so instead I'm adding it on as a bonus. When I first heard about these I wasn't into it. I really wasn't interested in paranormal or a girl obsessing over a ghost. But the same friend who got me into Dessen (Danna, you get TWO mentions this post) also lent me this series and so I read. And I was not disappointed.

So this is my list. What's on yours? Sound off in the comments below! 

Nota Bene: In linking the titles of these books to where you can buy them, I found that many of these books have new covers. It makes me feel old and a little sad, since I love the old covers so much. But it also makes me so excited because these books are all still around and important enough to warrant new covers. So hurray, favorite happy books! May you all live on forever and ever.


  1. Love, love, LOVE This Lullaby, and Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was SO cute! :) Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday list: Top Ten Catchiest Book Titles:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. See, I knew we were friends for a reason. The fact that Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series tops this list already cements this friendship of ours. And the Sarah Dessen books - a major bonus!

    1. Tamora Pierce will always be at the top of every list I will ever have. Unless you limit me by year. In which case, I might just have to cheat. But eiter way, instafriends with all Tamora Pierce (or Sarah Dessen) lovers--forever and always ^_^


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