TOP TEN TUESDAY – Books That Make Me Smile (7.14.2020)

Hey book lovers!

Yay it’s Tuesday again! Which is exciting for only one reason: Top Ten Tuesday! If you aren’t familiar with TTT, it is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she posts a new theme and book lovers can craft a blog post around that.

This weeks theme is Books That Make You Smile and when I first saw this topic on the list of upcoming topics I could have sworn it said “For any reason!” after in brackets and I really decided to take that part and run with it and compile a list of books that make me smile for reasons ranging from sentimental to completely absurd. Because that’s how I roll.

I’m not entirely confident that I will be able to come up with 10 books for this, but I’m just going to start and we’ll see where we end up.

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A Court of…Mist and Fury and Wings and Ruin and Frost AND Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Why these books make me smile: The Court of Thorns and Roses series, MINUS A Court of Thorns and Roses (because I just really, really hate Tamlin) make me smile so much, purely because I love all of the other characters in this series, and I spent the majority of my time reading these books grinning like an absolute idiot because of those characters and their relationships. So, the latter 3 books of this series belong on this list of books that make me smile.

Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Description: In Embrace Your WeirdNew York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions.

Why this book makes me smile: This book – other than just being awesome – makes me smile for two big reasons: 1) because anything that encourages people to embrace the weird parts of themselves is a win in my book (hehe, book,) and 2) because my fiance just randomly bought this for me one day out of the blue without me ever even having heard of it and that just makes me smile and gives me happy butterflies every time I think about it.

Birthday by Meredith Russo

Synopsis: Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years…

ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other’s side―as Morgan’s mom died, as he moved across town, as I joined the football team, as my parents started fighting. But sometimes I worry that Morgan and I won’t be best friends forever. That there’ll be a day, a minute, a second, where it all falls apart and there’s no turning back the clock.

MORGANI know that every birthday should feel like a new beginning, but I’m trapped in this mixed-up body, in this wrong life, in Nowheresville, Tennessee, on repeat. With a dad who cares about his football team more than me, a mom I miss more than anything, and a best friend who can never know my biggest secret. Maybe one day I’ll be ready to become the person I am inside. To become her. To tell the world. To tell Eric. But when?

Six years of birthdays reveal Eric and Morgan’s destiny as they come together, drift apart, fall in love, and discover who they’re meant to be―and if they’re meant to be together.

Why this book makes me smile: This one makes me smile because, my daughter who is not a reader finished this book recently and that is reason enough to make me smile until my face hurts. But just to add to that, allow me to also draw your attention to this tweet I posted while she was reading it: (potential, kind-of-sort-of, maybe spoilers for this book, but probably not specific enough to be actual spoilers)

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis: Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Why this book make me smile: The Starless Sea contains numerous things I love and the way the story is crafted and how it unfolds makes me smile so much when I think about it. It’s so beautiful in so many ways. It also made me cry a lot. Which also makes me smile because I love books that make me feel intensely.

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

Synopsis: Anthem Fleet, talented ballerina and heir to the Fleet fortune, has always been closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. Lured by the handsome and dangerous Gavin, Anthem is drawn into the dark and exhilarating world on the wrong side of town. But when the couple runs into trouble, Gavin goes missing and Anthem winds up dead . . . only to awaken in an underground lab with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. Now she can run faster, jump higher, fight better. But the only thing that matters to her is getting Gavin back. And when she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, she is determined to use her newfound powers for the ultimate revenge.

Set in the ruined fictional landscape of Bedlam, a Gotham-like city, this tale of heartbreak and revenge is both gripping and cinematic.

Why this book makes me smile: Because this:

I warned you we were gonna start getting completely absurd in here.

(Jokes aside for a second, I do think I remember this book being pretty decent, if I’m not mistaken I actually really liked it. But this is a post about books that made me smile for ANY REASON and that is the reason it made me smile. I’m very mature and fart jokes will never not be funny to me.)

I think that’s only 7 books, so I will finish off this list with the 3 books I’m currently jumping back and forth between just because reading in general makes me smile so why not just mention what I’m reading now? So right now my reading focus is split between: All the Star and Teeth (by Adalyn Grace,) These Broken Stars (by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner,) and Wild Beauty (by Anna-Maie McLemore.) Why 3 books at once? I don’t know. I never claimed to make good choices. I think my brain had some misguided idea that I would read more books in less time this way, which has not been the case but whatcha gonna do?

Ok, well there you have it. 10 books that make me smile for a very all-encompassing list of reasons. I hope this blog post also maybe made you smile, possibly even laugh.

Leave me a comment, let me know what you thought or if you have a book that makes you smile so much, you just have to share. Maybe I’ll read it and it will make me smile too!


    • It’s really cool, I highly recommend it. I haven’t finished it yet but I love all of what I’ve read so far! I’ll go check out your TTT now, thanks for your comment!

    • It’s a pretty cool book with lots of great stuff in it from what I’ve read so far. And thank you, it made me very happy, sometimes it’s just the little things, right?

    • It’s really awesome. Let me know what you think if you end up picking it up. Can’t wait to read your TTT!

  1. Embrace Your Weird sounds like a fun one!! Love the story of how you ended up with it, too! 😍

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