Top Ten Tuesday #17: Great Books I Haven’t Mentioned Lately

This week’s topic was a little tricky. I haven’t been blogging that long, and my read list on Goodreads isn’t that long. I feel like I talk about my favorite books A LOT here. I tried to dig deep and come up with 10 books I haven’t mentioned in a while or at least ones that aren’t getting a lot of coverage across the blogosphere. So without further ado…

10 great books that need a little love

Young Adult Fiction

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
This is a heartwarming story about a boy with mild autism who’s trying to fit in. His father makes him get a job over the summer, and he finally makes friends. My sister told me about it, and I loved it.
Irises by Francisco X. Stork
Same author as above, another recommendation from my sister. This is a book about sisters – one of my auto-read topics – who are left to care for their mother when their father dies. Their mother has been in a persistent vegetative state for many years. It’s intense, but so good.
The Testing (series) by Joelle Charbonneau
I’ve been kind of in a dystopian slump lately – I’ve had Glass Sword for 3 weeks, and I just can’t get into it. One of the last dystopian series I binged on was The Testing. I read it at the end of 2014, and I devoured the books in a matter of weeks. They’re really good. Worth reading for sure.
The Naturals (series) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 
I love this series! Five teens with super power like abilities help the FBI solve cold cases, and yet they somehow always also get pulled into a high stakes active case. Barnes’ writing is almost unfairly good because she’s a psychology professor who studies the affect stories have on people. I don’t even care that she’s manipulating me as a reader; her books are like crack. Each book in this series has been better than the last. I cannot wait for the conclusion in book 4.
Adult Fiction
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I talk a lot about how much I love Big Little Lies, but I actually read and loved What Alice Forgot first. Moriarty’s writing draws me right in. Her characters are well developed, and her plots are riveting. This book is no exception. The story really makes you think.
The Rosie Project (series) by Graeme Simsion
I haven’t heard much buzz about this book lately even though it’s being developed into a movie. Don Tillman cracks me up! I listened to this book, and the antics of his meticulous nature and his approach to finding a wife is so enjoyable to read. I was very disappointed with the sequel, but it didn’t taint my views of the first book. If you can listen to it on audio, do. It’s delightful.
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
I really loved this book. Brett’s mother’s will states that she must complete a list of her childhood goals. I enjoyed going on this journey with Brett and watching her grow and rediscover the things that brought her joy.
This book centers around another one of my auto-read topics, a child in distress. But what makes this book so amazing is how it’s written – from the perspective of Max’s imaginary friend, Budo. It reminded me of the movie Drop Dead Fred which I loved growing up. This book deals with some heavy stuff, but the writing blew me away. And it’s a short read.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
This book changed my life and inspired me to start my YA book club. I love when books make me examine my own life and make changes. I read this book at the right time, April 2014 – I felt like I’d lost myself in motherhood. This book helped me find my way back to being Kate.
Yell Less, Love More by Sheila McCraith
I’ve been following Sheila’s Orange Rhino blog for several years. I am a mommy with a temper, and I yell way more than I’d like. I’ve gotten better since reading this book. I’ve come to realize that yelling is something I need to control vs. something that my son deserves because of his behavior. This book is a practical 30 day guide to yelling less, becoming more self aware, and loving your children more. 
What are some of your lesser known favorites? What books don’t you talk about enough?

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  1. They're not lesser known, but I find myself always forgetting how much I love books by David Sedaris. Soooo darn funny. I just never think to request them. And I love Liane Moriarty, too šŸ™‚

    1. I've seen reviews for The Memory of Light around, but I didn't even connect that it's by Francisco Stork. It's on my list, but I may need to bump up the priority. Thanks for the reminder. šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. I saw What Alice Forgot on your list. So good. Yes, The Rosie Project is one I know you mention. I read it pre-blog, and other than mentioned I liked it better than the sequel, I'm not sure I ever discussed it. Yes, the Happiness Project is worth a read. Really makes you think.

    1. Yes, The Naturals is even better than The Fixer I think. Check out that series. So amazing!

      The Happiness Project is a great non-fiction that makes you think and examine your own life. I like how it's sort of memoirish. Gretchen Rubin writes very conversationally, which I love.

      The Rosie Project is so cute. I love when clueless guys fall in love. It's the perfect case of opposites attract. Very fun listen.

  2. I recently bought The Naturals because I read and loved The Fixer and I keep hearing that people love the first series even more than The Fixer so I'm really excited to give it a try! Glad to hear you loved it too!

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