Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words in YA Titles

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This week’s topic was an interesting one. Has anyone else noticed that the titles of many YA books are very short these days? I can think of quite a few of them that are only a few words long, and others others that are only a single word!

Other than short titles, references to stars is one of the biggest trends I’ve noticed in this genre over the last several years. I don’t know why this imagery has become so popular, but it sure does grab my attention.

Since I haven’t read all of these books yet, I’ll share their titles and authors this week without commenting on any of them. (The ones I haven’t read are on my TBR, though!)

1. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

3. Shooting Star by Grier

4. Enchantress from the Stars  by Sylvia Engdahl

5. Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

6. Lost Stars   by Claudia Gray

7. See You on a Starry Night  by Lisa Schroeder

8. These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)  by Amie Kaufman

9. And All the Stars  by Andrea K. Höst

10. The Star Fisher  by Laurence Yep

Have you noticed this trend, too? What other books can you think of that have the word star in them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Children’s Books That Adults Should Read

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Most picture books were honestly only ever intended to be enjoyed by small children, but every so often I come across one that seems like it was meant for adult readers just as much as it was meant for the little ones.

One of my favorite things to do when I need a pick-me-up is to read stories like this. There’s something beautiful about sharing profound truths about life in language that even a toddler can understand.

I hope you love these books as much as I do. Click on their titles to read my reviews of them if you want to know more.

1. Pup and Bear by Kate Banks.

This was the best explanation of why some little ones are raised by non-biological parents that I’ve ever read.

2. Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon and Richard Simon.

After I finished writing the review for this one, I read it again. The storytelling in it was so well done that I didn’t want it to end.

3. The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O’Leary.

If you’ve ever had a dream that felt so real you wondered if it really happened after you woke up, this is the perfect thing to read.

4. The Day My Fart Followed Me Home by Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence.

Yes, I’ll admit that this was pure silliness. Sometimes even adults have to remember to pause and not take life so seriously, though!

5. Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke.

I read a lot of fairy tales growing up, but I’d never heard of one written from the goblin’s perspective before. The messages about inclusiveness and not judging others based on what they looked like were handled beautifully.

6. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.

My local library had a big display of children’s Halloween books last autumn. I picked this up a few weeks before Halloween and immediately fell in love with the idea of bats going to the library to read late at night. It may just be something I reread in six months when Halloween season arrives again.

7. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

This is the perfect introduction to Neil Gaiman’s work regardless of whether you’re eight or eighty.

8. Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant and K.G. Campbell.

I shuddered when I read this one. Seeing the main character run around in the forest and have adventures was pure magic. It made me feel like I was a kid again.

9. Book or Bell by Chris Barton.

Anyone who remembers the frustration of arbitrary rules when they were in school might appreciate this tale about a boy who decided to break one of them.

10. Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae.

Nobody is ever too old to be afraid of something. I loved this book’s empathetic approach to fear and anxiety.

What is your favorite children’s book?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books on My Spring TBR

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I don’t know about you, but this past winter felt like it dragged on for a decade. I am so thrilled that today is the first day of spring! We’re getting very close to the time of the year when I can go to the park and read for an afternoon without getting frostbitten or sunburned. I always enjoy such mild weather after months of needing to bundle up every time I step outdoors.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.

I added this to my TBR last year when I first heard it was on the way. It was the first romance novel about an asexual character that I’d ever heard of, and I’m still so curious to find out what it will be like.  I really need to read it one of these days.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.

A Top Ten Tuesday blogger on another site mentioned this title a few weeks ago. Retellings of classic fairy tales are right up my alley, especially when they involve villains like Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

3. Olivia Twist by Lori Langdon.

Confession: I was a nerdy kid who read the classics for the sheer joy of it. I loved Oliver Twist as a teenager, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that tale will be different if we assume that Oliver was the name a young girl took on in order to better survive her rough childhood.

4. Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLeMore.

Speaking of yet another new twist on a classic tale, this retelling of Swan Lake sounds amazing. Honestly, I love reading about sibling relationships in general. Mixing these two things together makes it very hard for me not to want to know what happens next.

(I promise you that this entire list won’t be comprised of retellings of famous stories!)

5. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

Based on how much I loved The Hate U Give last year, I can’t wait to see what Ms. Thomas written now.

6. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma.

The pun in the title was what first drew me to this one since I’ve never actually seen more than a few minutes of that old MTV show My So-Called Life. All of the references to Bollywood dance numbers only made me more curious about it.

7. Social Intercourse by Greg Howard.

I was a huge fan of all of the versions of “The Parent Trap” growing up. As soon as the blurb for this one mentioned that film, I knew this was something I’d want to read.

8. The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding.

The part of the blurb that appealed to me the most was the reference to the main character developing a crush on another girl and then having to compete with her for the internship that both of them desperately want.

I can’t remember the last time I read a book about someone having romantic feelings for a person that they’re also competing with. What a unique spin to this genre!

9. Rafferty Lincoln Loves… by Emily Williams. 

I don’t mind standing next to horses or touching them, but the idea of riding one frightens me a little bit.

The thought of finding a missing racehorse is confusing and intriguing. I wouldn’t have the first idea what to do with it, but I am interested in seeing how these characters react to their odd discovery.

 

10. A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney.

By now you honestly shouldn’t be all that surprised to see one final retelling on this list.  What can I say? I adore them. The original Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite childhood books, so it will be interesting to see how making Alice older, faster, and stronger changes the plot.

What young adult books are you looking forward to reading this spring?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite YA Book Quotes

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There’s nothing like finding a quote in a young adult book that makes you smile or think. Today I’ll be sharing some of my favourite quotes from this genre that don’t already seem to be well known. I decided to narrow it down like that to make this week’s post a little more challenging than it might have otherwise been.

If not for this stipulation, I would have turned this post into nothing but Harry Potter quotes. Maybe someday Top Ten Tuesday will revisit this topic and I can do exactly that. Haha!


“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: you’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“Each of the dancers took a partner, the living with the dead, each to each. Bod reached out his hand and found himself touching fingers with, and gazing into the grey eyes of, the lady in the cobweb dress. She smiled at him.
“Hello, Bod,” she said.
“Hello,” he said, as he danced with her. “I don’t know your name.”
“Names aren’t really important,” she said.
“I love your horse. He’s so big! I never knew horses could be that big.”
“He is gentle enough to bear the mightiest of you away on his broad back, and strong enough for the smallest of you as well.”
“Can I ride him?” asked Bod.
“One day,” she told him, and her cobweb skirts shimmered. “One day. Everybody does.”
“Promise?”
“I promise.”

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

“I avoided my eyes while brushing my teeth, then climbed into bed with a copy of The Blind Assassin, because if you’re not with the book you want, you might as well want the book you’re with.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

 

“She read all sorts of things: travels, and sermons, and old magazines. Nothing was so dull that she couldn’t get through with it. Anything really interesting absorbed her so that she never knew what was going on about her. The little girls to whose houses she went visiting had found this out, and always hid away their story-books when she was expected to tea. If they didn’t do this, she was sure to pick one up and plunge in, and then it was no use to call her, or tug at her dress, for she neither saw nor heard anything more, till it was time to go home.”

What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge

“I remember exactly how it felt to see that first message from him in my inbox. It was a little bit surreal. He wanted to know about me. For the next few days at school after that, it felt like I was a character in a movie. I could almost imagine a close-up of my face, projected wide-screen. It’s strange, because in reality, I’m not the leading guy. Maybe I’m the best friend.”

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

“Basketball Rule #5
When
you stop
playing
your game
you’ve already
lost.”

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

“Falling in love is about hormones and pheromones and powerful emotions that overwhelm our better judgement. Staying in love requires time and effort and knowledge and trust that has to be earned over the course of lifetimes. Falling in love is the illusion. Staying in love is the real miracle.”

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.

“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get–and never would get.”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“I never knew how much we consumed. It seems as if we are all appetite, as if a human being is simply a bundle of needs to drain the world. It’s no wonder there are wars, no wonder the earth and water and air are polluted. It’s no wonder the economy collapsed, if Eva and I use so much merely to stay alive.”

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books I Could Re-Read Forever

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Raise your hand if you love rereading young adult books! It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m having a bad week or want some comfort reading.

This week’s list is a nice mishmash of genres and eras. I tried to pick stories that have already become classics as well as a few that I predict will be thought of as classics in the near future.

1. Harry Potter and and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

Honestly, the entire Harry Potter series is an automatic re-read for me. Harry’s secret and forbidden visits to Hogsmeade make this story even more fun to revisit now that I know how it’s all going to turn out.

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

I have a confession to make. Every time I read If I Stay, I cry. Knowing how it ends doesn’t make Mia’s decision to either go to the afterlife or struggle to stay alive any less emotional.

3. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

Speaking of afterlives, I really liked how this tale approached the idea of what happens to people after death. The thought of slowly aging backwards until you become a newborn again makes me smile every time I revisit Liz’s experiences after she died.

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry.

I have a strong opinion about how the final scene of this tale should be interpreted. Every time I read it again, I become even more convinced that my theory about what happened to Jonas is the right one.

This is one of the biggest reasons why I tell everyone to read the book instead of watching the movie based on it that was released a few years ago. The beautiful thing about the original version is that it allows readers to come up with their own interpretation of how it really ended.

5. Tyrell by Coe Booth.

This is one of those stories that gets even better every time you reread it because of how subtly the characters change at first. It was only on the second or third read that I picked up on some of these little moments of personal growth. I can’t wait to read the sequel and find out what happened to Tyrell next.

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The first time I read The Little Prince, I honestly didn’t understand much of what it was saying at all. I’ve come to realize that it’s something that speaks to adults even more than it does to children. One of the nice things about re-reading this book is getting the chance to understand its message in a slightly different way every time.

7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

Francie, the main character, reminds me so much of myself when I was a kid even though we grew up in very different places and times. Reading about her almost feels like taking a peek at my own bookish childhood.

8. Ash by Malinda Lo.

What’s not to love about a modern-day retelling of Cinderella? The author’s references to other fairy tales in the plot also make me smile every time I come across them.

9. Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin.

One of the hardest thing anyone can do is decide how to react when they fall in love with someone their family would never accept. Is it better to be disowned or to lose out on the love of your life?

I love the questions this book asks about this topic just as much as I do the answers it attempts to provide.

10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

Every few years I reread Anne’s diary and imagine what she could have done with her life if she hadn’t been murdered.

I think that some of the strongest arguments against all forms of prejudice come from the voices of the people who were permanently silenced in the Holocaust and other acts of hate. Anne had  a beautiful soul. Her time on this Earth ended far too soon.

What young adult books do you like to reread?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: My YA Reading Goals for 2018

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I don’t know about you, but when I find a book I really love one of the first thought that comes to mind after I finish it is, “where can I find more stories like this one?” Sometimes the author who wrote it will have something similar in their back catalogue.

At other times, though, I have to do a lot of digging to find anything remotely similar to it. This could be one of the reasons why I like to reread old favourites so much.

Due to all of these preferences, my reading goals for 2018 are all pretty similar to each other. I want to reread a few favorite stories, and I’m also still hoping to find similar books to some of the new ones I read and loved last year.

1. The first book I’m hoping to reread in 2018 is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I just started watching Anne with an E on Netflix. It’s excellent so far, but it is definitely much darker than the previous adaptations of these books. The more this TV show digs into Anne’s truly terrible experiences early in her life, the stronger my desire becomes to reread this series.

2. After I finish the Anne books, I’m hoping to start with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again and work my way all though until the end of Harry Potter and the Death Hollows. I wasn’t a big fan of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last year, but I’m hoping that might change if the whole series is fresh in my mind when I give it another shot.

3. After reading Skipping the Scales by Pete Tarsi a little over a year ago, I’ve been on the lookout for more stories about mermaids who have the option of walking on land sometimes.

4. I know I’ve talked about this before in previous Top Ten Tuesday posts, but I loved The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. While I’m waiting for her to release another book, I’d really like to read something similar to this.

Secret Path by Gord Downie was a graphic novel I read last autumn about a twelve-year-old boy who died after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. It was based on a heartbreaking true story from the 1960s. While it definitely wasn’t an easy read, I was surprised by how harsh the conditions were at the residential schools. It would be interesting to read more Young Adult fiction that’s based on the lives of real kids from that era.

6. I meant to read The Doll’s Eye by Marina Cohen last year, and I’m hoping to get to it this year. It’s about a young girl who was deeply frustrated with her siblings. One night she wished that they were more like the antique dolls she’d found in the attic. Based on the description of the plot and all of the positive things people have said about this author in general, I think it’s something I should read sooner rather than later.

7. Reading more middle grade novels is also one of my goals for this year. I recently read and loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, a fairy tale about a baby who was left in the forest and raised by the witch who lived there.

8. Confession: the last time I read children’s poetry was when a relative gave me a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I’m hoping to read more modern poetry in this genre this year.

9. Based on how much I enjoyed Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers, reading more young adult graphic novels is definitely on my list as well. The subject matter of them doesn’t have to be as serious as the tale of a teenager who is awaiting trial for allegedly robbing and murdering someone. I’m open to trying many different types of stories in graphic novel form.

10. Finally, I’d like to check out more suggestions from other people this year. If you have any recommendations for me, please speak up in the comments!
What are your reading goals for 2018?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten YA Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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While I had lots of reading time in 2017, there were still far too many books I would have liked to  read but never actually got around to checking out. I honestly don’t know much about any of them beyond what their blurbs tell me other than the one about Wonder Woman, but all of the other blurbs sure were attention-grabbing. Click on the links below to read them for yourself.

One of my goals for 2018 is to finally start checking titles off of this list. If you’ve already read any of them, I’d love to hear what you thought about them!

1. Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley.

2. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia.

3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.

4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.

5. A List of Cages by Robin Roe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Dreamfall by Amy Plum.

7. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy.

8. Release by Patrick Ness.

9. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh.

10. Want by Cindy Pon.

What did you run out of time to read in 2017? Whatever it was, I hope you’ll be able to read it in 2018!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Young Adult Books of 2017

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I didn’t realize how many young adult, middle grade, and childrens’ books I read in 2017 until I typed up this post. Wow, there were a lot!

Five of the books on this week’s list were stories I reviewed for Long and Short Reviews YA over the past year. Click on their titles below to learn more about why I loved them each one of them so much. The other half were tales I read for the sheer fun of it, so I’ll go into a little more detail about why I enjoyed them in today’s post.

1.  Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.

Not only were the illustrations utterly gorgeous, I loved the idea of the library being such an appealing place to visit that a whole family of bats would sneak in to visit it after hours.

2. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

I know I’ve talked about this book in at least one previous TTT post, but it was a wonderful read. It had so many worthwhile but also difficult things to say about racism, justice, and how some parts of society respond when young black kids are killed.  I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know since I finished reading it.

3. High Summons by Eli Celata.

I was mesmerized by the idea of someone spending the first eighteen years of their life with no idea that they had magical powers. This was the first of many surprises for Jon.

4. “The Hired Girl” by Laura Amy Schlitz.

Confession: Joan was one of those characters that’s honestly hard to love at times. She had very strong opinions about how life was supposed to work, and she didn’t always share them in diplomatic ways.

There was still something appealing about her, though, especially when she decided to take charge of her life after she realized her family wasn’t going to be at all supportive of her dream to attend high school.

5. Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink by Marcel Szenessy.

This is something I wish had been around when I was a kid. The message in it was as funny as it was important.

 

6. “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness.

I should warn you in advance that I cried my way through the second half of this book. The plot was about a young boy whose mother has been diagnosed with a disease that was now killing her. After meeting a monster, he decided to do anything the beast said if it would spare his mother’s life.

7. Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure by Hagit R. Oron and Or Oron.

Everything about this picture book was fun. It’s also something I wouldn’t mind reading aloud over and over again, and that’s always a bonus for this genre.

8. “Allegedly” by Tiffany D. Jackson.

The premise of this story was very loosely based on a real murder case about a baby who died after being left alone with an older child. The plot began when Mary was a teenager living in a group home many years after the baby’s death. After discovering she was pregnant, she only has a few months to prove she didn’t murder that baby when she was alone with it. If she can’t prove her innocence, her own baby will be taken away from her as soon as it is born.

This was one of the most suspenseful things I’ve read in a long time. While I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the ending, I loved reading it and coming up with my own theories about how it would end.

9. A Colorless Blue by M.W. Muse.

To be honest, this was another tear-jerker. No sooner did I figure out how I thought it was going to end, though, than the narrator completely surprised me.

10. “The Nest” by Kenneth Oppel.

This was the best middle grade story I read in 2017. The main character had a sick baby brother, and he made a strange deal with a talking wasp who promised to heal the baby.

The plot only became odder after that point. I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers, but I did enjoy seeing how that promise played out and what happened when the boy agreed to a deal that he didn’t understand.

What were your favorite young adult books of 2017?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Settings I’d Like to Visit

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Have you ever read a book so wonderful that you’d love to disappear into it for a while?  This week I’ve compiled a list of ten books with settings the beg to be explored.

1. Whoville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss-Doesn’t spending Christmas in Whoville sound like fun?

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2. Middle Earth from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien-There are so many intriguing places to see in Middle Earth!  The Shire, Rivendell, Rohan, and Minas Tirith are just a few of the places I’d love to see.

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3. The Beast’s Castle and Beauty’s family cottage in Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley-The Beast’s Castle sounds so magical.  I’d love to spend time wandering around the halls.  I’ve always wanted to see the roses climbing the walls of the cottage Beauty and her family live in.  I’ve pictured it in my mind many times.

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4. O’Ceea from The Magician’s Workshop series by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr-I think I’d enjoy sailing around the islands of O’Ceea watching the magician’s create projections.

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5. Laura’s house from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder-I’m sure that real life was not as picturesque as it sounds in the book.  However, I still think it would be fun to visit.

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6. Narnia from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis-Another enchanting land that needs to be explored!

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7. Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling-I’d like to visit this magical world, especially during the first book when everything is so new and full of wonder.

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8. Damar from The Blue Sword by Robing McKinley-This is another book with so many beautiful places to explore!  I like to imagine traveling in the desert with the nomads.

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9. Narnia from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis-I feel okay putting Narnia on this list twice because each time the Pevensies visit,Narnia, it isn’t quite the same as before.  Also, this book focuses on the lands they haven’t explored before.

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10. Talaria from Eagle En Garde by Olga Godim-I especially want to visit Neazdal, the city where the elves live.  I desperately want to see the rainbow colored houses.

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How about you?  Would you want to explore any of these places?  What places do you wish you could visit?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter Young Adult TBR

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This autumn, I’ve been reading many stories that were written for preschoolers, elementary students, and middle schoolers. I’m beginning feeling the urge to read more young adult fiction, so this week’s topic is the perfect place to start making my TBR list for the next several months.

Winter is also my least favorite season, but I’m going to have lots of things to look forward to this winter because of all of the fascinating books that are coming out early next year.

I’ve arranged this week’s list chronologically. It surprised me to see the publication dates so nicely spread out. I’ll have something new to read regularly from January until the end of March, and that is sure to take my mind off of all of the cold, snowy weather we normally have where I live.

1. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed.

Expected publication: January 16.

I’m fascinated by filmmakers and the filmmaking process in general. It’s not a hobby or a profession that I’ve ever thought about pursuing, but I am looking forward to finding out why Maya loves it so much and how her interests shape who she becomes.

2. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.

Expected publication: January 23.

Falling in love is such a complicated topic. What if your feelings are unrequited? How do you know when to cross the line between friendship and romance?

After reading the blurb, I already know who I hope Alice will end up with. I can’t wait to see who she picks.

3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

Expected Publication date: January 30.

The only thing better than a fairy tale, in my opinion, is a fairy tale set in the present day. This one looks deliciously scary, too.

4. American Panda by Gloria Chao.

Expected publication: February 6.

I started college a year early as well. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I hope the same can be said for Mei. There are so many advantages to allowing smart, motivated teenagers to make these kinds of decisions if they’re interested in challenging themselves.

5. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.

Expected publication: February 6.

I’m fascinated by the idea of a teenage girl growing up with the knowledge that she only has one genetic parent. The apocalypse reference was eye-catching as well, but I was hooked for good as soon as I read that Elena was the product of a so-called “virgin birth.”

Parthenogenesis happens to certain types of scorpions, fish, reptiles, and even occasionally birds. It’s going to be intriguing to see how that process affects a human girl.

6. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

Expected publication: February 13.

As someone who dislikes wearing dresses and tries to avoid them as much as possible, I was a little perplexed by Prince Sebastian’s urge to wear them. Figuring out what he enjoys about them is going to be a real treat.

7. #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid.

Expected Publication: February 13.

As I mentioned in my last Top Ten Tuesday post, I love unique titles. I can’t wait to find out why this character is called #Prettyboy. The fact that he works for the CIA only makes me more interested in discovering why someone wants to hurt him and what will happen to him next as well.

8. All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell.

Expected publication: February 27.

I’ve never read an anthology I didn’t like, and this one sounds particularly good.

9. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough.

Expected publication: March 6.

There weren’t a lot of female painters in the 1600s. Artemisia picked a tough road by insisting on becoming one, and I can’t wait to see how that affected her life after something terrible happened to her.

10. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles.

Expected publication date: March 20.

Prejudice sneaks into people’s decisions in many different ways, and sometimes its effects are deadly. It will be interesting to see how this book compares to Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give.

Okay, so technically this book doesn’t come out until the first day of spring. I’m counting it anyways because March is still a cold, snowy month where I live. We normally don’t get to see much proper spring weather until well into April!

What are you looking forward to reading this winter?