Top Ten Tuesday | Books that deserve more love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.

This week I’m sharing books that deserve more love! One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is helping to get books in the hands of the right readers, and I especially love promoting underrated books that deserve more attention.

My Top ten

 

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1. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard: This YA romance with disability rep and anxiety rep is so sweet and it’s one of the first-love books that I think best shows consent. Totally deserves more hype!

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2. Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance edited by Bethany C. Morrow: I adore this diverse anthology about resistance, featuring some of my favorite authors! Anthologies don’t get enough love, and this is one everyone should read.

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3. The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh: A YA contemporary that deals with sexual health? This book should be read by all teens! I love that it’s about fighting back against abstinence-only school regimes and taking your health into your own hands.

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4. Things Jolie Needs to do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey: Kerry is one of my favorite authors, and all of her books deserve lots of love! This YA contemporary is such a perfect story of loving yourself and figuring out what you want.

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5. The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves: This book deals with toxic masculinity and finding different kinds of love within and outside of yourself. It deserves more attention and I always recommend it to teens at my library!

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6. Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna: Another anthology that truly deserves more hype! I love that this YA anthology is full of different authors across genres writing about interracial love.

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7. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery: Okay, I absolutely love that the main character is a black girl who plays football on a boys’ team! There’s so much to love in this YA contemporary about family, identity, and self-discovery and it should definitely have more readers.

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8. Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes: I’m obsessed with this fake-dating YA rom com with #OwnVoices Cuban-American rep, and you should be too!

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9. Like Water by Rebecca Podos: I absolutely adore this beautiful yet heartbreaking YA summer romance featuring a Latina main character who works as a mermaid performer. Plus it’s queer, sex-positive, and deals with chronic illness!

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10. Quiver by Julia Watts: This YA novel about a nonbinary teen and a teen from a deeply religious family forging an unlikely friendship definitely deserves more attention. Julia Watts does a great job of approaching two very different communities with respect & care!

 

What books do you think deserve more love?

Happy reading! (1)

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books that deserve more love

  1. A Quiet Kind of Thunder is next up on my TBR for me and I heard it had good disability and anxiety rep so I was already excited, but knowing that you loved it makes me even more excited!!
    I haven’t heard of any of the other books on your list, but they all sound amazing and I definitely need to check them out!
    Your blog is so beautiful btw, I adore the way you formatted this post!
    Happy Reading! ❤

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  2. I was so excited for Color Outside the Lines last year but was a little sad when most of the stories were so–depressing. As someone who’s been in an interracial relationship, and has a brother, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law in interracial relationships, I had been hoping for more uplifting stories. But I suppose that it’s a good start that people are talking about them.

    I haven’t read the rest of these but I love the recommendations!

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