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’s theme was books that make me smile! The past few months have been rough, so it was actually really nice to think back on some of the books that have brought me the most joy.
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1. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter: If you haven’t read this YA rom-com, you need to fix that now. It’s about secret identities, cupcakes, book bloggers, and has #OwnVoices Jewish rep! I’m already counting this as one of my 2020 favorites.
2. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: This YA contemporary about a queer Black girl running for prom is my new favorite book! I absolutely loved every single page and was smiling from the beginning till the very end.
3. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar: Is there anything that makes me happier than two queer girls of color falling for each other? Nope!
4. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee: This rom-com about a fat, bi Korean-American girl competing in a competition to be the next K-pop star was an absolute delight. I was grinning all the way through and am OBSESSED with it!
5. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: If you haven’t read this sweet graphic novel about gender, acceptance, & fashion, you need to fix that ASAP.
6. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim: This middle grade novel about an Asian-American girl dreaming of becoming a stand-up comedian was so precious and made me laugh so many times!
7. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria: This diverse romance was both sweet & steamy, and it made me so happy to see topics like consent & vulnerability discussed!
8. This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow: Honestly, is there anything happier than girl bands creating music and rebuilding friendships?
9. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn: I adored this sweet contemporary romance about connecting with your culture & finding your artistic voice! It was such a fun read and totally made me want to go to Japan.
10. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest: Something about road trips always brings me joy, and I love that there’s also a dog in this one!
What’s a book that makes you smile?