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Top Ten Tuesday: When You’re in the Mood for Light and Fun

Hiya!

Welcome back to BookTasty!

Every week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday event. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on books that are light and fun reads.

Light and fun reads are super important and necessary to any reader’s repertoire, just like the deep and serious books are. You can’t have too much of one type or else you get bored. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a deeper more complex story, and other times all you need is a break! So, what books do I recommend if you’re in the mood for something of the not-so-serious and complex type? Well, let’s take a look at some fun and entertaining reads!

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterGallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

These do get darker as the series progresses, but even in this Carter manages to keep the mood light.

Poison by Bridget ZinnPoison by Bridget Zinn

Poison is such a fun fantasy read. It’s a great new addition to my list!

Smile by Raina TelegmierSmile by Raina Telegemier

This graphic novel is so fun and sweet you can’t help but…smile!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

A fluffy mermaid fantasy full of corny puns and sweet romance.

The Luxe by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

Elaborate gowns and tantalizing gossip make for a simply entertaining read.

Hush Hush by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

A fun not so serious supernatural romance.

39cluesThe 39 Clues series by various authors

It’s like National Treasure in book form. SO FUN!

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland by Shannon Hale (not YA)

Jane Austen. Romance. Darcy. Need I say more?!

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg CabotThe Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot (not YA)

A murder mystery series in chick lit form. Heather Wells is a hilarious Bridget Jones-like character who makes you love her and laugh at the same time.

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA BelmondA Rather series by C.A. Belmond (not YA)

This is just such a breezy chick-lit mystery series set in many gorgeous and luxurious locales across the world.

All of these are titles I love and recommend to you. They’re light and fun reads that are good mix-ins between more weighty reads. Do you have any suggestions for books on the airy and delightful side?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ohhh La-La My Favorite Romances

Hiya!

Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  This week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, the theme is Top Ten Favorite Romances.

So, let’s talk romantic books (not romance novels…because that’s just not my thing)! I absolutely love romance in books, in fact any book I am going to LOVE has to have a bit of romance. It’s just a fact of my reading life! ROMANCE! GIVE ME ROMANCE!

I will not be listing my obvious choices, such as Pride & Prejudice, North & South, Northanger Abbey or Bridget Jones’ Diary because those romances all go without saying!

So, let’s start with some of my favorite Young Adult romances.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah DessenWhat Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Okay, so let’s move on to some non-YA romances that I love! (Note these are NOT YA and some are not recommended (by me at least) for teens).

Redeeming Love by Francine RiversRedeeming Love by Francine Rivers

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA BelmondA Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond

Austenland by Shannon HaleAustenland and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Imaginary Men at Anjali BanerjeeImaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg CabotSize 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

So there you have it! All of the books listed below are great romances and sometimes you just need a great romance in your life!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Top Ten TuesdayHola!

Every Tuesday I participate in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme to create our own bookish lists.

I’m not a huge fan of this week’s official theme, so I’m going to do the one from last week (which I skipped because I did an August New Release list), which is Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours.  So these are all characters who’s shoes I’d love to temporarily (or permanently) fill.

Catherine Morland1. Cathrine Morland

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Other than Elizabeth Bennett, Catherine Morland is my favorite of Austen’s heroines.  She is just so loveable and naive and is full of book lust! I think that I could manage pretty well in Catherine’s slippers as she dances with Henry Tilney,  goes on long country walks with Elinor and explores Bath for the first time.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter2. Cammie Morgan

The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this (many) times, but I want to be a student at the Gallagher Girl Academy for Exceptional Young Women!  I want to learn how to be a spy in a huge, old mansion. I’ll just overlook the whole secret organization who may or may not wish me harm thing.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale3. Charlotte Kinder

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

I just want to vacation at Austenland.  I also like the idea of some mystery and intrigue thrown in with my Regency romance. So, yes I could do very, very well for myself at Austenland!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson4. Ginny

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Ginny gets to travel all over Europe on a special quest.  Yes please! I wish someone would give me money and send me off to explore Europe!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins5. Anna

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Boarding school in Paris?! Why not! I laughed that Anna was, at first, angry about being sent to live in Paris for a year, because I thought…well heck! I’ll gladly take your place Anna! Can I still attend a French boarding school at 29?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare6. Tessa Gray

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Okay, so I’ll admit Tessa’s life isn’t all romance, puppy dogs and laughter.  She loves two boys, doesn’t know who she really is, and has these robotic/clockwork creatures chasing her, but I’d still switch spots with Tessa for a day.  I’d love to explore Victorian London, with a certain Welsh shadowhunter!

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA Belmond7. Penny Nichols

A Rather series by C.A. Belmond

If I was Penny Nichols (yes that’s her name) I could gallivant all over Europe in an antique sports car or yacht.  I would also have a job that allowed me to find historic antiques and solve mysteries.

Carmen 8. Carmen

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Anne Brashares

I just want to be a part of this group of friends and Carmen is my favorite of them all.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier9. Jena

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

I know she gets mixed up with the dangerous fairy world, but Jena is just a fun character and I wouldn’t mind living in a fairy tale like setting for a day or so…but only for a day!

Rumors by Anna Godbersen10. Diana Holland

The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

Gilded Era Manhattan? Wealthy young socialites in gorgeous gowns?  I can play dress up for a day!

Which fictional characters would you be willing to switch places with?