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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Top Ten Tuesday (10)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of their bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.
The topic this week is: Top Ten Books You'd Hand To Someone Who Says They Don't Like To Read

I feel like this week's Top Ten is especially hard because as a teacher I know a lot of that depends on the individual.  But I feel there are some books that many entice people to read.  I'm going to focus on teens, as YA is what I read the most, switching back and forth between boys and girls.
  1. Peak by Roland Smith - I feel like this is a great adventure story.  Overcoming a huge obstacle, both literally and figuratively, is something I think is relatable. 
  2. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs - This is a really funny book with the added awesome of mermaids.  And it's a quick read, which is perfect!
  3. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer - This is such a fun vampire book.  Vlad is a great protagonist; as an outsider he can appeal to reluctant readers.
  4. Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman - Another hilarious, quick read.  I really think this would appeal to many girls.  Super cute. (REVIEW)
  5. I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore - Non-stop action will definitely attract the boys.  I feel like having a male protagonist is important to reel in reluctant readers, and Four is a great one.
  6. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins - Who doesn't love a good witch story?  Sophie is a great mix of screw-up and heroine, really great for those "outsider" girls.
  7. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - What boy can't relate to a break-up?  The male voice is so real in all of John Green's books, but I love the broship within this book in particular.
  8. Heist Society by Ally Carter - Smart chicks stealing stuff? Awesome!  A really strong female protagonist with such a fun plot will pull readers into the story.
  9. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - Zombies, Mercenaries, and teen angst, oh my!  I haven't met a boy yet who isn't obsessed with zombies, and when they're crafted this well, it's irresistible.  (REVIEW)
  10. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison - The epitome of teenage girl, this hilarious book discusses all those problems girls go through but with a delightful British spin!
I hope you enjoyed my picks, and of course my suggestions aren't gender specific, just what I think boys and girls would gravitate more towards!


  1. I Am Number Four is a great story, isn't it?!

  2. I love Hex Hall so much, I wish I'd had room to shove it onto my own list. It really took me by surprise with its sense of humor, and I'd totally recommend it as an accessible read.


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