Top Tuesday is a meme created by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, a topic is listed for bloggers to share their top ten books or characters that relate to the prompt. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I am going to be discussing my top ten books that will give me cool aunt status.
10. the hunger games by suzanne collins
A trilogy that correlates with strong political commentary but coupled with an intense plot and pace would definitely earn me some points. Look, Katniss Everdeen, along with all the people around the Hunger Games, face serious choices to make, with very high stakes. Plus, the movie adaptations are pretty good, too. Aside from the casting, which still kind of bothers me sometimes.
9. the weight of feathers by anna-marie mclemore
This book is somewhat slow moving at first. As such, my cool aunt status will not be attained quickly. I am okay with that, because this story packs a punch that “Romeo and Juliet” doesn’t quite manage to accomplish. I do think they’d learn more about adversity and family feuds better through this story. Plus, beautiful costumes and art drive this tale. I think my nephews and nieces would like this book eventually.
8. not a drop to drink by mindy mcginnis
Just like The Hunger Games, I think this story has a lot of weight to it because it seems possible to happen in future. The questions of morality and compassion posited by the author would provide just enough tension and jog (to put it lightly) some thoughts into the nephew and nieces lives, interactions, and discussions.
7. Monsters of verity duology by victoria schwab
Yep, it surpasses Shades of Magic series because I think it warrants a more urgent discussion on evil and choice. I doubt that forgetting August and Kate will ever be feasible. I mean this in the most honest sense: I think of them often.
***Next are books I have not read yet, but they are on my shelves*
6. illuminae by amie kaufmann and jay kristoff
I have not read this series yet, but dude, I know the format will be a ton of fun to experience. All the cool kids have read this series, and while I am not cool (yet), I will make sure my future nephews and nieces know what’s hip.
5. and i darken by kiersten white
Another unread book on this list, but I like the alternate takes on history that are out there in literature right now. So, this one sounds really promising, even though some people say it starts out slow. If I may, I want to add another one that I have not read: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. We can talk about erasure of queer figures in historical texts, too.
4. ash by melinda lo
It’s embarrassing that I haven’t read this on either, but I WILL. And, when I do, those poor nephews and nieces will be exposed to a fresh take on Cinderella. And, in the words of Harry Potter in his musical, “It’s going to be totally awesome.”*
*If you haven’t seen the two Harry Potter musicals, you must remedy this soon. They’re so good.
3. chaos walking trilogy by patrick ness
While I do fear for this trilogy’s adaptation, I still look forward to reading it. A world where people can hear each other’s thoughts sounds terrifying and interesting. Plus, gender, freedom, and cute dogs are relevant to the story.
2. Beauty queens by libba bray
A remake of a classic, and it is far more inclusive, this book sounds like an interesting read. I have skimmed through this before, and it has this reality-television setting that made me smile.
1. turtles all the way down by john green
OCD representation and discussion of friendship, plus some detective work. Another bonus for me is that this is a book by one of my favorite authors ever. I think the nephews and nieces may like this one, too. (I hope so).