Hi everyone! This is coming to you on a Wednesday from here in Australia but oh well. This is my first ever Top Ten Tuesday and I’m so excited! If you don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, it’s a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where you comprise a list of 10 (or 3, 5, 20, whatever you can) books that fit the topic of the week! You can find all the info here.
This weeks theme is Read in One Sitting and for this I’ll be recommending you 5 books that will make you read the day away! These are in no particular order, but I can tell you that you’ll read them all very quickly! There will be a number of contemporary reads on this list because they’re the ones I tend to read the quickest!
QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
I only very recently finished this book (I finished it last night) and OMG I had to include this one. The only reason I didn’t finish this in one sitting was because I was rewatching season one of How To Get Away With Murder, but as soon as I finished my rewatch, I flew through the last 70% of this book in only a matter of hours. Jen’s lovely writing style and relatable characters make this book very easy to read in one day! Time flies whilst reading this one and next thing you know, you’re finished!
After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.
But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way?
Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow.
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore.
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs.
Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.
I’m including these are one because, whilst they can be read as standalones, they are in a series and both are as addictive as the other. Lillac Town is a series of f/f NA novellas that keep you hooked right from the beginning. They’re fun, they’re cute and they have some of the best female friendships and relationships I’ve ever read. These are certainly books that will make you read the day away!
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
If you’ve been following my social media for a while, you’ll know that this duology is one of my all time favourites. This has cutthroat ballerinas and an air of mystery that keeps you on the edge right from the beginning. Unlikeable heroines you can’t help but love, morally grey characters- it’s awesome. Please read this series, you seriously won’t regret it. (Trigger warnings for abuse + eating disorders)
NOT YOUR SIDEKICK by C.B. Lee
Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
Okay so this is another book that, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I absolutely adored. If you’re a fan of anything superheroes, I highly recommend this book. It has the cutest f/f romance and it has a tiny robot!!! The plot and the writing are super engaging and you’ll easily find yourself immersed in this world and these characters. This one is definitely one that will make you read the day away, so definitely pick it up!
THIS SIDE OF HOME by Renée Watson
Identical twins Nikki and Maya have been on the same page for everything—friends, school, boys and starting off their adult lives at a historically African-American college. But as their neighborhood goes from rough-and-tumble to up-and-coming, suddenly filled with pretty coffee shops and boutiques, Nikki is thrilled while Maya feels like their home is slipping away. Suddenly, the sisters who had always shared everything must confront their dissenting feelings on the importance of their ethnic and cultural identities and, in the process, learn to separate themselves from the long shadow of their identity as twins.
Last but certainly not least is one of my favourite books so far of 2017! I found myself really surprised when reading this because I finished it a lot quicker than I expected. Renée has a way of drawing you in with not only her writing but her amazing characters as well. Not only is this book one that will make you read the day away, it’s also an important book about race, gentrification, friendship and family. It’s very moving and it’s one I cannot recommend enough.
Okay, that’s it for today! I hope you’ve found some new recs and if you’re ever in the mood for a book to make your rainy day go quicker, these are the books for you!
What books do you think make you read the day away?