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Top 10 Tuesday 14th July

on July 14, 2020

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a different bookish/literary themed topic each week and this week we are talking…

Top 10 Books That Make You Smile

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

I love this book for lots of reasons! I read it myself as a child and I’ve also read it with both my children. They are way past the age of this sort of book now but whenever I see it, I hear their little voices in my head as they learned to sound out the words, as they were in awe of everything the caterpillar ate on the last day. It holds great memories.

2. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This is one of the first books/series I can remember reading as a child. I started it when I was about 6 or 7 and I remember that it was years before I realised it was a series – I was probably about 9 or 10 before I discovered there were other books. I devoured most of the series after that (I still haven’t read the last book) but for a few years, I just re-read this one over and over. Like Anne, I had long red hair as a child and endured some teasing because of it. I identified with Anne, even though I wasn’t an orphan. I’ve been wanting to re-read this as an adult for some time. Just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

3. The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell.

I went through a ‘horse girl’ phase starting when I was about 10 or 11 and it probably lasted until I was about 15. I didn’t have a horse – didn’t have the room nor the money to keep a horse. But I really wanted one! Even now I’d still like to have a horse and always tell my husband if we win lotto, I’m getting a property so I can have horses. Anyway, this is a very Australian story about a wild brumby named Thowra, hunted by stockmen for his beauty (he’s a palomino). But Thowra is wild and will do anything to keep his freedom and the freedom of his herd of mares. This is the first in a series of about 6 books, detailing Thowra and his offspring and even now, I still smile when I see them or think of them.

4. College Girls by Francine Pascal (or whoever). 

It’s been a long time since I read a SVH or SVU book – but when I was 14 or 15 or so and really looking for things to read and not finding many, these books kept me going. They kept my love of reading, and are probably the reason I still enjoy a series so much. Whilst Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield may have found enough drama for many lifetimes and none of it at all felt realistic to a kid in high school in Australia, they were fun escapism and when I think of them, I think of how much they kept me reading during a period in my life when it honestly could’ve dropped off.

5. Riders by Jilly Cooper

Ah my graduation to “adult” (in more ways than one) fiction! I started reading these in my teens….maybe around 16 or 17? They still appealed to the horse-lover in me, because they revolve around competitive riding at the highest levels but they’re also ridiculous bonkfests that probably kickstarted the love I have with romance books. And they are just quite funny. Also they are chunky AF so they gave me good reading value at a time when I was probably broke – I made my way through most of the Rutshire Chronicles in my late teens/early 20s. Good times.

6. It Means Mischief by Kate Thompson

I found this in a second hand bookshop somewhere and fell in love with it! At the time I had no idea that there were other books centred around the same characters. I don’t think I discovered that until after I started blogging/joined Goodreads etc. I hastily ordered a bunch more and settled in for 2 of my favourite characters to be tortured in so many ways. Also, I named one of my sons after a character in this book, so it’s special to me for that reason also.

6. Forget You  by Jennifer Echols

I love amnesia stories. I like opposites attract stories. I like when the bad boy isn’t always the bad boy. I just really love this story and every now and then I see it on my shelf and flick through my favourite parts.

7. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

2 of the 3 things mentioned in the above book are also applicable here, haha. I found this book at a very awful time in my life and it was just……the perfect thing for how I was feeling at the time. I re-read it obsessively for quite a while. I haven’t read it in a long time now but I know it’s there if I need to. Lucy and Josh still make me smile.

8. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I love this story and it made me laugh and smile a lot when reading it. It’s definitely a favourite, actually I feel like re-reading it. I want to note down the old movies it references, because I watch so few movies and have definitely missed out on a lot of the old classics.

9. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Honestly, just one of the funniest, sweetest stories I’ve ever read. I adored this, it made me laugh the whole way through it.

10. The WeirDo Series by Ahn Do

I’ve never read these – but my kids read them. Especially my youngest and he sits and chuckles his way through them like they’re the funniest things in the entire world! And I love knowing that they’re books he enjoys, that he begs us to buy when the new ones come out. My kids aren’t enthusiastic readers but books like this help encourage them and keep them reading. So I always smile when I see one.

I tried to pick books here that make me smile, but also for reasons because they’re connected to certain parts of my life. Not just because they are humourous books (although some of them definitely are).

What books make you smile?

32 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 14th July

  1. The Hating Game and Red, White and Royal Blue are two of my favorites! Great list! New blog follower!

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  2. Lily Malone says:

    I absolutely adored The Silver Brumby and the series. I still have the books in my shelf – new covers. Hubby bought them for me as a birthday or anniversary present or something like that a few years ago.

    • Oh wonderful! I haven’t read them in a long time – probably since I cleared out my childhood bookshelf when I was about 16 or 17. I wish now that I’d kept them but I have just never had the room to keep everything. I’d love to read them again.

  3. OMG I remember having The Silver Brumby and being absolutely OBSESSED with it, even though I don’t remember any of it anymore! Ditto with the Sweet Valley High books! Thanks for the blast from the past!

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  4. proxyfish says:

    I’ve heard very good things about Red, White and Blue! And I;m glad you’ve included some of your oldest favourites 😀

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    • Oh yes, Red, White & Royal Blue is amazing! Highly recommended.

      I couldn’t ignore my childhood faves, especially as they still make me smile and feel connected to reading after so long.

  5. Marg says:

    I believe that you may have recommended The Hating Game to me at some point. One day I’ll read it.

  6. Poinsettia says:

    I loved reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar with my kids! Anne of Green Gables is definitely a special one too. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. Haha! RWARB is in my list too! That book made me laugh so much! ❤ Glad you enjoyed it too. Also I really liked "The Hating Game". 🙂 "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" reminds me of my childhood. You chose really nice books. XD

  8. An @ Traversing Chapters says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but The Hating Game and Red, White and Royal Blue sound really fun!

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  9. The horse girl phase is basically my entire life, I’ve been riding ever since I was a kid!
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  10. Red, White and Royal Blue is on my list as well. It’s just fantastic.

  11. lydiaschoch says:

    Anne of Green Gables is a fabulous choice! I loved her so much.

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  12. Lauren says:

    Great list! I enjoyed Alex, Approximately and enjoyed a couple of Jennifer Echol’s (I haven’t read Forgetting You yet)!

    Here’s mine:

    • If you have read Going Too Far, you would probably like Forget You! They’re a bit heavier, theme wise, than some of her others. I don’t know if she’s written anything for a while, seems like it’s been a while since I’ve seen her with a book out.

  13. Alex, Approximately made my list too. I like the Anne books too, but my favorite was always Rilla of Ingleside.

  14. I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar! My niece loves it too. We read it together.

  15. Terrie says:

    Anne of Green Gables is a great addition – I should have thought of that….I smiled almost the whole way through (when I wasn’t tearing up). Some of my childhood faves here too which I also read to my kids. Great mix of books….
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  16. notesbyj says:

    The post made me so happy! I LOVE that you included The Vert Hungry Caterpillar – that book is my childhood. I think it’s adorable that you’ve also read it to your children 🥰 I also love Anne of Green Gables and it’s one of my favourite classics. Thanks for such a great post!

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