Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like Meg Cabot or L.M. Montgomery
This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Characters We’d Recommend for People Who Are Fans of a Particular Author. I’ve chosen Meg Cabot, while my sister has chosen L.M. Montgomery!
Elizabeth’s Picks: Meg Cabot
I know we have already expressed our love for Meg Cabot, but I can’t resist doing it again! I told my sister that I was going to do Sarah Dessen, but as much as love her too, I’m feeling a bit more playful than that right now, which means Meg Cabot is a must .
1. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
I’m pretty sure Mary has already recommended this book for something, but I thought it was appropriate here because Audrey reminded me a bit of Mia Thermopolis, as they were both kind of thrust into the national spotlight all of a sudden. Audrey is totally normal except for the fact that the musician boy she just dumped wrote a song about her that is rocketing up the music charts…
2. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
One of my favorite things about Meg Cabot is the playfulness of all her books. I’m not sure if that is the best adjective, but she certainly has something. You know what I mean. This book also has that certain something and I love it! We recommended it yesterday too!
3. The Weekend Was Murder! by Joan Lowery Nixon
Some of my favorite Meg Cabot books are her Heather Wells mysteries, so of course I had to include a mystery on my list. Nixon does a great job with all of her mysteries clearly as she is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries from the Mystery Writers of America.
4. The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbot
Love this book! It has the same playfulness I was talking about earlier. Abby has grown up around weddings due to her parents’ wedding business, which means she’s seen the dark side… the crazy brides, the stupid fights, all of it. As children, she and her sister made a pact to never get married. So imagine Abby’s shock when her sister comes home after graduation with a fiancee in tow…
5. So Super Starry by Rose Wilkins
I kind of like the second book, So Super Stylish better, but I think they work awesomely together because you can’t entirely appreciate the second book if you haven’t read the first. Cute book though about a British girl who’s mother is an actress on an American T.V. show and her father is a director who lives with his partner. But Octavia goes to a school where everyone’s parents are super-famous and she doesn’t really fit in. Until, of course, she meets this boy…
Mary Catherine’s Picks: Books for People Who Like L.M. Montgomery
I realized in the past that I’ve been recommending a lot of adult books! Sarah Vowell, Sloane Crosley, Jacqueline Winspear… and on our other top ten lists. But really the area in which I think I truly excel is the younger/innocent side of YA, so I’m going back to those roots. Especially after last week’s hijinks with my boyfriend! Though that WAS fun… And I love, love, love L.M. Montgomery. And always will. If you like your books a bit old-fashioned, I’m your girl!
2. An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. I told y’all I sometimes like my reading old-fashioned, and this one obviously fits the bill!
3. The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotsen. All of Ibbotsen’s books have the wholesome zest for life thing going on. And are rather old-fashioned as well. This one is probably my favorite.
4. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. Because it’s loveable and classic.
5. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. Cheating! But not many people know this book and it’s really a nice one. We reviewed it very early on here. I hate to admit to knowing this, but… you can find it on Gutenberg Australia (not the US version, the Australian version!) and read it for free! On demand! This one is my top pick!
Honorable Mention: More on the kiddie side, a la Betsy-Tacy. Did you know Polyanna is a book? Surprisingly good! And there’s a sequel! Also I used to love Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney.