Top Ten Tuesday: In Which We Make Each Other A TBR

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme was Top Ten Books on Your Summer TBR (To Be Read) List. We decided to twist this around and create TBRs for each other! Which was a lot of fun. It was like we both became the iTunes Genius function, emphasis on the genius. Let us know how we did and if you have other suggestions we would love to hear them!

Mary’s Picks for Elizabeth:

This is too easy. I am always bugging Elizabeth to read books. And we obviously both love making recommendations. Also, Elizabeth is totally predictable. I’m just saying… I know she will enjoy these five picks!

1. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway. We both looooved Audrey Wait! In fact, we should definitely review that one, because I don’t think it got as much attention as it deserved! When I realized Robin Benway had written another book, I purchased it immediately. And I loved it too. She has such a wonderful voice for teenage girls. And there is a huge focus on the sisters’ relationships with each other here, so obviously it’s perfect for us! (I have to admit though, Audrey Wait! remains my favorite…)

2. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. Elizabeth loves fairy tale retellings. Here’s where her predictability comes in: she will predictably love this!

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3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Because she hasn’t read this one yet and it’s just so good. I love Frankie’s genius. It’s such a smart book. She was laughing aloud straight through Beauty Queens the other day. With an occasional giggle. This book can elicit the evil chuckle.

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4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I saw this included on several lists last week as a great beach read and couldn’t believe I’d forgotten it! It fit with my theme! It actually had a beach! And it’s completely charming. As a huge reader, I particularly love how the entire book is an ode to reading. When I mentioned it to Elizabeth, she said she’d seen it everywhere but somehow missed it?!

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5. Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot. We both love Meg. The other books in the Heather Wells series are cute, so I’d recommend she pick this one up post haste when it comes out later this summer!

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Elizabeth’s Picks for Mary:

I just went a little crazy on Amazon, so while I have 12 (maybe more) samples to read on my kindle now, I admit that I have not read most of my list for Mary, but they sound awesome!

1. Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Ally Carter. The fifth book in the Gallagher Girls series, which both Mary and I have read and enjoyed. Just learned that it was out so haven’t read it, but I’ve already purchased it to do so on my flight tomorrow.

2. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. My sister and I discovered the Percy Jackson series independently, but I was quite happy to discover someone as excited by the imminent movie release as I was! I ended up watching it with my parents and boyfriend (all of whom were sooo pleased to be watching this movie I swear…) who begrudgingly admitted enjoying it, but I feel like I would have been better off seeing it with her. Anyway, she has not read the new series by Rick Riordan (yes I realize he has the Egyptian one, which I’m also reading, but I’m waaay more excited about this one) involving half-bloods and adventure! Yay!! (And yes, I have read this one and the one after it :-) )

3. Dragonfly by Julia Golding. I discovered this book at the library recently when I was attracted to the cover. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I give this book great credit for having a pretty cover and being a great book. You have a princess from a highly socially strict society, a prince from a much more laid back country, a marriage alliance neither of them wants, and finally a kidnapping by their countries’ common enemy. And go…

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4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I haven’t read this book yet but it was one of Amazon’s Best Young Adult Books for April. However, what really impressed me was the review by a woman (Wendy Sparrow if you want to read it) whose daughter had recommended it and who was apprehensive about it because it was compared to Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. She didn’t think it could possibly live up to that hype, but she says it does! Mary loves both Harry Potter and the Hunger Games (as do I and the rest of the world obvi), so I thought this book might be a great choice for her.

5. Royal Rebel by Dana Taylor. Now I’m not exactly sure what genre this book counts as, but I came upon it on Amazon while looking at YA books. Whatever. It’s a retelling of Robin Hood ( I like retellings and I like Robin Hood) except Robin is a girl and the secret daughter of Richard the Lionheart. I picked this book for Mary for two reasons 1) she likes retellings too and 2) the cover has a girl with a crossbow… ask Mary about her Katniss costume ;-) (Also points from me for being a redhead). Oops I’m picking another book for its cover, but it has served me well in the past so oh well. For another good retelling of Robin Hood that is definitely YA see Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. Robin is a boy, but Maid Marian is quite kickass too!