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Top Ten Tuesday | Back to the Classroom



Is it just me or is it difficult to grasp the final rays of summer are upon us? The calendar and shortening of days confirm this, and yet I wonder how is it fair that the first summer I’ve enjoyed in years is gone? In more recent years, summer hasn’t been my favorite unlike my childhood when we spent those 90° days in swimming suits and flip-flops. However, this year was different. Why I don’t know but I did enjoy the summertime.  

As I took a look at today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I was reminded that the kids in my area have been back to school for a week or better, Labor Day is nearly here and yet, through it all the lawn is still growing.  

Broke and Bookish August 30th  

Back To School Freebie -- anything "back to school" related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher - Broke and Bookish

As we speak, my bookshelves are currently ON my floor surrounding nearly every inch of space meant for walking.,which meant there was no looking through them for today's post. It’s distracting. What began as a ritual to add a third (tall) bookshelf to my space turned into an exercise leaving me short a bookshelf. Yeah, that’s another story. (Would anyone be interested in a bookshelf post – story, putting this mess in order and the like?)
 
Since I am no collegiate, I struggled with a topic to feature today. A couple of weeks ago I featured novels set in boarding schools (or some kind of private school) that I’d like to read or have read, so while that might have been easy, reposting that seemed redundant. That’s why I decided to feature novels either a.) set at college or b.) novels with characters around that age. Why? Well, for one thing those characters are – ahem – shall we say closer in age to me, and I don’t read a lot of books in this genre.  

As is the usual case, some of these I have read, most I have not. This means I will rely on your bookish prowess to advise me on which should be read with all haste.  

That said, let’s head “back to school.” 

1. How to Love by Katie Cotugno | I’ve been curious about Katie’s novels for a while now, but haven’t read any. Have you read any of Katie's novels!? Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Just One Summer by Nicole Deese, Tammy L. Gray, Amy Matayo and Jenny B. Jones | LOVED this collection about four girls and the respective romances they strike over one summer. Sadly, this collection is about to be pulled from availability, but good news, you can buy them all as individual e-books. They are… 

+ A Summer Remade by Nicole Deese: Amazon | Goodreads
+ Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray: Amazon | Goodreads
+ A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo: Amazon | Goodreads
+ Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones: Amazon | Goodreads 

3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman | It was surprising how well I enjoyed If I Stay, so I’d definitely be up for another novel by Gayle Forman. Amazon | Goodreads 

4. Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall | Though there are other of Hall’s novels that feature older characters, this is her newest, so it’s the one I picked. Sandy’s novels are praised for being unique and without the standard issue of clichés. Naturally, I’m intrigued. Amazon | Goodreads 

5. Sway by Amy Matayo | I’m so bummed (with myself) over the fact that I’ve not yet read this novel by Amy.  Amazon | Goodreads

6. A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan | Technically, Digit is a high-schooler when this duology opens, but book two finds her in collage. Again, this this is one I have not read, but I am most curious. Amazon | Goodreads  

7. Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith | The truth is I still need to read This is What Happy Looks Like, but it doesn’t feature college kids. This cute-sounding novella sequel does. Amazon | Goodreads 

8. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith | Though technically this novel begins with the characters still in high school, they’re on the cusp of college (and do end up there in the end), so I went with it. Amazon | Goodreads  
 
9. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rodwick and Bernie Su | This novel is good old-fashioned fun with plenty of Austen-inspired humor. The Pemberley Digital team created contemporary magic with this web series and later, this serialized novel. I’ve not finished it, but what I have read is on point. Amazon | Goodreads 

10. By Your Side by Kasie West | I had to sneak this one in (bringing my total to eleven) because a.) THAT cover, b.) I’m ridiculously excited for this one and c.) WHY NOT!? Amazon | Goodreads 

11. Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward | As someone who loves Rogue as a Marvel Movie fangirl, I’m curious about this novel. It features a twenty-year-old Rogue and likely, with some deviations, tells her story. Amazon | Goodreads
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That’s it for today’s class. Your assignment? Comment down below and let me know which of these you’ve read: do you recommend them? Why or why not? I’d love to chat all the bookish goodness with you. Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below. I’d be most happy to visit your book-honoring classrooms. 
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
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    1. It's delightful so far! But then I was (and probably still am) addicted to the YouTube series, so, yeah... there is that. ;)

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  2. I don't read this genre much. My sister loves it though. Gayle Foreman is a good choice, no matter what! And anything Austen-ish is sparkly to me! Looks like you have a good start going. :) (Thanks for stopping by!)

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    1. Good to know, Jessica. I (quite surprisingly) really liked If I Stay so I'd certainly be curious to read more from her. :) Sure. Thank you for the return visit.

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  3. I too am rather shocked that August is almost over, this month flew by. I had no idea there was a Rogue book! I just went over to Amazon and it's been out a few years- wow. i always liked Rogue so I'd be really curious about that one!

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    1. Right? These years keep flying by.

      I'm super excited about this Rogue novel. She's always been a favorite Marvel character of mine so I'm definitely looking forward to read it. Hope you enjoy, Greg - and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I really need to read Hello, Goodbye... from Jennifer E Smith. I should really read some Gayle Forman at some point.

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    1. 'Hello' is darling, Chrissi, and it surprised me how well I liked Gayle's If I Stay. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  5. You know I'd be interested in a bookshelf post! :)

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    1. Thanks Kristin. I will have to put it together this week (to publish in the next or following week) because it seems like it'd be fun. :)

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  6. I really love this list! Everything looks so pretty! I love how you ad the flowers with numbers on the covers!
    http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-ten-tuesday-school-reads.html

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    1. Hi, Mariela. Thank you so much. I always have fun with these Top Ten Tuesday posts. And thank you for the blog follow! I really appreciate it; excited to visit your blog next. :)

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  7. I haven't read any of these, but I do want to read Smith's!

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. Jennifer's are darling and such easy reads, which for me, is precisely what I like. Thanks for visiting, Lauren. :)

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  8. I still need to read Just One Summer ... and Sway ... and ok basically every book on this list but those two are my priorities! My TTT

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    1. Just One Summer is a delight from beginning to end, Carrie. Though now, you'll have to snag the four novellas as separate stories since the collection is "unpublishing." And Sway sounds fabulous. Happy reading! And as always, thanks for visiting. :)

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  9. I have not read any of these! :( I'm going to do my own college book list at some point though, because there are lots of good ones.

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    1. Yes there are indeed, Lory. Hope you do put that list together sometime because they're always fun to make. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  10. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but I have wanted to read the Jennifer Smith books and Just One Day for a while. I don't read a lot of books set in college, but your list seems like a good place to start!

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    1. Hey, Nicole. Thanks. Some of these are just on the "edge" of having college characters, but I included them regardless because Top 10 Tuesday posts are for rule-breaking, right!? ;)

      Hope you enjoy Jennifer's novels; this one in particular is wonderful. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  11. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet was definitely on point with the web series and then some. I should re-read it sometime soon, lol. Great list, Rissi! :)

    My TTT

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    1. Hey, Lianne! Thanks so much for visiting. I meant to visit your site earlier this week, and well, time has gotten away from me (I'll be by tomorrow).

      Right? I thought the Lizzie Bennet diary was definitely an appropriate book to add. :)

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  12. By Your Side sounds really cute!!! And the cover is pretty adorable. It's now on my TBR!

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    1. Doesn't it!? The cover was the final "must read" selling point for me, but I will confess: I already "knew" it'd be my kind of read. :)

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    2. Yes! I don't think a story about 2 people trapped in a library could be bad! :)

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    3. Right!? I so agree. This story has "golden" written all over it. :)

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