Top Ten Tuesday | Lockers and Pencils, Pom-Poms and Jerseys! We’re Going Back to School, Bookworm Style


With the start of September looming on the horizon, Top Ten Tuesday asks us to walk some halls. For some of us, they’re perhaps our present. For others, it’s a not-so-distant (or maybe *ahem* very distant *raises hand*) past. Either way, we’re talking about the halls of school!

Broke and Bookish August 22Back To School Freebie: anything "back to school" related - Broke and Bookish


A mash up of sort will make up my list. Some of the things on my list will be books (some I’ve read, some I haven’t) and “part two” will be all about the cinema (aka films where school is a catalyst). I’ve never been particularly attuned to the typical education personally or in terms of my reading habits. That said I have read a few books that were set in schools (boarding schools are among those I find most fascinating aka a book you’ve seen a lot here will pop up).

Another of my weaknesses is cute teen comedies. Some of the picks listed below are current and relevant (tech, terms, fashion, etc.) to today’s culture because they’re modern productions. Then there’s another that’s all about the 90s nostalgia – because, why not? No matter the title, below you’re sure to spot some favorites of the nostalgic variety – or maybe you’ll discover something new.

Read on to see what made the list.

Part One: 6 Books ➔

1. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | This one comes off as really cute and fun, but there’s a message inside its pages. Though my first book from Julie, it won’t be my last (already I own her other YA novel). Amazon | Goodreads 


2. Intermission by Serena Chase | This pretty has been on my shelf for far too long. It’s one I hear has as beautiful an inside as it is on the out (and one I’m particularly eager to read). Amazon | Goodreads 
We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more. 
3. Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell | This is one I have not read, but still, I’m super curious about it. Why? Well it’s pitched as Gilmore Girls meets Wuthering Heights. Though I’m no particular fan of the latter, the former is a “HECK, yes!” kind of fangirl-ism. The story is also a mystery, so I feel some Veronica Mars vibes. Amazon | Goodreads 
Gilmore Girls with magical realism! Dear Reader is an original, poignant modern-day take on Wuthering Heights, as a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to life.
4. I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones | LOVE. THIS. BOOK. It’s all the feels. Go read it. Amazon | Goodreads 
The day Andrew Levin arrives at Washington High, Harper O’Malley knows he’ll make the perfect starter boyfriend


5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Why yes I did work one of my all-time favorite YA novels into another of my lists. What can I say? It’s been a while. Amazon | Goodreads
 

6. By Your Side by Kasie West | Haven’t read this pretty yet, but since I just read Lucky in Love (so adorbs – go forth and read it fellow YA lovers) and after that, because simply reading ONE West novel wasn’t “good enough” I also read The Fill-in Boyfriend. Needless to say, this one is high on my must list. Amazon | Goodreads

Part 2: 4 Films ➜



1. The DUFF | Super cute, super fun and super sassy. Though it’s based on a YA novel, it’s not one I’ve ever read. Still this Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell led adaptation is one of my favorites – plus it has a really nice message.


2. Never Been Kissed | This is one I saw years after it released, but I love it nonetheless. It's a darling little flick featuring the charms of girl-next-door Drew Barrymore and the handsome face of Michal Vartan (aka Vaughn in Alias). 


3. The Outcasts | Quirky, cute and fun, this underrated film has a fun little story with a recognizable cast especially for those of us who are TV buffs.


4. She’s the Man | Though there isn’t much of an underlying “message” to this one, it’s one of the cutest pieces of chick click fluff you’ll find.

Publishes tomorrow afternoon; channel linked in above
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Our back-to-school bookworm guide is at its close. What did you talk about today? How did you spin this week’s topic? Let me know down below, or which of these books you’ve read, loved and enjoyed. Plus leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d love to meet you and visit your bookish spaces.

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  1. Oh I absolutely adore movies set in highs-chool for some reason and I love all your picks! Makes me want to start a movie-night right away :)
    Also, yay for Kasie West books! I love them all and hope to read Lucky In Love soon so glad to hear you loved it!

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    1. Right?? I'd like to binge watch these all too - and probably a lot more. Because who doesn't enjoy a good chick flick now and again??

      'Lucky' is 100% adorable, Lindsey. Happy reading when you have the chance. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  2. Okay I NEED to see The Outcasts!!!! How has that never been brought to my attention??? Also, UGHH I'm wishing I would've made a list of boarding school books this week!!! Such a good idea!

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    1. It's super cute, Michelle! Hope if you see The Outcasts, you enjoy.

      Boarding schools are always fun to talk about. Why I don't know. But they are. :D

      Thanks for visiting!

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  3. What To Say Next is one I want to read, and I love high school comedies! I've never seen those four but Drew Barrymore is always fun.

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    1. Drew's movies are always fun. I really like all the flicks I've seen her in. :)

      And me too. High school comedies are always fun.

      Thanks for visiting, Greg.

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  4. I love what you've done with the list this week! :-) Kasie West is one of my favourites.I'm looking forward to reading Lucky In Love!

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    1. Thank you, Chrissi. I had fun with this one. Hope you enjoy 'Lucky.' It's SOOO cute. :)

      Appreciate you visiting.

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    1. Yes, yes it is, Georgiana. In fact it's one I really do need to re-read. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  6. Nice list! I really enjoyed The Duff and She's the Man as well! But I do feel in both cases the books are better! I absolutely love Shakespeare's Twelfth Night!

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    1. I've not read The DUFF but do adore the movie. It's so cute and fun. Same with She's the Man. Both make me laugh and the former has deeper messages than I expected. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Lynn.

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  7. Great list! Love how you added both movies and books to the list because I think they go hand-in-hand a lot of the time.

    Here is our TTT.

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    1. I agree. They do. Plus, it's fun to "mix it up" a bit. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I highly advise people to avoid reading the DUFF. Read a review of it a while back. Full of meaningless hookups with a jerk. Also, I think it has F bombs. From what I can remember reading of the review, totally different than the movie.

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    1. I've read some not-so-flattering reviews of The DUFF as well, Amy. Without picking it up myself, I suspect I won't bother reading it anytime soon. I like the cinematic story, and appreciate that it looks deeper than I anticipated of it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  9. I love the title for this post so much. I'm really curious about What to Say Next. I enjoyed Tell Me Three Things so much. By Your Side by Kasie West is great. Probably one of my favorites by her. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Great list!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! It was a fun post to put together.

      Glad to know Julie's earlier book is good. I added it to my shelf, so hopefully I'll read it soon. (And enjoy What to Say Next.) I've heard that about Kasie's By Your Side. I'm sure too - because it is a fun contemporary after all. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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    1. ME TOO! So. Much. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Rachel.

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  11. What a fun list! YES to I'll Be Yours!!! It perfectly fits in this category. I need to read a few more of the ones you listed!!!

    As far as movies, She's the Man is awesome! And, Never Been Kissed is one I haven't seen in far too long. I typically like Drew Barrymore's films.

    Another movie that revolves around school, sorta, is A Cinderella Story, with a memorable school dance & football game. :) Oooh, and another Hilary Duff one, Raise Your Voice, involved a music school!

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    1. Doesn't it? In fact, making this list has reminded me: I really want to read it again.

      I haven't seen 'Kissed' in a long time either. Definitely need a re-watch.

      Oooo! HOW DID I FORGET A Cinderella Story!?? That's one of my favorites. So cute. Same with 'Voice.' Another throwback to my movie-watching favs. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Courtney. As always!

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  12. Gah! I need to carve some time to read Kasie West! I have almost all her books waiting for me on my Kindle!

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    1. They're SO DARN cute, Heidi. It took me forever to finally read them (not because I didn't want to - I just didn't make the time), but now I have, I'm bookworm addicted. Super cute. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for visiting! :)

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  13. I just recently watched She's the Man for the first time - it was quite a bit funnier than I expected it to be. :)

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    1. How fun. Glad you liked it, Lauren - and yes! The sense of humor is fabulous. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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