Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been relatively quiet, honestly I’m getting super bored of this whole being at home thing (and I know I said that months ago, but it’s still just as true now as it was then!). On the upside, I have my first riding lesson in months on Thursday so I’m really looking forward to that!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books That Make Me Smile, which should be a fun one to do, a lot of the books I read can be quite dark so today I’ll be sharing some of the more uplifting books on my shelf (though who am I kidding, there will still be some dark books on here, because I love some dark humour!).
- Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series-Rick Riordan
I love all of Rick Riordan’s books and they always make me smile but I decided to go specifically with the first Percy Jackson series here because nothing makes me smile more than Percy’s narration!
2. Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy
The books get progressively darker as the series goes on, but always have a very healthy dose of humour to go along with it, the witty banter between Skulduggery and Valkyrie is always a highlight and never fails to make me smile.
3. Heist Society-Ally Carter
Heist Society is a super fun series, it’s basically a bunch of teenage criminals travelling around the world to pull off brilliant heists and they have such a fun dynamic within the group that it never failed to make me smile.
4. The Gilded Wolves-Roshani Chokshi
One of my favourite reads from this year, I spent most of the book with a huge grin on my face because I loved the group dynamic so much and they had so much fun banter. The balance between the serious issues explored and the humour was really well done as well.
5. The Roman Mysteries-Caroline Lawrence
This was one of my favourite series as a kid, and I guess is kind of the series that led me onto Percy Jackson when I was older? Anyway, it was so much fun, each book follows Flavia Gemina and her friends as they solve different mysteries in Ancient Rome.
6. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue-Mackenzi Lee
This book and author definitely have their issues, but I can’t deny that reading Gentleman’s Guide made me smile, the main character Monty is incredibly funny and he, along with Percy and Felicity get themselves into a lot of ridiculous situations throughout the book!
7. Daughter of The Pirate King-Tricia Levenseller
I had so much fun reading this one, the main character Alosa, is an absolute riot and who doesn’t love pirates? I still haven’t got around to reading the sequel, but I’m definitely planning to!
8. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven
It feels kind of weird to say that a book about revenge porn made me smile, but that is the point of this book, the main character is an aspiring comedian and she uses humour to deal with a lot of the serious stuff that happens to her, so you can be both annoyed and smiling at the same time when reading this!
9. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab
The characters in this have so much fun banter and I was just so wrapped up in this world when I was reading this book that I couldn’t help but smile because I was having so much fun having adventures with Lila, Kell and Rhy.
10. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo
The group dynamic in this book is one of my favourites possibly ever. The characters have such a natural back and forth with each other that you can’t help but smile when reading their interactions (and the humour definitely helped to balance some of the darker aspects of the characters’ backstories).
So that’s it, the books that have made me smile over the years. Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? What books have made you smile? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, we’re meant to be talking Book Events/Festivals I’d Like To Go To Someday, but I’m going to alter it slightly and talk about Authors I’d Love To See At YALC next year, since it would have been YALC weekend next weekend and I’m feeling sad that it’s not happening this year!