Top Ten Tuesday #272


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!).

  1. 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!

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #272

  1. Jacquie (Rattle the Stars) 14/07/2020 / 1:47 pm

    Six of Crows will always make me smile. I love everything about that book!!! The interactions between the characters was also a highlight for me. The Gilded Wolves was also fantastic. Great list!

  2. lydiaschoch 14/07/2020 / 4:39 pm

    The first Percy Jackson series is a great pick!

    My TTT .

  3. Leah 14/07/2020 / 5:11 pm

    I still have not read Rick Riordan’s books. I’ve been meaning to get to them and everyone speaks so highly of Riordan.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/07/2020 / 1:54 pm

      They’re so good! Hope you enjoy them when you get to them 🙂

  4. Jess @ Jessticulates 14/07/2020 / 6:20 pm

    Great list! I love Six of Crows and really enjoyed Skulduggery Pleasant, and I still need to give Percy Jackson and Heist Society a try.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/07/2020 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them when you get round to them 🙂

  5. Mareli Thalwitzer 14/07/2020 / 7:16 pm

    Six of Crows was a great read yes! Definitely brings a smile to my face as well. I still want to read A Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue.

    Have a good week, here’s my TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 18/07/2020 / 1:53 pm

      Yes, such a fun one! Ah you should, it’s great 🙂

  6. Carol 14/07/2020 / 7:17 pm

    Great list! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Dani | My Heart is Booked 14/07/2020 / 8:45 pm

    So many great books on this list! I almost added Six of Crows to mine, but didn’t at the last moment.

  8. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader 14/07/2020 / 9:11 pm

    I nearly put the Exact Opposite of Okay on my list! I loved Izzy so much!

  9. nbiblioholic 14/07/2020 / 11:57 pm

    It’s great to see VE Schwab and Leigh Bardugo made it to your list 😀

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  10. 1girl2manybooks 15/07/2020 / 12:30 am

    I really enjoyed Six of Crows. I still need to read Crooked Kingdom though!

  11. theburstingbookshelf 15/07/2020 / 5:11 am

    Six of Crows was a total dark horse for me. I didn’t expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. Looks like we have similar book tastes – Just followed your blog!

    My TTT

  12. Holly 16/07/2020 / 12:33 pm

    Percy Jackson is such a great one for this list!! There are some really witty/hilarious jokes 🙂

  13. Lin @ The Reader of a Thousand Stars 17/07/2020 / 9:50 pm

    Amazing list!! I’ve heard that all of Riordan’s books are witty and hilarious, I am super tempted to throw my reading plans in the bin and binge read the Percy Jackson series! XD I used to be obsessed with Greek Mythology, and I still am – I just haven’t read anything with Greek Mythology at its centre in so long. I think it’s time I fixed that!
    Happy Reading! ❤

  14. foreverlostinlit 20/07/2020 / 6:47 pm

    Daughter of the Pirate King is one I still need to read, it really does sound like so much fun! I love the banter from A Darker Shade of Magic, I need to re-read that trilogy some time.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.