Top Ten Tuesday: All About Romance

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  All About Romance

Being Valentine’s Day there wouldn’t be any other Top Ten Topic. I feel at a slight disadvantage though because I haven’t read many romance books or books with romance in them that I feel worthy of the list. I’m cheating a bit by putting four from the same series because I loved them all, I am also not putting these in any particular order because that would be super hard to determine.

 

Lyra and Will – The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Seeing these two go from uncertain friends in The Subtle Knife to practically soul mates is fantastic and seeing the love for one another in The Amber Spyglass will break your heart! Lyra and Will are both so important but so young, and their naivety and their wisdom is a beautiful blend. This is an innocent romance but it so less important.

Dash and Lily – Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

These two are just adorable, and they bring out the best in each other. Their sense of adventure and unique personalities is an ideal match and seeing them fall for one another is excellent reading. It gets even better in The 12 Days of Dash and Lily when they support one another and become even better friends and partners.

Cate and Dave – Wish List by Belinda Williams

This was a romance I loved seeing develop. So many obstacles and will they/won’t they moments. It has the attraction at first then the denial of feelings, then a selection of dramas and ups and downs that keep this scintillating. You want them to get together and while they won’t admit it, they want to get together as well.

Madeline and Paul – The Pitch by Belinda Williams

The romance in this book changed my opinion on the romance specific genre and made me start to fall in love with them. This is the perfect slow burn romance, enough to strike a spark but nothing is rushed into and Williams paces it brilliantly. There are obstacles and dramas but seeing these two together is worth it.

Scarlett and John – Modern Love by Belinda Williams

Technically this could be seen as a chase romance, being pursued and fighting that pursuit, but Williams balances it all so well that it becomes much more than that. The pursuit of Scarlett by John isn’t overbearing, it’s natural, normal, and it’s obvious that there’s affection just waiting to be uncovered.

Christa and Max – The Boyfriend Sessions by Belinda Williams

Sometimes good romances come out of nowhere and I think this is one example where romance can sneak up on you when you least suspect. A classic case of when you aren’t looking for love it finds you, Christa and Max’s romance is slow to develop because neither of them are expecting it.

Jule and Luke – Siren’s Song by Heather McCollum

Granted there is a supernatural side to this romance, but still, McCollum brings the love and affection between these two to life so well it’s wonderful to read. Jule’s and Luke’s attraction is compelling and when they have to fight against it it makes for exquisite reading.

Lily and Jack – The Wrong Girl by Zoe Foster

Naturally when one swears off men in a book the perfect guys comes along a minute later. But I loved the relationship between Lily and Jack. It starts off as dislike, moves to friendship and actually stays longer as friends than anything else. But I loved how they get on, how they both don’t know they like each other and how it’s obvious to almost everyone else.

Ellie and Lee – The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden

Seeing this romance blossom was wonderful. It was the perfect teenage relationship; it had the uncertainty, the lust, and the awkwardness. Marsden played it out so well and the confusion on Ellie’s behalf and her conflict made it very compelling about what she was going to do.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original and weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish

Topic:  Top Ten Picture Books

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made “real” through the love of a human. 

 

 

 

Possum Magic

Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible.
But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more.

 

 

 

The Tailor of Gloucester

The Tailor of Gloucester tells the story of a poor tailor trying to survive in his freezing workshop over a hard winter. He has a terribly important commission to complete for the Mayor of Gloucester’s wedding on Christmas Day but is ill and tired, and before long is running out of food and thread, as well as time! How will he possibly complete the beautiful coat and embroidered waistcoat?

 

 

The Book with No Pictures

A book with no pictures?
What could be fun about that?
After all, if a book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page.
Words that might make you say silly sounds… In ridiculous voices…
Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

 

 

Mrs Honey’s Hat

During the course of a week, Mrs Honey’s hat gradually changes without her noticing as her nephew and a variety of animals take items from it and accidentally leave other objects in their place.

 

 

 

 

There’s a Hippopotamus On The Roof Eating Cake

‘Our roof leaks. My daddy says there’s a hole – I know why there’s a hole. There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake’. The imaginary hippo can do what he likes on the roof. In fact, he does all the things a little girl wishes she could but is not allowed.

 

 

 

 

True Story of the Three Little Pigs

You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fractured fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”

 

 

 

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schnitzel Von Krumm’s Basketwork

Sausage dog, Schnitzel von Krumm, is outraged when his family decides to replace his worn out, beaten up old basket. The new bed doesn’t look right, feel right – or smell right! Something must be done.

 
 

Revolting Rhymes

Do you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, and that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Premier storyteller Roald Dahl twists the fate of six favorite fairy tales, in this picture book edition with vibrant new cover art by Quentin Blake. Fairy tales have never been more revolting!