Feeling Greedy? Proud? Envious? Then Read These Books! | Top Ten Tuesday

Original Top Ten Tuesday Prompt: Ten books to read if you’re in the mood for _____

Revised Prompt Because I’m an Obnoxious Little Rebel: Books to read if you’re feeling one or all of the seven deadly sins (you are don’t lie). Basically, for each sin I shall select a book parallel. Basically, this post has nothing to do with the original Top Ten Tuesday prompt. Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing. 

 
1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Warner is a CRAZY little pumpkin in this book. I mean, he seems like the creepiest, most atrocious, most disgusting little villain. The whole lust thing? Not a good look for him.

BUT—are things really as they seem? Is this deadly sin even present, or is it all in Juliette’s perception? I suppose you’ll just have to read it to find out.

(Would I kill it as a car salesman or what)

  

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This book takes breaks from plotting against evil monsters and murderers in order to eat and talk about eating and to describe the eating.

Not going to lie, this pleases me. Immensely.

  
3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Thieves & heists & money OH MY! 

Though there are a few other motivations sprinkled across these pages, characters generally launch an epic heist for the money. Just saying.

  
4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

While the official definition of sloth is: Laziness, unwillingness to work, the protagonist in this book features another form. 

SLOTH IN DECISION-MAKING. 

Let’s take a step into our MC’s mind: Should I choose to marry this prince who is lovely and rich and powerful and kind or should I marry this poor boy who’s a pathetic jerk? You know what, I’ll just take three books to MAKE UP MY MIND.

Good heavens.

  
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Basically, Sharzhad marries the king so that she can kill him in his sleep as revenge. No biggie.

I mean…it’s called The Wrath and the Dawn.

  
6. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Where there is professional ballerina-ing, there is envy.

A rough summary of this book: Your pirouettes are better than mine? I am envious let me back stab you. You have a better arch than mine? I am envious let me back stab you. You get the lead part and I didn’t? I am envious let me back stab you. And so on.

  

7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena’s pride can triumph through anything. 

Slaving away in Endovier? Memories of the many innocents killed? Not taking a shower for a year or two? 

NOTHING STOPS HER PRIDE.

Which of the seven deadly sins have you committed today? Let’s have a blogging confessional in which you tell me ALL YOUR SECRETS.

Even Pride & Prejudice Can be Conquered with These Books! | Top Ten Tuesday

Original Top Ten Tuesday Prompt: Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that were out of your comfort zone)

Revised Prompt Because I’m an Obnoxious Little Rebel: 5 books I loved even though they might not be the most intellectual reads (conquering my pride) and 5 books I loved even though they seem like stuffy old classics (conquering my prejudice). 

 

  
1. Stephanie Perkins‘ Books

For heaven’s sake, it’s called Anna and the French Kiss! You can’t get more ridiculously superficial than that!

And they are. The books are tremendously superficial, monstrously cheesy. But they’re good. They feed the guilty pleasure monster lurking inside. They create the stomach happy-bubbles. They quiet the fairy-tale deprivation.

So who cares if it’s a book I probably wouldn’t read in public? (The books conquered my pride. However, it seems my dignity is still very much intact) As long as they make you happy, then so what?

STOP JUDGING ME.

  
2. Sophie Kinsella‘s Books

Yes, I love rom-coms. Yes, these are rom-coms in book form. Yes, I love it. No, I don’t care if you’re feeling the pretentious need to judge me. SORRY.

These are adorable. Intellectual? Pfft. Not even close. But they’re a good time. They’re good for the soul. So.
  

3. The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Duology by Jenny Han

Again…To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? P. S. I Still Love You? The covers are lovely, but the titles implore me to only read the books at home.

In fact, the titles are why it took me so long to read the books.

Silly me! That’s what I get for being a everything-judger title-judger. Yes, this book was cheesy. Yes, it was good anyway. But most importantly, it was more than superficiality. It had strong family themes surrounding the book, something I wouldn’t have realized if I hadn’t defeated my pride.
 

4.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

OKAY YES I WAS HESITANT AT THIS. It seemed, I don’t know, silly? Not meaningful? The point is, I’m a pretentious potato and this book seemed beneath me.

Moral of the story: I’m a blubbering idiot and have no idea what I’m talking about 89% of the time.

I loved it. I humbled myself and read it and I loved it. It was more than meaningful, it was beautiful. It was witty without being stupid, it was lyrical without being boring. It was so very real. 

  

5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

“So she goes with some random guy to Paris? Pfft. How typical. How unrealistic?” -Me before this book. I am currently slapping me before this book.

If terribly done, it would be typical and it would be unrealistic. But it wasn’t. It wasn’t because GAYLE FORMAN IS ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS ALIVE. I don’t know how she managed to take something so romance-based, yet turn it into something so much more than that. I can only compare it to Jane Austen’s writing.

So there.

  

  

6. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

My friend actually recommended this to me when I was a small child. 

What I said in reply was: Oh sure! I’ll check it out of the library!

What I thought: Sounds OLD. And BORING.

SOMEONE KICK ME. Because Anne is my hero. Anne is everything.

  
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I had to read this for school in 7th grade, and BOY WAS I UPSET ABOUT THAT. To ignorant, from-the-past Becca, this looked like the most boring, irrelevant book I could possibly be forced to read.

I was wrong.

I was so wrong.

This is magic. This is wondrous.

(I do indeed refuse to read Go Set a Watchman.)

  

8. The Secret Garden by France’s Hodgson Burnett

I was fury of a fifth grader, resolute in my decision to hate this book.

Here’s the thing, I’m not great at hating things. Especially when these things are books that intrigue and capture your heart, your mind, your everything.

This book is scrumptious.

  
9. The Adventures of Tom Saywer by Mark Twain

I knew it was going to be a boring little biography-style book of the perfect little boy. I just knew.

Well, it turns out I just knew wrong.

Tom Saywer is quite the scoundrel which was THRILLING to tiny-child-Becca. Of course, he became my new role model an example of what not to be.

 
  10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Well would you look at that, the namesake for this post.

My prejudice for this one was actually not my fault. It was my sister who filled my poor, impressionable young mind with her groans while reading this masterpiece. I can take no blame!

This post has been immensely humbling. I shall never do anything like this ever again.

What books have humbled you? Don’t you hate/love it when they do that?