Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This feature allows us to make lists, which may be one of our favorite things to do!
Today’s Topic: Ten Books with a Love Story that We’ve Recently Read and Enjoyed
1. Love by Matt de la Peña
Have I mentioned how much I love this book? I LOVE this book!
2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Adam beautifully captures love in so many forms in this text.
3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I REREAD this book for the sixth time this week to teach it. It is one of the most beautiful stories that I’ve ever read.
4. Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares
This recently published book is one of my favorite read-alouds. The love story is stunning.
5. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Okay, this one wasn’t very recent read. But I love it, and I REREAD it recently for one of the classes I teach.
Boo! It is so hard when Ricki beats me to TTT posts (and I know she agrees vice versa) because we try really hard not to overlap. Although I don’t know if I’d consider Love to be a typical love story, it definitely is a story about loving all of mankind, and it would have definitely been on my list, too. I also wanted to put Red & Lulu on my list, but alas, Ricki beat me. Luckily, I’ve read five other awesome books that include a story of love. I must side note for all of these: None of them are romance books though. They just all have love included and enhanced their story.
1. Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn
Miriam isn’t seeking love and is actually trying to avoid it, but within her story of identity and family, a love interest enters and adds one more complication (or positive addition) to her life.
2. The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner
Kyle does fall in love, but The Memory of Things is a story of loss and survival after 9/11 that has a love story within it.
3. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Both of Shusterman’s Arc of the Scythe books include elements of romance; however, they are all side stories, but they add more to the characters’ stories (or more conflicts!).
4. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Love is a main theme in American Street including looking at love in an abusive relationship and love with hesitation.
5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
They love and they die at the end. Adam Silvera so knows how to write a love story that is different than others as well as stories that will rip out your heart.
Which love stories did you read recently and enjoy?