Tuesday, October 27, 2015

top ten tuesday: halloween!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish! I have missed the last couple of weeks of TTT, which made me really sad, but I am excited to be back on top of things this week. This week's theme is: "October 27: Halloween themed freebie -- your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)" Since I've recently done a Halloween post that features books that remind me of my Halloween aesthetic (i.e. creepy, mysterious, on the dark side) (also I'll just link that here), today, I thought I would go another route, though still sticking to something Halloween themed.

What is the best part of Halloween? THE CANDY!!! So here are ten super sweet books that you can curl up with while stuffing fun sized butterfingers down your throat (like I am wont to do this time of year!)

1. A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

Candy Counterpart:  This book is the sweetest of the sweet. You know the Cookies and Creme Hershey bars that are just like white chocolate and oreo? That's this book.

2. To All The Boys I've Loved Before – Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Candy Counterpart: Something designer, with a little bit of a surprise. Like a Salted Caramel Ghirardelli Square.

3. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Candy Counterpart: Its sweet, but you have to kind of work at it to get there! Once you do, however, its totally worth it. Butterfinger for sure!

4. Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.
She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.
He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Candy Counterpart: It tastes like nostalgia, something amazing from when you were little. Something like a Pixie Stix!
5. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. 

Candy Counterpart: A huge part of the appeal of this book, to me, is that it reads like a movie, one where you get totally sucked in and are rooting so hard for the characters. For this book, you totally need a box of theater candy, like Buncha Crunch or Cookie Dough Bites.

6. The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Candy Counterpart: You know what the smartest and dorkiest of all candiest is? Smarties, of course.

7. Steering the Stars – Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

Be careful what you wish for…
Aspiring writer Hannah Vaughn worries that she is doomed to live out the rest of her existence in a sleepy Oklahoma town. For as long as she can remember, she’s dreamed of something more – adventure, excitement, intrigue. When her sister invites her to London and she’s accepted to a prestigious writing program at The Warriner School, she jumps at the chance. But will it be epic or an epic fail?

You’ll never know if you don’t try…
Nothing ever happens to straight-A student Caroline McKain and that’s exactly the way she likes it. With her best friend in London and junior year looming on the horizon, all she wants is to remain invisible. So when she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, she must ask herself: Can an invisible girl really take center stage?

Follow Hannah and Caroline as they navigate the complexities of first love, family and growing up. As their bond is tested, the girls will learn that being apart can ultimately bring you together. Steering the Stars is a fresh, heartfelt young adult story about fate, discovery, and the magic of friendship.

Candy Counterpart:  Something British that you get from Waitrose for your best friend back home when you're in London on a trip, like Dairy Milk (or, my favorite, the Dairy Milk Oreo bar) 
8. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters – Kimberly Karalius

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

Candy Counterpart: A new twist on an old favorite, like a Midnight Milky Way.

9. On the Fence – Kasie West

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Candy Counterpart: The really good candy that you have to hide from your siblings/parents. In other words, all of the Reeses. The mini ones. The pumpkin shaped ones. The white chocolate ones, etc.

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Bejamin Alire Sáenz

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Candy Counterpart: Its something that isn't necessarily the sweetest at first, but you grow to love it. Sour Patch Kids! 

That was actually really fun to do! Do y'all agree with the choices? What candies would you pick for your favorite books?

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope it's a great one :)    



  1. I love your list, and most of the books on it as well! I still need to read A Little Something Different... I have it, just haven't had a chance to read it yet! :)

    1. Thank you so much Christy! You really should read A Little Something Different, it is incredibly cute :)

  2. Super interesting take on this week's topic! I'm not a fan of scary stories so I love this list. I've only read Aristotle and Dante, but I'll be sure to check some of these other books out!

    1. Thank you so much Helia! I love Aristotle and Dante so much, if you like it I would recommend first checking out Emmy and Oliver or Amy and Roger's Epic Detour from this list! :)

  3. I like how you added the candy counterpart. :)

    Check out my TTT and my Halloween Giveaway.

    1. Thanks so much! :) I will be sure to check out your TTT as well!

  4. Great spin on this weeks topic :) Check my TTT

    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate that. I will look at your TTT right now!

  5. I love this topic idea, I'm too much of a wimp to read really scary stories so this list is much more to my taste LOL. I loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and I already have A Little Something Different & Anna and the French Kiss on my TBR pile so I'll have to try and read them soon :)

    1. I'm such a wimp too hahah I really can't handle anything too scary or creepy, so I was like hmm I'm just going to stick with what I like! Anna and the French Kiss is really one of my favorite books ever, I hope you like it!

  6. Omg these books... I've read Emmy & Oliver but the rest look like I would need some tissues. I love how creative your topic is. Also my coworkers keep a bucket of halloween candy around. And it happens to e in front of my desk D: I think I've gained like 10 lb this month lol.

    Happy Halloween!
    Christina @ Books & Prejudice

    1. Hahahah oh I know that feeling Christina! At least Halloween is almost here and then the candy will go away... Thank you for stopping by! You should definitely try out a couple of other books on this list, I highly recommend them all :)

  7. Nice topic. I haven't read any of the books you've listed in your post this week. Quite a few of them sound really good, so I'll have to add them to me ever growing reading wishlist.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/10/top-ten-tuesday-10-literary-halloween.html

    1. I'll be glad to contribute to your TBR pile! I think all of our lists are just too long, but we can't stop adding books to them! Thanks for stopping by :)

  8. What a cute take on this topic! I haven't read any of these and I'm not a huge fan of contemporary fiction, but I'll keep them in mind if I'm ever in that kind of mood!

    Here are my Top Ten!

    1. Thanks Tracy! I feel like, if you don't really like contemporary, you'd probably like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe the best, because it is a little bit deeper than the rest of these! :)

  9. It's nice you went the non-scary route. All of these books sound interesting, and I love how you related them to candy. Still in the topic, but with a different spin. Cool!

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate that comment :)

  10. Love this idea for this week's TTT! The covers all look gorgeous, I especially love 'Love Fortunes and Other Disasters' by Kimberly Karalius, definitely adding that to my to-read list, thanks!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I adore that book, it is so cute! I hope you like it :)

  11. Really cute idea - love it!! I also like that you mentioned, "Emmy & Oliver." I really want to read it and have heard nothing but good things about it. I also like that you have "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe." I love that book and the comparison to sour patch kids is spot on. Great list!

    Also thanks for stopping by at My TTT


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