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TGIF is a meme hosted by my girl Ginger over at GReads! where she asks a bookish question and invites all of us to participate. They are consistently insightful, creative, and generally rad questions. So it's definitely worth checking out if you don't already participate!

The question the lovely Ginger poses this week is: 
Recommend it: Which book from the last 10 years you've read would you recommend to a friend?

JUST ONE?! From the last TEN YEARS?

Whoa. My brain exploded.

I'll be choosing from my last ten books. Roll with me.

To the friend who thinks all of YA is for girls: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. There is some seriously solid relationship advice in this read. Add that to the humor, frustration, completely authentic characters and solid plot and this is a YA read that will surely convince the YA skeptic that teen lit is the shiz, no matter your age, gender, or sexual orientation. Great stories about genuine characters is where it’s at, yo. My review is coming next week, so keep your eyes peeled for my full thoughts on the goodness.

To the friend who thinks love triangles are lame: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. Again, we have humor, relationship insight, deep characters, and a crazy cool story with alternating POVs and self discovery. You guys, I LOVE books where self discovery is the focus. So much. This book has a solid base of great plot and awesome characters. The icing on the cake is the slow burn romance between JUST TWO PEEPS. And this is some tasty icing, y’all. I’m talking homemade buttercream level of tasty icing. This book will have you cheering and swooning to the very end.

To the friend who is skeptical of Middle Grade fantasy: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Wipe the movie from your mind. Start fresh and trust me that this book is what MG readers dreams are MADE of. The MG main character who thinks and acts like a MG student. Greek mythology. Epic adventures and great best friends. Just the slightest, teensiest, whisper of a romance (but girls are still kinda weird and off-putting so you know...). Percy is the raddest of the rad because he is legit scared of what’s happening like 99% of the time but he’s never whiny, constantly trying to be brave to prove himself and protect his friends, and doing it all in the name of saving others. LOVE.

So now I ask you - what books would YOU recommend to ME? By this point, dear readers, you know my style. You know what I love and what I’m seriously lacking in. You know enough about me that I am sincerely interested in what books you think I’d fall in love with. Let me have it!

And also, be sure to check out all the other posts over at GReads!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. this is why i love you. i *knew* you'd love WG, WG. i *know* you love my friend Tiny Cooper. he loves you too.

    so does Percy. oh how i love that series so very much. but it does have the mythology, so there's no secret there!!

    i can't wait to get to Graffiti Moon. it's creepin up my list. soon soon soon!

    completely solid recommends, my dear friend. as always.


  2. Do you know, I've never done a Levithan? Sad, sad story. Don't know if I should start with this or do something earlier. Need to get on it no matter what my choice!

    And again with the recommendations! My mind goes completely blank when asked...even if it's virtually! I just did This Beautiful Life, which was an adult contemp but deals with teen issues. It really makes you think...

    1. I haven't read any other Levithan, but I definitely plan to.

      I'll check out This Beautiful Life! Thanks for the rec.

  3. I just ignored the part of only saying one book, I just went for books by 3 authors I loved XD Hop on over if you have the time:
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. Gah, I adore WG, WG. I might fit into your category of folks that aren't all that keen on love triangles (I don't dislike them...but feel as though oftentimes they're unnecessary) so I'll definitely have to check out Graffiti Moon :)

  5. I panicked when I saw your post -- 10 years? I thought it was 10 books -- so I checked -- I think you did the right thing, because I don't think it was supposed to be years -- I couldn't do that either! Heck, I couldn't even pick just one from the last 10 books! I have Graffiti Moon -- but haven't read it. I've heard it's great, though!

    1. You're right, it is the last ten. I freaked for no reason! Ha!

  6. I love that you recommended Graffiti Moon and The Lightning Thief because both these novels are AWESOME. I love the way Graffiti Moon is written, and I love the adventures Percy goes on in his series.

    I haven't read WG, WG yet, but I'm planning to remedy that this year, for sure!

  7. A big YES to Graffiti Moon, I think so many people would enjoy that book, not only regular YA readers. And WG,WG is also a fantastic book, I want to keep a list of YA books that I think boys would enjoy.


    1. Agree. I LOVE boyish books, so it would be helpful in recommending and for myself. Ha!

  8. I wanted to follow you, but you don't have a Networked Blogs widget in your sidebar. Will you add one anytime soon? If so, let me know!

    And I like your recommendations. Thought about reading The Lightning Thief, but always disregarded the idea, because there were so many books and so little time. Hmm. Maybe one day this year. *grin*


    1. You can subscribe by email or RSS feed up on the right hand side of the blog, right above the A Wrinkle In Time anniversary button. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Thanks for wanting to follow my nerdish musings, Patricia. :)

  9. Yay for The Lightning Thief! I recently read The Search for WondLa which is a seriously amazing MG. If you're looking for your next great MG read, you should definitely check that one out :]

  10. Whoa, I must have misread the question. I thought it was a rec from the last 10 books you'd read. That made it a lot easier as you noticed.

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is on my list somewhere, but the other two I'm not as familiar with. I'll have to look into them.

    New follower!


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