Top 5 Sweet Reads

–by Bronto Incognito

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If you’re anything like my Christmas-obsessed best friend, Nikki, then December is the time you like to curl up on the couch with a thick blanket, a cup of cocoa, and a sweet endearing love story.  I mean, why wait until Valentine’s for the cuteness???

So whether you have a long plane ride coming up or just prefer the written word to the Hallmark Channel, here are my Top 5 totes adorbs love stories…

5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

lola and the boy next door.jpgI personally much prefer this book to the much more popular Anna and the French Kiss (the first book in the series).  Each of these are companions to the others, so you can get away with reading them out of order, though the characters do appear in each other’s stories, so if you don’t want spoilers I would suggest reading them in order.

That said, Lola and Cricket are adorable.  She’s a crafty fashionista who’ll wear a safari outfit with fake bullet holes in protest of big game hunting one day and a punked-out waitress outfit the next.  Cricket is crafty, too, but his skills lie more in the inventing and mechanical engineering arena. (As the wife of a mechanical engineer, you can see why this appeals to me!)  Plus, the boy can dress.

Lola’s stuck in a bad relationship, even though she can’t see it, but I’ll give the girl credit.  Just because her long-ago crush moves back in next door, it doesn’t mean she’s going to immediately drop her current beau for a chance with Cricket.  And we’ll say this as well: this story was cute enough to make me overlook the fact that someone in this story named their son Cricket….

4. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

ghostIf you follow our site at all then you already know how adorable I find this story.  Imagine if Regina George actually died when she got hit by that bus and now the only kid at school that can see her is the weirdo goth kid.
Oh, and did I mention that whenever she’s around him she has physicality and can touch things?You know, just in case they decide to make out a bit after they stop hating on each other….

There are 3 books in this series.  They’re all decently short and super cute and the path these two take is satisfying right through to the end.  I love me some Alona and Will!!!

3. Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen

flippedHere’s my one Middle Grade entry into this list.  I’ve read this one twice now and loved it both times.

Also, if you’re looking for a sweet movie to watch after you read the book, you should check out the adaptation.  Totally charming!

Told in alternating perspectives, Flipped takes a look at those middle school crushes we all had and asks the question: Is your crush really worth all the praise, or are they just eye-candy?
Or, from Bryce’s perspective: Is the person I will become already determined by age 13, or can I avoid becoming the worst parts of my father?

Now all that might sound super serious, but this story is funny and deep at the same time.  You get to see Juli tell you how she and Bryce almost kissed the day they met, then hear Bryce describe how Juli’s been harassing him from Day 1.  Haven’t you always wondered what the other half of that love story is like?  Well, in Flipped you get both!

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

the-selectionHere’s another one I’ve read twice and loved both times.  If you’ve been living under a YA rock, here’s the short version:
After her boyfriend breaks up with her, America (yes, that’s her name) enters a nationwide contest to be one of the 35 girls with a shot at marrying Prince Maxon.  Well of course she wins or there’d be no story and whoosh!  It’s off to the palace and the cattiness and primping that come along with it.  Girls are going home left and right and though America’s not interested in romance she’s making quite the impression on the Prince (that’ll happen when you accidentally knee a guy in the groin…)
But it wouldn’t be a YA without a love triangle so you KNOW that the ex is on his way back into America’s life.

It’s a 3 book series and while I knew by halfway through the first one which boy I was cheering for, I didn’t know if he would pick her.  If he should pick her.  Which made this not only funny, endearing, and intriguing,  I also needed to keep reading to find out what would actually happen in the end!

1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

statistical probability of love at first sight.jpgOh how I love this book, let me count the ways.
Seriously, if Hollywood was still making RomComs, this one would be in production right now.  Or at least make its way to the Hallmark Channel…

So Hadley misses her flight to England, though she wasn’t super excited about going in the first place.  I mean, if your dad went to work overseas for a few months, had an affair, divorced your mom, and was now marrying said affair and you were expected to be there AND be a bridesmaid…you wouldn’t be eager to make the trip either.
But in the airport and on the flight she runs into a charming British boy named Oliver who’s on his way home for his own family event.  (And who doesn’t love a boy with a British accent???)
Throughout the flight they share stories of their respective fathers and what their parents’ choices have done to their lives.  They bond over watching a fly buzzing through the cabin, making an unexpected journey to a whole other continent.  And while this isn’t the story of what they’ll do with the rest of their lives, it is the story of what can happen when two people meet by chance and make the choice to open up to each other.
Of course I’ve read this book 2x as well and will definitely read it more in my lifetime.  This was one of those books that stuck with me long after reading it and just got better and better the more I thought about it.
Even though the title is a little ridiculously long…

So what are your favorite reads to cuddle up with in the winter time?  Let us know in the comments down below!!!

–Bronto Incognito










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