Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by the fabulous people over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they offer up a topic, and everyone is welcome to join. So here it is, the Top 10 Books That Will Make You Swoon—also known as the top ten books that set unrealistically high expectations for men!
1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins—This book deserves to be number one on my list, without a doubt. Even if I had just read the scene where they fall asleep on the same bed, it would be the most swoon-worthy. Anna is a girl who is sent to Paris by her father for her senior year in high school. There, she meets Etienne, an oh-so-attractive Frenchman, who just happens to have a girlfriend. I haven’t read any other author that makes me fall in love with a relationship like Stephanie Perkins can do. Etienne and Anna are my favorite make-believe couple, even though he has a girlfriend in the book. (Don’t worry, he’s not a jerk. You’ll be in love with himself yourself by the time the book is done.)
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins—A while back, I was dating a man that I only got to see on the weekends because he lived an hour away. I was ridiculous and would drive the hour all the time. Well, one day I was supposed to go to his house in the afternoon. I started reading Lola and the Boy Next Door and ending up lying to my then-boyfriend about when I was coming over because I didn’t want to stop reading the book. I am absolutely in love with the relationship between Lola and Cricket Bell. This book is such a feel-good romance novel that leaves you wanting more. I will read anything Stephanie Perkins is willing to write!
3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins—Okay, so I haven’t actually read this book yet, seeing as it doesn’t come out until August. The release date of this book has been pushed back a few times. After reading Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, though, I have no doubt this book will be incredible. I’ve actually considered taking a personal day off work the day it comes out to read it. She’s that good. (Side note: I absolutely despise it when covers get changed mid-series. Do they have any idea what it does to my bookshelf? This new cover is just boring.)
4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith—I can’t even remember the entire plot of this story. All I remember is the feeling I was left with, and it was a sappy, lovey-dovey, mushy-gushy kind of feeling. And I loved it!
5. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols—I feel for the girl in this story, Leah. She’s had a rough life, and the author doesn’t pretend that she is perfect in any way. She’s got this authentic feel about her, and I appreciate that. Essentially the story of a young poor girl who loves to fly that is caught in the middle of a “love triangle” between two brothers. A great read for anyone who wants to swoon over something not so bubble-gum pop happy.
6. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead—There’s no way I could pick just one of the books from the series to be my favorite. I always knew to never start a Vampire Academy book later in the evening, because I’d stay up all hours of the night just to finish it. Rose is the kind of girl that you just wish you could be, and the…. Ahhh hemmm… tension between her and Dmitri that drags on book after book is absolutely addicting. You just can’t walk away from the books and their relationship.
7. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead—Just take my money, Richelle Mead. And keep writing scenes like the sorority house one in The Indigo Spell. I can’t decide who I love better, Sydney and Adrian, or Rose and Dmitri.
8. Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman—There are no words that I could form into a good enough sentence to tell you about these two incredible books. Just read them, and try not to fall in love.
9. The Program by Suzanne Young—This book isn’t one you would typically think is “swoon-worthy.” Set in a dystopian future where teen suicide is an epidemic, this novel centers around a girl named Sloane. Any hints of depression, and teens are sent through “The Program” where they are rehabilitated and their memories are wiped. Sloane and her boyfriend James eventually are forced to go through “The Program.” I think the reason this one really got me was because of the question it poses. If you are really meant to be with someone, really meant to love someone, will you always find them?
10. The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller—This book doesn’t get the credit it deserves. I never really heard much buzz around it. I got this book on Christmas day a few years ago, and you can see me in pictures as the day progresses. In each picture, I am getting further and further through the book. A story about reincarnation, I just can’t help but love the idea of always finding the one person that is supposed to be in your life.