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Top Ten Tuesday: Books my boyfriend should read

Top Ten Tuesday: Books my boyfriend should read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

Because it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a love freebie week. I’ve decided to take this opportunity to choose ten books that I really wish my boyfriend would read.

I think Sean should read these books for one of two reasons.

1) He’d enjoy them.

2) He can’t complain about how “trash” they are without actually having read them in the first place!

10) Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I’m putting Turtles All the Way Down at the bottom of the list because I haven’t read it either, and I’m a little apprehensive about picking it up.

However, my boyfriend got us both copies just after it came out. We were considering doing a buddy read of it while I was at university… But I had far too much required reading to do, and then I deferred my second semester. Plan foiled! It would be nice for us to read it together eventually, though.

9) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

I reread Warm Bodies a couple of weeks ago, and Sean admitted that although he enjoyed the film, he’d never read the book. I’m sure he’s going to find it cliched and cringey, but as I’m halfway through the sequel – The Burning World – and the paced has picked up dramatically, I might be able to convince him to carry on with the series.

8) Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This is one of the books which he describes as “trash” but has never read. You can’t judge a book by its movie: especially not an adaptation as bad as Divergent!

7) Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

I loved this book, and while I’m not sure if Sean would enjoy it or not, he does have a copy on his shelf so he might as well give it a go.

6) Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Everyone should read this book, regardless of their age, race or gender.

5) Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

For the same reason as Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. I’ve recommended so many feminist books to Sean and he hasn’t bothered picking up any of them, but Everyday Sexism is one of the most accessible and so it’s definitely a must-read rather than a should-read.

4) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I don’t listen to podcasts, and I enjoyed Radio Silence a lot. However, my boyfriend is a HUGE fan of podcasts, so I’m sure he’d really enjoy this book if he gave it a go.

3) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favourite books of all time. I really want to go and see Love, Simon when it’s released, and I want Sean to read the book before then so he won’t get annoyed at me when I keep leaning over to whisper book comparison with him!

2) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is another book that we were planning on buddy reading while I was at university. I’ve been putting off The Hate U Give because of the hype surrounding it, but I’ve also been waiting for Sean to give me a kick up the bum and force me to read it… Hopefully that’ll happen sooner rather than later.

1) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I’m sure none of you are surprised that Red Rising is at the top of this list. I’ve been recommending it to all of my friends and family since I started reading the series over three years ago, and none of them have picked it up yet. It’s insulting!

My boyfriend is one of the people who I’ve recommended it to and I know he’ll love it because he loves space and murder and those things are very prominent in the Red Rising series.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, please consider using my Amazon Affiliate link (found in the book’s title). If you’d like to read more about each book, please click their cover: you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page.

 

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday and have a lovely Valentine’s day tomorrow (if you’re celebrating!). Are there any books you really wish your loved ones would read?

Alyce

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  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Great take on this week’s freebie. My husband isn’t a reader but he has no real complaints about my reading all the time. I still need to read The Hate You Give. Have you checked out Dear Martin? I think you might like it as well.

    • I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it recently got a UK publisher so hopefully I’ll be able to read it within the next few months! I’m very much looking forward to them, as I’ve heard so many amazing things about both.

  • I will have to pick the book up on race, since it looks excellent!

    • It’s brilliant – I hope you enjoy it!

  • Jo Elliott

    I love your take on this week’s freebie! I’m pretty sure if I had a boyfriend I’d be shoving all my favourite books into his hands before he could get a word in!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/top-ten-tuesday-146/

    • Hehe, because he’s not a huge fan of reading I waited until he was too invested in the relationship and couldn’t use my bookish ways as an excuse to escape! 😛

  • Everyday Sexism and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race are both going on my TBR for the next time I’m in a non-fiction mood.

    My ‘love freebie’ TTT this week.

    • I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! They’re both really short, so you’ll fly through them.

  • Greg Hill

    Radio Silence was great, I agree, and Turtles All The Way Down is one I want to read as well.

    • Hopefully we’ll all find the time to read Turtles soon!

  • Oof. I don’t like talking about Divergent the movie – it’s AWFUL. But the first book is fantastic compared to the last two.

    • I adored the first two books, but my hatred for the third surpasses my hatred for nearly every other book I don’t like!

  • Poinsettia

    I wish I could get my husband to read more books. Unfortunately, he does not share my addiction to books. I haven’t read any on your list, but I’d like to read Warm Bodies. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Neither does my boyfriend, which is why I’m trying to persuade him to read more! I absolutely love Warm Bodies – hopefully you will, too.

  • Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    This is suuuuuch a cool take on this week’s topic! I love it! I actually have gotten my fiance to start taking some of my recommendations, and a recent one was The Hate U Give. He got the audiobook from the library and tore through it in two days. He still hasn’t stopped raving about it!

  • I adored the “Warm Bodies” film (despite the fact that I AM not a vampire, werewolf or zombie fangirl), but never read the book. Who knows! Perhaps someday I’ll give it a chance. 🙂