Monday, July 13, 2020

TTT: Books That Make Me SMILE!

 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: books that make you smile.

I really needed this right now. I am so anxious about the upcoming school year and so frustrated with those who continue to deny the reality of what is going on in this country, that I struggle to find joy. Thinking about this topic was a great way to snap out of it for awhile! It even made me realize that I could easily put together a list of picture books that crack me up as an adult reader, so that will be a fun project to keep in my back pocket for the next figuratively rainy day. 

A classic that has charm and humor and is not terribly outdated and problematic! Plus, Anne best describes my standard pandemic response to "How are you?" 

#BlackJoy at its finest. Doesn't this cover just make you smile?

You Should See Me in a Crown

Oh my gosh, this graphic novel about a gay southern pie baker who joins the ice hockey team at his New England college is so adorable! Now I just need to wrestle book two away from my teen so I can read it too.

Life, Love and Hockey (Oooh, And Pie) In 'Check, Please!' : NPR

Laini Taylor is great at breaking hearts and writing doomed lovers. Turns out, she can also write frothy delightful young love that ends in mutual happiness. I listened to this one on audio, and the accents were so charming! The author's husband illustrated the book (really well!), and check out this adorable dedication:

Okay, so the beginning is rough--Ben's family kicks them out when they come out as non-binary, and it's all pretty awful, but by the end, you'll be smiling, I promise!

It's the otters. Sure, Roz is charming as well, but...the otters!

MCAS 2019 Released Items English Language Arts, Grade 5

I love everything Jason Reynolds does, and this middle grade collection of loosely linked stories is terrific. There's a falling school bus in each story, and his characters all have both realistic flaws and hopeful story arcs. 

I guess? This is a modern classic? Even though I didn't read it until I was an adult? Which makes me feel really old? Gary Soto's short stories tend to be slice-of-life and unvarnished. This poetry collection, however, is celebratory, which I guess is what makes them odes. Summer is a great time to pick this book up if you haven't before; three of my favorite odes are to the ice cream truck, running through the sprinkler, and fireworks. 

I loved this one. Meredith Russo follows her two characters, born on the same day in the same hospital, through several years of birthdays together. 

When I finished this book, I gave it a big hug. Not all books get that reaction!

Hug a Book Week Celebration | District of Columbia Public Library

I hope these books bring you smiles as well! If you need some more help, here are a few Twitter jokes I've collected recently. This first one describes me a little too well...

Then we have a book joke!

And another one that might be a little too on the nose. 

Finally, a practical suggestion!


  1. I hear you on the frustrations, I feel the same way. This topic is a break we all need maybe! And I love that quote from Anne of Green Gables...

    That Narnia quote and that last one made me smile. :)

  2. Considerably ruffled! Fantastic!
    Great list and I hope you find your peace on the new school year.
    My TTT is here

  3. Look Both Ways does sound good!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. You Should See Me in a Crown made my list too. Liz was so wonderful, and I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her. Anne is an old favorite, and the joy she found in the little things is something I adored.

  5. I've been thinking about you and worrying about you and the coming school year. I have Look Both Ways here. I will read it in August, I think. One of the books that always makes me laugh is the Pretty Good Joke Book. I'd sometimes read randomly from this book with my library classes. We also made videos where kids read jokes together.

    I need some humor.

  6. Night of Cake and Puppets was super cute!
    My TTT:

  7. Anne of Green Gables is a great choice. Have you read all of the books in that series?

    My TTT .

  8. Anne of Green Gables - good choice and I read the whole series. I do smile when I think about Anne and her antics. Sadly, t's the only one on your list that I have read.

    Thanks for the twitter jokes.

    Have a lovely day.

    P.S. Here's my top ten tuesday (actually 7) here but it's not a list of books, just some complaints relating to books.

  9. Those twitter jokes made me laugh. Thanks for sharing! :) Anne of Green Gables definitely made me smile when I read it.
    My TTT list.

  10. Haha, I love your jokes. I recently got Lily and Dunkin, so I’m going to read that one. I’m looking forward to your picture book list because I’m sick of reading Sheep in a Jeep and Peek-A-Who a thousand times a day. Baby Brooklyn badly needs new books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. Ooh, I did picture books this week. I would definitely be excited to see your list in the future. I haven't read much of this list, but I do agree on Anne.

  12. I love Anne of Green Gables!! One of my childhood favourites. I really need to read You Should See me in a crown. It has been on my tbr list for a while. Thanks for sharing


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