When something goes right and life is finally smiling…. Top 5 Tuesday 08/11/2020

Hi friends, 

 

Top 5 Tuesday is back! Long hosted by Shanah @bionicbookworm (she was the creator), she has now new challenges awaiting her and Meeghan from @meeghanreads has become our new mastermind!!!

In the meantime I participated in Top 10 Tuesday and I think I’ll still dive in when the topic will be calling to me! Maybe do both?

Anyway, today’s topic is “something went right”.

 

Here below are books where the hero or heroine was either in a tight spot, either not really living and with a chance encounter or fate, their life turned out for the best.

 

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Muir or Muiriel is a foster kid from her birth. She’s never known her mom and in her seventeen, nearly eighteen’s years of foster she’s been in twenty houses. Twenty! Can you imagine?

Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything–or anyone–that could get in her way.

Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean.

And everything changes. 

This new beginning for Muir will be a pivotal moment in her life.

Determined not to have friends, she’ll let fierce Kira barrel in her life to have the best friendship ever. The one that made Muir fight for someone else rather than fade in the backdrop.

 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

I am not 50% in the book but can already say that it will be one of my bests for a decade! Not this year, a decade!

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

That new mission I can already tell will change Linus’s life for the better!

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours. 

 

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

That will literally save Julian’s life.

In spite of everything this is a luminous story. Mainly because it makes us realize that for every bad guy there are lots of good guys ready to help you like Adam’s great bunch of friends did.

 

 

Heart on a Chain by Cindy C Bennett

Kate has been the scapegoat of everyone at high school, beaten by her mum and at best ignorde by her dad. She’learned to hide in the background, avoid the bullies and even eat her only meal seated on the floor for god’s sake!
Then comes her savior: Henry. He is her childhood sweetheart, coming back like a knight in shining armor.
Henry is a truly great guy, not afraid to defend Kate and earn her trust.
There are lots of drama but what impressed me is Kate’s compassion and her ability to forgive.

Henry’s return in Kate’s life will be her “something right”.

 

 

 

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Stella is a very determined young woman. She WANTS to overcome her fears.
When her mother asks for grand-children Stella is determined to satisfy her wish. She “just” has to get better at sex to be able to entice a potential mate.
What better way to improve than to have lessons by a professional escort right?

Her hiring Michael will be the best decisioin in her life and will lead to an amazing romance that will change her life forever and for the best!

 

Now what would be your “something went right”books?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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23 Replies to “When something goes right and life is finally smiling…. Top 5 Tuesday 08/11/2020”

  1. I haven’t read any of these but I’m really interested in TJ Klune’s book! Cool post!

  2. That I’ve read none of these is almost shameful haha

  3. I love books where things start to go right for characters. The Kiss Quotient is a favorite and I’m excited to read The House in the Cerulean Sea too.

    1. I can’t wait for you to read that one Suzanne!

  4. Loved The Kiss Quotient!

  5. YES!! Love this list!! I desperately want to read The House in the Cerulean Sea, and also A List of Cages (this one has been on my wishlist for ages). I do love that we both put a Hoang book Can’t wait for book 3!!

    1. I hope you will read them Meeghan they are amazing!

  6. It took me a few days to write my review of A List of Cages because I was a wreck at the end. After reading your enthusiasm for The House in the Cerulean Sea, I placed myself on hold at my library. Unfortunately I’m #23 on the list so I may have to splurge on this.

    1. Kim you are going to love that book!!!!!

  7. I’ve got to read The House in the Cerulean Sea, I can’t believe it’s been sitting on my Kindle for months…

    1. Tammy you are going to love it!

  8. Such a great topic and an interesting thing to look for in a book. I see two of my faves up there, and I definitely loved seeing their lives take a turn for the better.

    1. I know one of these is from you as you MADE me read it! LOL

  9. Oh my GOSH, I can’t wait to read your review of Cerulean Sea!

    1. I KNEW you would say that Wendy!!! I am nearly halfway and love, love, love it!!

      1. Yay!!!!! The children!!

  10. Just seeing the cover for A List of Cages hurts my heart. That book about did me in. I need Roe to email me and tell me that Julian now has a fabulous life. LOL

    1. Same!! And she is busy with a new book!!!!!

    2. Tanya! You are scaring me. I really want to read this book, but then I see comments like this. Will it break me?

      1. Ummm… forget I said anything, Sam. LOL Go forth and read this book. I’m just too much of a big softie. LOL

  11. Cheryl Malandrinos says: Reply

    Great list. Klune’s and Hoang’s book sound amazing. Will you be reviewing The House in the Cerulean Sea? I would love to hear your final throughts.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/08/top-5-tuesday-top-5-books-where.html

    1. Yes I will review it! Hopefully by the end of the month max as it’s a book club read and it’s so interesting and helpful to discuss the books and see what everyone thinks!

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