top ten tuesday: book mash-ups!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I haven’t done a TTT in a long time, so I’m excited to do one for today 🙂

This week’s topic is to write about ten book mash-ups–pairs of books that would make epic stories if they were mixed together!


  1. Warcross (Marie Lu) & Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

I haven’t actually read ILLUMINAE all the way through yet, but this would make an AMAZING mashup, imo. I’d love to see the world of WARCROSS laid out with diagrams and lines of code with the formatting of ILLUMINAE. WARCROSS is already such a vivid story that it would be super cool to see it laid out like ILLUMINAE.


2. The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson) & Nice Try, Jane Sinner (Lianne Oelke)

I loved the romance(s) in THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE and was entranced by the lyrical writing, but I’d be super interested to see that story told with Jane Sinner’s snarky, cynical voice. Writing is a big part of both stories (the protagonist of TSKIE writes poetry and Jane writes a journal) so it would be cool to see a voice switch.


2. Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde) & Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)

My WIP, which I have nicknamed Queer Bookish Novel, is basically this combo. It’s a nerdy, contemporary romance but featuring book lovers.


3. 10 Things I Can See from Here (Carrie Mac) & Autoboyography (Christina Lauren)

I really liked 10 THINGS, especially in regards to anxiety rep, and I’d love to see a story with excellent anxiety rep and a writer protagonist like in AUTOBOYOGRAPHY.


4. Moxie (Jennifer Matthieu) & Jane, Unlimited (Kristin Cashore)

I haven’t read either of these but I’d love to see a feminist story done in 4 different genres like the story is in JANE, UNLIMITED. I’d like to see more feminism-focused stories in YA in general!


5. The Selection (Kiera Cass) & Long May She Reign (Rhiannon Thomas)

LONG MAY SHE REIGN is about a princess who’s something like 23rd in line for the throne becomes the heir because everyone before her is murdered. Imagine THE SELECTION but the winner is chosen because someone murders the rest of the contestants.


6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han) & Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

Imagine Lara Jean in Paris! Except she wouldn’t cheat on Peter like Etienne cheats on his girlfriend.


7. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn & David Levithan) & The Brightsiders (Jen Wilde)

Imagine dual narrated BRIGHTSIDERS. Queer rock musician romance that takes place over one night. Can I get a yes, please?


8. Splintered (A. G. Howard) & Caraval (Stephanie Garber)

A mad wonderland game with plenty of romance, please and thanks.


9. Hunger Games Matched (Ally Condie)

MATCHED, basically, but they have to fight their competition matches to the death to be matched with someone.


10. Girls of Snow and Glass (Melissa Bashardoust) & Cinder

I am a huge fan of retellings, I and I thought Melissa Bashardoust’s retelling/Snow White evil queen origin story was so cool. It would be interesting to see it in a futuristic, Lunar Chronicles-like world.

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  1. Okay but when can I read your WIP, because it sounds like the PERFECT COMBO ahhhhhhhhh I am so excited about it now. It sounds incredible 😀 I also love all of these mash-ups, especially that last one, that snow-white retelling in a futuristic world would be so cool! 😀

    1. omg Marie do you know how delighted I would be to have you read my WIP when I write more of it?? SO. DELIGHTED! I’m kind of struggling with it now tbh though because I’m just doubting myself so much and am debating taking a break from it. But idk, maybe I’ll write a bit more this month *crosses all crossables*

      1. I WOULD LOVE TO READ IT! Seriously, it sounds incredible and like the kind of story I would LOVE 💛
        I get the writing struggles, I so get them, I’m having them too unfortunately haha. I hope you will be able to write a bit more though – do you have a daily / weekly / monthly goal or something? Or maybe having more of a structured-kind of writing would help you? I know that the structure of NaNo really helped me put my first draft on the page 🙂

        1. I’ve been reading a book about outlining and I feel like that might help. I also have a spreadsheet of wordcount goals and rewards for each one. I feel like wordcount goals aren’t really useful for me though because it’s so hard for me just to sit down and write. I feel like I might need to do a “write X times a week” goal or something instead of a solid wordcount, because wordcounts are so intimidating!

          I also do tend to do better during events like NaNo and Camp NaNo, but I find it hard to set goals for myself when I have no deadlines. I’d like to write and revise something in time for a #PitMad event in the fall or winter, so that might help also.

          1. Oh that’s good – I’m happy to hear the book you’ve been reading might help, I really hope so <3 I get it, word counts are so intimidating, maybe fixing another type of goal, like, write a chapter, or write one particular scene, would work out better? 🙂

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