Top Ten Tuesday

Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books If You’re In The Mood For Dancing

As a ballet dancer, I love to read books involving dance. This week I’m going to list five books/series involving dance that I’ve read, and five books/series involving dance that are on my TBR.

First up, the top 5 ballet books that I’ve read: 

  • On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover

This book was so, so good! It’s about a girl who is an incredible ballet dancer, but she doesn’t have exactly the “right” body to get accepted into the program she wants. This book is all about learning to accept what life gives you, and if you’re passionate about something, never give it up.

Next on my list is:

  • The Dani Spevak Mystery series by Amanda Brice

This is such a fun, cute, mystery series. It’s about a girl who gets accepted into a performing arts boarding school, and she is always stumbling across mysteries. I love the way dance is so incorporated, and if you don’t know a whole lot about dance, that’s okay, because this series really explains different dance styles and steps. It’s really a lot of fun!

After that:

  • Bunheads by Sophie Flack

This book is about 19-year-old Hannah Ward, who works in the corp de ballet for a prestigious ballet company. It deals with all the joys and struggles of dancing.  This book was actually written by a former dancer of the NYCB, too!

Fourth on my list is:

  • The Dance of Shadows series by Yelena Black

The series is about a girl named Vanessa, who gets accepted into the very same prestigious ballet academy where her sister, Margaret, went missing. This series is a mystery, with a paranormal twist.

Last on my list of books I’ve read is:

  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

This is such a lovely book about three orphaned sisters trying to make a name for themselves. Don’t be fooled by the tween-y cover, while this is a children’s book, it is one of those books that, I think, could be enjoyed by all.

Now onto the top 5 books I want to read:

First up:

  • Girl in Motion by Miriam Wenger-Landis

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now, and I actually own it. I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet! Check out it’s synopsis here!

Second on the list is:

  • A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

I’ve heard this book is quite good, but I’m hesitant to read it, because I know I’m going to cry! Check it out on Goodreads!

Next up:

  • Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem

This series sounds really mysterious and interesting!  Check it out here.


  • Tour De Force by Elizabeth White

I actually just checked this book out of the library, so I will be reading this one in the next week or two! Read about it here.

And finally:

  • Up To This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

This book was just released in January, and it just sounds really interesting! Check out its synopsis here.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s list. Let me know what you thought!

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