Top Ten Books I’d Buy This Minute With A Loaded Gift Card

Here’s the list of books I’d be most tempted to by right this minute if I walked into the Book Cellar with a loaded gift card.  

  1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
  2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 
  3. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
  5. Queen of the Tearling (I can’t help that I’m obsessed) by Erika Johansen 
  6. Six of Crows and preorder of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.  I need those colored page ends in my life
  7. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Review to come  – this book was BADASS
  8. Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts – I need another happy fix! 
  9. Pirasaurs!  by Josh Funk – We need new bedtime reading! And who doesn’t want to read about pirate dinosaurs?!
  10. I Dissent! Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

What would be on your buy list?  And have you already bought Cursed Child?  I need a spoiler free review! 


Best Books of 2016 So Far

Today’s Top Ten list really made me think – that is after the top book on my list.  No doubt Sweetbitter has blown everything else I’ve read this year away.  I’m still thinking about it!  Thanks to the Broke and the Bookish for this topic!


  1. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  2. Tender by Brenda McKeon
  3. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  4. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  5. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  6. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  7. The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susan
  8. The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
  9. Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
  10.  Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

What’s at the top of your list so far?  I think I should make Holly come post her top ten this year soon too!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads Still To Come This Year

Happy Tuesday! Today the Broke and the Bookish is asking for the Top Ten most anticipated reads for 2016 – as usual my list is kind of random but I’m very excited to get to read all of these!

  1. The Fate of the Tearling by Erica Johansen (basically I’m checking edelweiss  for ARCs of this book every 3 days)
  2. Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
  3. Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
  4. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
  5. Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
  6. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 
  7. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
  8. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman 
  9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (the pages will have RED edges! Get it in my hands NOW!)
  10. Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire 

Bonus book! It Started With Good-bye by Christina June isn’t out until next May but I can’t wait! Her beautiful cover is being revealed today at YA Highway so go check it out!

Ten Books I Plan To Read On The Beach As Soon As Possible

Who doesn’t love beach reads?  Today’s Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish is beach themed so here are the 10 books I want to read beach or pool side ASAP -varying degrees of heaviness but I am excited for all!

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  2. June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
  3. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  5. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis- Benn
  6. The Girls by Emma Cline
  7. Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
  8. Gemina by Jay Kirstoff and Amie Kaufman
  9. Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
  10. Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

What’s on your list to read at the beach this summer?

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books to Make You Laugh

Today’s Top Ten Eleven from the Broke and the Bookish is books that will make you laugh – my favorites of these had me laughing in public while reading and even in tears.  Parts of these will at the very least absolutely make you smile – they might also knock you down with tears later as a fair warning.

  1. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (And Bright Lights Big Ass!)
  2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (basically ALL his books)
  3. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  4. Discount Armageddon (Incryptid #1 and the whole series) by Seanan McGuire
  5. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  6. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  9. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  11. Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan (will also make you cry like a baby)

What funny books am I missing?



Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Couples

Today for a Valentine’s themed Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish I present to you:

My Top Ten Fictional Couples


Pic from the BBC

  1. Elizabeth and Darcy of Pride & Prejudice 
  2. Finnikin and Isaboe and of course Froi and Quintana of the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
  3. Ron and Hermione of Harry Potter 
  4. Lou Clark and Will Traynor, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 
  5. Sybella and Beast, Dark Triumph, Robin LaFevers
  6. Georgia and Shaun Mason, The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant (ok sort of strange but I don’t care)
  7. Sydney and Adrian, Richelle Mead, Bloodlines
  8. Miles & Henrietta, The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig (The cutest of all the series!)
  9. Cormoran Strike and Robin, The Cuckoo’s Calling etc by Robert Galbraith  (THIS HAS TO HAPPEN. They are meant to be)
  10. Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (and never will I ever read you Bridget Jones #3 NEVER!)

What’s on your Valentine’s List?  Or who is your #1 fictional couple?




Top Ten 2015 Releases I Still Need to Read

I’m getting massive TBR guilt over this week’s Broke and Bookish Top Ten topic!  I know there are awesome books that I didn’t add to this list – and I need to get to reading!  Also, I know -I kind of have the most cracked out random reading lists.


  1. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You I’m Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  2. The Tusk that did the Damage by Tania James
  3. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
  4. The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
  5. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  6. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
  7. Fiercome Manor by Kate Riordan
  8. The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Allison Weir
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Balm: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

What’s on your TTT?

Top Ten Books I Want Santa to Leave Me

So much for that goal of reviewing all books before the year end… but the year isn’t over! More reviews to come!  For now – please pass this list on to Santa!  I love this Broke & Bookish topic for Top Ten Tuesday!   What are you asking Santa to leave?


  1. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  3. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  4. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  5. ARC of the Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adieh – yeah I know it is a fantasy but I WANT it
  6. The Sleeper & the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  8. Hardcover of Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (why I don’t know because it would terrify me!)
  9. Career of Evil by Robert Gilbraith (Coroman Strike #3)
  10. After You by Jojo Moyes
  11. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Link me up to your Santa letters!

Top Ten YA Books I’ve Read in 2015

Today I’m linking up with the Broke and the Bookish for the Top Ten* YA** Books I read in 2015.  Basically I’m not ready to make the call of the 10 best books I’ve read this year so I’m narrowing it down.


*Yes I can count but these all had to go on the list

** Yes, 2 are technically Middle Grade but it’s my list and I can do what I want!

  1. All the Rage by Courtney Summers
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
  4. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  5. Every Breath and Every Word by Ellie Marney
  6. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  7. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  8. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  9. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  10. Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham
  11. A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
  12. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1) by Rick Riordan
  13. Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

So what’s on your top ten of the year – and please tell me someone else has more than ten!


Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I Want to Read

It’s been a while but today I’m linking up with the Broke and the Bookish for the Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I am looking forward to:


  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig  (couldn’t wait to read and it’s great!)
  2. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  3. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  4. The Reader by Traci Chee
  5. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of A Fist by Sunil Yapa
  6. Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
  7. The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
  8. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Hmmm.  I feel like my list is very YA and fantasy skewed.  What else should be on my radar for 2016 debuts?