Top Ten Tuesday – New TBR Finds

It IS still Tuesday, right?

I have to say, ever since we started blogging about books, I am constantly adding more books to my TBR list. Here are ten that caught our eyes recently.


Thanks to the Broke and Bookish for the topic. Click here for more Top Ten Tuesdays!


  1. The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon – I need more nonfiction like this in my life
  2. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen – because reading Persuasion was fun
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I don’t know what this book is but Amanda is all about it
  4. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan – I found this one after finishing Rodin’s Lover and searching for more books in the historical-fiction-about-artists genre
  5. That Summer by Lauren Willig – I am ready to try out some more Lauren Willig because I love the Pink Carnation books!


  1. The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac Bissonnette.  Thanks Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness for catching my eye with this one!
  2. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
  3. The Witches by Stacy Schiff
  4. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!  by Jonathon Evison.
  5. The Royal We by Heather Cocks

What great books have you heard about recently?

Top Ten Books We’d Like to Reread from Childhood

Today we’re hooking up with the Broke and the Bookish for the Top 10 books from our teen years that we would love to revisit



  1. Anne of Green Gables. All the Anne books really. I need to break down and buy the gorgeous new Puffin edition. But I need more bookshelves first.
  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.  I only remember that I loved this, can’t remember why. #old
  3. Matilda- when can I read this to Babycakes I wonder?  This first or the B.F.G…
  4. Over Sea and Under Stone, (The Dark is Rising Series)Susan Cooper. I am waiting for this to come from the library. My copies of this series disintegrated from being read so often.
  5. A Wrinkle in Time- I have reread this kind of recently. Still an amazing series. Meg is a character I cannot wait to introduce my daughter to!



  1. James and the Giant Peach – books this awesome do not require an explanation.
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth – I have re-read this one in recent years. It holds up.
  3. The Giver – I have been meaning to revisit this one and also finish the rest of the series.
  4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – notwithstanding the fact that Turkish delight is not actually delightful
  5. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – I don’t remember too much about this book other than learning how to hide in a museum bathroom after hours. Perhaps someday that knowledge will come in handy.

What’s on your list?

Top Ten Books On Our Spring TBR Lists


Today’s Broke & Bookish list is Top Ten Books on your Spring To Read Lists.  I decided that we had to check our Winter TBR lists to see how we did this time- amazingly I read 4/5 books! Shamefully this means that I’ve had my copy of the Miniaturist from the library since January-I had better get on that soon.


  1. Re Jane: A Novel by Patricia Park.  A retelling of Jane Eyre with a Korean American orphan?  Might be just the thing when I finish our #PersuasionReadalong!
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Cannot wait for this new series!
  3. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson.  If you haven’t read Life After Life yet go do so now! I cannot wait for this companion book about Ursala’s brother.
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.  Alternate Londons?  Sounds amazing.
  5. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran.  An Indian queen standing up to the Brits? Sounds fascinating!


I am 3 for 5 from my Winter list, but, I am happy to report that I am finally at 5 for 5 from my Fall TBR list! This Spring I plan on knocking out: (And by plan, I mean, we’ll see)

  1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – even though my mother did not recommend it
  2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – so Amanda doesn’t disown me. (YES!!)
  3. The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig – Amanda and I are hosting Pink #9 of Pink for All Seasons (Readalong of the Pink Carnation series)
  4. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein – because Code Name Verity
  5. The Promise by Ann Weisgarber – just looks lovely

What books are you excited about?

Top Ten Narrative Nonfiction Recommendations

For this week’s TTT hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, we’ve got a list of ten great books to try if you like narrative nonfiction – or nonfiction that reads like a really great story. Even if you don’t think you like to read nonfiction, give one of these books a try!


Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – probably the book I recommend most often, and it’s about a serial killer. What does that say about me?

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, SpyAmanda reviewed this one first, but I got to meet Karen Abbott and get a signed copy last fall (Amanda: This clearly makes my sister cooler!).

Coyotes by Ted Conover – a recent review of Amanda’s (here) reminded me of this great book I read in college about the journey across the Mexican-American border.  

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan – the story of the biggest project in American history that you don’t even know you didn’t know about.

Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes by Daniel Everett – this is one I used in a class I used to teach, and it interweaves anthropology and faith in surprising ways. I am pretty sure not all my students actually read the book, but the ones that did found it way more fun to read than the textbook!


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt – If you were led astray and saw this movie, banish all thoughts from your mind and read the book now. It is amazing and I reread it often.  Savannah is at the top of my list of places to visit because of this book.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer – Murder, polygamy and special religious underwear?  Yes.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of  Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Oh my lord Louie Zamperini was a bad ass.  This book broke my heart.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot –This was just fascinating.  The science and the personal stories are both so well told.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff – This book had me on the edge of my seat – both waiting to hear who would survive the original accident and for the fate of search for the plane.

What’s on your list?

Our Top Ten (or Twelve ) Favorite Books of the Last 3 Years

The Broke & The Bookish chose a cruel theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday your favorite favorites of the last 3 years.  I considered knocking Holly off this list entirely so I could pick all my best reads, but decided to be sisterly and share.



  1. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
  2. The Poisonwood Bible (re-read) by Barbara Kingsolver
  3. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Dude, I cannot remember any books I liked before we started blogging.


  1. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta.  We’re clearly kind of Lumatere obsessed.
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  Does Gaiman write anything that is not perfection?
  3. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  I clearly have a thing for books about curmudgeons and about books about books.
  4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  Loved this fantasy  I am dying for my sister to catch up and read the sequel with me!! Long live the Queen!
  5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I loved this book while it broke my heart! Official Moyes fangirl here.
  6. Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7).  I loved this one so much I haven’t been able to read the next book in the series yet.
  7. InCryptid Books 1-3 by Seanan McGuire.  These are just really fun books with kick ass women.  Totally therapeutic reading for me. And shut up yes, I’m counting 3 books as one.

Top Ten Favorite Heroines

Today is Tuesday so again we’re linking up with the Broke and the Bookish with a list of Amanda’s favorite heroines.

cafc6-toptentuesdayI think this is a pretty random list-in no particular order.

  • Hermione Granger.

Who’s on your list?

Top Ten Bookish Problems We Have

Book problems can be a real drag, yo. I mean, check out these ten things that really bring us down about books and reading.  We’re hooking up with the Broke and Bookish of course for Top Ten Tuesday.


  1. Holly: Amanda demands I read too many books. She is a hard core book pusher.
  2. Amanda: Holly doesn’t drop everything to read what I tell her to.
  3. Holly: Everytime I read certain book blogs, I end up hearing about more books I need to read (most notable culprits are The Paperback Princess, River City Reading, and Sophisticated Dorkiness).
  4. Amanda: Holly is too picky about my comma placement when she edits my posts.
  5. Holly: Amanda doesn’t always use commas appropriately in her posts.
  6. Amanda: My husband told me that when he dies one day I’m going to turn into a hoarder of books and live surrounded by piles and piles of them.  I hope he doesn’t die because he’s right.
  7. Holly: I have not yet figured out my new library’s online request system since moving last month. This is probably because I have spent too much time moving Amanda’s commas around.
  8. Amanda: My daughter told me that she hates it when I get grown up books in the mail.  Ummm that happens a lot.
  9. Holly: Amanda has so many ARCs and scheduled reviews that I never know when I’m supposed to post something.
  10. Amanda: Holly lives too far away for me to actually physically push my books onto her when I’m done with them.

Top Ten Tuesday: One Thing I Dislike in Book Romances

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (from the Broke and the Bookish) is Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes to Romance in Books.


Well, I really only have one thing that drives me batshit crazy related to romance in books, and that’s when books, particularly novels geared towards young adults, present unhealthy, domineering, emotionally abusive relationship patterns as completely normal. The most well-known recent examples are, of course, a certain teenage vampire series and then the bestselling trilogy which it inspired that is about to open as a movie this weekend (and yes, I know that second one wasn’t geared toward YA readers – at least I hope not. Right? I haven’t read it…but I did read this review)

Anyway, rather than further espouse on this topic right now, I will simply direct you to this post comparing Edward Cullen and Bella Swan’s relationship to the National Domestic Violence Hotline criteria.

Creepy much?

Creepy much?

If you have any suggestions for books with healthy relationships, please by all means share them in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books We’d Like To Reread

Today we’re hooking up with the Broke and the Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday.


Amanda-I call this I have an addiction to reading series.  I need help.

  1. Anne of Green Gables. I loved this series so much.  I just unpacked all my teenage copies, but this cover by Puffin has made me realize I should upgrade my
  2. Harry Potter.  I haven’t done this reread in a while.  Is 4 too young to introduce Babycakes to the Boy Who Lived?  This is a serious question.  I collected them all in hardcover while I was pregnant to be ready.
  3. The Magicians and The Magician King.  I need to prepare myself for The Magician’s Land.  I’m just not sure I’m ready for this series to end.
  4. The Dark is Rising.  I remember loving these when I was younger.  Maybe another set I need to collect for Babycakes?  What am I going to do if she doesn’t like to read the same things as me?!
  5. Catch-22.  Thankfully my one standalone.  This made me laugh out loud and sob-sometimes at the same time.  My next dog is going to be named Major Major thanks to this book.


  1. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. Reason: I have a hardcover copy of this book I got at a library book sale because I had loved it so much the first time – but I really better reread it soon to justify moving this book a few times.
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Reason: I thought this book was the bees knees when I was 16. I’m both interested and terrified to reread and find out why.
  3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Reason: My sister LOVES this book so that’s reason enough for me for a reread. I did like it – I just can’t remember it that well.
  4. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. Reason: I thought this book was great years ago, and then I read The Virgin Suicides more recently. I did not like that one, so I need to go back to remember why I loved this one (besides the fact in contains one of my most favorite paragraphs).
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Reason: Do I need one for this? Well, it’s because I read it so long ago I feel like I need to revisit it just to be a culturally literate human being.

What’s on your reread list?

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Character’s I’d Like to be for Halloween

Today we’re hooking up with the Broke and the Bookish for their Top Ten Tuesday.


  1. Karou, Daughter of Smoke & Bone  I would like her blue hair and all that comes with.
  2. Thursday Next.  I think I’ve made it clear I’m obsessed with the book world. Leather jacket and a pony tail are easy.
  3. Ginny Weasley  Needs no explanation
  4. Anne Shirley.  Anne of Green Gables. Red hair and freckles would be fun!
  5. Dorian Grey. The Picture of Dorian Grey.  Go as perfect or ugly?
  6. Jane Wooliston, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation -especially now that Jane’s happy ending is coming.  I would love to wear those dresses-or her disguises.
  7. Luna Lovegood.  Also defies explanation I feel!
  8. Anna of Anna Dressed in Blood.  This is my one scary costume.
  9. The Grinch.  Please note I am in no way, shape or form ready for Christmas.
  10. This is a maybe, Lisbeth Salander, the MIllenium Trilogy.  She scares me! But she’s super cool nonetheless.

Who would you dress up as?  Link your list!