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?  

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

It’s Tuesday so time for Top Ten Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish! Here are the Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

  1. China Rich Girlfriend (Chicago Public Library rocks! Finally I have this on my kindle waiting for me!)
  2. Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
  3. Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World by Andy Bull
  4. The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue by Piu Marie Eatwell
  5. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
  6. The Lake House by Kate Morton
  7. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
  8. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein (seriously I think Elsa has taken over Babycakes)
  9. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
  10. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

What’s on your list to read this fall?

Top Ten Series I Have To Finish

Today we’re linking with the Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday and this list makes me feel a bit guilty!  Ten series that are finished that I have yet to complete:


  1. His Fair Assassins by Robin LaFeveres- but Holly and I are reading #3 – Mortal Heart – right now!  I am so into the assassin nuns. 
  2. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky) by Veronica Rossi- My heart is nearly ready to try #3
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  4. Partials by Dan Wells
  5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. 
  6. Rose Under Fire  by Elizabeth Wein 
  7. Legend by Marie Lu

Not done but I’m behind –

  1.   The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  2.   The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

What series are you behind on?  Any of these?  Make me feel better or tell me what to pick up after Mortal Heart!

Top Ten Authors I Must Buy

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and the Bookish is the 10 Authors you auto-buy.  I’ve been on a reduced shopping plan for a while due to 1) Grad school tuition and then 2) Child tuition so I don’t have 10 but here are the top of my list!  A harder topic for me might have been who is at the top of your library hold list 🙂


  1. Seanan McGuire- I think I’ve covered this obsession yes?
  2. Mira Grant (shut up I know they’re the same person)
  3. Neil Gaiman – always and forever
  4. Cora Carmack.  I am still feeling the effects of the Silas Virus from her Rusk University series.  I cannot wait for her next book!
  5. Nora Roberts – ultimate comfort reading!
  6. Robert Gilbraith – We heart Strike! I am DYING for the new book!
  7. Deborah Deisen – We need all the Pout Pout Fish books!
  8. Katherine Locke (Finding Center just came out! You NEED it!)
  9. Renee Adhieh – I still have to review the Wrath and the Dawn – but just buy it. Then wait anxiously for the sequel with me!

Who’s on your list?

Top Ten Fairy Tale Retellings

Today we’re linking with the Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday and this list is my heaven:  Fairy Tale Retellings


I have to break this list into two sections: 1) Fairy tale retelling’s that I’ve loved and 2) Those that I still need to read!

I’ve had a really good year for reading fairy tale retellings 4 of my top 5 are from 2015!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Wrath and the Dawn– I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this but let me just say this is the first book I received an ARC of and bought.  So I loved it that much.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge(review to come)

Indexing by Seanan McGuire.  All the fairy tales in one and of course kind of bizarre as only McGuire would do.  The second installment of this bi-weekly series cannot come to me soon enough.

To read:

Basically everything by Robin McKinley is on my TBR.  I think I’ll start with the Hero and the Crown so I can get to the sequel which my friend Chrissy highly recommended!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I’m waiting to binge on this whole series once it’s done.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire.  I know everyone has read Wicked by now basically, but I liked some of Maguire’s other retellings much more.  I am excited to see where he goes with Alice.

Never Never by Brianna Shrum, Peter Pan from Hook’s perspective sounds super cool.  Maybe I should read the original Peter Pan first though.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.  Curses and swans and fair folk- I need to get to the library.

Give me more fairy tales I need to read!  Link me up to your list!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last 10 Books That Came Into My House

Its Tuesday again! Here are the last 10 books I’ve received and how I came across them.  Check out the Broke and the Bookish for more! 24033005

  1. The Royal We – Thanks Chicago Public Library!
  2. Crazy Rich Asians – Library
  3. The Kitchen House  – Library for bookclub
  4. The Book of Lost and Found – review copy
  5. The Library at Mount Char – review copy (My next read maybe? I cannot wait!)
  6. Good Mourning e- ARC for review
  7. Wherever There is Light e- ARC for review
  8. Supervillians Anonymous e-ARC (Review to come – super cute!)
  9. The Diviners – Library
  10. Creaturepedia – for Babycakes but I’m going to have to review it because she LOVES it so much

What’s on your list?  What new books should I be looking for?  Is Go Set a Watchman on your list?  I just don’t think I can do it which makes me sad.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015 So Far

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post at the Broke and the Bookish is the best books you’ve read in 2015.  Poor Holly is too busy to read so here is my list in no particular order.


  1. A Man Called Ove
  2. All the Rage
  3. Made You Up
  4. The Unquiet Dead
  5. The Shore
  6. Uprooted
  7. Dietland
  8. Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant.  I may never go in the ocean again.
  9. Hausfrau
  10. A Court of Thorns and Roses 

What’s on your list?

Our Top Ten Books About Sisters

Today we’re hooking up with the Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday.  These was a choice of 10 books featuring characters who _______- and my genius sister came up with our topic!


Little Women – They may end up with some weird relationship dynamics, but the March sisters are pretty committed to one another.

Persuasion – Pretty clear who the good sister is in this one!

Wicked – Turning the whole good/evil sister upside down.

The Poisonwood Bible – Oh, my heart.

Game of Thrones – Amanda didn’t read far enough to get past the impression one gets of Sansa in the first book, but there’s more to learn about Arya and Sansa.  [Amanda– Don’t try to tempt me to read this sister!]


The Deception of the Emerald Ring/Seduction of the Crimson Rose – Yes, yes  they’re each about a different sister- but it’s an important relationship!

Bloodlines – Two very different sets of sisters in this series!  Don’t judge me for my YA vampire love!

Incryptid – Ok so each book of this series is about a different member of the family. But I love these sisters (and a brother) who will fight to the death for each other.

Garden Spells/First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen wins! Magical realism and great sisters.

Sweet Valley High:  Really, what list of sisterly books could be complete without the Wakefields?  Personally I’m still heartbroken over the total let down that was Sweet Valley Confidential.  So many lessons learned in Sweet Valley! #RIPRegina #NotEvenOnce


Not a book, but Orphan Black! I’m obsessed and everyone should watch.  I need someone to talk about this with since Holly won’t bow to my commands.

What is your TTT about?  Any fantastic sisterly books we’re missing?

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?