TTT: Illustrated Books We Love

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This week is all about the visuals, from graphic novels to manga to picture books!  We decided to do a combination of all the illustrated books!

  

Lauren’s Picks


1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated)


2. Percy Jackson Graphic Novels


3. Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki


4. Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss


5. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S Lewis

 
 

Melissa’s Picks


1. Elephant and Piggie We Are In a Book by Mo Willems


2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (Niece was obssessed with this)


3. Press Here by Hervé Tullet  (Anoter of Niece’s favorites)


4. Sailor Moon manga by Naoko Takeuchi


5. Fruits Basket

 
 

Kelly’s Picks


1. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbasch


2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


3. Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli


4. Creole by Stephan Cosgrove


5. The Absolutely True Dairy of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


What are some of your favorite illustrated books? Let us know in the comments below!!

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TTT: Freebie – Series We Need to Start

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Whoops kind of slacked on Top Ten Tuesday last week and this week. Sorry guys!! Without further ado, here’s our list of series we still need to start!

Lauren’s Picks

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Wrath and the Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh

Something Strange and Deadly series by Susan Dennard

Melissa’s Picks

Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Jackaby series by William Ritter

Curse Workers series by Holly Black

Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer


Are there any here that you still need to start? Let us know in the comments below!

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TTT: 2016 Books We Plan to Read This Year

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SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME.

Raise your hand if you personally felt overwhelmed by the number of amazing books that came out in 2016.

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Of course 2017 will be no different. But we are determined to read some of books that came out last year! Well at least I know I am.

Melissa’s Picks


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown


What Light by Jay Asher


Black Moon by Romina Russell

Lauren’s Picks


The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid


Scythe by Neal Schusterman


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Kelly’s Picks

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

TTT: 2017 Debuts We Are Excited About

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New year means new book which also means new authors!!

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Melissa’s Picks

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


Wintersong by S. Jae Jones


Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


Geekerella by Ash Poston

 

Lauren’s Picks


Gilded Cage by Vic James


Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic


This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton


Cold Summer by Gwen Cole


Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

 

Kelly’s Picks

Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julia Dao

Askari by Kristen Ciccarelli

Game of Secrets by Kim Foster


Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

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DID KELLY JUST SAY SHE IS EXCITED FOR A YA CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVEL!?

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WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO KELLY!?


The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty


Which debut authors are you excited for? Is there anyone we haven’t listed we should know about? [We know there’s hundreds] Let us know in the comments below!!

TTT: Best Books of 2016

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It’s the last Top Ten Tuesday of 2016! This is crazy! This week we’re picking about the best books we’ve read this year!  We decided to do different sub topics. so you can get an idea of the different books we each read.

Lauren’s Favorite Books Read in 2016

1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
2. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
3. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
4. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
5. Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova
6. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
7. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
8. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
10: The Martian by Andy Weir

Melissa’s Favorite Debuts of 2016

1. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
2. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
3. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
4. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
5. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
6. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
7. A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
8. Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan
9. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
10. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

End of the Year Survey 2016

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I am so glad that 2016 is almost over! What a crazy year it has been and I am ready for all the wonderful things 2017 will hold.  I always look forward to Jamie’s annual end of the year survey! I think this would be the third time I’ve filled this out. Crazy!

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 81 (Currently Read 2 books we’ll see if this changes)
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy

Best In Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Best Historical Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Best Fantasy: Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Best Contemporary: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Best Middle Grade: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Heartless by Marissa Meyer & Rebel of the Sands by Alywn Hamilton & Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill &  more than I thought I would granted the ending fell flat.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Nothing

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best Series I Started: tied between An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir & Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers & And I Darken by Kiersten White

Best Sequel: Windwitch by Susan Dennard & Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Best Series Ender: Winter by Marissa Meyer & Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

TOO MANY!!!!!!  Roshani Chokshi, Brittany Cavallaro, Emery Lord, Morgan Matson, Kasie West, Jodi Meadows…etc.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I wouldn’t say it was the best book, but I read Captive Prince which is adult romance.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (sorry, not sorry for repetition)

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

And I Darken by Kiersten White and Caraval by Stephanie Garber

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi & Caraval by Stephanie Garber

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

AEDUAN & ISEULT  (Windwitch) and MONTY & PERCY (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Blitzen & Hearthstone from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Ada & Corrine from Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Out Run the Moon & The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (HA I bet you thought I’d say Windwitch or Gentleman’s Guide)

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Kelly @YaFantasyFan)
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Nor @ReadWriteLove28)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

James from The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Max from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi & Caraval by Stephanie Garber

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson and P.S I Still Like You by Kasie West

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows & The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

I need to be better about writing reviews… but Windwitch by Susan Dennard

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Hmmm…. surprising friends at BookitCon 2016!!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

Meeting Rick Riordan in person and getting my books personalized and a photo!!!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Managing the blog on my own and constantly bugging Kelly and Lauren to spare 10 minutes for things for the blog.  Also hitting a 2 and half month reading slump in October/November was the worst.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Our guest post from Karen Bao, author of Dove Arising and Dove Exiled

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Any of our Musings of Eternal Dreamers posts. I try to do the best I can by tweeting about them.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

An Unlikely Story, the book store owned by Jeff Kinney in Plainville, MA! I was lucky to visit twice this year!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

YEEEESS!!! I finally completed a Goodreads book challenge

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo  *hides in corner*

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, Upside of the Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones, It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

Now I Rise by Kiersten White, The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro, Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Review more books

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Well if you haven’t been paying attention to my Best of Books lists then you must’ve missed me shouting from the rooftops about

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard

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TTT: Bookish Items We Wouldn’t Mind Under Our Tree

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Christmas is in FIVE days! This is kind of crazy! This week’s Ten Tuesday was all about what we’d like Santa to leave us under the tree!  We decided to list our most coveted bookish items! There are so many great fan made items out there it was hard to pin down 5 each! Here we go!

 

Kelly’s Picks


Winterfell by Frostbeard Studios


Throne of Glass: Rattle the Stars quote necklace by Lilac Fox Designs


Khaleesi Sun and Moon Stars necklace by Bijoux Malou


Game of Thrones tank by Jargon Clothes


Mary Poppins upcycled dictionary art print by EcoCycled

 

Lauren’s Picks


Heroes of Olympus by Viria


Marauders by Viria


Anything in Risa Rodil‘s shop!


Long Live Hedwig by Enchanted Leaves


Percy Jackson magnetic bookmark by Magic Bookmarks

 

Melissa’s Picks


Bastard of the Barrel by IceyDesigns


Blackdog soap by House of Wormwood


Once Upon a Book by Latienda Literaria


Threads by Miss Phi


Shadows (Nico di Angelo) by Viria


What is on your Christmas wish list this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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TTT: Most Anticipated Books of 2017 pt 1

 

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2016 is coming to an end and we’re ready for all the wonderful books 2017 has to offer.  Here’s our top picks for the first half of 2017!!

Lauren’s Picks

1. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
2. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
5. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
7. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
8. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
9. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
10. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

 

Melissa’s Picks

1. I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo
2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
3. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
4. By Your Side by Kasie West
5. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
6. Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
8. It’s Not Like It’s A Aecret by Misa Sugiura
9. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
10. Now I Rise by Kiersten White

 

Kelly’s Picks

1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Rossi
3. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
4. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
5. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
6. Gilded Cage by Vic James
7. Wait For Me by Caroline Leech
8. Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
9. Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland
10. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields


What are you guys looking forward too next year?

 

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TTT: New To Me Authors (2016)

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about authors we’ve never read before until this year! I will say that I (Melissa) could probably have my own list of 2o authors…but I was able to narrow it down to 5.

Kelly

My clients at Corvisiero Lit

Rick Yancy

Elise Kova

Sarah Glenn Marsh

 

Lauren

Jodi Meadows

Laini Taylor

Robin LaFevers

Ruta Sepetys

Andy Weir

 

Melissa

Lily Anderson

Emery Lord

Destiny Soria

Roshani Chokshi

Brittany Cavallaro


Did you guys read a lot of new authors this year? Who were some of your favorites?  Let us know in the comments!!

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TTT: Bookish Christmas Guide

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We can’t believe it’s almost December!! This means it’s almost time for Christmas!  Don’t know what to get you’re bookish friends?  We came up with a list of bookish items you could get this year!

1. Candles: Book related candles have blown up in the past couple years! There are so many great shops on Etsy nowadays, you could probably find a candle for most of your friend’s favorites!

2. Bookmarks: Another item you can never have too many of! Most popular ones are quote bookmarks, magnetic bookmarks, and handmade watercolor bookmarks.

3. Art prints: Not going to lie, so jealous of anyone who has artistic talent that could draw characters! You could also get book quotes ones.

4. Socks: You can never have too many comfy socks too keep you warm in the winter time.

5.  Mugs: For the tea/coffee/hot choclate loving bookworm!

6. Clothing: shirts! sweaters! scarves! leggings! Anything really. Society 6 & Red Bubble have the best options for book related clothing

7. Bookish Jewelry: Another thing that’s taking over Etsy. Book quotes, charm bracelets, earrings, necklaces all inspired by that person’s favorite book(s).

8. Tote Bags: So your favorite bookworm can carry their too many books!

9. Book Inspired Tea: YES TEA! Have you guys ever heard of Adagio Tea? People can make their own blends of tea for sale. Most popular I’ve seen are the many blends of Harry Potter

10. Knick Knacks: If you’re feeling creative you could decapitate Funko Pops then mix & match and paint them to look like book characters! Or you can buy book ends, journals, pillows, stickers, buttons, etc.


What are some of your favorite bookish items?

 

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