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!!


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!


TTT: 2016 Books We Plan to Read This Year

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


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!!


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





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

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!


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?



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.


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Rick Yancy

Elise Kova

Sarah Glenn Marsh



Jodi Meadows

Laini Taylor

Robin LaFevers

Ruta Sepetys

Andy Weir



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!!


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?



TTT: Our Favorite 80’s & 90’s Films

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I feel like it’s been forever since we last did Top Ten Tuesday. This week it was Movie Freebie! The topics we could’ve picked were endless, but we decided to go for the oldies yet goodies from the 80’s and 90’s. We picked 5 films from the 80’s and 5 from the 90’s.  See if we picked some of your favorites!











Do you guys see any of your favorites? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below!