TTT Rewind: Trends We’d Want More/Less of


For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we decided to do an topic we’ve never got to do before.  This week we decided to think of book trends we’d like to see more or less of which totally coincides with Kelly’s recent ranting on a panel.


– Independent female MCs without love interests/ chooses neither love interest
– Underdogs
– Supportive friendships
– Diversity in Fantasy, especially as the MC
– More high fantasy with original creatures (too much fae, angels, vampires, werewolves.. etc)- Paranormal Ghost stories (ie. The Haunting of a Sunshine Girl)


– Dystopian
– Princesses (royalty, damsel in distress, destined to save the world, etc)
– “Strong” sassy highly skilled female assassin/warrior: Don’t get us wrong we love a good badass female as much as the next person, but it’s being over done. Why cant she be independent and strong willed and book smart?
– “Chosen Ones”/ “Special Snowflake”
– Insta loves and love triangles



What book trends would you like to see more or less of?



TTT Bookish Costumes


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a Halloween freebie! We decided to go with our top picks for bookish costumes.


Iseult from Truthwitch


Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


Inej from Six of Crows

Zoya from Shadow and Bone


Safiya from Truthwitch

Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack series

Aelin from Throne of Glass

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone




Luna Lovegood from harry Potter

Vhalla from Air Awakens

Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

Are you dressing up as a book character this Halloween? Who’s your top pick that you’d want to dress up as?



TTT: Charaters I’d Name My Pet After

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday we decided to pick Characters We’d Name our Pet After.  We already chose names of our children a few months back.

Lauren’s Picks

Sirius- Harry Potter

Jax-Air Awakens series

Percy – Percy Jackson

Rue-Hunger Games

Artemis- Percy Jackson & Ready Player One


Melissa’s Picks

Sturmhond – Grisha series

Padfoot – Harry Potter

Kamala – The Star-Touched Queen

Ronan – The Raven Cycle

Tyson – Percy Jackson

What did you guys pick this week? Who would you name your pet after?

TTT: Books We’ve Read Based on Recommendation


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Sorry for missing last week’s TTT! This week it’s all about books that were recommended to us! We’ve recommend so many books to each other and others have influenced our decisions as well.  Here’s a look at books we’ve actually read because they were recommended to us!

Kelly’s Books

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Recommended by Nori @ Read Write Love 28

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Recommended by Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

This was also recommended to Melissa by Mackenzi Lee (who gave her the book) & Nori @ Read Write Love 28


Melissa’s Books

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Recommended to me by Kelly

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Recommended to be my Nicole @ Nicole’s Novel Reads

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Indirectly recommended by Andi @ Andi’s ABCs and also by a friend Juliana



The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare

Recommended by Mackayla

My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows

Recommended by Emily Nelson

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Recommended to be Melissa Kelly and Nori @ Read Write Love 28


Have you guys read any of these books?


TTT: What’s On Our Fall TBR

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Happy Fall everyone! I can’t believe the cold weather is finally upon us…



Sorry guys Fall isn’t my favorite, but at least  it’s not in last place! So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we are sharing our Fall To Be Read piles! This season I have many highly anticipated books releasing I plan to read right away! Also I’m excited for Kelly and Lauren to be reading in general.


Kelly’s Picks

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Lauren’s Picks

Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Melissa’s Picks

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills



Are any of these books on your long long Long LONG TBR??


TTT: Favorite Songs


For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday it’s all about Audio! Since we rarely listen to audiobooks we decided to each pick our 5 favorite songs. Well our current 5 favorite songs and they’re constantly changing.


Lauren’s Picks

Any song by Imagine Dragons
Quite a few songs by Lindsey Stirling
Peter Pan by Kelsea Ballerini
Castle by Halsey
Angel by Theory of a Deadman

Kelly’s Picks

I Found by Amber Run
Slip by Elliot Moss
Sweet Dreams by Emily Browning
Scars by Boy Epic
21 Summer by Brothers Osbourne
Heathens from Twenty One Pilots

Melissa’s Picks

All of Me by John Legend (especially the version with Lindsey Stirling)
Lost Boy by Ruth B.We Don’t Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez
Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
Stitches by Shawn Mendes
*bonus* Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake (Niece & I love dancing to this one!)

What are some of your favorite songs currently? Let us know!!


TTT: All Time Favorite Contemporaries

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It’s that time again folks! For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we’ve been asked to pick our Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre. As if picking All Time favorites wasn’t hard enough! We’re constantly promoting fantasy novels over here, so we decided to shake things up and pick our favorite Contemporaries!

Melissa’s Picks

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

If I  Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin


Lauren’s Picks

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu

 Kelly’s Picks

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Let us know what your favorite contemporary novels in the comments!


TTT: Shows We Wish Weren’t Canceled


The topic for this week was to choose something in honor of Fall TV!! We decided to talk about the shows we wish were never canceled!

Melissa’s Picks


Kelly’s Picks


Lauren’s Picks


Have you guys seen any of the shows we listed? Were there any you guys were upset about being cancelled? Let us know in the comments below!


TTT: Back to School Edition


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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we were asked to pick any Back to School related topic. We decided to do a mix of favorite required reads we enjoyed plus a few books we’d like to suggest to replace books.

Kelly’s Favorite Required Readings

1. The Giver – Lowis Lowry

2. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

3. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

4. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare

Lauren’s Favorite Required Readings

1. A Separate Peace -John Knowles

2. Number the Stars -Lois Lowry

3. Sideways Stories fro Wayside School -Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley

4. Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis

5. I Heard the Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven

(Sorry guys Melissa did not love any required readings)

Books We’d Add to the Curriculum

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or 2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – We’d choose this over Lord of the Flies, The Giver, and 1984.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Addresses bullying and suicide

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Addresses domestic/child abuse, body image, bullying,

5. Under a Painted Sky OR 6. Out Run the Moon by Stacey Lee – unlikely friendship, survival, diversity, loyalty

7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli  OR  8. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo  OR  9. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – friendship, identity, LGBT, coming of age.

10. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand – family, anxiety, depression,

Bonus Books: Salt to the Sea or Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Alanna by Tamora Pierce


What did you guys do for the Back to School freebie? Let us know in the comments below!



TTT Rewind: Characters We’d Name Our Children After

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This week we decided to go back and pick a different topic for Top Ten Tuesday.  Here’s a look at the potential names of our future children if we named them after literary characters!


Lauren’s Picks

1. Annabeth (Percy Jackson) I fell in love with this name the first time I heard it. It’s a nice change from the popular Elizabeth.
2. Tessa (Infernal Devices) Something about Tessa just sounds so pretty to me.
3. Violet (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Pretty name and also one of my favorite colors!
4. Elicia ( Air Awakens)- I have always liked the name Alisha, but I know too many girls named that. I like how this is a bit different but sounds similar.
5. Josie (Out of the Easy) Another name I have liked since I was young, but even more after reading this book!

1. Noah (The Raven Boys) Old name, yet still like it! Just something about it, not sure why.
2. Kaden (Kiss of Deception) I don’t know many Kaden’s out there, so at least I know this would be a different name.
3. Jax (Air Awakens) I feel in love with this character while reading the books and I know I would have fun naming my son this!
4. Liam (The Darkest Minds) Liam just sounds like an epic name. i would expect great things from my son with this name!
5. Cas (anna Dressed in Blood) Not only did I like this name in this book, I really like it from the show Supernatural!


Kelly’s Picks:

1. Safiya because I would always want a daughter of mine to be as passionate and independent as Safi is in TRUTHWITCH. Plus, Safi is a pretty awesome name. 🙂

2. Aelin (Heir of Fire) because it’s such a powerful name, and she’s seriously my book hero. If I could raise a daughter to be half the woman that Aelin Galanthynius is, I’d be one proud mama bear!

3. Calli (The Short Life of Sparrows) because that is a character that knows how to live her life in a way that’s best for her. No one else determines her fate or her happiness. She made her life her own, and that’s something I would want for my daughter too.

4. Sorcha (Daughter of the Forest) because though she may not be powerful in physical strength, she makes up for it in moral righteousness, determination, and pure love. She barges through her obstacles and tackles them all while still somehow managing to hold herself together.

5.Jane, the sweet and naive sister in Pride and Prejudice, because she values her kindness, sincerity, and sweet heart over all else. Never letting the world carve her into a hardened version of herself, she holds strong to who she is despite heartbreak and despair. I would want my daughter to hold steady too.

6. Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) the strong, kind, and loving man from Laini Taylor’s books. He’s what any man should aspire to, holding to morals, finding bravery in love, and being true to who he is despite what others may think of him.

7. Elias (An Ember in the Ashes) broken, scarred, and constantly working to heal himself. He redefines power and determination to fit his needs and continues to prove that he is more than what people see him as. He is more than the protector. He is a good man.

8. Rowan (Heir of Fire) how could I ever forget Rowan. Not only do I just adore this name, but his love spurs from friendship, protection, determination, and hard work. This is a man that knows life isn’t easy and works every day to try and make it better for himself. I would want to instill this in my son.

9. Jace (City of Bones) I won’t even lie by pretending that people won’t hold this against me, but I adored his character, even more so than Clary. He’s so flawed, real, and down to earth. I’d want my son to know that he’s not perfect and to be able to work through his problems with bravery and a little bit of help, just like Jace.

10. Daniel (Fallen) because he knows that despite putting up a wall and hitting failure after failure, there’s always hope. Love conquers all. I’d hope my own son would understand something like this deep down.


Melissa’s Picks

(I will come back to this)

1. Alanna (Song of the Lioness) – She is a strong, independent, persistent woman who broke barriers as the first female knight! She had a huge impact on my life and so will my child.

2. Reyna (Heroes of Olympus) – You don’t really get to know the real Reyna until 4 books later, but she is strong willed, loyal, and compasstionate. As a child of Bellona and Praetor at Camp Jupiter she’s great leader.

3. Eleanor (Something Strange and Deadly/ Eleanor and Park) – Both Eleanor’s are independent and loving. Both have gone through many obstacles, but have come out stronger in the end. Both girls  wouldn’t let anything hold her back and wanted something better for themselves even if it came down to defying society or moving away to start over.

4. Felicity (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) – Smart, fiesty, and unafraid to speak her mind. Doesn’t take crap from her brother or any other man. Another strong independent woman who wants to defy society’s standards.

5. Amanda (If I Was Your Girl) – If I name my girl after Amanda, I want her to be true to herself and she can overcome anything life throws at her . I want her to understand that she will have my unconditional love and support. Also if she will be a huge nerd like me!


6. Nico (Percy Jackson) – Similar to if I named my child Amanda, I want my son to know hes never alone. I want the very best and I want them be whoever they were meant to be.

7. Corey (The Year We Fell Apart) – The perfect gentleman and boy next door. He’ll learn to respect women and be a loyal friend and confidant.

8. James (The Orphan Queen) – Yes contrary to the books, if I name my son James he’ll be loyal friend and sibling. Respectable, caring, and humorous.

9. Xander (The Distance Between Us) – I want my son to be well rounded and free to make his own choices. He’ll have my support in whatever career he chooses. As long as he is respectable and thoughtful.

10. Max (The Start of Me and You) – If my son grew up to be smart, dorky, and caring then I’ll be over the moon. In TSOMAY he was supportive of Paige’s fear of swimming and tries to help her overcome that fear. I hope my son can be that for someone.

This was a lot of fun to think about, but also super hard to narrow down! Have you guys done this topic yet? Can you pick your Top 5 literary names? Let us know in the comments below!