Hidden Gem Books I Read in 2016 (Top Ten Tuesday #17)

Hidden Gem Books

Isn’t it fun to discover hidden gem books? These 10 books are ones that I read in 2016 and rated 4- or 5-stars that have less than 1000 ratings on Goodreads. Why haven’t more people discovered these books? They’re awesome! 10 Hidden Gem Books Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu Boy, 9, Missing by Nic Joseph Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer Multiple Listings by Tracy McMillan Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder Hello? by Liza Wiemer The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson   Have you read any of these titles? […]

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2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Haven’t Yet (Top Ten Tuesday #16)

2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Haven't Yet

There were so many books I wanted to read last year. Here are 10 books I didn’t get to in 2016, but I totally plan to read at some point. Perhaps in 2017. Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham The Leaving by Tara Altebrando Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst Tumbling by Caela Carter Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter (wow, 2 books in 1 year) The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo   Feature […]

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Bookish Gifts I Want for Christmas (Top Ten Tuesday #15)

Bookish Gifts I Want for Christmas

Instead of listing the books I want for Christmas (since I don’t really like owning books), I am sharing some other bookish gifts I want for Christmas. Hopefully my husband reads this post. Les Wizardables t-shirt from Tee Public I had this shirt a few years ago, but it was too small, so I had to get rid of it. I really want another one. Whole30 Cookbook I know I just said I don’t like owning books, but I make exceptions for cookbooks, which I will reference over and over again. I have been eating Whole30-ish for 4 months, and I’ve lost 14 pounds. 100 […]

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Top 10 new-to-me authors of 2016 (Top Ten Tuesday #14)

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Even though I failed miserably at my new author challenge, I did discover many great authors this year. For some of them I even read multiple books ASAP because I loved their writing so much.   10. Melissa Landers – I read Starflight in November. (Review coming later this week.) 9. Melanie Gideon – I read Valley of the Moon in October/November. 8. Lisa Williamson – I read The Art of Being Normal in July/August. 7. E.K. Johnston – I read Exit, Pursued by a Bear in April, and I re-listened to it in October. 6. Becky Albertalli – I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in January. 5. Emery Lord – I […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction Picture Books (Top Ten Tuesday #13)

Fiction Picture Book Gift Guide

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Holiday Gift Guide Freebie. Since I’ve been reading a ton of Fiction Picture Books lately for Cybils, I thought I’d share some great picture books for all the children on your holiday shopping list.   Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty Breaks the stereotypes by showing beautiful girls doing everyday things – like getting muddy and having messy hair. Ages 3-8   A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen Encourages children to write stories even when they’re too young to actually write the words correctly. Goes beyond a love of reading and inspires a love of writing. Ages 4-6   Emma and Julia […]

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Blogs I’m Thankful For (Top Ten Tuesday #12)


Top Ten Tuesday this week is a Thanksgiving freebie. I decided to share some of the blogs I am thankful for. I follow 374 blogs on Bloglovin. Insane. I know. About 50-75 posts show up in my feed everyday, and I typically read about 15-25 based on what piques my interest that day. That being said, there are some blogs that I read everyday (or everyday they post), and here’s that list. Many of these blogs are ones that I was following before I started blogging, and they helped inspire me to actually start my blog (now blogs). So thanks! 10 blogs I am thankful for […]

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Recent Additions to my TBR List (Top Ten Tuesday #11)

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This week’s topic was easy. I add WAY too many books to my TBR list. The current count is 635 books. I consider my TBR shelf to be any book that’s part of my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads, which is all the books I want to read. Here are 10 of the most recent additions to my TBR list. Vingear Girl by Anne Tyler Added to my list after reading The Bookavid’s review. The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Sandhal Added to my list after reading this article in Mother Magazine. Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson Added to my list after […]

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YA Book Club Selections (Top Ten Tuesday #10)

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My book club only read YA books. We started back in 2013 after I read The Happiness Project. I was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s kid lit book club. If you’re book club is looking for YA selections, here are some of my favorites from the 3 years of my YA book club. 10 Great YA Book Club Selections I selected only the books that I’ve rated 4- or 5-stars that I’ve read in my YA book club. And I didn’t include series because I know those are sometimes hard with book clubs. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson […]

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Bookish Halloween Costumes (Top Ten Tuesday #9)

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween freebie. I don’t read scary books or Halloween books (other than kids books). I did do a picture book round up for Halloween on my other blog if you’re interested. But here I wanted to discuss bookish Halloween costumes. I don’t really enjoy dressing up as much now that I am an adult, but I loved a good costume when I was younger. I made a lot of really cool homemade costumes when I was little. If I were to go all out on a Halloween costume these days, I would choose to be one of these […]

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Pet Names Borrowed from Fiction (Top Ten Tuesday #8)

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I’m not really an animal person, but I do love literary characters. I even named my son after one – Christopher for Christopher Robin from Winnie-the-Pooh. If I were to have, say, a guinea pig, then I might be inclined to give it one of these names borrowed from fiction. Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables Bingley from Pride and Prejudice (Darcy doesn’t quite have the same ring to it) Lyra from His Dark Materials Gus from The Fault in Our Stars Katniss from The Hunger Games Simon from Carry On Iko from The Lunar Chronicles Manhugger from The BFG (probably not, but it’s kind of cute for a pet) Ginny from Harry Potter Piglet […]

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