Top Ten Tuesday

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TTT: Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. They give weekly prompts for a bookish list of 10 items (more or less). This weeks topic:

Holiday Gift Guide Freebie


10 DIY Gifts for Women

  1. Delicate Infinity Bracelet
  2. Mini Pallet Coasters
  3. Succulent Garden
  4. Polaroid Magnets
  5. A Cheap and Chic Pouch
  6. Instagram Calendar
  7. Hot Chocolate Mix in Mason Jar
  8. Bath Bombs
  9. Arm Knit Blanket
  10. Fabric Key Chain


{From: The Broke and Bookish}



Leaving a legacy: When Abe Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, it was thanks to the tireless efforts of a magazine editor named Sarah Josepha Hale. Her other claim to fame? She also wrote the nursery rhyme, ‘Mary had a Little Lamb.'”



Waiting On Wednesday


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

I am eagerly anticipating Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, publishing February 28, 2017!


If you want something done right….

When the ruthless Pirate King learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows that there’s only one pirate for the job―herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the enemy ship. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell?

Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will… Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

PIRATES! Yas! I was watching Pirates of the Caribbean (for the 1000th time) and I thought There needs to be more pirates in YA and NA. Not too much time passed and my thoughts were answered when I found Tricia Levenseller and her debut, Daughter of the Pirate King.

Add this book to your TBR pile! “Drink up me hearties, yo ho!”

pirates of the carribean you're welcome


Featured Book: The Law of Duality


The Law of Duality by J.D. Davis

I have not read this book! This is not a review, but a feature. While I currently do not have the time to read this book, I thought it sounded interesting. DNA experiments, telepathy, hybrid monster, it all sounds very scientific. From a first glance, I love that the 7 year old is deaf. We need more diversity in YA and NA. I only hope that the author does the disability justice. Personally, I’ve always wanted to learn sign language. The cover is not one of my favorites; I would’ve skipped right over this book before looking at the synopsis. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but…well, I do on many occasions.

Would you read this book?

Waiting On Wednesday



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.

This is my first Waiting On Wednesday.

I cannot wait for Caraval by Stephanie Garber, publishing January 31, 2017!


Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

I have heard so much about Caraval. I’ve heard only good things. So far, there have been unanimously positive reviews. According to almost everyone, the writing is exquisite, the characters are compelling, and the story is captivating. I can’t wait to read this for myself!

Besides all of that, the cover is gorgeous! Plus, look at the UK editions:


Remember, It’s Only a Game…

The New York Times “By the Book” Tag



I was tagged by the amazing Lois @ Lois Reads Books to do The New York Times “By the Book” Tag created here. Here is Lois’ post for this book tag.


What book is on your nightstand now?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I’m so glad I’ve finally gotten around to reading this one. This was my most anticipated read of the year. Sadly, I’m in a bit of a book slump. I love the book, but I haven’t been able to finish it in over a month. 😦

What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Sorry to be predictable but as my very last read and one of my favorite books, the Throne of Glass series takes the cake.

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Shakespeare. I don’t particularly love his writing, but he is a mysterious man. I would want to know about his life and confirm all of his pieces, since there is so little known about him. If I study abroad I will go to the United Kingdom where I would visit Shakespeare’s birthplace.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Honestly, nothing. Almost all of my books are YA, some NA.

How do you organize your personal library?

By series. I keep all of the books together in order of their respective groupings/authors.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is next up on my TBR list.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I could not get into this book. I read the first few pages and set it back down.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Generally, I am drawn to…

almost anything YA especially fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, romance, and paranormal

…and I stay clear of:

erotica, religious or spiritual nonfiction/fiction, biographies, manga, and self-help novels.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

My first thought was how to run a country for dummies. :/

What do you plan to read next?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Tag, you’re it!

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads