Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books to Get Students Reading


Hi all and welcome to this addition of Top Ten Tuesday, as hosted by The Broke and Bookish. I’ve been away from the blog for a minute really because I have been an uninspired reader, but I’m hoping that some of the kick-ass August releases will re-inspire me and you’ll be back to reading my thoughts soon. For this Top Ten Tuesday, I thought it would be fun to do a Top Ten on what books will get kids reading. Since this is the Back to school edition and I am a teacher, I figured this is perfect! I encourage all of my students to read, but have found that by keeping a steady stream of new books in my classroom library, my students are much more likely to grab something when they are done classwork. So, low and behold, my list of books that will get kids reading. 

  1. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I have had to buy several copies of this one since it always seems to be out of circulation. I asked a few of my students why they like it and they all say because of the fast pace.

2. Isle of the lost by Melissa De la Cruz: Disney strikes again. I’ve never personally read this one, but my younger kids love it.

3. Compulsion by Martina Boone: All the girls love Eight and the idea of Gone With the Wind.

4. Cinder by Melissa Meyer: I actually use this in a lesson on retellings, but even before that the cover grabs kids interest. Sometimes I have to explain the re-telling aspect, but for kids who like a challenging read

5. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: I love weird dystopian novels, but often times the level of violence is not appropriate for Middle-Schoolers. I love “City..” because it describes un unrealistic society without the gory blood shed.

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl: Kind of an easy one, but it is a great starter book for kids who either struggle as readers or do not necessarily enjoy reading.

7. Wonder by R.J. Palacio: Again, this is one I have never read, but that my kids adore. I like hearing them use it as a talking point on how to better relate to people who are different from themselves.

8. Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley: This MG I actually have read and adore! It’s better suited for the lower end of the MG spectrum (so maybe not 7th or 8th graders) and is so appealing as an urban fantasy type novel.

9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I love diverse novels from diverse authors, especially as a teacher of a minority group. What I especially love about this though is the exceptional world building. I use excepts in class and my students are ravenous for more.

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney: Because, of course.


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy This Second With Fully Loaded Gift Card


This weeks Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by The Broke and Bookish is all about what I would buy if I had a fully loaded gift card and let’s just say that if that were the case I would be able to do some serious damage. As is, I can charge up my Amazon account like I am not a low-paid teacher. Check out below to see what I would buy and don’t forget to leave a comment!

1. The Glittering Court by Richelle Meade: Huge fan of Meade’s but I did not allow myself to buy this one for fear of not liking it. My method is to grab a copy from the library first and then buy the book.

2. Day Zero by Kresley Cole: I’m a HUGE Arcana Chronicles fan. I mean HUGE! But given the many, many fantastic books coming out this August, I am putting this prequel on hold.

3. Torn (Wicked Saga Book #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I did not love the first installment of this book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it, so this goes on the current-life wish list.

4.The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye: I have heard great things about this one, but because Skye is a new author I will grab this from the library first.

5. Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughI’m sold on the P&P aspect of this because who does not love Austen, but pre-historic….meh…idk.

6. Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi: This isn’t out yet but I already know I’m wish-listing it.

7. The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard: I’ll buy anything A.G. Howard creates. She gets me.

8. Unknown by Wendy Higgins: Wishlisting this until I hear reviews. Love Higgins but I haven’t heard a lot about this and it makes me nervous.

9. All Those Standalone Short Romances: Thank you for selling 12 books for $3.99….I can’t even start these because I need to know what happens at the end and I can’t afford that noise.

10. A Ton of MG Novels for My Classroom. 

Top Ten Tuesdays: 10 Things About Me


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is 10 Things About Me. I must admit I’m terribly boring. Right now, I’m sitting in bed (it’s Saturday evening) blogging, watching Gilmore Girls, and eating an apple pastry, but I promise I’ll try and scrounge up some interesting facts. 

1. I’m a Middle School teacher. I teach English Composition for 5-8th grade. It’s both the best job ever and the most stressful job ever. I’m very thankful for Summer break. 

2. I am a book hoarder. My friends often talk about how I can trade books, give them away, etc. but I feel a deep sense of panic at the thought of giving away my babies.

3. I love cheese and also potatoes. I could live off these things if only they were healthy.

4. My best friend is my college roommate who I asked to be my roommate in a class after barely knowing her. (It worked!)

5. Harry Potter is my favorite book series ever and will never be replaced.

6. I have two dream vacations. First one: U.K. I love history, royalty, and accents. Second: DisneyWorld. I’ve never been but I have always wanted to go.

7. I’m obsessed with cat memes…who isn’t?

8. I didn’t go to my first book signing until my 24th birthday. I was unaware that there was this magical thing called author events, but now I’m aware.

9. I love to bake but I hate cake/cupcakes unless I need sugar.

10. I love libraries.

So, that’s me. The 10 most exciting things I could think of anyway.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Intend to Read this Summer


I have been seriously remise in my book reading, but not apparently in my book buying. So, naturally, what has happened is that from Spring-Summer I have amassed a TBR list to rival even the largest procrastinator. Some of these are new purchases, some are library books (damn D.C. for allowing me to have them for essentially 20 weeks!), and some are pre-orders. At this point I have had so little time to read that I’ve stopped requesting ARCs, which then causes a ripple effect of me buying the book and it collecting dust. On that note, this Top Ten Tuesday, as sponsored by The Broke and Bookish features Top Ten Books I need to Read this Summer. 

1. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern: I purchased this at a signing and was exciting to read this after hearing the author talk about it, but alas, time. 

2. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan: Ditto #1

3.  The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood: Ditto #1

(Do we see a pattern here? I have impulse control issues. )

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: Probably my most anticipated book of the Spring and I let myself get intimidated by its size. I’m beginning this one next, promise.

5. The Wrath and Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: I heard her speak at YALLFEST and she was so passionate that I grabbed this like ASAP and then let it sit cause I suck.

6. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: I blame myself for this one. I read an early review and stopped 5 chapters in without giving it a chance. I never refuse to finish, so I’ll get to it and probably be mad at myself.

7. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge: Read “Cruel Beauty” a few months ago and LOVED it. Hope this one is just as good.

8. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot: Again, I let myself read reviews and am now nervous.

9. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake: Okay, I know this one is super late, but I never really gave it more than a glance despite the hype surrounding it. When I heard there is possibly going to be a movie, I grabbed it thinking ‘what the hell.’

10. Gabriel by Nikki Kelly: This was an impulse purchase. I’ll admit it, so I haven’t really had the heart to crack it open.

So there it is, my list–and trust me this is small fries compared to what there actually is. Anyone have any thoughts about what I should read next, or what should make it into my Fall tbr? 

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Historical Settings I Love


I adore historical fiction in all of its forms, but there are definitely some era that I prefer reading about over others. Here is my list of Ten Historical Eras I can’t get enough of, as hosted by The Broke and Bookish. 

1. The Victorian Era: This is my absolute favorite era to read about. There’s something about this era, the mysticism and propriety of it make for some wonderful storylines. 

2. The Tudor-Era: This is my favorite historical era, but I have yet to read a ton of books from this era that I have loved which is a shame.

3. The Regency Era: Austen made this one a must when thinking about historical eras in fiction.

4. Grecian-Roman Era: This era is one full of mysticism and magic. The belief of multiple gods lends a storyteller towards the ability to weave a magical tale.

5. Industrial Era: I have yet to read a good YA from this period, but I think that this could lead to some wonderful tales.

6. American Revolution: Corsets and tea throwing. Someone write something about this!

7. WWII: Going to be honest, not the biggest fan of this era until I got into Captain America and Peggy Carter. I want to see a female spy fighting for her country!

8. 1800’s Scotland: I blame “Outlander!”

9. France 1800’s: Big hair and even bigger corsets.

10. I honestly can’t think of a 10th; readers what would you suggest? 

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Best Snow-Storm Reads



I’m back after a little hiatus–had to get grades in–and I’m hosting my freebie Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and Bookish. Snowstorm Jonas inspired this weeks Top Ten Tuesday-the best books to read in a snowstorm. I’m heading into day 5 of being cooped up and I’ve managed to make it through a great amount of reading. Here are my top 10 books that are good in a snow storm!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: This is an oldie but goodie and one of my go-tos. 

2. Hardwired by Meredith Wild: This is a romance and only good for the over 18 crowd, but if you need a go-to, hot-heavy relationship book this is the one to pick up.

3. Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: When I need some YA sci-fi this one is it. In the last few days I have been unable to leave my apartment, so this is a great escape–I mean how much further can I get than space.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: This is a new favorite. The action packed story will keep you from going nuts. Plus, it’s set in the dessert.

5. Passenger Alexander Bracken: This was my snowed in book during the storm. It’s thick, it’s action packed, and it’s super interesting. I can’t wait to review this one.

6. Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I’m still waiting to enjoy the new T.V. series, but in the meantime this is a great and thick read if you are still stuck in the storm.

7. Compulsion by Martina Boone: Summer in the Carolina’s sounds really good right now.

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade: Clearly I like to enjoy the oldies but goodies.

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This is my safety blanket classic.

10. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey: This is what I imagine it’s going to be like if I don’t ever get out of my house!



Top Ten Tuesday: Ten 2015 Books I Meant to Get But Didn’t



2015 was a really weird book year for me. I began really strong reading 3-4 books a month, many of the ARCs for review, but then when fall came that tampered off. I continued to buy a lot of books but did not read them. Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by The Broke and Bookish

1. The Orphan Queen by Jodie Meadows: I got an early copy of this and have yet to read it. I’ve heard it’s great but I haven’t been motivated to pick it up. 

2. Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas: Another one that seemed like a ‘must read’ that’s currently hanging out on my book shelf.

3. The Rose Society by Marie Lu: I have yet to read “The Young Elites,” so I have no idea why I bought this.

4. Gabriel by Nikki Kelly: I had mixed feelings on Lailah. I liked it well enough but I have limited time so Gabriel, the sequel, has remained unread.

5. Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins: Love Wendy and The Sweet series, but I hate books that take new perspectives…

6. Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout: See above.

7. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno: I’m not usually into contemporary romances but this looked cute, until I read the reviews.

8. Untamed by A.G. Howard: I don’t usually pick up something with short stories after the fact but I was not 100% happy with the way the series ended, so I meant to grab this and get the ending I wanted.

9. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter: I loved this series, but I’m not tempted enough to want to grab this after the fact book.

10. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot: Okay, in my defense here I kind of forgot about this one and I just remembered it when making this list…

Well, those are my Top 10. What 10 books did you mean  to get but didn’t?