Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2016 TBR List

The last TBR list I drafted up was also for a Top Ten Tuesday, in which I talked about my Spring 2016 TBR. Guess what? I read ZERO of the ten books I listed. It seems to always play out that way. I make a list, and then promptly ignore it. It's mostly because I am a total mood reader, and I can't force myself to read books if anyone tells me to, even if that person is ME. 

This time, though, I made a commitment to read books for a Mock Printz Award, which I am really jazzed about. I think that's really going to hone my focus. Plus, I am accountable to someone other than myself, so that also helps motivate me.

Without any further ado, here are the top ten books on my fall TBR list:

  • The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) 
    by Mary E. Pearson 
    I read the first two books of the series and really enjoyed them, so I bought this final book to end the series. I wasn't counting on it being utterly massive and double the size of the previous two books, so I've been dragging my feet on picking it up.

  • With Malice
    by Eileen Cook 
    This book was gifted to me by a dear friend for my birthday. I've heard a lot of great things about it, so I'm looking forward to cracking it open sometime in the fall season before someone spoils it for me.

  • The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1)
    by Traci Chee 
    Here is one of the books I am going to read for the Mock Printz. I got an ARC of it at BEA, though a friend cautions me that it may not have all the elements that are in the final book, which is very important to the overall enjoyment. 

  • The Sun Is Also a Star
    by Nicola Yoon 
    I loved Everything, Everything, so I was thrilled to get a copy at BEA. This is another book I am going to read for the Mock Printz.

  • We Are the Ants
    by Shaun David Hutchinson 
    This one comes highly recommended, and is also a Mock Printz contender. After reading the premise, I decided this one is going to be my next read. Actually, I plan on starting it tonight...

  • The Lie Tree
    by Frances Hardinge 
    This one has been out for a while, but I hadn't heard of it until I became involved in the Mock Printz. From what I understand, it has a big shot at winning this year.

  • Salt to the Sea
    by Ruta Sepetys 
    I actually met Ruta at BEA, and she signed a hardcover copy of this book for me. I've wanted to read it for ages, and now that it is a Mock Printz hopeful, I finally have a reason to pick it up already.

  • Caraval (Untitled #1)
    by Stephanie Garber 
    This is another book I was lucky enough to snag at BEA. It pubs in January, so I'd like to read it before then.

  • The Witchcraft of Salem Village
    by Shirley Jackson 
    So here is one of two books about Salem that I'd like to read this fall. Because I work in Salem, and because I've been obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials since I was a kid, I figured it's time to read more about them. I'm hoping I can get to this book right around or a bit before Halloween.

  • Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials
    by Marilynne K. Roach 
    Here is the second Salem book and the final book in my fall TBR. I actually bought it two years ago during my first visit to Salem. I have no idea why I haven't read it yet. Well, actually, it's probably because I am more of a fiction than nonfiction reader. But this is a book I can see myself loving.

So, there you have it. Ten books to read before December. Think I can swing it?

What's in your Top Ten Tuesday?

2016 YA Fantasy Wish List

It's been such a long time since I've formally compiled an actual wish list, that I figured I'd draft one to keep track of the books I don't own yet but desperately want to. Each of these books has already pubbed this year, and though I entered giveaways for all of them, they never actually ended up in my hands. 

Maybe by writing out this list, the universe will somehow get these books to me without me having to personally buy them. Yes, I'm on yet another book buying ban. I actually haven't purchased many books for myself in the last two years, but I still want to keep my book-spending to a minimum. At least, that's the plan. We'll see how much self-control I can muster.

Which books are you wishing for?

Book Review & Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Storybook Night (#storybookknight)

Two reviews and giveaways in a row! So much fun stuff going on on the blog lately. Again, a big thank you to the Sourcebooks team for making this possible.

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published September 6, 2016


Even dragons can’t resist a good story…

Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…

This children's book is FANTASTIC. I gave it an immediate 5 out of 5 stars. The storyline is super-cute and meaningful, with the message being that you don't have to resort to violence to solve problems-- you can use your brains! I also think this book is especially beneficial for the young bookworms of the world who may get (wrongfully) judged or teased for being bookish. It's a truly delightful read that both parent and child will enjoy. Highly recommend!

Now for the fun part: enter for a chance to win an original sketch of Leo and Ned by illustrator Thomas Docherty! 

I know you are going to love this book, regardless of your age. This is a timeless children's book I can easily see enduring through the years. Check out the landing page for The Storybook Knight for more info and fun stuff. Also, here are some author links for ya:

Thomas Docherty:
Twitter: @TDIllustration 
Helen Docherty:
Twitter: @docherty_helen

Book Review & Blog Tour + Giveaway: Ed Vere's Max at Night (#maxatnight)

As you know, I really love children's books. Not only do I like to read them to find books to buy my goddaughter, but I personally enjoy them myself. I believe children's books aren't just for children. They can bring joy to adults, too.

When the lovely folks over at Sourcebooks contacted me about participating in a blog tour for Ed Vere's Max at Night, I jumped at the opportunity. I really enjoyed the first book in this children's series (Max the Brave), and I may have liked this one even more.

Max at Night (Max)
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published September 1, 2016


This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It's way past Max's bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight...

 Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can't find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that's not as easy as Max had hoped...

Witty and heart-warming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read.

I'm going to keep this short and to the point: you need this for your child's library. As a grown human, this book made me chuckle, so I know a young reader would be entertained by it, too. It's adorable and sweet, and the illustrations are simple yet delightful and eye-catching. The bright color scheme is perfect for the playful vibe of the storyline. Check out the images below for a better idea of what I mean:

Now for the fun part: Enter for a chance to win an original sketch by author and illustrator Ed Vere and a copy of Max at Night!

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Check out the Max at Night landing page for even more info. I'm also including some author links for you to visit, if you are so inclined:

Twitter: @ed_vere

Waiting On Wednesday: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly book meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1)
Expected Publication: December 27, 2016


Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

This book sounds fantastic. So much intrigue and danger. I can't wait to read it!

Which books are you waiting on?

August 2016 Reads

Eh. Not proud of my reading this month, but I had a lot going on between travel, moving, and social engagements. Maybe September will be the month I get back on track.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Graphic Novels
  1. Business Cat: Money, Power, Treats by Tom Fonder

Children’s & Illustrated Books
  1. Thérèse Makes a Tapestry by Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs, Renée Graef
  2. I'll Hug You More by Laura Duksta, Melissa Iwai
  3. Abigail the Whale by Davide Cali, Sonja Bougaeva
  4. Maxwell the Monkey Barber by Cale Atkinson

Misc. Genres
  1. Being a Girl by Hayley Long, Gemma Correll

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