10 books I can’t wait to share with my son

My baby turns 1 today! How is that even possible??? It seems like not that long ago that we were finally bringing him home from the NICU. But then it also feels like he’s been part of our family forever. It’s weird. In honor of D’s 1st birthday, though, I’m dedicating this post to him.

I’ve always thought about what books I would want to have in my library from my childhood for my kids to read. I love watching my son as he develops his love for reading. Here’s a picture I took just the other morning (yes the book is upside down haha).

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I look forward to when he is able to move past the board books. Here are some of the books that I can’t wait to share with my baby!

Dr. Seuss

These books are just classic. The illustrations are fun and so is the rhyming.

Nate the Great

I loved these books when I was a kid! They always left me craving pancakes though…

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

I wasn’t always the best-behaved kid myself, but I enjoyed reading about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s clever ways to help parents with their kids.

Magic Tree House

I was OBSESSED with these books in elementary school. I could not get enough! And I feel like there have to be at least…50 by now? Maybe more?

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

My husband and I both loved this book when we were growing up. Who wouldn’t want to spend the night in a museum?

Harriet the Spy

Harriet is so spunky and I’m pretty sure I even started my own spy notebook after reading this book (despite how it ended up for her…)

The Lightning Thief series

I have always loved Greek mythology and so I hope these books can be a good introduction for my son.

Harry Potter

DUH.

The Hunger Games

I know there’s a lot of controversy about the level of violence included in these books, but I feel like they were really influential on a lot of readers. When I read these books, I fell in love with the series, and I want that for my son as well.

Sherlock Holmes

I have also always been obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. I had an abridged version of his stories when I was growing up and I look forward to sharing the books and the shows with my baby when he gets a little older.

What books do you guys want to share with your kids one day? If you already have kids, what’s been the most fun thing to read with them?
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Top 10 finished series | Binge away!

Who else loves a good series binge??? One of my favorite things to do is to jump immediately from one book to the next in a series. No waiting, no forgetting who characters are or what happened to them. Just reading. So here are some of my favorite series that you can just BINGE.

Binge-able Series

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King

Why I loved it: Great characters, magic, treasure/scavenger hunt, deliciously evil antagonists

Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf; Blood for Blood

Why I loved it: Motorcycle race!, alternate history, STRONG female lead

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder; Scarlet; Cress; Winter

Why I loved it: Strong women in typically “male occupations”, swoony romances, sassy robots, fairytale retellings

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians; China Rich Girlfriend; Rich People Problems

Why I loved it: SO MUCH DRAMA, some really likable characters, the food descriptions, depictions of extremely extravagant lifestyles

Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone; Days of Blood & Starlight; Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Why I loved it: Fascinating magic concept, fantastic world building, star-crossed lovers, beautiful writing, EVIL VILLAIN

Inkworld trilogy Cornelia Funke

Inkheart; Inkspell; Inkdeath

Why I loved it: Super readable, great characters, watching Maggie grow up

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows; Crooked Kingdom

Why I loved it: Heists!, complicated relationships, great friendships, worldbuilding

Finishing School series by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage; Curtsies & Conspiracies; Waistcoats & Weaponry; Manners & Mutiny

Why I loved it: Great group of girlfriends, secret floating spy school, Sooties and Picklemen

The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter; Her Dark Curiosity; A Cold Legacy

Why I loved it: Science-minded female protag, gothic classic retellings

Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song; Our Dark Duet

Why I loved it: Monsters, broody violin player, tough-as-nails female protag, not-so-happy ending

What are some of your favorite finished series? Let me know which ones I should binge in the comments!

7 best YA couples of all time (this is completely subjective)

My little brother’s getting married today! Obviously, I’m not writing this on his wedding day, though. Like a good blogger, I have pre-scheduled content for this weekend including yesterday’s review of Bloodwitch. But I’m getting away from myself. In honor of my baby brother’s wedding day, I wanted to post my top 7 (he was born on the 7th) YA couples of all time! (In my opinion). Happy wedding day, B! (He doesn’t read this blog, but whatever).

Best YA Couples

1) Amy and Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

This is such an ultimate road trip book and I love it! Roger is super respectful of Amy the entire trip and when they finally get together it’s so satisfying. I love all the different playlists throughout and it’s so fun to watch them get to know each other and fall in love.

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2) August and Kate from the Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab

These two never really get together, but I still love them as a couple. I feel like they’re really well-suited for each other–I have a hard time imagining anyone else being able to understand either of them. They just seem really perfect.

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3) Blue and Gansey from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue and Gansey spend so much time in this series not actually together and while it can be frustrating at times, it also makes their inevitable relationship that much more satisfying. We know they’re fated to be with each other right from the beginning and I loved watching their relationship grow over the four books.

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4) Dario and Khalila from The Great Library series by Rachel Caine

These two! What a pair! Dario is so ridiculous, but he shows an unexpected tender side whenever Khalila is involved. And Khalila, for her part, doesn’t put up with any of Dario’s crap. She loves him, but she’s not going to let him get away with ANYTHING.

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5) Eril-Fane and Azareen from the Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor

I almost chose Lazlo and Sarai from this book, but then I remembered Eril-Fane and Azareen. While Lazlo and Sarai have a sweet new love, Eril-Fane and Azareen have a deep and tragic love. Reading about their relationship throughout the two books is so heartbreaking. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I love the way this mature relationship is portrayed in these books.

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6) Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

One of my OTPs. These guys are definitely perfect for each other. They compliment each other so nicely and I love how tender Thorne is with Cress. She needs someone who will be gentle with her, but also acknowledge all the ways in which she is strong–Thorne is able to do that perfectly.

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7) Remy and Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

You knew there was going to be a Sarah Dessen couple on here, right?!? I wanted to pick Macy and Wes so bad, but in the end I had to go with Remy and Dexter. They are the ultimate example of opposites attracting. I love the way Dexter brings out the less serious side of Remy while Remy does a good job of being an anchor to the relationship.

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Any of your guys’ favorite couples make it on my list? Anyone you think I missed?

My top 10 fave bookstagrammers rn

While I have a bookstagram account, I don’t ever post anything (I just cannot keep up with the photos, etc.) But I keep it so that I can follow all of these other super talented people! Here are my top 10 favorite bookstagrammers right now!

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Everyone was talking about “The Silent Patient” and even though it sounded intriguing, I had already kind of written it off as one that I wouldn’t get around to over all the other books I was dying to read. But after trying to listen to like five different audiobooks and just not feeling any of them, I decided to listen to “The Silent Patient” as kind of my “oh alright, I’ll pick this one.” (Thank you to @macmillan.audio for providing me a review copy) AND OMG! This is going to be a top contender for my Top 10 of 2019 for sure. . 🤫 I don’t read thrillers all that often, and I feel like I’ve been disappointed in enough of the ones I’ve read lately (no matter how hype) that I went in with low expectations. Because I don’t read thrillers that often, it’s not as easy for me to pick up on the twists. I can spot a red herring a mile away, but I usually don’t get the twist right. Even still, I can’t think of one that has left me delighted by the twist the way this one did. . 🤫 I listened to “The Silent Patient” nonstop for the entire day because I was so completely drawn in. And I’m laughing at myself because I had a couple specific questions while I was listening and never realized that they would be the thing to lead me to the conclusion.🤷🏻‍♀️ . 🤫 Basically this story is about a woman who kills her husband and then never speaks a word again. Years go by and no one can find out her motives or what happened because she will not speak. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has always been interested in her case and is determined to get her to speak and unravel the mystery. And I’m not going to mince words here when I say I thought this was brilliant. Maybe some of you more seasoned thriller readers will see the ending coming, but I did not and I had the most pleasurable experience of being totally surprised and freaking out about how wonderful the feeling of being totally surprised was. I was not disappointed in the ending, all the clues, in retrospect, were suddenly clear and made sense, and I immediately wanted to shove this book into the hands of all my friends. . 🤫 So, if you have not read “The Silent Patient”, I totally recommend!

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I jumped on the bandwagon.⁣ ⁣ ☆☆☆Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has been making its rounds in the bookstagram community for awhile now and I get it. The story is sweet with a hint of danger and that otherworldly touch thanks to the brilliantly painted marsh in which it takes place. ⁣ ⁣ The story follows the life of Kya, a girl who grows privately, secluded and abandoned by her family. Left alone to survive, she takes refuge from the discrimination and cruelty of the community in the only home she's ever known – the marsh. Resilient, brave and fiery, Kya grows into a beauty that catches the key of two boys from the community she's come to avoid. As strong as her instincts for self-preservation are, her ache for contact and love is stronger. ⁣ But when one of the boy's bodies is found swollen and lifeless in the swamp, all heads turn to Kya, and without a moment's hesitation, the community that's shunned her for years, will point its finger at her in angry accusation. ⁣ ⁣ A fun read that had me practically feeling the mud between my toes, Owens tells a beautiful story of love and loss while staying true to the character flaws bred of heartbreaking neglect. I'd have enjoyed this read for the description of the marsh alone, but the story of Kya was a nice treat. ☆☆☆⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #wherethecrawdadssing⁣ #read #deliaowens #review #bookreview #reccomendation #bookrecommendation #readersofinstagram

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What are some of your favorite love stories? . I am so excited to be teaming up with @storygramtours and @thenovl to celebrate Izzy and Tristan by Shannon Dunlap. This is her debut novel and it is a modern day retelling of the 800 year old tale of Tristan and Isolde (which I love!) This releases on March 12 and I will leave the synopsis below! To learn more or to order a copy of the book click on the link in my bio! . I have partnered with @TheNovl to giveaway one copy of the book. Check out the details below: ❤️GIVEAWAY Enter to win a copy of Izzy + Tristan ❤️TO ENTER – Follow me, @TheNovl and @storygramtours – Tag a friend you think will be interested ❤️For EXTRA entry – Visit @darkfaerietales_ tomorrow and repeat these steps ❤️RULES – Giveaway will end March 25th at midnight EST – US ONLY – Not affiliated with Instagram – Must be 18 or have parents permission – Must be a public account so entries can be verified #IzzyandTristantour #IzzyandTristan #ShannonDunlap #TheNovl #storygramtours #giveaway #bookgiveaway #bookishgiveaway ____________________________________________ Izzy, a practical-minded teen who intends to become a doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighborhood. . And then she meets Tristan. . Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus. He and Izzy meet one moonlit night, and together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself. . In debut author Shannon Dunlap's capable hands, the romance that has enthralled for 800 years is spun new. Told from several points of view, this is a love story for the ages and a love story for this very moment. This fast-paced novel is at once a gripping tale of first love and a sprawling epic about the bonds that tie us together and pull us apart and the different cultures and tensions that fill the contemporary American landscape. #bookaesthetic #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #flatlay #bookflatlay #flatlaybooks #flatlayoftheday #booksandflowers #cozyvibes #warmandcozy

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Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day. My day started off good and then I had to pick up some packages and send some at the post office and felt super sick. I’m so mad cause the lines are literally 2 hours long at my post office and I was 4th in line and I had to run home cause I felt like I was gonna pass out. Now I’m gonna have to go again tomorrow or Thursday 😩 On another note, King of Scars is one of the books I finished this month and I’m so happy I read it. I loved being back in the Grishaverse and especially reading more of Nikolai. His character did sound a little different to me compared to the Grisha series but I still really enjoyed reading it. QOTD: have you read King of Scars yet? Did you like it? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bookstagram #bokstagrammers #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeatures #bookish #bookishpost #bookfeaturepage #booknerds #bookbloggers #blogger #bookcover #mybeigelife #booknerdigans #epicreads #ya #youngadultbooks #fantasybooks #bookishcandles #aesthetics #fallaesthetics #autumn #cosygram #cozygram #fallaesthetic #whitefeed #kingofscars #grishaverse #leighbardugo

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Provo Library’s Best Books of 2018 | YA Non-Fiction, Fiction, & Graphic Novels

Every year my local library puts on a “Best Books of…” event and I love it! A lot of the books I’ve already heard of, but I always come away with new books on my TBR! Even though I do work here, I wasn’t part of putting on the event or choosing the books–I was able to just attend as a patron, so that was super fun as well. I made my book club come with me too, so hopefully some of these books will make it into our discussions! Here’s a link for anyone who missed my post on the Adult non-fiction and fiction list.

Provo Library Best Books YA

Bolded books are ones that are on my TBR. Italics are ones I’ve read.

Non-Fiction
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Have you read any of these? What young adult books would you add to the list?

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Provo Library’s Best Books of 2018 | Adult Non-Fiction & Fiction

Every year my local library puts on a “Best Books of…” event and I love it! A lot of the books I’ve already heard of, but I always come away with new books on my TBR! Even though I do work here, I wasn’t part of putting on the event or choosing the books–I was able to just attend as a patron, so that was super fun as well. I made my book club come with me too, so hopefully some of these books will make it into our discussions! Keep an eye out for the Young Adult list–I’ll be posting that in a few days as well.

Provo Library Best Books Adult

Bolded books are ones that are on my TBR. Italics are ones I’ve read.

Have you read any of these? What adult books would you add to the list?

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5 Horror(ish) Books to Get Through Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has never been my favorite holiday. I mean, I like chocolate as much as the next person, but it’s this holiday that comes with a lot of pressure if you’re in a relationship and can make people feel a little self-conscious if they’re not. I’m sure there will be many lovey-dovey posts today, but I wanted to do something a little different by posting a few horror(ish) recs.

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None of the following books are super scary. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat so I don’t usually read books that are too scary.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

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Another plug for a great author, Cat Winters. This book is set during World War I, which is scary in and of itself, but it’s also during the Spanish Flu. People are dying left and right and that creates this really creepy atmosphere. Add to that some spirit photography and maybe some ghosts? I love the main character in this book because she’s tough and smart in a time when it girls were consistently underestimated.

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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Spill ZoneThis is a two book series of graphic novels by Scott Westerfeld. I don’t know if I’ve read anything else by him besides the Pretties series, but I really enjoyed these graphic novels. They’re so eerie and the artwork only amplifies that feeling. Especially when the main character goes into the spill zone, the colors are absolutely electric. It’s got a post-apocalyptic feel, a mute little girl, and a creepy doll.

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The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's DaughterI’ve definitely talked about this book on here before. This entire series is amazingly gothic and unsettling. The first book is based off of The Island of Dr. Moreau, the second is based off of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the third is based off of Frankenstein. Each of those would also be a good candidate for this list if you’re interested in a classic horror read. (The eBook for The Madman’s Daughter is only $2.99 right now!)

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

The DivinersI’ve read this book most recently of the ones on this list. It’s a long book, so be ready for that, but I really loved the setting. It’s set in the 20’s in New York which proves to be the perfect setting for this ghost story. The main characters are fun and Evie is especially full of life. The last warning I have for this book is that it’s obviously setting up for a series. There are some story lines that don’t quite resolve and characters that don’t seem super important by the end of this book. If that’s your jam, though, I highly recommend.

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Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Blue is for NightmaresI read this series when I was in high school and it was my first real foray into horror. It’s about a girl who is away at a boarding school (I’ve always been a fan of boarding school books) and she’s having these vivid dreams. At the end of each dream, she wakes up having wet the bed. She’s not sure why this is happening, but she’s had these types of dreams before. Last time, she didn’t listen to them and someone ended up dead. I like that these books have a slight supernatural element to it, but it’s not too heavy.

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What do you plan on reading this Valentine’s Day?

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