Review: The Summer I Became A Nerd

the summer i became a nerd by Leah Rae MillerAuthor: Leah Rae Miller

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Click here to read summary.

[NOTE: I wrote this review in November when I was going through a reading slump… I’m currently binging ALL THE BOOKS (still including a lot of contemporary romance) and loving them all.]

Lately, I’ve been binging contemporary romances. A few months ago I would have told you I don’t even like them. Obviously that’s not the case anymore. (Personally, I blame Kasie West.)

I’m also in kind of a weird mood in that it’s been hard for me to find books I can really get into. I was at the library the other day and decided to browse and saw The Summer I Became a Nerd. It was on my Goodreads to-read list, so I decided to sit for a few minutes and see if I could get into it. I loved it so much, I came home and finished it in front of the fire.

There’s just something about a sweet romance novel. You know the characters are going to end up together (or at least that’s how things should end up, of course), but you don’t know how that’s going to happen or what forces will try to keep the couple apart. I think that’s why I’ve been enjoying contemporary romances lately–I can trust in the fact that (usually) the ending will be a happy one. And I like happy endings.

I also like nerds, hence why I picked up this book, and it is so wonderfully nerdy! I’ve never been into comics or Live Action Role Play, but after reading about them, I want to know more. It was so wonderful to immerse myself among fellow nerds. (Even if they are fictional.)

Another thing I found interesting about this book is that it’s set in a town in Louisiana about an hour away from where we live! The town is called Natchitoches, but it’s pronounced like nack-a-dish. It’s an old Indian name. If you read this book and wonder why the radio station is called “The Devil,” it’s a reference to the fact that the local college sports teams are The Demons. It is so weird driving through that town and seeing places with names like “Demon Diner.”

There were a few things that were hilarious to me, like the idea Shreveport has a nerdcon. Oh, I wish. Although, we are having Comic Con here this year for the first time, which is really exciting. [We had it and I missed out, but Jules went!] And supposedly Stan Lee was coming to this nerdcon? I seriously died laughing at that. Our Comic Con line-up is actually pretty lame. And then there was this line:

“If I’d have done all this you guys would have locked me in the basement!”

“That’s ridiculous, Roland. This is Louisiana, we don’t have basements because of the water level.”

Maybe it’s only funny to me, because we really don’t have basements due to the water level.

Oh, and can we mention the fact that Logan’s little sister MADE A PRINCESS BRIDE REFERENCE! I died. No really, I did. (But I was only mostly dead, so all is okay.)

Ultimately, this is a great book if you’re looking for a cute romance and you like nerds. 5 stars!

Content Advisory:
Language: 5
Uses of d, h, s, b, and a scattered throughout
Sexual: 2
basic kissing, plus a few innuendos

>>>Like nerdy characters? Check out these books as well!
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (read our review)
A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan (read our review)

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Content Advisory: Mosquitoland


Author: David Arnold

Age: YA (older YA…)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis can be read at Goodreads and Amazon.

I was drawn to the ARC of this book at the Texas Teen Bookfestival and excitedly took it home. However, I did have my concerns…I know how YA contemporary fiction can end up. I loved the colors of the cover. The graphics of the cover. The synopsis on the back intrigued me. A roadtrip? Ohio? (My boyfriend lives in Ohio!) Strange people?

As I read the first few chapters of the book, I realized instead of writing a review of this book…I would be writing a content advisory based off what I had read.

Here is a content advisory based off the first 2-3 Chapters:

Language: 4 – two F bombs + other language

Sexual: 0 – I did only read the first few chapters

Violnce/Gore: 0

So, basically, I decided to not finish due to language.

Science Ch. 4 Week 2 copy

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NTTBF Review Mash-up

I don’t always have a good excuse for not posting, but since my massive NTBF library haul I have been reading like a crazy person! The Burning Sky, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Geography of You and Me & Better Off Friends, Imaginary Girls… and because I was so busy reading, I didn’t have any time to write any reviews… I just kinda devoured books.     (list of all authors from the festival) So now I’m going to try to do a mash-up of post-binge-reading reviews 🙂

First off are three similar books. Similarities: female protagonist with a great destiny and magic within her, marvelous worlds, handsome fellas, physical and emotional trials, and delightfully complex villains. Now, I’m not saying these books are alike. However, I probably shouldn’t have read them one after the other and without taking notes… I will be reading the sequels to these soon and I can’t wait to see to stories and characters develop!

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The Burning Sky (Sherry Thomas)

Magic & Mystery

Ever gone to the last resort to fix your mistake, or done something to make things happen as you think they should? Probably didn’t involve calling down a lightening bolt or result in traveling between realms with a dashing companion to go undercover at an elite British boy’s boarding school.  A delightful adventure full of cunning, deception, humor, shape-shifting, sparkly-potion making, and dedication to cause and honor.

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)

You have within yourself an unwanted power and you are secretly married off to a king to ensure peace among the powers. Cue kidnapping, followed by adventure and self-discovery, followed by courage and inner strength.  Carson has crafted a Tolkien-esque world where people, and powers, are not what they seem.

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Shadow and Bone  (Leigh Bardugo) The Grisha #1

They had been friends since being taken in together as orphan children, with nothing to set them apart like the hungry darkness that divides the kingdom.  When an ungraspable terror threatens to destroy all she’s ever known, everything goes white….  In a moment she unintentionally sets herself on a course that will challenge the existence of the, but for good or evil? Who can be trusted and who has dark intentions?

You know when you can almost understand the villain, and it drives you crazy…

*lovely map printed on the endpapers!*

And a few “real life” books, even if we can’t get stuck in an elevator with a cutie…

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Rules for Disappearing (Ashley Elston)

Being a part of the witness protection program means more towns a map, more false identities than an international spy, more problems than a mathbook, and is more serious than she realized.  After being plucked from yet another temporary life, she decided this time, she isn’t investing in friends. But he has other plans. And after supressed memories start crashing back into place, soon she does too.  They take off on a caution to the wind, anything-for-you, roadtrip to fix what she started, but will it work?  And how much of her life of lies is actually truth?

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The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith)

Love in the elevator.

So delightfully darling! Really sweet characters. I love that the guy actively cares about his dad, and I enjoyed seeing that relationship develop. They meet in an elevator during a city-wide black out and spend the night dreaming about life’s possibilities.  As life sends them apart, together becomes a wish. Sometimes the simple words can carry the most weight. Sometimes you can only find the light in the dark.

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Better Off Friends (Elizbeth Eulberg)

Warning, unless your heard is made of moon rock you WILL get THE FEELS!!!!!!

You don’t always know what you didn’t know you already knew… (full review to come!)

… and then one day she realized they were best friends.   …and then one day he realized that he wanted to be better than friends.

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Imaginary Girls (Nova Ren Suma)

This story was a bit unusual. The first-person voice felt more “commentary” than typical first-person, where you sort of witness it through their eyes. It had a dream-like, hallucinatory, feel, as though it wasn’t actually happening. Even though it starts off fairly steady, soon the things get a little sketchy.  Like the surface of the reservoir that is the center of the story, what you see is liquid, uncertain. What you know is rippled, a reflection of the truth, that shatters when touched.  You can take a breath and change over for under, dry for wet, real for imaginary.

I often questioned the mental stability of multiple characters.

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52 Reasons to Hate My Father (Jessica Brody)

Forget “working class” this gal is “working sass”!

Do you know how hard it is to keep a job, save your dad’s job, protect your image, salvage your social life, and NOT GO CRAZY (manicure chipped long ago)?!?!  Even though the lock picking part isn’t *quite* believable, it’s a well crafted story! You start off kinda hating her, and then you kinda get why she’s like that, and then she surprises you with her clever brains!  And it has a table of Contents!  …for some reason I was rather excited about that.    Also, it doesn’t have tons of swearing like I thought it would!

So that wraps up the post!!

 Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  Something catch your fancy?

Do you like to re-read?

rereadIt’s no secret–I love to reread books. So much, in fact, that I lowered my Goodreads reading goal for this year so I would have more time to re-read some of my favorite books. So far, I’ve re-read six books this year! (I read 4 books last week–that was the norm in high school for me, but I haven’t done that in years! Three were re-reads.)

Reasons why I like to re-read:

  • I love to revisit my favorite characters. They become my friends, (or fictional boyfriends, let’s be honest) and I want to hang out with them again. Isn’t it crazy how you can miss a person who’s not even real?
  • I love to revisit my favorite places. Whether it’s Illea or Narnia or Wonderland, sometimes I miss other worlds. It’s so fun to lose myself in a different place without leaving my comfy reading chair!
  • I pick up on more details the second (or third or fourth) time around. This is especially true with The Lunar Chronicles series, because Marissa Meyer leaves lots of clues as to what’s going to happen. This is also fun with mysteries. Once you know whodunit, the ride is more enjoyable. (I’m specifically thinking of The Naturals, which I re-read this week before starting Killer Instincts.)
  • They bring back memories. I re-read the first and second Gallagher Girl books countless times in high school, so now re-reading them brings back memories of when I introduced Rachel and Jules to them. The third one came out on Jules’ 18th birthday, so rereading it reminds me of her birthday weekend. We wore our plaid skirts for the first time to go buy the book together, then read it together chapter by chapter. (It was funny, because Jules reads the fastest and would gasp at major twists, then I would gasp a few seconds later, then Rachel–who reads slowly in order to try to pick up on any clues so she can guess the ending–would gasp after we’d both already finished and had moved on to making rice krispie treats.)
  • I always have a good book to read. Don’t you hate when you’re in a reading slump and every new book you pick up just doesn’t do it for you? That’s when I re-read an old favorite, and I’m reminded why I love reading so much. Because I can make new friends, fall in love with as many hot guys as I want, and visit places I’ll never go.


Do you like to re-read books? What book have you read the most times?

JB from, plaid skirt, pink rainboots

North Texas Teen Book Festival Recap

Let’s just get this out there: Julianne and I agreed that NTTBF was one of the best festivals we’ve ever attended.

Tons of incredible authors, countless panels to choose from, and we managed to win a signing line pass which helped us to hit up all the authors on our list without lots of waiting! (Though we still hung around until all the authors left.)

We started out our day with caffeine. Because we woke up at 5 AM. So obviously caffeine was necessary.

caffeine please NTTBF

Panel 1: Boarding Pass

I started out at the Boarding Pass panel with Adi Alsaid, Ally Carter, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith (moderated by Sarah Enni). This is when I fell in love with Elizabeth Eulberg—she had me laughing the entire time. (Funnily enough, Jules had read her book the night before the festival and gushed about it on the way.)

Highlights and notes:

-“Boys are stupid. Especially in high school. Boys are dumb. And they don’t get better with age.” -Elizabeth Eulberg

-“Fellows, a cupcake and I’m yours.” -Elizabeth Eulberg

-“I SHIP THEM!” -Ally Carter

-Basically everyone wants to marry Stephanie Perkins husband. Boarding Pass panel at NTTBF15 with Adi Alsaid, Ally Carter, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith, moderated by Sarah Enni

Panel 2: Unlikely Place for Love

The second panel I went to was with Leigh Bardugo (also hilarious!), Julie Kagawa (I’ve been pronouncing her last name wrong…), April Genevieve Tucholke, and Rachel Vincent, moderated by Naomi Bates.
Highlights and notes:
-Sherry Thomas: “I’ve sworn a blood oath to never write a love triangle.” *audience cheers* Leigh Bardugo: “Y’all say that but then y’all go out and buy The Selection.”
-“Your characters have to cause each other’s pain, stand in each other’s way, and be each other’s worse enemies for a while.” -Sherry Thomas
-“Evil is often charismatic.” -Sherry Thomas
-What sub-genre do you consider your book? Leigh Bardugo: “Awesome.”
 -“I just read The Fault in Our Stars… in the airport… which was a mistake.” -Julie Kagawa
– Do you just wake up and decide to write a book that destroys someone’s life? Sherry Thomas: “No. It takes 6 drafts to do that.”
Unlikely Place for Love panel with Leigh Bardugo, Julie Kagawa, April Genevieve Tucholke, Rachel Vincent, moderated by Naomi Bates NTTBF
Panel 3: 867-5309
This panel consisted solely of Jens! Jenny Han, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jennifer E. Smith, Jennifer Ziegler, and Jen Bigheart. Jennifer Lynn Barnes gave an awesome recap on her tumblr. (Using our photo!) 🙂
Jen Panel with Jenny Han, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jennifer E. Smith, Jennifer Ziegler, and Jen Bigheart NTTBF
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Unfortunately that was the last panel I went to, because we ate lunch during the next session, and the last few panels were full! (But Jules somehow managed to get into Book Boyfriends 101!) So I hung out with Xander until book signings.
We were super grateful Jules just happened to bring stuff to make peanut butter banana sandwiches because the concession lines were worse than the signing lines!

peanut butter banana sandwiches for lunch nttbfBook Signings!

We were thrilled to use our signing line priority pass to skip most of the lines. (We waited in short lines and jumped the long ones.) Check out the lovely authors we met! (Unfortunately I didn’t get photos with/of all of them!)

Elizabeth Eulberg

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Ally Carter: look how she personalized Jules’s book! She gave us high fives when she realized who we were and told us the hilarious story of how she walked around a fancy hotel once with her dress stuck in her panty hose.

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Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Isn’t she the cutest thing ever? I picked up Killer Instinct at the festival and am currently rereading The Naturals before I start it! (The Naturals is even better the second time around! It’s fun to see how things play out when you already know who the killer is!)

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Stephanie Perkins: We adored her dress. jb and stephanie perkins nttbfOther authors I met: Tera Lynn Childs, Julie Kagawa, Sarah Mlynowski, Rachel Vincent, Leigh Bardugo (who gave me some Grisha swag!), A. G. Howard. We also stopped by to see Julie Murphy (who signed posters for us, but unfortunately I lost mine) and John Corey Whaley (Jules had him sign her ARC of Where Things Come Back).

We had a FANTASTIC time at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I’m already ready for NTTBF16!

(The photo below is the books I took with me. Not including the books I bought or Rachel and Jules’ books. We estimated that there were about 40 books in the car!)

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Review: All Fall Down

all fall down by ally carter top ten reasons why we love ally carterAuthor: Ally Carter

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Unrealistic Realistic Fiction

Click here to read summary

Series: Embassy Row (book #1)

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Ally Carter has done it again. Is that really a surprise? (No, the answer is no.)

I had no doubt I’d love Embassy Row, just as I’ve loved all her books, but I think this series is going to be a new favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Heist Society and Gallagher Girls, but this may be her best work yet. (Of course it will never take the place of my beloved Gallagher Girls.)

Usually I take notes as I read, but I didn’t take many because I rushed through reading this book. It was so good I couldn’t put it down, and I was maybe late to a meeting because I wanted to finish it. (Being a grown up is so hard.)

Grace is such a complex character. She’s broken, and she knows that, but she knows she’s not crazy even though everyone else thinks she is. She’s completely unpredictable and, as the best characters do, she always finds herself in trouble. Or rather, “Trouble just sort of finds me,” as Grace says.

Like every Ally Carter book, there are some incredibly quotable, lovable, laughable lines. That’s why I love her books so much—her writing style is so fun, even when dealing with serious topics.

In Embassy Row, there’s adventure (yay!) and dangerous activities (woo hoo!) and lots of secrets (yes, please). Oh, also there are boys (DUH!) but no kissing (*pouty face*), but I’m holding out for some in book 2. (Grace can have Noah, but Sexy Alexei is mine, k thanks.)

Basically, Embassy Row is everything you love about Ally Carter in her best book yet.

Content Advisory:

NONE! This book gets a star on our list of reviews for its positive content. We would recommend this book without hesitation!

(Note: There are some potentially scary scenes for young readers, but if the reader is of typical young-adult reader age, it’s fairly mild.)


The Gallagher Girl Series

Heist Society


The North Texas Teen Book Festival is TOMORROW!!!

NTTBFLogo-1All the exclamation points because we are so excited! Tomorrow we’re going to NTTBF15! This is the first year for the festival, and they have an awesome line up with over 50 authors. We’re excited to meet Ally Carter, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Julie Murphy, Victoria Scott, and John Corey Whaley again. Some authors I’m personally excited to meet are Leigh Bardugo, Julie Kagawa, Tera Lynn Childs, A.G. Howard, and Sarah Mlynowski.

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We were lucky enough to get tickets to the opening ceremony (they were all claimed within ten minutes of registration being opened!), so we will be waking up SUPER EARLY so we can drive in and be there at 9:00. (Hi Starbucks, I’d like a tall grande venti mocha frappuccino, please. With an extra shot of espresso.)

Yes, we use an atlas. Without it, we get lost. But for real. #ATBF13

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Our directions are printed and ready to go, we have extra phone chargers packed, Rachel has her Texas map (it’s time for a new one though—her’s still says George W. Bush is the governor of Texas). Our books to be signed are cuddled up in our book bags (as seen here), sharpies (for authors to sign our bags) have been procured, and we have a Starbucks gift card nesting next to the emergency tiara in my car.

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I think we’re ready! If you’re attending the festival and see a girl in a plaid skirt, come say hi! We love to meet fellow readers! (Plus we’ll give you a super cute bookmark that Jules designed.)

Hope to see you there!

JB from, plaid skirt, pink rainboots

Spectacular March Releases!!

Hullo all!

Jules here.

 Lately I’ve been buried in my latest library haul.

Displaying IMG_6757.JPG I’m still in the middle of two of them! But I am taking a quick break from reading to share my excitement about new books being released in March!  Really a something-for-everybody collection.  Adventure, Romance, Hackers, History, Magic… it’s all here!

  I would just like to say that I just might go out and spend a small fortune at the bookstore this month.. So many great books coming out…


What book are you waiting for?  Any of these catch your eye?

(gathered from lists at PopCrush, Goodreads, EpicReads, Amazon)

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkosky

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

March 3

The Winner’s #2

In this world a girl’s options are to join the army or get married, and secrets are a way of life.  Stories of alliances and betrayal continue, where, in the daily gambles of head and heart, one is at great risk to lose one or the other.

Really want to get into this one!




The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1)

The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles) by Becky Wallace

March 3

The Keepers Chronicles #1

Rather than a synopsis I’ll give you  keywords:
Dukes, performers, murdered father, suspicion, magic, quest, fighting, princess, politics, threats, and of course unexpected romance…

I’m in!



The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Product DetailsMarch 10

For almost 15 year old Adam each new day is just another juggling act.  Trying to balance his home life of divorce and step-s, with his internal battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and when  you throw in the usual challenges of the teen years, Adam can’t see himself ever falling in love, much less having a “normal” life.  But could the charming Robyn challenge everything he’s accepted as reality?


Duplicity by N.K. Traver

March 17duplicity by n. k. traver

Hacker bad-boy Brandon is faced with reconciling his outer shell of fast cars and tatted skin, and the Brandon on the inside that he hasn’t truly recognized.  Guaranteed to deliver thrilling twists and some matters of the heart!

 Another geek story for the list!




Under a Painted Sky by Stacey LeeUnder a Painted Sky

March 17

Samantha dreams of going back to in New York to pursue dreams of music, which is nigh impossible if it’s 1849 and you are both a girl and Chinese.  After tragedy sends her running for her life, Samantha finds companionship in Annamae and together, and in disguise, they forge across the wild frontier, braving struggles and finding allies.



The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

March 17

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.





Prudence (The Custard Protocol) by Gail Carriager

March 25Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)

The Custard Protocol #1

From the steampunk genius that brought you Etiquette and Espionage  comes another tale of petticoat powered adventure.

Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) recieves a small hydrogen traveling balloon and does what any well-bred young lady would: heads to India in search of the perfect cup of tea!  But she finds quite a bit more than tea, of course.  Rue gets herself rather mixed up in plots and secrets, and finds herself facing crisis of political, as well as of the missing bloomer nature.


Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

March 25Liars Inc Paula Stokes

Three friends launch a niche business at their school fabricating forgeries (Dr.’s notes and permission slips) and cover stories (who’s “friend’s house” you were at last night). Everything’s hunky-dory until someone goes missing and another is suspected as the murderer…



More March Books!

Because there are always more (:


Boys Don't KnitBoys Don’t Knit

T.S. Easton


Knitting to avoid getting in trouble, Ben finds he’s pretty boss with the needles.  Now just how does he keep it under wraps…




The Memory KeyThe Memory Key

Liana Liu

When a minor accident causes Lora’s memories to go haywire and suddenly she is having vivd memories about her mother’s death indicating it was no accident.  But what is truth and what is fabricated?



The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven DaysThe Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days

Lisa Yee

Higgs has the perfect high school career, and plans to extend it through his time at Harvard.  But when his perfect girlfriend poses a question, a fault line of uncertainty is opened, all the way to his foundations.

 dotsWhat books are you looking forward to?

Guest Post (Brody): A Blast from the Past! (Pre-Scarlet Prepping)

Hello again me lords and me ladies,

Brody here. I know that we’re still in the process of getting to know each other and in this process you’re probably going to learning things about me, intentionally or not intentionally, but one of the things I’m going to reveal to you in this post is that sometimes I can be indecisive. Most of the time it’s starting with where I’m going to eat , and then it’s what I’m going to eat when I get there, and by this point my stomach is demonstrating some fairly odd sounds if someone isn’t there to consult with. (I know all of the indecisive readers just let out a sigh of relief. You’re not alone!) I know all too well how picking out books can feel like the last decision we may ever make! Rachel is especially guilty on this one! Forgive me dear, didn’t mean to call you out. End rambling.

With that being said I had a couple of ideas for this post, and like any time I find myself in an indecisive situation, I call upon my wonderful girl in plaid, Rachel. Giving her the choice of a book I was thinking about posting or some classic fairy tales that I’ve been educating myself on considering the fairy-tale-inspired series The Lunar Chronicles that we have been reading together, of course she chose fairy tales.

One day not too long ago, I decided to pay my dear mom a visit. I can’t recollect the conversation we were having, but it must have been about children’s books because the next thing I know she hands me the holy grail from I-don’t-know of an anthology of an abundance of classics, called The World Treasury of Children’s Literature. Turns out it was a Christmas gift from my Grandma Susan in 1995 when I was just a wee lad!


For reasons unknown to me I have no past memories with this book, which is incredibly surprising because of its seemingly unforgettable lime green cover. I just believe that when you see this thing, you can’t un-see it!

Its 600 pages of contents range from tongue-tripping nursery rhymes (I still have trouble with “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”, go ahead and take a second to try it for yourself) to Dr. Seuss who was born 111 years ago March 2, 1904, to Norse mythology from which originated one of the coolest Marvel superheros, Thor. A favorite of us fellas due to the sheer manliness that we appreciate and the girls to swoon over (curse you Chris Hemsworth). Moving on, and to the Grimm brothers’ collection of tales where I’ve been spending the majority of the time when my face is in this book re-educating myself on the fairy tales like Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood.

If you haven’t read them in a while, do yourself a favor by going back and see how bizarre they are!

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Now that I’m all brushed up, I’m bringing what we call the “A game” into Scarlet and all systems are go!

Until next time,


Top Ten All Time Favorite Books

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish! No wasting time today. LET’S TALK FAVORITE BOOKS! [links lead to our reviews]

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1) All Fall Down by Ally Carter | Have you read this yet? If your answer is no, GO READ IT RIGHT NOW. I was simply amazed by this book, and so quickly fell in love with Grace and everyone else. We’re anxiously awaiting the next book!

2) The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | This could have been On The Fence as well. I love them both equally so much. If you like cute romances, Kasie West has got you covered!

3) Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell | Definitely the most surprising favorite of the bunch. Kit is a serial killer… and I kind of like fave books2

4) The Selection by Kiera Cass | The first book is still my favorite in the series. (I don’t have the desire to slap every single character multiple times in the first book. The other books? Ummm, yeah. They all need a good slap. Multiple slaps.)

5) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger | A cute clean read, and SPYING? Sign me up! Plus, petticoats and dancing and how to use a handkerchief to send secret messages. [Julianne’s review] [my review]

6) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins | I just read this book a few weeks ago and I’m SO MAD that it took me so long to read it. (I’ve had a poster for it hanging in my office for over 2 years…) Harper is awesome, and I love that we have a heroine who is more concerned about getting blood on her outfit than the fact that she just stabbed a man in the throat with her high heel. top fave books3

7) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I read this one slowly to savor it. [Rachel’s review] [my review]

8) Cress by Marissa Meyer | The third book in The Lunar Chronicles is my favorite so far, but I have high expectations for Winter and I’m pretty sure I’ll love it even more! (The teaser sampler in Fairest had me dying for it NOW!)

9) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | The Ultimate Friendship Story. (All caps necessary.) Don’t read in public. Or without tissues.

United we Spy by ally carter

10) United We Spy by Ally Carter | And we end like we began—with Ally Carter. The last book in the series made me cry. Julianne, Rachel, and I feel like United We Spy signified the end of our childhood. We still want to be spies, though.

dotsWhat are your top favorite books? Any on this list?

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