Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Yummy Food

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Happy Fall everyone! We are back for another addition to Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is books that mention yummy foods. Well both of us are huge fans of food, whether its making it or baking it, you’ll always find some good grub at our place! So we are going to come up with a list of some books that started to make our tummy grumble when reading them.

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: Lots of talk of food in every Harry Potter book. Whether it was the treacle tart that Harry was so fond of, Mrs. Weasley’s cooking or the butter beer at the Three Broomsticks, there was something to make you want a little snack in the middle of reading.
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Whenever I think of this book the treat of Turkish Delight pops in my head. It must have been a pretty tasty treat if Edmund decides to fall victim to the White Witch in exchange for some Turkish Delight.
  3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: We knew from the first chapter our tummy’s would be rumbling when reading this book. All the delectable desserts and pastries that Catherine bakes up from beginning sounded all so delicious that our mouths were watering!
  4. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin: I mean, there’s a whole darn cookbook for this book (which is sitting in Emily’s kitchen right now). Things are swimming in butter and there are lemon cakes that would taste really good right about now.
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: That food in the Capitol is NUTS. So decadent that it makes Katniss feel sick. And if that doesn’t do it for ya there is always that bread of Peeta’s.
  6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: All those french delicacies sound just delicious. And the lemon cake here!? Sounds amazing as well. It’s never good to read while hungry.
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl: This is kind of a no duh moment. All that candy that we can hardly even imagine…it all sounds delicious. No worries. We would listen to Wonka’s rules.
  8. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: The feasts that are held…the fresh fruits…meat on skewers…freshly cooked veggies…Sorry. We probably are making you hungry by this point.
  9. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye: The first chapter takes place in a bakery. A BAKERY. Every single thing made there, down to the plain old bread, sounds absolutely amazing and definitely like something we need NOW!
  10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: Literally only made the list because of all the chocolate. Seriously…that girl can’t get enough of her chocolate and we are totally behind her on this.


Question: What are some of your favorite books with delicious sounding food? We want to know what books made you hungry!


Top Ten Tuesday: Fall-like Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome back for another Top Ten Tuesday! We love this weekly post because it’s something that we feel we can get back into the groove of no matter how crazy life has been (and boy, has it been crazy). Between anniversaries, sword tournaments (apparently Emily knows some nerdy people), and work…it’s been tough to get our act together and get the posts up that we want to…but we are so thankful that Top Ten Tuesday makes it easier for us to really dive in.

This week we are sharing book cover that just look like fall to us. Some we may have read while others are sitting on that TBR waiting for us to tear into them (with respect…we would never tear books). So, here are some book covers that just make us think of the cool weather of fall…


Scarlet by AC Gaughen | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling | The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier | The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente | Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver | The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton | The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows  | Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson | A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sara J. Maas | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert | Vicious by V.E. Schwab | Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake | Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Question: What are some book covers that have you thinking of fall?

Emily’s House Cup Reading Challenge

If you all follow me on twitter then you know that my reading habits have been the worst. I have let stress, anxiety, and my busy schedule take over my life and have found myself lacking in the reading area. It has sucked, a lot, and I have struggled to get back. Which is why I am SO excited to be joining….The House Cup Reading Challenge (hosted by Lauren of Live Love Read, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover)

Basically throughout this challenge I will be reading books that fit into the following categories (which might I add…SUPER thankful that years 1-7 are reader’s choice! This will help me so much)…


My goal is to at least get through the years before even looking at the extra categories. If you want to know more about the challenge and all the categories I would definitely head on over to one of the host’s pages so that you can check it out and join up.

And now that I have introduced most of that it’s time for me to declare my house and give you my Hogwarts student bio. Now, if you must know…I have gone back and forth about my house. Pottermore has told me one thing while every other quize I have taken has told me another. So I have decided to join along with the house that Pottermore gave me…


Yes, I have fully committed to my Gryffindor house and am ready to help bring them to victory! A little bit more about my Hogwarts self…

Name: Emily
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
Wand Type: Laurel wood with a dragon heartstring core, 12 ½” and rigid flexibility
Pet: I wish I could say dog, but that seems to be a pet that no one at Hogwarts has. So an owl it is!
Favorite Subject: I am a sucker for History of Magic.
Favorite Professor: Professor McGonagall…she is tough but fair

As far as what my TBR is…well that is kind of to be determined. I have made a fall TBR list recently and I will definitely be pulling from there, but it’s entirely possible that I will leave the list.

This challenge starts on Sunday (October 15th) and goes until Sunday, November 12th. If you haven’t signed up then you definitely should!

Let’s go Gryffindor!!



Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hey everyone, it’s Tuesday, so you know what that means….Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by those wonderful girls over at the Broke and the Bookish. While last week was ten books that had a similar main character (I chose characters with special powers), this week we are going to talk about book crushes. While both of us are happily married, (celebrating 6 years and 1 year this week actually) there are definitely books that we have read where the guys in the book make us swoon! And it isn’t always about being romantic but it could be also be having qualities that are great in a guy like compassion and protectiveness.   So without further ado, we are going to name 10 guys from books that touched our hearts.



  1. Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Darren from First Year by Rachel E. Carter
  3. Magnus from Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  4. Jin from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  5. Kaz from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  6. Elias from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  7. Robin from Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  8. Rowan from Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
  9. Jon Snow from A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  10. Matthew Clairmont from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


  1. Mal from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Char from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  3. Rob from the Scarlet series by AC Gaughen
  4. Day from the Legend series by Marie Lu
  5. Darien from Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  6. Black Knife from The Orphan Queen series by Jodie Meadows
  7. Kahlid from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  8. Wesley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  9. Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  10. Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I know there are some that I am missing, but these ones all made me smile as I came up with this list.

Question: What are some of your swoon worthy characters? Do you have some of the same?



Throwback Thursday: Movie edition

Throwback Thursday

Hello everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday! Can you believe it’s already just about October? We are heading deep into the fall season. The leaves are starting to change, the apples are fresh for picking, and everyone’s beverages seem to be pumpkin flavored.

We have been bouncing all over with topics for one of our favorite features to do, and this week we have come up with a good one….movies. Now I know, you are probably thinking we are going to share those cookie cutter Disney movies that everyone loves (WE LOVE THEM TOO WE SWEAR). We thought we would take it to a different area. Though the movies may be made by Disney, they are a bit darker than we had imagined.


My family was pretty particular about what we were allowed to watch. My dad nixed movies like Alice in Wonderland even though I definitely watched them in secret at my Grandma’s (because when does grandma ever say no?). When I think back to my childhood it is mostly Disney movies, but there are a few odd movies that stick out. One in particular is way darker than I had realized and I am honestly shocked I was able to watch it. Here are a few trailers of some favorites from my childhood…


My siblings and I loved to watch movies just like my parents. Whether it was comedy, cartoon or drama, there was always a good movie to watch at our house. And now years later, I still love to watch movies and occasionally I see these classic movies on Netflix or even playing on TV. It is fun to stop and watch them and remember how we used to wish we were these kids in the movie. Looking back now, there was really an assortment of movies that we loved to watch and I can’t even just pick one category that would describe them other than they were awesome 90’s movies. (And you will definitely nod your head in agreement when you see the movies I am talking about!) Here are a few of my random/odd but awesome favorites…

Question: What were some of your favorite movies while growing up?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Feature A Character with Special Powers

Hey everyone! Arika here this week for Top Ten Tuesday. This week we were given the task of coming up with a list of books that spotlight characters with unique similarities. Whether that be characters that play sports, characters who have a similar illness or characters who have the same job. Something that makes them unique but also alike! So I was thinking….what type of books do I love to read and the characters have something that ties them together. When BAM, it hit me, I love characters that have special powers. Whether it is powers to do with reading minds, changing their apprentice or being able to move the earth, there are all sorts of books that have characters with these cool special abilities! So my list here comprises of books that the main character (or characters) have special abilities that make them some cool, wouldn’t want to mess with, I hope they are on my side characters! Hope you enjoy 🙂

First Year by Rachel E. Carter | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo | A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg | Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes | Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Question: Have you read any of these? What are some books you have read with characters with special powers?


Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2017 TBR

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Happy Tuesday all! It’s crazy to think we are already this far into September! We unfortunately missed last week due to crazy schedules, but we are back at it this week and ready to share our fall TBRs. Now it should be noted, we HOPE we get to these books. You all know how mood reading goes, so you know that it’s entirely possible for us to completely ignore this list and read something else. But fingers crossed that some of these books are read, because they all just sound so good! So, here is our fall TBR (subject to change as our moods may dictate).


Frostblood by Elly Blake | Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas | The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake | Morning Star by Pierce Brown | Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers | A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


The Color Project by Sierra Abrams | Thorn by Intisar Khanani | Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas | City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C Anderson | Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt | One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus | All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | 738 Days by Stacey Kade | With Malice by Eileen Cook | Beats of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Question: What are some books on your TBR? Also, have you read any of these (because we would love to know what we should prioritize)?

We Want YOU!


Oh. My. Goodness. The excitement level at here at Midwestern Book Nerd is off the charts as are ready to introduce something to get us all more involved in the Midwestern Book Nerd experience.

Did you read the title? Do you think you know what is coming? Are you sure?

We. Want. You!

Yes. We want you on our blog! We have been wanting to get more voices heard, more love for books spread, and more discussions of what readers do when they are not reading on our blog. And honestly…the best way for us to do that is to get you involved.

So, without further ado…



YOU! Yes, you reading this right now. Blogger or non-blogger, we are talking to you!


Guest post on Midwestern Book Nerd. Talk about books, movies, tv shows, music, hobbies, or other things that you love. We want to hear what readers do outside of the reading world. Spread love about a hobby that no one has heard about (oh HEMA people, this would be perfect for you!) or push a book that you swear no one has read. There isn’t a specific topic in mind, just keep it you. Think of it as show and tell. A show and tell on Midwestern Book Nerd.


SOON! We are ready to get this going ASAP. We can’t wait to see what you will have to share with us and with our readers.


Because we want to give you the opportunity to spread love to books, movies, shows, music, etc. We want you to be able to be involved in our blog too, because one of the reasons we keep this up is you. Yes, we love talking about books, but we also love the conversations with you.

What should you do if you are interested?

Send an email over to either Emily ( or Arika ( for more details. We will have a template for you to use if you want, or you can come up with something 100% uniquely you.


We are so excited to see what you all bring to the blog. There is so much in this world that we don’t know about. Books we haven’t ever touched, music that we’ve never heard, and things that we have never tried. Why not share those unique things with others?

And don’t worry. We have more awesome things coming up soon! This is just one of our exciting ideas.

We hope to hear from you very soon.

Throwback Thursday: Board Game edition

Throwback Thursday

Happy Thursday! Aren’t you excited that we are NEARLY through with this week? As we are getting back to school and back into routines I think it’s safe to say that we are ready for the weekend.

For today’s throwback we are thinking about the games we played as children. Yes, we all played tag and ran around outside, but we are focusing on the board games. We have quite the list of games that we look back at with such fond memories (some are a bit weird) and we cannot wait to share them with you!


A little backstory for you before I get into my favorites. My grandma was a shopper. She would scope out the best deals ANYWHERE. She would find these games at garage sales, with her Kohl’s coupons…honestly I don’t even know where these games came from sometimes. Her thing was that she would buy Christmas gifts all year long, meaning it was an excuse for the most ridiculous of games. Some that I really liked when I was a kid (I will only be posting commercials for them. I don’t think I need to defend this list of games and their unique-ness)…


Game night was always a fun night when I was growing up. I had so much fun, whether it was playing with neighbor kids or at grandma and grandpa’s house with siblings or cousins, there was always some type of game to play. My great grandfather even built a marble game that is still used today up at our families cabin where intense games still are had! But for board games growing up, I had to come up with some classic games I loved to play and provide you with the epic commercials for them that seemed to suck every kid into playing them!


Question: What board games did you play as children? Do we have any in common?

On Being in a Reading Rut

Hey all! It feels like FOREVER since I have written anything. The end of the summer flew by, and between being out of town and mentally drained I really haven’t done much of anything.


And when I say I haven’t done much of anything I seriously mean it. I have hardly read, which gives me very little to talk about with you guys (and it makes me so sad and feel a but like a failure but that is 100% on me and I need to be ok with it).

So, what’s been happening in my reading life? I mean I have read so many amazing books this year and I am nearly finished with my Goodreads goal. If you look at it on paper everything seems solid, but for some reason I just can’t sit down and read.

I have been trying to figure out just what it is and how to fix it, which is easier said than done.

Firstly, I think I am at a reading crossroads. Maybe crossroads isn’t the right word, but I am finding myself branching out more and more. The past couple years I have been solely YA fantasy, and I still love YA fantasy. But the more I read the more I notice that I want more. I want more history, more real world stories. I want to be able to relate to things, and sometimes YA just doesn’t cut it for me. On top of that I am on series overload. So much of what I was reading was a part of a series that is still ongoing. And while I love the stories and the worlds I just find myself feeling bogged down and fully committed to them, which has really left me struggling to start books I have been dying to read.


Secondly, I think I am overwhelmed. I have found so many books that are across so many genres that I feel like I need to read. I see books friends are reading and feel that I have to read them so that we have even more to talk about. There are books that people say you just need to read, and I feel like yes I absolutely need to read them. Because of all of this my tbr just keeps growing and growing which means I find myself staring at stacks of books and not even knowing where to start.


Lastly, I think I am trying too many things at once. I keep adding these books to my TBR and then I immediately try to get my hands on them. I know that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I keep doing it even while I am trying to read something else. It’s to the point that I can’t focus on one thing and keep trying something new. Bouncing around is exhausting, and I think it has really pushed me further into the reading rut.


So what am I going to do? I am returning all of my library books. I was about 100 pages into one and loving it, but got busy and haven’t sat down to read it since Wednesday. Now that is something that I should be doing if I love it so much right? It’s a pretty obvious sign that it’s just not working for me right now (even though I love it so much). I can check them out again once I am in the mood for it. This will help me really focus in on the books that I have. So for the rest of the month, and maybe even into next month, I will be reading just what I own. I have a few arcs I can work through as well as many books I have really been wanting to read here in my house. I need to focus on one and at a time. I need to not worry about how fast I run. I need to worry about reading what I want and not what I think is expected.

After a tough summer of reading I am so ready to cozy up with some good books this fall, which also means I will hopefully have more to share with you soon! Here’s to some good books ahead!

Question: What do you do when you are in a reading rut?