Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

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Hey everyone, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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We are happy to be doing another Top Ten Tuesday this week and our theme of course is Halloween! While there is a ton of different ideas we could do for this freebie we decided to go with something simple…Characters we would dress up as for Halloween! Now as a kid I know I dressed up as so many different characters, like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz to Darth Maul from Star Wars. It is always fun to pretend and dress up as a different character from a different world.

Arika:

  1. Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  3. Ryiah from The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter
  4. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Emily:

  1. Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas (THIS IS THE DREAM PEOPLE! MY EMO KID DREAM)
  2. Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (I legit love her)
  3. Scarlet from The Scarlet series by AC Gaughen (DUH!)
  4. Daisy from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (FLAPPER DRESS PLEASE!)
  5. Miss Viola Swamp from Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall (because the name is PERFECT)

Question: What are some of your favorite costumes to wear?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Yummy Food

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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.

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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

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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…

Emily

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

Arika

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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

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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.

Arika:

 

  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

Emily:

  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?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2017 TBR

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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).

Arika:

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

Emily:

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)?

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

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It’s the last Tuesday of August and we have a wonderful Top Ten Tuesday for everyone. And as always it’s hosted by those wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about those hidden gems. Those books where you love but it seems like nobody has heard of, so of course you tell everyone and everybody about it when they are looking for a good book to read. We have decided to stick with the young adult genre, as that is the genre we have read the most books from.

Scarlet Trilogy by A.C. Gaughen | The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Bedor | Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes | The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter | My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows | Madion War Trilogy by S. Usher Evans | The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds | No Good Deed by Kara Connolly | Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott | Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Question: What are some of your favorite books that you consider hidden gems?

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School Freebie

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What’s up everyone! I know you are all nursing that crick in your neck from looking up for so long at the solar eclipse yesterday afternoon but we are gonna come back down a little closer to home and talk about books again! We have another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by those awesome gals over at The Broke and the Bookish. Now last week we talked about ten book recommendations for students, more specifically required books while we were in school, since most schools are starting up right now. Well, we didn’t realize this week was a Back to School Freebie, so we are going to change it up just slightly this week. Our top ten books this week are going to comprise of books we think should be required to read in school.

Emily:

My choices are definitely more geared towards high school students. I am thinking upperclassmen, and maybe even in to those entry level English classes you are required to take your freshman year of college. Most of these books are of the historical genre, but I think sometimes that is where we do our biggest growing. They deal with some rather tough topics, but it’s because of some of these books that I learned a little bit more about things completely outside of my world. Obviously some of these books might be a bit triggering for some students, but I think the lessons in these books and the worlds they show are so incredibly important for us. I think students would be even more set on the road of becoming better people by reading and really digging in to these books.

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat | In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez | In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Arika:

My choices are also geared more towards high-schooler’s. While I wanted to include a few classics in here, I do feel like some more modern books were worthy of being a required read for a student. There are so many lessons that can be taught from these books and its not just about right and wrong. It’s life lessons that can affect you not only in your childhood but in your adult life. I think these books can help students understand how their choices can affect others and hopefully it helps them become better people.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot | The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom | The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Question: What are some books you think should be required to read by students?

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2017 So Far

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Happy Tuesday! It’s the last Tuesday of June which is nuts! Hope everyone has been having an amazing summer so far.

As we close out the month of June we are taking some time to look back at what we have read this year. There’s been some great books and some bummers, but really…it’s been a great reading year over at Midwestern Book Nerd. Lots of very enjoyable books which MIGHT make it tricky to keep it at 10, but we will try our best. Can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

Here are our top 10 books of 2017 so far.

Arika

A Court of Wings and Ruins by Sarah J. Maas | Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter | Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh | Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Emily

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | The Union by S Usher Evans | Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson | Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

QUESTION: What are some of the best books that you have read this year? Any crazy exciting ones in the future?

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Who is joining us for #mdwstreadalong as we reread Harry Potter? Let us know if you are joining us and where you are at! Isn’t it fun to be back in our favorite world again?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’ve Recently Added

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Happy First Tuesday of June!! Can you believe we are finally in those summer months!? We hope you all have some awesome summer plans, even if they are as simple as relaxing with a book (something more people really need to do).

This week for Top Ten Tuesday we are talking about books we recently added to our TBRs. The actual prompt asks for a particular genre, but in actuality…we are mood readers, and this moodiness seems to transfer into when we add books to our list. We add books of ANY genre whenever they seem to sound good. Sometimes we go through particular genres, but most the time it’s at random and whatever we hear may be good. So instead of focusing on 1 genre, we are just picking what’s new on our lists (note, there may be genre trends. This is unintentional).

So…here are some books we have recently added to our TBR!

Arika:

The Fairytale’s Daughter by Carolyn Swanson | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts | Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Vicious by V.E. Schwab | Murder In Thrall by Anne Cleeland | Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg | 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Emily:

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen | We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter | The Address by Fiona Davis | Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate | Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller | With Malice by Eileen Cook | Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski | Cage of Deciet by Jennifer Anne Davis | A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck | House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

QUESTION: What books have you recently added to your TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: The Rest of 2017…

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It’s almost that time…IT’S ALMOST SUMMER TIME! Ok, well for those that are already on summer break…jealous. Many of us still have time left (come on Friday)! As we get past Memorial Day weekend we realize that it’s time. Time for summer reading, sunshine, beaches, pools, and any other summer activity that we can think of. It also means that we are about half way though the year. So many amazing books have already come out this year. So many books that have made us smile, squeal, cry, and sometimes throw them in the corner because we are a bit upset (only to pick them up and read on). But wait…it’s only the end of May. We still have MONTHS of 2017 releases to be excited for.

So what books are we here at Midwestern Book Nerd excited for?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (out 9/5/17)| The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (out 9/26/17) | That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnston (out 10/3/17) | The Color Project by Sierra Abrams (out 7/18/17) | Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (out 6/13/17)  | Warcross by Marie Lu (out 9/12/17) | Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (out 8/29/17) | Before She Ignites by Jodie Meadows (out 9/12/17) | Into the Bright Unkown by Rae Carson (out 10/10/17) | Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao (out 10/10/17) | Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman (out 11/7/17) | One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (out 9/19/17)

QUESTION: What are some books you are looking forward to for the rest of this year that we should add to our lists?