Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top 10 Books I’d Buy My Dad for Father’s Day. A lot of my love for reading and history comes from my dad. I often get him books because I know it’s a gift that he’ll actually use and something we can both discuss later. Here’s a mix of books that I’ve bought my dad in the past or want to get him in the near future.

What kind of gifts to you give to your dad on Father’s Day?

Down the TBR Hole

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It’s time for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.

The Books:

1. The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier


This book is described as “The Outlander series for the YA audience” on Goodreads which both worries and intrigues me. I love the Outlander series but I’ve seen this comparison made before and found myself utterly disappointed. However, I just can’t help myself. I need to read it to find out.

The Verdict: Keep

2. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham


This book sound intensely powerful. It’s about the Race Riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Unfortunately, racism, discrimination and violence due to prejudice and hatred still happen daily across the US and the world. I don’t know very much about this particular event but want to read this book to discover more.

The Verdict: Keep

3. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles


This book sounded awesome when I added it to my TBR earlier this year. Now, not so much. I have no interest in reading it whatsoever. Goodbye!

The Verdict: Remove 

4. Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 by Dan Jones


I LOVE DAN JONES! I just finished another book of his and he has helped reignite my love of history. I used to enjoy reading history books but university kind of killed it for me. He just has a way to make everything come to life. ❤

The Verdict: Keep

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


I really need to read this series! Everyone I know has recommend this book to me. I just haven’t picked it up. I do plan on reading it real soon over my summer break. I need to see what all the fuss is about!

The Verdict: Keep

I only removed 1 book this week but I’m quite happy with the ones that I have decided to keep. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

May Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up


I almost forgot about my wrap up for May! I’m going to keep this very brief because while summer vacation is right around the corner, tons of work needs to be done at school. Exams, grading, parent meetings, packing up my classroom, etc. I do hope to get a lot more reading done this month. My slump has been greatly impacted by my lack of time to read. Fingers crossed that I can turn it around. Anyway, have a wonderful June everyone ❤




The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman | ♥♥♥♥♥
Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story by Alison Goodman | ♥♥♥♥
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee | ♥♥♥♥
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan | ♥♥♥♥♥
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | ♥♥♥♥

June TBR




It Started with Goodbye  · Complicating Factors · The Seafarer’s Kiss · Letters to the Lost · Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately


Top Ten Tuesday · Waiting On Wednesday · Down the TBR Hole

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

30635597This week I’m looking forward to Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar. Besides having a beautiful cover, this middle grade book has attracted my attention due to the fact that it is about such an important historical topic. I’m loving how so many middle grade books are now tackling topics about prejudice, freedom, oppression, etc. We need more and more diverse books written by diverse authors. I can’t wait to pick this up in October!

In 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi asks Indians to give one family member to the freedom movement, ten-year-old Anjali is devastated to think of her father risking his life for the freedom struggle.

But it turns out he isn’t the one joining. Anjali’s mother is. And with this change comes many more adjustments designed to improve their country and use “ahimsa”—non-violent resistance—to stand up to the British government. First the family must trade in their fine foreign-made clothes for homespun cotton, so Anjali has to give up her prettiest belongings. Then her mother decides to reach out to the Dalit community, the “untouchables” of society. Anjali is forced to get over her past prejudices as her family becomes increasingly involved in the movement.

When Anjali’s mother is jailed, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother’s work, ensuring that her little part of the independence movement is completed.

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: 10 Books Poetry Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List. I’ve recently rediscovered my love of poetry. I used to write poetry in high school (badly I might add but it helped me deal with my emotions) and really appreciated how a few well chosen words could say so much. I don’t know when or why I stopped reading it but Lang Leav’s collections changed that. Since then I can’t get enough. Here are some of the books I’ve recently discovered…

Have you read any of the books? If so, I’d love to hear what you though of them. 🙂


Bookish Bingo: Spring 2017 Edition (Wrap Up)

bookish-bingo-1024x379Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews has been hosting a spring round of Bookish Bingo this past March, April and May. The point of Bookish Bingo is to get as many bingos as possible. The more bingos, the more giveaway entries. All types of books (fiction, non-fiction, novellas) count, but you can only have one square per book. Also, for a book to count, it must have been read between March 1st and May 31st, 2017.

No bingos here 😦 I didn’t do too well this round. Reading has been really hard for me lately. It’s honestly a miracle that I finished these over the past three months! Oh well, it gives me something to strive for next round.


My Squares:

  • Magic: The Golem by Ian Tregillis
  • Historical: Cover the Silence by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • LGBT+ Main Character: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
  • Spring Release: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • Witches: Radio Free Trismegistus by Ian Tregillis
  • Multi-POV: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
  • Muslim Main Character: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • PoC On Cover: Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
  • Sisters: True North by L.E. Sterling
  • Blue Cover: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  • Green Cover: She’ll Lie Down in the Snow by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Politics or Gov’t: Anchises by Lindsay Smith

Did you participate in this round of Bookish Bingo? How did you do?

20 Books of Summer

Mini ReviewsSchool is out for summer…well it will be in a few weeks (thank goodness!). Summer means more time for reading and I have really missed reading or at least having time to do so. Work has occupied every moment of my time and reading has been a bit stop and go. To celebrate my reading freedom, I’ll be participating in the 20 Books of Summer challenge. The challenge runs from June 1 – September 3 and is hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. Basically, the goal is to read 20 books this summer, so about 7 per month.


What other challenges are you participating in this summer? 🙂