Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

When trying to think of the best books for my future children to read, I can’t help but think of all the great series I read as a kid. I didn’t read too many standalones; I typically got hooked on a series and binged on them all at once. While some of these series (like the Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High) seem like they may be a bit dated and won’t likely be enjoyed by my children, here is a list of series I hope my children fall in love with like I did. If not, I’ll make them read them anyway.

  1. Harry Potter. This is a no brainer. These books are timeless and magical and everything good about reading.
  2. Nancy Drew. The reason I love to read stems from my obsession with Nancy Drew. I can only hope my kids take after me in this respect. Also, what else am I going to do with my Nancy Drew collection than pass them on to my kids?
  3. Hardy Boys. See Nancy Drew.
  4. Archie comics. My gateway into comic books and graphic novels.
  5. The Series of Unfortunate Events. A great series.
  6. The Little House on the Prairie series. When I was little, my dad would read these with me every night. It would be lovely to continue that tradition with my own kids someday.
  7. A Wrinkle in Time. I didn’t read this until recently, and I really wish I had read it sooner.
  8. Jane Eyre. An accessible classic.
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird. This was such an important book for me growing up.
  10. Winnie the Pooh. Always a solid choice.

I hope everyone else has got some other books to give to your kids!




The Austen Escape

This week’s new release I want to tell you all about is: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

There are tons of books coming out this season about Jane Austen and retellings of her novels. One that I was most excited about was The Austen Escape. This novel, the story of two childhood friends, isn’t a retelling of an Austen novel, but instead takes us to Austen’s time, in the form of one character losing her memory and imagining she is in Regency London.

I felt as if the story started slow, but the plot and writing more than made up for it. This is the story of childhood friends, who have since lost contact, traveling to Bath on a once in a lifetime trip. Staying in an ancient, eighteenth century home, one of the friends, Isabel, loses her memory and honestly believes she has living in the past. Her friend Mary must rely on the people of the house to help take care of Isabel until her memory comes back.

This is the story of a friendship. The two friends in this story aren’t as close as they used to be, and readers get to see how the relationship evolves into. This novel has plot twists, excellent writing, a beautiful setting, and a lovely, reliably happy ending.

Read this if you are a Jane Austen fan, or if you’re a fan of nice, feel-good stories.

Mini Review: The Heirs

I received The Heirs from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

I wanted to read this book because I love stories about privileged people in Manhattan and what they perceive to be major problems in their lives. At times, this story felt a bit ridiculous, funny, and much like a soap opera, but that’s exactly what I expected from it. While I did enjoy this novel, it didn’t stick out as special to me like some similar books, like The Nest. I didn’t connect with the characters quite as much, and the overall plot was a bit predictable. I liked it a lot, but it’s not one of my favorite reads. 

Read this if you like stories about dysfunctional families in the wealthy part of NYC. 

Reading Wrap Up

I bit late, but here’s my wrap up for the 24 Hour Readathon. 
Hours reading: 7 hrs 57 mins

Pages read: 697

Books finished: 2
Here’s a list of the books I read this weekend:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

Life with Archie Vols 2 & 3

Reading People

Death by Coffee

I kept track of my pages through the Bookout app. I’ve been using it for almost a year now and I’m in love with it. 
Hope everyone else had a successful reading day! 

Opening Survey

I’m a tad late to starting (decided I want to sleep in for the first time in forever), but here’s my answers to the opening survey. Now let’s get reading !
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from the Great MidWest today. Mostly from my bed because it’s comfy and cozy and I have no reason to leave it. 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I think I’m most looking forward to my Archie comics. Nice and light and easy to blow through. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m not really a snacker. We are planning on making shrimp pasta for dinner tonight, and that I’m looking forward to. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a knitter, so I may try to do some today while breaking out an audiobook!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I have participated a few times, and what I’m going to do differently this time is I’m not going to stick to my TBR if I don’t feel like it. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m going to read whatever I want today!
Happy Reading! I’m looking forward to being part of this community today!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

I’m taking another stab at the 24 Hour Readathon, and I thought I’d share a bit of what I plan on reading this weekend!

While I don’t always do so great at reading during the entire readathon, I’ve always loved the idea of readathons.  A day/weekend/week dedicated to reading? Where you can see a community of readers doing the exact same thing you are? Love it!  This weekend I actually really, really need a couple of days to stay in and not do anything, so the readathon coincides perfectly with my mental needs.  I really hope I can get a lot of reading in this weekend!

So, without further ado, my reading list:

Harry Potter Illustrated Editions.  I have started the second and have the third in line to start.  The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite HP book, so I can’t wait to get to the Illustrated Edition!

Writing your Novel from Start to Finish. I’m slowly working my way through this one in preparation for NaNoWriMo.

Archie: The Married Life Vol 2. A nice comic to fly through.

Magpie Murders.  Interesting premise.  I’m curious about this one.

Grant.  A nice long non-fiction book to break things up.

I know I have no hope of reading all of these books.  I just like to have a nice stack of things to choose from and dip in and out of during readathons.  I have a nice selection here, and one of them is bound to keep me going at any given moment.

Anyone else participating this weekend?  What’s your TBR?