Books to Read in a Garden (or in a Garden Skirt)

I think I was born in the wrong era. I would love so much for my days to be filled with reading in a beautiful flower garden.

books to read in a garden or in a cute garden skirt

Instead I'm go go go with a bazillion things always fighting for my time and attention. And as much as I'd love to don a stuffy dress and lounge in the sun with my current read, a stretchy Cents of Style Floral Skirt is a little more realistic for me. The print is so vibrant it's almost as good as sitting right in a rose garden, almost.

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I thought it would be fun to pretend that I did have that garden reading life and share a bunch of books to read in a garden (or in a garden skirt) as the case might be! I've read a lot of great books recently and any of these would be perfect for a little garden escape. There's a little bit of everything here.

Cute floral skirt and great reading list

Click on the book titles to read the official description of of each!

  • A Study in Charlotte - YA Detective - You guys this follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, descendants of THE Holmes and Watson. The college aged counter parts are hilarious, Charlotte has the same vices as her ancestors and the detective tale pulled me right in and was so entertaining. The second book just came out and I can't wait to read it although the first book totally stands on it's own. I hope there are many many of these.
  • Flawed - YA Dystopian - I LOVED this book. It took me back to the good old dystopian days with a feel of Delirium and Divergent (but without those awful endings). In this world you have to be perfect. If you make a lapse in moral judgement you're branded (yup with an iron branded) and labeled as flawed and you are subjected to different rules. That means there is no learning from mistakes, at least not publicly. Just read this it was GOOOD.
  • Frost Like Night (book 3 of the Snow Like Ashes series) - Fantasy - If you want to get wrapped up in a completely different world I adored Frost Like Night, the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I did love the whole trilogy which takes place in a world that is divided up into seasons each season is a different realm. There is a crazy amount of action and fighting and magic tied into the different seasons.
  • The Problem With Forever - Contemporary - Confession I'm not quite done with this but it has already grabbed me so hard I didn't want to leave it off. Mallory hasn't seen Rider in years despite growing up together on the same bad side of the foster system. It's been 4 years since that awful night and so many things have changed. This has everything a teen book should, cute boys, great drama, mean girls, parental issues, awesome friends, and some real conflict. I can't wait to finish it.
  • The Diabolical - YA Sci-Fi - Nemesis was created to be a protector and now she finds herself having to pose as her charge in order to save her life. While undercover though nemesis finds herself in the middle of a twisted political scheme. This was a great dose of Sci-fi, great villains, and relationships. There's something about it that reminds me of Levana and the Lunars from Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles while being totally different and it's own story.
  • Anne of Green Gables  - Can you believe I haven't read this before? I was totally smitten this is a PERFECT book to escape into for a light entertaining read. I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous. Full of spunk and character Anne isn't your typical girl but she tries her best to be good. Love her silly conundrums and sweet heart.
  • The Serpent King - YA Contemporary - While this book isn't all rainbows and sunbeams there's something about it that really grabbed me. The story follows a group of small town friends with some heavy struggles. Things from not fitting in to living in the shadow of some pretty awful parents the kids are great friends.
  • The Chemist - Ex- Spy Story - This is way more The Host Stephanie Meyer that Twilight Stephanie Meyer and it was good. It was full of adventure with some really fun characters who find themselves running from their former employers. It's full of fantastic actions, great characters and even some great romance. Plus it's a solid standalone so perfect for a weekend binge reading session or to take along on a trip!
  • A Torch Against the Night (book # 3 of Ember in the Ashes) - Dystopian/Light Fantasy - Fans of Hunger Games you'll love this finished series. Obviously start with book one, but these books have been my favorites that I have read over the last year. Such an interesting unique story about kids trained to become ruthless militia tied in with some crazy fantasy and lots of intense action. The characters are amazing and the story is so fun I loved these.

Great reading list. Lots of Young Adult Books

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Reversible Kids Book Bag Tutorial and Bookroo Review

sponsored-affiliate-disclosure No more juggling awkward sized kid books with this easy kids book bag tutorial and learn about my newest book mail favorite, Bookroo.

children's book bag tutorial with free pattern. Big enough tote for picture books. Easy sewing project.

We're book fanatics in my house. It's not just me and all my YA Lit either. My kiddo has just as many books as I do, maybe more. We have books shelves (or at least designated spots for books) in every single room.

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I don't think I need to convince you guys about how valuable it is to read to our little ones but here are a few of my favorites perks. From problem solving to random facts about the world, to the beginnings of reading, when we read to our kids they learn. There is a special bonding that happens when you read together. There is almost always cuddling just since it's the natural position to sharing a book and the reading time is focused in a way that little other activities are in our hyper connected world. And with the mesh of those two reading somehow opens up amazing conversations. Books and kids are just a good mix.

Read to me please. Toddler sized library book bag and bookroo subscription review. Fun gift idea.

We love our time at the library and sometimes bring home books but when the kids are so little and let's face it germy I honestly prefer to own our own. So I'm thrilled to be partnering with Bookroo a monthly book subscription. Every month we will be getting some happy book mail. I know that I love my Owlcrate so I'm crazy excited that Teddy will have his own bookish box! I think this would make just the perfect gift for just about any kid. More info and how to get 20% off a Bookroo subscription below.

Unique Gift Idea for Toddlers and Older Children. Great birthday present or Christmas gift.

Have you ever noticed that picture books can be so large and not fit in your standard book bag? Umm yeah. So I thought it would be fun to make a book bag specifically to tote Teddy's reads in. My design is nice and wide, perfect for lugging those over-sized books around plus I've got a little slot for your library card. Fun right?

reversible toddler book bag sewing tutorial and free pattern

What You Need
  • 1/2 Yard Outer Fabric
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Fabric
  • Iron-On Vinyl (optional)
  • Reading Design (optional, just right click and save from this post)

 
What to do
  1. Cut Outer into two pieces each 16 inches wide x 17 tall. Make sure your fabric faces the right direction if it's a directional print.
  2. Repeat with the Inner Fabric.
  3. Cut two strips fabric 6 inches wide by 17 tall. If you're using quilting cottons that are 44 inches wide this should be the remaining fabric after you cut the outer and inner pieces. This can be out of either fabric this will be your strap fabric.
  4. With right sides together sew the sides and bottom edges of the outer fabric together. Repeat with the lining fabric.
  5. Turn the outer fabric right sides out.
  6. Sew the card holder on sewing down the sides and bottom edge. To keep the vinyl from sticking to the pressor foot place a piece of wrapping tissue paper in between the vinyl and the foot while you sew. When you are done just pull it off.
  7. Tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric and iron down the top edge of both 1 inch. Set aside.
  8. Sew the two pieces of the strap together along the short edge making sure that your pattern will face the right direction when the strap is attached.
  9. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and sew down. Turn right sides out and iron.
  10. Tuck the ends into the side seams of the bag and sew all around the top edge making sure to catch the lining, outer fabric and the strap.
  11. If you want to add some vinyl do that now. See this iron-on vinyl tutorial if you've never tried that before.

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

So so cute right!?

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And if you're curious about Bookroo they are letting me offer 20% for you to try it out! They have a board book and picture book option and so far I'm super impressed. Like I said we have A LOT of books and we don't have the ones from this month's box!

What's in a bookroo box. Fun gift idea for toddlers and kids. Monthly children's books.

Bookroo is all about finding the hidden gems to include in their boxes so there's less chance you'll have them already. They have a panel of 12 families (with a total of 22 kids) that rate the books for all kinds of things including re-readability. It's no wonder they find such fun titles! I'm so excited for Teddy to open the box every month. They are giving me a special deal to share, 20% off their 1 month or 3 months subscriptions!

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Bookroo review. Monthly book subscription for kids. Great gift idea.

Do you have any favorite kiddo books? Or maybe a book that has received a lot of reading time in your home? I'd love you to tell me about it in the comments!

Picture book bag sewing tutorial

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This sweet little moon shirt is actually inspired by Eric Carle's Papa Please Get the Moon for Me book. An all time favorite read in our family!

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These board books are still some of our most read books in our house!

Lemony Snicket Quotes DIY Bottle Cap Necklaces

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I'm super excited that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is getting another chance this time on Netflix. I really liked the movie version I thought it was gorgeous and got the wacky quirkiness of the books.

Easiest way to make upcycled bottle Cap necklaces and Lemony Snicket quotes

I read a bunch of the books which I think are lots of fun for your young reader. A lot of silliness and adventure. And there are tons of them. I didn't get through all of them because I just don't do middle grade (or this might be younger even, chapter books?) that well and like most book series for this age group the stories are pretty formulaic but they are still fun.

DIY book nerd necklaces. Cute upcycled bottle cap craft tutorial

So I'm excited for the new life and to celebrate I thought I'd pull together some of my favorite book and reading related Lemony Snicket quote because there are tons. And of course I had to make a couple into some bookish necklaces because I can't pass up a good book quote necklace! What You Need
What to Do
  1. Print and punch out your images.
  2. Glue image into your bottle cap and allow to dry 1 hour.
  3. Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry at least 3 hours.
  4. Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!

how to make lemony snicket quote necklaces crafting tutorial

I just love how these turned out! In the past we used to do Resin Bottle Cap pins and necklaces but I love that this technique is SO fast, simple and you don't have to mix a huge batch of resin. You could easily just make one at a time.

DIY Lemony Snicket Quote necklaces with video tutorial

I had such a hard time choosing between all the awesome bookish Lemony Snicket quotes I thought I would share a few of the runners up!

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

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I hope you'll try making your own bottle cap necklaces. They really are super easy and fun! I'm sharing this as a part of a fun blog hop. Check out these other great Lemony Snicket Recipes and Crafts from my friends! Slow Cooker French Onion Soup-7

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Must Read Books You Might Have Missed

So many books so little time. But if you're looking for some really good ones I thought I would share my must read books you might have missed. And I thought it'd be fun if you shared yours too!

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Every year I love to look back on the books I have read and just see what I read and what stands out and I love to see what other people's favorites were. I normally fill Perpetual Page Turner's Year End Survey but I find it to be a little daunting in it's entirety and it's focused on book bloggers. So I thought I'd do a condensed kind of round up and invite you to share what your reading highlights were in the comments feel free to answer all or just a few of the questions. I'll be going live on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST to share my answers! I use Goodreads to keep track of my books although I tend to update it in batches (I'm way better at posting my reads on Instagram and my Currently Reading page). If you're on good reads this is my account we can be friends!

MUST Read books of 2016

I'll fill this out and update the post with my answers tomorrow but I'd love you to join Debra from Housewife Eclectic and me on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST as we discuss our book highlights from the year!

How many books did you read in 2016?

  • 79 books total
  • 27,297 pages total

What were the top 5 books you read?

Name an author you're glad you discovered in 2016.

What book(s) did you find yourself recommending the most this year?

  • pretty much the ones in my top 5 list

What book was recommended TO YOU the most this year? Did you read it?

Did any book make you angry or frustrated?

  • Edenbrook - so annoyed the whole time by the characters decisions and actions
  • Finding Audrey - I liked the book but I found the mom to be super stressful

What was the most surprising book (good or bad)?

What kid book was most read in your house if you live with kids?

Was there a book you can't believe you waited to long to finally read?

What books did you want to read but just didn't get to it?

  • I had Furthermore checked out forever but never got to it
  • I still haven't gotten to about half of my Owlcrate books but I'm excited to

Anything else notable?

  • I read quite a number of books with kids with disabilities and mental illnesses represented and I liked that. I think books really help you see the world from other peoples perspective so I applaud the authors for doing that and doing it in a way that is not trite or patronizing.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I loved it. Also loved the Fantastic Beast movie but haven't read the screenplay.
  • I went and saw Cassandra Clare one of my FAAAAAAVVVVVOOORIIITTTE authors when she was in town for her Lady Midnight tour which I loved (both the book and the signing)
So what are YOUR must read books from 2016. I love adding to my To Read list! And don't forget tomorrow at 11AM MST well be having virtual book club on Facebook to discuss reading highlights of last year!  

BEST Toddler Gifts the Whole Family Will Love

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I have to admit I LOVE buying toddler gifts. The toys these days are so fun and cute. But at some point I think most parents look around and realize the kids have so much stuff they don't actually play with. So here is my list of the BEST Gifts for Toddlers that the whole family will love. I've got big ticket items to silly stocking stuffers. These are all gifts that can be enjoyed by older members of the family in some way in addition to the little ones. I think most of these (with supervision would be great for kids 18 months to 3 years). Lit Joy Crate kids book box subscription box. Great Toddler gift idea Lit Joy Crate Lit Joy Crate is a bookish subscription box company that ships a box with a book and some related goodies once a month. What's really cool about Lit Joy is that they have a box for even the little readers. Their Children's Book box has great picks for kids 3-7 years old that even younger toddlers will enjoy. These boxes will have whole family excited to burst them open each month. And what a fun and easy way to add great books to your family library. There are different subscription lengths and you can even buy one time boxes. Dress Up Gear Whether it's homemade or store bought a few dress up pieces are perfect for sparking the imagination of your little ones. I love the idea of gifting a whole dress up bin but if you already have some costumes or just don't want to invest that much now even a few inexpensive pieces can be loads of fun. Fairy wings can be found at the dollar store most times of year, if you time things right you can catch some awesome deals on swords and fake armor too. After Halloween even the grocery stores have costume pieces for great deals. Last year we bought a few hats and Teddy will still randomly put them on and dance. Get creative there are dress up ideas all around and they don't have to cost an arm and a leg. And if you want to make your own items I have LOADS of costume tutorials to get you started.

Awesome three sided art center for kids. Adjustable tri-side from Little Partners. Toddler gift guide

Tri-Side Art Center from Little Partners This three sided easel has a chalkboard, dry erase board and flannel board. It has adjustable heights, slots for art tools like paint and crayons and even has a roll of paper that can be refilled to paint and draw on. This thing is awesome for kids of all ages. Teddy who is 2.5 years old and his cousins (8 and 9) use this together all the time. Did you hear that? TOGETHER. If you have the space for this it's a great investment. The Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center the type of piece that a whole room could be centered around. We also love our Little Partners Learning Tower too! You can get 10% off of orders at LittlePartners.com with the code RGR10. Water Beads Have you seen these cool squishy water beads that start off the size of sprinkles and then grow to marble sized gelatonous beads? They are super fun. Teddy loves to see the change in size and they are great for easy sensory play. They are really inexpensive and you get a bazillion of them since the beads are so tiny when they ship (can we say yay for something that takes up almost no space at all?). I've seen people fill kiddie pools with these which seems fun and terrifying all at once. We love to just watch them grow and feel them and sort colors and that kid of thing. Even the older cousins get a kick out of these. Chapstick I swear every toddler I've meet has been obsessed with chapstick. It doesn't matter if it's the stuff in the tube or those little EOS balls but there is something that draws them in about the stuff. As long as your little one isn't the type to try to take a bite out of it chapstick is an easy inexpensive gift that they will totally adore. And as an extra perk if the toddler has his or her own chapstick you're less likely to get that gross wet sensation when you go put your own on. Come on you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Great sorting toys and other gifts for toddlers. Kid gift guide.

Sorting and Counting Toys We have a few sorting and counting toys and while Teddy doesn't "get" every aspect yet he loves playing with them. One of our favorites that gets played with every single day is the Sorting Pie. Even the cousins love playing with this thing. I don't force Teddy to try and sort he just bakes with it but along the way he is learning colors and shapes and numbers. And every once in a while we put it away using the guide sheets counting or sorting. We also love these counting cookies and shape cookies. Let's Go Fish Game This will sound like a totally weird one because most toddlers do not have the coordination to operate the Let's Go Fishing game as it's intended but they still can have hours of fun with these cute fish that open and close their mouths. Teddy loves to try and catch the fish, sometimes with help and sometimes cheating haha. He also likes to put other items in the fish holes and watch them go up and down. He's even put a fake pizza on it and told us it was baking. I know crazy right you'd never think such a classic cheap-y toy would be the gateway to so much creativity but I'm telling you we've had a blast playing this with the cousins how it's meant to be played and then just letting the little guy do as he pleases! Musical Instruments Whether you have a whole percussion kit, just a few kazoos, or maracas, instruments can be lots of fun and they come at all different price points. It's fun to watch the little ones march and put on productions with various instruments. We have this really fun drum kit that comes with all kinds of bells, symbols and other percussion instruments as well as a thrift store keyboard. My nieces have a harmonica that Teddy loves to play with and we even have a few of those plastic kazoos. There are so many different instruments from toy level to actual starter instruments that can get your little musician going.

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Passes to Fun Places We have a number of fun memberships to children's museums, the aquarium, and even the water park. We use ours ALL THE TIME. I've read a number of articles saying these kind of passes are a waste of money but I've found them to be totally the opposite. It's such a great deal and there's always something fun to do. Just make sure you will for sure go enough times to make the membership fee worth it. Make sure to check out deal sites since they often will have specials for passes or even seasonal events.

Awesome gifts for toddlers the whole family will love

Pez Dispenser If your kids are like my little guy they get plenty of candy and treats but there's something special about a pez dispenser that's all your own. I remember LOVING them as a kid and Teddy is no exception. He is thrilled when he gets to grab a candy from his Cinderella or Duck. It's the best little bribe ever ha. As long as you are the holder of the dispenser and the kiddos can't just go to town I think these make super fun gifts! Books, Books, and More Books And of course I couldn't do a Toddler gift guide without encouraging you to buy books. I honestly think for a kid who has all their basic needs met that books are possibly the best gift of all. And don't just give them books that they can do themselves, give them the gift of your time; the gift of your snuggles while reading; the gift of your focused attention. There are so many amazing books. I encourage you to find a couple new ones to add to your library and take time to read them together! It also might be fun to give them a gift card and then take them on an outing to pick out a book of their choice. Want some suggestions? Here are just a few board books for the little ones that I love.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Recipes and Crafts

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I've joined up with a bunch of friends to share some great new DIY projects perfect for celebrating the new Fantastic Beasts movie see the links to all of them at the end of this post. My contribution was this fun Fantastic Beasts inspired Square Skirt and my I Want to Be a Wizard Scarf, inspired by the No-Maj (muggle) Jacob at the end of the trailer.SO fun Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them DIY Crafts and Recipe ideas including full scarf and skirt sewing tutorials. Harry Potter.

Both of my projects are insanely easy, actually just one small bit of sewing for each.

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Fantastic beasts and where to find them inspired skirt. Quick sewing tutorial. Harry Potter love!!!

I had hopes of making a video tutorial for this too but my computer was being wonky so I will have to add that later. Check out my Square skirt tutorial for step by step instructions and pictures of how to make a basic square skirt. After that all I did was cut out different creatures in Cricut design space out of Iron-on vinyl and I ironed it onto the bottom edge of my skirt. If you've never used iron-on vinyl check out my step by step how to use heat transfer vinyl tutorial or just watch the scarf video above! The World of Harry Potter comes to America with Fantastic Beasts so it's time to represent the new school with Ilvermorny House Shirts! | The Love Nerds

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Ultimate List of Christmas Books

Whether you want to do a book advent calendar or just love collecting holiday reads I've got a huge list of great Christmas Picture books as well as a couple of reads perfect for Mama too!

Great Christmas reading list. Board books and picture books as well as novels. Religious and santa and snowmen stories for kids to adults

I've always love the idea of wrapping up a book and opening one  up each day to read with the kids as a book advent calendar, but the book hoarder in me wants all the books to be read the whole season so for now I've got a huge pile of picture books and flap books and pop up books in a little basket by the tree. I love reading about the true meaning of Christmas with the manger stories as well as the fun celebrations that have become a part of the holiday for our American culture like Santa and Snowmen and all that. So here is a good mix of both religious and secular books to read for Christmas. If you click on the title it will take you to my Amazon affiliate link and you can see pictures, reviews, and read more about each book.

Lots of great Christmas board books and picture books that teach the true meaning of Christmas. Fun and adorable nativity books and more for babies and kids.

Religious Picture and Board Books

Santa, Snowmen and other fun non-religious Christmas books for kids

Secular Picture and Board Books

Fabulous picture books for Christmas. Lots of religious and non-religious christmas books for babies and kids

Teen and Adult Fiction Great for Reading Around Christmas Also join me tomorrow live on Facebook at 11 AM MST as my friend Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I compare our Christmas book lists and share what we love about our favorites. See her list here. *I haven't read these yet but I have friends that ADORE them!

Lots of great Christmas books for the whole family. Both nativity books and santa and snowman. From Board books for kids to novels for teens and adults.

 

10+ YA Witch Reads and Ghostly Guides

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Witches, Casters, Magic Users. Ghosts, Spirits, Shades. I don't care what you call them, there is something so fun about a good witch or ghost read.

Over 10 awesome witch and ghosts books for teens and young adults. Great ghost and witch book list perfect for Halloween (or really any time of year)

To get in the mood for Halloween I thought I would round up 10 of my favorite witch and ghost reads. But don't be fooled these stories aren't just for Halloween because these aren't your typical witches and undead. Some of these ladies (and gents) are book nerds that hang out with vampires, others are warrior queens and most of them aren't even on the wicked end of the good/bad spectrum. These stories are so varied and fun you will soon find yourselves under their spells!

Great YA reading list full of witch and ghost books.

Debra from Housewife Eclectic and went live on the FAN GIRL CRAFTS Facebook page talking through these awesome books to get you in the mood for Halloween. Watch the replay below to hear exactly WHY I love each of these witch and ghost books . Also you can click on the each of the book titles to take you to Amazon and read the official descriptions and what others thought about these books!

Wonderful Witch Reads

  1. Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker series)
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series)
  3. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray (Spellcaster series)
  4. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines series)
  5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (The Bane Chronicles)
  7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall series)
  8. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (the witches don't come into the books until book 3 Heir of Fire but the whole series is great and you do need to start from the beginning)
  9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Ghostly Books

  1. Die For Me by Amy Plumb (Revenant series)
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (The Raven Cycle)
  3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and Daven Levithan
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Must Read Middle Grade Books

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Whether you've got a voracious reader or more of a reluctant one I'm sharing a ton of Middle Grade books perfect for those kids that are just not quite ready for full blown Young Adult books or us older folk that just want a great book.

Great reading list full of must read middle grade books great for preteens.

But first what is Middle Grade? Typically the focus audience for middle grade is 8-12 but contrary to popular belief these books aren't necessarily just for the little kids. They can be complex and developed stories full of fabulous characters, story lines and settings. I mean the Harry Potter books are considered Middle Grade (although I think the later books might fall more in the YA category). In MG books the character's are getting their first taste of independence (think going to camp or a day totally without any adults). The relationships focus more on friendship and romantic relationships usually stay at the crush or very first kiss level. While there might be rough real life experiences you don't expect to get a graphic description, profanity, or in depth treatment of the evil and violence. They are aimed at a reader who isn't quite a teen yet but plenty of older readers like myself can definitely find them entertaining. These also make GREAT road trip books when you have a car with some younger kids in it!
To read a description of each book or series click on the title and you'll be able to see the official synopses. Or Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I will be chat books and share our favorite Middle Grade books in this video here (see her list here). You also might like:

So many great books for Harry Potter fans. I've read a ton of these and totally agree with this reading list.

The ones I read I loved. Must add the others to my books to read stack. Espionage novels, spy, detective, and assassin stories.

Over 30 Young Adult Books Set in School

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One of my favorite settings for books are schools. Boarding schools are doubly fun. Today my sister and I are sharing our favorite Young Adult Books set in SCHOOL!

Back to school books for fun! Over 30 young adult novels that take place in schools. Run reading list.

As we do every month we are coordinating our reading list with the theme for this month's Owlcrate (Fast Times at YA High) and we will be doing a live unboxing of our Owlcrates (a monthly bookish subscription box that BOTH my sister and I get, and pay for out of our own pockets because we love them so much and can't share). Along with the unboxing we'll be doing a book chat and talking about all the reasons why we loved reading these school themed books AND you should too! I hope you will join us this coming Monday evening 5PM MST on the Rae Gun Ramblings Facebook page and tell us what some of your favorite books set in school are! Young adult reading list with books set in schools. Perfect for back to school reading For more about each title click on the link to be taken to Amazon where you can read the official synopsis and other people's reviews. Contemporary (regular good old life as a school going teen) Something More (regular good old life as a school going teen with powers, or who's actually a spy, or some other fun twist)

Books with School settings. Fun back to school young adult reading list.

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Totally agree the 9 books are fantastic and the 1 is SOOOOO awful I'm shocked it was published and marketed to teens!

Adding these to my reading list. So many great adventure books good for any mood.