20+ Royal Reads

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I’m a sucker for books with royalty in them. If the story takes place in a castle, has a fabulous prince or princess (even in disguise) it’s likely I’m gonna want to read it.

Great (most) YA reading list full of books with royalty and castle settings. SO fun!

When I heard that the theme for this month’s Owl Crate (bookish subscription box I get) was Royalty I got SUPER excited. My box came in the mail last week but I have been patiently waiting to open it because I want to do an unboxing live on my FB with my sister. So in conjunction with all that we decided it would be a blast to share our favorite Royalty books. You can watch the full video below just remember it was originally a FB live vid.

The royalty in these books are varied, some are main characters, some are formal royals, some are side characters but somewhere in each of these is a prominent prince or princes or queen or king, well you get what I mean. Each title to an Amazon so if you’re interested you can read the official synopses and of course see the title for each of them!

20+ Royalty reads. Lots of awesome YA books with royal characters, castle settings, etc. Some of my all time favs.
My sister and I pretty much agree that all of these books are awesome and have royalty aspects. We each picked our top 3 and I bolded them for you guys. But you’ll have to watch the live or replay video to see who said which ;) There are only a handful I personally haven’t read and I’m staring them (these are ones my sister loves though). Also all of these are YA except for the one’s that I’ve added the + sign too and these are still fun just intended for more mature readers! And make sure to like Rae Gun Ramblings facebook page so you can catch our next live book chat!
20+ YA books full of princess, princesses, castle life and other fun. Great royal reads

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10 Books to Read for an Adventure

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If there’s one thing I love in books it’s fighting, but really what I love is a good adventure tale. Whether it’s sailing the seas of a fictitious time and place, hacking some futuristic internet, or giving into the wanderlust of Summer travel, all the books I’m sharing today are jam packed full of action and adventure.

These all look good and I love how diverse a selection of adventure books this is. Something for every mood and reader. While there are many adventure books that hold my heart this time around I’m limiting them to books I’ve read this year so if you’ve missed my “what I read” posts this covers some of the highlights. As a bonus a lot of these are newer releases so there’s a chance you haven’t read them yet! To stay up to date with what I’m reading make sure to subscribe to my newsletter where I share my current read each week and follow me on Instagram to catch my weekly Reading Roll Call where I share the books I’m reading and LOVE reading comments with the books of what you guys are reading and loving and hating.

Love this quote about books and adventure. Plus a great list of must read adventure books for all tastes.

Before I get to the books I want to give a huge shout out to FontBundles.net who provided all the awesome Calligraphy fonts used in today’s post. I had so fun playing with their Calligraphy bundle and just used 3 (Billow, Yurafima, and Delayota Script) of the 40 awesome fonts. If you love fonts you need to check out their site they sell bundles for an amazing deal (the Calligraphy one is only 29$ available through May 15th) but what is extra awesome is that they offer a bunch of free fonts and regularly send new ones fonts through their mailing list. And now to the books!

10 Awesome Adventure Books

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1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Nix has grown up on her father’s ship sailing between times and places both within real history and myth. As long as her father has a map he can navigate to that place and time and what he most desperately wants is a map to 1868 Honolulu so he can save Nix’s mom. But things are a little more complicated than that.

I loved Nix! She was a mix of spunk, kindness, and smarts as she navigated the waters of fighting and a disfuntional one track minded father. The crew which is a fun diverse bunch was always filled with delightful characters. But what I loved most was the unique story full of light fantasy and time travel. I listened to this book and really loved the performance.

2. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

When Shahrzad’s best friend becomes the victim of the Caliph’s twisted tradition of killing his brides the morning after their wedding Shazi decides she has had enough. She decides she must kill the young Caliph and finally put an end to this madness. But what she finds in the Caliph is not the monster she was expecting and much to her own horror she finds herself falling in love with her best friend’s murder.

This was one of my favorite books I have read this year. I have not read many books set in the middle east and I loved the new cultural perspective. I love all the characters. Shazi is strong and smart and caring and a wiz with a bow and arrow. Khalid the Caliph is admirable and and doing his best in a terrible situation. The villians are hateable and there is sass and wit from so many characters. Oh and there is fighting I do love fighting in books. I loved just about everything about this book it was so unique to me (although was based on A Thousand and One Nights).

3. Front Lines by Michael Grant

It’s 1942 and World War II is in full swing with all it’s atrocities. But in this version women are eligible for the draft so girls fight too. Front Lines follows the story of three very different girls from before their military days to right in the thick of things. It is a super interesting read that was equal parts entertainment and mind exercise. I really loved thinking through how the addition of women (in this capacity) would have tweaked how things looked.

This book was out of my comfort zone I don’t read much historical fiction and almost no wartime work but I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audiobook and thought it was great. I cannot wait for the next book because the ending of this definitely is the the end of these girl’s stories. It is probably to be expected with this kind of book but just in case if you are very sensitive to violence, racism, sexism, anti-jew redirect or other prejudices that were super common during the World War II era this might not be the book for you. But that said I thought it all fit and fed the story and was never used in a gratuitous way.

4. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Despite being from very different backgrounds, Jenna and Ash both hate the king of Arden. They have both witnessed his infamous cruelty first hand. Ash a healer of royal blood is set on revenge. Jenna who possesses a magemark she herself does not know to use finds herself running for her life.

I really enjoyed the Seven Realm series and while I did like Flamecaster and plan to read the next book in the series I didn’t find myself sucked into the story in quite the same way as the other books set a generation earlier did. I liked the characters and the story well enough. There was nothing wrong exactly it just didn’t push me to say wow although I did enjoy listening to the story which was full of fighting, magic, and adventure.

5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

This book is a different kind of adventure. Collin a long ago peeked child prodigy finds himself newly single on a Summer road trip with his lazy sassy friend. There is no real destination they are just going. They find themselves in a small town with a Summer job that allows Collin to try theorize about his Katherine dilemma. After all he has been dumped by 19 of them.

Such an easy fun read perfect for when you want something light. There is no end of the world or conquering even at large but there is normal live up and downs fantastic characters, and adventure of a different sort. If you want a great story full of friendships and witty dialogue this is a great one to pick up.

6. Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

Jessamy has been training in secret. While she tries to live the life of am upper-class lady despite her undesirable heritage, what she really wants is just one chance to run the Fives, a course of varying skill (think the historical gladiators meets American Ninja Warrior).

I’m just going to call this my favorite book I have read this year. Yup. If you read just one book on this list I vote for this one. It is SO good. The Fives part of the story is so fun and clever but it is also full of forbidden romance and one truly evil character. I just loved the setting. It reads like a historical fiction with the struggle of classes and racism while at the same time being full of adventure and a really fun game. I cannot wait to read the next book due out later this year.

7. All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Grace has a bad wrap and now finds herself moving in with her ambassador grandfather. The moment she leaves the grounds of her home she’s in another country. When she steps foot in her neighbors house it is yet another country. That all is a part of living on Embassy row. But Grace has been struggling. Everyone else wants to believe her mother’s death was just an accident but she is certain it is not. But it’s hard to know what to think when all the evidence and professionals say otherwise.

Ally Carter has done it again. I have really enjoyed all her books so far. This is no exception. Great characters, fun adventure, swoony boys and nothing too serious. If you ever found yourself (or even wished to be) living in a foreign country as a kid you will appreciate this even more.  It’s perfect for when you want something fun.

8. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

This is the second book in the Red Queen series that starts with Red Queen which was one of my favorite books I read last year. It is a great mix of dystopian and kids with powers and fighting and royalty and romance. So many of my favorite things! It’s hard to give a not spoiler-y review so I’ll keep it short and say if you enjoyed the Red Queen you will definitely like this. It is different than the first book in that this book is really a war book. There is lots of fighting and strategy (kind of like Mocking Jay) but it’s really good and has all the things you liked from book one. If you haven’t read these books yet you really need to fix that. I listened to the audiobooks and really enjoyed them!

9. Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Marissa and her friends like most everyone in this not so distant future spend most of their time online. In fact almost everyone is has smart device implants right in their own brains. The cultural diverse cast of characters seem like typical albeit technological savvy teens. But they find themselves mixed up with a new and very dangerous virtual drug that functions in their smart implants.

So I am including this because even though I personally didn’t enjoy listening to it I suspect that a big part of that had to do with the reader of the audiobook who among other things really over pronounced all the various names (every single time). It seemed to say, look this is a name from a “different culture” kind of like when people say quesadilla with the intense flair of Rick Bayless (his food looks great and I know that’s how it’s pronounced but it’s soooo weird and distracting when it’s mixed with English). The reader’s “accents” also seemed caricaturish  to a point that might be borderline offensive to some and I am NOT someone who is easily offended by that kind of stuff. My sister on the other hand RAVED about this book (she read the hard copy). I just had a hard time getting into the story and I found the characters kind of unlikable. But even with that, I liked the story line and the setting and the great representation of characters.

10. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Julian Blackthorn had to grow up fast. After the war his eldest siblings were ripped away from him and his parents were gone. He has raised his siblings with no real help from his guardian of an uncle. Not wanting to lose yet another person Julian has bonded himself to his best friend Emma Carstairs as parabati. But as bodies start appearing things become more complicated as Emma insists that they are related to her own parents’ murders.

The newest generation of shadow hunters! Lady Midnight is the first book of Cassandra Clare‘s Dark Artifices series. And while you don’t NEED to read the previous series I think you’ll get a lot more out of this book if you read the series in order. But if you like Clare’s writing you must read this. It is full of the witty banter, the wonderful magic system, the diverse host of characters both human, shadow hunter and paranormal, and of course romance.

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11 Must Have Harry Potter Shirts

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Do you love looney Luna Lovegood? Crazy glasses, radishes from her ears, nargles and all. This Hogwarts Student Shirts is one of my new favs.

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Snape is one of the best characters ever, complicated, hate-able, brilliant, repentant, but ultimately totally driven by love. My sister requested this awesome Snape is My Homeboy shirt for our trip to Orlando this past summer and I’ve also listed a version in baby sizes tooLove this awesome Hermione is my home girl shirt. Yay for fabulous strong girl role models. Perfect Harry POtter gift
Maybe you’re more of a Hermione gal? Books and school and all that? We got SO many compliments on my niece’s Hermione is My Homegirl shirt that I made for her to wear at the Wizarding World this Summer. I promised to add it to my shop and I finally have. Right now I just have the baby version up but if you want one in an adult size I can do a custom order just email me or contact me through the shop.
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There is just something awesome about Dobby’s straight forward ways. Love this Dobby the House Elf quote shirt. The quote says “Dobby never meant to kill. Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure.” It’s perfect for all your crazy little house elves!

Too funny love this Harry Potter I'm with the muggle shirt.

This was the one shirt my mom wanted for our trip to the Wizarding World. She thought she was soooo funny. Do you have a Muggle in your life? Shout your proud with this fun I’m With the Muggle Shirt.

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This Swish and Flick top is so simple but screams a love for all things Harry Potter. I’ve got the the onesie versions available but if anyone is interested in adult ones I’m happy to do custom orders.

DIY 1 hour Quidditch jersey tutorial. Easy Harry Potter costume tutorial

You don’t have to limit your Harry Potter shirts to tees and tanks. This one size fits most Quidditch jersey is fun to throw over anything. So many family members have worn this one it’s awesome and easy to wear you have to see the back. You can make your own by following the tutorial here or buy one here.

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I loooooove this Make Love Not Horcruxes shirt. I’ve made myself many over the years but this was the very first of my Harry Potter shirt designs and still one of my very favorites.

Fabulous Hermione shirt. When in doubt go to the library. Perfect for Harry Potter fans and all around booknerds.

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This past Summer we went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And I shared a whole heck of a lot of photos in this post just so you could see the awesomeness from all different parts and angles and details a sort of Photo tour of Harry Potterland if you will.

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10 Must Read Espionage Novels and Series

I LOVE stories of espionage. Whether it’s with full on spies, assassins that have to spy sometimes, or sneaky detectives, I soak it up.

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

I love so many spy and detective movies and TV shows (Chuck and Veronica Mars I miss you SO MUCH). You would think I’d have thought to try the book for earlier. But for whatever reason I never thought to seek out espionage novels. I books that had some of that but usually as a side note for some other intriguing draw. Now that I’ve learned better I want to share 11 of my favorite spy, assassin, and detective tales. All of them are YA (or ya appropriate) except for the last one that series is DEFINITELY adult.

The Remembrandt Series by Robin King

This is a story about a girl who has an eidetic memory which is basically a photographic memory on crack. Living away from home after a tragic accident has changed her family, she’s starting fresh at college. Soon she finds herself caught up with a spy network. I just finished the second book in the series Van Gogh Gone and ADORED it. I cannot wait until the third book is released. These stories are so creative you will fall in love with Alex and smart, reasonable personality. Alex doesn’t do the stupid or immature things many YA heroines do and I love her for that. There are also cute boys, lots of awesome fighting, and great story lines. They are one of those read any time type of books and on the shorter side so they make for a great weekend read. Coincidentally Goodreads is giving away a copy of Van Gogh Gone right now so I have linked the widget below to make it easier for you to enter because I’d love one of you to win. If you do and haven’t read the first book Remembrandt and can’t find it at your library I’d be happy to buy you one that’s how much I like this series. So go enter!

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

This is a crazy kid detective tale full of sassy personalities. I adored the characters in this book. Digby carries around police files and does hardcore detective work over dinner food and somehow Zoe can’t help be acquiesce to his requests to help her dig deeper into his investigations even though she wouldn’t really say she even liked him. As Zoe learns more about the teen kidnapping case Digby is so obsessed with solving and helps him gather more information an intricate web starts to unfold. There have indeed been some crazy things that happened in this new neighborhood Zoe has moved into. Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a fun, light, and a super enjoyable read.

His Fair Assassins by Robin LaFevers

This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE SERIES. The books are SO good. They are full of all different types of strong, smart, admirable girls. Amazing healthy and not your normal love interests. And adventure. SO much adventure. Really these books are seriously amazing. They have the feel of awesome historical fiction but read like YA fantasy. They are full of gorgeous dresses, castle life, political intrigue, and swoony romance. The stories focus around a convent of teen assassin nuns. You read that right. It’s so unique and fun. Just go add them to your must read list. The first book is called Grave Mercy.

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Want book candy? I present to you the Gallagher Girls. It’s a training school for spies set up as a prestigious prep high school. Some of the parents of the students don’t know what the truth is behind those shinny doors. These are super easy reading with fun characters and wonderful sisterhood. Follow the girls in their not so traditional classes, assignments, and even a few unsanctioned missions. Bonus points since there are 6 books in the series and they are all out and at least in my library system super easy to get a hold of!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

These books are unlike any I have read. While book one starts of as a super cool teen girl assassin book they do turn into full on fantasy. This was surprising to me but they are just so good I didn’t mind the kind of bait and switch of genres. There is crazy action, awesome fighting, a sassy main character, and multiple cute and smart boys. And as also fun is that Celaena loves cake, reading and buying herself gorgeous dresses. It’s hard to give justice to these books but the story is so unique, it is filled with top notch characters, and you will not be able to guess where it is going. I’m just finished listening to the 4 book of the series and I can’t wait for the next one.

Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger

Stempunk meets precocious boarding school. But there is a twist this boarding school is really a training academy for spys. While the Gallagher Girl books read like a boarding school set in current day America the Finishing School books are otherworldly and have a district historical feel. The girls have petticoats, parasols, and of course mechanical pets. The teachers aren’t all human, there’s a werewolf and a vampire and the girls are younger so there is more of a focus on the sneakiness of youth. Don’t get me wrong these girls are a force to be reckoned with no matter their age. I adores these books but for some reason had a hard time finishing them when I tried to read them. I’m so glad I gave the audiobooks a chance because they are MAGNIFICENT and the reader gives it the perfect performance. The series starts with Etiquette and Espionage.

Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer

From the writer of the Artemis Fowl books I give you Half-Moon Investigations. This book is definitely Middle Grade. Fletcher is the youngest certificated detective in the world. And a good thing to because he’s got only 12 hours to solve a case he’s been framed for or else he’ll meet the wrath of the school bully’s who all seemed to graduate into real life criminals. This is cute and easy and if you want a boy point of view or a story to read with younger kids this is fun. The audiobook is pretty great too.

Flavia De Luce books by Alan Bradley

Do you know Flavia De Luce? Oh she is a character. She’s a brilliant precocious youngster with a love for chemistry. And some how murder seems to find her. Follow her as she sleuths her way into solving crimes way beyond her years while having the the best personality on the block. Set in the 1950’s you will fall in love with inquisitive Flavia. This is another that if possible you should listen too the reader is just fantastic. The adventures start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Don’t Get Mad by Gretchen McNeil

High School doesn’t tend to be what you call fair. There are bullies and mean girls and even some power abusing teachers. For unlikely partners team up to finally Get Even. They are tired of the treatment the student body undergoes at the hands of these cruel characters. The group, DGM (don’t get mad) has been pulling pranks that call out these jerks but things get crazy when someone ends up dead and someone is making it look like DGM is to blame. This duology is super fun, starting with Get Even and continuing with Get Dirty. You will be seething at the bad guys and on your toes trying to figure out who the true villain is until the very end.

Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K.Rowling

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? This these detective books by favorite J.K. Rowling under pen name Robert Galbraith have found a solid home in my heart. First off they are definitely ADULT. Mature content (sexual and graphic violence) and they are not fantastical like the Harry Potter books but they are good fun stories that will suck you in and have you cheering for the frumpy almost bankrupt detective, Cormoran Strike. I just finished the third book of the series and I think they just keep getting better and better.

10 awesome spy, detective, and assassin books. Most of these novels are YA but they are fun for older readers too.

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40+ Must See Projects, Parties + Book Lists for Hunger Games Fans

The last Hunger Games movie comes out this week so how could I resist rounding up some awesome Hunger Games recipes, party ideas, crafts and even more book suggestions. Whether you will be throwing a Mockingjay party or just want a last minute Katniss inspired shirt I’ve got you covered!

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9 Must Read Books and 1 to Avoid Like the Plague

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

How on earth has it been SO long since I shared a What I’m Reading round up. Oh my! Luckily if you follow me on Instagram you get my weekly Reading Roll Call update and if you are subscribed to my newsletter you get a peek of what I’m reading when I write those up. But still it has been TOO long. So this might be a bit of a long post but here are the books I read this Fall that really stood out to me.

And as something different I’m including a book that I HATED. I normally don’t share negative reviews here (I save those for goodreads) but this book was SO BAD I want to warn people against it because I think it is a bunch of screwed up propaganda and I strongly believe the message in the book is really messed up. Click on the title or cover of each book to get to the amazon listing where you can read the official synopses of each book.

dumplin' such a great read. fabulous for teens and adultsDumplin’

I loved this. Great characters. Original fun story. Love the side commentary and greater lessons and perspective on the “less desirables” of society. Willowdean Dixon is a self-proclaimed fat girl. She says it as a fact not a judgement. She has always been comfortable with herself as is. Her mom is a former beauty queen who runs the yearly pageant. When Willowdean finds herself falling for cute Bo she finds herself self conscious of her body for the first time. She’s struggling with all that while also leading a band of misfits who have signed up for the pageant because heck if Willowdean can they can too. This is such it’s own unique story and with lots of twists and turns but also so many great messages about growing up and accepting yourself and not being afraid to want more for yourself.  I found myself smiling so much while reading this. Just read it! Also make sure to listen to the audiobook it’s fantastic.

marcello in the real world great story Marcello in the Real World

Gosh I liked this book. It’s got some great characters and ideas and I love the treatment of this boy with autism like features and who has lived a very sheltered life. The way that the story is told it seems possibly geared to younger teens which is surprising since there is some heavy and complex content. But somehow it works. Marcello is such a fun character, if you liked The Rosie Project you’ll appreciate the quirky honesty and perspective young Marcellow brings to the tale. The seetting had me flashing to some of my favorite law firm based TV shows which I loved. Those things paired with a good solid mystery that is woven within the coming of age story I think give you a winner of a book. How had I never heard of this book before? I listened to the audiobook and really liked it.

all the bright places book review. this is a must readAll the Bright Places

This book impressed me while at the same time really entertained me. As my friend put it this is “a very important story”. There’s good lessons and morals in this puppy but it doesn’t feel preachy. This is probably the best “suicide book” that I’ve read and turns out I’ve read a good number now (it seems like they are trendy right now). The way it deals with the friends of the suicidal I think is fantastic in a way that most books that circle this topic fall short. It’s a rough read in spots, the characters are pretty great, wonderfully quirky and complex and I’m glad to have made the journey with them. My only complaint is the ending feels too long. It feels like the story ends and then the book keeps on going but even then I think it was very good and I hope lots of people will read this both as education and entertainment. I listened to the audiobook and really liked it.

the start of me and you such a fun easy readThe Start of Me and You

How have I not read anything by Emery Lord yet? Oh my this is one of my recent favs. When people ask what to read this is the first book that pops into my head lately. I just really liked this. If you are a fan of contemporary like Kasie West (see more below haha) you’ll want to check this out. Paige has been through some seriously rough stuff and it’s time to try and get back into life. She makes herself a checklist which includes dating her old crush. But what happens when they actually start talking. Loved the characters, the story, the honesty, the setting. This is one of those where the relationships are SO rich. Not just the romance although that’s solid but the familiar intricacies and friend dynamics are complex and great in their own ways. I really liked it and think you will too

the fill-in boyfriendThe fill-in boyfriend

I love Kasie West. It’s just that plain and simple. I wish I could put my finger on what it is that makes her books stand out to me but I haven’t figured it out. There’s the great characters that always learn about themselves, the cute boys, and just fun stories but there’s something else that pulls all of that together making her books special and this is no exception. Our shallow Gia finds herself dumped on the way into prom. Yup her fabulous boyfriend couldn’t stand her self absorbedness any longer. But she’s not upset about the end of the relationship she’s just mad that now her friends (including a particularly heinous frienemy)  who already doubted the existence of the boyfriend will just get more fuel for their doubt. Enter the fill-in boyfriend. And in true Kasie West fashion Gia learns a lot, grows a lot, and there’s plenty of great friendship and relationship moments. Just go read it.

althea and oliver review. In short this book is a book geared towards teens that says rape is okay. YUCK don't read the book.Althea & Oliver (not recommended)

This book is about rape and is NOT shown in a bad let alone serious light. It happens early on so I don’t think it’s a spoiler. For a book that is marketed to young adults I’m honestly horrified. I was SO disturbed by the character’s actions and reflections on the rape. Let’s be clear people GIRLS CAN RAPE BOYS. YOu’re completely screwed up and sexist if you think otherwise. It might be harder to do but the author sets up a scenario in which one character has sex with another who is UNABLE TO CONSENT and UNAWARE OF HIS BEHAVIOR. That my friends is rape.

If this were a book about a drunk girl who’s best friend had sex with her while she was far gone people would be up in arms. THe whole “you wanted to” is even in there. Yuck yuck yuck. I just feel dirty recalling thing. But really how did this get published? Shame on you all for perpetuating such a screwed up attitude towards rape and boy’s sexual rights. Yuck again.

I tried to keep reading assuming that it would get better, that she would feel remorse that the side characters would criticize her but no it’s all fine and dandy and the rape victim oh he’s being ridiculous feeling violated when he finally finds out. WHAT THE HECK?!

Besides the bad bad bad bad content, the characters were kind of annoying. Very trying too hard.

I read A LOT Of it but when it seemed like there was not going to be any remorse and I was thoroughly disturbed I checked out the other reviews to fine nope it doesn’t get better it just gets worse and I decided I would NOT be torturing myself with this ignorant propaganda any longer.

walk on earth a stranger book reviewWalk on Earth a Stranger

I liked this book I did, but sadly it is nowhere near A Girl of Fire and Thorns. Those books were amazing genius that has built a permanent place in my heart. This on the other hand  more like a good solid historical fiction with the tiniest bit of fantasy. The fantastical element is SO small though that it has me craving more. Maybe more will come with following books. The characters are just as good as you’d expect from Rae Carson. And as always she has a special way with the villian. But without the amazing world building I just don’t think it was very special. I’m still glad I read it it was as good as most books I like but having the history of A Girl of Fire and Thorns I just was hoping for so much more. I listened to the audio book and really liked that. I think I would have had a hard time getting through a traditional paper book.

The copper gauntlet book reviewCopper Gauntlet

This is exactly what I want out of middle grade. Fun characters, innocent adventures, a peek at the real world and real evil but nothing overbearing. This is the second book in the Magisterium series (the first is The Iron Trial). This is geared to a younger crowd so perfect for fans of the early Harry Potter books, Percy Jackson, and Insignia. It’s an easy read that great to read as a family or when you need some safe adventure.

the rest of us just live here book reviewThe Rest of Us Just Live Here

This took me a while to get into only because I didn’t quite understand the premise of the story. While the official synopsis is catchy and after you read the book makes sense I don’t think the average reader might appreciate a bit more set up. So here it is. You know all those awesome fantasy books that take place in the normal world but have a paranormal element living along side mundane humans? What about all the humans, surely they know SOMETHING is up? I mean the same small town can only have so many teenagers mysteriously dying so often and schools exploding so many times for them not to realize. Well this story is about those kids. The non-heroes. The other ones who just live there. I LOVED the perspective and angle this story shows at the same time the characters are fun and there is indeed a real story to get behind. This is a book for book lovers! The audibook is great.

a step towards falling book reviewA Step Towards Falling

While this is a thoroughly entertaining, super unique story with fabulous characters, I especially love it because it exposes people who might not have (or think to search for) the opportunity to interact with developmentally disabled people a realistic peek into that world. Cammie McGovern has a way at writing a story about people with disabilities that really grasps the community as those who may not have much contact with them without seeming fake. I’ve read a good number of books that make developmentally disabled people just seem like angelic children. But that isn’t quite right. Often times the childish moments are the ones that are similar to a tantruming selfish brat and they think about sex too. Have experience working with people with developmental disabilities this treatment was refreshing. But that’s all just set up. Even if you don’t care about that stuff it’s a really good story about learning about yourself, having values and living those values out, and giving yourself a chance to learn from your mistakes. And I highly recommend that you check out the audiobook version.

9 must read books and one to avoid like the plague

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Books for when you need a break from the the normal day to day grind.

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Photo Tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

over 40 pictures of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For any Harry Potter fan news that they were creating a section of Universal Studios dedicated to our fandom sent us into a tizzy. The idea of walking through places from our favorite places (albeit fictional) were like a dream come true. And it was, I went back in 2011. But then they announced that they were expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to included even more.

Diagon Alley and TONS of pictures from Harry Potter land in Universal

Butterbeer!!! The ice cream is a must  at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Not only would we get a glimpse of the Hogwarts castle and Hogsmede but Diagon Alley in all it’s glory would be brought to life too.  It’s more amazing than I could ever communicate even with my giant photo filled post here and gushing gushing gushing!

Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Hogwart's Express at the WIzarding World of Harry Potter (plus tons of pictures)

Hogsmeade, Diagon Ally and more Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Let me tell you after visiting at the beginning of the month it is JUST as magical as you’d imagine.  You guys the attention to detail is something else. Like my pictures are cool but when you’re there your jaw will drop!

Photo tour of harry potter world

Honeydukes Hogsmeade, Diagon Ally and more Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

I shared about the first installment of the Wizarding World a few years ago in my first trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter post but even after just a few short years there is so much to say and show you! We were there for three days this past month with #FamilyForward and while that was enough to experience it, everything was SO cool I felt like I could go back and take in every little inch super slowly and never get tired of it!

Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Street signs Hogwart's Castle and huge picture tour  love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

For today I will just show you the awesomeness in pictures. I want YOU to be able to experience it without my constant gabbering in your ear. But I do have SO much to say since I don’t want you to miss out on any of the awesomeness since I know that will be so easy with so many pictures.

tour of the wizarding world of harry potter

Owl Posts and lots of pictures of Harry Potter stuff at universal

Just take it in. And then go start aggressively saving for your own trip because it is TOTALLY WORTH IT. No really TOTALLY WORTH IT. If this post makes you happy, then you can’t even imagine how stepping on those streets and experiencing the world will be. I want to go back already!

Weasley's WIzard Wheezes at the wizarding world of harry potter and lots of pictures

photo tour of wizarding world of harry potter inside the joke shop plus so much more.

Don’t worry I won’t leave you hanging. I have PLENTY to SAY about all the awesomeness that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. But I’m saving that for later. But let’s say for any Harry Potter fan, this place feels like home.

Flourish & Blotts Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Ollivander's Wand Shop and  Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Borgin and Burkes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

The ice cream is a must Borgin and Burkes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

And boy do I have a lot to say. I have even MORE pictures and a page full of post titles for all the different things (the food, what to wear, what to skip, what not to miss, photo spots, etc.) that I want to share about Harry Potterland and Universal Orlando as a whole.

Hogwart's Castle and huge picture tour  love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

Three Broomstick at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Gringotts Ride and DIagon alley plus huge photo tour or the wizarding world of harry potter

Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

picture tour love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

picture tour with moving posters love the detail of the wizarding world of harry potter

Make sure to check back in since I will be sharing my Top Ten Musts for the Wizarding World next week. I’ll also be sharing one of my super favorite aspects the interactive wand features. Along with videos and some insider tips.

Grimauld Place home of the Order of the Phoenix at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

Wizard photos inside Hogwart's Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tour through pictures

But for now I just want you to Take.It.All.In. These are just a fraction of the pictures that I have to share. And seriously limited them to just these was super hard. I’ll be sharing more in blog posts here and on my instagram.

SO cool Hogsmeade, Diagon Ally and more Thestrals and Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

So much detail SO cool Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

Can't wait to vacation at universal orlando  Lots of pictures so you can experience what it's like to walk through the wizarding world of harry potter

I can’t wait to go into even more depth and share all the fun details of Gringotts, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, The Leaky Cauldron, The Hogwart’s Express, and so much more! I could do detailed tours for each of those. Would you guys want that?

The knight bus and LOTS of pictures of Harry Potter stuff from universal (photo tour)

Inside the station for the Hogwart's Express. Platform 9 3/4 at the wizarding world of harry potter

Hog's Head in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding WOrld of Harry potter with lots and lots of pictures

The Daily Prophet plus lots and lots of pictures of vacation at universal studios Wizarding WOrld of Harry POtter

Wizard SHop signs plus lots and lots of pictures of vacation at universal studios Wizarding WOrld of Harry POtter

Hogsmeade station Wizard SHop signs plus lots and lots of pictures of vacation at universal studios Wizarding WOrld of Harry POtter

So fun right? You might just want to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a single post since I have lots planned! I can’t wait to share all of it. Thanks SO much to Family Forward for the amazing trip and Universal Orlando for sponsoring the retreat to make it experience more affordable for our family it was seriously the most magical ever and we just cannot wait to go back!

If you need more Harry Potter goodness you can see all my Awesome Harry Potter Posts, Projects, Recipes, and Book Lists here (there’s a lot!)

Can't make it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter right now. No worries tour it through pictures while you get excited for when you can really be there!

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10 Awesome YA Back to School Reads

Fun reading list full of back to school inspired young adult books to read.It’s Back to School time so I thought why not share a bunch of great books with different school elements. All of these books have good chucks that take place at school, on campus (boarding school) or other back to school-ish quirks. I’ve gathered a variety of contemporary, Sci-Fi, and even paranormal. Fun yes?

Anatoanatomy of a misfit book reaviewmy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes – I read this last week and ADORED it. A hearty dose of good quality teenage sass, mean girls at their best, high school peer pressure and all that crap you’re so happy to be done with once you leave high school. Unfortunately the crap is so true and common. There’s a lot I loved about this book, there weren’t clear cut good choices (how often are there those in life anyways), the characters were realistically flawed and likeable (or hateable), and you could really see how hard it is to be a teen. It’s hard. As an adult looking back (or down) I think we often forget how in the moment doing the right thing, or the kind thing can really sacrifice your “whole” world. Or at least the world as you know it. I love that we see this familiar world through the eyes of a popular girl.

plus one by elizabeth fama book reviewPlus One by Elizabeth Fama – I put of reading this book forever sine the cover just rubbed me weird (I know terrible reason and now after reading it I think the cover is perfect). It hooked me right from the start. An interesting dystopian world where the citizens are forced to time share. Strict laws keep people on opposite schedules so that half never see the day and half never the night. Lots of adventure and drawing on desks during classes. Great characters, romance and such a unique interesting story. I’ve had to force myself to stop reading at 2:30am when I just want to keep going.

eleanor and park book reviewEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Think school bus rides and misfits but not the hip kind, the awkward real every day kind. The story was refreshingly realistic without feeling like I was watching the news or hearing about the same old same old. I really liked how imperfect and realistic the characters were but at the same time they were special. If you like contemporary books pick this up.


Mila 2.0 bmila 2.0 by debra driza book reviewy Debra Driza
– One of the things I loved about this book was how it started off like a good old contemporary book. The every day life of a high schooler. But then an minor accident reviews that Mila isn’t the average teen she thought she is and what comes out is that she is a stolen government created android. Now she has to run. It’s full of action, adventure, cute boys and really interesting ideas. Definitely a fun read.

beautiful creaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – Let me just say if all you know about Dangerous Creatures is the movie please forget it. That totally cheezified and screwed up a super good and fun book. You know I love my kids with powers and this is no exception. There’s magic, there’s action, there’s romance, great friends and some fabulous banter. And it’s on this list because unlike so many YA books the kids go to school and you see it. I feel like so many others I wonder when they have time for school haha.

anna and the french kiss book reviewAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – How does boarding school in France sound. Delicious? Romantic? If you haven’t yet ventured into the world of Stephanie Perkins let me just say she is the master of sweet cute stories. You’ll fall in love with the characters this is such a fun series (although the books aren’t strict sequels there are more in the the same “world”).

the sky is everywhereThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – This is one of those books the really struck me. I felt like I got a lot out of it. I felt like it gave me a peek into other people and reminded me to appreciate what I have. It has some rough content but it’s so worth it. The story is just beautiful and you’ll be smiling and laughing through out well in between your tears but guys the tears are worth it. A must read for anyone with a sister!

extraordinary means book review. this sounds really goodExtraordinary Means by Robin Schnieder – It was hard for me to decide between this book and Robin’s other book The Beginning of Everything. Really both books are great school setting type books. But this has a fun twist. It’s s boarding school that’s for quarantined sick kids. The kids are pretty sick so the adults are all scared to ask to much of them so it’s really 1 part school 3 parts camp and it’s full of sassy characters, great friendships, and fun. Just know it’s got some sad parts but the story is so fun.

get  even and get dirty by gretchen mcneil book reviewGet Even by Gretchen McNeil – After years of putting up with theof their school ranging from the typical tyranical popular girls, to bully jocks, and deluded adults, a unexpected group of girls decides to get even. They mastermind pranks to make the bullies get a taste of their own medicine. But then someone ends up dead. It’s a great mystery and after listening to Get Dirty the sequel I found myself think I need more good mysteries! This was lots of fun.

between us and the moonBetween Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel – And for those of you are are not yet ready to go back to school and want to hold onto Summer with all you’ve got this last book is for you. It’s totally Summer. It’s counting down still school starts again. It’s full of beaches and romance and learning about oneself and growth and I just adored it. I loved the audio version with the quirky main character and her scientific approach to becoming cooler. Also note there are descriptive sexual references and while I think this is geared at teens there are definitely parts that would have parent and kid blush if they were listening to it out loud together. From a parental standpoint I’m torn between whether I think it’s teen appropriate or not (I’m sure it depends on the kid). And while most of the other books do have sexual content this one was just a bit more graphic than I was used to in YA (although at the same time possibly more innocent and took the topic more seriously that most YA books).

Great reading list of YA back to school books

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10+ Fairytale Retellings Books to Check Out

Fabulous list of Fairytale retellings. Most are YA books

Retellings are such an interesting book genre. If you think of it just know the story is a retelling is kind of spoiler-y. It also runs the risk of being some one boring or been there and done that -ish. On the other hand when a retelling is done well, it can be amazing! While on one hand it taps into something familiar and beloved it adds new depth and excitement. It’s like the ultimate refashion or makeover.

Today I’m sharing 10+ Fairy Tale retellings to check out. They are all super interesting takes on old favorites. And some happen to be some of my all time favorite books. Click on the book titles or covers to read the official synopses of each book.

cinder by Marissa Meyer, cinderella meets sci-fi. Great book and series - Rae Gun RamblingsThe Lunar Chronicles – This series is SO good. I mentioned before that I thought the idea of the first book Cinder (cyborg Cinderella) was so dumb when I first heard about it. But I was WRONG. SO WRONG. The story while definitely hitting some key Cinderella points is so fresh and fun. And Marissa Meyer the author is like a character genius. Not only are you sure to fall in love with Cinder but the series some how gets better and better. Each book continues the story line but focuses on a different character (don’t worry the characters you fall in love with in the first book are still around). But by the time the series is finished we’ll get Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood (Scarlet), Rapunzle (Cress), Snow White (Winter), and the Evil Stepmother/Queen (Fairest not technically in the series but in the same world). And while the stories pull from fairy tales they really are this masterpiece of one giant brand new awesome story weaving together. If you read any books from this list it’s these. Hands down, they are so great!

entwined fairytale retellingEntwined – A retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses which honestly I am only familiar with through the ballet but this is a fun beautiful story. I got hooked in immediately and it has sprinkles of magic. It almost feels like you’re reading historical fiction but without the slow draggy feel it sometimes has.

tiger lily Peter pan retelling bookTiger Lily – Fans of Peter Pan will want to check out what life was like pre-Wendy Bird. You aren’t going to find perfect characters here and I think that was one of the things I really liked about this book. While each is flawed they all do have great quantities as well. This wasn’t a page turner for me but this time it was okay. It was a book I had to get through slowly which was good in it’s own way.

Crimsocrimson bound fabulous little red riding hood retelling young adult bookn Bound – Me oh my what great big teeth you have. Are you looking for a dark slightly creepy fairy tale retelling? Are you more of a Brother’s Grimm kind of fairy tale reader? Well this take on Little Red Riding Hood is delightfully dark. And you know I am a self proclaimed wimp to horror and scary stuff so it’s not too bad at all just enough to make it good. I’ve been listening to the audiobook and totally sucked in. The story the characters it’s a great one take on the story but with definitely much more to it the same old story. And if you enjoy this book by Rosemund Hodge you’ll want to check out Cruel Beauty which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. (They are not a series and can be read independent of each other.) The audio versions are a must!

goose girl fairytale retellingThe Books of Bayern – The retelling of The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and the books that follow in the series are lovely. The first book is The Goose Girl but there are 4 books in the series and I think the third one The River Secrets is my favorite! Book two is one Enna Burning and the last book is Forest Born.They are full of characters with grit and dept who grow and learn from their mistakes and weaknesses. These aren’t just for older teens and adults you can get your tweens both girls and boys in on these too. A great combo of royalty, magic, and friendships.

Wickwicked book reviewed – So wicked was not my favorite but I feel like it was such a huge book and such and interesting retelling that I had to include it in my list. It’s definitely adult and does have mature concepts and it’s not really a feel good book (part of my dislike) but getting the back story of the witches from The Wizard of Oz that is definitely interesting in it’s own way. It’s one of those rare books that I didn’t particularly enjoy but I’m still glad that I read if that makes sense.

 Strastrands of bronze and gold bluebeard fairytale retellingnds of Bronze and Gold – Do you know the story of Bluebeard and his wives. Yeah I didn’t so much but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying this retelling of the tale. It’s a tad bit creepy after all Bluebeard is known for murdering his wives but the story completely sucked me in and was a very entertaining read.

the graveyard book review The Graveyard Book – When I first started reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book I really had no idea what I thought. It’s such a different book. It’s whimsical and magical and heart warming and sad all at once. It didn’t take me too long to fall in love with this sweet retelling of The Jungle Book in which the animals are substituted for ghosts raising a  real boy. If you haven’t read it definitely check it out.

court of thorns and roses book reviewA Court of Thorn and Roses – I am just 25% of the way into A court of Thorn and Roses and I’m already in love. It’s Beauty and the Beast but with Fae and Fairies thrown in. Now let me just say that I am not usually a Fae fan. But that being said I feel like Sarah J. Maas is a magician with words. The stories she writes are fantastic. Such original ideas, amazing characters, and great adventure. Keep in mind that this book is categorized as New Adult so for more mature readers it does get a bit steamy. If you want something more YA or just something else awesome you’ll want to check out her Throne of Glass series which is also considered a retelling but I’m not going to say a retelling of what since I actually preferred not knowing that when I read the first few books since I don’t think the retelling aspects come out until a few books in so it might be a bit spoilery.

These books all look awesome. creative fairytale retellings mostly young adult

I know there are more out there but like always I like keeping my book lists to books that I have personally read. What are some of YOUR favorite fairytale retellings?

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100+ Books for Harry Potter Fans

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

One of my favorite things about the Harry Potter books is the way that it got so many people young and old reading. When my family discovered the books all four of us devoured them. Even my dad who I have never thought of as being a reader before was fighting over who’s turn it was with the book.

Sadly many people stop at Potter but there are SO many great books books in the world. So today I’m sharing 50+ books for Harry Potter Fans. Whether they are full of fun friends like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, great adventure, or wonderful world building all I have personally read every single one of these and loved them all. I hope you will as well!

For those which are a part of a series (most of them) I am listing the first book and making the text bold. So if you count all the books in the series there are WELL over 100 books on this list :) If they are a  part of the series I have read ALL the books available within each of the series! Because this would be a CRAZY long post if I wrote even one sentence about each of these. But I have written about each of these before since I have written about each and every one of these (usually more than once). So if you’re curious about one of them feel free to use the search bar in the upper right (or at the bottom) to learn more of what I think.

Harry Potter Reading List. Hundreds of books for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Friendship, Mystery, Adventure and Magic

These are Middle Grade and YA books that are full of great friends and adventure. Most are good for the average middle schooler but you know your own kids. I LOVED all of them as an adult so they aren’t just kiddie books that are similar in maturity content level to the earlier Harry Potter books.

  1. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
  2. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  3. Inheart by Cornelia Funke
  4. The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jennifer Lunquist
  5. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
  6. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  8. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  10. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
  11. Airman by Eoin Colfer
  12. Transparent by Natalie Whipple
  13. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  14. Atlantia by Ally Condie
  15. Sidekicked by John David Anderson
  16. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen
  17. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  18. Liesel and Po by Lauren Oliver
  19. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riodan

Fun Magical World and Some  More Teen Topics

These are all YA books with  they are full have great characters and friendship but deal with more teen level topic like dating and bigger trials and more evil villains. They are more similar to the middle Harry Potter books.

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Die for Me by Amy Plum
  3. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  6. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (no magic but cute)
  8. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  9. The Ward by Jordana Frankel
  10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  11. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  12. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Mortenstern
  14. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  15. Defy by Sara B. Larson
  16. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  17. Legend by Marie Lu
  18. Vampire Academy and then Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  19. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  20. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  21. Ender’s Game and then The Shadow Series by Orson Scott Card
  22. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  23. Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
  24. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  25. For the Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  26. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  27. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Fabulous book list! I totally agree. Saving this anytime people ask for book recommendations. Great books for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Action Adventure with a Little Darkness

These are a bit more intense than the earlier bit. Darker themes more mature content. Still YA appropriate but more like the later Harry Potter Books in maturity level.

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  4. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (adult book)

And as I said all but a few of these are part of series most with 3+ books so you should have a ton to pick from! I made a point to only include books that I have actually read and really enjoyed. I know there are way more great reads that I haven’t gotten to yet and I’d love to add a section to this post with YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS let me know what other books out there you think Harry Potter Fans would love.

Huge list of books to read after Divergent. Lots of good ones and ones I haven't read yet!

If you like this you might like my Huge List of Books for Divergent fans! There are actually a lot of different books on that list.

Huge Harry Potter giveaway. Lots of cute shops to remember for Christmas for Harry Potter fans

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