top ten tuesday

Top Ten Books Set in High School

It’s that time of year when school starts and so do the high school romances and drama. While I have been out of high school for 6 years, I do still enjoy a good high school romance novel. I’ve divided the images of my top ten books set in high school into two sections. The first part contains  contemporary young adult novels, and the second has fantasy and dystopian young adult novels.

eleanor  & parkwill graysonThe DUFFperfect chemistryChbosky, Stephen; The Perks of Being a WallflowerWest, Kasie; P.S. I Like You

_Vampire Academy_BloodlinesDeliriumTwilight

Which books have you read that are set in a High school?

The Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by the Broke and Bookish

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


“The trolls could be going to a party, the giants to a wedding, you could be getting bad dreams because you’re worried about Albus, and your scar could be hurting because you’re getting old.”- Ron, pg 67 Act One, Scene Fifteen 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child BY J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

From Goodreads

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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book review

It’s In His Kiss

It’s In His Kiss


Quinn, Julia; Its in His Kiss

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 28-Jun-2005
Date Finished: 31-Jul-2016
Format: paperback
Pages: 384
Series: Bridgertons (#7)
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency
ISBN: 9780060531249
Source: library
Rating:3 star
2 flames>



Gareth St. Clair is in a bind. His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past… and the key to his future. The problem is—it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.


All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton. She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken, and according to Gareth, probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her—something charming and vexing—that grabs him and won’t quite let go…


Or don’t. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual—and annually discordant—Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. But as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary, but in each other … and that there is nothing as simple—or as complicated—as a single, perfect kiss. -Goodreads


Despite Hyacinth being one of my favorite Bridgertons, this is my least favorite in the series, at least so far. This one just didn’t seem up to the same level as the others, or else I’m just getting burnt out on historical romances and just need a break. While it only took me a couple days to read (so quickly I had forgotten to mark it as “currently reading” in Goodreads), I was easily able to set the book aside for even the slightest provocation.  While Hyacinth and Gareth’s romance was beautiful, it was rather abrupt (not the most historical romance I’ve read, but quick for a Quinn novel). It wouldn’t have killed them to develop their feelings over several weeks, instead of just two. Hopefully the 8th book, Gregory’s will be more captivating (and then I’ll move onto the first two books).


Exploring My Books

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Rachel Ignotofsky

Ignotofsky, Rachel; Women in Science

Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication date: 26-Jul-2016
Date Finished: 2-Aug-2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
Series: —
Genres: Nonfiction, STEM, History
ISBN: 9781607749769
Source: Blogging for Books
Rating:4 star

“It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! ” -Goodreads


Women in Science is a beautifully illustrated compilation of interesting women who helped change the face of science and technology.  The women included range from ones we have heard of like Jane Goodall and Marie Curie to many I’d never heard of before like Hypatia who was an Egyptian mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer from about 370 CE. As a fully illustrated book, it is sure to catch the eye of curious children, but as the book is full of only small biographies on each woman, its use primary is a coffee table book. The illustrations are well done and unique to this illustrator. I would definitely recommend it for any young girl curious about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Who’s your favorite Pioneering Woman?

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

W…W…W…Wednesday…August 24th

It has been a difficult transition coming back from vacation, and I was only gone a week. I spent a good portion of my weekend catching up on sleep and I went to the zoo.


Joyce, Brenda; The GameBrown, Pierce; Golden SonRowling, J.K.; Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildLepore, jill; The Secret History of Wonder WomanMead, Richelle; Succubus Shadows

The Game by Brenda Joyce
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill LePore
Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead

I finished Succubus Heat last week and started the next in the series, Succubus Shadows. I am also still getting through the others slowly.


Mead, Richelle; Succubus HeatQuinn, Julia; On the Way to the WeddingHa, Robin; Cook Korean

Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
Cook Korean! by Robin Ha

After the first one, the Succubus novels by Richelle Mead are quick reads. I also finished the last book in the Bridgerton series (now I need to go back and read the first two of them). I also read a wonderful cookbook. All reviews are scheduled for next month.


Cass, Kiera; The SirenCass, Kiera; The CrownCass, Kiera; Happily Ever AfterMaas, Sarah J.; Queen of ShadowsWest, Kasie; P.S. I Like You

The Siren by Kiera Cass
The Crown by Kiera Cass
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Gah! TBRs are difficult for me….still. New to this list is the book I just received in my first OwlCrate box!


W…W…W…Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you answer three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

book review

When He Was Wicked

When He Was Wicked


Quinn, Julia; When He Was Wicked

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 29-Jun-2004
Date Finished: 28-Jul-2016
Format: paperback
Pages: 368
Series: Bridgertons (#6)
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency
ISBN: 9780060531232
Source: library
Rating:4 star
4 flames

Everything was so much simpler… when he was wicked.

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breathtaking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing. Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer—the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.

But that was then… Now Michael is the earl and Francesca is free, but still she thinks of him as nothing other than her dear friend and confidant. Michael dares not speak to her of his love… until one dangerous night, when she steps innocently into his arms, and passion proves stronger than even the most wicked of secrets…. -Goodreads


While this novel did not involve the rest of the Bridgertons, as much as the other ones I’m finished already, it was just as wonderful. Francesca, the star of this book, does not interact or depend on her family as much as the others, so the relationships in this novel were well written. Micheal was an intriguingly sensual counterpart to Frannie, I wished he’d come out of the book. As for steam level, this Bridgerton novel took it up a notch. In that regard, this is my top Bridgerton book, on other aspects, it ranks near, but not at, the top.