Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we are given a new topic prompt to inspire our bookish lists. Today’s topic focuses on favorite picture books. This was actually a pretty hard list to put together because I LOVE picture books. I find them absolutely charming, and beautiful. I choose a variety of books that I not only love the story but especially love the illustrations. Some are from my childhood, while others are books I recently discovered and will one day be adding to my own child’s library.

 

Beauty and the Beast

Ursula Jones (Author), Sarah Gibb (Illustrator)

This is my all time FAVORITE fairy tale and this book is stunning from the gilded leaves on the dust jacket to the vivid and intricate illustrations. Absolutely LOVE this book.

 

The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit

Emma Thompson(Author), Eleanor Taylor(Illustrator)

I have always loved the Beatrix Potter books with the adorable little bunnies. This is a revamped version based on the original Beatrix Potter books. The illustrations are so cute!

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak (Author)

I remember being really young, and sort of finding this book a bit scary and “ugly” but when I realized the monsters weren’t mean but friendly I feel in love with this story and with Max.

 

Little Elliot

Mike Curato (Author, Illustrator)

This is one of the most adorable new picture book series I have come across. How can you not love a little polka dotted elephant that loves cupcakes and exploring?

 

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess

Janet Hill (Author)

This book is quite the stunner, with the lush illustrations and the life-like doggies. I absolutely loved looking at all the beautiful details on every page.

 

The Whisper

Pamela Zagarenski (Author)

This book is so sweet and all about the joy of reading. Plus there is a fox on the cover so how could I pass it up?

 

Adventures with Barefoot Critters

Teagan White (Author)

Teagan White has become my FAVORITE illustrator. I love her adorable little critters, the colors she uses and all the adventures her creations go on.

 

Bunny Roo, I Love You

Melissa Marr (Author), Teagan White (Illustrator)

This is one of the cutest books I have ever set eyes on. Everything from the illustrations, colors, and story captured my heart.

 

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Author), Richard Howard (Translator)

Another childhood favorite, that completely enthralled me with its simple charm and lyrical story.

 

Wolfie The Bunny

Ame Dyckman (Author), Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)

A funny and cute story about a wolf that gets raised by a family of bunnies, and how their daughter Dot thinks he will eat them all up. A great book for teaching children that families come in all shapes, and sizes. Also a great teaching tool for helping young children deal with new siblings, sibling rivalry, and unconditional love. Plus…look at that hilarious little wolf dressed like a bunny on the cover!

 

What are some of your favorite picture books? Do you still enjoy picture books even as an adult? Please share with me your thoughts in the comments below, and also your links if you participate in TTT. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten 2016 Books I Totally Meant to Read…But Haven’t…Yet.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we are given a new topic prompt to inspire our bookish lists. Today I am sharing with you ten 2016 books I totally meant to read, but just haven’t gotten to…yet. I know…SHAME!!!

However, they are sitting on the very top of my TBR (to be read) pile and I am determined to get to them throughout this year. 

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West 

This fairy tale retelling/fantasy sounds perfect. I added this to my “to be read” list the minute I found out about it. For some reason, I have not been able to crack it open yet. I was trying really hard to read more contemporary books this year, so that might have something to do with it. However, this might have to be the first fantasy I read this year off my TBR pile.


Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter 

This is another fantasy/retelling that everyone has been talking about, and I know I need to read because it is based on Russian folklore/fairy tale. Recently I received the finished copy from a book trade, so it shall be read soonish.



Furthermore
by Tahereh Mafi

I just received the finished copy of this book as a Christmas gift from my friend Nicole, and I NEED to read it. The cover is beautiful, it is a fantasy and there is a fox…need I say more?


The Starlit Wood (New Fairy Tales)

This new anthology of cross-genre fairy tales sounds amazing and is a book I only recently found out about. Now I am obsessed with it, and will be purchasing it / reading it the minute I have it in my hands once it arrives in the mail.


The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

This one is pretty embarrassing, because I have owned it for almost a year now. I even met the author and had the book signed. I love magical realism mixed with fantasy. There really should be no reason as to why this is still unread. Seriously, I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet and I am going to hide in my box of shame now…


Something In Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Another book countless friends suggest I should read. Hearing the author speak at a panel this past Fall, I am now also convinced I should give it a try.


A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

This book has both fantasy and historical fiction mixes together. It is right up my alley and I am still baffled as to why I haven’t read it yet. I need more reading time…or maybe a TimeTurner…


The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Everyone raves about this book and after chatting with a few friends about how much they love it. I realized I should have read it a long time ago upon chatting with them. Better late than never I suppose…


The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to this one yet, especially because it has all the elements I love in a historical fiction. Plus the author is a local gal! Must get to this one asap!


The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Another fantasy book that I did not get to this year (this might have something to do with the fact I was trying to read outside my usual favorite genre).

I would love to know what are some of the books released in 2016 you did not get to. Are you planning on reading them in 2017? Share with me in the comments below and leave me your link if you participate in TTT so I can visit your blog too.

 

Top Ten Harry Potter Inspired Gifts I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

It is that most wonderful time of the year again. Soon Santa will be placing gifts under sparkly Christmas trees or into festive stockings. Which is why on today’s Pottermas post Elizabeth, Nicole and I will be sharing our top ten Harry Potter themed gifts we wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under our trees. It’s a Top Ten Tuesday for The Broke and The Bookish and Pottermas all in one neat little package.

 

1- The Illustrated Harry Potter Series Books

 

2- Harry Potter Pops (Dementor, Sirius, Hogwarts Uniform: Harry, Ron, Hermione)

 

3- Bellatrix necklace

 

4- Slytherin Ribbon Bookmark

 

5- Hogwarts Print in the style of  Van Gogh Starry Night Style

 

6- When In Doubt go to the Library Quote print

 

7- My Very Own Hogwarts Trunk

 

8- Mandrake Amigurumi toy

9- Bellatrix Lestrange’s Dagger

 

10- Bellatrix Lestrange’s wand

 

 

I am assuming that by now, you can see I have quite the obsession with Bellatrix, which I know seems odd. However, I have really grown to love villains and find them very interesting as characters. What are some of the Harry Potter gifts you would like to receive this holiday season? Make sure to check out Elizabeth’s and Nicole’s posts too. Remember, you can follow along all month long by using the hashtag #Pottermas16. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I am Looking Forward to Reading in the First Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we are given a new topic prompt to inspire our bookish lists. Today I am sharing with you the top ten books I am looking forward to reading in the first half of the year.

 

Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman

Publication Date: Feb 7, 2017

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.”


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Publication Date: Jan 17, 2017

A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.”

 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Publication Date: March 14th, 2017

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.”

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.”

 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 

Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?”

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Publication Date: March 28th,  2017

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men

a mysterious city stripped of its name

a mythic hero with blood on his hands

a young librarian with a singular dream

a girl every bit as perilous as she

is imperiled

alchemy and blood candy, nightmares

and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.”

 

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Publication Date: April 11th, 2017

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.”

 

Given to the Sea by Mindy Mcginnis

Publication Date: April 11th, 2017

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.”

 

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017

 

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.”

 

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Publication Date: March 28th, 2017

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.”

 

What are some of the books you are excited to read in the first half of 2017? Do we share any of the same books? Share with me your answers in the comments below and remember to add the link to your list too.

 

Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC: The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

The Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC is a feature dedicated to sharing our ARCS and our love of reading. Hosted and created by Elizabeth at BookYabber, Nicole at Nicole’s Novel Reads and myself here at The Plot Bunny. If you missed our intro post about this feature you can view it here.

Nicole and I will be both reviewing and discussing The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett (Elizabeth is skipping this round, but she will be back soon). Ever since we met Kim Liggett at BEA while she was promoting her debut novel Blood and Salt we have come to love her stories.

Kim is the mistress of taking the mundane and turning it into something completely terrifying. Because of this, we were thrilled when we found out a new book was coming out. Luckily Nicole was able to get a copy of the ARC for The Last Harvest and shared it with me.

 

THE LAST HARVEST

By: Kim Liggett

Publication Date:

Jan 10th, 2017

Publisher: Tor Teen

My Rating: 5 STARS

AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

My Review:

The Last Harvest is an intense ride. Kim Liggett does not hold back, and within the first few pages, she already brings on the creep fest. The story centers around Clay Tate and his family. Clay is tormented by the memory of his father’s bloody and disturbing death. His last words to Clay were “ I plead the blood”.

 

The Tate family have lived in the small town of Midland Oklahoma for generations. They are part of the original six families of settlers. When his father passed, Clay had to give up on his dreams. Taking care of his mother and sisters came first before football glory or the girl he loves. However, those problems are just the beginning of what Clay is dealing with.

 

Nightly Clay has troubling dreams. Sometimes they happen even during the middle of the day. He feels as if he is going crazy.  Clay can’t shake the feeling this has something to do with his father death and The Preservation Society. Now Clay must find someone he can trust in order to figure out what is really happening in his town, and why his father kept repeating the words “ I plead the blood”.

 

The Last Harvest kept me on the edge of my seat. Almost every chapter has something strange, weird, or disturbing happening in it. As the reader, you never quite know what to expect. Kim sucks you into her story and you can’t stop until the end. Her attention to detail and descriptions of the farmland make you feel like you are there right next to Clay as he agonizes over what to do.

 

I really love Clay’s character. He loves and cares for his family with such tenderness. He gives up on all his hopes and dreams in order to keep the family farm afloat. As his mother’s mental health deteriorates he is the only one who can properly care for his little sister Noodle the way she deserves. Clay other sister Jess is a handful, but like Clay, she is dealing with the grief of her father’s passing in her own way. Noodle (or Natalie Tate) is adorable and I really like how eccentric and odd she is for a little girl.

 

The Last Harvest is another chilling and terrifying masterpiece and Kim Liggett should be proud. Just like her debut book Blood and Salt, this one is going to haunt me for a long time to come. From occult blood rituals, creepy dolls, animal mutilation, religious undertones, strange secret town societies and exorcism this book has it all. You will keep turning the pages and when you think you have all the answers Kim will twist everything upside down and completely blow you away, especially at the very end. I loved every heart pounding, creepy second of it. Now I just don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep anytime soon.