Top 5 Wednesday | Top 5 Favorite Children’s and Middle Grade Reads

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is currently hosted by Samantha (Thoughts on Tomes). For more information, check out the group on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is…

Top 5 Favorite Children’s and Middle Grade Reads


This post felt like a walk through memory lane for me! There are so many books and series I wanted to include in this list that I just didn’t have rooms for. I do find it funny that Samantha (the current host of T5W) pleaded with everyone to stray from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (assuming that literally everyone was going to include those in their list this week) – well … I have literally never read a single HP or PJ book in my life … oops!

But here are some of my all time FAVORITE children’s and middle grade books and series that I HAVE read.

– Listed in random order –

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Top 10 Tuesday | Top 10 Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is…

Top 10 Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t


My TBR is a mess … like it is literally trying to kill me! So many books to read so little time and books I intend to read get swallowed up in the mess! I have approximately 1229057 book series I intend to read eventually …. so …. I’m just going to choose a few of the ones that have been bouncing around closer to the top of my tbr lately … and totally at random.

Here are some of the series that I have been meaning to start but have been lost to the ever growing TBR for far too long…


Poison Study by Maria V SnyderStudy series by Maria V Snyder

I have been meaning to start this series for so so so long, but every time my library hold has been available, I was not in a position to read it. Luckily my bookish bestie just loaned me her copy and I am excited to jump into this one finally!

Books in series: technically 3 but there is a second series tie in with an additional 3 books. There are also 3 novellas for the series.

Poison Study (Goodreads synopsis):

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…” 

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Book Review | The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan StroudThe Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud

4.5/5 stars

Ok so … I LOVED it
Also, my inner child has a new book boyfriend

The Story

Perhaps better titled “The world”, because I am going to avoid telling you anything about the actual story. Some things are better left to your own discovery and I feel like this book is one of those instances.

Lucy can hear things … not the things you and I can hear (for we – at least most of us – are much too old). No. Lucy Carlyle can hear paranormal activity. Ghosts and apparitions and the things that go bump in the night.

It has been over 50 years since the beginning of “the problem”, that is, the arrival of a devastating ghost epidemic that is terrorizing the city of London. Dangerous things lurk in the night, and the ones who can stop these hauntings … the agents … or Psychic Investigation Agencies. Typically, such agencies are managed by adults (though adults lack the gifts needed to fight “the problem”) while the agents consist of talented children with certain abilities. However, Lockwood & Co. is different in every way. Lockwood & Co. is owned and operated solely by children and is the smallest – and perhaps not what one might call the most prestigious – agency in London … and the talented Lucy Carlyle is about to find herself a member of this crew of three.

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