Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books Every _____ Should Read!

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

Ten Books Every ____ Should Read… We are each picking a different topic for this one so we hope that you find something new that you can enjoy as much as we have!

Erin’s Picks: 4 Books About Kick-Ass Girls You Should Read

(I mean, girls that can and will literally kick your ass.)

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I name this series nearly every time I’m asked for recommendations, and this time is no different. Filled with murder, magic, and intrigue; led by snarky assassin Celaena Sardothien, Throne of Glass is definitely one book you do not want to miss.

2. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Like Throne of Glass, I love this series to bits, and recommend it often. About assassin nuns dedicated to the god of Death, this first book follows Ismae as she is sent undercover to find and kill a traitor in the midst of the Duchess of Brittany’s court.

3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

A fun read about Harper Price, who becomes a Paladin, or guardian, and is tasked with protecting the loathsome David and saving the world.

4. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Aileana is a trained faery-killer and intent on avenging her mother’s death—but the fae have other plans. This is a most excellent novel that I couldn’t put down.

Amanda’s Picks: 5 Books Every Magic-lover Should Read

1. Libromancer by Jim C Hines

Not only is this about magic, it’s about book magic!  Reach in a book, pull out a piece of it! What could be cooler than that?! These are absolutely engaging and fun reads.

2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I love the idea of the Witcheries in this book and actually discussed the background of them at length with Susan because I enjoyed the idea so much. If you haven’t already read this book, shame on you. Go read it. It’s amazing.

3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

I tell everyone to read these books, because everyone should. The entire world that has been created for these books is just drenched in magic and excitement! Not to mention the characters are some of my favorite book characters.

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is another one of those books that will stay with you long after you finish it. The visuals and creative use of magic are just stunning and I love the idea of such a mysterious circus.

5. Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan

I read this series a long time ago, but it is one of those stories that has stayed with me this whole time. This isn’t so much geared towards the fantastical magic but is based around witchcraft and Wicca which, at the time, was not an easy topic to find books in.

Bonus: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I can’t bring up the topic of magic without steering people in the direction of my absolutely all-time-favorite books!

Do you have any books that you think also fit in these categories? We’d love to hear about them!



Thursday Tea Break: Issue 8

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Thursday Tea Break!

This is a fun, weekly series covering our get-togethers, what we are up to that week, and what books we are excited to get our hands on.

Tea of the Week

This week we tried Irish Breakfast from Octavia Tea Company.

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Irish Breakfast is a black tea with a bold flavor and gorgeous dark red color as it steeps. It has a smooth body and is a great wake up tea, hence the ‘Breakfast’. Continue reading

Review: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

81+IUDBA2jLTitle: Secondhand Spirits
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery #1
Author: Juliet Blackwell
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback
Pages: 313
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound

Summary: Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco….

Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora’s Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.

But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it’s not easy—especially under the spells of sexy “mythbuster” Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily’s witchy ways be forced out of the closet? (Summary taken from Goodreads)

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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

81iFWnYVpTLTitle: The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Paranormal/ Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 409
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 sugar cubes
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. Continue reading

Thursday Tea Break: Issue 6

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Thursday Tea Break!

This is a fun, weekly series covering our get-togethers, what we are up to that week, and what books we are excited to get our hands on.

Tea of The Week

Our tea of choice this week is French Breakfast from Octavia Tea.

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This tea has been one of our favorites since we started ordering tea from Octavia. It is a bold twist on a breakfast tea, like Earl Grey. Flavored with vanilla beans, this tea carries caramel notes and a creamy sweetness that requires no additional sugar in our opinion. As you can see in the image, there are also small dried rose petals in it to round out the flavor and add a pop of color to this delicious tea. Continue reading