Fall For Books Tag

As my favorite season comes to an end, I figured it was the perfect time to do the Fall For Books Tag.  I was tagged by the lovely Abbey at Three Cats and a Girl!  I loved these questions and had so much fun answering them! Here we go!

One of the first books you fell in love with:


A book you knew you were going to love from the first page:


A book you didn’t think you’d love as much as you do:


The character who will always have a place in your heart:

Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Character you love on the page, but would never want to meet in real life:

Bellatrix Lestrange and Cersei Lannister

Literary couple you will ship until the day you die:

Ron and Hermione.  Sookie and Eric.

An author whose writing style you fell in love with:

Kate Morton, Kristin Hannah, Meg Cabot, Ken Follett

A book recommended to you by a friend/family member that you quickly fell for too:


Thanks Dad.

Piece of book-related merchandise that you had to own:

I have too much Harry Potter stuff.  Mugs, sweatshirts, jewelry, decorations… the list goes on.

I Tag:

Darque Dreamer Reads, 24hryabookblog, and Step Into A Book World

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

It’s Top Ten Tuesday folks! As the winter holidays are approaching, I am getting excited for snuggling up with a great book, some hot chocolate, and the light of my Christmas tree! This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR!  I am currently *attempting* a book buying ban, so one of my goals for this winter is to make a dent in my physical to be read pile!

38447The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: This is a book that has been on my TBR pile for a while.  After all the buzz about the Hulu series, I really want to read it now so I can watch.  I’m reading this one next.



12381269Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris: I have expressed my love for the Sookie Stackhouse series several times on here, and I am getting so sad that I only have a couple books left.




865The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Another book I have been waiting to tackle FOREVER, I feel like winter is the perfect time for the book that everyone says is life changing.




45032Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: I am a reluctant Austen fan.  I didn’t love Pride and Prejudice, but I did love Sense and Sensibility.  I have to get going on my classics challenge, and I am excited to see how Mansfield Park holds up to the rest.



16034235Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: This one was on my fall TBR too, and I didn’t quite get to it.  I have had a bunch of series going, so I’ve been putting off starting a new one until I can get some of those finished.  I’m really looking forward to this one though.



36118876Fracture by Nina Walker: I fell in love with the world of Prism, which I was given in return for an honest review, and now I am hooked and can’t wait to find out what happens next!



18114292The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway: I randomly purchased this book on Thriftbooks a while ago, and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.  It sounds like it is right up my alley, and after going to London, I am itching for a London story to bring it back.



23174274Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I need to get going on this series.  I didn’t LOVE the first one, but I definitely want to see where it goes.  I borrowed the next two books from a friend, so now that I have them in my possession, I’m finally going to get it done.



39933How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster: I miss learning.  I always loved English class and analyzing literature, and now that I am doing the Classics Club, I feel like this book will enhance that experience for me.



25740412The Black Witch by Laurie Forest: Another book from my Fall TBR that I didn’t get around to.  I also didn’t get enough witches in my fall days, and I need my magic fix.


Broadway Book Chat

Broadway Book Chat: Melissa Weyn

Broadway Book Chat

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!


Melissa Weyn

Currently touring the U.S. with The Sound of Music


instagram: @melweyn

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Rupi Kaur’s new book, The Sun and Her Flowers.  She is one of my favorite poets, along with Nayyirah Waheed.

What is your favorite book series?

My favorite book series is Harry Potter…. I mean, duh.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author…. That’s tough.  I would have to say Lois Lowry.  She was the first author who made me want to read more when I was younger.

What book inspires you and why?

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells is one of my all time favorites.  Her candidness about her upbringing is captivating.  It motivates me to carve through life’s turbulence, no matter the circumstance, and strive to be a better human.  It also inspires me to take a true look at my life and humbles me.  We take so much for granted sometimes– I am overflowing with things to be thankful for.

Which literary character would you like to play?

I would love to play Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in a play or musical adaptation of some sort.  I have loved that book since I was little, and I just relate to her fire.  Her spirit is so well depicted and just glorious.

What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?

I would love to see The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah be turned into a movie.  That book wrecked me in the best way.  It’s about two sisters in France in World War II, and the roles they play as women in the war.  Hannah’s writing is like a painting and I think it would be a beautiful movie.

Where is your favorite place you have visited on tour?

Vancouver is FOR SURE my fave so far.

What is the next book on your reading list?

I honestly think I am going to re-read the Harry Potter series.  Being on tour, I feel like it’s the perfect bus read!  I also want to read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I’ve had multiple people tell me it’s a MUST.

Catch Melissa and the rest of the cast of The Sound of Music on tour around the US!


I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to my beautiful and loving friend Melissa for sharing with us!  She’s the real deal y’all. ❤

Book Reviews

Prism by Nina Walker Review

35999390Goodreads Summary: What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?

Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

PRISM is the first installment of a unique young adult romantic fantasy series where a dystopian world with a Victorian flair meets the dynamic magic of color!

*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review!*

My Thoughts: I loved this book. I am surprised by how much I loved this book.  When I first read the summary, I was interested, but I had no idea what was actually in store.  I am enamored with the concept of color alchemy and the world of Prism.  Walker did a fantastic job of explaining the power and how it works, as well as showing us the futuristic world of New Colony.  I ate up every tidbit of information, that was well dispersed throughout the book, giving us just the right amount to keep us knowledgeable, yet guessing at what was to come.  I loved her reasoning for how this dystopia came to be, and I can’t wait to find out more about the world outside of New Colony.  The main character, Jessa, was so refreshing in a YA dystopian-fantasy.  She wasn’t whiny, had a healthy self-esteem, and a passion for ballet and family.  It was also nice to see a dystopian society from a middle-class perspective, as dystopian heroes tend to be from the lowest class, and we don’t often get to see that side of the world.  The perspective switches between Jessa and Prince Lucas were very effective.  Lucas was a likable narrator, and I really enjoyed his story line and the way it weaved with Jessa’s.  I appreciated the build in their relationship, and though there was a strong immediate attraction, it didn’t feel like insta-love.  There were a bunch of dynamic supporting characters, and all of them were integral to the action.  No one felt unnecessary.  The plot was thoroughly engaging, and it was very easy to read.  Despite a few overly-used, repetitive phrases, I really liked Walker’s writing, and recognized the distinct voices of each narrator while still remaining a cohesive style.  The plot twists were great, and for the first time in a while, I actually didn’t see some of them coming.  I am so happy that I was given the chance to read this fantastic story, and my hopes are high for the next book!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I am Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving week America!  I have so many things to be thankful for in my life, and my passion for reading is one of them!  Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday theme this week, I get to share the Top Ten Books I am Thankful For.

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: I can’t throw enough love to this series.  It completely shaped my childhood, and to this day is still my best soul medicine whenever I need to recharge or feel better.  I have read the entire series 7 times, and will continue to reread it for the rest of my life.  When someone asks my favorite book, I can’t even say Harry Potter because it is in a category all its own.  Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home. 3
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I read this book when I was on tour and it inspired me so much.  Gilbert’s writing is insightful, spiritual, and moving, while still being laugh out loud funny and 100% relatable.  It made me feel whole.  The movie does not do the book justice.19501
  3. You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero: THIS. BOOK.  I’m not gonna lie, I drunkenly ordered this off Amazon when I was having a rough day, and thank god I did, because it changed my life.  I mean it.  It said everything I already knew, but in a way that made it more accessible.  It made everything click for me and I often find myself re-reading chapters when I feel like I need a pick me up.  Do yourself a favor and read it.15843166
  4. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: This is the first book I give to anyone who asks for a recommendation.  I think I can safely say it is my favorite book, and I am thankful that my Dad gave it to me to read.5043
  5. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This book rekindled my love of Fantasy in a big way.  I fell in love with this world and its characters, and am DYING for the third book.  But Mr. Rothfuss is making us wait, and I’m sure it will be worth it.186074
  6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: I am thankful for this book because it really opened my mind in terms of reading and enjoying classic literature.  It inspired me to join The Classic Club, which although I have made little headway on, am still excited about doing! Feel free to join me and share your lists!14935
  7. Strange Medicine by Mike Russell: Strange Medicine was the first book I was asked to review on my blog.  I am so thankful for it and the StrangeBooks team for giving me the chance, and opening doors for Reading in the Wings.STRANGEMEDICINE
  8. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot: Without this book, I would not know the meaning of a Book Hangover.  I was probably 11 when I read this book, and it is the first memory I have of a book hangover.  I remember trying to describe the feeling to my mom and struggling to find the words.  Thanks Meg Cabot for opening my heart to that feeling and for all of the book hangovers you have given me throughout the years.19448
  9. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah: My best friend moved away freshman year of high school, and it was ROUGH.  This book was one of the things that helped us stay close from across the country.1472878
  10. Noises Off by Michael Frayn: This was the first straight play I ever had the pleasure of doing, and it really helped me grow as an actor and performer.  I cannot be more thankful for the friends I made because of this play, the experience I got from doing it, and all of the stomach-aching laughs.160194
Book Reviews

Remember For Me by Diana Tarant Schmidt Review

30461830Goodreads Summary: Clara Eros thought her life was ending with Alzheimer’s. She was mistaken. A war between good and evil has raged for as long as humanity has existed, and the balance of power between its forces has always remained equal. But that longstanding balance has begun to shift, and the survival of mankind may be at risk. What is the source of this duality, and how do the proponents of light and darkness use humans to further their cause? When Clara Eros awakens with no memory, her questions are fundamental: who is she; and why is she here? The answer she receives is predetermined and singular: she has been recruited to fight a battle against the reign of darkness. But is Clara just a pawn in a much larger game? Once her transformation is complete, Clara finds herself, in body and mind, as a younger, stronger version of the person she can no longer remember, and now she must search for the common thread hidden within malevolence and turn the tide in a war where humanity is succumbing to chaos and brutality. Will she be strong enough to bring humanity back into the light?

*I was given my copy of this book by the author in turn for an honest review! Thanks Diana Tarant Schmidt!*

My Thoughts: What an interesting book.  When Diana Tarant Schmidt contacted me about reading and reviewing her book, Remember For Me, I was caught immediately by its premise, and how her idea came to be.  Having seen first hand the pain that dementia and Alzheimers causes, I was very intrigued by her fictionalized account of this disease, as well as the trouble we find our world in today.  With gorgeous prose that is carried throughout the book, the story jumps right in, with little given information, and I’ll admit I was a little confused at first.  The concept of the Go’ El and Poneros, as the forces of good and evil in the world, is amazing and complex.  I was completely on board with the idea, once I started to figure out how it all worked.  I thought the examples she chose to show, as the workings of either group, were very effective, but I would have liked more concrete detail about how these groups operate. While the characters and story line are engaging, I found that the plot took a back seat to the philosophical questions and ideas that this book brings to the surface.  Each event was a little rushed through, and many seemed to not have definitive endings, but you still got something out of each moment.  There were some entertaining scenes and surprises, but as a whole the plot was a little underwhelming and abstract.  And yet, I didn’t totally mind, because I got so much more out of this story.  I felt like I could relate to every character in some way, and all of their emotions were vibrant and real.  As someone who has always struggled to understand people’s blind faith in religion, I appreciated, and was pleasantly surprised, at how open minded and inclusive this story was, while getting across a peaceful and generally faithful message.  I kept thinking how relevant this book is right now, (wars, terrorism, shootings, domestic abuse, etc.) and I loved this concept as an explanation for both the world’s beauty and its destruction.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Can’t Wait to Read With My Future Children

Happy Tuesday friends! I just got back from a magical trip to London, and it feels good to jump back into blogging with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish!  I cannot wait to read to my kids someday, and I have a running list of all the books I want to share with them.  Here are ten books that are at the top of my list!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling



2. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This was one of the first series my mom ever read to me, and I was so enamored with Laura’s story and her family’s life on the prairie.


3. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

I still have my stuffed rabbit from when I was a baby, so I obviously loved this story as a kid.  To this day I still think Bun Bun is real now.


4. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

I LOVE this book.  I would read it and re-read it for hours.  I think I still have some of the poems memorized… My favorite was Peanut–Butter Sandwich.


5. The Sammy Keyes Series by Wendelin Van Draanen

We read the first book in class in 5th grade, and I fell in love and read all of them.  I loved a good mystery.


6. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin

I remember being SO excited when I finished this book, and kept trying to find someone to share it with.


7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I didn’t read this until fairly recently, and I wish I had read it as a kid.


8. Matilda by Roald Dahl

I love all of Roald Dahl’s books, but I think Matilda is my favorite.  I started reading it to the kids I nannied and we had so much fun with it.  Still a classic.


9. Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes is one of the first books I remember being blindsided by.  I was so shocked and entertained by the ending, and I can’t wait to see how my future kids react.


10. The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew made me love mysteries and reading.  I wanted to read all of them, and now I want to collect the entire series so I have them to share with my kids.



Monthly Wrap-Ups

October 2017 Wrap-Up

I can’t believe October is already over! I was all over the place, visiting family and friends and watching my sister STAR as Elle Woods in her high school musical, so my blogging and reading was a little slow this month.  I am getting ready to leave for LONDON with my best friend tonight, and most likely won’t be blogging much for the next two weeks either!  All this traveling has thrown my blog “schedule” (HA HA) off a bit, but I am so excited and will for sure have some exciting things to share when I get back!

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

Broadway Book Chat: Conor McGiffin from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder


October Reviews:

Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous

October Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Book Boyfriends

Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Me The Fall Feels

Halloween Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Literary Characters I Would Dress As for Halloween