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The Re-Read Frenzy

So, now that Summer has rolled around and changes are hitting the Midsummer team (Jess is starting a new job and Olyvia is moving to Texas) we have both been caught up in re-reading some of our favorites. Re-reading can be something that can make you feel comfortable and as if you are hanging out with an old friend.  There is also something to be said about how re-reading can encourage children to continue to discover new novels and stories similar to those they already love.  In fact, I really think that re-reading was a huge influence on how much I adore reading today.

Although, to be fair, the first book I liked to re-read was The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss and I didn’t so much read it as I had it memorized and would randomly flip the pages to make it look like I was reading! (I was a precocious kid)

Another benefit of re-reading favorites is that you will always find something new.  I’m yet to re-read a novel and be unsurprised by a small detail I’ve never noticed or even had a specific sentence or scene jump out at me in a whole new way.  It’s so fun.

From two book nerds to you: here are some of our favorite re-reads and why we enjoy taking time out of our busy reading schedule to sit back down and remember why we loved them in the first place.

Olyvia: It helps when I’m in a reading slump, but also when I can’t choose what to read next, if I go back to my favorites I’ll usually pick something new but similar.

Olyvia’s Go-To Re-Reads

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Anything Libba Bray.

Jessica’s Go-To Re-Reads: 

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

What are some of your favorite re-reads?  What book do you always turn to in time of reading slump or indecision?

If anything, you can take this from our post: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is definitely a series you should pick up, read, and re-read.

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish.  They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers!  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books on my Spring To Be Read List

1.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

dog3.  Wild by Cheryl Strayedroom

4. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

5.  It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

6.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

7.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

8.  Room by Emma Donoghue

9.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

10.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Hopefully I will get around to reading all these because they all sound amazing!

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – To be fair, this is one I probably really should read before the movie comes out, and it actually is on my TBR list.

dear-sugar-animated-short-400x3002. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – Yeah, I’m still on the 6th book, so it might take me a little bit before I get to the final one…which is a lot of people’s favorite!

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Just an overwhelmingly popular book that people keep telling me is awesome!

4. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed – This one I already own and plan to read, as my best friend and roommate suggest that it is one of the best books she has ever read.

5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – It is just a classic that deserves to be on my Read list.

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in WILD

6. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – another Strayed book suggested to me by my roommate and best friend…and one I definitely want to read before the movie adaptation comes out.

7. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’ll be honest, I haven’t even seen the movie.  So who knows if I’ll ever get around to reading it!

8. The Shining by Stephen King – Yeah, not going to happen.  This book would scare the crap out of me!

9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – True crime and a serial killer? This is right up my alley.  Just need to buy a copy.

10. Game of Thrones books – George R. R. Martin – EVERYONE and their mother is telling me to read these.  Maybe eventually…right now I’m enjoying the show.


What are some books people keep telling you to read?

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
Am really glad I didn’t put this one down, because I ended up enjoying it immensely!

2. Harbinger by Sara Etienne Wilson
Wish I had not finished this one. I thought it would redeem itself. Nope.

3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
I actually did not finish this book way back when I was 12, but finally finished it last summer.  I’m glad I did because I’ve been reading the subsequent novels since!

4. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
I didn’t put this one down based on the fact that I love the history of insane asylums and wanted to give the story a chance to redeem itself.  However, it never reached the level that I wanted it to.

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The only reason I considered putting this one down was because I was reading a few other novels at the time, and with the world building so intense and the character list so long–it seemed to make sense. But the story was just too captivating!

I can’t think of any of the other books that I did this with!  Most of the time I’m just always happy to finish a novel.  What are some of yours?!

Christmas Gift Cards: What We Recommend

So you got a gift card this holiday season and are wonder what you should buy with it?  These are our (Jessica and Missy’s) picks on what everyone should have on their bookshelves!

19063  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    This is a must have and must read… (Especially since the movie just came out this past November) I could read this book over and over again, and since I bought the book I can read it whenever I need a good dose of reality or a good cry.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte   6185

    Not a book just to read for class anymore.  This timeless novel has a pretty amazing tragic love story between the two main characters, which includes quotes from the main characters like: “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Give it a un-educational read, I swear you won’t regret it.



3   The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

 Feeling like you need a little magic in your life?  Pick up any of the 7 books and get your fill.  After you have read the books once you can pick up any book and jump on the knight bus and  journey back to Hogwarts and leave your muggle life behind.



Splintered by A.G. Howard12558285

    And here everyone thought I would put Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland on this list. (to be honest, I’m fighting NOT putting it on here), but Howard’s reimagining of Carroll’s tale is unique, beautifully constructed, and full of colorful descriptions and images. In a word: Amazing. Plus, you can read this one just in time for the sequel, Unhinged, to arrive in stores.



5899779Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Now I know what you are thinking… really?  Zombies added to this classic book how is this better than the original?  Well for people who never really got into Jane Austen and Emily Bronte novels this is way better.  It has Zombies!  They are fighting Zombies!  It is so fun to read.  Trust me.

Jessica’s Opinion: Read the original first.  You can fall in love with Darcy organically just like Lizzie.  Plus, Pemberley is no place for zombies. *And you can be bored to tears. Missy’s interjection. I wasn’t bored at all with it!

An eReader

    I still prefer a book to an eReader but there is no denying the convenience of having 1000s of books at your fingertips.  And its pretty lightweight so storing it in your purse is a breeze.  Most eReaders also have the capability to download books from your local library for free, and who doesn’t like free books!

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