You’ve Got to Read these Middle Grade Series

Middle Grade is a genre filled with some of the most amazing, whimsical stories. Today, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite MG series.

1. The InkHeart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

This is one of my all-time favorites (I really need to re-read them soon!). If you’re fond of books and magic, you’ll love this series and totally relate to the main character, Meggie.

2. The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

Fairy tales in the modern world? This is the series for you. It’s impossible to put down and filled with laugh-out-loud humor.

3. Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

Mermaids! I grew up reading these, and I still love reading Emily’s adventures as a mermaid.

4. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

These are reminiscent of Little Women, and are some of the sweetest, happiest sister stories I’ve ever read. The most recent, The Penderwicks in Spring, was a disappointment for me, however. 

5. The 39 Clues by Various

I could rave about this series for hours. Not only is it a fun, intense tour of the world, it’s also educational. My family read this together and it was tons of fun. I highly recommend the audiobooks.

There you are! Next time you’re in the mood for a good Middle Grade adventure, consider one of these series.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Books for those of us spending quiet evenings in.

Happy Valentine’s Day! So, some of us (myself included) are single (I ain’t got time for boys, anyway, unless they’re fictional) and will not be going out tonight. Why not read a book? YA books are loaded with wonderful romances, and here’s just a few.


Yes, this is technically a Christmas story, but if you like sweet, light romances, this is a must-read. It’s short and impossible to put down- perfect for an evening in.


If you like a bit of magic and dancing with your romance, this trilogy is perfect. Each book is a quick, easy read, and they all have romantic elements. (Entwined is another good one, BTW.)


Fond of a totalitarian government with your forbidden love? You’ve got to read Matched.


If you love foreign culture, Written in the Stars is perfect. It’s a lovely story of one girl’s escape from her tyrannical parents who throw her into a marriage she doesn’t want. With echoes of Rapunzel, it’s a marvelous book.

the golden braid

Historical fiction? Melanie Dickerson’s medieval fairy-tale retellings are stunning.


If you’re a Marvel fan and you haven’t read this, you absolutely must. Romance is a small factor, yet it’s done well and this book is fast-paced and epic.

There you go! I will be re-visiting my newest OTP, Everlark, in whatever way possible this evening. So, for me, it’s Katniss-and-Peeta Day.


(Although, to be honest, it’s not really “re-visiting”. I’ve been unable to do anything without referencing those books, and I’m constantly thinking of these two.)

Anyway, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day evening!


The PMRS (Post-Mockingjay Reading Slump)

(I’ll have a video up tonight, Lord willing.)

I’m in a reading slump. But not just any reading slump. The Post-Mockingjay Reading Slump. Nothing is overly interesting right now. Sure, I flew through Written in the Stars, but it wasn’t as good as I expected. I’m blaming Mockingjay.

That book was seriously so good. So good. I can’t do anything without be reminded of The Hunger Games. Someone mentioned a girl named Joanna the other day. My mind immediately went to Johanna Mason. And it seems that I can relate anything to Everlark (which is my new OTP). 

So… Until I get out of this, reading will be slow.