My Summer TBR* List

¬†Hi there! I’m back after a week break that I was not planning on taking… Last post was 2 books you should read, this time I am going to tell you about what I am planning on reading this summer.

I tried my best to narrow down the list for this post to fifteen (at the most) books. But… I could only narrow it down to…*cough cough* Ahem, eighteen. So, please bear with me as I ramble about books.

*you will be seeing this term (TBR) a few times. It means To Be Read. ūüėÄ

 I am currently reading, Redwall by Brian Jacques. I have never read this book before. My older brother loved the series, and I have heard it mentioned several times by friends. So far, I am enjoying it.

Books I PLAN on reading this summer (well, probably over the summer AND autumn :)) are:


The Dragons Tooth by N.D. Wilson. I’ve heard great things about this book and loved one of Mr. Wilson’s other books,¬†100 Cupboards. I am planning on reading this book ASAP, because its due to the library next week.

Dandelion Fire¬†by N.D Wilson. Another Nate Wilson book. I am wondering why I have not read this one yet… I started it once and only got 6 or 7 chapters into it, but then I put it down and, I guess, just forgot about it. This is the sequel to 100 Cupboards.


On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness¬†is another book I should have read forever ago. I love Andrew Peterson’s music and many people have said this book is awesome. So, I am hoping to give this one a try soon!

Raiders from the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson. This book would be a reread. I have read it twice over a couple of years. I borrowed it both times from my cousins. We own the entire series except the first one. My mom recently purchased it because one of my sisters is supposed to read for school next year. So since we own it now and it has been awhile since I have read it, I think it is due for a reread.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Don’t laugh, please! (“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.‚ÄĚ – C.S. Lewis.) I grew up watching the cartoon, and I think my dad read this aloud to us a LONG time ago, but I have never read the book myself. I have heard it is very witty (I like witty books) and it actually sounds pretty good. I am planning on giving it a try!

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S Lewis. I have heard great things about this book for awhile now. When I saw is on one of our bookshelves a couple of weeks ago, I pulled it off and stuck on my TBR shelf. Dad saw it there one night and was like “Emma, that book is really good! You’re going to really like it!” I was like, “Ok then, I am definitely keeping that on my shelf so I can read it soon.”. Also, I heard it recommended on a podcast I trust.

Watership Down by Richard Adams. I also heard this book recommended through a podcast. I found it at a thrift store this week. and when a book is only 25 cents, you just get it! ūüėČ

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is also due for a reread. My dad read the book to me and my brother quite a few years ago. I read the book for myself (I can’t remember if I actually finished it), and have seen all the movies. I have not read it since seeing the movies (we watched each one at the theater when it came out and I have not seen them since. Those are probably due for a re-watch too.)

Persuasion by Jane Austen. (I wish my copy looked like that ;)). This is just the next Jane Austen book I would like to read. ūüôā

The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton. Another book I have heard recommended and the saw on the very top shelf in our home “library”. I haven’t read many mysteries lately, so I am excited to read this!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. Both my mom and dad, said when they heard they had to read this book for a class in high school they were like “seriously? That sounds like torture!” (You have to admit, it kinda does), but they both said they really enjoyed it. I have been wanting to read it and then I found it beside G.K. Chesterton on the top shelf (Guys! I thought I knew all the books we own, but I guess I don’t).

(allow me to fangirl over my cover for a minute) *dies* the cover of mine is just… gorgeous! There is me with it… It is SO old and I LOVE it!¬†IMG_5471

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I love any kind of story about WWII. I have read a few short stories on Corrie Ten Boom. I also own the Focus On the Family audio drama on her which I have listened to multiple times. I have been wanting to read this one for awhile now.

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. I recently heard about this one. I read a little about Brother Andrew for school last year. When I found out he wrote an auto-biography, I had to read it (though I still haven’t read it yet). He has a very interesting story. I hope to learn even more about him by reading this book.

The BFG by Roald Dahl. Another children’s book. It looks funny!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. A classic I am excited to read! I read Jane Eyre by her sister earlier this year.

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. I found this at a thrift the other day.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy. Now this book probably should have been closer to the top. I have been really wanting to read this for a while now. (also, note the author’s first name! ;P) I also found this at a thrift store the same day I found the others I mentioned.

Those are the 18 books from my summer TBR list. I hope y’all enjoyed my rather ramble-y blog post!

¬†Have you read any of these? Do you have recommendations for my TBR list? I’d love to hear you thoughts! Let me know in the comments.¬†




2 Books That Should Be On Your Summer TBR List


2 Books You Need To Read This Summer:

Guys, it is June already! Can y’all even wrap your head around that fact? Anyhow, June is practically summer, and in summer you read (Obviously. School is out and what else would you do? ;D). We all probably have our summer TBR lists that are a mile long, but don’t you need just a few more to add to that list? Here are two suggestions I would add to your TBR list this summer.

100 Cupboards:


If you have never read 100 Cupboards¬†by N.D. Wilson, I suggest you quit reading this blog post now, and go read that book. Just joking (about not reading the post… I am definitely not joking that you should read the book :D). Seriously y’all, this book is fantastic!

“Lying in bed at night, twelve-year-old Henry York¬†can’t ignore the thumping and scratching he hears on the other side of the attic wall. He scrapes off the plaster and discovers doors–ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he hears the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man¬†strolling back and forth! Henry and his¬†cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

I need to confess up front, that I did NOT want to read this book when I saw it on my “suggested reading” book list for the school year, about 2 years ago. The books on that list were for me to read at my own pace, as long as I read them by the time we were done with that school year. I read all the books until I got to this one…

I put off reading “100 Cupboards” until the very last possible minute. When I finally started reading the book, I hated it (I think I just had in my head I didn’t like it). I made myself push forward. It took days, but once I was half way through I couldn’t bear to put it down! I remember lying in bed at, like, 12:00am, thinking “I HAVE to put this thing down or I will have nightmares”. Well, I couldn’t put it down. It was the scariest (in a good way) and most exciting book I had ever read (at the moment anyway. I tend to think that about every book I read that is exciting :P) and I just HAD to know what came next. I can’t remember what time I finished, but I DID finish that night.

Here is my short summary/review of this book:

Henry York, who is staying with his aunt and uncle, discovers that there is an entire wall of cupboards in his attic bedroom. He and his cousin, Henrietta, go on an adventure to discover what each of the cupboards hold. They don’t realize the danger that is hidden behind each one.

Henry and Henrietta face a witch, a wizard, and a… raggant? (I really want a pet raggant now… *sighs* they sound so adorable). They also befriend a young boy from a different world. Through all the hardship, they learn the power of friendship and redemption.

This book will not disappoint. Once you finish the book, you won’t want to leave Henry, Texas, believe me. (But, don’t blame me if you end up begging your mom to buy you the next book in the series. :D)

My rating is 4.5 stars.

Genres: Children’s Lit and Fantasy

Suggested age rage according to amazon: 8 to 12 years old. *Personally I don’t think my almost 8 year old sister or even my 10 year old sister could handle it… I am over that age range and I really enjoyed it.

On to the next book.


The Giver:


“Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no¬†choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community.

When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to¬†receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasures of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to¬†receive the truth. There is no turning back.” ¬†

My thoughts:

‘The Giver” by Lois Lowry is one of my all-time favorite books. This thought-provoking story will stay with you and make you think different about the world we live in today.

The people in this story do not see things the same way we do. They do not know what color, joy, sadness, war, or even love is. The Giver is the only one who holds, and knows, what the true joys and pains of life are.

The people know somewhere deep down that they are missing something in life. The people think the best thing for them is to know almost nothing. Over the years they lose the memories of joys and sorrows. They all end up with The Giver.

There is only one Giver. The current Giver in the story is growing old and needs someone to transfer all his memories to and to take his place once he dies. A boy named Jonas is chosen for this task.

*minor spoiler*: there is a major cliff hanger at the end *huge spoiler* and it never resolves, even in the other books in the trilogy. *end of spoilers*.

I am not going to say any more about the story because I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING¬†forget about the former paragraph^.¬†You just need to read “The Giver” for yourself to know the rest of the story.

My rating is 5 stars.

Genre(s): YA Fiction, Utopian and Dystopian fiction and Sci-Fi (I wouldn’t have thought Sci-fi but that is what the internet said)

Suggested age range: YA


Do you think you will try one of those? Have you read any of them? What are some books you want to read this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading,

Emma Grace Hornsby

P.S.¬†I have decided to try and post every Friday unless I forget and then don’t ūüėõ. Hopefully and I can keep that goal *crosses fingers*.


Hi. I’m Emma. Welcome to Real And Official Matters. I am so happy you found my humble little blog¬†in this vast world of blogging! To learn a little more about me, click here.

I suppose I should tell y’all about this blog. About the name, and what I am planning on blogging about.

First off, the name, Real and Official Matters. I got the idea for the name in the third book of one of the best series of books “The Mysterious Benedict Society”. It was one of the chapter titles. From what I remember of the chapter, the society was not quite off on their adventure. Also, there was a lot of Miss Constance Contraire, she makes any chapter better!

I am planning on blogging about life, crafts (DIY projects), books and maybe even and a little writing. I still haven’t decided for sure, but for now, thats the plan!

I will plan to post once a week, sometimes more. I will figure out a day that works best for me to post and go from there. Though, please don’t kill me if I miss a week (or two :P), sometimes this thing called Life happens, and well, we kinda forget about blogging!

Before I go, I just wanted to thank a good friend of mine, Zane Jones. She helped me set this blog up, and without her I would have been lost! Thanks, Zane!

~Emma Grace~