Top 10 Books of 2017

I read some books in 2017. I also read milk cartons, laxative labels, and bus stop signs but apparently the world does not consider those significant enough to track and then use to brag to your friends about.  What a shame.

In all honesty, 2017 wasn’t a great reading year for me.  I read 65 books in total, and of those 65 I would willingly burn at least 20 to keep warm if the end of the world were to occur.

I was just about to mention some that I did like and would not burn in a fire, but then I realized that the whole point of this article is to list the 10 books that I would not throw to a fiery death. Duh.

These are in no particular order although my luck number is 5, and therefore my number 5 pick is automatically blessed by the Gods.

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
  3.  Room by Emma Donoghue.
  4.  Origin by Dan Brown.
  5.  Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.
  6. Geekerella by Ashley Poston.
  7. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg.
  8. Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery.
  9. Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel.
  10. The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex.






P.S. Happy New year!




Oh oops…Hi.

Well. I have a habit that has yet to be clinically diagnosed, but involves me impulsively and compulsively creating new Blogs, Instagram pages, Youtube channels, Imaginary Bridges, and Websites that I will inventively forget about in less than 72 hours.

It’s a sickness.

Many an idea has died only to be resurrected when I feel the need to receive validation from strangers via a witty blog post.  So here I am.

I have a few new blog posts coming your way for at least a little while until I forget about you again. Just know that you will always be in my heart.


A lot of great things have happened since I have been gone! I graduated from
grad school in May, accepted a reference librarian position in July and moved to a new city about 5 hours away from my home in Chicago!




Book Review: The Story of Diva and Flea

The Story of Diva and Flea written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi.

My rating: 5/5


I was preparing for a job interview where I was asked to perform three book talk for 2nd-4th graders.  While I was looking for books, I stumbled upon The Story of Diva and Flea. I am a big fan of Mo Willems’ picture books, and I had no idea that he had written a chapter book!!  Omg the librarian gods were weeping because lord knows if I had known I would have picked up this book ages ago!! Either way, we have been brought together, and are living our happily ever after.



This book tells the story of stray street-smart cat named Flea, and a small anxious dog named Diva. They strike up an unlikely friendship, and together they take on the streets of Paris. Yep…Paris. That city…with the lights and the big metal thing.. . You may have heard of it.  The fact that it was set in Paris was definitely one of my favorite parts as an adult reader. I am not so sure that kids will appreciate it as much, but I do think they will love the illustrations of the city!

We can’t talk about this book without referencing the beautiful illustrations.  Illustrations are used throughout the book, and they establish a clear aesthetic that correlates with the story (yes, I just used the word aesthetic to describe a book…what has the world come to).



A lot of moments in the book are really funny (with a nice splash of heartwarming) and I think kids will get a kick out of certain scenes.   One of my favorites is in Chapter 5 where Diva and Flea are having a conversation that leaves both of them confused.  Thanks to her anxiety, Diva is unsure of how to handle the awkward silence:

“Diva thought of yelling “FEET!” and running away, but there were no feet anywhere to be seen. So, Diva just stood there.”

Kids will also love the use of the french word flâneur (which means to stroll) , and how it’s often used as a verb.

“Do you see me? I’m flaneur-ing”.  (I might just have to start using this one myself…).



Now the real question is….was there anything that I didn’t like about this book? Well…I just really really wish it was a series! I want more Diva and Flea adventures! But for now, as a stand alone this book is incredible. It’s a great introduction into chapter books for beginning readers, and children who love stories of friendship and especially animal friendships will love this book.  It’s a simple story, and yet the way it is written and illustrated gives it that umph that will draw you in (and REALLY make you want to read more.. PLEASE…Mo, I’m talking to you!)





I am so excited to start this book blog! I have wanted to run a book blog for the longest time, and I decided to finally take the plunge. My name is Erica Esther, and I am 26 years old. I am from Chicago, but I currently live in Champaign, IL. I am a graduate student in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois! I am graduating in May!!! Woooo.


I plan to become a children’s librarian when I graduate. I absolutely love children’s books, but I read from all genres!  Some of my other favorite genres are nonfiction, YA, and contemporary fiction.

One of my other passions is travel. My favorite city that is Paris.  Although I will mostly be talking about books on this blog I may include the random travel tidbit as well (and let’s be honest…my travels almost always include visiting the local library or the local bookshop!).

I have been a content creator on YouTube for several years. My YouTube channel, Esther Enchanted, is mainly focused on fashion and lifestyle. Recently, however, I started a booktube channel! My booktube channel is called Esther Enchanted Reads. I love booktube so much, and really value the ability to talk to other people that are passionate about books.

I hope that this blog will also help me to connect to others who share a love of reading.   You can expect book reviews, recommendations, and the occasional rant on this blog.  I will also occasionally discuss other media such as TV and movies. If you have a blog, booktube channel, or instagram please feel free to leave your information in the comment section down below. I would absolutely love to connect with you!