Guest Post: Tianna, of Storybook Apothecary, on Books She’d Share With the World

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The beauty of Tianna’s blog is far more than skin deep.

guest postStorybook Apothecary is a beauty blog, that goes far deeper than concealers and eye pencils (I might or might not have checked one of her posts to procure actual examples of makeup things. I’m a dad of three girls, but I’m no expert.)

Tianna’s words and wisdom extend to wellness and life at large.

We crossed paths on a blog linkup, ideal conditions for a Gen X dad blogger and a millennial beauty blogger to share some space. She’s a reader and a thinker and you’ll love the way she has about her writing, as I do.

Please give a warm welcome to Tianna as a guest poster today.

She’s here to talk about books – specifically, three of them she’d share with the world. As her generation is wont to do, she pushed the envelope and highlighted three trilogies, because, of course. Be sure to visit Storybook Apothecary when you’re done here.

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When it comes to books, I have a hard time choosing. In fact, when Eli asked me to write about three books I’d like to share with the world; I could feel the internal struggle creeping in. I was like, ONLY THREE?! I’m a book lover, you see, so choosing only a few seems impossible. So, I’ve done what any person would do and chosen three book series that I really love instead because I’m #beatingthesystem. These are series I have truly enjoyed sharing with friends time and again so I hope you read them and love them too.

3 Books I’d like to Share with the World

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

harry-potterSeriously, if you haven’t read Harry Potter, who even are you? J.K. Rowling created a beautiful and magical world where even the most minor of characters are loved. If you happen to be living under a rock, I’ll explain the plot for you:  On his 11th birthday, Harry Potter discovers that he’s a wizard and will be going to a magical school called Hogwarts. And for all the skeptics out there who say “Harry Potter is for kids!” or “Harry Potter is so dumb” or the worst “the movies were better,” let me tell you! I have over 10 friends who I have bullied into reading this series and guess what? They’re all massive fans now. One of my friends hated reading and refused to read this series for years. I crushed her will. She finally broke down a few years back and read the books. She named her dog after a character from the books. She’s almost a bigger fan than I am (I said, almost!).

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

millenniumOkay, fine. So you hate childlike whimsy and fanciful stories because you’re a soulless wretch. If that’s the case, maybe you prefer the crime fiction and mystery genre and the Millennium trilogy is all about that! The trilogy focuses on the protagonist, Lisbeth, a prodigal hacker and notorious journalist, Mikael Blomkvist. I don’t want to give too much away because each book is different, but the first focuses on our two main characters solving the mystery of a missing girl together. For those who enjoy very wordy novels, this is one you will really love. A deeply complex plot, characters, and a story that completely sucks you into the suspense is what makes this series stand out.

The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

themagiciansLast, but certainly not least, is a more recent discovery and it is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. If Harry Potter was too juvenile for you, then this book series is just the thing! This series is just like if Harry Potter and Narnia had a baby … that was on meth and forced into a prostitution ring. Quentin is a gifted student obsessed with the fantasy children’s novels called Fillory and Further and depressed about life. All his dreams come true when he is accepted into a college for magic called Brakebills. That is until he realizes that the magical world is not exactly how he imagined (and can’t solve all his problems). Now, I know that sounds slightly vague, and it is, BUT I don’t want to give too much away! This is the kind of book series that you need to experience. Oh! And I don’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 16 because it’s pretty messed up. It deals with elements of rape, substance abuse, depression, and tons of other really adult issues. So, if you’re not okay with your teen reading about that, maybe don’t get them this book! Otherwise, it’s awesome 😉

tianna-mug-2Specials thanks to Eli for letting me rant on his awesome blog and share my favorite book series with you. It’s been fun! We’ve had lots of laughs, cries, and all that jazz; I’m sure you’d agree. 😛

If you enjoyed this post, I’d love for you to check out the Entertainment section on my blog where I share book, movie, and TV show favorites J

♥ Tianna

Tianna writes the blog Storybook Apothecary. Follow her on Instagram and YouTube.





  1. 15andmeowing says:

    Great post, I love to read One of these days, I plan to finally read the Harry Potter series ( I am late to the party).

    1. Tianna says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Believe me, once you begin reading Harry Potter, you’ll get sucked in. My friends are always surprised by how different the books are from the films. You will love them! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! xx

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Even “Legally Blonde” was a better book than movie, Tianna. (Okay, I never read the book.)

      2. Tianna says:

        LOL I never read the book either, but honestly, The Magicians series is really good in book AND show form. And that’s coming from an ultra book purist. So you know it’s legit.

  2. ksbeth says:

    nice pics, tianna. thanks for expanding my reading universe )

    1. Tianna says:

      thanks KsBeth! I hope you enjoy these books 🙂

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        maybe they’re in her classroom …

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      … three books at a time.

  3. stomperdad says:

    I read (and loved) Harry Potter when it was first released. I’m now reading it again to my 9 year old and he loves it, too. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is on my to read list. I’ve never heard of Magicians. Great recommendations!

    1. Tianna says:

      Same! That’s fantastic 🙂 I know so many parents who have been able to share their love for Harry Potter with their kids. That’s such a cool thing! GWTDT is my favorite series next to HP and The Magicians is fantastic! Also, once you finish the Magicians trilogy, season 2 of the show just started on Syfy 😉 (entire season 1 is on netflix) enjoy!

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        I miss reading to the kids. It was as much for me (more, even?) than for them!

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      These’ll keep you busy until the O-birds are back in spring training at least, Eric.

      1. stomperdad says:

        Spring training starts next week! 😀 😀

  4. Mary Lou says:

    I found this great post through Eli’s recent post! Yes to Harry Potter! I’ve got the whole series and Yes …. the books are better than the movies. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” is waiting on my bookshelf to read. Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you clicked the link, Mary Lou. You’d love this blogger, too. I loved this guest post.

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