Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s book is:

Stay Sweet

RELEASING APRIL 24TH, 2018!

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A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

I haven’t read any of Siobhan Vivian’s other books yet, but I cannot wait to read this one!  From the cover to the synopsis, everything about Stay Sweet sounds like such a fun, summer-y contemporary read.  I can already see me reading this book outside in the sunshine with something sweet (preferably an ice cream, of course)!


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Top Ten Favorite Christian Fiction + “The Rebellion” Cover Reveal!

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Hey everyone!  It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Not only that, but last night the cover art went live for The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch, and as a member of the launch team, I thought it looked so amazing, I wanted to share it with you! This week’s TTT topic was a freebie, meaning we could go with anything we wanted.  So, in keeping with The Rebellion, I’ve decided to go with:

Favorite Christian Fiction Books

I’m going to start with TTT, and then at the end of this post, I’ll share the cover!  Alright, let’s get started:

House of Dark Shadows

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House of Dark Shadows is Book 1 in the Dreamhouse Kings series. This series is one of my favorites! It’s so unique, action-packed, and just one of those books you cannot put down. I think I rated all six books 5 Stars; it’s that good!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Christy Miller series

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If you know anything about Christian fiction, you know I just had to include this one on my list. The Christy Miller series is a Christian YA classic. It is a series filled with great characters, great writing, and it’s just one that’s not easily forgotten!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Black

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The first in a 4 book series, Black is such a gripping read! This series alternates between two different realities, and it is just so well-done.

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Angel Eyes

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I read this series last year, and y’all, I just loved it so much!! It’s got mystery, angels, ballet, and romance, and the entire series was just so good! In my opinion, it’s so underrated, and so you can bet I’ll talk about these books any chance I get.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Winnie the Horse Gentler series

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This middle grade series is another of my favorites. Winnie and her friends are such relatable characters. Even though I haven’t read these books in years, I honestly, still think about them and the characters so much.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Motorcycles, Sushi, & One Strange Book

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This was such a fun book, even though it dealt with some pretty heavy and realistic issues. It’s been a couple years since I read it, but it’s one that, I think, will really encourage people to keep on hoping.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Hangman’s Curse

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I love Hangman’s Curse!  This book is quite scary and intense at times, but it is oh so good!  There’s also a movie for it, starring a teenage Leighton Meester, that, unlike a lot of Christian movies, is actually really good and not cheesy!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Bad Connection

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Melody Carlson has written so many Christian books, but this book of hers has been my favorite, by far!  It includes some pretty intense topics, but it has a really great mystery, and I am looking forward to continuing this series!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Marvelous

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This is probably one of the most underrated book series that I have read.  I still need to read the last two books, but the first two were phenomenal.  I read Marvelous so quickly, and I’m so excited to finish this series.  It is another great mystery with great characters!

Also, can we just appreciate how gorgeous and unique the covers for this series are?!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Coronation

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Last but not least, I had to include The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch!  This book is so much fun, and so much more than you think.  There are so many incredible, memorable characters, and The Coronation is filled with so much wit and charm.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 

Now, speaking of The Coronation, it’s time to share the cover for book 2 in the series, The Rebellion!

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Isn’t it so gorgeous!?  I feel like it compliments The Coronation so well, too.  The Rebellion comes out May 8th, and you guys are NOT going to want to miss it.  I’ll share my review with you all closer to the release date, but let me just say, this book was so good!!

Buy The Coronation


That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  I’d love to read yours, so be sure to include yours in the comments! 🙂


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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature started by Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s book is:

Come from Away

Releasing April 24th, 2018!

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Synopsis

From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.

Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.

Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

Come from Away sounds like it’s going to be such a good book!  I’ve seen a few people mention this one on Instagram, and it’s been nothing but good things.  This book sounds like it’s going to be such a good love story, and I’m really looking forward to reading this one!


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March Wrap-Up!

 

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It’s April, so that means it’s time for my March wrap-up!  For me, March was a pretty great month.  It was my birthday on the 29th, and while I didn’t read quite as many books as I would have hoped, I still read a fairly good amount.  My blog did really well in March, too!

Altogether, I read five books in the month of March!

BOOKS READ

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– The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker \\⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Beneath by Maureen Miller (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Just One Day by Gayle Forman \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!  It was such a delightful book that really stood out to me.  I now understand why this book is such a beloved, classic!

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beneath by Maureen Miller \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

 

BOOK HAUL

Like I said, it was my birthday on March 29th, and my family knows me well, so naturally, I received a few books!

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My mom gave me The Fever Code by James Dashner and Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp.  And my grandma gave me The Last Star by Rick Yancey.

In March, it was also my local library’s spring book sale, and so, of course, I went way overboard and definitely bought more than I could possibly ever have room for or read…oops!  I shared on my Instagram Stories what I got, but because those only last for 24 hours, I compiled them into a video to share with you all, if you’re interested in seeing all that I bought.

Also, side note, I’m sort of debating on whether or not I should start a booktube (obviously the videos will be better quality than this, lol), too.  Thoughts?! Would you watch my videos?

 

MISCELLANIOUS

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Here’s all the TTT’s I did in March:

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Here were my picks for Waiting on Wednesday this month:

This month, I also participated in the Wonder Week Readathon!

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I also wrote Guess That Book: Emoji Edition!

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I also had the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for Beneath by Maureen Miller!

Then, I did a few book tags this month, as well!

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Easter Book Tag

 


Okay, that just about wraps up the month of March!  Hopefully April will be just as great (plus with warmer weather).

Thanks so much for reading!


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Book Review | Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories

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Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote

Pages: 162

Genres: Fiction, Classic, Short Stories

Published by: Modern Library (Jan. 13th, 1994, originally 1958)

Summary

It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

This edition also contains three stories: ‘House of Flowers’, ‘A Diamond Guitar’ and ‘A Christmas Memory’.

Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

What I Thought

I decided to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s because of how well-loved the movie is. I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize it was based on a book until recently. I’ve never seen the movie, but I’ve been wanting to, especially since I saw that it was on Netflix. So, I decided to read the book first.

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Top Five Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’t Like

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’t Like

This week was a hard one for me, because of that, it’s only going to be a top five today.  For one thing, usually if I don’t like the characters, it’s the biggest reason why I don’t like a book.  For another thing, honestly, there are very few books that I actually dislike.  I don’t love every book I read, but a lot of the times, as opposed to full-on disliking them, I’ll find certain books just okay, but there’s still usually some quality of the book I still appreciated. I think that’s the case for just about all of these books here!

Alright, here we go!

Khalila Seif

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If you read my review, you’ll know that Ink and Bone definitely wasn’t my favorite book.  I had trouble connecting to this story.  That being said, there were a  lot of great, interesting and diverse characters in this book.  Khalila, in particular, was one of my favorites.  She was so fierce and independent!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Samantha and Lucy Madison

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Ready or Not is another book I didn’t love, but still had great characters.  I loved the sister relationship Samantha and Lucy shared.  It felt super realistic, and was really sweet.

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Nesta Archeron

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Unpopular opinion time: I didn’t love A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I found the book to be slow, and while it wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t the book for me.  I was really intrigued by Nesta, though.  She’s not in the book a lot, but her character had so much depth, to me.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

All the characters from Every Heart a Doorway

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I know so many people love Every Heart a Doorway, and it’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, it was just lacking something for me.  That being said, this book had a great cast of characters! Everyone was so unique, and the premise of this book was really good.  It just wasn’t the book for me.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Maddie Chase

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The Notes from a Spinning Planet series had such a great premise, but unfortunately, this book was kind of boring.  While it had a lot of interesting information about Ireland and its history, not a whole lot actually happens in this book.  I did think the characters were interesting, and I think Maddie made a great main character, though.  It just felt like nothing actually ever happened to her.

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 


There you have it!  Those are some of the books that I’ve read and haven’t loved, but their characters were the redeeming qualities!  Let me know who made the list for you this week.

Thanks for reading!


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Easter Book Tag!

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Hey everyone!  With Easter happening this Sunday, I thought it would be the perfect time to do the Easter Book Tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I discovered this tag on Abbie’s blog, Bonseasonofglass, and it looked like so much fun, I just had to do it. 🙂

Alrighty, let’s get started:

Rabbits: A book you wish would multiply / have a sequel 

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This was a really hard one for me, because I’m usually pretty content with standalones.  I’ve decided to go with The Secret Garden, though.  I’d love to read a sequel about Mary, Dickon, and Colin as adults and see what their lives became.

Egg – A book that surprised you 

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I’ve talked about The Program before on my blog, but it was the first book that came to my mind that really surprised me.  I ended up enjoying this book so much more than I expected to.

Hunt: A book that was hard for you to get your hands on 

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The Blythes are Quoted is a book I still haven’t gotten my hands on yet!  It was L M Montgomery’s last book, delivered to her publisher on the day she died, and was intended to be the final Anne of Green Gables book.  It is filled with stories, sketches, and poems, about Anne and Gilbert and their family and friends, and it features them when they are old and gray.  From my understanding, this book was only published in Canada,  and now it’s only available as an ebook, so any physical copies I find online are quite pricey.  I did just discover that it’s going to be republished this summer, so hopefully, it’ll be attainable for me!

Lambs – A children’s story you still enjoy 

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I may be 24 (side note: it was my birthday yesterday, so that was the first time I typed that lol), but I still love a good children’s story.  There’s something just so comfortable about them.  One of my favorites is Matilda!

Spring – A book with a cover that reminds you of spring 

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I have to go with The Secret Garden again!  The entire book is just the epitome of spring to me.  If my TBR pile wasn’t a mile wide, I would reread this book every springtime.

Rising from the dead – a book from a deceased author 

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Here I am mentioning L. M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables again…oops?  L. M. Montgomery will be my favorite forever.

also, lol am I the only one who feels like this question is just a teeny bit sacrilegious?

Baskets – A book in your wishlist right now 

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I’ve been hearing so many great things about The Belles I really hope to get a copy soon!

Candy – a book that is sweet 

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The Sweet Seasons series is so sweet, literally!  It’s about a high school senior, who works at a candy cart at an amusement park.  This series is so much fun, and all the covers will make you hungry!


This was such a fun tag to do! I tag anyone who wants to do this. 

I hope you all have a happy Easter!

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | Beneath | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! To celebrate the release of Maureen A. Miller’s newest book, Beneath, I’m participating in the blog tour!  Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about the book, and I’m also sharing how you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift Card!Beneath300

Title:  Beneath by Maureen A. Miller

Pages: 340

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Print and digital

Synopsis

An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean…

It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill’s family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.

As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.

With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend’s brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.

Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?

On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.

Beneath

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What I Thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author and Barclay Publicity!*

Going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect.  I haven’t read Maureen Miller’s other books, and so I had no idea what I would think of her writing style.  However, I was very intrigued by the plot, and that absolutely gorgeous cover, so I gave it a chance. I’m so glad I did!

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Top Ten Books That Take Place in Another Country

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books That Take Place in Another Country

This week’s topic has made me realize how few books I actually read that take place in different countries.  I’m from the United States, and so, obviously, all these books on this week’s list are not.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

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A Great and Terrible Beauty is such a great book!  I still have to read The Sweet Far Thing (Surprise, surprise…), but I’ve really loved this series so far.  Much of the story takes place in England, but also India.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Anne of Green Gables

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Anne of Green Gables takes place in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Y’all know how much I love this book, so, it’s no surprise it’s on this week’s list!

 

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief takes place in Germany during World War II.  This book is such an emotional journey, and it really is, in my opinion, just as good as everyone says it is!  If you still haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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While the beginning of the book takes place in Florida, the majority of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children takes place in Wales.  This is one of my favorite series, and I’m SO looking forward to the continuation of it later this fall!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes

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Nancy Drew books will always be a favorite of mine.  They’re such comfort reads.  I remember really loving The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes, because this mystery happens in Scotland!  I also remember that we learn a little bit about Nancy’s mother in this book, which is never talked about.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Secret Garden

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Another one of my favorite books is The Secret Garden, and it takes place in Yorkshire, England.  Every spring I get the strongest desire to reread it, and watch the movie!  It’s my dream/goal to have a beautiful garden like the one this book, someday!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Ballet Shoes

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Ballet Shoes is another book that I adore, and it also takes place in London, England.  It’s such a delightful story about three sisters who work towards following their dreams.  It’s really such an underrated classic, in my opinion!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Jane of Lantern Hill

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Anne of Green Gables isn’t L. M. Montgomery’s only book!  Jane of Lantern Hill is another great one by her, that also takes place in Canada.  L. M. Montgomery’s writing is always so descriptive, and you always feel like you’re in the story, and it’s no different for this one!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Just One Day

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Just One Day is a book that I just finished, and it was so good!  It’s about one crazy, unexpected day in Paris, and how it changed everything.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Dance of Fire

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Dance of Shadows and its sequel, Dance of Fire, is such an underrated series! They’re deserving of so much more attention, and I don’t know these books haven’t gained more recognition! They’re both super intriguing mysteries, and Dance of Fire takes place in the UK.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 


That’s my Top Ten Tuesday!  What are some of your favorite books that take place outside of your country? 

Do you have any non-American book recommendations for me? If so, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading!


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Wonder Week Readathon Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! Wonder Week, hosted by Rimpy’s Reads, has come to a close! Last week, it was all about reading, and today, I’m going to share with you all how I did.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to complete the whole row, and make a bingo, but I finished three and a half of my challenges, so I think that was still pretty good for me.

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My plan was to complete the bottom, horizontal row.  So, my challenges were re-read, main character is a female, a classic, a book with a movie adaptation, and contemporary.

The books I completed were:

  • Beneath by Maureen Miller
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Then, I started, but did not get to finish yet,

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I had one more book that I wanted to get to, but ran out of time, and it was

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Aside from reading, I also hosted a game on my blog!  It was Guess That Book: Emoji Edition, and it was so much fun!

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Overall, this was such a fun readathon!  I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get to complete my whole TBR, but I still think I did pretty well.  I really enjoyed all the books I read, too, which I’m super happy about!


Did you participate in Wonder Week?  If so, let me know how you did!

Thanks for reading!


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