Top Ten Foodie Books

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

TOP TEN BOOKS WITH YUMMY FOOD IN THEM

The Nancy Drew Series

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Honestly, any Nancy Drew book works for this Top Ten Tuesday.  These books are always filled with Nancy and her friends’ meals and they will make you hungry every time.  From tasty snacks to full, three course meals, Nancy Drew books have them all!

Plus, Nancy’s friend, Bess, is a girl after my own heart, because we are both always starving!

Check them out on Goodreads!

 

 

Bittersweet

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This book will make you so hungry for cupcakes it’s not even funny!  Also, I love how in the beginning of each chapter, it features a different cupcake.

The actual story in Bittersweet is A+ too!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

The Sweet Seasons Series

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This series is so cute!  It’s about this girl named Candace, who works at an amusement part selling candy.  There’s a book for each season, and they all involve a different candy.

I love the cover designs, too!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Divergent

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I don’t talk about Divergent a lot a lot, but back in the day, this series was one of my favorites!  Besides from being a great story, this book also has a quite a bit of food talk in it.  Each faction has its own specialty food that they’re known for. I think we can all agree though, that Dauntless’ chocolate cake is the first one that comes to mind!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Peaches

 

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Peaches is such a fun, summer read! Not only that, but there will never be a time that you are craving peaches more than while reading this book.  Honestly, I went out and bought peaches because of this book.  This sounds so dramatic, lol, but at the time, I hadn’t eaten peaches in literally years, but this book made me so hungry for them that I went out and bought some.

And, just so you know, the peaches I bought were delicious. 👌

Check it out on Goodreads!

Chasing Jupiter

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If Peaches makes you hungry for peaches, then Chasing Jupiter is going to make you hungry for peach pie like nobody’s business!  This book may be short, but it has a lot of heart.  The main character, Scarlett, is a great cook, so there’s a few more dishes than just peach pie, too.

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Saint Anything

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Not only is this one of my favorite Sarah Dessen novels, it’s also the book, by her, that makes me the hungriest.  From lollipops, to french fries, to pizza, this book will have your stomach growling!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 

Since You’ve Been Gone

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Just by looking at the cover, I think you already know what this book makes me hungry for: ice cream!  Since You’ve Been Gone is the perfect summer read (all of Morgan Matson’s books are), and it made me so hungry for ice cream.  The main girl, Emily, gets a job at an ice cream shop, and that is just the tip of this super cute, super fun book!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Honestly, I don’t know if this book makes me hungry, or cautions me to eat less, lol.  Either way, there’s a lot of food in this book.  From mysterious bottles and cookies that make her grow and shrink, completely mad tea parties, to someone stealing the Queen’s tarts, there’s quite a bit of eating and talking about eating in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

The A Tea Shop Mystery Series

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The A Tea Shop Mystery series is filled with tasty teas and scrumptious treats! I admit, I haven’t read this series yet, but my grandma has, and she gave me this series because she knows how much I love mysteries and tea.  These books seem like the perfect, cozy read, and I’m looking forward to reading through this series on a chilly day with a blanket and, of course, a tasty cup of tea! 😋

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 


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Book Review | Once and for All

32078787 (1).jpgTitle: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Pages: 358

Genres: Ya, Contemporary

Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers (June 6, 2017)

Summary

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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What I Thought

When Sarah Dessen announced she was writing a new book, I was so excited!  She is one of my favorite authors.  I absolutely adore Sarah Dessen’s novels, and I am so happy to say it was no different for Once and for All!

Like all of Sarah Dessen’s books, the characters were so phenomenal.  Louna was a very likable character for me, and I thought Ambrose, while definitely not perfect, was so sweet.  I really loved watching the relationship grow.  Jilly, Louna’s best friend was also such a great character.  She was very confident, and a great and supportive best friend.  I also want to say that while her family wasn’t in the story a whole lot, I really loved the positive portrayal of Jilly’s parents.  They were very happily married, and loved all their kids, and that is something that really isn’t shown in YA enough, in my opinion.  Personally, I would love to read a whole book about Jilly and her family and their food truck!

This story is a little heavy at times.  It deals with loss and tragedy, and the flashbacks really broke my heart.  While there is romance in this book, I feel like the real story is about Louna’s growth and learning to let others in.

Honestly, I thought the whole wedding planning theme was so much fun.  I’m so glad I’m not a wedding planner though because, whew, they are such hard workers!!  Another thing I found super fun was all the references from Sarah Dessen’s past books!  I love little things like that, and it gave us a tiny glimpse into seeing how everyone is doing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was fun and light-hearted at times, but it also had its quite emotional moments.  I loved the characters and the romance as well.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, contemporary novel.
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Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books with Fall/Autumn Covers

These books might not necessarily take place in the fall, but all the books I’ve chosen have covers that remind me of autumn or Halloween, or at least give me an autumnal vibe.  Also, I know I usually talk about each book, but I feel like for this topic, the covers are pretty self-explanatory.

Here we go:

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

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The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)


Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

The Fall of Candy Corn by Debbie Vigué

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The Fall of Candy Corn (Sweet Seasons, #2)

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Tiger Lily


Bad Connection by Melody Carlson

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Bad Connection (The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, #1)


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Anne of Windy Poplars by LM Montgomery

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Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables, #4)

That’s my Top Ten Tuesday!  Let me know about yours in the comments!

Halloween Readathon 2017 TBR!

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GUYS! I’m so excited Wonderless Reviews is hosting another Halloween readathon this year, and I am pumped!  I had so much fun participating last year, and I know I’m going to love it this year, too.  Plus, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump these past few weeks, and I think a readathon is just the thing I need to bring me out of it.  So, today, I’m going to share with you all my tentative TBR!  Okay, here we go:

First, the rules (taken from her original post):

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💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October.  

💀 You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon. 

💀 You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!

💀 The books HAVE to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element!! Except for one challenge, but more on that below. I’m sorry if these genres aren’t your cup of tea, but it wouldn’t really be a Halloween themed read-a-thon otherwise.

💀 When posting your TBR link back to her post so other people can join in!! Share the spooky love!! If you don’t have a blog that’s okay!! You can post your TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube – ANYWHERE!!

💀 Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!!

*There’s also going to be a giveaway!  So, be sure to check out her original post to get all the details for that!*


Okay, now onto the challenges that I’m basing my TBR around:

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For this one, I’m going with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.  I think all the covers for this series are super creepy looking!  Plus, I really love the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, and while I realize this is going to be a very different thing, I’m quite curious to see how it goes.  Also, I’ve never really read any graphic novels or comics before, so I think it might be fun to try a new reading format!

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I’ve decided to go with The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  I wanted to read this book last year for Halloween, but I ran out of time, so I decided to save it for this year.  I’m really hoping I can get to it this October!

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This book looks super cheesy, but I think The Curse by Connie Laux is going to make a perfect Halloween book.  This is one of the books I picked up at my library’s book sale last month, and it gave me R. L. Stine vibes, so I thought it would be perfect to read for Halloween.

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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is another book I intended to read last Halloween, but didn’t get around to.  This one is quite short, and I can see myself cozy in my room with my Halloween decorations and lights on my bookcase glowing, while I’m reading this book in bed.  Blustering winds preferred, but not required.

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Does Halloweentown count? 😂 I definitely plan on watching a spooky, scary movie for Halloween, but I haven’t decided which one.  I also know I’ll be watching all the ones from the Disney Channel, but those aren’t exactly scary, so I’m not sure if I’ll count any of those or not.  I know The Haunting of Hill House has a movie adaptation, so maybe I’ll watch that? We shall see!

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I’m going to go with the treat option, and read The Simplicity of Cider by Amy Reichert.  This book seems like it still has that autumnal vibe, but it’s not spooky or scary.  I think something lighthearted like this one will be perfect to read at about the halfway point of the readathon!

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For my last two books, I’m going to read either The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Braken, How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather, and/or Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Tucholke.  I’ve been hearing so many good things about Prosper Redding, and I heard it actually takes place during Halloween time, which is so fun!  Then, I picked up How to Hang a Witch at my library’s book sale, and I’ve heard it’s such a mysterious and spooky book.  Also, I started Slasher Girls and Monster Boys last Halloween, but I only read 3 or 4 of the short stories in the collection, and so I’d really like to finish that this year as well.


There’s my TBR! I really don’t expect to get everything read, but it sure would be nice if I did.

Thanks for reading!

Let me know if you’re participating in the readathon! If you are, let me know what’s on your TBR!


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Book Review | Hopeless

15717943.jpgTitle: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 408

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

Published by: Atria Books (May 7, 2013)

Summary

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)

What I Thought

Hopeless is the second Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read.  The first one was Maybe Someday, and you can check out my review for that one here, and while it was good, I didn’t love it.  Because of that I was a bit more tentative going into this book.  There were parts I loved about Hopeless, and other parts that, quite frankly, I didn’t like at all.

Okay, I don’t want to be super negative, so I’ll get what I disliked out of the way first.  Honestly, I didn’t like Holder – especially in the beginning of the novel.  Keeping it spoiler free, he comes off as incredibly creepy and controlling.  In the beginning of Sky and Holder’s relationships, all sorts of red flags were going off in my head about him, and it bothered me how those issues were never truly addressed.  Holder was just written off as “passionate.” Umm…no thank you.  Call it whatever you want, but I’m going to tell you it was abusive.  I almost didn’t finish this book because of him.  His character does flip about halfway through the book, and he no longer comes across as abusive, but his behavior in the beginning of the book really turned me off of his character, and quite frankly, part of the story.

That being said, I’m glad I did stick around to read the end!  The rest of the characters are quite interesting.  I really did like Sky and her best friend.  I wish Six, her friend, had been in the story more.

Also, this book had so many plot twists and unexpectedness that I was fly through the pages after the halfway point.  My emotions were all over the place while reading it!

Just a head’s up though, this book is very intense!  There are a lot of heavy topics in this book, and honestly, it was almost too much for me to read at time.  Don’t go into this book expecting something romantic and fun.  No, the whole book isn’t heavy, but when it is, it really is.

Overall, this is another Colleen Hoover book that I liked, but didn’t love.  The ending of this book really redeemed the entire story for me, but I don’t like romance books where I don’t like the love interest, and I didn’t like Holder.  I wish I liked her books more, but I don’t think I’m on the Colleen Hoover train just yet.  I think if you’re a fan of romance novels, but are looking for more depth, and don’t mind some heavy themes, then Hopeless is definitely the book for you!

3 stars 2


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August & September Wrap-Up!

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Hello!  Today, I’m wrapping up my reading and blogging for both the months of August and September.  I don’t know what I’ve been doing, but I will tell you, that I haven’t been reading very much.  I did pretty well in August, but honestly, I’m a little disappointed in how little I’ve been reading the past few months, especially in September.  On the plus side, at least I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read.

In August and September combined, I read 6 books and listened to 1 audiobook.

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BOOKS READ IN AUGUST

– Forgotten God by Francis Chan (audio) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (library) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Once and For All by Sarah Dessen \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER

– The Mystery of the 99 Steps by Carolyn Keene \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (library) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I really loved Once and For All by Sarah Dessen!  Her newest book did not disappoint, and I’m so glad I read it!

BOOKS REVIEWED

That Summer by Sarah Dessen \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Ian Reading \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BOOK HAUL

Okay, someone needs to stop me, because I bought wayyyyy more books than I should have these past 2 months! 😂🙈

In August, I didn’t buy anything, so that was good…but then September happened…

First, I bought One of Us is Lying.  I’ve heard good things about this book, and it was on sale at Target, so I couldn’t resist.

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Then, I won a contest for Echo (book 2 in the Illusion trilogy)!

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Sounds like not too many, right?  Well, then my library had a book sale, and I. Went. Crazy!

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I bought 33 books while I was there! Some of the books I’m most excited to read are Trouble is Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly, Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, Where I Belong by Krista McGee, and Beartown by Fredrick Backman.  Obviously, I’m super excited for all the books, but I’m just not going to write out every single book I got.

MISCELLANEOUS

I participated in two readathons!  First was The Hedgeathon, which ran from August 8th – 22nd.  You can check out my wrap-up for that here.

I also participated in Wonder Week, which ran from August 25th – September 1st.  Check out my TBR for it here.  Also, here’s how I did:

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I’m really disappointed I didn’t get a bingo, but oh well! Better luck next time!

Aside from readathons, I also shared my Summer Reading Goals Wrap-Up.

I posted a couple Waiting on Wednesdays, and a Top Ten Tuesday!

Also, Movie Monday is back!  In September, I shared my thoughts on the Netflix show, Anne with an “E”! 


That wraps up my August and September.  Hopefully October will bring more books and blogging, but for the last week or so of September at least my blogging picked up the pace!  With Halloween coming up, I’m sure October is going to be a fun, spooky-filled reading and blogging month.

Thanks for reading!


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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! 

Today’s pick is:

Ringer (Replica, #2)

Releasing October 3rd, 2017!

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Synopsis

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.

In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.

After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face.When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.

Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately—with either story first—or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike.

I read Replica way back in January, and I loved it!  It’s been one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and I am just so excited for the sequel to be released, and see how things end!!  This series is just so intriguing, and set up in such a unique format. Lauren Oliver’s writing never disappoints, and I’m sure this book will be no different.


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Top Ten Tuesday

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books with ________ Characters

I’ll be honest, I was having trouble coming up with ideas for what kind of character I wanted to use.  Characters with magical powers?  Maybe dancers?  Super smart characters?  After reading Holly, from the Nut Free Nerd’s, TTT, I really loved her post, and decided to be a copy-cat and go with top ten books that feature non-human characters as well!  So, thanks for the idea, Holly! 🙂  Obviously, I’m not going to be a complete copy-cat, so I won’t be using any of the books she used in her post. Okay, let’s get started:

Angel Eyes

1

The Graveyard Book

2

A Great and Terrible Beauty

3

Charlotte’s Web

4

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

5

Warriors: Into the Wild

6

The Host

7

Twilight

8

Bunnicula

9

A Monster Calls

10


That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!  Let me know about yours!


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Movie Monday #4 | Anne with an ‘E’

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Hello, and welcome back to another Movie Monday – a [intended to be] semi-monthly feature on my blog where I compare and discuss books and their movie or television adaptations!

Today I’m discussing the new (it was released in May 2017) Netflix show, Anne with an ‘E’ (or just Anne, as it’s known in Canada), based off of, you guessed it, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery.


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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! 

It’s been forever since I’ve posted one of these, but I’m super excited for this book, so I thought I’d start doing WoW again, occasionally! 🙂

Today’s pick is:

The Midnight Dance

Releasing October 17, 2017!

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When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

This book sounds super intriguing to me!  When I first heard about this book on Swoon Reads before it was even called The Midnight Dance, I just knew I was going to love it.  Plus, if any of you have been following me for a while, you know how much I love books involving ballet.  Combine the fact that this book is about ballet, the synopsis sounds SO good, and that gorgeous cover; I think The Midnight Dance is going to be so great, and I cannot wait!


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