The Wedding Blog Tour | Author Interview + Giveaway!

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Hello everyone!  Today I’ve got an extra special post. I was given the opportunity to be a part of The Wedding blog tour, to celebrate the book’s recent release, and interview The Tales of Tarsurella author herself, Olivia Lynn Jarmusch! And today I get to share it with you all!  I truly do love this series.  Honestly, it’s some of the best Christian YA that I’ve read in a while.

You can check out my reviews for book #1, The Coronation, and book #2, The Rebellion.  Also, be on the lookout for my review of book #3, The Wedding, coming soon.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up!

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Last Saturday was the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!  I decided to join in on the fun last minute, and I’m so glad I did, because even though I was busy in the evening and didn’t get to read the whole 24 hours, I still ended up reading so much more than I would have!! 🎉

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I’m Participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

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Hello! I know I said I was going to get back into blogging, and then I’ve been silent since, but this time, I mean it! I’m back! 😅

Anyway, the title for this post pretty much gives it away: I’m participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon tomorrow!  I haven’t participated in the past few Dewey readathons and I’ve really missed it.  So, I know it’s last minute, but I’ve decided to just jump in and participate!

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October TBR!

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Hello and happy October 1st!  October is such a fun and beautiful time of year.  I especially love reading mysterious, spooky, and atmospheric books around this time.  The past couple of months, I’ve been in a bit of reading slump, but that’s pretty much over now.  I have so many books I’m hoping to get to this month, and I’m planning on participating in two different readathons: the Hocus Pocus Readathon, which runs from October 1st through October 13th and the Nightmare Before TBR (which also has an optional scavenger hunt!) that runs from October 1st through October 31st!

So, without further ado, here’s my October TBR!

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Blogging Update!

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Hello everyone!  It has been so long since I’ve written a blog post.  This two and half month hiatus was unplanned, but this break was definitely something that I needed.  I’ll be honest, before my break, I was feeling pretty invisible in the book blogger world.  Because of that, I felt like I was just writing posts I thought other people would like to read and pretty much just going through the motions.

This break has made me realize, however, that I didn’t start a blog to become “famous” or have millions of views.  I created The Calico Books as a space for me to talk about the books I’ve recently read, am currently reading, or want to read.  Yes, I’d love to reach as many people as I can and create some amazing friendships, but I also want to use this blog for me to look back and remember those books as well.  Also, while this book will still very much remain a book blog (it is called The Calico Books, after all), I think I’m going to start occasionally branching out into other topics I’m passionate about as well.

So, basically, what I’m saying is that I am back to blogging, but this time in a more authentic way and in my own time.  If you’ve stuck around during this hiatus, thank you!  I hope you’ll continue to stay connected and enjoy the future of The Calico Book as well!

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Reading Rush 2019 TBR!

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Hey everyone!  As many of you probably already know, the Booktubeathon has become the Reading Rush!  I, personally, love the changes that have been made and I am so excited for the readathon this year.  Also, feel free to add me on the website.  My username is thecalicobooks!

The Reading Rush is running from July 22nd through the 28th.  So, it’s just about to begin in my timezone! 🎉  Today I’m going to be sharing all the books I hope to get to this week.  So, without further ado, here’s my TBR for the 2019 Reading Rush:

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Book Review | No Ocean Too Wide

no ocean too wideTitle: No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1) by Carrie Turanksy

Pages: 368

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian

Publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah (June 25th, 2019)

Summary

Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?

Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

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*I received a free copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the publisher!*

I had heard so many wonderful things about Carrie Turansky’s books.  However, until reading No Ocean Too Wide, I had not read any of her books.  That being said, because of how well-loved she is, I went into this book with pretty high expectations.  I’m so happy to say, this book did not disappoint!

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A Bookworm’s Pool Day Essentials

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Hello and welcome back to day four for me as host for Bookending Summer 2019.  Unfortunately, today’s my last day hosting.  That being said, Jeimy @ A Novel Idea is taking over the fun tomorrow! Also, I still plan on participating in some of the other hosts’ prompts throughout July, so really, the fun is just beginning. 🎉

Today’s prompt is all about a bookworm’s pool day essentials.  Who doesn’t love a nice, relaxing day at the pool?  In order to get that perfect day, though, there’s a few essential items we all need to bring!  Here’s mine:

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Favorite Books that Remind Me of Summer

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It is day 3 of me hosting Bookending Summer 2019, and today’s post is all about summer-y reads! I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books that remind me of summer and I want you to share some of your favorite books that remind you of and put you in a summer state of mind!  Summer is my favorite season, and so I love reading summer themed books.  So, as you can probably imagine, I’m quite excited about this prompt.

Here we go!

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