End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello! Can you even believe that 2018 is just about over?! That is so wild to me!  This year was filled with some major ups and downs.  That being said, I am hopeful that 2019 will be an amazing year. 🙂

Today I decided to the End of the Year book tag. I discovered this tag over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots by Aoife!

Okay, here we go:

Best book you’ve read in 2018

I don’t think it’s possible for me to narrow this down just to one book!  I have a post coming later this week, where I share my top ten books of 2018, and that list is as close as I can get to listing a favorite.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2016

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The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation.  I cannot wait to read book three!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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I love the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld so much, so I really want to get to Imposters in 2019!

Biggest disappointment

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was so disappointing.  So many people are obsessed with this movie, and maybe the movie is quite different, but this book was very different than I expected.  I felt disconnected from the plot and all the characters.  The short stories included in the book weren’t my thing either.  I don’t think Truman Capote’s writing is for me.

Biggest surprise

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I have to go with Small Spaces by Katherine Arden for this one.  This book completely blew me away!  It was one of my favorite books of the year and was just so much more than I expected. I love it so much!

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Katherine Arden and Taylor Jenkins Reid were both new-to-me authors that I read in 2018 that I definitely plan on reading more of in 2019!

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get fictional “crushes” but both Bill from Save the Date and Zach from the Illusion trilogy were such sweet, great guys and I loved reading about them!

Newest favourite character

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There’s no way I could pick! I will say, though, I found Charlie and her family to be super relatable, and she reminded me a lot of me when I was 18.  So, I guess I’ll go with her for this question.

Book that made you cry

My Sister’s Keeper was the biggest cry fest for me, but Save the Date and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also had their moments!

Book that made you happy

I feel so redundant including it, but Save the Date really made me happy, too.  The Way You Make Me Feel also made me happy!

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

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I won this gorgeous copy of Stories for Christmas by Charles Dickens from an Instagram giveaway, and oh my word, this book is stunning!  I’m obsessed with how pretty it is!!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I’m currently reading The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere, and I’d really love to have that finished up before the new year starts!


That wraps up the End of Year Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I would absolutely love to hear your answers. 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a safe and happy New Years! 🎉🥂

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The Jingle Bell Book Tag!

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Hey everyone! I’ve been seeing the Jingle Bell book tag around lately and since it’s so close to Christmas, I thought this would be such a fun tag to do!  The tag was created by Richard @ The Humpo Show, and I found this tag from Deanna @ Dee Reads Things.

Alright, let’s get started!

“All I Want For Christmas Is You…” – What book do you want to see under the Christmas tree?

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While I’d be happy with any book, I’m super eager to read A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs.  I would be absolutely thrilled to find this one under my tree on Christmas morning!

“Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time” – What book that you’ve read this year did you enjoy the most?

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How can I possibly pick just one?! I will say, though, my latest 5 star read was Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.  It was definitely one of the best books I read this year!

Elf – What book unleashes your inner child?

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The Nancy Drew series was my favorite growing up.  So, whenever I pick up a Nancy Drew book, it reminds me of my younger years!

“It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” – What book has the most festive look to it?

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I think My True Love Gave to Me has such a fun and festive cover and features a little bit of something for everyone!

The Grinch – Your favorite villain.

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The Trunchbull from Matilda is absolutely terrible.  She is one of the first villains that really stuck out to me, and while I don’t have a “favorite” villain, she is definitely the most memorable one to me.

The Holiday – Name your TWO favourite couples.

 

Anne Shirley & Gilbert Blythe and Nancy Drew & Ned Nickerson for life! 😍😂

What book would you like to give as a present to your followers?

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Anne of Green Gables is one of my all-time favorite books (as many of you know, haha), and so I would love for all my followers to read and [hopefully] love this book!


I tag anyone who wants to do this!


This was so much fun to do!

Thanks for reading!


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The Bookish Naughty List 2018!

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Hey everyone! I know I’ve sort of fallen off the Blogmas train the past couple of days, but the final weeks of school were really kicking my booty.  That being said, I’m officially on winter break, and I could not be happier! 🙌🏼  This semester was b r u t a l!

Anyway, today I’m doing the Bookish Naughty List book tag again!  I did it last year, but let’s see how this year compares.  Will I be naughty or nice?!

Here we go!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✔

Ugh, yes I’ve done this and I always feel so bad about it!  I have every intention of reading all the ARCs I receive, I just don’t always get them done before they’re released.  I promise they’ll be read someday, though!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley

Okay, so I really thought I was going to be naughty for this one.  I’m actually at 71% right now.  Plus, now that I’m on winter break, I’m hoping to read even more and get that percentage even higher!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✔

Here’s looking at you Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel 😂🙈

Folded down the page of a book

Nope! Dog-earring books isn’t my style. 😂

Accidentally spilled on a book

I have in the past, but not this year, thankfully! 🙌🏼

DNF a book this year ✔

There were a few this year that I started, didn’t get very far in, and decided that they weren’t the book for me right now.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

It may take me years, but I do always do plan on reading every book I buy.  Do I actually end up reading every book? No…but my intentions are pure, I promise!

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔

Oh yes, I do this far too often.  In fact, I ended up turning in my final paper for the semester an hour before it was due because I may or may not have spent too much time reading instead of working…oops!

Skim read a book ✔

I’ll be honest, I don’t do this often, but if I’m reading a book that I’m really struggling to get through – especially when I’m almost done – I do skim some of the passages. 🙈

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Not this year! 🎉🎉 I’ll have you all know that I’ve actually surpassed it! 💃🏼

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

My books may be returned late, but they always get returned!!

Broke a book buying ban ✔

Library book sales…I just can’t pass them up!

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Hahaha! I’ve done this before, I admit. But not this year!

Wrote in a book you were reading

The only book I write in is my Bible, and I don’t really think that counts for this.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

I gotta make sure every book makes it to my Goodreads goal, so no for this one. Haha!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

No, I’m actually pretty good about returning things!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

😂😂 I’ve done this before, but I actually didn’t have to do this in 2018!

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Not this year! 🙌🏼

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Unfortunately, this happens to me a lot.  Surprisingly, this didn’t happen this year, though! 🎉

Sat on a book accidentally ✔

Yes, this has happened more times than I would like to admit. 🙈  Thankfully, the books were not harmed!

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Hey! I actually did pretty good this year! I guess I’m on the nice list after all!😁🎄


 

Are YOU on the bookish naughty list this year? I’d love to see your answers!


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Give Thanks for All the Great Reads Book Tag!

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Hello!!  So, I totally meant to have this posted on Thanksgiving.  I thought it would be the absolute perfect thing for my blog since it is the day where celebrate and share what we are thankful for.  However, November was an absolute crazy month for me, and I never got the chance to do it.  So, here I am, doing the Give Thanks for All the Great Reads book tag now!  I was tagged by the lovely Abbey from Three Cats and a Girl to do this, and she is also the creator of the tag. 🙂

Rules

  • make sure to tag the creator (because she wants to see everyone’s answers and make her TBR even longer…) Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl
  • make sure to tag the lovely blogger who tagged you (because they also love lengthening their TBR)
  • Give something that you are thankful for this year at the end of the post!
  • tag as many or as few bloggers as you like!

Alright, let’s get started!

You Turkey! ~ a book that made you laugh

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Any book my Meg Cabot makes me laugh!  The Princess Diaries series is especially funny!

I’m Stuffed ~ a book that completely satisfied you

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Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore was such a satisfying ending to the Angel Eyes series!  I absolutely loved it.

Pumpkin Pie ~ the book you are looking forward to reading next

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I’m really looking forward to reading A Vintage Christmas!  It’s full of short stories and poems about Christmas by classic authors like LM Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, and more!  I think this book will be so perfect for me. 🙂

 

Go Team! ~ a book where you found yourself really cheering for a certain character

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I have to go with Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for this one.  Evelyn was by no means perfect, but I loved her so much and I just only wanted the best for her!

 

Macy’s Day Parade ~ a book that’s always there waiting on the bookshelf to be read and you know you’ll get to it eventually

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The first book that came to mind for this one is Pride and Prejudice.  I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long now, but for one reason or another I keep putting it off.  It is one of my goals for 2019 to finally read this one!

 

Traditions ~ a book you could/do reread every year because it’s so dang good

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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery! It is one of my favorite books of all time, and I never get tired of it.  It’s been a couple years since I’ve read it last, so this is another one I hope to read in 2019!

 

I’m Thankful For ~ a book that really helped you in life

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I have to go with the classic Nancy Drew series.  Growing up, those books shaped me so much.  As someone who was shy and kind of nervous, Nancy always inspired me to be the brave, independent, and the best me possible.  She was who I strived to be like when I was little (Okay, and still now 😂)!


I tag everyone who is reading this! 

Thanks again, so much, for tagging me Abbey!  I really loved doing this tag and thinking about all the books I’m thankful for. This was such a perfect book tag to do around this time of year when we are remembering, connecting with friends and family, and feeling extra thankful. ♥

Thanks for reading!

 

Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned

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Hello and Happy Halloween!! 👻🎃🍂

To celebrate Halloween and the last day of Blogtober/Blogoween, for today’s post I’m going to be playing Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned, which is the Halloween equivalent of Kiss, Marry, Kill!  This prompt was originally created by Fictionally Sam, and I was tagged by Mandy @ Devouring Books to do this fun challenge!

There aren’t really any rules for how you decide which characters to use, but all the books I’ve chosen for this challenge are completely randomized, and I’ve just decided to choose the main, male character from each book to make things easier.

Okay, here we go!

Round One

Okay, so the books I randomly picked for round one are:

Jack from Clara Snow

Joseph from The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Todd from Christy Miller Vol. 4

Oh boy, this is a hard one!  When I read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Joseph was one of my favorite love interests of the entire year! Meanwhile, Todd is such a sweetheart, though.  And then there’s Jack Frost!  He experienced so much character growth in this book.

Bonded: Joseph

Bewitched: Todd

Drowned: Jack (Sorry Jack!)

 

Round Two

Ezra from Illuminae

Tarver from These Broken Stars

Adam from If I Stay

This round is slightly easier! I’ll be honest, I didn’t love These Broken Stars (I found it boring 🙊), so I don’t remember much about Tarver.  Because of that, it makes it a lot easier for me to do this:

Bonded: Ezra

Bewitched: Adam

Drowned: Tarver

 

Round Three

Gilbert from Anne of the Island

Jake from Angel Eyes

Sam from Emergency Contact

This one is actually pretty easy because while I love all three characters, there’s really no contest about who’s my favorite. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Bonded: Jake

Bewitched: Gilbert (we all saw that coming! 😂)

Drowned: Sam (Sorry Sam! I just like Gil and Jake more than you!)

 

Round Four

Christian from The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Galen from Of Poseidon

Four from Divergent

I admit, it’s been so long since I’ve read Of Poseidon that I don’t remember the book, or Galen that well.  I almost thought I should pick another book, but then I realized that maybe it’s a good thing I don’t remember him. 😏😭

Bonded: Christian

Bewitched: Four

Drowned: Galen


This was such a fun post to create! I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. 🙂

I tag anyone who wants to do this, and if you decide to do it, please let me know so I can see your answers!!

Thanks so much for reading!

🍁👻HAPPY HALLOWEEN!🎃🍂


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The Halloween Book Tag!

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Hello everybody!  With Halloween coming up this Wednesday, I thought it would be the perfect time to do the Halloween Book Tag!  I stumbled upon this tag while actually googling festive, Halloween book tags to do, and I came across this one from the Sassy Book Geek a couple of years ago!

1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

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I’m going to go with Small Spaces for this one! I recently read (and absolutely loved) this book, and it was just the right amount of spooky and festive for Halloween!

 

2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

I can’t think of one for this one, and I’m writing this at night so I don’t really want to go digging around for creepy book covers before I go to bed, so…I’m leaving this one blank. 😂🙈

 

3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

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Maybe Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi? The Miss Peregrine series is quite spooky.  Plus, they have the cutest little baby girl, and I bet she will be so adorable in her Halloween costume!  Who doesn’t want to go trick or treating with cute little babies in cute little Halloween costumes?!

 

4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

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Back when the Nancy Drew movie came out, I dressed up as her for Halloween.  I looked for a picture to include, because I know I have one somewhere, but I couldn’t find it!  This was probably one of my favorite Halloween costumes ever, though! I was so pleased with it, haha. 🙂

 

5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

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Okay, this is a tricky one!  Maybe a big treasure like Edmond finds in The Count of Monte Cristo? To be fair, though, I’m still working through that one, so I don’t know how it ends yet.  Come the end of the novel, I may want to change my mind, lol!

 

6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

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I don’t actually ever recall them celebrating Halloween, but if they did, I’d love to go trick or treating in Avonlea!  I bet Anne and her friends would come up with the most elaborate and fun costumes, and I would imagine everyone would give out delicious, homemade treats to eat!

 

7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

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All of them, lol!  But, I’m going to go with The Trunchbull!  She’s actually super scary and I have not doubt she would steal all my candy.

8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

I think a vampire or a werewolf would be super fun!

 

9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

I’ve got to skip this one, because I’ve only read the first Harry Potter book, and I don’t remember any of the candy except for those jelly beans!

 

10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

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Reese’s Peanut Butter cups! 😋🙌🏼


I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to this fun and festive tag! I encourage you to do it, too!  Also, what’s your favorite candy?

Thanks for reading!


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The Fall Book Tag!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to be doing the Fall Book Tag!  It was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and I discovered it over at Arwa’s blog, One’s Peculiar.

Alright, let’s get started:

RULES: 

  • Please link back to  Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! 
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

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replica

I thought Replica by Lauren Oliver was such a unique and intriguing read! From the format to the storyline, this book really hooked me!

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Frenzy was such a great ending to an already great series!  This entire book series drew me in on the very first page of the very first book and hooked me until the end!

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The 5th Wave was filled with so much action and adventure! This book was utterly un-put-down-able!

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A Map of Days is the book I’ve been anticipating most for the entirety of 2018! It just came out earlier this month, but I still haven’t been able to get a copy.  I am so eager to read this book!!

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save the date

This book gave me all the feels!  From the family relationships Charlie and her family have, to just Bill in general, to the fact that Andie and Clark from The Unexpected Everything made a cameo appearance, Save the Date gave me all the warm and fuzzies!!

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intermission

I’m including Danger at the Drawbridge by Mildred A. Wirt (the original Nancy Drew author!!), Shadowland by Meg Cabot, and Intermission by Serena Chase because I really loved all three of these books, and I feel like they’re underrated!

I Tag:

Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Cora @ Tea Party Princess

Marie @ KookBookery

Abbey @ Three Cats and a Blog

And, of course, anyone else who wants to do this!


Thanks for reading!

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag!

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Hello! Today for Blogtober/Blogween, I’m going to be sharing my answers for the Halloween Creatures 2.0 book tag. I was tagged by Jessica @ Reading with Jessica and Mandy @ Devouring Books.  So, a huge thank you to the both of them for thinking of me! 🤗🎃

Alright, let’s get started!

Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Also, just to be clear, all the graphics in today’s post are from Anthony, too!

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Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is such a magical and enchanting book.  It’s so mysterious with so many unique and magical characters.

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding is such a fun book to read for Halloween.  It’s spooky and mysterious, but not too spooky, which makes it a perfect book to read at night, because I’m a scaredy cat and don’t want to read something super scary before bed!

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

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This book was so twisty!  Genuine Fraud really took me by surprise and didn’t go at all how I expected.

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

Black

The villain in Black really encompasses the whole “dark, evil character” for this one!

 

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

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If you’ve read this book, I’m sure you’ll agree.  That’s all I’m going to say.

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

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Pretty much every single Meg Cabot book leaves me “hungry” for more.  She is one of my favorite authors, and all her books are just so enjoyable and utterly readable!

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

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I love Anne Shirley with my entire bookish heart and soul.  She is my favorite and I would root for her and protect her always.

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

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I just did not care for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The writing style was not for me, and I felt so disconnected the entire time I read it.

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

On Pointe

On Pointe is a book that definitely haunts me, but in the best way possible.  This book really touched me.  Even though it’s been quite a few years since I’ve read it, it’s still one that I think about often.

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

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I know I’ve shared my story about hearing whistling in the night while reading The Diviners, but y’all, that freaked me out so much!! Hearing some random person whistling down the street at almost midnight, while the bad guy is in the book is doing the same does not make a good combo.  Not only that, but this book is just overall so creepy.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

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I don’t even know why, but the main character, Janelle, just rubbed me the wrong way.  Plus, the whole time I read this book, all I could think about was Jenelle from Teen Mom 2. 😂

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

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Nancy Drew is my original favorite.  This series was the first one that I actually really fangirled with, and it will forever be my favorite.  So really, I would preserve any of the classic Nancy Drew books for all time so she would always be remembered!

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

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Okay, yes, this cover isn’t too scary to look at, but as a kid I sure thought it was!  Plus, who wasn’t afraid of The Green Ribbon story in this book?!  Talk about traumatizing!

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It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I tag:

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

Lashaan & Trang @ Bookidote

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog

Shalini @ Shalini’s Books & Reviews

Lilly @ Lair of Books

Laura @ Reading Sanctuary 

And, of course, anyone who wants to do this!

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I hope you all enjoyed reading this fun tag, because I had so much fun sharing my answers!

Thanks so much for reading!

2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to be doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag!  I’ve been seeing this tag floating around the past few weeks again, and since we are just about exactly halfway through the year, I figured it would be the perfect time to do it.  So let’s get started!


1. Best Book You’ve Read In 2018, So Far?

I’ve read 28 books so far this year and, for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed all of them.  My top three would probably have to be Safe House by Meg Cabot, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, and Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

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2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far?

The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation!  It’s filled with mystery, romance, faith, and family.  I’m really looking forward to book 3!

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3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

There’s actually so many new releases that I haven’t read yet!  I’m going to go with The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, though.  I’ve heard really good things about it, the cover is gorgeous, and people have compared it to Uglies, which is one of my favorites!  So, hopefully I’ll be able to get to this one soon.

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4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2018?

I have SO many books I can’t wait to read that are coming out in the second half of 2018.  That being said, I have to go with A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs!  The Miss Peregrine series is one of my absolute favorites, so, obviously, I am super hyped for this book!

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5. Biggest Disappointment?

It’s too bad, but I didn’t even have to think about which book to use for this.  I have to go with Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote.  I didn’t care for the writing style, and I had trouble connecting with any of the characters.  This just wasn’t the book for me.

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6. Best Surprise?

The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch really surprised me with how much I loved this book!  Going into this book, I thought I knew what it would be like, but it had so much more depth and action than I anticipated.

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7. Favorite New Author?

I think I’m going to go with Jodi Picoult as my favorite new-to-me author.  My Sister’s Keeper was the first book I ever read by her, and her writing was really incredible.  I want to read more of her books now!

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

I have to go with Bill from Save the Date by Morgan Matson.  He was so sweet and just the perfect amount of awkward. I really loved his character!

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9. New Favorite Character?

While there are so many characters that are my new favorite, I’m going to go with Lara Jean Song from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.  She was such a great character, and her and her family were so relatable!

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10. Books That Made You Cry?

My Sister’s Keeper is the obvious choice for this one, but I also found parts of Save the Date to be super touching, and made me a little emotional, too!

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11. Books That Made You Happy?

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo was one of those books that just makes you so happy!  It was sweet and summer-y, and I really adored this one.

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12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation?

The new Little Women mini series from Masterpiece Theater was so good! The acting was phenomenal and the atmosphere was perfect.  I really enjoyed it!

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13. Favorite Review You’ve Written?

I love this question, because it’s not something I think about often.  I love reviewing books, but I honestly don’t know if I’m ever any good at it.  So, a question like this really makes me think and appreciate what I’m doing on this blog.

I’ve decided to go with my review of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  It was one of the largest books I’ve ever read, and even though it’s a very controversial book, I really enjoyed reading, and I especially enjoyed reviewing it.  You can check it out here!

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14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?

I’ve bought and received a lot of beautiful books this year.  One of my favorites would have to be Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett.  I haven’t read this book yet, but I really adore the cover!  I think it’s so gorgeous and vintage looking, and I really love it.

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15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

Honestly, I have so many books I want to get to this year, I really do not think I can narrow it down.  I just want to read all the books, always!!


And that wraps up the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag!  I loved writing this one, and looking back at all the books I’ve read in 2018, so far.  I’d love to hear your answers, so if you’ve done this, please share your tags in the comment, and if you want to do this, I tag you!

Thanks so much for reading!


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How Well Does Goodreads Know Me?

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Hello!  I got the idea for today’s post from Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books, and it was originally started by Caitlin from Caitstiel’s Book World.  I loved reading both of their posts, so I just had to do it, too!  Basically, I am going to go through my Goodreads book recommendations, and decide whether or not I would read the books they’re recommending to me.

Today, I’m going to pick the first ten recommendations from my “read” shelf:

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1. Streams in the Desert

Because I read My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers

Streams in the Desert is a devotional book.  I could see myself reading it in the future, but I’m pretty undecided at this point.

2. Radical Together

Because I read Forgotten God by Francis Chan

David Platt is a Christian speaker and author.  I’ve done some of his Bible studies with my church before.  While he’s not one of my favorites, I could still see myself reading this book.

3. Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

Because I read Haunted Waters by Jerry B. Jenkins

I wouldn’t read Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione.  I’m not very into knights, and so this book just doesn’t sound like something I would be interested in.

4. Unstoppable

Because I read Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko

Christine Caine is another Christian author and speaker.  While I haven’t read any of her books, I’ve heard really good things about her, and would definitely consider reading this book.

5. Bad Kitty

Because I Read several different books by Meg Cabot and Heist Society by Ally Carter

When I first saw the cover for Bad Kitty, I was sure I probably wouldn’t be interested.  When I read the synopsis though, I actually really think it’ll be something I’m interested in!  I love sassy characters and mysteries, and this book looks like it has both.  I added this one to my TBR shelf!

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6. A Long Way from Chicago

Because I read Holes by Louis Sachar and The Giver by Lois Lowry

I don’t know if I’ll read this book anytime soon, but it does look like something I might pick up if I were looking for a short and easy read.  I think A Long Way from Chicago would have been a book I would have really liked when I was younger, though!  Because of that, I did add it to my TBR shelf, just so I can remember it, if I ever do decide to give it a try.

7. Winnie-the-Pooh

Because I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I definitely want to read Winnie-the-Pooh someday!  It’s one of those childhood classics I never read, and feel like I’ve missed out on.  I have so many fond memories of watching the original cartoons with my grandparents when I was little.  We were never allowed to watch the windy day episode when my cousin was there though, because it scared him too much…That used to irritate 5 year old me so much! haha 🙂  So, yes, this is a recommendation I completely agree with!

8. The Monstrumologist

Because I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I actually tried reading this book once, but I couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters because it was just too gruesome for me.  I wanted to like it, but it was just too much.

9. So Not Happening

Because I read the Christy Miller Collection, Vol 1. by Robin Jones Gunn and Heist Society by Ally Carter

I actually bought So Not Happening at a library book sale!  I haven’t read it yet, but I do plan on it!  So, this recommendation works.

10. Kinderen van Moeder Aarde

Because I read Matilda by Roald Dahl

This book is in another language – I believe Dutch – and unfortunately, I only speak English.  So, I’m going to have to pass on this book, lol.  From what I gather, based on the English reviews, it’s a dystopian novel where society is ruled only by women because men messed the world up.  If there was an English translation, I might give this book a chance, though!


This was so much fun to do!! I discovered a few new books I might like to read, too.  I definitely plan on doing a post like this again, with some of my other Goodreads bookshelves.

Thanks so much for reading!


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