Christmas Countdown

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Hey everyone!  First of all, I want to apologize for randomly disappearing on you all this month!!  I totally did not plan on taking a mini blogging hiatus, but I’ve just been super busy these past couple of weeks.  I hope to be blogging more consistently again though!

Today, I want to introduce a new, weekly feature on my blog starting today and going until Christmas!  This series was inspired by Kourtni Reads‘ own Christmas countdown, which you all should totally check out.  Instead of posting books I want to read this holiday season, however, I’m going to be recommending a Christmas-y book that I have already read!

To start things off, my first pick is My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins.

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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

 

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This book was just so cute and fun!  It’s one of those books that will really put you in holiday spirit and make you want to get all cozy and drink hot cocoa.  While some of the stories were definitely stronger than others, overall this was a very enjoyable read.  Also, this book focuses on all the winter holidays –  not just Christmas, and it features a wide range of characters from all walks of life, so that made it very diverse and unique!

Some of my favorite stories in this collection were:

  • Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
  • Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Peñs
  • Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
  • It’s a Yultide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
  • Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire

 

Have any of you read this book?  Let me know what you thought!


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September Wrap-Up!

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September was a bit of a slow reading month for me.  I started out great by reading 2 entire books in 4 days, but then I actually didn’t read that much the rest of the month.  Honestly, I feel like September flew by so fast! It was Labor Day, and then all of the sudden the entire month was over…what happened??

BOOKS READ

I ended up reading a total of four books this month.  Three of them were physical, and one was an ebook that I got from my library!  I also started Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, but I’m still working my way through it.

 

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– Into The Wild by Erin Hunter \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Beastly by Alex Flinn \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (reread) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH


I think I’m going to go with Beastly.   While it wasn’t necessarily spectacular, I thought this book was so nice.  It was just very enjoyable, and I ended up liking it more than I expected.

BOOKS REVIEWED

Dance of Fire by Yelena Black \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Beastly by Alex Flinn \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Into The Wild by Erin Hunter \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

CLASSIC READ

I actually ended up not reading any classic for the Pretty Books 2016 Classic Challenge this month! 🙈

BOOK HAUL

I only bought two books this month:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton!


MISCELLANEOUS

I posted my Summer Reading Goals-Wrap Up! 

Also, this isn’t quite blog related, but sort of – I got a Litsy!  For those of you who don’t know, it’s like a mix of Goodreads and Instagram.  So, if you want to follow me on there, I’m @thecalicobooks.  🙂  Do any of you have one?  Let me know; I’d love to follow you!


That wraps up September!  I cannot believe how fast that month flew by.  I hope your September went well, and that October will go just as well, or even better. Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR

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Hey everyone!  So, I wanted to let you all know that I’m going to be participating in the Halloween Read-A-Thon hosted by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.  I love Halloween! I think it is such a fun holiday, and I absolutely love reading spooky, atmospheric books in October, and so when I saw this read-a-thon, I just knew I had to participate!  Be sure and check out Lauren’s blog to get all of the details! 🙂

Today I’m going to let you all know my [tentative] TBR for this readathon.  However, if you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I am the absolute worst when it comes to actually sticking to planned TBRs, so these books will probably change!

Okay, so let’s get started!

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💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October. This was decided by an extremely scientific Twitter poll.

💀 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 this 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!!

challenges

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For this one, I’m going to go with The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.  I know this isn’t necessarily a super scary cover, but with that big skeleton head on the cover, I think it’s creepy, and plus, it has such a Halloween vibe to me, so I’m going with it.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is my choice for this challenge.  I checked out from the library last year for Halloween, but I never got around to actually reading it, so I’m trying again this year!

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I’m going to go with We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for this challenge.  From what I’ve seen, this book is more of a mystery/horror novel, as opposed to a full on Gone Girl/Girl on the Train -esque thriller, but I still think it counts.

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Honestly, I read the most after sunset (especially now that it gets dark at 7:30), so really, I could count just about any book.  However, I’m going to go with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, because it’s short, and I could see myself actually exclusively reading this book in the evening (because I’ve heard it’s sad, so I can read it in my room and cry to myself after everyone has gone to bed…haha).

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Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie is a book I’ve been meaning to read for years.  I finally bought it earlier this year, and I think it is the perfect book to read for this category.  It’s not necessarily going to be super scary, but it doesn’t really quite fit in any of the other challenges.

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For my last book, I’m going with Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, an anthology edited by April Genevieve Tucholke.  I admit, I’m a little nervous starting this one, because I’ve heard it’s super scary, but that’s also why I think it will be perfect for Halloween and this read-a-thon!


I think this read-a-thon is going to be so much fun!  Let me know if you are planning on participating, or even just if you are planning on reading something spooky this October.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on what I am reading!

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