Book Review | Rebecca

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Genres: Classic, Gothic, Mystery

Published by: HarperCollins (August, 1938)

Summary

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

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I first added Rebecca to my TBR a year or two ago after hearing so many wonderful things about it.  I just knew I was going to to love it!  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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February TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’m a few days late, but today I’m going to be sharing some of the books I’m hoping to read this month!  Last month, I didn’t finish as many books as I would have hoped, so I have some pretty high hopes for February.  I don’t always set monthly TBR’s, but I’ve decided to try it out for a while and see how it goes. 🙂

Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, I really want to get to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.  I had planned on reading them in January, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I am so eager to read these two.  As a lot of you probably already know the Miss Peregrine series and The Book Thief are two of my favorites.  So, it’s really no surprise why I cannot wait to read them.

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Next up on my TBR is Imposters by Scott Westerfeld.  The Uglies series is another one of my favorites, and I was so excited when I found out about this book.  I just recently bought this one and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to read it soon!

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I’m also really looking forward to reading All in Pieces by Suzanne Young!  I love her book, The Program, and while this one seems like a very different type of book from The Program, it sounds like it will be amazing.  Also, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, so I’ve no doubt that I will love it, too!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade sounds like it is going to be such a fun and romantic book, which I think will be perfect for February and Valetine’s Day.  I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s other books yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about them, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Also, as soon as they come in from the library, I’m hoping to get to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book ClubRoss Poldark by Winston Graham for Haleigh (Sweet Sequels) and Laura’s (bookishstardesigns) Poldark read-along, and Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott for Katharine’s (readwithkat) February #ReadwithKat pick!


So, as you can see, I’ve got a rather ambitious TBR for me this month!  Please wish me luck, because you know I’m going to need it! 😂

What’s on your February TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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December/January Wrap-Up!

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Hello! It’s been nearly a month since I’ve last written on here, but I am back!  January was just a busy month for me, and I didn’t end up having a whole lot of time for blogging. I also attempted to read through the entire Bible in a month, and so because of that, I didn’t have a whole lot of time for reading other books either.  I’m not quite done with the Bible, or the other two books I’m reading, Rebecca and Girl, Wash Your Face, so I’ve decided to just include those in my February wrap-up.

In December, however, I read four books!

BOOKS READ

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– A Vintage Christmas \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– A Christmas Remedy by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Silent Days, Holy Night Phyllis Clark Nichols \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH
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A Vintage Christmas was filled with so many delightful short stories and poems that just filled me with the Christmas spirit! I absolutely adored this book!  It is one that I could definitely see myself rereading year after year.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

The Christmas Remedy Cindy and Erin Woodsmall \\ ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Nichols Clark \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

First, I was gifted some lovely books, Falling for You, The Sound of Rain, and The Color of Lies, thanks to Just Read Tours, Bethany Publishing House, and Revell publishing.  So, a huge thank you to them! I cannot wait to read all of these!

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Then, while at the thrift store, I found some oldies but goodies! I’m especially excited for Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Lock and Key because Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen are my favorite YA contemporary authors and they’re two of the few books I haven’t read from them!IMG_5467.jpg

For Christmas, I received Bridge of Clay and A Map of Days, which I am soo excited to read!!

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I also received a B&N gift card for Christmas, and with that, I bought Imposters! The Uglies series has always been a favorite of mine, so I’m super eager to read this continuation/spin-off!

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And lastly, I was gifted Becoming Us from WaterBrook and Multnomah!  I adore the Christy Miller series, so I am so excited to catch up with Christy and her new friends in this book.

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MISCELLANEOUS 

During the month of December, I attempted to do Blogmas.  While I wasn’t able to actually post every day like I intended, I still posted quite a bit, and it all just felt so fun and festive!

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December TBR

I shared my TBR for December, as well as my plans for the Classicsathon and the ‘Tistheseasonathon!

I also shared my ‘Tistheseasonathon wrap-up here!

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My Bookish Gift Guide for 2018 was also one of my favorites of the month to write.

Blogmas Book Quotes

Blogmas Book Quotes were back this year, and I shared several more of my favorite, literary Christmas quotes.

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Countdown to Christmas was also back again this year!

I also participated in a couple of book tags in December:

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Give Thanks for All the Great Reads

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The Bookish Naughty List

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I also showed off some of my Christmas decorations in my room!

 


And that wraps up December and January!  I hope you all have had a lovely start to 2019 so far!  I’m looking forward to blogging again and reading more in February, too.

Thanks so much for reading!


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Top Ten Books of 2018!

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Hello and Happy New Year!  2018 was a wild year filled with so many amazing books!  Today, I’m going to share my top ten of the year.  It was so difficult to decide, because I read so many amazing books books in 2018!  Altogether, I read 55 books.

According to the order they were read, here’s my top ten:

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After loving the movie for years, I finally read the book of A Walk to Remember!  While the book and movie are quite differently, actually, the book was just as sweet and emotional.

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Many of you already know how much I love Meg Cabot, so it shouldn’t come as too much as a surprise that this book made my list.  Safe House, in my opinion, has been the best book in the 1-800-Where-R-You that I’ve read so far.

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The Coronation was such an amazing book!  This book is filled with so many amazing, well-written characters.  It is definitely the best Christian fiction that I read this year.

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I had to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because of the Netflix movie coming out, and I am so glad I did.  This book was so enjoyable, and I loved how Lara Jean and her sisters’ relationships were portrayed – it was so realistic!  Also, the movie is just as good!

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Somehow I skipped over The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, growing up.  I finally experienced the book for the first time and it was absolutely fantastic!  I admit, I’m a little sad I didn’t read this series when I was younger, but I’m glad to be giving it a chance now.

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The Way You Make Me Feel has incredible characters, great family dynamics, and lots of diversity.  I’m so glad I read this book!

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I love all of Morgan Matson’s books, so I already expected Save the Date to be on this list way back in June when I first read it.  This book was amazing! I laughed and cried.  The characters and family dynamics were so well done.  The romance was so sweet. I just loved this one!

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I don’t know how many times I’ve had people tell me to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  This book had so much hype surrounding it, I didn’t think I could possibly like that much.  Well, everyone was right.  This book was incredible!

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Sweet Dreams, the final book in the Illusion trilogy was absolutely amazing! What a great way to end an already great series.  This book really showed how far the characters have come and even how far Nadette Rae Rodgers has come as a writer.  I cannot recommend this book or series enough!

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Oh my goodness, y’all!  I just loved Small Spaces so, so much!  I literally loved every single thing about this book.  From the first page I was hooked and continued to stay gripped until the very last page!


And those were my favorite books of 2018!  I pray that your 2019 is filled with so much joy, positivity, and, of course, wonderful books.

Thank you so much for reading and Happy 2019! 🎉

 


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Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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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! 🎉🥂

#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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Countdown to Christmas #14

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Hello! I can hardly believe it, but it’s Christmas Eve, Eve, and the final Countdown to Christmas of 2018!! 🎄😱  Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

This week’s pick is Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost.

IMG_5059.JPGWhen Holly White’s fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime–exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly’s family tree farm. 
When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly’s father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn’t help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn’t watch out, she’ll end up on Santa’s naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s jolly series debut.

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Twelve Slays of Christmas is such a fun and festive read!  The mystery is well done and the atmosphere is so Christmas-y.  I could totally see this series becoming a movie series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.  This book was so fun and enjoyable, and if you love cozy mysteries, I would definitely recommend this book!

Have you read Twelve Slays of Christmas?


 

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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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Blogmas Book Quote | A Christmas Inspiration

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Hello! It’s time for another Blogmas Book Quote!

Today I’m sharing a lovely little quote from LM Montgomery’s short story, A Christmas Inspiration.  It is one of the stories featured in A Vintage Christmas, and it has been one of my favorites from the entire collection that I’ve read so far.  It is such a sweet story about giving and thinking of others, especially about those who often feel forgotten, and it just warmed my heart while reading it.


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“How lovely the world is,” said Jean.

“This is really the very happiest Christmas morning I have ever known,” declared Nellie.  “I never felt so really Christmassy in my inmost soul before.”

“I suppose,” said Beth thoughtfully, “that it is because we have discovered for ourselves the old truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive.  I’ve always known it, in a way, but I never realized it before.”

“Blessing on Jean’s Christmas inspiration,” said Nellie.  “But, girls, let us try to make it an all-the-year-round inspiration, I say.  We can bring a little of our own sunshine into Miss Allen’s life as long as we live with her.”

~ LM Montgomery, The Christmas Inspiration


Thanks for reading! 💚❤

 


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