November Wrap-Up + Blogmas Announcement!

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Hello!  Let’s just take a moment to stop and internally freak out that November is over, and we are in the last month of 2017! 😳  Y’ALL! HOW DID THAT EVEN HAPPEN?! WASN’T SUMMER JUST LAST MONTH?! *ahem* Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what I read and blogged about in the month of November!  Plus, I have an exciting Blogmas announcement at the end of this wrap-up!

In November, I read a total of 3 books (Or, if you want to count each Regal Hearts episode individually, I read 11 books)!

They were all ebooks though, so, unfortunately, I don’t have a group photo show.

BOOKS READ

– Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Regal Hearts: Season One by Livy Jarmusch \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson really exceeded my expectations, which is why it’s my Standout Book of the Month!  It was Christmas-y, emotional, and really just a lovely little book.

BOOKS REVIEWED

Spellbook of the Lost and Found  by Moïra Fowley-Doyle \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Regal Hearts: Season One by Livy Jarmusch \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BOOK HAUL

I didn’t buy any books in November.  I can’t believe it, but my TBR thanks me! 😉

MISCELLANEOUS

November was a fun month for the blog!

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I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, and I really loved the prompts!

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The Regal Hearts Blog Tour made a stop at my blog, and I got to share a review and what I would do if I was in a Disney Movie for a day!  This one was SO much fun to write!

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I also participated in the #ThanksgivingReadathon!  This was such a fun readathon that ran from the 22nd through the 26th.

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Then, last but not least, my Countdown to Christmas series has returned on my blog and will run through Christmas!


Blogmas 2017


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Now,  I’m so excited to share with you all that I’ve decided to do Blogmas this December!!  So, what that means is, I’ll be posting on the blog every single day starting December 1st, and going through the 25th (and maybe even the rest of December?! We’ll see 😉 ).  The #blogmas goal is to post something Christmas-y every single day, but honestly, I’m not sure if every single post will be Christmas.  I will [hopefully] be posting at least once a day, everyday, though.

This is my first time attempting to blog every day, and it’s going to be quite a challenge.  That being said, I’m looking forward to it! 🎄😄


That’s my November wrap-up, and an exciting announcement for what’s to come next month!  Let me know how your November went, and if you’re planning on participating in Blogmas, too!


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Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR

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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 ON MY WINTER TBR

Skipping Christmas

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I absolutely love Christmas with the Kranks, which is based off Skipping Christmas.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies, and I always have to watch it at least once every holiday season!  I’ve never read the book, though.  I wanted to read it last Christmas, but I never got around to it, so I’m hoping to remedy that this year!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Journey Back to Christmas

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I am so obsessed with Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies.  I know they are so cheesy and predictable, but honestly, I just cannot get enough! 90% of what I watch on television in the months of November and December is their movies.  So, when I saw Journey Back to Christmas on NetGalley, I had to request it!  It was one of my favorite premieres last year, and I think this book will be a fun, quick, Christmas-y read!

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

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I just recently heard about this book, and I think it sounds so interesting and will make another perfect holiday read!  I love the Christmas Carol theme, and I’m super excited to read this one!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Coronation

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I recently read and reviewed Regal Hearts: Season One, and The Coronation, while it is its own series, it is still related. I really loved Regal Hearts, so I’m excited to read this book and see what I think of this one!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Wayfarer

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I still can’t believe I haven’t read Wayfarer yet! I loved Passenger, and I’ve had this book since it first came out, and I still haven’t gotten around to it.  I really hope to get to it soon and see how this great series wraps up!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

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I’ve wanted to read this book for a while, and so I was really excited when I found it at my library’s book sale for $0.25.  So, I’m really looking forward to getting to Trouble is a Friend of Mine!  I’ve heard it has Nancy Drew vibes, which, if you all know me, really got my attention. 😉  This book sounds so fun and mysterious, and I think I’ll really enjoy it.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Walls Around Us

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Another thing I love is books about ballet!  So, I’m hoping to read The Walls Around Us very soon.  I’ve heard this book is filled with magic, mystery, and, of course, ballet!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Midnight Dance

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Speaking of ballet books, another one I really want to read is The Midnight Dance!  The story line sounds so mysterious and intriguing, and just look at at that gorgeous cover!! Heart eyes all around!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Ringer

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Another book I hope to get to this winter is Ringer by Lauren Oliver!  Replica has been one of my favorite reads of 2017, and I really want to see how the story ends!  I love how unique this series is!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

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I’ve heard so many good things about this book!  I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to it yet.  Under Rose-Tainted Skies deals with mental illnesses like agoraphobia, OCD, and anxiety, and I’ve heard the representation is really good!  Plus, on a shallow note, just look at that gorgeous cover!  This is a book that I’m really looking forward to reading, hopefully, very soon.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 


That’s my Top Ten Tuesday! What’s on YOUR winter TBR?


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#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-Up!

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Hello!  I hope everyone had a good week last week, and for my fellow Americans, a happy Thanksgiving!  Today I’m going to share with you all what I read during the Thanksgiving Readathon, which ran from Nov. 22nd – 26th.  You can also check out my TBR post for the readathon here!


So, I didn’t get everything on my TBR read, but I had such a busy week, I still think I didn’t do too bad.

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Okay, first I read The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson.

I ended up loving this book so much more than I thought I would!  Books related to war are hit or miss for me, and this one was definitely a hit.  It put me in the Christmas spirit, and just gave me so many emotions.  I will have a full review for The Christmas Blessing up on Saturday, but I will say, this book was a good one!

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Then, I read some more of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.  I didn’t finish it yet, but I read not bad-sized chunk of it, and if my schoolwork doesn’t kill me (or I don’t get too distracted by Christmas books), I should have it done by the end of the week!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to Skipping Christmas, but that’s okay.  The holiday season has just begun, and so there’s still plenty of time for me to read it before Christmas!


Also, just for fun, I thought I’d share what I did for Thanksgiving and last weekend!

So, on Wednesday, I spent most of my day finishing up schoolwork and getting stuff ready for Thanksgiving.  Then, on Thursday, obviously, it was Thanksgiving, and I already shared with y’all what my family does for the holiday on my TBR post. On Friday, I went Black Friday shopping, but I only went to Target and Kohls, and didn’t start until 10 AM, so there weren’t too many crowds…just the way I like it! 😉 I also went to a Christmas tree festival.  It’s something we go to every year!  It was super crowded because we went on a Friday night this year, but it was still a lot of fun.  On Saturday, my family and I went to a Christmas parade.  Then on Sunday, I went to my cousin and his wife’s goodbye party, who will be moving to Louisiana for two years.  Overall, it was a really fun week, but I’m super tired now, lol.

Here’s just a couple pictures from the weekend:

It was so nice to just make time to relax and read for this readathon, though!  I had so much fun participating, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s readathon!


Thanks so much for reading!  Let me know how your Thanksgiving went!


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Christmas Countdown – #7

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Hello! It’s Sunday, and so that means it’s time for another Countdown to Christmas book recommendation! 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 book is Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott.

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Sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas is a self-confessed Christmas fanatic. That’s why he’s so smitten with Sarah—a girl who smells like peppermint and thinks picking out presents to the strains of “Winter Wonderland” is the ultimate afternoon activity. But when he catches Sarah making out with Santa Claus at the Paramus Park mall, his dad’s over-the-top lights catch the Nicholas house on fire, and his mom gets fired from Fortunoff’s because of something he did for Christmas for Sarah, Paul gets caught in a downward spiral of holiday gloom. This year, the spirit of Scrooge has settled in—and it’s not going to be pretty. Or will the spirit of the holiday prevail?

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Jingle Boy is such a fun and lighthearted Christmas book!  It is full of silliness and some slapstick humor, so I admit, some people might find this book too cheesy, but I loved it!  I loved all the Christmas-y details throughout this book, from the chapter titles being related to Christmas carols to the overall atmosphere.  The actual story line, while a bit goofy, was really entertaining.  This book is so underrated!  Nobody talks about it, and I don’t know why.  I could definitely see Jingle Boy as a movie as well.  I would so watch it!

 

Let me know if you’ve read Jingle Boy! Also, tell me, are YOU a Christmas fanatic, or more of a Scrooge? I bet y’all can guess which one I am! 🎅


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#ThanksgivingReadathon TBR!

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Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving Eve to all my other fellow Americans!  I’m so excited to share with you all my TBR for the Thanksgiving Readathon hosted by Ottavia at Novels and Nonfiction and Jackie from Death At Tsundoku!

This is a super low-key, stress-free readathon, and I’ve been so busy lately, it is exactly what I need.  So, if you want to participate, here’s how:

  • Read as many books as you can in those 5 days
  • Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress using Twitter and other social media sites
  • Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday the 20th and Wednesday the 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals.
    • Bonus: Share some of your holiday traditions or what you are excited about this Thanksgiving week!
  • Publish a Wrap-Up post on between Monday the 27th and Wednesday the 29th sharing your readathon victories!
    • Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year.
  • Comment on Ottavia’s and Jackie’s posts with your post links to link up and share the comment love.

They’re also hosting a giveaway, so do be sure to check out their blogs to get all the info on that, as well!


TBR

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So, first on my list, I want to finish Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine.  I started this book, and was really enjoying it, but I got busy and haven’t had a whole lot of time to read lately, so I’d really love to finish this one!

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Next, I’d really love to read Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.  I love the movie, Christmas with the Kranks, and so I’d love to read the book that inspired the movie.

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Then, I hope to read The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson.  I received this book for review from NetGalley, and Melody Carlson always writes such great Christmas stories, so I’m sure this one will be great, too!


Thanksgiving Traditions

I love Thanksgiving!  My family has so many cozy Thanksgiving traditions that I look forward to every year, so I thought I’d share my Thanksgiving day with you all! 🙂

First, every Thanksgiving morning I wake up and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I still live with my parents, so I don’t actually have to go anywhere on Thanksgiving, which is kind of nice.  My sister comes over and brings breakfast, and we all eat breakfast and watch the parade, and get everything ready for Thanksgiving dinner.  Then, after the parade, the turkey is usually ready, and my entire family and I gather around and eat Thanksgiving dinner.  My favorite dish, aside from the turkey, is my mom’s yam casserole and the stuffing/dressing!

After dinner, we are all lazy, lol, and relax!

Then, in the evening, for dinner, we make room for more food!  😜

We always get in our jammies, watch Home Alone, make turkey sandwiches, and eat all the leftovers.

My family’s Thanksgiving is simple, but so special to all of us. 💕


Are you participating in #ThanksgivingReadathon?  Let me know!  

Also, tell me about YOUR Thanksgiving traditions! What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving?


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Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

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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 I’m Thankful For

The Holy Bible

As you may already know, I am a Christian, and my faith means a great deal to me. The Bible has taught, blessed, and encouraged me in my life so much. I truly would not be the same person I am today without it.

Nancy Drew

 

The Nancy Drew series has impacted my life in so many ways. Nancy’s class, bravery, and intellect was something that really motivated me as a child. Nancy always stood up for herself and others, and as someone who was quite shy, that always inspired me to do better.

Check it out on Goodreads!

elsie dinsmore.jpgA Life of Faith: Elsie Dinsmore

This series was my life back when I was 10. Elsie’s hardships always made me cry, but her kindness and high morals always inspired me. The fact that she was confident in who she was, and never wavered from her faith was something that I always loved!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

Anne of Green Gables

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I imagine that nobody is surprised this book made the list!  Anne of Green Gables is another book that is so dear to my heart!  When I first read this book, I found myself able to relate to her so much.  From her imagination to her fiery temper, Anne really spoke to me, and even after all these years it’s still a favorite.

 
Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Book Thief

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I love The Book Thief! This book is so touching, emotional, and beautifully written.  It’s been several years since I’ve read it, and I still think about this book all the time.  I’ll never forget about this book.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 

The Sweet Seasons

3327325This series, while a light-hearted chick-lit, was exactly what I needed to read when I read it.  I started this series the summer before my senior year of high school, just like the main character in the Sweet Seasons series.  Then, I read each book according to its season, so as my senior year moved along, so did Candace’s.  As someone who had no idea what to do after high school, I found myself really relating to Candace and her struggles and uncertainties.  This book really helped me make that transition from high school student to graduate easier.

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

On Pointe

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This book was so beautiful! It was the first book I ever read that was written in free verse.  Also, it was an incredibly relatable read for me.  I love the message this book left.  Your dreams may not turn out as you expected, but that doesn’t mean to give up.  Just because it’s different, doesn’t mean it’s gone.  I was just really touched by On Pointe, and it might not be an important book for everyone, but it was an important one for me.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

Twilight

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Twilight is the book that got me into reading YA.  This series opened up so many new reading adventures that I might not have picked up, had it not been for my love of Twilight.  I’m also thankful for this book and all the fun memories I have related to it.  This was the first series I was really excited for and anticipated movie releases and memorabilia.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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I’m thankful for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because I just really love this series!  Also, it’s one of the first (maybe the first) series where I was there from the very beginning.  A lot of my favorite books have been discovered after most or all of the books in the series were released.  This is the first series where I read the first book when it was new, and had to wait for the release of each sequel, and for the movie, which, for a while there, I thought might never come!

 

Check it out on Goodreads! 

 

Stargirl

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Stargirl is another favorite of mine.  I love this book and the message it leaves! Plus, as a former homeschooler, I’ll always relate to Stargirl’s quirkiness at least a little bit.  Also, every time I hear or see the bunny hop, I’ll always think of this book! 😉

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 


That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday – even though it’s so late, for most of the world it is now Wednesday!

Let me know which books YOU are thankful for!


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Regal Reads Blog Tour | If I Were Trapped in a Disney Movie for a Day + Regal Hearts Season One Review

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Hey everyone!  Today I’m participating in the blog tour, Regal Reads, in honor of Regal Hearts: Season One being released in paperback! I’m super excited about this post today, because not only am I sharing an extra book review this week, but I also get to be a little extra creative.  The lovely Livy Jarmusch came up with some super creative tour ideas, and they were all so fun and imaginative! I just had to write and share with you all the things I would do if I were trapped in a Disney movie for a day.  So, without further ado, let’s get on with it!

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Christmas Countdown – #6

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It’s that time of year again!!  I’m so excited to be bringing back my Countdown to Christmas blog series this year!  For those of you new to the blog, Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

My first pick for 2017 is What Light by Jay Asher.

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Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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What Light is such a lovely and festive holiday read!  It is one of those books that gives you that Christmas-y warm and fuzzies feeling.  It just has that all-around Christmas atmosphere. The characters in this book are great and I loved the sweet romance.  Not only did I love the romantic love, but the love between friends and family was so nice and prevalent as well. I really appreciated the overall theme of love and forgiveness in this novel.  I read this book last year, and I am really hoping to reread it again this year!  Also, if you’d like to hear more about my thoughts about What Light, I posted a complete review back in January.  You can check it out here!

 

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


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Book Review | Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie

the big lie.jpgTitle: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie by Anthony Del Col, illustrated by Werther Dell’edera 

Pages: 162

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Graphic Novel/Comic (Rating Teen+)

Published by: Dynamite Entertainment (Nov. 28, 2017)

Summary

Volume collects issues 1-6

A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. Writer Anthony Del Col (Assassin’s Creed, Kill Shakespeare) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Batman: Detective Comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

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What I Thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!*

I love Nancy Drew!  I have around 100 books, all the computer games, and own the movies and TV show.  So, I was quite intrigued when I heard about this new comic series earlier this year.  I hadn’t gotten around to checking out the individual issues yet though.  So, when I found out all six issues of the series were becoming one volume, and that it was available on NetGalley, I was quite excited!

When I read the first issue, I was a bit unsure on how I felt about it.  This isn’t the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books from your childhood.  That being said, the more I read, the more this story grew on me!

While this mystery is more mature and darker than the books, I really felt like the spirit of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys was there.  The characters were edgier, but really their personalities were the same, just amplified, and I really loved that!

The actual mystery, in itself, was really well done.  It was a bit difficult accepting the fact that Fenton Hardy was murdered, but ultimately, doing something so risky as to kill off such a prominent character in the original Hardy Boys series really showed what this series was about.  I don’t want to give away anything, so Ill just say that The Big Lie was filled with plot twists and suspense, and overall, it was just really good.  The artwork was really great too.  I absolutely loved how the back of the book featured all the various covers for each individual issue.  My favorite cover is issue #3, which was created by Fay Dalton.

Another thing I really appreciated were all the references to other characters from the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  You may not be aware, but Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon were not real people.  All the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books were created by Edward Stratemeyer, as well as several other not quite as well-known series (like the Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift) and ghost written by various people, under the Stratemeyer Syndicate.  So, that was really fun to see those references!

Overall, The Big Lie was really well done.  I’m quite new to graphic novels and comic books, so I’m still learning what I like and dislike, but I found this one to be very enjoyable. I plan on buying myself a physical copy to add to my Nancy Drew collection soon! I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, as well as to anyone who is a fan of mystery comics.  I look forward to, hopefully, reading more titles in this series in the future!

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie will be released November 28th, 2017!  However, you can check out the first issue for FREE on Amazon Kindle and comiXology now!

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October Wrap-Up!

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Hello! October is over, and November is halfway over (which is freaking me out since it feels like it just started yesterday), so it is definitely time to share with you all what I was up to last month!

In October, I read 5 books!

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BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER

– Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (library) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Regal Hearts: Episode 1 by Livy Jarmusch (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (library) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (library) \\ undecided

– The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (library) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I really loved The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding.  This was such an adventurous and fun book. I loved the ending, and it was the perfect October read!

BOOKS REVIEWED

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris \\ ⭐️⭐️1/2

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BOOK HAUL

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I only bought one book last month, which, if you remember September’s haul, is definitely a good thing!  I found The Treatment at Books-a-Million for $4, and I could not refuse it! I really loved The Program when I read it last year, so I’m really looking forward to reading book 2.

MISCELLANEOUS

A lot of fun things happened on the blog in October!

I participated in both the Halloween Read-a-Thon, as well as Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

#HalloweenWR: TBR & Wrap-Up

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Dewey’s: TBR & Wrap-Up

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I participated in a few Top Ten Tuesdays, as well as some super fun Halloween tags!

Top Ten Books with Fall/Autumn Covers | Top Ten Foodie Books | Top Ten October/Halloween Books

Hocus Pocus Book Tag | Trick or Treat Around the Block

I also shared my thoughts on the movie The Haunting, based off the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, on Movie Monday.


That wraps up October!  I feel like, after a few slow months, October was a really good blogging month.  I’m looking forward to continuing this in November.  The second half of the month, I have some exciting things coming up.  I’m going to be participating in a blog tour, as well as my Countdown to Christmas series, which returns on 11/19! So, get excited! lol

Thanks so much for reading, and be sure to let me know how October went for you!


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