Top Five Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

This week I actually had a little trouble coming up with books that fit the topic, so I’m only doing a top 5, today.  The topic is:



Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


I can’t believe I actually read Gone with the Wind, because of its size!  This book is over 1,000 pages, and aside from the Bible, it is the biggest book I’ve ever read.  I ended up really loving it, too!



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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins


Ellen Hopkins’ books have always intimidated me.  From the fact that they’re written in verse, to their heavy subject matters, I’ve always been hesitant of her work.  When I got the chance to review The You I’ve Never Known, however, I discovered how great of a writer she truly is!  This book really took me by surprise, and I can’t believe I finally got brave enough to try one of her novels.


Check it out on Goodreads!


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

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As many of you know, I’m a big Nancy Drew fan.  So, when I discovered this new, noir-style comic series, I had to try it out!  I can’t believe I read something so different from the regular Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, and not only that, but I can’t believe that I actually loved it!



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Allegiant by Veronica Roth


It’s not that I can’t believe that I read this book, but it’s that I can’t believe what I read in this book.  It’s been almost five years, and I’m still not over it.  Yet, I kind of want to reread the entire Divergent series soon…



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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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A non-fiction book about cleaning just isn’t the typical type of books I read. So, I’m honestly surprised that I picked this one up.  That being said, I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed it, and actually learned quite a bit from this book!



Check it out on Goodreads!



That’s this week’s list!  What are some books you can’t believe that you’ve read?

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Book Review | Ink and Bone

ink and boneTitle: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Pages: 374

Genres: Fantasy, Dystopian, YA, Alternate History

Published by: New American Library (July 7, 2015)


In an exhilarating new series, “New York Times” bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time. 

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. 

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service. 

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life and soon both heretics and books will burn.

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What I Thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the publisher and Blogging for Books!*

When I read the premise for this book, I thought I was going to love it!  Ink and Bone is all about books and the love of books and reading.  Plus, it has a dystopian, sort of alternate universe setting, which sounded so cool!  Unfortunately, this book just missed the mark for me.

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Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:


Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot



I read this book several years ago, and while I remember the main premise, I really don’t remember much of the characters or the actual plot.  I really love Meg Cabot’s writing style though, so hopefully I can reread this book soon, and continue the series, because I think I would still really enjoy it!

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Death by Bikini (Death by Mysteries #1) by Linda Gerber

death by bikini.jpgThis is another book that I read some time ago.  I thought it was a really intriguing mystery, but I just never picked up the rest of the books in the series.  I may reread this book and the rest of the series this summer!




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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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Basically I think this whole list is going to be books that are first in a series that I never got around to finishing!  The Body Finder is yet another book that I read, really enjoyed, never finished the series, and now I can’t remember anything that happened.

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Heist Society by Ally Carter

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I read this book back when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school. I don’t think I even realized it was going to be a series at the time.  I remember absolutely loving it, being so excited when I found out about the sequel, and then never reading it.  Why am I like this?!

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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I am so sad to say that, aside from the fact that it is a Peter Pan retelling, I really remember nothing from this book except that it was so wonderful!  I even think it may have been one of my favorite books the year I read it, but now I can’t remember anything about it.



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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

the phantom tollbooth.jpgI read this book for school in, I think, the 5th grade. I remember thinking it was a great book, but the only part I remember is when they were eating some type of word soup that made them hungrier the more they ate it?!




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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sydney

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I absolutely adored this book when I read it so many years ago! I discovered my mom’s copy when I was 10 or 11, and I just remember loving this story so much! Unfortunately, that’s about all I remember.



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Extras (Uglies #4) by Scott Westerfeld

extras.jpgThe Uglies series was one of my favorites in high school (I seriously need to reread them)! Extras was an additional book that focused on different characters than the original series. I remember really enjoying it, maybe not quite as much as the original three, but thinking it was a great addition to the series. For some reason, I can’t remember anything about this book. Like, at all! I think someone was a reporter or something? Maybe?


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Dream Factory by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler

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I don’t remember anything that happens in this book! Like, at all. I know that it is about some teens who work at Disney World, and that it’s super cute and I loved it when I read it. That’s it.



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Unraveled (the Amanda Project #4) by Amanda Valentino & Cathleen Davitt Bell

unraveled.jpgLet me just start by saying that The Amanda Project is probably the most underrated YA series I’ve ever read. I loved these books in high school. They were from Harper Teen, but for some reason, had very little publicity?! Now, for some reason, I just cannot remember how everything wraps up! I do remember liking this last book in the series, but I just don’t know what happened!




Wow! My reread TBR pile has now grown! As if I don’t already have enough books to read, I now want to reread all of these and see what I think about them today. 😁

Thank you for reading! Be sure to share with me your favorite books that you can’t remember anything about!

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2018 Classics Challenge!

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Hi everyone!  Today, I’ve got a super exciting post to share with you all.  For 2018, two of my blogging and reading goals were 1) read more classics, and 2) host my own event/reading challenge.  Well, I decided to combine the two, and came up with a 2018 Classics Challenge!  The goal for this challenge is to simply read more classic literature based off the prompts below.  There are eleven prompts, so that’s about 1 classic book a month.

I’m mostly a mood reader, so I’m not going to create a specific TBR.  Today, though, I’m going to explain the prompts a bit more, and give some suggestions for each category!

Please know, though, that I haven’t read all the examples I’m sharing with you all. For the most part, I’m simply going off of recommendations from people I know and Google.

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A Classic for your Country

For this prompt, I want you to read a book that is considered a classic for the country where you live, or where you are originally from.  For example, I’m from the US, so I would read a book that is considered an American classic such as…

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Little Women
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A Classic for a Country not your Own

For this challenge, read a book that’s considered a classic for a country not your own.  Some examples of this would be:

  • Anne of Green Gables is a Canadian classic
  • Great Expectations is a British classic
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian classic
  • Things Fall Apart is an African classic
  • Journey to the West is a Chinese classic

A Classic Written by an Author Whose Name Starts with the Same Letter as Your Name

It can be either your first or last name or the author’s first or last name, but for this challenge, read a book by an author whose name starts with the same letter as your name, or even better, if you can, share the same name as you!

So, for example, my name is Theresa, so I could read a book by T. S. Elliot, Thomas Hardy, or even JRR Tolkien or Leo Tolstoy.  I could also use my last name, which starts with an M. So I could read a book by Margaret Mitchell, A. A. Milne, or Mark Twain.

18th Century Classic

These next few prompts are pretty self-explanatory.  For this one, read a book from the 18th century.

Some examples:

  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Clarissa
  • The Vicar of Wakefield

19th Century Classic

Read a book from the 19th century, such as:

  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Frankenstein
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

20th Century Classic

Read a book from the 20th century:

  • 1984
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Hobbit
  • A Farewell to Arms

Modern Day Classic

For this challenge, you have a little more freedom deciding which book you would consider a modern day classic. To more clearly separate a 20th century classic with a modern day classic, I’ve decided anything from about 1980 and beyond is a modern day classic. You could even include a book that you think will be a classic in the future! Some examples:

  • ͏Li͏f͏e of Pi
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Color Purple
  • Harry Potter
  • A Monster Calls

A Classic Under 200 Pages

Read a classic book that’s 200 pages or less.

Some examples are:

  • The Outsiders
  • Animal Farm
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Northanger Abbey
  • The Metamorphosis

A Classic Over 500 Pages

Read a classic book that’s 500 pages or more (I would recommend starting this particular challenge more than a week before the year ends. 😉).

Some examples would be:

  • Gone with the Wind
  • Les Misérables
  • East of Eden
  • Moby Dick
  • Great Expectations

A Children’s Classic

Read a book that is considered a children’s classic, such as:

  • Peter Pan
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Classic Freebie

For this last prompt, read any classic book you want. The choice is totally up to you and what you feel like reading!

I’d really love it if you all participated with me for this reading challenge! If you do decide to participate, let me know, and I’ll include a link to your blog in this post. For each classic I read, I’ll write a post and share which one I chose, and my thoughts about it.  Also, I’ll be using the hashtag #2018ClassicsChallenge. So, be sure to follow along and use the hashtag as well! 🎉

Thanks so much for reading! I’m looking forward to reading more classics, and I hope you are, too!

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Book Review | Gone with the Wind

18405Title: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Pages: 1037

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Classic

Published by: Macmillan Publishers (June 30, 1936)


Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson. 

Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.

Gone with the Wind

What I Thought

Gone with the Wind is a book that I have been wanting to read for some time. I know of so many people who adore this epic novel, and I wanted to see what my opinions would be. Let me just say that this book is so much more than just a romance novel! Honestly, this review isn’t going to be able to fully capture everything I have to say about it, because there’s just so much I could say that I don’t even know where to begin, but I’m going to try my best!

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The Unique Blogger Award!

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A while back I was nominated by Jade at Drink Coffee and Read Books to do the Unique Blogger Award tag!  Thank you so much for tagging me, Jade!!


  1. Share the link to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions they gave you.
  3. Nominate 8-13 other bloggers and pay it forward.
  4. Ask them three questions.


1. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

I don’t know if this would necessarily be a surprise or not, because I’m terrible when it comes to unhauling books, but I have a lot of children’s books on my book shelves.  I’ve always been a really avid reader, and I still have most of my books from elementary school.  So I have popular titles like Nancy Drew and the Ramona books, but I also have lesser known books that none of my friends read, like Robin Kane and The Littles.

2. Can you leave a book series unfinished or do you have to own all the books and read them all?

I definitely can leave a book series unfinished.  That’s actually a struggle of mine.  I’ll start a series, and then never finish it!  One of my reading goals for 2018 is to actually finish/make progress in some of the many series that I have started and then never got around to finishing.

3. How do you think you would be described if you were in a book?

Hmm…What an interesting question!  Honestly, I’d probably be described as rather bookish and sensitive and appearing on the outside, altogether average.

For my questions, I think I’m just going to reuse these, because I really love the questions Jade picked out!


Reading with Jessica



Stacey Reads

The Orangutan Librarian

Hot Chocolate Confessions

Paperback Dreamer

The Past Due Review

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Thanks for reading!

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Top Five Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018!

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:


So, I’ve already shared some of my bookish goals for 2018, because of that, I’ve decided to only list a top 5 today. Now that 2018 is actually here, I feel like I have a lot more clarity of what I want to do when it comes to books and blogging! Okay, here we go:

1. Focus more on quality instead of quanity.

I want to focus less on the number of books read, and more on the quality.  There are a lot of large books that I’ve put off reading just so I can read and finish shorter books quicker, and I need to stop that.  If I want to read a short book, I should read it.  If I want to read a H U G E book, I should read it – and without worrying about how many books I’m completing.

2. Host my own event.

I’m super excited to be hosting my own Classics Challenge (which look out for the announcement later this week)! I don’t know if anyone will actually participate with me, but that’s okay.  I think it’ll be a neat experience either way, and it will help me complete my next reading resolution which is…

3. Read more classics.

In middle school and high school, I really didn’t enjoy reading classics.  However, now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve really come to appreciate them!  They sometimes take a little longer to read, but I really do enjoy many classics, and would love to incorporate more of them in my reading life.

4. Finish some series.

I have a really bad habit of starting book series, and then never finishing them!  So, in 2018, I want to actually finish, or at least make progress, in some of the many book series that I have started reading, but haven’t finished yet.

5. Bookstagram more.

I love the Bookstagram community!  It’s so much fun to take book photos, as well as to see everyone’s creative photos and love of books.  This year, I want to post more on my bookstagram.  In the past few months, I haven’t posted as consistently as I would like, and so I’d really like to change that.  I already have a few creative ideas I’m working on, and I just want that to continue throughout the year!

Those are some of my bookish resolutions! Tell me about yours in the comments!

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Top Ten Books I Meant To Read in 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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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:


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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I totally mean to read Crooked Kingdom in the beginning of last year, but then I got distracted by other books, and kind of forgot what happened in Six of Crows, so I just kept putting it off.  Not this year!  I’ve started listing to the Six of Crows audiobook, so my memory is refreshed.  I’m reading Crooked Kingdom in 2018!



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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken


This is another I mean to read in early 2017.  I won a signed copy Wayfarer (2 actually…what are the odds that I would win 2 different giveaways of the same books?!), and so I had every intention of reading it.  I really don’t know what happened! I loved Passenger, so I’m sure I’ll love this book, too.



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The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

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I know why I didn’t read this book.  I had originally planned on reading this during the summer.  However, around July, I got hit with a huge reading slump, and the idea of reading such a large book just didn’t seem like a good idea.  So, I just kept pushing it off again and again.  Hopefully I will actually get to it this year! Not hopefully…I will!!



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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Honestly, I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to reading The Help in 2017.  I had every intention of reading it, and I just never picked it up.  I really would love to read this book in 2018!




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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so even though I didn’t get a chance to read Illuminae in 2017, I really plan on changing that in 2018!





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The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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The Borrowers sounds like such a fun and easy book to read!  I loved the movie when I was little, and I’ve always wanted to read the book, but it’s one I just never got around to as a little kid.  I found a copy at the library book sale last year, and so even though I didn’t get to it last year, I’m definitely getting to it this year!


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Reached by Ally Condie


Honestly, I’ve been meaning to read this book since probably 2012.  I’ll probably have to reread the entire series before I can read Reached, but I still really want to.  I loved the first two books when I first read them, and I would just really like to finish the series.




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Christy and Todd: The College Years by Robin Jones Gunn

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This is another book that I’ve really been meaning to read for years.  I really love the Christy Miller books, so I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one!




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Every Day by David Levithan

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This is actually another book I’ve had since, probably, 2012.  I honestly forgot that I owned it for a while.  However, when people started talking about it becoming a movie last year, I was like, “oh hey! I have that book!”  So, talk about it really made me want to read it last year.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to it, but I’m definitely going to read it this year!



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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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I feel like The Chronicles of Narnia is such a classic, children’s series, but aside from watching the movies, it’s one I totally missed out on as a kid!  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a very winter-y feeling read, so I had every intention of reading it last winter, but I just didn’t get to it.  So, I’m trying again this winter!



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There’s my Top Ten Tuesday!  After writing this, it’s very clear to me that I need to work on my TBR!  There shouldn’t be books that I bought from 2012 still on there. 🙈

Thanks for reading! Be sure to let me know which books you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to!

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December Wrap-Up!

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Hello! 2017 is over! Can you even believe that?!  We’re a week into January now, and I still have to keep reminding myself that.  I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas, or any other holiday, and just all-around great December.  I had a fun and festive month filled with family, celebrations, and lots and lots of Christmas movies!

When it comes to books and blogging, my December did pretty great!  While I would have liked to read a little more than I did, I still managed to finish 5 books, and I participated in Blogmas!



– Journey Back to Christmas by Leigh Duncan (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Skipping Christmas by John Grisham \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



This was a close tie with Gone with the Wind, but I chose The Afterlife of Holly Chase as the Standout Book of the Month, because I really did not expect this book to standout at all.  This book was so cute and festive and it had a lot of heart.  I ended up loving The Afterlife of Holly Chase way more than I intended.  I figured it would just be an okay read, but for me personally, I loved it and even listed it as one of my top 10 books of 2017!


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

Journey Back to Christmas by Leigh Duncan \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2


First, I participated in The Broke and The Bookish Secret Santa, and my Santa was the sweetest ever, and really spoiled me with all the goodies I received! If you want to know everything I got, check out my post here!  Just the books I got were: Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire!


Then, for Christmas, I received 2 more books: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart and the Just One trilogy bind-up by Gayle Forman!



December was a really fun and active month for my blog! I participated in Blogmas, so I posted something every single day during the month of December (minus 2 days, that I just ran out of time).


I continued my Countdown to Christmas series:

Blogmas Book Quotes

I shared some of my favorite holiday quotes:

And a few holiday recipes:

Blogmas Baking chocolate chip cookiesBlogmas Baking christmas bells


I also participated in 2 different readathons (even if I didn’t do too great)!

#ReadersCrossing | TBR & Wrap Up

The Holiday Adventure-A-Thon | TBR & Wrap Up

movie monday

The Movie Monday of the Month was Christmas with the Kranks!

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I also did a few TTT’s!

Some #AMonthofFaves

As well as some fun and festive book tags:

Also, I shared:

Gifts to Buy a Bookworm that Aren't Books

Gifts to Buy a Bookworm that aren’t Books


My #TBTBSanta Unboxing

MSpecial Herbs

My Most Memorable Christmas Memories

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My Top Ten Books of 2017

2018 goals

My 2018 Reading and Blogging Goals

That wraps up December!  It was such a great month for me, bookish and nonbookish.  I’m really looking forward to 2018, and seeing all that it has in store!

Thanks so much for reading!

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Book Review | The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

the life-changing magic.jpgTitle: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, translated by Cathy Hirano

Pages: 224

Genres: Nonfiction, Self-Help

Published by: Ten Speed Press (Oct. 14, 2014)


Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international best seller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

What I Thought

I had seen people talk about this book for a while now, and I had always been intrigued, but I never picked it up, because I don’t typically read this type of book.  However, since Christmas, I’ve been in a cleaning mood, and, since I’ve been sick this week and haven’t been well enough to actually clean, I decided to check out the ebook from my library.  I’m really glad I did, too, because this book surprised me!

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