Top Ten Books of 2018!

top ten of 2018.png

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:

10.

1

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.

9.

2

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.

8.

3

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.

7.

4

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!

6.

5

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.

5.

6

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

4.

7

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!

3.

8

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!

2.

9

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!

1.

10

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! 🎉

 


Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository

(I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

Advertisements

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! 🥂🎉

 


Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository

(I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

End of the Year Book Tag

end of the year book tag.png

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

TheRebellionCover

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

imposters

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

Biggest disappointment

breakfast at tiffany's

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

small spaces

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

save the date

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

IMG_4773

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?

the christmas secret.jpg

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!

unboxing

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!

Continue reading

Countdown to Christmas #14

holidays-1

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.

Goodreads | Amazon  | B&N | Book Depository

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?


 

Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository (I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

The Jingle Bell Book Tag!

jingle bell book tag (1).png

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?

a map of days

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?

small spaces

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?

NancyDrewCLK

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?

my true love gave to me.jpg

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.

matilda

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?

anne of green gables

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!


Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository

(I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

Blogmas Book Quote | A Christmas Inspiration

Blogmas Book Quotes

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.


IMG_4927.JPG

“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! 💚❤

 


Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository

(I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

Waiting on Wednesday

Waitingonwednesday

Waiting on Wednesday/Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature, started by Breaking the Spine and continued by Wishful Endings, that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s pick is:

Romanov

RELEASING MAY 7TH, 2019

romanov.jpgSYNOPSIS

From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

Romanov sounds like such an intriguing novel!!  I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Nadine Brandes’ other book, Fawkes, and so I’m sure this one will be just as wonderful as well.  I also follow her on Twitter, and she is just so sweet and fun, it really makes me want to read her books more.  I’ve always been super intrigued by Anastasia, and I have no doubt that this book will be intriguing as well.  Also, look at that gorgeous cover! 😍

 


Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository

(I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday new

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Winter TBR

1

The hype for Dumplin’ is out of control now that the Netflix movie is here!  I’ve heard nothing but good things about both the book and the movie, and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one.

2

The Night Circus is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages but just keep putting it off for one reason or another.  Well, I’ve really been in the mood to read something mysterious and atmospheric, and from what I’ve heard, this sounds like the perfect book to fill that!

3

If there’s one book I’m hoping I get for Christmas, A Map of Days is it! I absolutely adore the Miss Peregrine series, and I’ve been desperately waiting to read this one.  If I get this one for Christmas (fingers and toes crossed), it may even be my very first read of 2019!

4

I meant to read Rebecca earlier this year.  However, I checked it out from the library (along with a rather hefty stack of books) and I ended up not getting to it before it was due back.  After Christmas, I’m planning on checking this one out again and giving it another try!

5

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is another book that I’ve heard so many wonderful things about!  I’m very excited to read this book and watch the movie this winter.

6

Okay, so everyone loves Outlander. I’ve always been intimidated by this book because of its size, but I really think I should give it a go!

7

Greenwillow was another book I meant to read earlier this year.  It was in the same library stack as Rebecca, and, unfortunately, I didn’t get to this one either.  Here’s hoping I finally can read it!

8

This book has been on my radar for quite some time, but I just never had the chance to read it.  Well, my package from TBTBSanta came and The Sun is Also a Star was one of the books she gifted me! I’m so excited to read it now!

9

Parallel is another book my wonderful TBTBSanta gave me.  Honestly, I plan on reading all the books she gave me this winter, but being that I have an actual post sharing all that I got, I decided to only list two!

10

Hiddensee sounds like such a perfect, wintery read. It’s a retelling of The Nutcracker, and while I’ve never read the book, I’ve seen the ballet (and the Barbie movie 😂), so I’m super excited to see how this one is!


There you have it! Those are just a few of the books I am looking forward to reading this winter!  Be sure to share with me some of the books on your winter TBR, because I would love to know!

Thanks for reading!


Follow me on:

Bloglovin’ | Instagram Twitter Facebook Goodreads | Litsy (@thecalicobooks)

Buy from:

The Book Depository (I receive a tiny commission if you follow my BD links!)

Blogmas Book Quotes | The Gift

Blogmas Book Quotes

Hello everyone! Today I’m back with another Blogmas Book Quote!

Today’s quote comes from The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.  This quote may be short, but to me, with Christmas only one week away, I feel like this quote is an especially prevalent reminder of just how precious this time of year can be.


IMG_4724.JPG

“Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning.  Time can’t be given.  But it can be shared.” 

~Cecelia Ahern, The Gift


Have you read The Gift? Also, share with me a favorite memory you shared with someone important to you!