Spring Bookshelf Decor!

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Okay everyone, today is my third and final day as host for Bookending Spring 2019!  While I’m super sad it’s my last day as a host, today’s prompt is going to be so much fun!  Today we are talking all about our bookshelves.  I don’t know about you, but I love decorating my bookshelves – especially now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is in the air!  I definitely get the spring cleaning bug, y’all.

So, here we go!

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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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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!

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Top Five Favorite Required Reading Books

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

Favorite Required Reading Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, was a freebie for anything back to school related.  I’ve decided to share share my favorite books that I’ve been required to read for school, because even though there’s been quite a few books I didn’t love, over the years, I’ve also read quite a few books that I actually did end up loving!  Also, because school actually started back up this week for me, I only had time for a top 5 today, because I’m still getting into the swing of things.

Alright, let’s get started:

Anne of Green Gables

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Many of you probably know about my love for all things Anne of Green Gables, but you may not be aware that the first time I read this book, it was for school!  I was in 5th grade, and I absolutely fell in love with this book!  I related to Anne so much, and I just loved everything about it.

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Secret Garden

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Fifth grade was a really great year for me when it came to required reading.  The Secret Garden is another book I read that school year that I ended up loving, too.  The first time I read it, I do remember struggling with it a little bit, but eventually I fell in love with this story, and it has been a favorite of mine ever since!

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And Then There Were None

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I took a mystery literature course in high school, and one of the books we had to read was And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  This book was so mysterious and compelling. I ended up absolutely loving it!

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

the hounds of the baskerville.jpgAnother mystery novel I read for school that I adored was The Hound of the Baskervilles.  It was the first, and so far, only Sherlock Holmes novel that I’ve read, but I was so intrigued with this book from the beginning to the very end.  I read this one in the 8th grade, so it’s been a while since I’ve read it.  I’ve actually been wanting to reread it, so maybe I’ll do that soon! I’d love to see what I think of it now!

Check it out on Goodreads!

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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I read Island of the Blue Dolphins way back in the 4th grade, so I’ll be honest, I don’t remember everything that happens in this book.  That being said, I remember loving this story so much!  It was one of those books that I was just completely captivated by.  This is another one that I would like to eventually reread, because I remember loving it so much, and I’d like to see what I think of it now!

Check it out on Goodreads!


That wraps up this week’s TTT!  Sorry this post was shorter, but life has been busy.  Hopefully I’ll be back to posting full Top Ten Tuesday’s soon!

What are some of the books you read for school that you ended up loving more than you expected?

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Book Review | The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

the last summer of the garrett girls.jpgTitle: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Pages: 320

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire (June 5th, 2018)

Summary

One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

What I Thought

I saw this book at Target and was instantly intrigued!  Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood has been on my TBR for years now, and so when I saw another one of her books, I was very curious.  After reading the back, I just knew The Last Summer of the Garret Girls was going to be a fun summer read, and had to check it out!

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Book Review | Sad Perfect

sad perfect.jpgTitle: Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

Pages: 320

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Square Fish (Feb. 28th, 2017)

Summary

Perfect is only on the surface in this gripping novel about a teen girl who looks normal but struggles with a little known eating disorder. 

Sixteen-year-old Pea has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, which means she can’t eat very much because nutritious foods frighten her. Having ARFID is like having a monster inside of her, one that dictates what she can eat, what she does and who she socializes with. This monster is growing and controlling more than just her food issues?it’s causing anxiety, depression, and giving her thoughts that she doesn’t want to have.

When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine. At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that’s when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, best friend, and Ben the support and strength that she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her.

Sad Perfect is the haunting debut novel from Stephanie Elliot.

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What I Thought

I first heard about Sad Perfect from EmmmaBooks on Youtube.  Her review on her channel really made me interested in this book and it had been on my TBR ever since.  For whatever reason, I have been thinking about this book lately, and decided to finally read it.  I’m so glad I did, too!

The first thing that really stood out to me about this book and what made it so unique, was that it was told in 2nd person. Aside from reading those Choose Your Own Adventure books from 2nd grade, I had never read a book in 2nd person before. At first I was a little weary with how I would be able to connect with the story this way, but I found it actually really helped me to connect. I was Pea. I don’t have ARFID, so I can’t say if the rep was accurate, but while reading Sad Perfect, I truly felt like I was able to get into Pea’s head and understand what she was going through. 2nd person really helped make this story come alive and feel very personal to me.

Another thing I appreciated was that this book does not glamorize mental illness. It shows the repercussions of not taking your medicine. It shows how frustrating and difficult recovery is, not only for you, but also family and friends. This book is so real and so raw.

Also, because of the topic and nature of this book, I would definitely say have caution when reading this book if eating disorders, anxiety/depression, suicide, and self-harm trigger you.

I will say the one thing that was a little bothersome to me was the original cover of the book. It features the tool that Pea uses to self harm as the focus of the cover. I, personally, felt like that was a bit tacky and hurtful. It has been changed for the paperback release, though, which is the cover I used for this review.

I really enjoyed all the characters in this novel. I admit, sometimes I felt like I wanted to know them just a little better, but it is sort of understandable because it felt like Pea kept a little distance from people because of her illness. Overall though, everyone was really interesting. I especially loved how supportive Ben was. He stood by her even when he didn’t always understand. Not only that but his family was supportive, too. It was so great to read about an encouraging and joyful family.

Overall, I really enjoyed Sad Perfect. It was so unique and really opened my eyes up to the struggle of recognizing you have a problem and recovery. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about living life with a mental illness and a compelling and honest read.

4 stars 2


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Book Review | Illuminae

illuminae Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Pages: 602

Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Oct. 20th, 2015)

Summary

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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What I Thought

The hype for Illuminae has been strong, especially since the last book in the series, Obsidio, recently came out. So, when I found a hardcover copy at Books-A-Million for $6, I immediately bought it, and now that I’ve read it, I’m so glad I did!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Update #3/Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone! Well, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is now over, so it’s time I share with you all how it went.

After my last update, I read about 10 more pages of Illuminae, and then I fell asleep. Then, I woke up about 20 minutes before the readathon ended, and read until it was over. So, I was able to get to page 118 of Illuminae plus the 20 pages of The Ugly Teapot. Altogether I read 109 pages for the readathon!

Like I said in my other updates, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities to read during this readathon. Despite that, I’m still really content with how much I read. I’m looking forward to the next one, on Oct. 20th! 🎉

Did you participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, let me know how you did!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Update #1

Hey everyone! Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Just in case you don’t know, the goal of the readathon is to read as much as you can in 24 hours. To get all the details, check it out here!

I’ve actually got a pretty busy day planned, so unfortunately, I know I’m not going to be able to read as much as I would like. That being said, I’m going to try my best to read as much as I can.

I’m in the middle of two books that I started before the readathon The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes and Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I’m on page 81 of The Ugly Teapot and my goal is to get this book finished today. For Illuminae, I’m on page 29, and that’s a pretty big book, so I know, chances are, I won’t be able to finish it, but I’m hoping to get a good chunk read.

I’ll check in later to share with you all how I’m doing. I’ll also be sharing my progress on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram stories, so if you’re interested in how I’m doing, be sure to check out the links below! 👇🏼


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Book Review | The Coronation

the coronationTitle: The Coronation (Tales of Tarsurella#1) by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 460

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Summary

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities.

Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig.

Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard?

The Coronation (Tales of Tarsurella #1)

What I Thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A big thank you to the author!*

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I knew it was about a royal family from the fictional, European country, Tarsurella, and that it was faith-based, and that was it.  So, as I started to read it, I was instantly intrigued with the plot, and I had no idea how intense this story was going to get!

One of my favorite things about this novel was the setting. It’s been so long since I’ve read a good royalty story, and The Coronation had all the best parts of one. I loved how it was set in modern day, yet Tarsurella itself was so enchanting and, at places, just like a good, old-fashioned fairytale.

Another thing I loved about The Coronation was the characters. The royal family is rather large, so I was worried I would have trouble keeping track of everyone, but once again, Livy Jarmusch has managed to create such unique characters, that I had no trouble keeping track of not only the entire royal family, but every other character as well. Everybody had their own unique personality and style, and I loved that! I also appreciated how firm in their faith some of the characters were. Several of the characters’ faith and hope in God was so inspiring and encouraging. This book definitely reminded me of a cleaner, yet more dramatic/action packed, Christian-based Princess Diaries, which made me so excited!

I’m also looking forward to seeing where the budding romances will lead as the series continues. There are so many cute moments between certain characters already. Despite how much I love all the potential relationships, I also loved the emphasis placed on the fact that you don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to complete you.

One thing I didn’t care for in this book, however, was the stereotypical portrayal of Muslims and Middle Easterners. It was disappointing and did not sit well with me that the only characters of that religion and ethnicity that were in this book were portrayed as villains and extremely evil.

Overall, though, I really did enjoy this book! The Coronation was such an adventure, and I can’t wait to read its sequel, The Rebellion! I would recommend this novel to anyone look for a fun and adventurous book. It’s also perfect for fans of Meg Cabot, who are looking for a cleaner, faith-filled alternative.

4 stars 2


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