February Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! So, I just realized I never posted my February wrap-up! So, here I am posting it halfway through March! 😂

Altogether I read 6 books in February!



– Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (library book) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read through the entire Bible in about two months, so that’s being counted toward my Goodreads goal, too!




All in Pieces was such a well-written and gripping book filled with such incredible characters.  Out of the books I read in February, I can’t think of one more deserving than this one (other than the Bible, lol, but I’m not counting that) to be labeled as Standout Book of the Month.



Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐



I actually didn’t buy or receive any new books in February!



February TBR

I shared my February TBR with you all! As you can see, I didn’t get to all of these books, haha!


I also shared which book I’m waiting on!

The Valentine's Day

Then it was time to spread some love with The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!


And lastly, I participated in the Never Let Go blog tour!

That wraps up February! I hope you all had a good February and have been having a good March!

Thank you so much for reading!

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Book Review | All in Pieces

all in pieces.jpgTitle: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

Pages: 259

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016)


“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

All in Pieces
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I received All in Pieces for Christmas from my TBTB Secret Santa, Andi, this past year, and I was so excited!  I absolutely loved Hotel Ruby and The Program by Suzanne Young, so even though this book seemed very different from those two, I had no doubt I would love this one as well.  I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint either!

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The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!

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Hello everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all having such an amazing and love-filled day today! Today, I’m going to be doing the Valentine’s Day book tag that was created by Jo Reads Books.  💕♥

Also, just a little disclaimer, because this tag is all about book couples, there might be a few minor spoilers in relation to who ends up with who.

Alright, let’s get started!

1. Favorite Couple Ever – You want to have their relationship!

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Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe are my favorite! I love them so much. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, I’m sure you already know that because I gush about them every chance I can get, haha!

2. Relationship that never happened – You wanted them to get together but they never did. 😦

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Jo and Laurie not getting together broke me like 90% of the people who read Little Women.  Louisa May Alcott pretty much has it set for them to be together and then at the last second she’s like “Ha! Fooled you! They’re not getting together because too many of you want them together.” Not nice Louisa! 😭 I do give the PBS version of Little Women credit though, because they actually make Professor Bhaer attractive and likeable which helps ease the pain a little! 😂

.3. Your crush – ANY character!

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I feel like this is so basic, but I’ve always loved Ned Nickerson.  He is so sweet and supportive of Nancy and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Nancy and Ned!😍😂

4. Worst Relationship – A couple you wanted to break up because the character was awful/deceitful/abusive/etc.


I know a lot of people loved this book, and I did enjoy reading it, however, Holder..nope!  The first half of the book he was incredibly creepy and controlling, and quite frankly, abusive.  Yet he was just written off as being a “passionate” person.  Thank you, next.

5. Your Favorite Love Triangle

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Okay but I’m pretty sure the Twilight Saga was the first series I read with a love triangle.  So, I may be biased, but it was so fun reading the books and talking about whether your were Team Edward or Team Jacob with your friends and even random strangers who came up to you because you were both wearing Twilight shirts. 😂

6. Your Favorite Tragic Love Story – like Romeo & Juliet – No Spoilers! – A couple whose relationship was cut tragically short.

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You’re lying if you don’t cry while watching A Walk to Remember. The book is so sweet and sad and emotional, but I’m also including the movie version (which is way different than the book) for this too, because for me personally, it hits me even deeper.  I love this movie but it also brings me too much pain!

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers to The Valetine’s Day Book Tag!  This was such a fun one to do.  I’d love to hear your answers to these questions too, so be sure to let me know in the comments and tag me in your posts if you decided to participate in this tag, too.

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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December/January Wrap-Up!

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

In December, however, I read four books!



– A Vintage Christmas \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

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

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



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



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

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

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



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


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

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


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


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




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

Top Ten Tuesday new


December TBR

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

I also shared my ‘Tistheseasonathon wrap-up here!

bookish gift guide

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

Blogmas Book Quotes

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


Countdown to Christmas was also back again this year!

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

give thanks book tag

Give Thanks for All the Great Reads

bookish naughty list

The Bookish Naughty List

Christmas Bookshelf Decor

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


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

Thanks so much for reading!

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The Bookish Naughty List 2018!

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Hey everyone! I know I’ve sort of fallen off the Blogmas train the past couple of days, but the final weeks of school were really kicking my booty.  That being said, I’m officially on winter break, and I could not be happier! 🙌🏼  This semester was b r u t a l!

Anyway, today I’m doing the Bookish Naughty List book tag again!  I did it last year, but let’s see how this year compares.  Will I be naughty or nice?!

Here we go!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✔

Ugh, yes I’ve done this and I always feel so bad about it!  I have every intention of reading all the ARCs I receive, I just don’t always get them done before they’re released.  I promise they’ll be read someday, though!

Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley

Okay, so I really thought I was going to be naughty for this one.  I’m actually at 71% right now.  Plus, now that I’m on winter break, I’m hoping to read even more and get that percentage even higher!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✔

Here’s looking at you Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel 😂🙈

Folded down the page of a book

Nope! Dog-earring books isn’t my style. 😂

Accidentally spilled on a book

I have in the past, but not this year, thankfully! 🙌🏼

DNF a book this year ✔

There were a few this year that I started, didn’t get very far in, and decided that they weren’t the book for me right now.

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

It may take me years, but I do always do plan on reading every book I buy.  Do I actually end up reading every book? No…but my intentions are pure, I promise!

Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔

Oh yes, I do this far too often.  In fact, I ended up turning in my final paper for the semester an hour before it was due because I may or may not have spent too much time reading instead of working…oops!

Skim read a book ✔

I’ll be honest, I don’t do this often, but if I’m reading a book that I’m really struggling to get through – especially when I’m almost done – I do skim some of the passages. 🙈

Completely missed your Goodreads goal

Not this year! 🎉🎉 I’ll have you all know that I’ve actually surpassed it! 💃🏼

Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library

My books may be returned late, but they always get returned!!

Broke a book buying ban ✔

Library book sales…I just can’t pass them up!

Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about

Hahaha! I’ve done this before, I admit. But not this year!

Wrote in a book you were reading

The only book I write in is my Bible, and I don’t really think that counts for this.

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads

I gotta make sure every book makes it to my Goodreads goal, so no for this one. Haha!

Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

No, I’m actually pretty good about returning things!

Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

😂😂 I’ve done this before, but I actually didn’t have to do this in 2018!

Broke the spine of someone else’s book

Not this year! 🙌🏼

Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Unfortunately, this happens to me a lot.  Surprisingly, this didn’t happen this year, though! 🎉

Sat on a book accidentally ✔

Yes, this has happened more times than I would like to admit. 🙈  Thankfully, the books were not harmed!

Final Score 7/20

Hey! I actually did pretty good this year! I guess I’m on the nice list after all!😁🎄


Are YOU on the bookish naughty list this year? I’d love to see your answers!

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Book Review | It’s A Wonderful Night | Blog Tour + Giveaway!


Hello everyone and happy 1st day of Blogmas!  I’m so excited to kick off an entire month of daily blogging with my stop for the It’s a Wonderful Night blog tour.  Today I’m going to be sharing my review as well as how you can win a fun prize pack (UK only, sorry!)!

Alright, let’s get started:

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Title: It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday

Published by: HQ Digital (Oct. 5th, 2018)


Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and, after talking for hours and losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

It’s a Wonderful Night

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*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author and Neverland Blog Tours!*

It’s a Wonderful Night is such a sweet, romantic, and festive story!  This book pulled me in at chapter one and left me glued to it until the end.  It was one of those story that just left me feeling all of the emotions.  There were some moments where I was literally laughing out loud and other moments where I found myself tearing up.  This novel was so completely well done!

The characters in It’s a Wonderful Night were just so lovely. I absolutely adored them all.  I loved seeing Georgia and Leo’s relationship grow, and I loved getting to know them individually.

Another thing that I appreciated about this book was that while it could be considered a romcom, it’s so much deeper than that.  It deals with mental illness in an incredibly honest way.

This book is also filled with so many references to It’s a Wonderful Life! Being that I’ve only seen the movie once, years ago, I’m sure I still missed many more of the references.  I will say, though, it really made me want to watch the movie now!

Overall, this was such a lovely novel.  It’s so charming and heartwarming.  Jaimie Admans did such an excellent job balancing the lightheartedness and seriousness of this story.  I would definitely recommend It’s a Wonderful Night to anyone looking for a sweet, romantic, and Christmas-y read!

4 and half stars 2

Purchase It’s a Wonderful Night at:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D4679MT

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D4679MT

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/it-s-a-wonderful-night

Also available from all other ebook retailers!




Click here to enter to win an It’s a Wonderful Night goodie bag (UK only)!! Goodie bag includes: 

*It’s a Wonderful Night notebook

*It’s a Wonderful Night fridge magnet

*A signed postcard of the cover

*A copy of It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD because this is the inspiration behind the story.

*An invisible spine Paris notebook because it’s where Georgia wants to go more than anywhere in the world.

*A light-up Christmas tree pen, because who doesn’t need a light-up Christmas tree pen at this time of year?!

about the author

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Connect with Jaimie Admans on:

 Website | Facebook | Twitter

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October Wrap-Up!

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Hello everyone! I’m back from an unexpected and unplanned hiatus!  The first half of November has been so busy and school has been so overwhelming, when I have free time I haven’t felt like reading or blogging very much.  That being said, I’m ready to start blogging and reading more again despite my busy-ness! So, here I am wrapping up October halfway through November, lol.

Okay, so overall, October was a pretty nice reading month for me.

Altogether I read six books during the month of October.



– And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Small Spaces by Katherine Arden \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha \\ ⭐⭐⭐




Omg y’all I loved this book SO much!!  Small Spaces was one of the best books I’ve read all year.  I just enjoyed this book so much! I want to read more Katherine Arden books now!



The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton \\ ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan \\ ⭐⭐⭐1/2

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐





I received Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon from Putnam Books.  So, a huge thank you to them!

I also received The Rule of One by Ashley & Leslie Saunders from Skyscape/Amazon Publishing.  A great big thanks to them as well!



I participated in Blogtober and Blogoween last month, so that meant I posted [nearly] every single day in October!

Some of the highlights of my month include:

October TBR

Blogtober Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday new


spookathon tbr

Spookathon TBR | Wrap-Up

Sbooktober Readathon TBR

Sbooktober Readathon TBR | Wrap-Up


I got the opportunity to interview the author of Fallen Leaves, Tessa Emily Hall!

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I also shared my autumnal bookshelf decorations!

October was also filled with some fun book tags including:

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halloween book tag

spooky scary book tag

Some of my other favorite posts from this month include:

top 5 non horror halloween movies

My Top 5 Favorite Non-Horror Halloween Movies

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Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned, AKA Kiss, Marry Kill: Halloween Edition

And that wraps up my October! October was a really fun month for me!  While November has been busy, I’m still hopeful that it’ll be a great month and that the second half of it will have more reading and blogging. 🙂

Be sure to let me know how your October went and how your November is going so far!

Thanks for reading!

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Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned

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Hello and Happy Halloween!! 👻🎃🍂

To celebrate Halloween and the last day of Blogtober/Blogoween, for today’s post I’m going to be playing Bonded, Bewitched, Drowned, which is the Halloween equivalent of Kiss, Marry, Kill!  This prompt was originally created by Fictionally Sam, and I was tagged by Mandy @ Devouring Books to do this fun challenge!

There aren’t really any rules for how you decide which characters to use, but all the books I’ve chosen for this challenge are completely randomized, and I’ve just decided to choose the main, male character from each book to make things easier.

Okay, here we go!

Round One

Okay, so the books I randomly picked for round one are:

Jack from Clara Snow

Joseph from The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Todd from Christy Miller Vol. 4

Oh boy, this is a hard one!  When I read The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Joseph was one of my favorite love interests of the entire year! Meanwhile, Todd is such a sweetheart, though.  And then there’s Jack Frost!  He experienced so much character growth in this book.

Bonded: Joseph

Bewitched: Todd

Drowned: Jack (Sorry Jack!)


Round Two

Ezra from Illuminae

Tarver from These Broken Stars

Adam from If I Stay

This round is slightly easier! I’ll be honest, I didn’t love These Broken Stars (I found it boring 🙊), so I don’t remember much about Tarver.  Because of that, it makes it a lot easier for me to do this:

Bonded: Ezra

Bewitched: Adam

Drowned: Tarver


Round Three

Gilbert from Anne of the Island

Jake from Angel Eyes

Sam from Emergency Contact

This one is actually pretty easy because while I love all three characters, there’s really no contest about who’s my favorite. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Bonded: Jake

Bewitched: Gilbert (we all saw that coming! 😂)

Drowned: Sam (Sorry Sam! I just like Gil and Jake more than you!)


Round Four

Christian from The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Galen from Of Poseidon

Four from Divergent

I admit, it’s been so long since I’ve read Of Poseidon that I don’t remember the book, or Galen that well.  I almost thought I should pick another book, but then I realized that maybe it’s a good thing I don’t remember him. 😏😭

Bonded: Christian

Bewitched: Four

Drowned: Galen

This was such a fun post to create! I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. 🙂

I tag anyone who wants to do this, and if you decide to do it, please let me know so I can see your answers!!

Thanks so much for reading!


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Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween!

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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:


Tomorrow is Halloween!  In honor of that, I’m going to be sharing ten of my favorite books that I think are perfect to read for Halloween.  I like the books that I read in October to be atmospheric, festive, and mysterious, and all ten of the books on this list perfectly embodies those feelings! 🍂

Here we go:




And there you have it! Those are ten of my favorite books that I would recommend reading at Halloween.

Let me know which books would be on your list. 👻🎃

Thanks for reading!