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!

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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)

Summary

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!

 


giveaway

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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.

BOOKS READ

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– 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 \\ ⭐⭐⭐

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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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!

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

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 \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 

BOOK HAUL

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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!

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

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

Waitingonwednesday

spookathon tbr

Spookathon TBR | Wrap-Up

Sbooktober Readathon TBR

Sbooktober Readathon TBR | Wrap-Up

FallenLeavesBlogTour

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:

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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!

🍁👻HAPPY HALLOWEEN!🎃🍂


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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:

TOP TEN BOOKS TO READ FOR HALLOWEEN

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:

 

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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!

Book Review | The Witch of Willow Hall | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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In honor of the recent release of Hester Fox’s debut novel, The Witch of Willow Hall, today I’m sharing with you all my thoughts about the book as well as how you can have the chance to win a copy, plus a fun and festive prize pack!

cover_The Witch of Willow Hall_Hester Fox_Graydon House Books_Oct 2 2018Title: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Pages: 368

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published by: Harlequin’s Graydon House Books (Oct. 2nd, 2018)

Summary

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

 

Add to your TBR list:  Goodreads

Available at:  Amazon  | Barnes and Noble  | Kobo  | iTunes

what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to the publisher and Barclay Publicity!*

When I first found out about this book I was instantly intrigued.  The synopsis drew me in, and I just knew that this would be a book I would enjoy. The book’s description may be what caught my eye, but once I started reading, everything else about this book kept me hooked to the pages!

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Book Review | And the Trees Crept In

and the trees crept in.jpgTitle: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Pages: 352

Genres: YA, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery

Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 6th, 2016)

Summary

Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

And the Trees Crept In

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I discovered And the Trees Crept In at a library book sale I recently went to.  I’d never heard of the book, but was instantly intrigued by the synopsis, and since Halloween was quickly approaching, I decided to get it! And let me just say, I am so glad I did!

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The Fall Book Tag!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to be doing the Fall Book Tag!  It was created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and I discovered it over at Arwa’s blog, One’s Peculiar.

Alright, let’s get started:

RULES: 

  • Please link back to  Bionic Book Worm, as the creator of this tag!! 
  • Use the graphics – if you want 🙂
  • Have fun!

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replica

I thought Replica by Lauren Oliver was such a unique and intriguing read! From the format to the storyline, this book really hooked me!

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Frenzy was such a great ending to an already great series!  This entire book series drew me in on the very first page of the very first book and hooked me until the end!

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The 5th Wave was filled with so much action and adventure! This book was utterly un-put-down-able!

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a map of days

A Map of Days is the book I’ve been anticipating most for the entirety of 2018! It just came out earlier this month, but I still haven’t been able to get a copy.  I am so eager to read this book!!

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save the date

This book gave me all the feels!  From the family relationships Charlie and her family have, to just Bill in general, to the fact that Andie and Clark from The Unexpected Everything made a cameo appearance, Save the Date gave me all the warm and fuzzies!!

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I’m including Danger at the Drawbridge by Mildred A. Wirt (the original Nancy Drew author!!), Shadowland by Meg Cabot, and Intermission by Serena Chase because I really loved all three of these books, and I feel like they’re underrated!

I Tag:

Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

Cora @ Tea Party Princess

Marie @ KookBookery

Abbey @ Three Cats and a Blog

And, of course, anyone else who wants to do this!


Thanks for reading!

Spooky Scary Book Tag!

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Hey everyone! Today I’m doing the Spooky Scary Book Tag! This tag was created by Shelby @ Clever Fox.  I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this, but I was looking for a festive book tag to do, and this one seemed perfect!

Okay, let’s get started!

1. What goes bump in the night?

Name a book that has legitimately scared you while reading it.

I definitely have to go with The Diviners by Libba Bray for this one!  I feel like I’ve been talking about that book so much lately, but it was just so creepy and scary to me!!

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2. Jack O Lanterns and Classic Costumes

A book you always reach for during Halloween time.

I’m going to go with my festive, childhood favorites for this one, like The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of AnythingThe Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, and The Teeny Tiny Woman.  Growing up, I had a huge stack of Halloween themed books that I would make my mom read over and over again.  So now, I love reading those same Halloween books that I read as a kid to my nieces and nephews every year!

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3. Black Cats and Magic Mirrors

A book you love that is laced with superstition and/or magic.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is so mysterious and magic-filled.  It makes such a perfect read for Halloween!  The movie is really good, too! 🍂

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4. Witch’s Brew

Favorite witch character in any book/series.

As I’ve already talked about, I haven’t really read that many books featuring witches.  So, I can’t really say for certain who my favorite witch is.  That being said, I love the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV show, and I know it’s based on the comics, so, even though I’ve heard she’s different in the show, I’m going to go with Sabrina Spellman!

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5. Ghouls and Ghosts

A book that still haunts you to this day (good or bad).

The Kill Order by James Dashner was such a disappointment to me!  I loved The Maze Runner series so much, and so I wanted a prequel that was going to be just as good, but The Kill Order definitely was not.  I’ve never read a book that had so much non-stop action but still somehow managed to be so incredibly boring as this book. 😦

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6. Haunted Graveyard

You’re all alone in a haunted graveyard, you get ONE book to give you comfort, which is it?

Definitely, I would pick the Bible!

7. The Undead

Favorite supernatural creatures to read about (i.e. vamps, zombies, werewolves, etc).

I can’t decide between werewolves and vampires!  I like reading about both for different reasons.  And yes, Twilight and the Shiver series are the main reason why. 😂

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8. In the dead of night

Pick a book with a black cover.

This version of And Then There Were None has a black cover!  Also, this mystery would be perfect to read during Halloween time!

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9. Trick or Treat?

Treat, please!!

 

I tag:

Jessica @ Reading with Jessica

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis

Dee @ Dee Reads Things 

Casey @ Casey Dilla Books

Anyone reading this!


I hope you all had fun reading my answers because I had so much fun doing this tag!

Thanks for reading!