Reading Rush 2019 TBR!

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Hey everyone!  As many of you probably already know, the Booktubeathon has become the Reading Rush!  I, personally, love the changes that have been made and I am so excited for the readathon this year.  Also, feel free to add me on the website.  My username is thecalicobooks!

The Reading Rush is running from July 22nd through the 28th.  So, it’s just about to begin in my timezone! 🎉  Today I’m going to be sharing all the books I hope to get to this week.  So, without further ado, here’s my TBR for the 2019 Reading Rush:

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Lemonade Stand Book Tag

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Hey everyone! Today I’m back with another post for Bookending Summer!  Today I’m going to be doing the Lemonade Stand Book Tag, which was created by Jeimy @ A Novel Idea.  I love lemonade – especially in the summertime, so when I saw this tag I just knew I was going to participate.

So, here we go!

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Books that Give Me American Pride!

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Hello and Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans! 🎆  Today is also my first day as a host for Bookending Summer 2019. I am so excited to be hosting for the next four days!  I loved being a host last spring, and I just know that this time is going to be even better. 😁

Today’s prompt is inspired by the fact that today is the 4th of July.  I’ll be sharing books that fill me with pride for America and books that just give me a very distinctive, American vibe.  For those of you not in the US, I’d love to see which books remind you of and fill you with pride for your country!

Without further ado, let’s begin!
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Summer Reading Goals 2019!

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Hey everyone! It is summertime again! 🙌🏼  The summer months are my favorite, and it feels so great to be swimming and gardening again.  Today I’ll be sharing with you all my bookish related goals for the summer.  Typically, I count my summer reading from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day – late May through early September.  So, I’ve already started working towards those goals.

Without further ado, here are my 2019 summer reading goals! 🎉

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Book Review | Ornamental Graces

Ornamental Graces.jpgTitle: Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk

Pages: 366

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Christian/Catholic

Publisher: Multa Verba Publishing (Oct. 11th, 2016)

Summary

After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend.

Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.

Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?

Ornamental Graces 

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*I received a free copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the author and publisher!*

As many of you probably already know, I love Christmas so much!  So, when I received Ornamental Graces for review, I was quite excited.  I’m a sucker for a Hallmark Christmas movie, and this book sounded just like one.  While I ended up enjoying this one just as much as any Hallmark movie, it was so much more than that, too!

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Book Review | Where the Crawdads Sing

where the crawdads singTitle: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Page: 384

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Aug. 14th, 2018)

Summary

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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what i thoughtThis book. This book!! I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to reviewing Where the Crawdads Sing.  I’ll be honest, I only read this book because everyone on Bookstagram talked about this book daily.  I barely even knew what it was about, but I knew it must be good because the library waiting list was huge!! 😂  Where the Crawdads Sing was one of the best books I’ve read in a very, very long time.  It is truly deserving of every ounce of hype and praise it has received!

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May TBR!

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Hello and happy first day of May!  I can hardly believe it’s already May.  Summer will be here before you know it! 🎉☀  Last month I decided to take a break from planned TBRs, because for the past few months, they haven’t been going well, lol.  Well, I read even less last month, so I’ve decided to give them another try.  I’m really hopeful that May will be a great reading month. 🙂

So, let’s get started!

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March Wrap-Up!

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Hello! Today I’m back with another extremely late wrap-up.  Yup, that’s not a typo, it may be nearly May, but I’m finally sharing my March wrap-up. 🙈  For the past few months, I feel like I’ve been in this weird reading and blogging slump, where I want to read and blog and then I just do other things instead.  I’m ready to push through that, though, so hopefully the rest of the year will be better.

Anyway!

In March I read three books.

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Easter Time Book Tag!

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Hey everyone! I am so incredibly excited because today is my first day as host for Bookending Spring 2019!  Starting today, and going through Wednesday, I’ll be sharing some super fun and springy posts.

For today’s prompt, I’m going to be doing an original tag that I’m calling the Easter Time Book Tag!  This is my first time doing a tag, and I’m super excited to share it with you all, and hopefully you’ll join in on the fun and do this, too!

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