Countdown to Christmas #14

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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.

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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?


 

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Christmas Countdown #13

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Welcome to week 3 of Countdown to Christmas! Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.  Last week was so busy, I ended up taking a break from Countdown to Christmas, but this week I am back. Today I am actually featuring two books, because my niece wanted to share a Christmas book of her own!

Today’s picks are A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Santa Claus Book by Eileen Daly.

IMG_4773.jpgA Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

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The Santa Claus Book is all about Santa delivering toys on Christmas Eve!

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A Christmas Carol is honestly such a delightful read!  Even if you’ve seen some of the many adaptations, the book is still worth the read.  Ebeneezer Scrooge is so memorable for a reason.  It’s quite short and I really think every book lover should at least give this one a try!


The Santa Claus Book is such a cute and fun picture book.  It is filled such gorgeous, vintage pictures, and it just puts you in such a Christmas-y mood.  My 5-year-old niece really adores this one and loves reading about Santa delivering presents!

Have you read either of these books? 🎄

 


 

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September Wrap-Up!

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Hello and happy Sunday! I just realized we are officially a week into October, so I thought it was time for me to do my September wrap-up.  September was a bit of a slower month for me, blogging and reading wise, because school was kicking my booty.  Luckily, I’m more into the swing of things now, and I’ve started to have a bit more time to read and blog again!

So, overall, I read three books in September.

BOOKS READ

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– Sweet Dreams by Nadette Rae Rodgers \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton  \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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Sweet Dreams was such a great ending to such a great series!  I really adored this book!!

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguié \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sweet Dreams by Nadette Rae Rodgers \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purple Kisses by Priya Prithviraj \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

I only bought one book in September, and it is one that I am super excited to read later this month.  That book is Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha!

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MISCELLANEOUS 

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Here are the September TTT’s that I participated in:

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I shared one of my highly anticipated books to be released:

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I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Purple Kisses blog tour.

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I also shared with you all how I reached my summer reading goals.

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And lastly, I shared with you all my intentions to participate in Blogtober and Blogoween for the month of October!


And that wraps up my September!  It was a quieter month, but hopefully, October will be a party on here and I’ll get lots of books read, too!

I hope you all have a wonderful October and stick around for the rest of Blogtober and Blogoween!

Thanks for reading!


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Waiting on Wednesday

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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:

A MAP OF DAYS

RELEASING OCTOBER 2nd, 2018

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Synopsis

The #1 bestselling series returns with a thrilling new story arc set in America!

Vintage photographs reveal the never-before-seen world of peculiar America with a stunning addition—full-color images.

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

Y’all, I am so excited for this book!!  The Miss Peregrine series is one of my absolute favorites.  I think this series is just so unique and well-written.  So, when I found out about A Map of Days, I was so thrilled.  I can’t wait to see where Ransom Riggs takes this series and it’s characters next!

 

 

 


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Top Ten Hidden Gems

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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 Hidden Gems

This week I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite, under-appreciated novels.  Some of these include popular authors’ lesser known novels, self-published novels, and novels that I just think need a lot more love and attention!

So, without further ado, here’s ten of my favorite, hidden gem novels:

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That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some of your favorite novels that you feel are under-appreciated?

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July Wrap-Up!

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Can you guys even believe that it is August?!  Summer is flying by!  We still have a month left, though, so I’m going to appreciate it and soak up every second of summer that I can.

Altogether, I read six books in July!

BOOKS READ

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– Illusion by Nadette Rae Rodgers (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (reread) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons  (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– After the Storm (Heartland #2) by Lauren Brooke \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Breaking Free (Heartland #3) by Lauren Brooke \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I have to go with Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.  This book was so fun, adventurous, and romantic.  It made a great summer read, and made me really want to go camping!

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Save the Date by Morgan Matson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Borrowers by Mary Norton \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

BOOK HAUL

I received a copy of The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson as part of the Just Reads Publicity Tour!

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Here’s all the TTT’s I participated in during the month of July:

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This month I only had one Waiting on Wednesday to share with you guys:

 

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I was also a part of the Worlds Beneath Blog Tour in July!


Overall, it was a bit of a quieter blogging month, but I still managed to post quite a bit and keep up a little bit of a posting schedule, and so, I am content.  Also, compared to last July’s stats, I received over double the amount of views and visitors and over three times the amount of likes and comments. So, I am celebrating how far The Calico Books has come since last year!

Here’s to a really great August!

Thanks for reading!


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Top Ten Books That Lived Up To The Hype

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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:

BOOKS THAT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE

You know those books that everyone just loves so much, you don’t know how you could possibly love it as much as everyone else seems to?  I’m reading one right now (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and had this been next week’s topic, let me just say, this book might have been on it!), and while it’s super intimidating to start books like that, sometimes they actually do live up to the hype.  Also, while I usually explain each of my choices, I’ve decided just to list the books, because otherwise I’d be saying the same thing for every choice: “I’d heard so many great things about this book that I didn’t think I would be able to enjoy it as much as everyone else.  But guess what, I did!” lol

So, here’s 10 books that did just that for me!

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Let me know about some books that lived up to their hype for you!

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Favorite Novellas/Short Stories!

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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 NOVELLAS/SHORT STORIES

This was a bit of a tough topic this week.  I don’t typically read a whole lot of novellas or short stories, so I really had to think for this TTT, and I didn’t come up with a whole ten.  That being said, I’ve come up with some good stories that I’ve really loved!

Kindred Spirits

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell was such a fun and sweet read!  Even though this book is all about a girl who is a Star Wars super fan, and I’ve never even seen Star Wars, I still loved it.  It was the first thing I ever read by Rainbow Rowell, and it really hooked me on her writing style!

 

 

 

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The Lonely Hearts Club #1.1, #1.2, & #1.3

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These holiday shorts that bridge the gap between The Lonely Hearts Club and We Can Work It Out are so much fun!  They’re cute and festive, and if you enjoy this series, these short stories really compliment it well!

 

 

Check them out on Goodreads!

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Never Never

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I still need to read part 2 and 3 in this novella series, but part 1 of Never Never was so good!  Full of mystery and intrigue, I have no idea how this series is going to end!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review for it here!

Regal Hearts

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This book is a bind-up of 10 short, episodic stories, that make one full story.  I think the idea behind this series is so unique, and the story itself is so compelling!  I can’t wait to start reading season 2!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review!

The Lottery

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I can’t say whether I loved or hated this short story, but I will say it has surely stuck with me, which is why it made this week’s list.  I first read it back in high school, and it’s one I’ll still think about.  It’s so crazy and so thought-provoking.  I remember being so shocked the first time I read this!

 

 

 

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A Christmas Carol

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This book is exactly as it seems on all the adaptations, and I loved it.  I’m honestly, so obsessed with Christmas, it’s no surprise that I adored this book.  I really think everybody that loves Christmas should read A Christmas Carol at least once.

 

 

 

 

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That’s it for this week!  Let me know about some of your favorite short stories and novellas!

Thanks for reading!


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Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)!

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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 I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)!

Okay, so it’s not actually Tuesday anymore, but I’ve been busy the past couple of days and haven’t had time to blog.  Despite that, I still really wanted to do this week’s topic.  So, even though it’s Wednesday, we’re going to pretend it’s still Tuesday. 😉

Alrighty, according to reading date, here are ten of the best books that I’ve read so far in 2018:

Genuine Fraud

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Genuine Fraud was one of the first books I read in 2018, and it was such a unique read!  It’s a thriller, but the story is told in reverse.  It was a really interesting book, filled with so many twists and turns, and I could not put it down!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review for it here!

 

A Walk to Remember

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This book was so sweet and emotional.  I’ve been a fan of the movie for so long, but I had never read the book.  I’m so glad I finally decided to read A Walk to Remember!  It’s quite different from the movie, but I love it just as much.  This book is so lovely and wholesome, and even though it made me cry, it’s one that I already cannot wait to reread again.

 

 

 

Check out my book review here!

 

The Coronation

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The Coronation really exceeded my expectations!  This book is full of so much action, adventure, and romance.  I really fell in love with Tarsurella and the royal family.  It’s sequel, The Rebellion, was SO good I could could have included it on this list, too, but since it was part of the same series, I decided to open up a slot for another book.

 

 

Check out my review for The Coronation and The Rebellion!

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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I loved this book so much!  Lara Jean was such a well-written and relatable character.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is filled with so many cute, funny, embarrassing, and heartwarming moments.  I’m really looking forward to the movie coming to Netflix soon!

 

 

 

Check out my review here!

 

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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This was my first time stepping into the bookish world of Narnia, and I absolutely fell in love!  After reading this book, I can see why The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is so well-loved.  It truly lived up to all my expectations and more.  I’m excited to continue this series!

 

 

 

Check out my review!

 

Safe House

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Many of you know I love Meg Cabot, and the 1-800-Where-R-You series is one of my favorites!  This whole series is filled with great humor and intriguing mysteries.  I particularly found Safe House‘s mystery especially intense and intriguing!

 

 

 

 

Check out my review for it here!

 

The Way You Make Me Feel

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The Way You Make Me Feel is another book that really exceeded my expectations.  I just really loved everything about this book.  It’s filled such memorable, diverse characters, cute romances, and great family dynamics.  It’s such a perfect summer read!

 

 

 

Check out my review here!

 

Sad Perfect

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Sad Perfect was such an honest and emotional read.  I became Pea while reading this book, and her story has stayed with me long after I’ve finished this book.  It tackles heavy topics of eating disorders, self harm, and suicide.  It’ll break your heart and leave you filled with hope.

 

 

 

Check out my book review here!

 

The Borrowers

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Y’all this book was so cute!!  I really adored The Borrowers.  It’s a million times better than the movie from the ’90s.  The characters are so unique and memorable, and I would really love to read the next book in the series soon!

 

 

 

I haven’t posted my review for this one yet, so check it out on Goodreads, instead!

 

Save the Date

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I loved Save the Date so much!!  This book lived up to all my expectations, and let me tell you, they were pretty high to begin with.  I love Morgan Matson’s books, and this one was no different.  It was so fun, filled with romance, great characters, and a cute dog…What more could you want?!

 

 

 

Check out my review here!

 


Those are my favorite books I’ve read in 2018, at this point!  What are some of the best books you’ve read so far this year?

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