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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Top Ten Cozy, Wintry Reads!

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t’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Cozy, Wintry Reads

I absolutely love this week’s topic!  So many books instantly came to mind.  Here’s ten of them:

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What are some wintry reads that you would recommend?❄⛄

Thanks for reading!


 

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!

Check it out on Goodreads!

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!

Check it out on Goodreads!

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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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?

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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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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How Well Does Goodreads Know Me?

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Hello!  I got the idea for today’s post from Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books, and it was originally started by Caitlin from Caitstiel’s Book World.  I loved reading both of their posts, so I just had to do it, too!  Basically, I am going to go through my Goodreads book recommendations, and decide whether or not I would read the books they’re recommending to me.

Today, I’m going to pick the first ten recommendations from my “read” shelf:

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1. Streams in the Desert

Because I read My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers

Streams in the Desert is a devotional book.  I could see myself reading it in the future, but I’m pretty undecided at this point.

2. Radical Together

Because I read Forgotten God by Francis Chan

David Platt is a Christian speaker and author.  I’ve done some of his Bible studies with my church before.  While he’s not one of my favorites, I could still see myself reading this book.

3. Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

Because I read Haunted Waters by Jerry B. Jenkins

I wouldn’t read Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione.  I’m not very into knights, and so this book just doesn’t sound like something I would be interested in.

4. Unstoppable

Because I read Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko

Christine Caine is another Christian author and speaker.  While I haven’t read any of her books, I’ve heard really good things about her, and would definitely consider reading this book.

5. Bad Kitty

Because I Read several different books by Meg Cabot and Heist Society by Ally Carter

When I first saw the cover for Bad Kitty, I was sure I probably wouldn’t be interested.  When I read the synopsis though, I actually really think it’ll be something I’m interested in!  I love sassy characters and mysteries, and this book looks like it has both.  I added this one to my TBR shelf!

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6. A Long Way from Chicago

Because I read Holes by Louis Sachar and The Giver by Lois Lowry

I don’t know if I’ll read this book anytime soon, but it does look like something I might pick up if I were looking for a short and easy read.  I think A Long Way from Chicago would have been a book I would have really liked when I was younger, though!  Because of that, I did add it to my TBR shelf, just so I can remember it, if I ever do decide to give it a try.

7. Winnie-the-Pooh

Because I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

I definitely want to read Winnie-the-Pooh someday!  It’s one of those childhood classics I never read, and feel like I’ve missed out on.  I have so many fond memories of watching the original cartoons with my grandparents when I was little.  We were never allowed to watch the windy day episode when my cousin was there though, because it scared him too much…That used to irritate 5 year old me so much! haha 🙂  So, yes, this is a recommendation I completely agree with!

8. The Monstrumologist

Because I read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I actually tried reading this book once, but I couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters because it was just too gruesome for me.  I wanted to like it, but it was just too much.

9. So Not Happening

Because I read the Christy Miller Collection, Vol 1. by Robin Jones Gunn and Heist Society by Ally Carter

I actually bought So Not Happening at a library book sale!  I haven’t read it yet, but I do plan on it!  So, this recommendation works.

10. Kinderen van Moeder Aarde

Because I read Matilda by Roald Dahl

This book is in another language – I believe Dutch – and unfortunately, I only speak English.  So, I’m going to have to pass on this book, lol.  From what I gather, based on the English reviews, it’s a dystopian novel where society is ruled only by women because men messed the world up.  If there was an English translation, I might give this book a chance, though!


This was so much fun to do!! I discovered a few new books I might like to read, too.  I definitely plan on doing a post like this again, with some of my other Goodreads bookshelves.

Thanks so much for reading!


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Top Ten Book Characters I’d Name My Kids (or Pets) After

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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:

BEST CHARACTER NAMES

I’ve decided, for best character names, I’m going to take that as beautiful and unique names that I would seriously consider naming a child or animal. I might not necessarily love all these characters, but I definitely love their names!

Elsie from Elsie Dinsmore

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Ever since I first read the A Life of Faith version of Elsie Dinsmore when I was 8 years old, I loved her name!  I remember I always used to name my Barbie dolls Elsie, too.

 

 

 

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Marilla from Anne of Green Gables

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I seriously would consider naming my daughter Marilla.  I think it’s just such a pretty name! I think calling her Rilla would be super cute too, just like Anne’s daughter.

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Mia from The Princess Diaries

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Another name I really adore is Amelia, and Mia for short.  It’s such a beautiful name, but it’s also one that is a lot of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Tally from Uglies

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While this name is more of a unique, I think Tally could make a really cute name for a child or a pet. I can totally see a super friendly puppy named Tally, especially.  Like, how cute?!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Esme from Twilight

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I just really adore the name Esme! I think it’s so cute and pretty unique.

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Jonas from The Giver

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Jonas makes such a unique name (if you don’t count the Jonas Brothers…😂).  I really like it, and could totally see my son, or at least a pet being named that in the future!

 

 

 

 

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Landon from A Walk to Remember

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Another name that I really adore for a boy is Landon.  It’s such a nice name, and I feel like it rolls right off the tongue, lol.

 

 

 

 

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Newt from The Maze Runner

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Newt is a name I actually really I like it!  I appreciate that it’s not typical and is very unique.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorian from The Picture of Dorian Gray

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I think Dorian is a very unique and memorable name! I could totally see myself naming a future cat or rabbit, Dorian!

 

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Xander from House of Dark Shadows

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I really like the name Xander.  It’s a name that I feel like has gained a bit more popularity, but is still fairly unique. Plus, not many names start with the letter, X, so honestly, I think that’s one of the reasons why I like it!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 


Those are some of my favorite bookish names! What are yours?

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Christmas Countdown #10

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Hello and Merry Christmas Eve!  The big day is finally almost here!  Welcome back to my final Countdown to Christmas of 2017.  Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

Today’s book is The Child’s Christmas by Evelyn Sharp.

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Members of an English country family experience the excitement and beauty of an old-fashioned Christmas season, in events leading from the early days of decoration and preparation through New Year’s Day and up to Twelfth Night.

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The Child’s Christmas is such a festive and delightful book!  It tells of all the various Christmas festivities in an old-fashioned, late 1800’s/early 1900’s setting.  It was really fun reading about all the different activities! Also, I really appreciated that the book started in early December, and went all the way through January 5th, the 12th day of Christmas!  Learning about all the different activities they did AFTER the 25th has only pushed my love for Christmas further.  You can be sure I’ll still be celebrating Christmas until then, too!  Overall, The Child’s Christmas is a fun and entertaining holiday book that I think people of all ages will enjoy!


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Christmas Countdown #8

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Welcome back to 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.  Can you even believe how quickly Christmas is approaching?!  Before you know it, it’ll be Christmas Eve!

Today’s book is The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears (Nancy Drew #116) by Carolyn Keene

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Bess is working during the Christmas rush at Beary Wonderful, a toy and teddy bear shop, when the holiday season takes a sudden scary turn. The owner’s prized collection of antique teddy bears — cute, cuddly, and worth a bundle — has been ripped off. But the break-in is only the beginning of a much bigger and more brazen teddy bear caper. 
The attempted theft of Bess’s own bear — a replica of one of the antiques — leads Nancy to believe that more is at stake than a couple of burgled bears. For Nancy knows that even something as innocent as a teddy bear can be stuffed with intrigue!

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The Case of the Twin Teddy Bears is such a fun and short Christmas story!  Like most Nancy Drew books, the mystery isn’t too intense, but it is still filled with plenty of twists and turns.  The book is also quite festive, and even though it’s about a robbery, it still put me in the Christmas spirit.  I really appreciated the length of this book, too, because at Christmas time, I don’t always have as much time to read as I would like, so it’s nice, for me, to enjoy shorter books this time of year.  Overall, this was a very enjoyable book.  I really think Nancy Drew fans will love this holiday themed mystery!

 

Do you like Nancy Drew books?  Have you read any of her Christmas mysteries?


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Christmas Countdown – #7

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Hello! It’s Sunday, and so that means it’s time for another Countdown to Christmas book recommendation! 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 book is Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott.

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Sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas is a self-confessed Christmas fanatic. That’s why he’s so smitten with Sarah—a girl who smells like peppermint and thinks picking out presents to the strains of “Winter Wonderland” is the ultimate afternoon activity. But when he catches Sarah making out with Santa Claus at the Paramus Park mall, his dad’s over-the-top lights catch the Nicholas house on fire, and his mom gets fired from Fortunoff’s because of something he did for Christmas for Sarah, Paul gets caught in a downward spiral of holiday gloom. This year, the spirit of Scrooge has settled in—and it’s not going to be pretty. Or will the spirit of the holiday prevail?

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Jingle Boy is such a fun and lighthearted Christmas book!  It is full of silliness and some slapstick humor, so I admit, some people might find this book too cheesy, but I loved it!  I loved all the Christmas-y details throughout this book, from the chapter titles being related to Christmas carols to the overall atmosphere.  The actual story line, while a bit goofy, was really entertaining.  This book is so underrated!  Nobody talks about it, and I don’t know why.  I could definitely see Jingle Boy as a movie as well.  I would so watch it!

 

Let me know if you’ve read Jingle Boy! Also, tell me, are YOU a Christmas fanatic, or more of a Scrooge? I bet y’all can guess which one I am! 🎅


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