Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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Book Review | Silent Days, Holy Night | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I’m teaming up with JustRead Tours and Gilead Publishing for the blog tour to celebrate the recent release of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the book as well as how you can win a copy!

Here we go:

silent days holy night.jpegTitle: Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Pages: 240

Genres: Fiction, Inspirational, Christmas

Published by: Gilead Publishing (Oct. 20th, 2018)

Summary

The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .  

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .

When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.

Silent Days, Holy Night

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author, Gilead Publishing and JustRead Blog Tours!*

This book was so sweet!  Going into this story, I thought I had an idea how this book would go.  While it sort of did, Silent Days, Holy Night ended up being so much more than I anticipated!

I absolutely loved all the characters in this novel!  Julia is so sweet and sassy and I just adored her.  I love how determined she was about everything.  Mr. Lafferty was the sweetest little cinnamon roll and, just like Julia, I wish I had him as a friend.

Silent Days, Holy Night was so well written, too!  The writing was so comfortable to read, if that makes sense.  It was just the perfect book to read, curled up on the couch with soft Christmas music playing in the background.

This book made me laugh and it also made me shed a few tears.  It is one that I will not soon be forgetting!  It also made me really want to start studying sign language again.

Silent Days, Holy Night is about loving others, friendships and embracing our differences.  This book is filled with the Christmas spirit, and it was honestly such an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and heartwarming read this holiday season.

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Purchase Silent Days, Holy Night

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giveaway

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(1) winner will receive (US only):

  • a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
  • a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Giveaway will begin at midnight December 10, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 17, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here

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about the author

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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

CONNECT WITH PHYLLIS: Website | Facebook | Twitter


tour schedule

To see the full tour lineup, click here!


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December TBR + Tistheseasonathon & Classicsathon TBRs!

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Hello everyone!  I am so excited for the books I plan on reading this month! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and so December is going to be filled with holiday-themed reads.  I’ve also decided to participate in the ‘TisTheSeasonAthon – which starts today, December 3rd, and runs through the 9th – and the ClassicsAThon, which runs through the entire month of December.  Because everything was starting all around the same time, I decided to create one big TBR post!

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November Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! Can you even believe November is over?!  I swear this past month was only three days.  November was a super busy month for me, which means I spent very little time reading and blogging.

I ended up reading a total of two books last month!

BOOKS READ

– Twelve Slays of Christmas by Jacqueline Frost (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I’ll be honest, I really adored both of the books I read in November.  I’ve decided to go with Twelve Slays of Christmas as my book of the month though, just because I did not expect to enjoy this one nearly as much as I did.  It was the perfect mix of mystery and Christmas and I just loved this one so much!

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn \\ ⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

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I bought one book in November, and I am so excited to read it in December! It is A Nancy Drew Christmas!  If you’ve been following me for a while, I’m sure you know I absolutely love Nancy Drew.  I’ve been collecting the classic series for years now, and when I found out about this new book, I just had to have it.  This book will be such a fun one to read in December! 🙂🎄

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

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Aside from my October wrap-up, my only other post was for bringing back my Countdown to Christmas series.  Last Sunday, I kicked off Countdown to Christmas 2018 with Skipping Christmas by John Grisham!


And that wraps up my November, lol.  This month was definitely a quiet one, but I’m looking forward to reading and blogging a lot more in December!  I’ve decided to participate in Blogmas again this year, so hopefully, that means I’ll be posting every day during the month of December. I have a lot of ideas planned and I’m super excited for what next month has in store. So, please, wish me luck!!

Thanks 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:

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 | Sunrise Cabin

sunrise cabinTitle: Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan

Pages: 346

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Published by: Hallmark Publishing (Sept. 16th, 2018)

Summary

Two very different people…
One very special place.

Dylan’s an overworked investment banker. Paige is a free-spirited first-grade teacher. From the first time they meet, these two opposites attract.
Meanwhile, the cabin Paige is renting has gone up for sale. She loves living there, and she just might be able to buy it—if she finally achieves her dream of selling her children’s stories. When she learns Dylan is also determined to buy the cabin, their new romance turns into a real estate rivalry.
Dylan could tell her about his own connection to the place…but that would mean opening up about his past. As his relationship with Paige goes from funny to touching, they both discover more about love, hope, and the true meaning of home.
This romance contains a Hallmark original recipe for Maple Pecan Streusel Muffins with Cider Glaze.

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*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the publisher and NetGalley!*

When it comes to Hallmark movies, I am a big sap.  I know they’re cheesy and predictable, but I just love them and cannot get enough!  So, as you can imagine, Hallmark Publishing books give me that same feel and I love them for it.

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Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read!

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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 LONGEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ

This week’s title is pretty self-explanatory.  Today I’m sharing with you all ten of the longest books I’ve ever read!  I’ve scoured Goodreads, so I’m pretty sure I’m not missing anything.  I’ve included the page count at the top, too!  Also, I’m just going to be upfront and admit that I’m still not finished with The Count of Monte Cristo yet, but I’m working on it, and it will be one of the biggest books I’ve ever read once I finally finish it, so I decided to add it anyway! I have fully read everything else, though! 🎉

Alright, let’s get started:


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What is the longest book you’ve ever read?

Thanks for reading!