Books That Remind Me of Spring!

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Hello! It is day two of me hosting Bookending Spring 2019!  Lately, the weather has been so beautiful and it has really been putting me in that springtime mood.  So, for today’s post, I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite books that remind me of spring!

Some of these books remind of spring because of the content, others just because of their pretty covers.  Either way, just thinking about these books makes me think of spring!

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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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2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to be doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag!  I’ve been seeing this tag floating around the past few weeks again, and since we are just about exactly halfway through the year, I figured it would be the perfect time to do it.  So let’s get started!


1. Best Book You’ve Read In 2018, So Far?

I’ve read 28 books so far this year and, for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed all of them.  My top three would probably have to be Safe House by Meg Cabot, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, and Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

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2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far?

The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation!  It’s filled with mystery, romance, faith, and family.  I’m really looking forward to book 3!

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3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

There’s actually so many new releases that I haven’t read yet!  I’m going to go with The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, though.  I’ve heard really good things about it, the cover is gorgeous, and people have compared it to Uglies, which is one of my favorites!  So, hopefully I’ll be able to get to this one soon.

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4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2018?

I have SO many books I can’t wait to read that are coming out in the second half of 2018.  That being said, I have to go with A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs!  The Miss Peregrine series is one of my absolute favorites, so, obviously, I am super hyped for this book!

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5. Biggest Disappointment?

It’s too bad, but I didn’t even have to think about which book to use for this.  I have to go with Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories by Truman Capote.  I didn’t care for the writing style, and I had trouble connecting with any of the characters.  This just wasn’t the book for me.

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6. Best Surprise?

The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch really surprised me with how much I loved this book!  Going into this book, I thought I knew what it would be like, but it had so much more depth and action than I anticipated.

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7. Favorite New Author?

I think I’m going to go with Jodi Picoult as my favorite new-to-me author.  My Sister’s Keeper was the first book I ever read by her, and her writing was really incredible.  I want to read more of her books now!

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8. Newest Fictional Crush

I have to go with Bill from Save the Date by Morgan Matson.  He was so sweet and just the perfect amount of awkward. I really loved his character!

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9. New Favorite Character?

While there are so many characters that are my new favorite, I’m going to go with Lara Jean Song from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.  She was such a great character, and her and her family were so relatable!

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10. Books That Made You Cry?

My Sister’s Keeper is the obvious choice for this one, but I also found parts of Save the Date to be super touching, and made me a little emotional, too!

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11. Books That Made You Happy?

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo was one of those books that just makes you so happy!  It was sweet and summer-y, and I really adored this one.

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12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation?

The new Little Women mini series from Masterpiece Theater was so good! The acting was phenomenal and the atmosphere was perfect.  I really enjoyed it!

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13. Favorite Review You’ve Written?

I love this question, because it’s not something I think about often.  I love reviewing books, but I honestly don’t know if I’m ever any good at it.  So, a question like this really makes me think and appreciate what I’m doing on this blog.

I’ve decided to go with my review of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  It was one of the largest books I’ve ever read, and even though it’s a very controversial book, I really enjoyed reading, and I especially enjoyed reviewing it.  You can check it out here!

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14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?

I’ve bought and received a lot of beautiful books this year.  One of my favorites would have to be Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett.  I haven’t read this book yet, but I really adore the cover!  I think it’s so gorgeous and vintage looking, and I really love it.

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15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

Honestly, I have so many books I want to get to this year, I really do not think I can narrow it down.  I just want to read all the books, always!!


And that wraps up the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag!  I loved writing this one, and looking back at all the books I’ve read in 2018, so far.  I’d love to hear your answers, so if you’ve done this, please share your tags in the comment, and if you want to do this, I tag you!

Thanks so much for reading!


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Top Ten Books That Take Place in Another Country

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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 Take Place in Another Country

This week’s topic has made me realize how few books I actually read that take place in different countries.  I’m from the United States, and so, obviously, all these books on this week’s list are not.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

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A Great and Terrible Beauty is such a great book!  I still have to read The Sweet Far Thing (Surprise, surprise…), but I’ve really loved this series so far.  Much of the story takes place in England, but also India.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Anne of Green Gables

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Anne of Green Gables takes place in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Y’all know how much I love this book, so, it’s no surprise it’s on this week’s list!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Book Thief

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The Book Thief takes place in Germany during World War II.  This book is such an emotional journey, and it really is, in my opinion, just as good as everyone says it is!  If you still haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it!!

 

 

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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While the beginning of the book takes place in Florida, the majority of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children takes place in Wales.  This is one of my favorite series, and I’m SO looking forward to the continuation of it later this fall!

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes

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Nancy Drew books will always be a favorite of mine.  They’re such comfort reads.  I remember really loving The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes, because this mystery happens in Scotland!  I also remember that we learn a little bit about Nancy’s mother in this book, which is never talked about.

 

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

The Secret Garden

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Another one of my favorite books is The Secret Garden, and it takes place in Yorkshire, England.  Every spring I get the strongest desire to reread it, and watch the movie!  It’s my dream/goal to have a beautiful garden like the one this book, someday!

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Ballet Shoes

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Ballet Shoes is another book that I adore, and it also takes place in London, England.  It’s such a delightful story about three sisters who work towards following their dreams.  It’s really such an underrated classic, in my opinion!

 

 

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Jane of Lantern Hill

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Anne of Green Gables isn’t L. M. Montgomery’s only book!  Jane of Lantern Hill is another great one by her, that also takes place in Canada.  L. M. Montgomery’s writing is always so descriptive, and you always feel like you’re in the story, and it’s no different for this one!

 

 

 

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Just One Day

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Just One Day is a book that I just finished, and it was so good!  It’s about one crazy, unexpected day in Paris, and how it changed everything.

 

 

 

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Dance of Fire

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Dance of Shadows and its sequel, Dance of Fire, is such an underrated series! They’re deserving of so much more attention, and I don’t know these books haven’t gained more recognition! They’re both super intriguing mysteries, and Dance of Fire takes place in the UK.

 

 

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 


That’s my Top Ten Tuesday!  What are some of your favorite books that take place outside of your country? 

Do you have any non-American book recommendations for me? If so, I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading!


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Top Ten Books I Could Reread Forever!

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again!  It’s a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Books I Could Reread Forever

So, the books for this week’s list include some of my favorites that I either want to reread, or are books that I have reread and still want to reread again! Okay, here we go:

The Book Thief

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I first read this book back in 2014, and it quickly became one of my favorite books. The Book Thief is just so beautifully written, the characters are so memorable, and I just really adore everything about this book. For the past couple of years, I’ve been meaning to reread it, but I haven’t yet. I really hope to actually get to rereading it this year!

Check it out on Goodreads!

Twilight

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Twilight is such a comfort read to me, and honestly, I just don’t get tired of this book! It was one of the first YA books that I read, and it’s the reason I really fell in love with YA in general. I’ll always have a special place in my bookish heart for Twilight. ❤️

Check it out on Goodreads!

Eleanor & Park

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I read Eleanor & Park for the first time just last year, so this is not one that I have reread yet. That being said, it’s only been a year and I already want to reread it! This book was just so good and I could not put it down. It’s one of those books that I think about often, even though it’s been a year since I read it.

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 

Matilda

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Matilda is one of those books that I just don’t think I will ever get tired of. Ronald Dahl’s writing is so witty and clever, the characters in Matilda are so memorable, and the actual story is just wild, and I love it! Plus, it’s all about a little girl who just loves books so much, and so Matilda has always been someone I could relate to, because books are just so wonderful, and it is genuinely wonderful to read about someone who has such a strong appreciation for books.

Check it out on Goodreads!

Anne of Green Gables

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The fact that Anne of Green Gables is on this list should come as a surprise to no one, lol. I just love Anne of Green Gables so much! I seriously think the entire series will never get old to me. At this point, Anne of Green Gables is more than a book, it’s a way of life! 😂😜

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Anything Nancy Drew

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Another series that will never grow old to me is Nancy Drew. These books have been such a huge part of my reading life that, just like with Anne of Green Gables, they really are a part of my lifestyle, as weird as that sounds. This is a series that just makes me super nostalgic and is the epitome of a comfort read. Nancy Drew books are the original favorites in my reading life, and because of that these books will forever have a shining spot on my bookcase.

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The Secret Garden

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Every spring, I get the strongest desire to reread The Secret Garden. I feel like it’s such a perfect book to read during the spring months, and I just really adore this book! And then, of course, I always want to watch the movie as well…😉

Check it out on Goodreads!

Christy Miller series

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I love the Christy Miller series! The books are so readable and you just can’t help but fall in love with Christy and Todd and all their friends. I’m still holding onto hope for a movie someday, but in the meantime, there’s enough books in this series to keep me busy reading and rereading!

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Holes

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I can’t believe I only read Holes for the first time last summer! After being a fan of the movie for years, I’m so glad I finally read the book, because I loved it! It’s one of those books that as soon as you finish it, you just want to go back to the beginning and start rereading it again, and that is so rare for me. So, while I haven’t reread this book yet, you can bet that I will be very soon!

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

Second Chance Summer

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Second Chance Summer is yet another book that I only read last year, but just loved so much that I can’t get it out of my mind! This book broke my heart, but I just loved it so. It’s one that know I’ll reread again in the future!

Check it out on Goodreads!

 

 

 

 


There’s my Top Ten Tuesday! I’d love to read yours!

Thanks so much for reading!!


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Top Ten Books of 2017!

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Hello!  Can you even believe that it is the last day of 2017?  I read so many amazing books this year, it was so hard to narrow it down just to 10.  It was too hard for me to choose a top favorite, though, so I’ve decided to organize these books by read date!

Also, fair warning, this post is basically going to be me saying “I loved this book!!” over and over again. 😂🙈

Okay, without further ado, here are the top ten books that I read in 2017:

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Top Ten Books of 2016!

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Hello, and Happy New Year!  Now that 2016 has come and gone, it is finally time for me to share with you all my favorite books from the past year!  I read so many great books in 2016, so it was really hard for me to narrow it down to just 10.  These are organized based on the date I read them, not how much I loved them.

10. The 5th Wave

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This book was just so good!  I ended up loving The 5th Wave way more than I expected.  I found this book to be just so gripping and action-packed.  I read it way back in January, and almost a year later, I am still thinking about this one!

Check out my review here!

 

 

9. Library of Souls

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Library of Souls is the 3rd and final book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy.  This is one of my absolute favorite series and this book was very highly anticipated for me.  When I finally was able to read it, I ended up really enjoying it. I felt like it was just one of the best endings to a series I had read in long time!

Check out my review here!

 

8. Safe Haven

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This was my first Nicholas Sparks book, and while I’ve heard mixed things about his books, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  It was fun and romantic, but also tense and action-packed.  I flew through this book, because once I started reading it, I could not stop!

Check out my review here!

 

 

 

7. Room

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This. Book!  Room was so incredible.  Written in such a unique, profound way, it will be a long time before I forget about this beautiful novel.  So emotional, and raw, I really loved this book.

Check out my review here!

The movie is phenomenal as well!

 

6. Passenger

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Passenger is such a captivating novel!  It’s so adventurous, and so fun.  I cannot wait to read the sequel, Wayfarer, which comes out today, actually!

Check out my review here!

 

 

 

 

5. Fahrenheit 451

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I absolutely love Ray Bradbury’s writing style! Not only is Fahrenheit 451 so beautifully written, but it is such an incredible story.  Even though it was written over 50 years ago, it is still very relevant in today’s day and age.  It is one of those books that really just allows you to appreciate books and the written word.

Check out my review here!

 

 

4. Me Before You

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I’m going to be honest, I did not expect Me Before You to make my top ten list.  I have had issues with this book since before I even read it.  I almost didn’t read it, because I disagree with what happens in this novel (sorry I’m so vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything, and if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about).  That being said, this book sucked me in.  I read it so fast and found it so beautiful.  I absolutely loved Lou, and while I’ve heard mixed things about the sequel, I definitely plan to read it this year.

I didn’t want to fall in love with this book.  I tried really hard not to have that happen, but it didn’t work! I read this book back in July, and I still find myself thinking about the characters and their lives!

Check out my review here!

3. Someone Like You

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Oh, how I love Sarah Dessen novels!  They are so much more than just YA romance, and Someone Like You is no exception.  It is quite easily in my top 5 Sarah Dessen novels of all time.

Check out my review here!

 

 

2. The Program

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The Program is another book I did not expect I would see on this list before I read it!  I had this book on my shelf for a couple years before finally deciding to read it.  It is one of the best dystopian novels that I have read in a long time.  It was super intriguing and completely drew me.  I really need to get the sequel soon!

Check out my review here!

 

 

 

1. Hotel Ruby

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So fun and mysterious, I just had to include Hotel Ruby!  I completely enjoyed this book from beginning to end.  I never had any idea on what was going to happen next.  It was spooky, clever, and so enjoyable!

Check out my review here!

 

 

 


Ahhh! That was SUCH a hard to list to make!  I had a really great reading year. 🙂 Some honorable mentions also include:

Runaway | The Importance of Being EarnestThe Unexpected Everything  | Beastly 

Let me know what YOUR favorite books of 2016 were!


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