Top Ten Books of 2018!

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Hello and Happy New Year!  2018 was a wild year filled with so many amazing books!  Today, I’m going to share my top ten of the year.  It was so difficult to decide, because I read so many amazing books books in 2018!  Altogether, I read 55 books.

According to the order they were read, here’s my top ten:

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After loving the movie for years, I finally read the book of A Walk to Remember!  While the book and movie are quite differently, actually, the book was just as sweet and emotional.

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Many of you already know how much I love Meg Cabot, so it shouldn’t come as too much as a surprise that this book made my list.  Safe House, in my opinion, has been the best book in the 1-800-Where-R-You that I’ve read so far.

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The Coronation was such an amazing book!  This book is filled with so many amazing, well-written characters.  It is definitely the best Christian fiction that I read this year.

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I had to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because of the Netflix movie coming out, and I am so glad I did.  This book was so enjoyable, and I loved how Lara Jean and her sisters’ relationships were portrayed – it was so realistic!  Also, the movie is just as good!

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Somehow I skipped over The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, growing up.  I finally experienced the book for the first time and it was absolutely fantastic!  I admit, I’m a little sad I didn’t read this series when I was younger, but I’m glad to be giving it a chance now.

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The Way You Make Me Feel has incredible characters, great family dynamics, and lots of diversity.  I’m so glad I read this book!

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I love all of Morgan Matson’s books, so I already expected Save the Date to be on this list way back in June when I first read it.  This book was amazing! I laughed and cried.  The characters and family dynamics were so well done.  The romance was so sweet. I just loved this one!

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I don’t know how many times I’ve had people tell me to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  This book had so much hype surrounding it, I didn’t think I could possibly like that much.  Well, everyone was right.  This book was incredible!

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Sweet Dreams, the final book in the Illusion trilogy was absolutely amazing! What a great way to end an already great series.  This book really showed how far the characters have come and even how far Nadette Rae Rodgers has come as a writer.  I cannot recommend this book or series enough!

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Oh my goodness, y’all!  I just loved Small Spaces so, so much!  I literally loved every single thing about this book.  From the first page I was hooked and continued to stay gripped until the very last page!


And those were my favorite books of 2018!  I pray that your 2019 is filled with so much joy, positivity, and, of course, wonderful books.

Thank you so much for reading and Happy 2019! 🎉

 


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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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End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello! Can you even believe that 2018 is just about over?! That is so wild to me!  This year was filled with some major ups and downs.  That being said, I am hopeful that 2019 will be an amazing year. 🙂

Today I decided to the End of the Year book tag. I discovered this tag over at Pretty Purple Polka Dots by Aoife!

Okay, here we go:

Best book you’ve read in 2018

I don’t think it’s possible for me to narrow this down just to one book!  I have a post coming later this week, where I share my top ten books of 2018, and that list is as close as I can get to listing a favorite.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2016

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The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch was such a great follow-up to The Coronation.  I cannot wait to read book three!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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I love the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld so much, so I really want to get to Imposters in 2019!

Biggest disappointment

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote was so disappointing.  So many people are obsessed with this movie, and maybe the movie is quite different, but this book was very different than I expected.  I felt disconnected from the plot and all the characters.  The short stories included in the book weren’t my thing either.  I don’t think Truman Capote’s writing is for me.

Biggest surprise

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I have to go with Small Spaces by Katherine Arden for this one.  This book completely blew me away!  It was one of my favorite books of the year and was just so much more than I expected. I love it so much!

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Katherine Arden and Taylor Jenkins Reid were both new-to-me authors that I read in 2018 that I definitely plan on reading more of in 2019!

Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get fictional “crushes” but both Bill from Save the Date and Zach from the Illusion trilogy were such sweet, great guys and I loved reading about them!

Newest favourite character

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There’s no way I could pick! I will say, though, I found Charlie and her family to be super relatable, and she reminded me a lot of me when I was 18.  So, I guess I’ll go with her for this question.

Book that made you cry

My Sister’s Keeper was the biggest cry fest for me, but Save the Date and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also had their moments!

Book that made you happy

I feel so redundant including it, but Save the Date really made me happy, too.  The Way You Make Me Feel also made me happy!

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

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I won this gorgeous copy of Stories for Christmas by Charles Dickens from an Instagram giveaway, and oh my word, this book is stunning!  I’m obsessed with how pretty it is!!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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I’m currently reading The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere, and I’d really love to have that finished up before the new year starts!


That wraps up the End of Year Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I would absolutely love to hear your answers. 🙂

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a safe and happy New Years! 🎉🥂

#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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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:

Romanov

RELEASING MAY 7TH, 2019

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From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

Romanov sounds like such an intriguing novel!!  I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Nadine Brandes’ other book, Fawkes, and so I’m sure this one will be just as wonderful as well.  I also follow her on Twitter, and she is just so sweet and fun, it really makes me want to read her books more.  I’ve always been super intrigued by Anastasia, and I have no doubt that this book will be intriguing as well.  Also, look at that gorgeous cover! 😍

 


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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!

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!

Blogtober Book Quotes | The Road Not Taken

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Hello!  Today I am back with another Blogtober Book Quote.  Today I’m sharing Robert Frost’s iconic poem, The Road Not Taken.  There’s just something about this poem that I have always appreciated it.  While I realize this poem isn’t super seasonal, it just reminds me of autumn so much.


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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”


While I haven’t always been the biggest fan of poetry, lately I’ve really come to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of it!

What is one of your favorite poems?


 

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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Book Review | The Miniaturist

the miniaturist.jpgTitle: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Pages: 400

Genres: Mystery, Magical Realism

Published by: Ecco Press (Aug. 26th, 2014)

Summary

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam–a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion–a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.

“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .”

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

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The Miniaturist is a book that I had been meaning to read for so long.  I’ve had this book for a couple years now, but just kept putting it off for one reason or another.  Well, thanks to the new mini-series, I finally decided to pick it up!

Going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect.  After finishing this book, I can say that it is unlike anything I’ve ever read before!

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