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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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.

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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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(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


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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

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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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Christmas Countdown #11

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Countdown to Christmas is back!  If you’re new(ish) to my blog, Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.  This is the third year I’ve been doing this, and it’s now time to share my first pick for the 2018 holiday season!

To start things off, my first pick for 2018 is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.

IMG_5434.JPGImagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.

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Christmas with the Kranks, which is the adaptation of Skipping Christmas, is one of my favorite Christmas movies.  So, naturally, I had to read the book that inspired the film, and let me just say it was no different!  This book is so fun, festive, and goofy.  The writing style and short chapters makes this book a breeze to get through, which is perfect when you’re busy with holiday preparations and don’t have much free time.  Skipping Christmas makes such a great holiday read!

 

Have you read Skipping Christmas or seen Christmas with the Kranks?

 


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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!

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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