Reading Rush 2019 TBR!

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Hey everyone!  As many of you probably already know, the Booktubeathon has become the Reading Rush!  I, personally, love the changes that have been made and I am so excited for the readathon this year.  Also, feel free to add me on the website.  My username is thecalicobooks!

The Reading Rush is running from July 22nd through the 28th.  So, it’s just about to begin in my timezone! 🎉  Today I’m going to be sharing all the books I hope to get to this week.  So, without further ado, here’s my TBR for the 2019 Reading Rush:

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Summer Reading Goals 2019!

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Hey everyone! It is summertime again! 🙌🏼  The summer months are my favorite, and it feels so great to be swimming and gardening again.  Today I’ll be sharing with you all my bookish related goals for the summer.  Typically, I count my summer reading from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day – late May through early September.  So, I’ve already started working towards those goals.

Without further ado, here are my 2019 summer reading goals! 🎉

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Pagesathon TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’ve been quiet on here the past couple weeks, but I’m working on getting my blogging back into more of a schedule.  By June, I plan to be fully back to my regular blogging schedule.

Anyway, I’m excited to announce that I will be participating in the Pagesathon, hosted by Louisedanielle.reads and the Bookgeekery!  The readathon runs from May 27th through June 9th.  Today, I’m sharing the books that I hope to get read in these two weeks.  So, here we go!

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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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Spookathon TBR!

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Hey everyone!  So, I wasn’t planning on participating in the Spookathon this year, because I was already been planning on doing the Sbooktober readathon, and I just didn’t know if I would be up for two readathons back-to-back.  That being said, I feel like I’ve really been lacking with my reading this month, and I’ve decided maybe back-to-back readathons are just what I need!  So, I’m going for it!

The Spookathon started yesterday, October 15th, and runs through the 21st.  You can get all the information you need for this readathon by clicking here!

Today, I’m going to be sharing my TBR for the readathon!  You will definitely be seeing a few familiar titles if you read my October TBR post, but I’m going to be sharing the books I want to specifically read this week.  You will see a few new ones though, too!

Challenges

1. Read a thriller

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This book is probably more horror than thriller, but I’m using it anyway.  I picked up Lights Out from a library book sale because it looks like it will be one of those fun and cheesy 90’s horror/thriller novels.

2. Read a book with purple on the cover

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I’ve been hearing such wonderful and creepy things about this novel.  My sister recently read Small Spaces, and she loved it.  So, I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

3. Read a book not set in the current time period

4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title

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For these next two challenges, I’m using The Witch of Willow Hall!  I’ve already started this one, and so far it’s really good.  This is a very promising read!

5. Read a book with pictures

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I’ve been reading tons of Halloween-themed pictures books to my nieces and nephews, and I know I will read them more this week! Does that count?!


And that’s my little TBR for this fun and spooky readathon!  I haven’t gotten much read this week because I’ve had tons of school assignments due (hence, why there was no post yesterday 😦 ) but I’ve submitted just about everything that is due for a while, and I’m hoping that I can get more reading done for the rest of the readathon!

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August Wrap-Up!

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I feel like I say this every single month, but can you even believe it is now September?! This year is flying by SO fast!

Overall, August was a pretty great month for me.  Altogether, I read six books.

BOOKS READ

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– The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Echo by Nadette Rae Rodgers \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Vigue (reread) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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For this month’s choice, I have to go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!  I honestly did not expect this book to live up to its hype, and yet, somehow it did.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

 

BOOK HAUL

No new books for me in August!

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

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Here’s August’s TTT’s:

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This month’s WoW:

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Movie Monday also came back this month! I shared my thoughts on the new Masterpiece Theater mini-series of Little Women!

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I also shared the books I hoped to read for the #ClassicsAThon…As you can tell from the lack of classics in this wrap-up, however, I didn’t exactly reach my goals…😂🤦🏼‍♀️

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I was part of the Tied to Deceit blog tour, too!

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I also got to help reveal the cover for Sweet Dreams, book three in the Illusions Trilogy, by Nadette Rae Rodgers, as well as interview the author!


And that wraps up my August!  I hope you all had a really great month, and an even better September!

Thanks for reading!


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Book Review | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo.jpgTitle: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Pages: 388

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Romance

Published by: Atria Books (June 13th, 2017)

Summary

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

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What I Thought

Honestly, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo wasn’t a book that I planned on reading.  For the past year, I’ve seen mentions of it, but it just didn’t look that great in my opinion.  It wasn’t until the last few months that I actually started to really pay attention to what people were saying.  Everyone just seemed to love this book.  So much so that, I couldn’t ignore the hype any longer.  I just had to read it.  Let me just say that, I am so glad I did!

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#CLASSICSATHON TBR!

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Hello!  Today I’m going to share with you all the classic books I hope to read during the month of August for the #ClassicsAThon, hosted by Lucy Powrie, AKA, Lucy The Reader!  This is a super chill readathon, and it started August 1st, and goes throughout the entire month of August, ending on the 31st.  I’m jumping in a few days late, but that’s okay, I’m going with it!  The goal of the readathon is simply to read as much, or as little, classic literature as you want.

I’m sure I won’t get to all the books on my TBR, especially since I have other, non-classic books that I hope to read this month as well, but it would be really nice if I was able to read as many of them as I can.  I also think the #ClassicsAThon will really compliment my own #2018ClassicsChallenge, and help cross off a few more books!

So, without further ado, here’s all the classic books I want to read this month:

The Count of Monte Cristo

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I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo off and on all summer.  One of my summer goals was to read a large classic, and with over 1,000 pages, this book has been doing its job!  That being said, I’m only on chapter 20, so I still have quite a while to go.  While I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually finish the entire book this month, I’d really like to get a good chunk of it read!

The Trees

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I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about this book.  I found out about The Trees from my grandma, and it’s supposed to be really good.  It takes place in Ohio at the end of the 18th century, and from what I’ve gathered, it’s a bit of an Ohioan classic.  Since I live in Ohio, I thought I’d give it a read!

Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands

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This series is considered a Christian classic, but it’s also a bit controversial.  It was written back when slavery was still acceptable, and so, there are some derogatory comments and abusive actions in this book.  That being said, the series was rewritten and revised in the early 2000’s and that series was one of my favorites when I was growing up.  Now that I’m older, I’m curious about the original series though, and I’ve started reading it.  Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands is book 2 in the series!

Anne of Ingleside

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Many of you know my love for Anne!  So, it’s no surprise that I would want to add a book from this series on my TBR.  I’ve been hesitant to read the rest of the Anne series for the simple fact that I love these books so much I don’t wan them to end.  That being said, I still really want to finish the series.  So, I’ve decided it’s time to continue on!

Rebecca

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I can’t even tell you how many wonderful things I’ve heard about Rebecca!  This book sounds so intriguing, and it is one that has been on my TBR for so long now.  I am so excited to read this book!


And there you have it!  That’s my TBR for the #ClassicsAThon!  Like I said, I probably won’t get these all read, but I’m hoping to get a good amount of reading done this month, so we shall see.

Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon, and if you are, what’s on your TBR?  Even if you’re not participating this time around, share with me your favorite classic book in the comments!

Thanks for reading!


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July Wrap-Up!

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Can you guys even believe that it is August?!  Summer is flying by!  We still have a month left, though, so I’m going to appreciate it and soak up every second of summer that I can.

Altogether, I read six books in July!

BOOKS READ

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– Illusion by Nadette Rae Rodgers (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (reread) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons  (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– After the Storm (Heartland #2) by Lauren Brooke \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Breaking Free (Heartland #3) by Lauren Brooke \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I have to go with Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.  This book was so fun, adventurous, and romantic.  It made a great summer read, and made me really want to go camping!

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Save the Date by Morgan Matson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Borrowers by Mary Norton \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Blood Race by K. A. Emmons \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

BOOK HAUL

I received a copy of The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson as part of the Just Reads Publicity Tour!

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MISCELLANEOUS

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Here’s all the TTT’s I participated in during the month of July:

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This month I only had one Waiting on Wednesday to share with you guys:

 

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I was also a part of the Worlds Beneath Blog Tour in July!


Overall, it was a bit of a quieter blogging month, but I still managed to post quite a bit and keep up a little bit of a posting schedule, and so, I am content.  Also, compared to last July’s stats, I received over double the amount of views and visitors and over three times the amount of likes and comments. So, I am celebrating how far The Calico Books has come since last year!

Here’s to a really great August!

Thanks for reading!


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