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!

Thanks for reading!

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

Top Ten Tuesday new 

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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June Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! It’s July now, and summer is in full swing!  It’s been super hot lately, which I’ve been loving.  I’ve also had quite a bit of reading time, which has been SO appreciated!

Altogether, I read eight books in June, which is quite good for me!  My arm had quite the work out holding all the books up for the picture, lol!

BOOKS READ

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– Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Sanctuary by Meg Cabot \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson (ebook) \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The Borrowers by Mary Norton \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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I have to go with Save the Date by Morgan Matson.  I really loved this book! It was so sweet and funny, and was just such an overall great book.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace \\ ⭐️⭐️1/2

 

Book Haul

I bought one book in June, and that was Save the Date by Morgan Matson!  Also, I highly recommend getting the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition.  It was filled with such great extras! I especially loved the prequel story that showed Linnie and Rodney’s engagement!

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MISCELLANEOUS

Top Ten Tuesday new 

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

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Here are the anticipated releases I was looking forward to last month:

 

I also participated in the Cram-A-Thon!

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Then, I shared my progress with the #2018ClassicsChallenge!

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I also found out how well Goodreads knows my reading tastes.

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And, last but not least, I did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag!


That wraps up June!  Here’s hoping July will be just as great, or even better!

Thanks for reading!


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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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Cram-A-Thon Wrap-Up!

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Hello!  Last week I participated in the Cram-A-Thon.  The goal of this readathon was to complete 7 books in a week.  I decided to join last minute (check out my TBR here), so I wasn’t sure how well I was going to do.  That being said, I actually did incredible!?!  While I didn’t manage to read 7 books, I’m still so proud of how much I accomplished!

Here’s what I managed to read:

1. A Predicted 5 Star Read

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I read Sanctuary by Meg Cabot for this challenge.  While it wasn’t my favorite book in the series, and so, not quite a 5 star read after all, it was still a solid 4 stars, and I’m so happy to have read it. I really enjoyed it!

2. A Book That’s Out of Your Comfort Zone

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For this challenge, I read the poetry book, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace.  I’m not a huge poetry person, so I didn’t love this book.  However, I really felt the emotion and the author’s passion behind her words.

3. A Book That’s Been on Your TBR for a Long Time

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Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter was such a fun and adventurous read!  As a huge cat lover, this series is perfect for me, and this book was so fun and intriguing to read.

4. A LGBTQ+ Ownvoices Book

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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp was a really unique and important read.  It focuses on the importance mental health.  I admit I was hoping for a little bit more from this book, but regardless, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this one.

5. Something That’s Not a Standard Novel

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Goldie Vance by Hope Larson was such a cute and fun graphic novel!  I loved the illustrations, the mystery, and all the characters.  Goldie, herself, reminded me quite a bit of Nancy Drew and Penny Parker (the original Carolyn Keene’s own mystery series).

6. A Book with Your Favorite Color on the Cover

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My favorite color is pink, so I decided to go with The Borrowers by Mary Norton for this challenge.  This is the only book I wasn’t able to complete for the readathon.  I only had about 40 pages to go, but I was SO tired on the last night of the readathon that I just couldn’t finish the book.  I did finish it the next day though, and this book was so enjoyable!  It was completely different, and wayyy better than the movie.


Overall, I’m so pleased with how much progress I made for this readathon!  I really didn’t expect to read more than 3 books, and instead, I nearly completed everything.  I’m honestly so proud of myself! 🙂

If you participated in the Cram-A-Thon, how did you do?  Thanks for reading!


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