February Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! So, I just realized I never posted my February wrap-up! So, here I am posting it halfway through March! 😂

Altogether I read 6 books in February!

BOOKS READ

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– Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (library book) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read through the entire Bible in about two months, so that’s being counted toward my Goodreads goal, too!

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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All in Pieces was such a well-written and gripping book filled with such incredible characters.  Out of the books I read in February, I can’t think of one more deserving than this one (other than the Bible, lol, but I’m not counting that) to be labeled as Standout Book of the Month.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

I actually didn’t buy or receive any new books in February!

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

February TBR

I shared my February TBR with you all! As you can see, I didn’t get to all of these books, haha!

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I also shared which book I’m waiting on!

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Then it was time to spread some love with The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!

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And lastly, I participated in the Never Let Go blog tour!


That wraps up February! I hope you all had a good February and have been having a good March!

Thank you so much for reading!


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Top Ten Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

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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:

Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

This week’s topic was actually surprisingly hard, because I realized that the majority of the books I read already have sequels, or I just really don’t think they need one.  That being said, I’ve come up with 10 books that I would really love to read the sequel to!

Here we go:

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I know Eleanor & Park has mixed reviews, but personally, I really loved this one!  I would love to have a sequel to this one to see what these characters are up to when they’re older! And to answer my questions about a certain note (if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about)!!

2

I just recently read All in Pieces, and I loved this book so much!!  It was so well written and I just want to know so much more about these characters’ lives.

3

I need more of the Grant family in my life.  I need more Bill in my life.

4

Saint Anything is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books.  I just want to know more about these characters!

5

I would love to see a book that takes place like, 5 years later, to see how the characters in Everything, Everything are and what they’re doing with their lives.

6

When Andie and Clark made a brief cameo in Save the Date, I was so excited!! The Unexpected Everything is one of my favorite Morgan Matson books.  I would love to see a full sequel about them and their lives now!

7

Jane of Lantern Hill is such an underrated LM Montgomery book.  Anne of Green Gables has several sequels, so I think it would’ve been lovely to have at least one for Jane!

8

I would love to see a sequel to The Graveyard Book featuring a grown up Nobody Owens!!

9

The Host was supposed to have a sequel, but never got one.  I’m never going to not wonder what else Stephenie Meyer had planned for this series!

10

Can I please have a sequel that features Tim and Alice in their 20’s?!  Pretty please??


That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, and the first one that I’ve done in quite a while!

What are some standalone books YOU wish had a sequel?

Thanks for reading!


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March TBR!

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Hello!  I know we’re already a few days into March, but today I’m going to be talking about my March TBR!  Last month, I read a few great books, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to read as many of them as I would have liked.  So, I’m trying again in March – with a few more additions as well!

Okay, here we go!

First, Bridge of Clay, Imposters, and A Map of Days are all on my TBR again.  I will be reading these books! Hold me accountable, y’all.

Next up, I’m reading Whispers and Wildflowers by Sarah Beth Marr.  It’s a 30 day devotional, and so far, I’ve been really enjoying it!

Ross Poldark is another February book that turned into a March book instead.  I’ve heard really great things about this one and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Then, I’m reading Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge.  It’s the March pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie from Mel to the Any and Amy from A Court of Crowns and Quills.

And lastly, I’m rereading We Were Liars for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book Club!


I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these.

What do you have planned for your March TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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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:

Girls with Sharp Sticks

RELEASING MARCH 19th, 2019

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The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.  

Okay y’all this book sounds like it is going to be so good!  I really love Suzanne Young’s writing style and absolutely devoured The Program and Hotel Ruby by her.  I’m actually reading All in Pieces by her right now and I’m loving that one, too.  Suzanne Young just has such a way with words and creating such incredible characters.  I’ve heard only amazing things about Girls with Sharp Sticks from those who received ARCs, so I just cannot wait for this!

 


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February TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’m a few days late, but today I’m going to be sharing some of the books I’m hoping to read this month!  Last month, I didn’t finish as many books as I would have hoped, so I have some pretty high hopes for February.  I don’t always set monthly TBR’s, but I’ve decided to try it out for a while and see how it goes. 🙂

Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, I really want to get to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.  I had planned on reading them in January, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I am so eager to read these two.  As a lot of you probably already know the Miss Peregrine series and The Book Thief are two of my favorites.  So, it’s really no surprise why I cannot wait to read them.

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Next up on my TBR is Imposters by Scott Westerfeld.  The Uglies series is another one of my favorites, and I was so excited when I found out about this book.  I just recently bought this one and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to read it soon!

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I’m also really looking forward to reading All in Pieces by Suzanne Young!  I love her book, The Program, and while this one seems like a very different type of book from The Program, it sounds like it will be amazing.  Also, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, so I’ve no doubt that I will love it, too!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade sounds like it is going to be such a fun and romantic book, which I think will be perfect for February and Valetine’s Day.  I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s other books yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about them, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Also, as soon as they come in from the library, I’m hoping to get to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book ClubRoss Poldark by Winston Graham for Haleigh (Sweet Sequels) and Laura’s (bookishstardesigns) Poldark read-along, and Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott for Katharine’s (readwithkat) February #ReadwithKat pick!


So, as you can see, I’ve got a rather ambitious TBR for me this month!  Please wish me luck, because you know I’m going to need it! 😂

What’s on your February TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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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! 🎉🥂

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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Book Review | The Christmas Remedy

the christmas remedy.jpgTitle: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

Genres: Christian, Christmas, Amish, Romance

Published by: Waterbrook Press (Oct. 23rd, 2018)

Summary

When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community–a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can’t marry and hold onto her professional job. She’s Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases–like the one that claimed her father’s life.

As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene’s Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what’s happened and find the “missing” patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?

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*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the publisher!*

This was such a sweet book!  I’m from Ohio, and so I’ve visited Amish Country many times throughout the years.  So when I was approached by the publisher to read and review this book, I was so intrigued by the plot that I had to say yes.

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Give Thanks for All the Great Reads Book Tag!

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Hello!!  So, I totally meant to have this posted on Thanksgiving.  I thought it would be the absolute perfect thing for my blog since it is the day where celebrate and share what we are thankful for.  However, November was an absolute crazy month for me, and I never got the chance to do it.  So, here I am, doing the Give Thanks for All the Great Reads book tag now!  I was tagged by the lovely Abbey from Three Cats and a Girl to do this, and she is also the creator of the tag. 🙂

Rules

  • make sure to tag the creator (because she wants to see everyone’s answers and make her TBR even longer…) Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl
  • make sure to tag the lovely blogger who tagged you (because they also love lengthening their TBR)
  • Give something that you are thankful for this year at the end of the post!
  • tag as many or as few bloggers as you like!

Alright, let’s get started!

You Turkey! ~ a book that made you laugh

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Any book my Meg Cabot makes me laugh!  The Princess Diaries series is especially funny!

I’m Stuffed ~ a book that completely satisfied you

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Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore was such a satisfying ending to the Angel Eyes series!  I absolutely loved it.

Pumpkin Pie ~ the book you are looking forward to reading next

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I’m really looking forward to reading A Vintage Christmas!  It’s full of short stories and poems about Christmas by classic authors like LM Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, and more!  I think this book will be so perfect for me. 🙂

 

Go Team! ~ a book where you found yourself really cheering for a certain character

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I have to go with Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for this one.  Evelyn was by no means perfect, but I loved her so much and I just only wanted the best for her!

 

Macy’s Day Parade ~ a book that’s always there waiting on the bookshelf to be read and you know you’ll get to it eventually

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The first book that came to mind for this one is Pride and Prejudice.  I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long now, but for one reason or another I keep putting it off.  It is one of my goals for 2019 to finally read this one!

 

Traditions ~ a book you could/do reread every year because it’s so dang good

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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery! It is one of my favorite books of all time, and I never get tired of it.  It’s been a couple years since I’ve read it last, so this is another one I hope to read in 2019!

 

I’m Thankful For ~ a book that really helped you in life

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I have to go with the classic Nancy Drew series.  Growing up, those books shaped me so much.  As someone who was shy and kind of nervous, Nancy always inspired me to be the brave, independent, and the best me possible.  She was who I strived to be like when I was little (Okay, and still now 😂)!


I tag everyone who is reading this! 

Thanks again, so much, for tagging me Abbey!  I really loved doing this tag and thinking about all the books I’m thankful for. This was such a perfect book tag to do around this time of year when we are remembering, connecting with friends and family, and feeling extra thankful. ♥

Thanks for reading!

 

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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