Books that Give Me American Pride!

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Hello and Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans! 🎆  Today is also my first day as a host for Bookending Summer 2019. I am so excited to be hosting for the next four days!  I loved being a host last spring, and I just know that this time is going to be even better. 😁

Today’s prompt is inspired by the fact that today is the 4th of July.  I’ll be sharing books that fill me with pride for America and books that just give me a very distinctive, American vibe.  For those of you not in the US, I’d love to see which books remind you of and fill you with pride for your country!

Without further ado, let’s begin!
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Book Review | Five Feet Apart

five feet apart.jpgTitle: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Linnincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

Pages: 288

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Nov. 20th, 2018)

Summary

In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Five Feet Apart

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After seeing so many people talk about this book on Bookstagram, and then seeing the movie trailer, I just knew I had to read Five Feet Apart!  Going into this book, I didn’t know how this story was going to play out, I just knew it would break my heart.  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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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?

The Christmas Remedy

what i thought

*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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Christmas Countdown #12

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Welcome back to week 2 of this year’s Countdown to Christmas!   Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season.

This week’s book is The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber.

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WHAT WOULD MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS PERFECT?

For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she’s astonished when he accepts her as a client.

Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa’s elf at a children’s party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all — and she’s finally ready to meet her match.

But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!

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The Perfect Christmas truly makes such a perfect Christmas read!  If you love Hallmark Christmas movies, you’ll absolutely adore this novel.  It is full of the classic troupes we all know and love.  Plus, it is just filled with such a fun and Christmas-y atmosphere.  The Perfect Christmas is such a lighthearted, festive, and enjoyable read!

Have you read any of Debbie Macomber’s books?

 


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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!

Blogtober Book Quotes | Fahrenheit 451

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It’s time for another Blogtober Book Quote!  Today I’m back with another Ray Bradbury quote, but this time it’s from his widely famous novel, Fahrenheit 451!  I absolutely love this book, and this particular quote describes the atmosphere of autumn so incredibly well.


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The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. […] The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain.”

~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


Ray Bradbury just has such a way with words!


 

Book Review | The Witch of Willow Hall | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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In honor of the recent release of Hester Fox’s debut novel, The Witch of Willow Hall, today I’m sharing with you all my thoughts about the book as well as how you can have the chance to win a copy, plus a fun and festive prize pack!

cover_The Witch of Willow Hall_Hester Fox_Graydon House Books_Oct 2 2018Title: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Pages: 368

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published by: Harlequin’s Graydon House Books (Oct. 2nd, 2018)

Summary

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

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In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

 

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what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to the publisher and Barclay Publicity!*

When I first found out about this book I was instantly intrigued.  The synopsis drew me in, and I just knew that this would be a book I would enjoy. The book’s description may be what caught my eye, but once I started reading, everything else about this book kept me hooked to the pages!

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Book Review | Sweet Dreams

SweetDreams Final Cover 3 (1)Title: Sweet Dreams (The Illusion Trilogy #3) by Nadette Rae Rodgers

Pages: 316

Genres: YA, Fantasy/Supernatural

Published by: Self-published (Sept. 15, 2018)

Summary

For years, Addison Smith wondered why she had such bizarre and frightening dreams.

In Illusion, the line between reality and the dream world began to blur, and Addison couldn’t tell what was real and what was just an illusion. Her world was turned upside down when the guy of her dreams, Zach Walker, literally tripped into her life.

The story continued in Echo, when Addison discovered that her family and the small town she grew up in had more secrets than she ever imagined. After graduation, she left on a journey in search of answers and healing.

Now, five years later, all of Addison’s dreams are coming true.

But when word of the infamous group of dreamers resurfaces, They threaten to turn Addison and Zach’s lives into a living nightmare.

With Mitch DeMize assembling a Dream Team to combat Them, and Addison travelling the world to find the other dreamers out there, Zach is dealing with a nightmare of his own.

In this final installment of The Illusion Trilogy, new secrets are brought to light, history repeats itself yet again, and the dreams begin to come to true.

Will Addison fall into the darkness that has taken the minds of so many dreamers before her?

When the odds are against them, will Addison and Zach get their happily ever after?

Will they get their sweet dreams?

Sweet Dreams: Book Three

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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author for sending me a copy!*

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin.  I loved this book so much!  I discovered The Illusion Trilogy from Instagram a while ago, and when I finally got around to reading books 1 and 2, they were so much better than I even expected.  I could not wait to read book three, Sweet Dreams.  And let me just say, this book did not disappoint!

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Top Ten Hidden Gems

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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 Hidden Gems

This week I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite, under-appreciated novels.  Some of these include popular authors’ lesser known novels, self-published novels, and novels that I just think need a lot more love and attention!

So, without further ado, here’s ten of my favorite, hidden gem novels:

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That wraps up this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some of your favorite novels that you feel are under-appreciated?

Thanks for reading!


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