#Blogmas :December is the month for ebook bargains!

Hi everyone! So I have noticed that I have been grabbing up bargain after bargain ebook on Amazon and I have actually had to hold myself back because there are more that I sort of want, but I know that I just won’t get to for a long while. I thought I would go ahead and post a list of what I have picked up so far in December:

1533de298cd56ff91657319fdc1e13abThe Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

purchased 12/2/19 for $0.99

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

purchased 12/2/19 for $2.99

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

purchased 12/14/19 for $5.99

The Beholder by Anna Bright

purchased 12/21/19 for $2.99

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

purchased 12/25/19 for $2.99

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

purchased 12/25/19 for $1.99

So that’s about $18 for six books this month! I am completely happy with that! The couple of other titles I am still looking at snagging for a good deal and maybe you’d like to consider too: Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan (currently $1.99), Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (currently $1.99), Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford (currently $2.99), Shadow Frost by Coco Ma (currently $0.99),  Final Girls by Riley Sager (currently $1.99), and Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (currently $1.99). Just to say again, all of these deals were found on Amazon and may not still be valid, but if you’re interested, its always worth checking, right?

That being said, hope you found yourself a deal on a new read today also! Or maybe you know of a bargain going on to share. Any recommendations? I’d love to know about it! Thanks in advance!

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#Blogmas 2019…the mostly non-existant

Happy December, everyone!

Well, December 17th. It has been a pretty rough couple of months for me and I have needed to step back from the blogging for a moment or two. Work was stressful, I have read a couple of good books, and Thanksgiving was fortunately pretty relaxed. I hope that many of you can say positive things about your lives and your reading time.

nookSo getting down to business, for the past two years I have participated in a phenomenon called “Blogmas.” Now anyone who doesn’t know, Blogmas is for both bloggers and vloggers alike, and the goal is for us to post at least once a day for all 25 days leading up to Christmas! We can post about anything we like, but ideally, we should be posting some holiday cheer along the way. Now, I am already behind but I enjoy posting and participating by blog/vlog hopping so I am putting the hashtag on it and calling it a post!

I look forward to sharing a little bit of holiday cheer with you all and I plan on blog hopping and leaving some tidings with you as well. Until next time….happy reading!

Are you doing any reading or writing challenges this month to close out the year?

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#BEWinter19 : A Very Potter Christmas

Today’s prompt for Bookending Winter is “A Very Potter Christmas,” hosted by Broken Soul Reviews, and who am I to pass up a Potter prompt?? If you’d like to join in on this amazing quarterly event hosted by Cuppa Clo and Fictionally Sam, you can check out the event main page here. But enough chit-chat. On to the prompt!

Question #1
Which Harry Potter book was your favorite and why?

originalI have always said that Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite because of the Marauders and the details left out of the movie about their backgrounds and stories. I just love meeting Sirius and all of the intricacies of that book. However, I am re-reading the series as an adult and I just finished book 5 and so far I am surprised to say that Order of the Phoenix is my new favorite. Talk about details and little humors that I have never appreciated before! There are so many characters in this book that really shine–the Weasely twins, Luna, Ron…unfortunately almost everyone but Harry.

Question #2
Which Harry Potter characters are your favorites and why?

Not necessarily in specific order I love Dumbledore and I hate hearing when people give him grief. Since the very beginning (and now, with ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ apparently before the beginning even! what?!) Dumbledore was the man with the plan. He always made sure Harry was taken care of, he was always doing his research, he was always doing his best to stay five steps ahead, and he was incredibly criticized all throughout. Next up is Molly Weasley for being a badass mum to her own children and anyone/everyone her kids brought home. She has the biggest, warmest heart but also is so strong and and kick butt when she needs to be. She is everything I would want to be as a mother. A lot of similarities here with Minerva Mcgonagall. Not only is she a softie for her students at heart, she is incredibly brave, wise, and strong. Honorable mentions for other favorites go to Harry, book Luna, Hagrid, and Lupin.

Question #3
Who are you taking to the Yule Ball?

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Thanks for stopping by today! Feel free to share any of your answers in the comments! I want to know especially who your date to the ball would be–either pre- of post- puberty, lol!!

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Blogmas 30: Best Reads of 2018

As I mentioned in my last post, my yearly Goodreads wrap-up reports to me that my average rating of books that I read this year is 3.8 stars. I feel that that’s a relatively good rating. I generally do enjoy most of the books that I read. Looking at my list, though, I gave 18 books 5 stars. 18!!! (compared to 1 book with 1 star). But which do I feel were the “best” for this year? I have to narrow this down. Let’s reflect back….

27833670Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – This is my first pick for a favorite of the year because it is a book that I feel I could read again and still not get every detail out of. Yes, I already know the outcome, but there are so many subtleties to this book. Its like one of those trippy movies that you can watch over and over and still ask yourself “What the hell did I just watch??” Think Inception or a really good episode of Stranger Things. I did have a worry that things in this book might get over technical or too scientific, as the MC is a scientist and professor, but this never happened. Everything is really at just the right amount of science and maybe just crazy enough to work.

36082326-1Every Note Played by Lisa Genova – On a completely different level, there is this book here. I had never heard of this one but I picked it up once the Goodreads nominations for books of the year for 2018 came out and this was in the Best Fiction category. Me and my musical self gravitated to this simply because of the title and the characters being musicians, but at the same time, I’m always skeptical about books with music at the center as well. Its tough not to be a critic, ya know? But the author did an amazing job with the musical aspects and just the human aspects in general. I was blown away just by the fact that Lisa Genova is a brain scientist. Uhhh, seriously? Yeah. And she conducted a lot of interviews with ALS patients and caregivers and just really put heart and soul into this book. I thought it was beautiful.

And that’s it, folks. My top two books for 2018! How about you – what were your top books? Tell me here, or drop me your links to posts that share yours! I’d love your recommendations as always! Any genres! Until next time!

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Blogmas 29: Worst Reads of 2018

So looking at this past year, I think I did pretty well reading-wise! I almost hit my reading goal of 75 books which, considering how busy this year was for me, is pretty darn good I think! Goodreads informs me that my average rating was 3.8 so which books brought me down? What books did I DNF? Let’s take a look!

12813630The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black – I haven’t read any books by Holly Black, but I know of her, of course. I figured I’d give her a go and try out this book. I didn’t really know what this book was about because I really didn’t do much more than skim the synopsis (this is pretty typical for me). Well, even in the Goodreads summary, the word “monster” is used and not “vampire,” so when all of a sudden I was reading a vampire book, I was pretty surprised. Not disappointed, though, I like paranormal! What was disappointing was the story and the characters and basically everything else. This just did not engage me at all. I DNF’d it. Sorry Holly.

74731The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore – I listened to the audiobook on this one, and while this book was funny, it seemed so pointless. Every chapter, no,  sentence was practically like “what did I just read and why?!”. This was the second book I have read by Christopher Moore and I didn’t like the other much either so I guess it was partially my fault. He just has a lot of books out there and I consider myself to have a good sense of humor, but apparently not this kind of humor. This book mixes Christmas with zombies and pot and one-night stands and…yeah. Like I said, if you’re game for mass amounts of ridiculous humor and basically no story line and fluff then go for it. I did finish this one just for the laughs but I gave it 1 star.

And there you have it…my bottom two reads for 2018. One DNF and one-one-star. What fell at the bottom of your list this year?

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Blogmas 28: First Line Friday – Verity by CoHo

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First line: “I hear the crack of his skull before the spattering of blood reaches me.”

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. (from Goodreads)

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Does any of the above sound like the Colleen Hoover we have read before? NO. Am I upset about that? Not at all! Not that I ever wanted anything different from her, but WHOA. Contemporary romance guru Colleen Hoover has made me laugh and cry and love and ache so many times, and now she’s going to give me goosebumps. I am beyond excited! I am planning on this being a January read for sure. It isn’t very long, and it sounds so good. Typically I listen to her books, but I think this one I will read with my own two eyes.

What do you think–sound like a worth-while adventure? Have you read this one yet? Or will you be skipping it?

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Blogmas 27: Review – The Witch of the North Pole

40625309The Witch of the North Pole was one of the most delightful Amazon Prime surprises I have encountered so far! Our main character, Cinnamon Mercy, is fighting for her independence working a dull accounting job on the West Coast. Then one day her eccentric grandmother rolls up and whisks her away for the holidays…to the North Pole. Turns out Grandma is Mrs. Claus herself, and she is feeling under-appreciated for all the hard work she does 364 days a year, and she’s had ENOUGH! The next witch–yes, witch–in the family line who can possibly do all the work is Cinnamon, and she’s on her own to figure out how to save “the naughties” and develop Santa’s flight plan, all before Christmas Eve. As much as she wants to use logic and numbers, Cinnamon has to listen to her heart and cast a spell of intuition to really connect with others to determine how to throw the best Winter Solstice gathering, bring Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus together, and save Christmas for the entire world.

This book was so fun and easy to read, I enjoyed it so much! The descriptions of the North Pole were so fun, and I loved how all of the events played out. There was a huge crisis, but for once, the issue was not a murder or an affair. Just a Christmas crunch where people lost sight of their joy and priorities. Two ‘towns’ living basically together without interacting. Years of traditions being taken for granted and becoming just work rather than love and magic. Everything was written out very nicely with charming characters and good pacing. An absolutely charming holiday read! If you have Prime, check this one out!

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Blogmas 25: Tag Tuesday – The Joy of Christmas

Hello to all and Merry Christmas! If you aren’t a celebrator of Christmas then I hope you’re enjoying your day, but if you are, I hope Santa was good to you and that you are having a safe and happy holiday. Today I am coming at you with a holiday book tag because it is, afterall, a Tuesday. This tag was originally created by Sam, and you can watch the video here.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
I’m looking forward to King of ScarsChildren of Virtue and VengeanceA Curse So Dark and Lonely….oh, so many!!

2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?
Right now I’m on a Colleen Hoover kick!

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?
There are a couple details I would change in the story line, but I love the detail and the make up of the Grishaverse!

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read
I think my favorite is Frankenstein, and I really want to read (finish) the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.

5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas
The new 10th anniversary editions of The Hunger Games books. Oh, and I really wanted a copy of The Disasters (I’m a sucker for that purple cover and the tagline “Space is tough- get a helmet).

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling
Vain by Fisher Amelie was a spectacular book that game me all the feels. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?
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8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?
One Christmas (technically about three days after Christmas) my college choir was invited to and travelled to sing at the White House. It was an amazing experience! That’s probably my favorite Christmas memory.

And that’s it! I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a very safe and joyous holiday season!

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Blogmas 23: Review – The Prince and the Dressmaker

34506912In The Prince and the Dressmaker, Frances is a seamstress who aspires to become a dress designer. One day by accident she is given her chance by a mysterious employer who turns out to be….the prince! They come to be best friends who really bring out the best in each other, and help each other on their journeys toward their dreams.

I didn’t know going into this book that it was on the GLBTQ+ spectrum. I have no problem with that and honestly, I rarely read far into books anymore before starting them. I like going on recommendations of people that I trust, I like going by GoodReads ratings, and I like looking at titles and covers.

That being said, this book was SO beautiful. I loved the drawings of the dresses, and the characters were so animated in a way that that was relatable and fun. There were times when I laughed, when I was tense, when I was ready to tear up…this graphic novel had it all. I cannot recommend it enough!

Book soundtrack: “Vogue” by Madonna
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