December 2019 Book Haul

I’m finally posting my Book Haul from December! It’s only 10 days into January, so it’s not that late, right? 😉

Here are the books I picked up last month:

Acquired from NetGalley

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Complimentary copy from Revell Reads

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Library Reads:

Digital copy acquired through Libby

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann

Borrowed from local library

Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer

A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

These are all the books I picked up in December! What were some of the stories you received?

OwlCrate November 2019 unboxing/Through the Enchanted Forest

Hi everyone, I’m very excited to show you what I received from OwlCrate this month! I received my OwlCrate last night (such a pleasant surprise to find my package sitting by the door)!

There are spoilers in this post, but if you still would like to see what I received in my OwlCrate, feel free to keep scrolling!

–Spoiler Card for this month’s theme: Through the Enchanted Forest

–officially licensed throw blanket, designed by Bookmark’d Tattoos (artwork copyright Holly Black)
Quote on blanket is from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
(this blanket is in my favorite color, Purple)!

–Planner Stickers created by Pipsticks
–Wooden ornament inspired by The Raven Boys. Designed by Juniper and Ivy Designs

–Metal tassel bookmark, inspired by Uprooted. Designed by Her Paper World
–Annual Reading Planner, designed by Blue Star Press
(I’m so happy to have a new planner to write down all of my recent reads)!

–Preview card for Diamond & Dawn, Book 2 in the Amber & Dusk series, by Lyra Selene
–Collectable enamel pin, designed by Four Seasons Fox

OwlCrate exclusive signed edition of Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, along with a letter from the author!

These are all the wonderful items in my OwlCrate! I know that I’ll put all these items into good use!

WWW Wednesday: November 20

Hi everyone! It’s time for my WWW Wednesday entry!

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Yes, I’m still reading Becoming! I enjoy this story so much!

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Deadly Secrets (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Walters

The Moments Between by Natalie Banks
I’m so excited to read Natalie Banks‘s upcoming fourth novel! I’m part of Natalie’s launch team for The Moments Between. I feel so thankful to be part of the team. This story is filled with suspense and mystery. I will update in future post leading up to its release date on December 6!

Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Thank you Wunderkind PR for sending me a complimentary copy of Crier’s War! I’m very excited to begin reading this story!

I hope everyone’s week is moving along well!

Friday Reads: November 15

For Friday Reads, I’m currently loving ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama. I’m about 35% through the story, and it’s so good. I really apreciate the life journey style this book takes, documemting Michelle’s triumphs and struggles with each step. I can’t wait to find out how the other book club members at my library feels about the book!

My Friday Reads also include ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ by W. Bruce Cameron. I began reading this story the other day, and so far it’s so adorable. It’s a story documenting life from a canine’s perspective. It’s emotional, and I’m only through the first 50 pages! Such a touching read.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

WWW Wednesday: November 13

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

Becoming by Michelle Obama
I’m really enjoying this story! It’s a tell-all about Michelle Obama’s life growing up in Chicago, and the joys/challenges she experiences with her family. Michelle is such a headstrong person!

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
I’m about 50 pages in with ‘A Dog’s Purpose’, and I’m so in love with it! Following life through a dog’s perspective. It just melts your heart!

Deadly Deceit by Natalie Waters
I had a fun time reading ‘Deadly Deceit’! I’m becoming newly aware of Romantic Suspense stories, with Christian overtones. It was a very good read!

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
I received this story through NetGalley a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait to finally begin this sequel!

I hope everyone’s week is going well so far!


End of Year Book Tag

Hi everyone! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

For this post, I’m taking on the End of the Year Book Tag. I can’t believe that 2019 is nearly over!
I came across this tag on The Book Prescription‘s page.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yeah, Crooked Kingdom…I’ll get to finishing this book…hopefully!


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

As of today, I’m waiting for my copy to be available in the library! I can’t wait to read it!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I love reading a little of every genre!

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Maybe…I guess I’ll find out when I read the stories!

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Of course! I plan on getting more involved in attending book clubs. I also intend on reading more contemporary stories.

Home for Christmas by Catherine Lanigan/A Review

I’m happy to partner up with Prism Book Tours to review Home For Christmas by Catherine Lanigan!

Home for Christmas (Shores of Indian Lake #12) By Catherine Lanigan Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages November 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a magical Christmas under glass…

…bring them back together for good?

Widowed dad Adam Masterson still doesn’t understand why Joy Boston left Indian Lake and broke his heart all those years ago. Now she’s returned to sell her grandfather’s beloved poinsettia greenhouse—and Joy and Adam’s connection is as strong as ever. But Joy has a life in New York. And Adam has only until Christmas to convince Joy that she belongs in Indian Lake—with him.

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My Thoughts:
Home For Christmas is a touching story that involves matters of the heart and community. Joy Boston returns to Indian Lake after suffering the loss of her grandfather. Her task is to sort the affairs of her grandfather’s greenhouses, a timeless staple of her youth during the holidays. Adam Masterson, an old flame from Joy’s past, aids her in restoring the greenhouses to its previous stellar condition. Joy’s life in New York is fast paced, but Adam and the community at Indian Lake show her the secret to a fulfilling, productive life.
Home For Christmas displays how the magic of community and holiday spirit come together to rejuvenate a person’s spirit. Even if you’re away from an extended period time, one can truly return home and find the key to inner peace. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a holiday tale with a strong sense of community!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HERS TO PROTECT (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com.

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Goodreads Monday: November 11

Good morning everyone!

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This week’s post:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Why I Want to Read It:
I’ve wanted to read ‘The Night Circus’ since it has such a mysterious premise. I heard mixed reviews about this story, but the idea of a book set in a traveling circus gets me very interested. Hopefully I can get to this book before the year ends!

Six for Sunday: Books With Blue Covers

I’m participating in Six For Sunday, a fun prompt run by A Little But A Lot. This week’s theme is Books with Blue Covers! Here is my contribution:

Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehler

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand


I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!

Sunday Sentence: November 10

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘Everyone on earth, they’d tell us, was carrying around an unseen history, and that alone deserves some tolerance’.

Source: ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama