Reading Blog: January 28

Happy Book Birthday to ‘Don’t Read the Comments’ by Eric Smith! You can catch my review of the story here!

I’m still deep into ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. It’s highly enjoyable, yet recent events have prevented me from finishing it as quickly as I would’ve wanted. Life brings surprising events at your door, and you just need to accept that level of unpredictability.

Will I finish the story? Of course! I love it a great deal. It has such a wide cast of characters.

Life will continue to be unpredictable, but I’m hanging in there. I just need to remember to breathe.

OwlCrate January 2020 unboxing/Vengence Will Be Mine

I received my January OwlCrate box over the weekend, and I was thrilled with the goodies it contains! Spoiler pics are shown at the second image!
January’s theme is called ‘Vengence Will Be Mine’!

Harry Potter inspired mug, designed by Cara Kozik

Crooked Kingdom inspired socks, designed by Out of Print clothing
Candle inspired by ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ (random selection of 5)

Pin banner with a map inspired by ‘The Hobbit’, designed by ‘In the Reads’
–OwlCrate exclusive mirror/pill container

–OwlCrate exclusive edition of ‘Scavenge the Stars’ by Tara Sim, with a letter from the author
–OwlCrate xclusive monthly pin designed by Forensic and Flowers

What is your favorite item from this box? My personal favorite is the Harry Potter mug, since I adore Order of the Phoenix!

New Year’s Resolution Book Tag

I came across this book tag through Kristen Kraves Books. While I don’t keep up with New Year’s resolutions, I feel that bookish ones might be a bit easier to follow!

An author you’d like to read that you’ve never read:

Talia Hibbert. I picked up Get a Life, Chloe Brown a few months ago, and I can’t wait to read it!

A book you’d like to read

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan. I enjoyed the first installment of this series so much!

A classic you’d like to read:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I finally picked up this classic very recently!

A book you’d like to re-read

There are so many, but I think I would choose Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.

A book you’ve had for ages and want to read

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I downloaded this on my Kindle a couple years ago, but have yet to read it!

A big book you’d like to read

I can’t think of one offhand, but I’m sure one will come my way!

An author you’ve previously read and would like to read more of

I enjoyed Natasha Ngan’s stories, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her work!

A book you got for Christmas and would like to read

I received Go Set a Watchman during Christmas, so I can’t wait to read that one!

A series you want to read from start to finish

I loved reading Ransom Riggs’s first novel in the Miss Peregrine series, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series. The content is very enjoyable!

A series you want to finish that you’ve already started
Same as above!

Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2020?

I’ve set my Goosreads goal at reading 30 books this year. Hopefully I can surpass that number!

Blogmas Day 10: Christmas Tag

Today I’m taking part in a Christmas Tag! I came across this tag on Beth Olivia’s page.

–As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?
I had younger cousins growing up with me, but yes! They would receive gifts like game consoles, and I would be in their room playing with it for weeks!

–Do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I love giving gifts to people so much…but receiving them is nice also!

–Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I’ve always owned a fake Christmas tree. It’s fun decorating it will beautiful lights and ornaments!

–What’s your most memorable holiday moment?
Receiving gifts from Santa for the first time, that I could remember. I was shocked to see so many gifts under the tree!

–What makes the holidays special for you?
Gathering with friends and family, sharing stories for a few hours!

–What’s your favourite Christmas colour?
Red and white!

–If you could only buy one person a present this year, who would it be?
My niece Ana. I love her more than life itself!

-What’s your favourite Christmas smell?
Gingerbread. It’s the best!

–Do you use advent calendars?
Yes, I have two: A Trader Joe’s calendar with chocolate, and a Nativity scene Advent calendar.

–If you could be in any Christmas film, which one would it be?
Love Actually. Only because I enjoyed the film greatly!

‘The Moments Between’ by Natalie Banks/A Review

‘The Moments Between’ by Natalie Banks
Length: 280 pages
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Champion Books
Release Date: December 6, 2019
Format: Kindle edition

Synopsis:
Tragedy strikes the life of Claire DuPont when her husband of nine years is killed in a train accident on his way home from work, leaving her alone with two small children. One morning, six months later, she awakes to find him alive and there with her in the house, like he had never been gone. With her head spinning she picks up her phone only to see the date is actually three months before the accident ever occurred. Bewildered but grateful, she writes it off as a very vivid, bad dream. But as time goes on, she realizes that events are unfolding exactly the way they did in her dream. Racing against time, she desperately tries to change the inevitable but finds herself helpless to change anything. Unwilling to give up, she vows to stop at nothing to save her husband before it’s too late.

My Thoughts:
Thank you Natalie Banks for providing me with a complimentary copy of The Moments Between!

This is a riveting story about Claire DuPont fighting to prevent the death of her husband Ben. Claire has a three month time frame in putting the pieces together of events that seem too odd to be coincidental. Claire also confronts longstanding family conflicts in her quest toward keeping Ben alive.

I was very engaged in The Moments Between, wondering what will happen to Claire as she fights to keep normalcy intact. Through all of the interactions she carries with friends and family, the important theme in the story is clear: Cherish every moment with loved ones, no matter how small.

Don’t miss the chance to pick up The Moments Between on December 6. It’s a captivating, heartwarming book!


Rating: 5/5 Stars

Blogmas Day 3: Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hi everyone! Blogmas is underway, so I decided to work on the Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag. I came across this tag on Jenniely‘s page. It has a delightful touch of the holidays throughout the tag!

Received an ARC and not reviewed it   (No)
So far I’ve been pretty good at following up with that!

–Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley (No)
I have 69%…so I need to post some things soon!

Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) (Yes)
I’ve done this with a few books I rated on there! Sometimes it’s easier to just post the star rating and be done with it!

–Folded down the page of a book (No)
I used to do this a lot when I was younger, but not recently!

–Accidentally spilled on a book (No)

DNF a book this year (Yes)
Yes, and with a book I was looking forward to reading for a while!

Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it (No)
If you have no intention of reading it, you shouldn’t buy it!

–Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) (Yes)
Yup, all the time!

–Skim read a book (Yes)
As long as you can grab the idea of a plot, skim away!

–Completely missed your Goodreads goal (No)

–Borrowed a book and not returned it (No)

–Broke a book buying ban (No)

–Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about (No)

Wrote in a book you were reading (Yes)
I used to do this back in my college years!

Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads (Yes)
I’ve done this once or twice!

–Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend (Yes)
It began as a book given to me…then a few months later she changed her mind. This was two year ago! But really, was it a borrowed book to begin with?

–Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book (No)

–Broke the spine of someone else’s book (No)
I would never!

–Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged (No)

–Sat on a book accidentally (Yes)
Thankfully, nothing happened to the book!

That’s it! I hope everyone has a fun Tuesday!

NetGalley Book Tag

Happy Tuesday everyone! I came across the NetGalley Book Tag, and I thought it was a fun post to take part in!

  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you (I wasn’t tagged, but I came across this tag through A Little Haze Book Blog)
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too (If you would like to do this tag, feel free!)

Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?
I would love to read Lisa See’s work. I enjoy reading historical fiction novels, I can never get enough of them!

Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?
I briefly read the synopsis, and if it grabs my attention, I request!

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?
Yes, I review every book I read.

Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?
Probably one displaying my love for NYC historical fiction stories. It’s the city of my heart.

Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?
‘Unravel the Dusk’ by Elizabeth Lim

NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?
The last NetGalley book I reviewed was Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan. I gave it 5 stars.

That’s all for now! This tag is not affiliated with NetGalley, it’s just an enjoyable tag for book lovers/reviews!

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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October Book Haul

I received 8 books during the month of October! Three were sent from publishers (2 physical ARCs, 1 eARC), and the rest I purchased from various excursions between my area and New York City.

Books from Publishers:

Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Waters
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

I was so thrilled when I received these two books! Deadly Deceit is part of a blog tour I’m participating in, while We Ride Upon Sticks came to me after making a request to the publisher (Thank you so much to Pantheon/Penguin Random House for sending me this copy)! I’m looking forward to reading about this Historical Fiction book about this female hockey team touched by magic!

NetGalley ARC:

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

The Silvered Serpents is the anticipated sequel to The Gilded Wolves. I enjoyed reading the first installment greatly, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC from NetGalley! The Silvered Serpents comes out in February 2020!

Purchases:

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

These two stories were purchased at Barnes & Noble. My husband and I enjoy books about dogs, so I can’t wait to read these books!

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

I picked up Not Her Daughter during a recent excursion to The Strand in New York City. I enjoy Rea Frey’s Instagram content, as she regularly documents her adventures as a writer and Home School parent.

OwlCrate:

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Crier’s War by Nina Varela

I received these two books as part of the OwlCrate subscription service. It’s so thrilling to receive two stories this month!

Those are my new books for October! I can’t wait to explore them!

Hocus Pocus Book Tag

Today I wanted to try a tag with a Halloween inspired theme in mind! I discovered this tag through Romance Book Binge.

A Great Trilogy

I loved L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle trilogy. One of my favorite book series that I read in high school!

Winnifred Sanderson
A book with a truly evil villain

Dolores Umbridge. She was quite a character!


Sarah Sanderson
A book that uncannily attracts children

A Series of Unfortunate Events was a big favorite of my cousins when they were younger!

Mary Sanderson
A book that is just plain silly

Any of the Peanuts character strips. They’re so fun to read!

Max
A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. As much as a liked the premise, I wasn’t too thrilled overall.

Dani
A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher. It’s an autobiographical account of a woman’s struggle with anorexia. It was such a powerful story!

Binx
A book series that just won’t die

The Twilight series. I never hear the end of these books!

Ice
A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock

Alina from the Grisha trilogy. She didn’t make a lot of smart choices!

The Black Flame Candle
A book or series you wish you could resurrect

I would have to say Poppy Z. Brite’s books. They were very good vampire tales!

Headless Billy Butcherson
A book not as bad as people make it out to be

Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I’m in love with that book!

Willifred Sanderson’s Spell Book
A book with a mind of its own

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. That book took so many crazy turns!

Garry Marshall
A book with a cameo

Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice. The Mayfair Witches & Lestat together!

That’s all for now!