Blogmas Day #11: ‘Tis the Season Book Tag

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On the eleventh day of Blogmas, a book reviewer gave to me… the ’tis the season book tag!

  • Do you have a favorite winter read?

One of my favorite winter reads is Secret Santa by Sabrina James. While a little cliche, I have read it numerous times since high school and still find it as enjoyable as the first time that I read it. Secret Santa follows several student at a high school as they participate in their school’s Secret Santa gift exchange.

  • Find a book with blue on the cover.

A book that I read this year with blue on the cover was Real Friends. Real Friends is a graphic novel that details Shannon Hale’s real life changing friendships during middle school. This book is a great read for anyone, but it would be particularly powerful for current middle schools student who are going through changing friendships.

  • Find a book that you’d use as a star on a Christmas tree

I would put Maybe This Time by Kasie West on top of a Christmas tree. I gave this book five stars and it was one of my favorite contemporary reads of the year, so it would shine brightly on top of a tree.

  • Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter holiday

I would love to visit Whoville during Christmas since they are known for their Christmas celebrations. Plus, it would fun to meet the Grinch!

  • Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your holiday

A character that I would take with me to Whoville is Sophie from Maybe This Time. She loves to design clothes, so I think she would be very inspired by the setting and people who reside in Whoville during Christmas.

  • Name one book on your wish list this year

This year, I would prefer an Amazon gift card as opposed to a physical book. I don’t have much space left on my shelves, and I read more on my Kindle anyway, so it would make more sense for me to ask for an Amazon gift card so I can purchase more e-books for my Kindle.

  • Favorite holiday drink, treat, and movie

I’m not usually a fan of warm drinks, however, I’m a huge fan of limited time drinks at Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. I also do enjoy hot chocolate with whip cream and extra toppings. As for treats, I always enjoy baking cookies with my grandma and sister every year on Christmas Eve. For movies, there are so many that I love to watch year after year. Home Alone 2 and Elf could be considered two of my favorites.

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Blogmas Day #10: Top Ten Tuesday // Christmas Tree Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a freebie! This week, I decided to make a Christmas tree out of some green books. Then, I divided them into books on my TBR and books that I have read. Here are my choices:

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Books on my TBR:

  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
  • Britt-Marie was Here by Fedrik Backman
  • Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Books Read (book reviews linked to book titles):

 

What books do you hope to find under your Christmas tree?

 

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Blogmas Day #9: How I Decorated My Bookshelf for Christmas

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On the eighth day of Blogmas, a book blogger gave to me… a Christmas shelf tour!

Recently, I purchased by first bookshelf. I was excited to decorate my shelf, especially since it is Christmas time. My bookshelf is the Gersby bookshelf from Ikea. Here’s how I decorated it!

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On the shelf where I keep some lighter or pastel colored books, I added two New Year’s Eve Tsum Tsums in the top left hand corner, sitting on The One by Kiera Cass. I also have a Funko Pop of Christmas Mariah Carey. The Tsum Tsum on the right is actually a Bluetooth speaker and it will continue to live on my shelf even after Christmas is finished.

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On my yellow/orange/red shelf, I have another Funko Pop and some more Tsum Tsums. I have stacked my Christmas Mickey and Friends Tsum Tsums in a pyramid. Santa Mickey sits on top, followed by Mrs. Claus Minnie Mouse, Christmas tree Goofy, Snowman Daisy, Present Pluto, and Snowman Donald Duck. To the right, I have a Grinch Funko Pop which I received as a Christmas present last year from my sister.

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On my green/purple/blue shelf, I have more Funko Pops and a light-up Christmas tree. From left to right, I have Papa Elf, Buddy, and Jovie from one of my favorite Christmas movies, Elf.

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On my silver/brown/black shelf, I have more Tsum Tsums. This stack is Frozen-themed and includes Olaf, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Hans.

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On my final shelf, I have one Tsum Tsum and two Funko Pops. The Tsum Tsum is a sights and sound version, so I keep it on my shelf so it doesn’t fall or bump into anything to making it light up or make noise. This will stay on my shelf all year round. Finally, I have Funko Pops of Anna and Kristoff from Frozen, which I found extremely discounted at a Hallmark store several years ago.

 

How do you decorate your book shelves?

 

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Candy Book Tag

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Since Halloween is tonight, it is the perfect time to complete The Candy Book Tag! The Candy Book Tag was created by Samantha at Bookish Serendipity (let me know if you can find the link to her site!). Here are my answers:

  • Apples: Ah, healthy food. It’s deep, meaningful, probably won a lot of awards. But, um, it really isn’t your thing.

Louisiana's Way Home

Kate DiCamillo has won many awards. However, every time I try to read one of her books, I either can’t finish it or struggle to finish it because I just don’t gel with her writing style. Unfortunately, Louisiana’s way home was no exception. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character in this book and I was not a huge fan of the plot either.

  • Milk Chocolate: It is a book you recommend to EVERYONE.

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Cruel Prince was an okay read for me, but the second book in this series has made me recommend this series to several people! There are way more twists and turns in this book which kept me engaged the whole time that I was reading.

  • Black Jellybeans: Why do these exist?

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal

This book was a major let down for me. Although it claims to be about Rowley, it focuses on Greg for 90% of the book. Why wasn’t this just another Diary of a Wimpy Kid book? I am still confused about the direction of this book.

  • Chocolate Kisses: Aw, the best romance.

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2)

The Bride Test has been one of my most enjoyable books of the year. I really liked the relationship between Esme and Khai and much preferred it to the first couple featured in this companion series.

  • Gummy Spiders: Eek! You make sure to check under your bed every night after reading this scary one.

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The scariest part of this book is how this story could actually happen.

  • Jumbo Lollipop: This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Daisy Jones & The Six

I really liked Dasy Jones and the Six, but it took me a long time to read. I also felt really under pressure because I only had a few hours left of my loan from my library’s e-book section which made it feel like an even bigger book.

  • Cotton Candy: Admit it, you loved it when you were younger (you probably still do). Think children’s or MG fiction.

Holes (Holes, #1)

I recently read Holes and I can see why it is such a favorite for students in elementary school!

 

What is your favorite candy?

July TBR

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Summer is flying by! This is my last full month off before I go back to teaching, so I am trying to fit in as many books as possible before school starts again. Here are three of my picks for July:

  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is my favorite YA author, so I’m very excited to read her release from last month. This seems like the perfect summer read since it takes place at a lake, so I definitely need to read it before the summer wraps up.

  • Maybe This Time by Kasie West

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Kasie West is an auto-buy author for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of her last release (Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss), so I hope that I enjoy this one a little bit more.

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about Daisy Jones and the Six, so I’m excited that it’s finally my turn to read this book since I placed a hold on it at my local library. I’m trying to read more book in the “adult” age range and I have been wanting to read some books by this author.

What books do you plan to read in July?

 

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Independence Day Book Tag

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Happy Fourth of July to all of my American followers! Since today is Independence Day, I thought I would celebrate by completing the Independent Day Book Tag. Here are my answers (I am not sure who started this tag. If you know, please link to their social media down below so I can credit them!):

  • Show three books you have already read (one red, one white, and one blue)

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's JournalCounting by 7sReal Friends

This summer I have been really drawn to reading more middle grade books. These are three books that I have read so far this summer. While I wanted more from Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, I was thoroughly impressed with the unique and distinct voices in each of these stories. Real Friends, a graphic memoir about Shannon Hale’s childhood, really grabbed me because it perfectly captured how most people feel at that age.

  • A book with your favorite “rag-tag” band of revolutionaries

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I haven’t talked about The Lunar Chronicles in so long! This was one of my most hyped series when I first started my blog. I love each of the characters in this book and they have stayed with me years after I finished the series. I’m still waiting on someone to make this into a movie series, or even better, a television or Netflix series!

  • Show a book that takes place in one of the 13 original colonies

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything takes place in Stanwich, Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies. I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson’s books and hopefully I can get to the only book that I haven’t read by her, Second Chance Summer, before this summer ends!

  • Show a book that takes place in England

I've Got Your Number

Sophie Kinsella’s books are some of the first books that got me into the “adult” book age range. I particularly loved I’ve Got Your Number out of all the books that I have read by her.

  • Time for fireworks! What book(s) end with a bang?

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Cruel Prince was an okay read for me, but I was completely blown away by the twists and turns in the second book in this series. The ending caught me by surprise! I am eagerly anticipating The Queen of Nothing.

  • Show three books you would like to read (one red, one white, and one blue)

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I really enjoyed The Proposal, so I was love to read the other books in Jasmine Guillory’s companion series. I also want to read books by Maurene Goo because I’ve heard such positive reviews of her work. Obviously, I need to read The Rest of the Story because Sarah Dessen is my favorite YA author!

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May TBR

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Once again, I failed to make a lot of progress on my TBR. I did not finish A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story, or You’d Be Mine while I did make a little bit of progress on two of those books. That being said, I did finish a book that I picked up and put down before I picked up any of those books. While the book, Internet Famous, was a struggle to finish, it still feels good to finally finish that story.

Looking ahead to May, I still want to focus on some of those books that I have been working on. However, I also want to finish reading an eARC that I received in order to review it before its release date. Here are my choices:

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

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I think that I am struggling to finish this book because it is really angsty and repetitive. I’m also not a huge fan of several characters in this book, including the love interest, which makes it difficult to finish reading. That being said, I am not the target age range of this book which skews as younger YA. Since I received this as an eARC, I am committed to finish it and provide an honest review.

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

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This book sounds right up my alley! I heard from other reviews that there is a large focus on the main character’s culture, which I always love to read in stories. I also have this book as an eARC, so I am determined to read and review it in order to provide an honest review before the release date.

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

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I always struggle to read books involving celebrities or people trying to be famous, but I hope this is an exception. I barely started this book, so I’m not entirely sure about my feelings towards the characters or plot yet. The country music focus will be great to read as summer comes closer.

 

What books do you plan to read in May? 

 

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April TBR

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So about last month… it was not my best reading month. As a result, I finished 0 books on my TBR. I started each of these books, but did not finish any of them. Right now, these stories aren’t grabbing me and I may need to pick them up at a later time to fully enjoy them. Here were my picks for March:

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends Novel

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

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Now… onto my choices for April!

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends NovelI do want to finish this book before May, when it is released. I am very close to finishing this book. Fingers crossed that I finish it this month!

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

I’m not too far into this book, but it was recently released. I want to read this book ASAP!

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

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This book will also be released in May, so I want to finish it during April. This book sounds right up my alley, so I hope that I enjoy it!

 

What do you plan to read in April?

 

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March TBR

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This month I actually stuck to my TBR and I am so proud! Out of the three books I planned to read for February, I read 2.5 of them. Here were my February choices below:

  • Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

I pre-ordered this book and read it quickly after an email telling me it was sent to my Kindle. I’m a huge Kasie West fan and to say I was excited for a new book by her was an understatement. Unfortunately for me, this book was only an average Kasie West book for me. While it was fun and easy to read, I was slightly disappointed with this read and gave it three stars.

  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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This is another book that I pre-ordered and was extremely excited to read. Unfortunately again, this book did not live up to my hype for its author. I mentioned in my TBR last month that the synopsis of this book did not grab me like The Hating Game, which proved to be true.

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

This is my “0.5” of my completed TBR. I am about halfway through this book and at a standstill. I love Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books but just can’t seem to get into this fantasy book. I’m hoping by putting it aside for a little bit that I can come back and enjoy it.

 

Now, onto my picks for March! Here are my three choices for my March TBR:

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

I would really like to finish A Curse So Dark and Lonely this month. I know if I put this book aside for too long, then I will forget the plot. Then, I may not be motivated to ever finish it. Hopefully, the story picks up and it can end up being a solid March read!

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends Novel

I received this book as an eARC via NetGalley and I’m currently about halfway through it. Since I’m close to finishing this book, I know that it should be easy to quickly finish it as the beginning of the month.

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

I also received this book as an eARC via NetGalley. The release date is at the beginning of April, so I wanted to make sure I read and review this book before its release.

 

What do you plan to read in March?

 

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