Our Bookish Christmas…

Happy New Year or New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2019. Time is flying, but I’m still not letting go of Christmas yet. I thought it would be fun to share some of the books we received for Christmas this year.

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Personally, I didn’t receive books as gifts this year, but I did purchase one other book for myself besides the Penguin Classics Christmas set I mentioned last week. I went ahead and took a chance on, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

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ARC Book Review: The Den by Abi Maxwell #TheDen #WomensFiction #BookReview

The Den

by Abi Maxwell

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From Goodreads:

A luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons–though they are separated by 150 years.

Henrietta and Jane are fifteen and twelve, growing up in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their mother is a painter, lost in her art, their father a cook who’s raised them on magical tales about their land. When Henrietta becomes obsessed with a boy from town, Jane takes to trailing the young couple, spying on their trysts–until one night, Henrietta vanishes into the woods. Elspeth and Claire are sisters separated by an ocean–Elspeth’s pregnancy at seventeen meant she was quickly married and sent to America to avoid certain shame. But when she begins ingratiating herself to the town’s wealthy mill owner, a series of wrenching and violent events unfold, culminating in her disappearance. As Jane and Claire search in their own times for their missing sisters, they each come across a strange story about a family that is transformed into coyotes. But what does this myth mean? Are their sisters dead, destroyed by men and lust? Or, are they alive and thriving beyond the watchful eyes of their same small town? With echoes of The Scarlet Letter, Abi Maxwell gives us a transporting, layered tale of two women, living generations apart yet connected by place and longing, and condemned for the very same desires.

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Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller

For Better and Worse

By Margot Hunt

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From Goodreads:

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? Continue reading “Book Review: For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt #BookReview #ForBetterAndWorse #Netgalley #NGEW2018 #Thriller”

Music Monday: Classic Christmas Favories Including: Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, and more… #MusicMonday #ClassicChristmas #ChristmasSongs

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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Today I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Christmas songs and records. It’s Christmas Eve!

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#1 – Burl Ives “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas”


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Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T.Greenwood #KeepingLucy #StMartinsPress #NGEW2018 #NetGalley #Fiction #BookReview

From Goodreads:

From the author of Rust & Stardust comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter.

Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

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What I’m reading until Christmas, decorations, and other happenings this week…

Because Christmas is among us and I’m still not ready, this week has been madness. I’ve still managed to squeeze in some reading, but won’t likely be posting much over the next week. I thought I’d do just a quick post to share what I’m reading right now (including some of the children’s books we’re reading), and other happenings this week.

So, I just finished The Forbidden last night. I enjoyed it and you can see that review HERE.

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Book Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BookReview #Romance

The Forbidden

By Jodi Ellen Malpas

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From Goodreads:

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY…. 

What do you do when you can’t control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn’t go there? Not even in your head.

Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise. Continue reading “Book Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas #BookReview #Romance”

Music Monday: MercyMe “I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day” – Kindness and Compassion in the World #Kindness #MusicMonday #Christmas #ChristmasSongs #MercyMe

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I’m sharing this song today not only because I love it, but because I had an experience this weekend that made me think of the poem.

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Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge

The Last Homecoming

by Dan Chabot

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From Goodreads:

HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTSTRINGS ARE… Three troubled strangers gather on Christmas Eve to say farewell to a doomed old house, the secure shelter and refuge where each of them grew up over the course of 90 years. They all have warm, golden memories of youthful, magical Christmases here, and of the Rockwell-esque small town that nourished them as children. These old walls were witness to the stories of… …An elderly, feisty nun with life-searing experiences as a nurse in World War II, whose promiscuous youth still haunts her; …A depressed former Major League baseball pitcher who is contemplating a horrific act; …The hometown newspaper editor, still dealing with the tragic consequences of her long-ago teenage love affair. They are joined by their gracious host, the last owner of the house, whose own deep attachment has led her to stage this last homecoming for people who know it is not just a house, but a shrine of memories and echoes. But before it goes down to make way for a new bridge, this safe old sanctuary has surrendered some astonishing final secrets… Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Homecoming by Dan Chabot #Book Review #Christmas #WinterReads #UltimateReadingChallenge”

Throwback Thursday: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane #ThrowbackThursday #YoungAdult #BookReview

From Goodreads:

According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.

Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There’s her cabinmate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland (yes, like the president), a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane #ThrowbackThursday #YoungAdult #BookReview”

Book Review: The One and Only (The ELI Chronicles) by Julia Ash #BookReview #Fantasy #DarkFantasy #Thriller

The One and Only

by Julia Ash

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From Goodreads:

When bioterrorism threatens to obscure humanity, one woman has the power to restore hope.

Ruby Spencer plans to resign from the U.S. Special Warfare Council. With an escalating Extinction Level Infection (ELI), the SWC needs the best minds acutely focused on the fight ahead. Yet motherhood has shifted her priorities. She’s preoccupied with her newborn’s health and safety. So resigning is the right choice.

For her last assignment, the SWC sends Ruby and husband Clay on a low-risk mission to Taiwan where they’ll consult with scientists analyzing the infection. Too bad Lt. Col. Quinton Oxford—the American Consulate’s embittered military attaché, is waiting in the shadows. Because Ox’s plans for the couple are everything but low-risk.

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Book Review: Snowglobe by Amy Wilson #BookReview #Snowglobe #ChildrensBooks @MacKidsBooks

Snowglobe

by Amy Wilson

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From Goodreads:

When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.

So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds. Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger. Continue reading “Book Review: Snowglobe by Amy Wilson #BookReview #Snowglobe #ChildrensBooks @MacKidsBooks”

Music Monday: The Perry Como Christmas Album #MusicMonday #ChristmasSongs #Christmas #PerryComo

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I’m sharing Christmas music this month! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Perry Como in my house. All my admiration for classic Christmas music stemmed from my grandparents who played Christmas records over the holidays as I was growing up. My grandfather would sing all the time. When listening to these records, it’s like they’re still here with me. Continue reading “Music Monday: The Perry Como Christmas Album #MusicMonday #ChristmasSongs #Christmas #PerryComo”

Book Review: We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story by Cyndy Drew Etler #BookReview #AuthorInterview #NGEW2018

We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story

by Cyndy Drew Etler

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From Goodreads:

For the readers of GO ASK ALICE, TWEAK, and DEAR NOBODY, Etler details her turbulent readjustment to life at home and high school after spending sixteen months in Straight, Inc. Advertised as a rehab program for troubled teens, in reality, Straight subjected Cyndy and her fellow Straightlings to cultlike brainwashing and bizarre “treatment” methods. Continue reading “Book Review: We Can’t Be Friends: A True Story by Cyndy Drew Etler #BookReview #AuthorInterview #NGEW2018”

Flower Friday: Delphinium (Delphinium elatum) #FlowerFriday

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I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Here are some delphinium from my vegetable garden. These were taken this past summer. I thought I’d save these for winter to share some color!

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The Cat in the Christmas Tree: A Magical Tail by Peter Scottsdale #NetGalley #ChildrensBooks #TheCatInTheChristmasTree #Christmasbooks

The Cat in the Christmas Tree: A Magical Tail

by Peter Scottsdale

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From Goodreads:

From Bestselling Author Peter Scottsdale Comes His First Children’s Chapter For Ages 8 and Up

It’s Christmas Eve and Nathan’s cat is wrecking the holidays by destroying the Christmas tree. Fed up with Shadow’s antics, Dad wants the kitty out of the house – for good! So Nathan pleads for help in hope the magic of the holidays will allow him to keep his cat. In this enchanting tale (or should it be “tail?”), does Shadow change his misbehaving ways or will he ruin Christmas? Find out!

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Book Review: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo #BookReview #ChildrensBooks

The Tale of Despereaux

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by Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

From Goodreads:

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal–winning tale.

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out. Continue reading “Book Review: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo #BookReview #ChildrensBooks”

Music Monday: Scott Weiland “Winter Wonderland” #MusicMonday #Christmas

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

It’s Christmastime again folks, and I’m so excited! I shared some Christmas tunes last year and I’ll do it again this month as well. This is my favorite time of year. I’ll admit, I was a little down this morning when WordPress informed me that they won’t be offering falling snow on our blogs this year. Ugh! Seriously? 😧😫😭 Not sure who made that decision, but phooey on them!

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So…

When Scott Weiland came out with a handful of classic Christmas songs, I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it and fell in love with the whole album. For those of you who aren’t sure who Scott Weiland is, he was the lead singer and lyricist of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and a few other bands. He was also a solo artist. If you were listening to the radio a lot in the 90’s, you might still remember Stone Temple Pilot’s “Plush”, “Interstate Love Song”, or “Creep” which are still played today. Continue reading “Music Monday: Scott Weiland “Winter Wonderland” #MusicMonday #Christmas”