Books Hauls

Book Haul: July 2017

I think I found my new favourite bookstore. And it isn’t even a bookstore at all. Last month I was in Value Village thrift store and decided to check out their book section. I was so pleasantly surprised by the selection they had.

This is what I picked up..


  • Spanish Holiday: Or How I Transformed the Worst Vacation Ever into the Best Summer of My Life by Kate Cann

    Dear Bella and Bobby,

    Thank you SO MUCH for letting us stay at your villa. It’s gorgeous, and we’re having a fab time looking after it and enjoying the view of the mountains and the lovely olive grove. I figured out the bus to Ercos on the first day here — it’s as easy as you said! And Miguel’s son Juan is helping us take care of everything, so you needn’t worry at all!


  • The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham 

    Everything’s coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats… if that’s humanly possible. Beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. But behind Fleur’s Harvey Nichols wardrobe, is a woman with a mysterious past.

    Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour, and she swoops into his life like a designer-clad tornado. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father’s new girlfriend descends on the family estate leaving chaos and excitement in her perfume-scented wake. Soon, more than one family member is suspicious of Fleur’s true intentions.

    Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his lovable family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good and enjoying the ride of true love, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family. Fleur is thrown into a race against time to prove herself to Richard before it’s too late.  Can she trust her heart or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her?

    Take a wild and marvelous ride with The Gatecrasher, whose clever, chic, and sassy style will leave you desperately wanting more wonderful Wickham!

  • Baby Proof by Emily Giffin 

    From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

    First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want?

    Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

    This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It’s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was—and that there is no possible compromise. It’s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about the things we will do—and won’t do—for love.

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

    Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

    But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below.

Book Reviews · Recommendations

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


Dangerous Girls

By Abigail Haas

Published: July 2013
Published By: Simon Pulse

Format Read: eBook, Rivited
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 5/5


Anna Chevalier never had many friends until she transferred to an elite Boston prep school and met Elise Warren. Together they were inseparable and began living a wild life of excess. But, before long it would all come crashing down.  While on spring break in Aruba, Elise is found brutally murdered and Anna is suspect number one.

My Thoughts..

Abigail Haas’ Dangerous Girls is a fast paced young adult thriller that I picked up on a whim. Am I ever glad that I gave this one a chance because I couldn’t put it down. This mystery had me hooked from the first chapter.

The story is told from Anna’s perspective and shifts back and forth from when she first met Elise up to Anna’s more present situation. Sometimes books like that are hard to follow, but that wasn’t the case in this instance. It actually made for a really quick and intriguing read. The author also used different formats such as; call logs, text message conversations and television interviews. This book was chalk full of twists and turns that kept me guessing who the killer was right to the end. My suspicions of the characters would change with each page.


Dangerous Girls is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2017. I would recommend it to fans of young adult mysteries.



Bout of Books 20: Master Post

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This will serve as my Master Post where I will keep track of my reading progress and any challenges I participate in. Best of luck to all those who are participating.

Day 4: April 24

Books Read: 
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (20 pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (23 pg)
Pages Read: 43

Total Pages Read:  287
Total Books Completed: 0

Day 3: April 23

Books Read:
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (32 pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (10 pgs)
Pages Read: 42

Total Pages Read: 144
Total Books Completed: 0

Day 2: April 22

Books Read:
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (30pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (10 pgs)
Pages Read: 40

Total Pages Read: 112
Total Books Completed: 0

Day 1: April 21

Books Read:
The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Francoise Enguehard (50 pgs)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (22 pgs)
Pages Read: 72

Total Pages Read: 72
Total Books Completed: 0 



My Dream Reading Space

I recently came across Arhaus, an American based home furniture company and I wanted share my dream reading space. This got the wheels turning inside my head. What if I could create my own special spot to just unwind and curl up with a great book? What if I had no limits or restrictions and was free to do whatever I wanted? Well here is my own vision of my dream reading space..

My dream reading room must be warm and cozy. A spot that can be my refuge, my escape from reality. It doesn’t have to be a large room. Yet big enough to house my ever expanding book collection.

Colour Inspiration

I love this nature inspired theme with rich browns, leafy greens and crisp white. These colours will be represented in the furniture, the wall colour and seating.


No reading room would be complete without a place to showcase your collection of tomes. This Athens Modular Library (in Cigar Brown) has plenty of storage and even comes with a ladder! Keeping with the same dark wood style I would also include a Toulon Rectangle Coffee Table and two Toulon Square End Tables. To see more tables from Arhaus click here.


Not only will I represent this snowy white landscape in the trim of molding around my reading room, but in the seating a well. This plush Baldwin Queen Slipcovered Sofa (in Deso Snow) looks like a comfy spot to get lost in a good story and I’d love to sink into this Emory Deep Slipcovered Chair (also in Deso Snow).


The green of the leaves will be represented in the wall colour with this Meadow Paint (also from Arhaus). And in the decor including lots of throw pillows and warm blankets.

All that is missing now is a crackling fire and a window with a view like in my own Red House on the Rock.

What would you include in your dream reading room? I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment below.

Books Hauls · Uncategorized

Bout of Books 20 Sign-up

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I can’t believe that last Bout of Books Read-a-thon I participated in was a year ago! So its about time that I participate again. Not to mention that fact that I’m so far behind in my yearly reading goal. I’m hoping that this week will be as productive as can be.

Here is my tentative TBR:


The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #6.5) by Louise Penny

On a cold November morning, a jogger runs through the woods in the peaceful Quebec village of Three Pines. On his run, he finds a dead man hanging from a tree.
The dead man was a guest at the local Inn and Spa. He might have been looking for peace and quiet, but something else found him. Something horrible.
Did the man take his own life? Or was he murdered? Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to the crime scene. As Gamache follows the trail of clues, he opens a door into the past. And he learns the true reason why the man came to Three Pines.

The Islands of Doctor Thomas by Franchise Enguehard 


Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield, et. al. 

There are many ways to define a woman: daughter, mother, wife, professional, friend, student… We are each special and unique, yet we share a common connection.

Wishing the best to those who are participating.

Book Reviews · Charlie's Corner

Charlie’s Corner: April-July 2017 Reads

Baby Boy!

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share baby/children’s product and book reviews.


Please click on the link to be directed to Melissa Lee’s Many Reads, where I have posted Charlie’s April-July 2017 Reads.


NOTE: This was a scheduled post for my ML’s Many Reads blog. I will be blogging solely from here (ML’s Red House Reviews) as of September 1. 

Currently Reading

Currently Reading: August 14, 2017

My Reading Progress

Lately I have been feeling slightly slumpish when it comes to reading. In the past couple of weeks I have started and abandoned the following two books..

Normally I am very reluctant to DNF a book, as I feel that if I invested the time into reading a significant chunk of it, I might as well finish. So it was strange for me to give up on two books in such a short time. My reasoning for each DNF’ing these books are explained in the links I provided. I just felt like my time was better spent moving on to something more enjoyable. Thankfully the next two books I chose were more to my liking.

I completed my re-read of The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I decided to pick this one up to refresh myself before continuing on to the sequel Rumors (Luxe, #2).  After reading this for a second time, my thoughts and rating are still the same. While this novel kept my attention, it definitely didn’t wow me. I hope that I will enjoy book two more.


Rating: 3/5

Currently Reading


The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller

With another busy week ahead of me, I hope that I can at least make a small dent in this book, but only time will tell.

I’d love to know what you are all reading this week. Leave me a message in the comments below. 


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Personal Post

Welcome to ML’s Red House Reviews!

Hello and welcome to ML’s Red House Reviews! Please allow me to introduce myself..

All about ML..


My name is Melissa Lee (AKA ML). I was born and raised in a small town in Ontario Canada. I’m proud of my strong Newfoundland roots.

I am also proud to be called Mom to the loves of my life:

Charlie. Born: April 2017


Nova. (Yes fur babies count too) Born: March 2013



All about the books..

My love for books and reading began at an early age. Over the past 10 years my curiosity for new genres and authors has grown tremendously. Social media outlets such as Goodreads, Pinterest, BookTube and Blogs has lead me to discover many different authors that I wouldn’t have heard about otherwise. I enjoy connecting with other book lovers and so I was inspired to begin a blog of my own.

Melissa Lee’s Many Reads..

Melissa Lee's Many Reads

I launched my first blog Melissa Lee’s Many Reads in January of 2015. It was quite a learning experience for me as I had never created one before. It gave me the opportunity to join a wonderful community and connect with people from all over the world, who shared the same interests as I do. I even managed to gain a small group of followers, who I am very grateful for.

A change of heart…

Now you must be wondering why I have decided to create a different blog? Well there are several reasons.. As I prepared for the birth of my son Charlie and then in the months after his grand arrival, I took a step back from my blogging and reviewing. It has given me some time to reflect on my blog and I began to realize that although I still enjoy it, I just wasn’t satisfied with my presentation of it anymore. I had quite lofty goals for the content I wanted to publish, but lacked the knowledge to do it. To be honest, I tried to do too much with it and didn’t follow through entirely with the plans I would announce. At the same time, I felt that I had outgrown Melissa Lee’s Many Reads. I grew tried of its appearance and even its name.

Moving on..

Somehow it didn’t feel right to just overhaul the blog and take a different approach with it. Then I began having trouble with the blogging platform. I tried several times to fix problems, but just became more and more frustrated. In the end I came to the conclusion that I wanted somewhere I could start fresh and create a space that I could keep up with. A space that could grow with me. And so ML’s Red House Reviews was born.

How is ML’s Red House Reviews different from Melissa Lee’s Many Reads?

For those of you who have visited my first blog, you will notice that this layout is much more simple. In fact that I my main goal for this new blog; simplicity. I want to be able to share my interests and experiences here without setting strict scheme for myself. While I do plan to continue sharing book related content here, I also would like to post product reviews and more general lifestyle posts.

But why the Red House?

Because I actually have a red house of course. As I mentioned above my family is from Newfoundland and our vacation home has become a place of great comfort to me. So I decided to pay homage to my special place by including it in my blog name. In the future I hope to re-design the theme to include a picture of our red house, however for the time being it is being represented with a blue, white and red colour scheme which is inspired by the flag of Newfoundland.