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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2018

Total Books Read in October: 5
Total Books Read in 2018: 29

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 
Genre: Contemporary, Literary Fiction
My Rating: 2.5/5

 

Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mystery, #1) by Rhys Bowen
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
My Rating: 3.5/5

 

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol 
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5/5

Toward the Sunrise (Until the Dawn 0.5) by Elizabeth Camden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 2.5/5
Quick Thoughts: Toward the Sunrise was a quick novella introducing some of the characters in Elizabeth Camden’s Until the Dawn series. I enjoyed the historical setting as well as the brief parts set in New York City. The romance was just alright, but I found the main character to be entitled and overly bold. I have yet to decide if I will continue on with this series.

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 5
Total Number of Fiction: 5
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 3

 

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 4
Audio Books: 0

 

Currently Reading

 

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Charlie’s Corner: Book Review: Luke and Lottie; It’s Halloween! By Ruth Wielockx

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

Luke and Lottie. It’s Halloween!
By: Ruth Wielockx

Published: August 2018
Published By: Clavis Publishing
Format Read: PDF, NetGalley
Genre: Children, Picture Books

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

It’s Halloween! The twins Luke and Lottie are so excited.They are going trick-or-treating!
A cheerful and simple story about Halloween.For brave ghosts and witches ages 3 and up.

I downloaded a copy of Luke ad Lottie. It’s Halloween by Ruth Wielockx, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

Luke and Lottie is a fun story about twin siblings enjoying the Halloween festivities. Colourful illustrations show the children as they dress up in their costumes, do some holiday baking and of course, go trick or treating. Young children will love the pictures and the story will add to their excitement for the spooky-est day of the year. Parents will enjoy Luke and Lottie. It’s Halloween because it will bring back fond memories of traditions that have been carried on through the years.

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Halloween Candy Book Tag

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To celebrate one of the most candy filled days of the year I thought I’d share this fun tag that is making its rounds in the blog-o-sphere. The Halloween Candy Book tag was originally created by Angela’s Library.

Swedish Fish: A book with a nautical theme.

The Light-Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol 

 

Gushers: A book that made me cry.

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

 

Milky Way: A book set in outer space.

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel 

 

Hershey Kiss: A book with a sweet romance.

The Woman Who Wouldn’t by Gene Wilder 

 

Skittles: A book with diverse characters.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

 

Pixie Stix: A book that re-imagines a familiar fairy tale.

Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton 

 

KitKat: A lighthearted book to read when you need a break.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

 

Snickers: A book that made me laugh out loud.

Summer at Sea by Beth Labonte 

 

3 Musketeers: A book featuring a great friendship.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series by Ann Brashares 

 

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Charlie’s Corner: Book Review: Little People, Big Dreams: Lucy Maud Montgomery

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

Little People, Big Dreams:Lucy Maud Montgomery
By: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Illustrated by: Anuska Allepu

Published: October, 2018
Published by: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Format Read: ARC, Net Galley
Genre: Children’s Picture Books, Non-fiction

Rating: 3/5
♥♥♥

Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara’s Little People, Big Dreams series are a collection of picture books for children that aim towards inspiring the younger generations by profiling prominent historical figures. Previous installments have featured; Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo and Agatha Christie.

The latest release shines the spotlight on beloved Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery and her how she persevered to become a writer. Illustrated by Anuska Allepu, this book inspires children to follow their dreams.

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The Fall Book Tag

 

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The Fall Book Tag was created by Bionic Book Worm

Crisp Fall Air
A book that felt fresh and new.


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Howling Winds
An ending that blew you away

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Leaf Fight
A book with non-stop action


Breaking the Story by Ashley Farley

Pumpkin Spice
Your most anticipated read


The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Comfy Sweaters
A book that gave you the warm fuzzies


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Bright Colours
A cover with either red, orange or yellow.

Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4) by Janet Evanovich

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
By: Becky Albertalli

Published: January, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray 
Format Read: Trade Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5
♥♥♥.5

 

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Thoughts

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an award winning YA novel about a closeted homosexual teenage boy and his first love. This was my first time reading a male/male romance and I found it to be quite cute and innocent. I think that there will be a lot of people who could relate to Simon’s character.

Unfortunately I felt quite underwhelmed by this novel. I had heard so much hype about how wonderful it was, that it was one of my most highly anticipated books to read. However, in my opinion it was just an okay story. I didn’t absolutely love it like I thought I would, which was disappointing. Hopefully I will enjoy the movie adaptation more.

Still I think it is a decent book, with a good message and I would recommend it to fans of Young Adult LGBT fiction.

Note: I read the movie tie-in edition of this novel, which featured bonus content including; excerpts, an interview and photos from the movie.

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Monthly Wrap-up: September 2018

Total Books Read in September: 4
Total Books Read in 2018: 24

Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1) by Jacqueline Winspear
Narrated by: Rita Barrington
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Series
My Rating: 4/5

 

The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens 
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 2/5
Quick Thoughts: Peter Behrens The Law of Dreams follows an orphaned boy during the Irish potato famine, as he forges a new life for himself. Many historical fiction novels I’ve read doesn’t delve far into why immigrants leave them homelands. However this book did and for that I found it interesting. Unfortunately I struggled with some of the disturbing content and found it quite long. I didn’t feel as if I got to know our main character as well as the people he came across on his journey.

 

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
My Rating: 3.5/5

 

Deadly Voyage: R.M.S. Titanic, Jamie Laidlaw, April 14, 1912 by High Brewster
Genre: Middle-grade, Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4/5

The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 4
Total Number of Fiction: 4
Total Number of Non-Fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 0
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 3
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 1

 

Currently Reading

 

October TBR

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme featuring our most anticipated releases to come. It is hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings.

Every Breath by: Nicholas Sparks
To be released: October 2018

 In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals — transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life’s heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, EVERY BREATH explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties — and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books on my Fall 2018 TBR


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s topic for Top 10 Tuesday is are TBR’s for Fall. Here are some books I’d like to get to.

Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2) by Jacqueline Winspear

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler 

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction #1) by Jen Turano 

Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) by Sara Shepard

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling