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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Masterpiece


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

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
To be released: August, 2018

In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.

For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public’s disdain for a “woman artist.” Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded–even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter–Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they’ll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. And even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.

Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay’s life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor hidden under the dust, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece–an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.

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Books Hauls

Book Haul: April 2018

Here are the books I added to my collection during the month of April..

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Walmart Finds

Come From Away by Genevieve Graham
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

 

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? Leave me a message in the comments.

 

PS… I’m having trouble sharing my instagram pictures here on my blog.. Did this post work correctly? Could someone please let me know in the comments.

Memes

Top 10 Tuesday: Top Books on my Spring TBR


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

Here are some books I hope to read over the next couple of months..


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling

 


Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen

 


Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy 

 


More than 50%: Women’s Life in a Newfoundland Outport (1900-1950) by Hilda Chaulk Murray 

 


Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1) by Sophie Kinsella

 


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

 

What do you plan to read during the Spring season? Leave me a message in the comments. 

 

 

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Monthly Wrap-up: January 2018

January was a pretty busy month for me. I’ve started to slowly get back into working again. Although I didn’t make an specific New Year resolutions, I’m trying my best to make better decisions and to take better care of myself. Its hard to do when you have a little one. Even harder when you are a single parent. But I’m trying my best.

Charlie has learned and grown so much since Christmas. He is now over 9 months old, with two teeth and two more coming through. He never ceases to amaze me or melt my heart.

As you will see from my monthly wrap-up below, I only completed 1 book in January. However I’m actually pretty please with the amount of reading I’ve fit in this month. I’ve been slowly re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as an eBook by Beth Labonte.

I came to realize that in the past year I put a lot of pressure on myself to finish a book by the end of the month. I’m trying a new approach to this. I’m just going with the flow. I’ll get it finished when I can. And if that so happens to be a few days into a new month, then that is ok. I know this will change up my monthly wrap-up totals, but allow me to take my time and enjoy the stories I’m reading more.

Books Completed

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham
♥♥.5      2.5/5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Audio Book

The Stats

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

Formats Read

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 0
Audio Books: 1

Total Books Read in 2018: 1

Currently Reading

February TBR


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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2017


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme that has been hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, since 2010. After this post, it will move on to its new hosting blog with That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today I am linking up to list 10 books I meant to read in 2017, but didn’t. Will I get to them in 2018? Only time will tell..

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2. Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) by Janet Evanovich

3. Rumors (Luxe, #2) by Anna Godbersen

4. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

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

6. The Devoted (The Bishops Family #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

7. The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

8. Nights at Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

9. Bear Town by Fredrick Backman

10. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

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Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Hope Santa Brings


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Back again with another Top 10 Tuesday. That’s two in a row! Look at me go, haha. Oh this is what happens when I can’t sleep at night. Anyway.. I didn’t ask for any specific books for Christmas this year, but I always have a list of books I’d buy if I had a chance. Here are some I wouldn’t mind adding to my physical shelves..


A Harry Potter Box Set by JK Rowling. Believe it or not I don’t actually own my own copies of these books. I am currently borrowing them from my brother.


Keeping with Harry Potter, I’d love to have the illustrated books to share with my son.


There are two books from Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series that I have yet to buy.. Holiday Princess and Royal Wedding.


A Winter’s Tale: The Wreck of the Florizel by Cassie Brown


The Alaskan Courage Collection by Dani Pettrey


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach


Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5) by Ann Brashares


Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Did you participate in this weeks TTT? If so leave me your links in the comments below. 

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Monthly Wrap-up: November 2017

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November started off well here, but ended with a cold that hit my whole family. However it didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit that is starting to build. I got a good start on my Christmas shopping, which is surprising. The Christmas lights are up and we’ve been watching some fun movies and festive television shows. Those cheesy Hallmark movies are such a guilty pleasure of mine.

One thing that has always kicked off the festive season (for me) is watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade on television. This year I was able to share that tradition with my son Charles. Sure he didn’t understand what we were watching, nor did he really pay much attention to what was on, but it was nice all the same. The holidays this year are going to be so special as it will be his first Christmas.

I’m satisfied with my reading progress this month and the quality of the books I read was good. Being sick sucks, but it allowed me to spend some more time reading. I finally finished reading The Measure of Katie Calloway, which I’ve slowly been making progress with on Kindle for PC, for quite a while now.

Books Completed

  • Down, Then Up: A Novella by Beth Labonte
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Novella
  • The Measure of Katie Calloway (Michigan Northwoods, #1) by Serena B. Miller
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
  • The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas 
    ♥♥♥.5  3.5/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats 

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 3
Total Number of Non-fiction: 0
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 2
Total Library Books Read: 0

Formats Read:

Physical Books: 0
eBooks: 3
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 25 

Currently Reading

December TBR

I hope you all had a wonderful November and happy reading!

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Monthly Wrap-up: October 2017

October 2017

Do you ever think back and try to remember what you did over the past month, but draw a blank? That is what seems to happen to me whenever I sit down to put together my monthly wrap-ups.

Here is what I do remember off the top of my head (ha).

Baby Charlie is now 6 months old. This is such a fun age, because he is becoming more and more interactive. His personality is starting to shine and he is such a happy baby.

Yesterday he celebrated his first Halloween. Kicking it off with a party with some local Moms and their babies. He dressed up as a cute puppy dog. To check out the costume I bought him click here to be directed to the Party City website.

Mom life is keeping my quite busy and I’m having trouble prioritizing my time to blog. Hopefully this is something I will get better at over time.

On to the books..

I am pleased with my reading progress during the month of October, however I didn’t absolutely love the books I read. All of the books I read were sent to me for review.

Books Completed

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  •  The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo 
    ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW
  • Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
    ♥♥.5 2.5/5
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction
    SENT FOR REVIEW
  • Newfie Come Home by David Belisle 
    Rating TBD
    Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Satire
    SENT FOR REVIEW

The Stats

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

Formats Read:
Physical Books: 2
eBooks: 1
Audio Books: 0

Total Books Read in 2017: 23

November TBR

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Book Haul: August-September 2017

Today I would like to share the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months.

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Have any of these titles caught your eye? I’d love to hear from you so leave me a message in the comments.

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For Fans of Gilmore Girls..

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Source: Gilmore News

If you are anything like me, you were super sad to see the Gilmore Girls end in 2007 after 7 seasons. And likewise you were super excited for its revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, that was released last year on Netflix.

But now you are back to missing our favourite mom and daughter duo, right? Me too!

Well I recently stumbled across a 2016 article by Johanna Golden (from Book Bub Blog) entitled:

14 Books to Read if You Love ‘Gilmore Girls’

And while these books may not replace our favourite show, it may provide us with some great reading.

Several of these books I’ve had on my TBR for a while including: Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple and Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Now, with this list of recommendations my TBR has grown again.

I can’t wait to read some of these books and see how they compare to Gilmore Girls.

Have you read any of the books from the article? Which were your favourite and did they compare to the show? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave me a message in the comments.