Revisiting| _____ Picks My Books

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So, the last few months I have had a series called “_______ Picks My Books”. This has been such a huge adventure for me. If you want to take a peak into my adventure you can read the posts in this series here: Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books and Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books.

I have been sharing my hauls from this series with you, but I never really shared the aftermath of the hauls so I though it would be fun to share what has happened since the books have been added to my shelves. In this post I am only going to be focusing on the first two of the series since I have had time to get to them. I am about to pick up one of the books from Book Buddy Picks My Books, I swear Amy! Anyway, without more of a delay here we go!

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Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books Revisited

In this haul my boyfriend picked out three books for me. The First Pick By Gaslight by Steven Price, the second pick was Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, and the last one was Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire.

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Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Gaslight was featured in my post Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018. To focus on By Gaslight, I ended up unhauling this book. For me I was more into the idea of the book than the writing style. The writing style made it difficult for me to get into and I did not want to push through a 700 page book to see if I would like the story. The main issue I had was that it was difficult to tell if the person was having internal or external dialogue.

Hiddensee had much the same issue for me. I really like the idea of the book, but the writing style was not for me. I may in the future try the audiobook version, but who knows what will happen.

The last book my boyfriend picked for me was Deathnote… I LOVED THIS! I am still in the process of reading this series, but I am loving it I am currently on Volume 4. This was a total win for  him. Overall, while I did not like a majority of this haul I count it as a success because I found a series I really like.

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Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books  Revisited

In this haul the bookseller picked Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This experiment was a bit harder for me since I was asking a stranger who has no idea who I was and what my reading tastes were. So I was anxious as to how this would unfold.

The Pillars of the Earth

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The first book that she picked recommended to me was The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Now, if you follow me on goodreads you will see I am currently about 200 pages into this book. I have to admit this book is HUGE, but I am really liking it. The writing style is perfect and I love how there are so many intertwined stories. I even picked up the second book in the series because I knew I would want to continue. This was a total win.

The second book was a YA book I have been hearing about for years, but I never picked up for one reason or another. Everything, Everything was featured in my post WRAP UP | March 2018. Overall, I really liked it. While I can understand why some people have problems with it, I wont say more because…spoilers! But, I read it quickly, a single day in fact. So this was another win for this awesome bookseller.

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REVIEW | The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician, #4)Description

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg returns to the enchanting world of The Paper Magician.

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking—the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery.

Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries—in as short a time frame—as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

Alvie’s enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor’s work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking—and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself.

To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair… -goodreads.com

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of this review I would like to point out that this book is a spin-off of another series. The series is called The Paper Magician Series. Since it is a spin off you can read it without reading the others, but you might miss out on a few things.

What I Liked

This book was enthralling, I could not put it down. I remember very vividly that when I first picked this book up I read for a few hours without even trying. For some reason reading for hours on end is starting to become difficult, I am not sure why. Anyway, I was very much pulled into this world. Charlie N. Holmberg does a wonderful job of creating and sculpting this world and her characters. While the world is well established in her previous books, this spin off does not leave you in a spot where you don’t understand the world around the characters, another bonus. Her world and her magic are refreshing and different.

One things I really liked about the main character was that she was not impulsive or quick to action. I felt like the character thought about what she did. For me, I love that in books. I often find myself put off by characters who just mindlessly jump into action and only seem to pull off things due to luck. So this was a very refreshing thing to have thoughtfulness as a trait in a lead character.

What I Didn’t Like

The one thing that got me was that I want not really surprised by anything in this book. While I did very much enjoy the story and characters I never had the moment where I said to myself, “NO WAY!” It was predictable. But, this can also be a plus for some. Some people why don’t like surprises or enjoy when they are right when predicting an outcomes to a book or a plot twist. This is very much a readers preference and does not make the story itself less enjoyable. Even though I was able to predict a few things it did not in anyway make me not enjoy the ride. In fact, I really enjoyed it regardless.

Overall Thoughts

I would say that this book is unique, it has a great with a magic system that for me was very different from books I have previously read. It was a fun book filled with adventure, relationships, magic and bonus had a great main character that I felt like I could relate to on some level. I would say that if you find the description or any of the things I said interesting you should give this book a read.

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Author Links

Charlie N. Holmberg

hhttp://www.CharlieNHolmberg.com

Twitter: @CNHolmberg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnholmberg/

Instagram: cnholmberg

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Book Information

Publisher: 47North

Publication Date: May 15th 2018

List Price: $14.95

ISBN: 9781542047913

Pages: 236 pages

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BOOKSHELF SCAVENGER HUNT 2.0

TagTimel12:17Hello everyone, today I decided to have a bit of fun and do a tag. This time I am doing one that lets me share a bit about the books on my bookshelf and what I thought about them. I will admit I wanted to reuse a book or two to answer multiple prompts, but I thought it would be fun to challenge myself and share more books on my shelf. Without any more delay, here is the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt 2.0 Tag.

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Find a book that starts with and “N”

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

This was a great short non-fiction novel that I read earlier this year. I found it enjoyable and eye opening.

Find a book cover that’s mostly brown

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s by Temple Grandin

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's

If you want a bit of insight into Autism Spectrum Disorder, this is a wonderful book to read. I read it very quickly and found it enlightening.

Find a book that is based on a true story

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

This is my one of my two FAVORITE non-fiction. It is both informational, but I love how it is written. It id not bogged down by facts, but reads more like a narrative.

Find a multi perspective book

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Replica (Replica, #1)

I have yet to read this, but I can’t wait to try reading this interestingly formatted duel perceptive novel.

Find a book you read last year

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

I love this thriller, It was one of my top 5 of the books I read last year. It kept me on the edge of my seat and took twists and turns I could not predict.

Find the most recent book that you bought

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi

I very recently picked this up on discount at Barns and Nobel. I mainly picked it up because I heard so many great things and I wanted to see for myself.

Find a book cover you don’t like

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest

Okay, this one might sound wrong, but hear me out. The reason I don’t like this cover is because my copy the cover is ripped. That is why I don’t like the cover.

Find a retelling

All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

This is a retelling of sorts of Cinderella’s Stepmother. I have yet to read this, but I cannot wait to get to it.

Find a book that is also a movie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

I have yet to see the movie adaptation, mainly because I don’t want to buy a copy but, I did enjoy the novel! I read it very quickly.

Find a book written this year

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

This was a book that came out pretty recently, but I read it and I read it in a single day. I found it interesting and I felt for Circe.

Find a non fiction book

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

This is one of my top 2 non-fiction reads. Once again this non-fiction account of the Salem witch trials reads more as a narrative than a non-fiction. It is not bogged down by facts and quotes, but flows nicely.

Find a book you have told others to read

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

This is a magnificent story of a couple who required as many children from Nazi Germany that they could. Anyone who shows a slight interest in WW2 stories I tell them to read this.

Find a book with a tree on it

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

This is a wonderful series, if you have not read at least this first book I suggest you try it. They are short, but pack your bags for an adventure.

Find a book where the authors name is the same as yours – first, middle or last

I have nothing for this prompt

Find a book you have read more than once

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Do I really need to say anything? I mean it is Harry Potter.

Find a book you didn’t finish

If I DNF a book, I donate it right away. So I have none on my shelf.

Find a book with a king in it

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

While they do not use the term King, You can call a few of the characters kings in this novel/series/

Find a book that is purple with its dust jacket off

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

I had no idea that a purple colored book was so difficult to find. This was the only one that I could find on my shelf. Obviously, I love it.

Find a book you will read by the end of the year

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep

I got this very recently for my birthday, I am VERY excited to get to it! If you have read it, please tell me what you thought of it.

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Jasmine bookishwisps

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Justine bookishwisps

weavinglife

Abigail abigailstalesbooks

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I hope you enjoyed this little look at my bookshelf and maybe even found a book that might interest you. Have a great day!

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Book Recommendations | Mother’s Day Edition

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In honor of mothers day I wanted to share some of my mothers favorite books. She is the individual who shared their love of reading and books and shaped my love of books. I thought this was a fitting way to honor my mom and maybe give my readers some books you might add to your TBR. Also, this is in a particular order my mom listed her list from most loved to less loved, but they are all very much loved. Divider

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

Schindler's List

In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy. -goodreads.com

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows

For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. This special edition includes new material, including a note to readers from Newbery Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool, a letter from Wilson Rawls to aspiring writers, original jacket artwork, and more.

Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It’s true that times are tough, but together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair. -goodread.com

Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. -goodreads.com

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors

The true story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock-therapy machine could provide entertainment.

Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor’s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances. -goodreads.com

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

A Million Little Pieces

Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.
Before considering reading this book, please see the BookBrowse note on the book jacket/review page.

BookBrowse Note: January 9th 2006: An article in the Smoking Gun claimed that James Frey (author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard) fabricated key parts of his books. They cited police records, court documents and interviews with law enforcement agents which belie a number of Frey’s claims regarding criminal charges against him, jail terms and his fugitive status.

In an interview with the Smoking Gun, Frey admitted that he had ’embellished central details’ in A Million Little Pieces and backtracked on claims he made in the book.

January 26th 2006. Frey’s publisher stated that while it initially stood by him, after further questioning of the author, the house has “sadly come to the realization that a number of facts have been altered and incidents embellished.” It will be adding a a publisher’s note and author’s note to all future editions of A Million Little Pieces. -goodreads.com

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?” -goodreads.com

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt (Introduction) ,B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday (Translator)

The Diary of a Young Girl

Contemporary / British English It is 1942 in Holland and the Germans have invaded. All Jewish people are frightened for their lives, so the Frank family hide. Life is dangerous but they hope for the best – until they are finally discovered. Anne Frank was a real person, and this is her diary. -goodreads.com

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I hope you enjoyed learning about a few of my mom’s favorite books. Have a wonderful day!

Have you read any of these? Would you read any of these?

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May TBR | 2018

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This month will be filled with a lot of historical fiction and non-fiction books. But, there will also be a light buddy read that I am looking forward to as well. I think there will be a good balance and I am excited to get to all of these books. Also, I wanted to write this here, because if you don’t write it, it wont happen. I am going to be doing the Read 5 to Buy 1 challenge. As of late my book buying is a bit out of hand, but that will not count the books I will be getting for my birthday. Wish me luck with my challenge! Here are the books I am planning on reading this month.

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In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott

In the Days of Rain

I really want to get to this non-fiction book, it seems so interesting.

In the vein of Bad Blood and Why be Happy when you can be Normal?: an enthralling, at times shocking, and deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult.

‘At university when I made new friends and confidantes, I couldn’t explain how I’d become a teenage mother, or shoplifted books for years, or why I was afraid of the dark and had a compulsion to rescue people, without explaining about the Brethren or the God they made for us, and the Rapture they told us was coming. But then I couldn’t really begin to talk about the Brethren without explaining about my father…’

As Rebecca Stott’s father lay dying he begged her to help him write the memoir he had been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family, who, for generations had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet, each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and could not go on.

The sect were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan: non-sect books were banned, women were made to wear headscarves and those who disobeyed the rules were punished.

Rebecca was born into the sect, yet, as an intelligent, inquiring child she was always asking dangerous questions. She would discover that her father, an influential preacher, had been asking them too, and that the fault-line between faith and doubt had almost engulfed him. -goodreads.com

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Fingerprints of Previous Owners

I meant to read this a few months ago, but a few things sadly got in the way of me reading this. I am determined to read this amazing sounds independent book.

At a Caribbean resort built atop a former slave plantation, Myrna works as a maid by day; by night she trespasses on the resort’s overgrown inland property, secretly excavating the plantation ruins that her island community refuses to acknowledge. Rapt by the crumbling walls of the once slave-owner’s estate, she explores the unspoken history of the plantation—a site where her ancestors once worked the land, but which the resort now uses as a lookout point for tourists.

When Myrna discovers a book detailing the experiences of slaves, who still share a last name with the majority of the islanders, her investigation becomes deeply personal, extending to her neighbors and friends, and explaining her mother’s self-imposed silence and father’s disappearance. A new generation begins to speak about the past just as racial tensions erupt between the resort and the local island community when an African-American tourist at the resort is brutally attacked.

Suffused with the sun-drenched beauty of the Caribbean, Fingerprints of Previous Owners is a powerful novel of hope and recovery in the wake of devastating trauma. In her soulful and timely debut, Entel explores what it means to colonize and be colonized, to trespass and be trespassed upon, to be wounded and to heal. -goodreads.com

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Circe

This was my April Book of the Month pick and I really want to get to it this month. It is one of the most interesting ones I have gotten from them. I always loved the myths of gods and reading stories about witches.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. -goodreads.com

 

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Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

I picked up this non-fiction a few months ago and I really want to read it. I have been putting it off for who knows what reason, but this month I am determined to read it.

In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While there, she reached out to the trapped Jewish families, going from door to door and asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.

But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept secret lists buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On them were the names and true identities of those Jewish children, recorded with the hope that their relatives could find them after the war. She could not have known that more than ninety percent of their families would perish. -goodreads.com

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Every Exquisite Thing

This month I will be reading this book with Amy from Tomes with Tea, Regina from Bookish in Bed and  Jenna from J.K. I’m Exploring! I am very much looking forward to this.

Nanette O’Hare has played the quintessential privileged star athlete and straight-A student for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper–a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic–the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, she learns that rebellion can sometimes come at a high price…and with devastating consequences. -goodreads.com

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May 2018 | Books I Am Excited About

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So, for May, I have a lot of books I am looking forward too. So I am not going to make this introduction very long. There are going to be 6 books I am looking forwards to being released this month and they range in genre with both adult and young adult novels.

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Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Paper Ghosts

Release Date: May 15th

Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer. That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted. before his admission to a care home for dementia. Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip. Only she’s not his daughter and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back . . .

Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he’s killed, other young women. Including her sister Rachel. Now they’re following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel. Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar. Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she’s taking a terrible risk. For if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone in the most dangerous place of all . . . -goodreads.com

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The Lies They Tell

Release Date: May 1st

Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, has heard of the Garrison tragedy. A mysterious fire. A family of five reduced to one. For people like Pearl Haskins—whose dad was the caretaker of the Garrison property when the house went up in flames—the whispers about that night are more than upsetting. They hurt. With her disgraced father now trying to find steady work in between booze benders, Pearl is stuck waiting tables at the town’s country club where the rich townspeople come in the summer to flaunt their money and gossip about one another.

This year, a group of privileged boys has made a point of sitting in Pearl’s section—throwing careless insults her way while also attempting to flirt. Though she’s repulsed by everything they stand for, she’s drawn to the quiet leader of the pack, Tristan—the last surviving Garrison. He wasn’t home the night a blaze took his entire family, and the sadness coming off him in waves is hard to ignore. Befriending the summer boys might irk her to her core, but inside their fold of elite parties and reckless whims could be answers to what happened the night of the fire. And that’s just what she finds. -goodreads.com

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The Honey Farm

Release Date: May 29th

The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists’ colony with free room, board, and “life experience” in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia’s offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia’s shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world. -goodreads.com

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All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

Release Date: May 22nd

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of “happily ever after.” -goodreads.com

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Release Date: May 29th

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time. -goodreads.com

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A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

Release Date: May 1st

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it. -goodreads.com

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Are any of these books on your TBR? Are there other books coming out this month that you are excited about?

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Wrap Up | April 2018

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Hello and welcome to the end of April, boy does time fly. I am looking forward to next month though. I feel like it is going to finally begin to feel like Spring.

This month has been a ton of fun reading wise. I actually read every book I out on my TBR, which never happens. I also took part in the Magical Readathon OWLs Exams, you can see my TBR:  TBR | Magical Readathon OWLs Exams and my Wrap Up:____. It was a ton of fun and I really enjoyed myself. I got to books I have been putting off.

While I have a whole wrap up with those books separately I wanted to also share the books that I read that did not fit in any of those magical categories.

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Books I Finished

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

I wrote an entire review on this non-fiction account of this victorian era child murderer which you can find here:REVIEW | The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale. Overall, I enjoyed it and I am glad to have finally gotten to it.

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Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Unraveling Oliver

I LOVED this thriller so much. I found a brand new author that I am going to further explore. I was so draw into the story and I felt such intense feelings. If you like thrillers I highly suggest you look into this.

 

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I am Still Reading

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Female Persuasion

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth

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Overall I read a total of 7 books this month, which is great since I was so busy and I did not think I was really going to get much reading done. Anyway, I hope you had a great month and next month is even better!

What was the best book you read this month?

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Wrap Up| Magical Readathon OWLs Exams

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Wow, this was such a fun readathon, I can honestly say I hope there is another one that is organized similarly in the future. This month long readathon was wonderful. I felt challenged, but not overwhelmed. It was perfect! Without further delay here is my wrap up!
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Required OWLs for my future profession

Charms: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, LOVED!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Potions: The Alchemist Paulo Coelho, surprisingly adored.

The Alchemist

Arithmacy: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, a solid enjoyable thriller, but was a little predictable.

The Lying Game

Herbology: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart, a lot of knowledge, I really enjoyed this.

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

Extra required to gain grade O

Muggle Studies: Eleanor Roosevelt Vol. 2 by Blanche Wiesen Cook, not as good as Vol.1, but I still enjoyed it.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Vol 2, The Defining Years, 1933-38

Ones I did not complete

  • Ancient Runes
  • Astronomy
  • Divination
  • History of Magic
  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Transfiguration

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This was such a successful readathon for me. Not only did I meet my requirements for my profession, potioneer, but I was also able to get an extra OWL examination under my belt to gain the best score, an Outstanding.

Did you take part in this readathon?

Would you take part if there was another one?

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Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books

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Hello everyone, today I wanted to share with you another ______ Picks My Books post. I have really been loving this series and I am excited to see that you all are enjoying it as well. This month I am not turning to a stranger to pick my books, but someone I could easily call a friend. This month I had Amy from Tomes with Tea pick books for me to haul.

Now I want to give you some background. Amy and I have talked pretty much constantly for a year. Over this year we have chatted, taken part in four buddy reads at this point, and recommended many books to one another. Over this time we have come to realize that our reading tastes are VERY similar. I don’t think there has been a book we both have not had the same opinion on. Amy, if I am wrong please tell me, but I cannot remember a single one. So I thought for April having her pick would be a lot of fun. Divider

Once I got this idea in my head I messaged Amy and I was so pleased with her response.

Amy took an interesting approach and decided she was going to give me one fiction and one non-fiction read. I thought that was a great plan I told her that she had free reign and there was no limit on length, topic, etc. She quickly got to work and found me two books to haul. I was a bit upset that I had to do this over the internet with us living on two different continents, I must rather have got on a bookshop trip with her. But, regardless I am grateful that that internet exists which allows us to talk frequently and I get to have her pick out these books for me.

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The first book that Amy chose for me was In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott. When I searched for a place to purchase this book I read the description and it looks so interesting. I know I am going to be getting to this non-fiction novel very shortly.

Description: Rebecca Stott was born a fourth-generation Brethren she grew up in England, in the Brighton branch of the Exclusive Brethren cult in the early 1960s. Her family dated back to the group’s origins in the first half of the nineteenth century, and her father was a high-ranking minister. However, as an intelligent, inquiring child, Stott was always asking dangerous questions and so, it turns out, was her father, who was also full of doubt. When a sex scandal tore the Exclusive Brethren apart in 1970, her father pulled the family out of the cult. But its impact on their lives shaped everything before and all that was to come.

The Iron Room (named for the windowless meeting houses made of corrugated iron where the Brethren would worship) is Stott’s attempt to understand and even forgive her father: a brilliant, charismatic, difficult, and at times cruel man who nonetheless inspired his daughter with his love of literature, film, and art and with his passion for life. -goodreads.com

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Description: Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave. -goodreads.com

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Overall I am super happy with the books that Amy picked out for me. Both of them seem to have a ton of promise and I cannot wait to read them. One is a non-fiction that discusses cults and explores relationships while the other is a fiction that speaks of powers, adventure, and a few good stories.

Have you read either of these books? What do you think of them?

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TBR | Dewey’s 24 Hour #readathon May 2018

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Hello all this is just a quick announcement that I am going to take part in the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. I posted a picture of my TBR for tomorrow on my instagram, but I wanted to share it here as well. Wish me luck!

P.S. all updates will be posted on my twitter account so if you are interested follow me here.

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