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New Years Book Resolutions 2018

Happy New Years

Happy New Years to all of you lovely book bloggers! This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s filled with love, friendships, dreams, goals and most importantly magic. This is the time of year where you can start over if you need to. Make the most of a new 365 pages. It’s the time of year where you can re-evaluate the year before to make it even better!

With that being said, I have 5 bookish goals that I would love to share with you. I am making these goals in hopes that I can stick with them because as some of you know from Bookstagram, I got engaged at midnight New Years Day! So I will have some planning and goals to make of my own in my personal life but there will always be time for books! Here are my 5 bookish goals:

Goal #1: Goodreads Challenge:

The first goal I made is to read 35 books in 2018. My goal in 2017 was 30 books which I did not meet. With my new job and just simply being way more busy than I was as an assistant teacher, I didn’t make the time to read. This year is going to be different. I would like to read at least 3 books a month.

Goal #2: NetGalley Train:

This goal means I want to read more of my NetGalley books. I have gotten so behind and have neglected those reads. My 2018 goal for NetGalley is to catch up and stay at an 80% or higher.

Goal #3: Book Organization:

This goal is dedicated to starting a book planner. I bought a new personalized planner in hopes that it will keep me on track to read more books to reach my goal. I am going to use it to track not only the books I’m reading but my thoughts when I’m reading that books and how many stars I would rate them. Then, I’m also going to use it for planning out blogging days.

Goal #4: No More Neglect:

This goal means I want to read more of my neglected books that are still sitting on my shelves. There are just so many good novels being released that I have neglected the good novels that could be sitting on my shelf!

Goal #5: Be More Active:

With this goal I really want to be more apart of the bookish community. Before I got my lead teaching position I was posting pictures every day, I was blogging at least 3-4 times a week, was more active on twitter and was reading two books at a time (physical copy & NetGalley). This may be the hardest goal for me just because when I get home from work I am exhausted but this year there are going to be some changes at work and our load may be getting a little lighter.


 

I hope you all had the most wonderful start to your New Years! Do you have any bookish goals you set for yourself this year? Do we have any that are the same? I’d love to hear your comments!

xx

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Goodbye 2017 – Top 5 Favorite Reads @carolewyer @colleenhoover @rachelcaine

As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share with you my top 5 favorite books I have read this year! This year has been truly amazing for me. I am incredibly blessed to have met all of the people and new friends I have made in this book community. Without you, I would have never found out who I am as a reader/blogger. I have strengthen a lot of relationships with family and friends this year but I have also let some of those relationships go. I am very thankful for being in mostly good health all year long (besides the nasty sinus infections I’ve had) but most of all I’m very thankful for the opportunity for the new job I stepped into. Nothing makes my days than seeing the happy faces of preschoolers every day knowing they have a place to come where they know they will be taken care of and loved.

With that being said, here are my top 5 favorite books of this year!

Carol WyerHoly Crow .. My number one spot goes to Carol Wyer. She wrote 4 books that released this year and each book is amazingly gripping from the very first page till the last. DI Robyn Carter is by far my most favorite character ever written and she is hands down my hero. This series will be a series I recommend for a lifetime. To check out my reviews of the first three novels you can click here: Little Girl Lost, Secrets of the Dead, The Missing Girls. My review for The Silent Children will be coming in 2018!

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My second favorite book of 2017 was Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. Outside of the mystery/crime thriller genre, Colleen Hoover is my go to author. Colleen Hoover is my favorite adult fiction author when I need a nice break from all the horror inside of the thriller books I read. For this novel, I was asked to be apart of a blog tour. My first ever blog tour. I was so honored to be asked due to the fact that she has written some amazing novels that can be devoured in one sitting. To find my review for Without Merit click here.

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My third favorite book of 2017 was Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. There was so much hype about this book that I was actually afraid to read it at first. I was afraid it would not hold up to the expectations like other readers said. Boy was I ever wrong! There is a second installment to this novel and I cannot wait to read along with the Criminally Good Book Club in January for Killman Creek. Here is my review for Stillhouse Lake.

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The Snowman written by Jo Nesbø was my fourth favorite book this year! This book was recommended to me by Abby over at Crime by the Book! It was also a buddy read of mine with Megan over at Coffee by the Novel and WOW! What a book. I fell instantly in love with Harry Hole and his investigative skills. This book definitely made me re-evaluate my love for snowmen as well. Click here for my review.

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Penpal was my fifth favorite novel of 2017. Penpal is incredibly written by Dathan Auerbach. This book has been the creepiest book I have read in my entire life. I was very leery at first when picking up this book because not a lot of people had read it and not a lot of people had reviewed it. After reading this book, I am extremely afraid of living in the woods, and it will be a great read to recommend to readers who are ready for a terrifying read. Check out my review here.


 

Thank you to everyone who has been following my book reviews on my blog and over on my bookstagram. There were plenty more books that I have enjoyed this year but I really wanted to narrow it down to my top 5 so I can get ready to celebrate with my loved ones tonight. I could spend all day here at my computer writing about the books I’ve read this year.

Thank you to all the amazing authors out there who have allowed me to read their novels for my honest reviews and to the awesome publishers who have sent me ARC’s and books just because to help promote those authors.

I can’t wait to see what the book publishers and authors have to offer in 2018! I hope everyone has a safe and lovely New Year! See you in 2018!

Happy New Year

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

I have not been present on my blog very much lately due to my work schedule being very busy and hectic. But now that I am on Christmas Break, I finally had the time to actually scroll through my blogging feed and boy did that feel good. I’ve been missing all of you fine bloggers and what you are writing!

Scrolling through my blog this morning I stumbled upon this wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge posted by ReadRantRock&Roll. It was originally introduced by abbeycoseattle when she presented it earlier this month. I am very excited to share my Christmas spirit and love for the holiday seeing it is now already Christmas Eve!

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*Rules*

  1. Link back to Abbey’s original post here so that way she can see who all is joining and she can follow along.
  2. Link back to this post in the challenge so that way I can follow along as well.
  3. Save the image and join in for the fun!

12 Days of Christmas!

  1. Favorite Holiday Tradition: 

My favorite holiday tradition that we like to partake every year is taking a night out of our busy Christmas schedule to go around the town we live in to look at the Christmas lights. We first stop off to get hot cocoa or coffee from a gas station and we slowly make our way around town to see all of the beautiful decorations.

Another favorite holiday tradition of mine is watching my most favorite Christmas movies before the day of Christmas actually comes.

2. Christmas Tree – Real or Fake?:

Surprisingly, I am a fake tree kind of girl. Real trees bother my sinuses so I stick with the fake and make it as beautiful as I can! Also, I remember my grandmother have real Christmas trees back in the day and the one thing that sticks in my mind is how much maintenance goes into having one.

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3. Favorite Christmas Cookie:

My favorite Christmas Cookies are hands down chocolate chip cookies. They are my favorite to make along with my favorite to eat!

4. Your Christmas Wish List:

A kitten and a proposal 🙂

5. Your Favorite Holiday Destination:

My house. I have never went anywhere for the Christmas holiday and I don’t think I would ever want to. I am huge tradition person and as long as my family lives close to me, my house is always going to be my favorite holiday destination!

6. How is you House Decorated? 

I have a 3 story home. They only story that is not decorated is the basement. My first and second floor is decorated top to bottom. The yard is decorated along with outside of the house. *I really decided going outside to take pictures so I could post then on here to show you but it is currently 0 degrees out there right now and I’m not going there unless I have to!* I currently have 4 Christmas tress up (Living Room, Dining Room, Front Porch and the loft) along with a lot of Christmas lights, Christmas houses and knick knacks.

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7. Favorite Christmas Movie:

My all time favorite Christmas movie is Elf. Then some close seconds are White Christmas, A Muppets Christmas Story, The Grinch and A Christmas Story!

8. Tree Topper – Angel or Star?

My favorite tree topper to use are stars.

9. Favorite Christmas Craft:

I am not an artsy fartsy type of person. I lack in this area of life but my favorite craft to be a part of is wrapping Christmas presents!

10. Decorations – Silver & Gold or Red & Green?

Right now, my house has colors of all four. But I am a more Red & Green kind of decorator. Maybe one day I’ll got elegant by doing Silver & Gold.

11. Your Christmas Dinner Menu:

Tomorrow for dinner we will have:

Ham
Chicken
Piroghis
Corn
Rolls
Cheesy potatoes
Green Beans

Dessert:

Cookies

12. What is Christmas like where you live?

Christmas in Michigan looks magical. Very rarely do we not have a white Christmas. This year we are looking at a snow storm coming for us tonight and it makes me so incredibly happy. To me, there is no holiday that brings out the magical personalities in people. It brings out the good in people the world needs right now. But waking up Christmas morning in the dark with only Christmas lights on in the house, while Christmas music plays softly in the background is where it’s at in my house. It’s where it is always going to stay.

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(Don’t mind all the hoof prints … the deer love to walk through our yard!)

Merry Christmas book bloggers! I hope you have a magical holiday with your friends and your families! 

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Throwback Thursday (September 21, 2017)

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It feels so good to finally have the school year a little less hectic so I can start being a part of the book community again! I have missed blogging so much!

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Rene over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we want to read that were published over a year ago. Lord knows we all have a big enough TBR pile, but this is such a great way to share recommendations!

My Pick This Week:

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Published: April 7, 2015

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels – a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love. This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an “innate talent for subordination” but running through his veins is a “virus” born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake…


After reading The Snowman by Joe Nesbø, I cannot wait to read another of his books!

Happy Reading! xx

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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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“Top Ten Tuesday” is an original feature that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For each week, the list is a new topic and the feature was created to share lists with other bookish people! These are a great way to get to know other bloggers and they provide a sense of fun to our blogs!

This weeks theme is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR. I am so excited to make up my list right now that hopefully will get followed through the fall season!

The Missing Girls by Carol E. Wyer

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Close to Me by Amanda Reynolds

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3. The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

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4. Local Missing Girl by Claire Douglas

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Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

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Baby Doll by Holli Overton

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The Trunk Key by Carolyn Nash

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Safe With Me by K.L. Slater

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The Stepmother by Claire Seeber

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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There you have it! My Top Ten Fall TBR! I am so excited to get this list started and so excited for this fall season to begin!

Happy Reading! xx

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Goodreads Monday: Labor Day 2017: The Ex by Alafair Burke

Hey Bloggers!

All I can say right now is wow. It has been two weeks since I’ve been on my blog and I’m so sorry for being absent. Starting the new teaching position has been more work after hours than I thought. Walking into this position, I follow someone who never liked changed and was a person who never got rid of anything. So I’ve been doing so much work just to be able to be ready for the first day of school. This weekend has been the first three days I have not felt rushed for time or have felt extremely stressed to finish something up.

With that being said, I’m hoping I can be more apart of the blog now and that things at work start to slow down a bit!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, simply choose a random book from you TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is: The Ex by Alafair Burke.

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Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Harper

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Twenty years ago so ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it. Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart. Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide – and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder – there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him – and why? For Olivia, representing jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

My Thoughts: 

This is another book that has been on my book shelf for a while now and reading the synopsis again as I typed it make me want to put this up farther on my to read list! I love the idea of this book and its premise. A widowed husband possibly of to avenge and get justice for his dead wife only to be framed? WHAT! I hope this book is as good as I have just amped it up in my brain!


Have you read this novel? What were you thoughts on it!? Just remember… no spoilers! 🙂

Happy Reading! xx

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Goodreads Eclipse Monday: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Hey bloggers!

Did you see that eclipse today!? We were out and about today and actually got to borrow a pair of eclipse glasses to watch it. I’ve heard a lot of people voice their opinions on how stupid it was or how unimpressed they were but I thought it was really wild. I’m not a big science person but I do love to see how science works. And I’m not afraid to say that it was one of the coolest things I’ve been a part of to see!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Be sure to check out Laruen’s blog and link back to add your own links!

Today the book I’m going to show off is: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton.

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Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Redhook

Goodreads Synopsis:

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked. This is what happens next … to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter … and to her captor.

My Thoughts: 

This book has been on my book shelf for a while now. Every time I look for a new book to read, I take this one off the shelf and as I  continue scanning, I always find something more interesting or more talked about. I am going to make this book a priority though. I remember hearing such great things about this novel that I feel like I’d be silly not to pick up this book soon!


What are your thoughts on the novel? Have you read it? What did you rate it?