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Book Bucket List Picks and November Wrap-Up!

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November was a quick month for me, most likely because I was so busy. The Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful, although it was colder than I would have preferred! After a brief warm-up, there is snow on the ground once again as we move our way into December.

But colder weather has its advantages…it means more chances to curl up by the fire with a book and tea or hot cocoa. I found myself doing just that a few times in November as I read my way through two book bucket list picks and discovered the magical world of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval novels. November was indeed a good month for reading.

Just announced from George R. R. Martin: Discover the thrilling history of the Targaryen family in F 

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Book Review: Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

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Cover art is copyright of Bethany House.

I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving last week had an enjoyable week and long weekend with family and friends, reflecting on what you’re thankful for. I sure did. My hubby and I hosted dinner for twelve people which was exhausting yet wonderful! We had a houseful of family on Thursday and then Friday was for relaxing, reading, and online shopping. Did anyone grab any great deals? I’m definitely gifting books to some people this holiday season, but I can’t say which ones because those people read this blog!

I was able to sneak in some read for fun time over the weekend, finishing up two book bucket list picks that I’ve been catching up on, Wuthering Heights and Little Women, so watch for those reviews to post shortly. Today I’ll be reviewing a Christian fantasy novel, Mark of the Raven. I love Christian-themed fantasy novels. The Chronicles of Narnia will forever be my favorite. I was excited to see a new fantasy novel offered through Bethany House.

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Book Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Thanksgiving week is always a favorite of mine. My hubby and I are hosting dinner on Thursday for the family, and it’s a real blessing to be able to provide a nice meal and family time for everyone. I look forward to the family gathering on Thursday, and I also look forward to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a glorious long weekend with nothing to do but – you guessed it – read! (and eat leftovers of course!)

But before I get cooking, I have a new review to share. Today I’ll be reviewing Legendary, the sequel to Caraval, which propelled me into an unputdownable magical adventure, just what I needed!

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Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Each year on Veteran’s Day I find myself reflecting on my freedom and how grateful I am to the many men and women who have dedicated and given their lives to defending that freedom. I am so grateful that I can walk into a bookstore or library and pick up a book on just about any topic I please and educate myself. I can learn, read, and write what I please without fear of persecution or harm. It’s not lost on me how many other people, especially women, are not so fortunate in many parts of the world. So I would like to dedicate today’s post to Veterans, particularly my brother who is currently serving. Never forget.

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July Wrap-Up!

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I look forward to July each year, because it’s the heart of summertime for me. I often take a little vacation to visit family which means I get some down time. This July was as awesome as I had anticipated, and I hope yours was too! I got to travel, see family, I took on an exciting new book project, and I got tons of reading time in. That, my friends, is an amazing few weeks! Not to mention that as August creeps along, Fall is inching closer and closer. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, and I’m not ready to see it go. But, my first love is Fall, and I’m starting to get a teeny bit excited at the thought of crisp air, sweaters, and fall leaves. But there will be time for that later. For now, I’d like to recap my July reads and talk about what’s ahead for these last few weeks of summer.

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Book Review: Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

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There’s nothing quite like poolside reading. Sunlight dances across the water creating circles of light while palm trees create shadows that wave upon the pool’s floor. It’s relaxing and peaceful and…magical. There is just something about water, be it pool or ocean, that is magical. For me, it conjures stories of mermaids, magical lagoons, secret caves, and adventure. Luckily, I had just the book for my poolside reading this week. Continue reading


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Review: Tara and the Giant Queen by Gita V. Reddy

tara-and-the-giant-queenI’ve been busy these last couple of weeks filling my winter break with books and planning for my final semester of school. I can’t believe I’m finally approaching the finish line! I have a lot of good things happening and will have exciting news coming to the blog in the next few weeks.

At the moment, I’d like to get back to what I love most – reading! – and share a new review with you. Last year, I was fortunate to discover many new wonderful authors, one of whom I have now had the pleasure to read twice. I just finished a new book by author Gita V. Reddy titled Tara and the Giant Queen. Ms. Reddy has written several books for children, and if you missed my review of Hunt for the Horseman last year, you can read it here.

Tara and the Giant Queen is a fantasy story for young readers. It is whimsical, and I found Giant Land reminiscent of the land of Narnia (favorite stories of mine!). This was a unique story with an imaginative setting. Giant Land is made up of various kingdoms, each of which is named after a different colored set of mountains – Land of the Purple Mountains, Land of the Red Mountains, etc. These names paint a vivid and exciting place for imaginations to run wild.
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Review: Seascape by Benita J. Prins

SeascapeThe only Christian fantasy that I have ever read is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Of course, it wasn’t until I was older that I was able to re-read them and really appreciate them for the Christian allegory that they are. It is obvious that Mr. Lewis, as well as Mr. Tolkien, have had a profound influence on Benita J. Prins’s new novel, Seascape. To me, it seemed like a mixture of the Narnia books, The Lord of the Rings books, and The Hunger Games books with an apparent Christian theme running through it. So, if you enjoy fantasy about epic quests and heroic protagonists finding the courage to fight for what they know is right, you will likely enjoy Seascape. Keep on Reading!