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Book Bucket List Picks and November Wrap-Up!

Kait's Bookshelf November Wrap Up

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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October Wrap-Up!

Kait's Bookshelf October Wrap Up

I don’t know about you, but October felt like a long month for me. I spent about three weeks reading The Shining, which is an unusual amount time for me to spend on one book. But I had to take breaks from it here and there, and I learned quickly that it was not a book I could read at night. I mean, come on, it’s The Shining! In addition to this scary read, I was able to check a book off my TBR, and I did my first three-part series of posts, a review of a new online literary-based gift store. So while it felt like a long month, it was a good month! Here’s my October wrap-up and reading plans for November.

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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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April Wrap-Up!

April Wrap Up

I don’t know about you, but we had quite a cold, snowy April in the northeast. Winter just didn’t seem to understand that it was time to move over for Spring. We had an ice storm, freezing temps, and snow on the ground. And here I had pictured myself sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good book! I still enjoyed my cup of coffee and book, but I did it in front of the fireplace yet again. The good thing about the wintry weather was that it gave me a chance to stay inside and dive into some good books.

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April Book Bucket List: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's TravelsI vaguely recall watching a movie version of Gulliver’s Travels as a child that, I believe, starred Ted Dansen as Lemuel Gulliver. What I remember from the film was a man journeying to different lands and encountering different kinds of creatures, including a land of miniature people followed by a land of giants. I have always been drawn to fantasy stories like The Chronicles of Narnia, so Gulliver seemed right up my alley. I always wanted to read the book the movie was based on, so I made it my book bucket list pick for April.

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March Wrap-Up!

March Wrap Up

Like February, March was a busy, busy month. I took on a new freelance writing gig in the health and wellness genre, which is an area I’ve been wanting to break into for a while. I love researching and writing articles that can help people lead healthy lives. I’ll share some of the articles to my social media pages once they post.

In addition to writing, I (of course) did some reading this month as well. I only worked my way through three novels this month, but I did manage to get my book bucket list pick for March in as well as a new thriller that I had heard so much about. So here it is, my March wrap-up and reading plans for April.

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March Book Bucket List: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

rebecca-2.jpg“I could not believe that I had said the name at last. I waited, wondering what would happen. I had said the name. I had said the word Rebecca aloud. It was a tremendous relief. It was as though I had taken a purge and rid myself of an intolerable pain. Rebecca. I had said it aloud.”

– Rebecca

Rebecca has been on my book bucket list for years. I have heard it referenced countless times and decided to find out what it was all about. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, it is about a young woman who works as an aide/ companion for an older, wealthy woman. On one of their vacations, the young woman meets a middle-aged widower named Maxim and he ends up proposing. It all seems a big magical, even though he is rumored to have lost his wife less than a year before in a tragic accident. But when the newlyweds return to Manderley, Maxim’s estate, the story takes on an eerie tone as the new bride feels haunted by Maxim’s dead wife.

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February Wrap-Up!

February Wrap Up

February was a very productive month for me. I was fortunate to spend a lot of the month in sunny Arizona visiting family. The sunshine must have given me a burst of energy because I got a ton of writing done. While writing was great, it didn’t leave me as much room for reading as I would have liked. But I did manage to sneak in a few new reads, including my book bucket list pick for February. Today I’d like to recap my February hits and misses and share my reading plans for March.

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January Wrap-Up and Reading Plans for February

February Reads

Here we are, a full week into February already! I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are flying by in 2018. January was a great month for me. I took on a couple of new book projects (more to come on those later!) and I read some great books. My February reading is also off to a great start with a debut novel from a talented author that is turning out to be a wonderful young adult fantasy read. Added bonus: I’m reading it from sunny Arizona, getting a much needed break from winter in the northeast. In today’s post, I will recap my January reads and share my reading plans for February, all while sending sunny vibes your way!

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January Book Bucket List: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

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“But Jane and Michael were not taken in by that snap. For they could see in Mary Poppins’s eyes something that, if she were anybody else but Mary Poppins, might have been described as tears…”             – Mary Poppins

Earlier this month I shared part of my Book Bucket List. It is a list of books that I feel I must read in my lifetime. It differs from my To Be Read list in that these are books that I really feel compelled to read for one reason or another. On the other hand, my To Be Read list is a list of books that I think look interesting or amusing or that someone gave to me and I’d like to read eventually. But they are not books that I’ve always wanted to read nor will I be devastated if I don’t get to them in my lifetime.

My Book Bucket List consists of a variety of titles of literature for adults and children. Maybe it’s a book that has been traditionally controversial and I need to know what all the fuss is about. Maybe it’s a historically important piece of literature. Or maybe it’s a book I’ve heard referenced throughout my life but have never read myself. In some cases, they are books from my childhood, classic children’s tales that I remember enjoying but am fuzzy on the stories themselves. So I’d like to revisit them as an adult to fully appreciate their contributions to children’s literature and to my childhood as well. My January Book Bucket List pick is Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Continue reading