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Book Review: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

kaits-bookshelf-daisy-jones-and-the-six.jpg2017 was a great reading year for me. It was the year I discovered books like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. That novel was beautifully written and is now a part of my permanent library so I can enjoy re-reads. When I learned that the author had a new book coming out this spring, I was thrilled. I was also thrilled when I got a prime spot on the library waiting list and received the book just a week or so after its release date (just one more reason to love my local library!)

Perhaps I was too excited and my expectations for this book were too high. All the hype I’d been reading about this book may have also played a role in that. At any rate, I had very high hopes going into Daisy Jones, and while the story was intriguing, I ended up disappointed overall.

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Book Review: A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

Kait's Bookshelf A Stranger on the Beach

Cover art is copyright of St. Martin’s Press

I love a good mystery. I especially love a good mystery with an unreliable narrator who keeps me guessing through the whole book. Sure, it can be fun to uncover clues alongside the likes of Hercule Poirot and read about how his mind works and connects the dots of a case. But there is also something so fun about reading two different first-person versions of events and trying to figure out which to believe, if either of them. That was the case with Michele Campbell’s newest psychological thriller, A Stranger on the Beach, which releases this summer.

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Book Review: Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Kait's Bookshelf Ruby in the Sky

Cover art is copyright of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

I love middle grade novels. Last year I did a post about why I love reading the young adult genre, and I think I may have to do a similar one about middle grade in the future. MG novels are the best! The characters are usually around 10 to 13 years old and still figuring out who they are, where they fit in, and what the world is all about (aren’t we all?!)

I recently received a new MG novel from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo. To be honest, the title and the cover drew me in right away. Yes, I know, we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers. But, come on, look at it! Those beautifully blended winter blues and purples in the trees and reflecting off the snow…that gorgeous pink moon…the young girl dancing in the snow…and is that a dog? For a dog mom like myself, you just can’t beat a book with a dog on the cover. I was intrigued from the get-go.

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Bookish Gift Ideas

kait's bookshelf bookish giftsJanuary has started off to a much stronger start than December did, and I’m so thankful for the time to read and get back into the swing of things. Today’s post will be my list of gift ideas for bookish individuals. I had planned on posting this list closer to the holidays, however, December took an unexpected turn and I didn’t get to share my ideas. But bookish gifts are always a great idea, not just for the holidays. They make great birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, thank you gifts, and “just because” gifts. So, here they are…my round-up of bookish gift ideas for yourself or the book lovers in your life.

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December Book Bucket List and 2018 Wrap-Up!

Kait's Bookshelf 2018 Wrap UpHappy New Year, fellow book readers and reviewers!

December took quite the unexpected turn for me. I ended up leaving the snowy northeast behind for a bit and heading to the sunny southwest to help take care of a family member who had an accident and needed unexpected surgery. Between traveling, work, and the chaos of the holidays, I’ve had little time for reading and blogging. But family comes first, the holidays were wonderful, and I plan to get back on track with reading in January.

I had planned on my next post being a list of bookish gift ideas for the holiday season, but now the holidays have come and gone. I do plan to share my list of gift ideas in an upcoming post. After all, bookish gift ideas can be useful year round for birthdays, anniversaries, or even to keep on reserve for the next holiday season. But for now, I’ll be sharing my 2018 wrap-up, my December book bucket list pick, and my reading plans for 2019.

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

Kait's Bookshelf Mark of the Raven

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

Kait's Bookshelf Caraval

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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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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