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Review; A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker

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Earlier this year I recieved an ARC of the novel A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Nothing could be sweeter
than knowing your heart is at home…

Taylor’s architectural firm enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. But Taylor’s original partner soon backs out, and she needs to find a replacement.

When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, at a local bakery, she convinces him to partner with her for the contest. After all, winning would give the bakery and his designs much needed exposure.

For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere “home” for fear it would only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brook in their cozy home, decorating for Christmas, and enjoying Philadelphia’s holiday traditions, fills her with a lo…

Top Ten Tuesday; 2019 Releases That Would Make Great Christmas Gifts

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It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. As it was a freebie week in terms of themes, I decided writing a list of 10 2019 releases that would make great Christmas gifts.

My picks are;
The Immortal Prudence Blackwood by Stephanie Grey
Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
A Peach for Big Jim by Lisa Belmont
The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns
Barnhill by Norman Bissell
Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert
Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen
Swords, Sorcery & Self-Rescuing Damsels edited by Lee French and Sarah Craft
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

Review; A Warm Friendship by Ellen Delange and Jacqueline Molnár

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Earlier this year I recieved an ARC of the picture book A Warm Friendship by Ellen Delange and Jacqueline Molnár through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Squirrel and Snowman are the best of friends. Will their friendship last forever?

A warm story about making friends and letting them go. For friends ages 5 years and up.
My Thoughts on the Book A Warm Friendship has a sweet and heartwarming message. What I also liked about this book was the vibrant and beautiful illustrations.

Review; A Down Home Christmas by Liz Talley

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Earlier this year I recieved an ARC of the Christmas-themed novel A Down Home Christmas by Liz Talley through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A rising star,
a down-to-earth teacher,
and a Christmas touched by wonder… 
Country music star Kris Trabeau heads to Charming, Mississippi, to convince his aging aunt to sell her farm and move into a nice retirement community. She’s not having it, and she enlists her neighbor Tory Hudson to help her remind Kris why the farm means so much…especially at Christmas.

After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Tory’s not feeling the holiday spirit. Still, she agrees to co-chair a children’s concert and silent auction to benefit the after-school center where she volunteers. As Kris helps her with the concert and spends time with the kids, the attraction between them becomes harder and harder to ignore. Can he trade spotlights and city lights for the place where the music began?

This …

Book Tag Saturday; The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

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I came across the book tag called The Joy of Christmas Book Tag over at The Book Dutchesses a while ago, but decided to save it for the right occasion, which is now.
1 – Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you anticipating the most? There's a bunch of releases I'm anticipating, but one I'm really looking forward to is The Story of a Goat by Perumal Murugan, which will be released in a few days.
2 – Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises? James Holland in general, but especially the historical novel A Pair of Silver Wings.
3 – Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful worldbuilding? How can I not mention the A Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor? It's totally amazing.
4 – A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read My favourite classic is Dracula by Bram Stoker
5 – Christmas Sweets: What book would you like to receive for Christmas? Mercy Roa…

Book Blogger Hop; TBR Stack On Seperate Shelf Or Mixed With Read Books?

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It's Friday, which means it's time for another Book Blogger Hop post, courtesy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The questio of the week was "Do you keep your TBR stack on a seperate shelf from your already read books or are they mixed?".
Book Blogger Hop As I have so many books, both read and unread, I do have them on seperate shelves just to keep it organized. Truth be told, I do have to jam packed shelves with unread books.

Review; An Unforgettable Christmas by Ginny Baird

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Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the novel An Unforgettable Christmas by Ginny Baird through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Netgalley
He doesn't remember his past, but could she have a future with him?

Angie Lopez, a widowed mom, works hard at Singleton’s Jewelers. Sam Singleton, her often-irritating boss, hardly does anything besides work. He doesn’t spend time with friends and family, even around the holidays. That’s why Angie’s the one who winds up taking care of him when a head injury leaves him with amnesia.

As Sam attempts to remember who he is, he learns about the luxurious but empty life he leads…and he’s not impressed. Meanwhile, Angie sees a new side of him as he shares Christmas traditions with her, her son Pepe, and her extended family. Angie shares touching, emotional moments with Sam. But if he gets his memories back, what will happen to her heart?

This heartwarming holiday rom…

Review; Carving Out a Living on the Land: Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree Farm by Emmet Van Driesche

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It's December, which means it's time to review some slightly Christmas themed books. I'll start with the non-fiction book Carving Out a Living on the Land: Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree Farm by Emmet Van Driesche, which I recieved as an ARC earlier this year through Netgalley.

Description from Goodreads When he first envisioned becoming a farmer, author Emmet Van Driesche never imagined his main crop would be Christmas trees, nor that such a tree farm could be more of a managed forest than the conventional grid of perfectly sheared trees. Carving Out a Living on the Land tells the story of how Van Driesche navigated changing life circumstances, took advantage of unexpected opportunities, and leveraged new and old skills to piece together an economically viable living, while at the same time respecting the land's complex ecological relationships.

From spoon carving to scything, coppicing to wreath-making, Carving Out a Living on the…

Top Ten Tuesday; Holiday Reads

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It's Tuesday again and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was holiday reads, which is a bit suitable, considering we're in December at the moment.

My picks are;
A Gift From Bob by James Bowen
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton
Death by Eggnog by Alex Erickson
Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Christmas Truce: The Place Where Peace Was Found by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey

Review; Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Nancy Naigle

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I recieved an ARC of the book Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Nancy Naigle through Netgalley earlier this year. I read it a little while ago, but for obvious reasons, I didn't post my review until now.
Description from Goodreads Return to Evergreen,
the town where Christmas wishes come true…

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life.

Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-o…

TBR Mix 'n' Mingle; What I'm Reading in December 2019

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Where did the year go? It's the first Wednesday of December and time for this year's final TBR Mix 'n' Mingle, courtesy of The Hungry Bookworm.

I suppose I'm not the only book blogger who schedule blog posts a bit in advance and therefore read books a bit (or a lot) in advance. In addition to that, I'm planning to have a few more themed months on my book blog, just to mess things up even more in terms of when my book reviews will be posted. As I've read quite a few Netgalley books lately and still will for a time, some of the books I've already read have been spread throughout the next year.

Anyway, since I'm going to have a Black History Month theme in February next year, I'll read a few books related to that this month, in addition to even more Netgalley books in general.

Here's a few of the books I'm planning to read this month.

The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Review; Nocturnal by Lindsay O'Connell/Wilderpoetry

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC through Netgalley of the poetry collection Nocturnal by Lindsay O'Connell/Wilderpoetry and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
The poems of Nocturnal—newly revised and expanded—are constellations to guide those on a journey of healing and self-discovery, no matter how dark the night.

From @wilderpoetry comes a heavily expanded revised edition of Nocturnal, a collection of poetry and beautifully illustrated black-and-white imagery inspired by darkened days and sleepless nights. Poetry meets presentation in each of the four sections ("Dusk," "Northern Lights," "Howl," "Lucid Dreams,"), which trace the author's continuing journey of self-discovery while illuminating a path for others along the way. Ink stains, landscapes, dreamlike animals, blackened pages, and textured spreads create a multifaceted reading experience. And true t…

Review; In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive by Clementine von Radics

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A while ago I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC of the poetry collection In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive by Clementine von Radics through Netgalley. I've recently read it and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
A lyrical poet, Clementine von Radics presents In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive, a collection of brutally honest poetry that lends itself to the powerful anthem of survival.

This collection bravely explores life at its darkest and most inspiring moments—drawing on central themes of love, loss, mental health, and abuse. An attempt to understand and to be understood, In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive is an ode to vulnerability that delivers concentrated, thought-provoking, and earnest verse.

My Thoughts on the Book
It's an interesting and sometimes raw poetry collection about mental health, love, loss and other topics. Even though I enjoyed some poems more than others, I would recommend this collection.

Review; Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliot

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Prologue to Murder by Lauren Elliot through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now.

Description from Goodreads
After a career working with rare books at the Boston Public Library, Addie Greyborne is back in her seaside New England hometown--where unfortunately, murder is not so rare . . .

Gossip columnists love a bold-faced name--but "Miss Newsy" at Greyborne Harbor's local paper seems to specialize in bald-faced lies. She's pointed a finger of suspicion at Addie after librarian June Winslow never makes it home from a book club meeting. And when June's found at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs, Addie's not only dealing with a busybody, but a dead body.

It's a good thing the guy she's dating is the police chief. But both the case and her love life get more complicated when a lanky blonde reporter from Los Angeles shows …

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, Books That Influenced My Life

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge post, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. The topic of the week was books that influenced my life.
I'm sure I could list a bunch of books, but I will focus on just three books for the sake of not going overboard.
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block was my go-to book in my teenage years, as it gave acceptance for being different and bisexual.
The Street Food Secret by Kenny McGovern influenced me to research ethnic foods and giving myself the goal of trying to make a dish from every country in the world (similar to my world literature project, just with food instead).
Odd One Out - The Maverick's Guide to Adult ADD by Jennifer Koretsky made it a lot easier to deal with my ADD.