How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, & Joanna Shupe | Book Review

Posted December 5, 2019 by Jana in Adult Fiction, Book Review / 0 Comments

How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, & Joanna Shupe | Book ReviewHow the Dukes Stole Christmas by Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Tessa Dare
Published by Avon on October 15, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday - Christmas, Romance
Pages: 392
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

"Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go.

"The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm--the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can't resist the woman he never stopped loving...or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay...but if ever there were a time for miracles, it's Christmas...

"Heiress Alone" by Sophie Jordan
When Annis Bannister's family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss ... until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

"Christmas in Central Park" by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker's weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column's author, can't even boil water. When the paper's owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing--especially when Duke's attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?

I actually picked this up because I love Tessa Dare so much and make sure I read everything she writes. I’ve also been interested in Sarah MacLean, though, and have enjoyed Sophie Jordan’s YA books so I had a feeling this was going to be good! I really love historical romance, and when Christmas is thrown into the mix it’s even better. This was a wonderful set of novellas that I really loved for the most part!

My thoughts on “Meet Me In Mayfair” by Tessa Dare:
This was a very fun story about a girl trying to save her beloved home from the duke who is planning to take it away from her. I liked the chemistry between Louisa and the Duke of Thorndale. There was also a TON of Christmas in this. They spend an entire night exploring the town of Mayfair in the snow getting to know one another and falling in love. It’s very sweet and the snow made it so magical. The writing was great, and I loved the banter between the characters that I’ve come to expect from Tessa Dare.

My thoughts on “The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean:
This was my first story written by Sarah McLean! Jacqueline and Eben have quite the history, and she’s back home for Christmas after twelve years of being gone. I really loved the flashback scenes interspersed throughout the present day scenes, and I thought the author did a wonderful job of really developing the story despite its short length. I felt like I got a fully fleshed out novel with the backstory, the baggage that each of the characters carry, and all the feelings and emotions as they figure out their past and their future. Eben is very tender, and Jacqueline is very weary. The story was filled with Christmas spirit, and quite a bit of steam as well! It was very fun to read.

My thoughts on “Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan:
This one was a bit rocky for me because I didn’t love the Scottish-style dialogue of some of the characters. I love books that are set in the Highlands, but I honestly could not figure out what was being said at times without actually reading parts out loud. It took some getting used to. And what family accidentally leaves a member behind!? And then there’s this plot line that deals with magical/bewitched shortbread… it was kinda weird. I didn’t really like the love story or the main characters. I liked the service staff, but the main couple was meh. I did love the castle setting and the added mystery with the scary brigands!

My thoughts on “Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe:
This was my least favorite of the novellas in the book, and I found it hard to get through. I liked the less commonly seen setting (New York City) and the idea of the story, but something was missing for me and I’m not sure what it was. I did have a problem with the dialogue. A character will slip from perfectly proper word choices and not using any contractions to sounding like a character from modern time partway through a paragraph. Characters would go from sounding like an overly proper robot to a silly teen outside the movie theater in the blink of an eye. It just didn’t work for me, and kept undermining my efforts to try and convince myself this was a historical romance. I also didn’t feel that this story particularly complimented the other stories, which felt more traditional and historical than this one. Oh well. You can’t win them all! I did like the Christmas party!

All in all, I really loved Tessa Dare’s novella, am excited to read more from Sarah MacLean, think it’s worth looking into more of Sophie Jordan’s adult books, and might possibly try another Joanna Shupe because she deserves a second chance. I love the Christmassy feels from all of them, some were just better than others.

This review was originally posted on December 24, 2018 and was re-posted for some extra love.

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Christmas Jars | Movie Review (+Giveaway)

Posted December 4, 2019 by Jana in Blog Tour, Movie Review / 0 Comments

Christmas Jars | Movie Review (+Giveaway)

I’m excited to be a part of the official Christmas Jars movie blog tour! I’ve never read the book by Jason F. Wright, which this movie is based off of, but I’ve heard wonderful things about it and would like to read it at some point in the future. Thank you to the PR company for providing a free copy of the DVD for this review!


Christmas Jars Movie
Rating:
NR (TV movie, suitable for all ages)
Genre: Drama
Movie Trailer (Don’t watch it, though. It gives too much away! Be surprised instead!)
IMDB Info Page
Amazon | TargetDeseret Book

Read about the book on Goodreads.
Buy the book at Deseret Book or on Amazon.

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Jason F. Wright.

Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she’s grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions. While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled “Christmas Jar.” Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.

Christmas Jars is a new favorite movie of mine! It’s perfect for the Christmas season, and made me smile from ear to ear as well as cry happy tears multiple times. As soon as it was over I started it all over again, then went and bought my mom a copy, and then went on Twitter and started telling people to watch it! I am a MAJOR Christmas movie fanatic. I watch all the new Hallmark and Netflix Christmas movies each year, plus I’m always looking for new ones elsewhere. Because I watch so many,  I’m kind of picky with my movies. I’ve only got so much time to watch Christmas movies each year, so I like to make sure they’re amazing. I tend to space out and play games on my phone or just stop the movie and move on to something else if it isn’t grabbing me. I actually had to quit decorating my Christmas tree (my actual favorite things to do) and sit down because I was so invested in the story. This rarely happens to me! I will admit that I didn’t have highest expectations for Christmas Jars. I thought it would be a nice movie, but I didn’t know it would enter my heart and make itself at home. There’s tenderness, romance, family love, love for others, snow, Christmas decorations, and music I woke up humming this morning.

Hope’s story touched me so much, and I really liked her as a character because she’s so genuine and sweet. The movie begins as her birth mother abandons her in a cute little diner. One of the waitresses finds Hope and adopts her. Viewers see a short montage of Hope and her mom celebrating various birthdays and holidays together over the years. During the last part of that montage we see her help her mom battle what we can only assume is cancer, before ultimately losing her to that battle sometime in November (that’s the only time I sad-cried). Shortly thereafter, Hope’s apartment is burglarized and on that same night she receives the Christmas Jar. In her quest to discover the truth behind this jar, she takes viewers on an inspiring and heartwarming journey. I love the entire cast of this movie. Well, except for Hope’s superficial co-worker who I never could talk myself into liking and her crappy boss. Other than those two, I loved everyone… especially Adam. He’s one of the sweetest dad figures I’ve seen on TV recently. I also love Ian, our swoonworthy male lead who looks amazing in his Christmas green cardigan. He’s so sweet and caring and I have a major crush on him. Hope grew up in the diner she was abandoned in, and the people that work there are like family. They are so much fun.

There’s so much heart and humor in this movie and I giggled a lot. The cinematography is great, there’s so much snow, and everything is so festive. I loved all the decorations. I love the little town this movie takes place in. The romance is barely there, but was just enough to make my heart flutter. I think my favorite thing about this movie, though, is the message that we should remember what this Christmas season is about. It’s not about all the presents or the decorations, it’s about love. There is a huge focus on loving and helping others who are in need, whether it’s financially or emotionally. Christmas Jars inspires you to look outside yourself for those who need you. I really love that message, and I think that’s why I immediately started the movie over again once I finished it. It made me feel hopeful and inspired and happy. Many of us don’t have a ton to be happy about, but I was reminded that you can always find something to make yourself happy. Sometimes that’s sacrificing something you want for someone who needs it more than you do.

Bottom line, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie and plan to gift it to friends and family this year. You pretty much need to go buy it ASAP!

NOTE: For those interested, there is no focus on religion or faith in this movie. I would consider it to be in the same vein as Hallmark’s Christmas movies.

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Top Ten Christmas Books I Hope to Read In December 2019

Posted December 2, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Just few days ago I kicked off my annual Bookish Little Christmas event, so I’m keeping things festive with a holiday reads TTT! Of course, you don’t have to focus on holiday books for this prompt. These are just the books you love to read during the holiday season (and if you don’t celebrate the holidays, pick your favorite books to read during winter). I know some people love to re-read favorites, like Harry Potter or Pride & Prejudice. I’m not much of a re-reader, and I love Christmas romance novels… so those are what I’m planning on reading this month!

If you need some ideas or have no idea where to start with holiday books, I’ve got you. Check out my 2019 Christmas book releases post that went live a few days ago (or my posts from 2018 or 2017). I’ve also got a shelf on Goodreads full of over 500 Christmas books that sound good to me!

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
A Snowy Little Christmas by Fern Michaels, Tara Sheets, & Kate Clayborn
Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, & Christi Barth
An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow
Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker
One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, & Maya Rodale
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Have you read any of these?
Any recs for Christmas books you’re excited about or have loved in the past?
What books do you love reading during this time of year?

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2019 Christmas Songs Book Tag

Posted December 2, 2019 by Jana in Book Tag / 9 Comments

The Christmas Songs Book Tag has become a pretty popular feature on my blog each year as part of A Bookish Little Christmas! I created this tag in 2015 and bring it back each year for people to participate in. Because I do this every year, I am limiting my choices to books I’ve read in 2019. You can do whatever you would like. :)

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favorite bookish couple.
Olive and Ethan from The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
The Gem Thief by Sian Ann Bessey. It takes place on a luxury cruise around the Mediterranean!

3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare was SO GOOD, and is a novella in the Spindle Cove series.

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
Since Santa can do anything, I’d really love the new Riley Sager book that’s coming out in May. It’s called Home Before Dark, and sounds perfect! But he could also bring me The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern or Ashley Elston’s cute new Christmas YA, 10 Blind Dates.

5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.

6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
I think it goes without saying that I love Christmas books! At this point (while I’m writing this post), I’m curently reading my first one: A Cowboy for Christmas by Sara Richardson. It’s a fun fauxmance, and I’m enjoying it!

7. “We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy.
I’m really surprised to say that I’ve actually read two trilogies this year! This never happens, and I usually leave this questions unanswered. My favorite of the two was the de Vincent series by Jennifer Armentrout. I read them one right after the other.

8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
Gabriel Duke from The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare because he’s pretty much the best and loves animals.

9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
I was excited to read Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter, but it was terrible. I’m not sure if it was the audiobook narrator that made me hate it, or if it was the writing. “A chill that had nothing to do with the cold” was mentioned way too many times and drove me insane, so perhaps I just hated everything. lol.

10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.
Umm… I already mentioned Home Before Dark… So what else? The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare!

Which books would you pick for the prompts?

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2019 Romantic Christmas Book Releases | A Book List

Posted December 1, 2019 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 5 Comments

There are SO MANY romantic Christmas books coming out this year, and here’s a bunch of them (feel free to let me know if I’ve missed something)! You’ll be seeing reviews of some of these on the blog this month! Links will take you to Goodreads to read more about each title.

Adult

25 Days ’til Christmas by Poppy Alexander
All I Want for Christmas Is You (Angel Falls #3) by Miranda Liasson
An Alaskan Christmas (Wild River #1) by Jennifer Snow
A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (Angelic Intervention #11) by Debbie Macomber
An Amish Christmas Bakery by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin
An Amish Second Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Patricia Johns, & Virginia Wise
Cakes and Kisses: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Kelly Irvin
Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar
Christmas at Silver Falls by Jenny Hale
Christmas at White Pines (And Baby Makes Three #1-2) by Sherryl Woods
Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews
The Christmas Cookie House by Jennifer Griffith
The Christmas Dare (Twilight, Texas #10) by Lori Wilde
Christmas from the Heart by Sheila Roberts
A Christmas Haven (An Amish Christmas Romance #2) by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle
Christmas in Harmony Harbor (Harmony Harbor #9) by Debbie Mason
Christmas in Silver Springs (Silver Springs, #6) by Brenda Novak
Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson
Christmas in Winter Valley (Ransom Canyon #8) by Jodi Thomas
The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay
The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan
The Christmas Shop by Nancy Naigle
Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic #9) by Sophie Kinsella
The Christmas Voyage by Deirdre Purcell
The Christmas Wish by Melinda Curtis
Christmas with a Cowboy (Longhorn Canyon #5) by Carolyn Brown
Christmas with You by Nora Roberts
A Coldwater Christmas (Coldwater Texas #4) by Delores Fossen
Coming Home for Christmas (Haven Point #10) by RaeAnne Thayne
Cookies and Cheer: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Amy Clipston
Cowboy Christmas Homecoming (Dark Horse Cowboys #4) by June Faver

Cowboy Christmas Redemption (Gold Valley #8) by Maisey Yates
Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys #5) by Kim Redford
A Cowboy for Christmas (Rocky Mountain Riders #6) by Sara Richardson
A Dash of Christmas (The Montgomery Brothers #9) by Samantha Chase
The Duke’s Desire (12 Dukes of Christmas Book 8) by Erica Ridley
The Earl’s Christmas Pearl (Duke’s Daughters #4.5) by Megan Frampton
Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler
The Giving Heart (Summer Island #2) by Toni Blake
The Highlander’s Christmas Bride (Clan Kendrick, #2) by Vanessa Kelly
It Started at Christmas… by Jo McNally
It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale
It’s a Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey
It Won’t be Christmas Without You by Beth Reekles
Lavender & Mistletoe by Donna Kauffman
Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer
Loaves of Love: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Beth Wiseman

Longing for a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, & Amy Sandas
Low Country Christmas (Safe Haven #3) by Lee Tobin McClain
A Mackenzie Clan Christmas (Mackenzies & McBrides #8.5 & 11.5) by Jennifer Ashley
Melting Hearts: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Kathleen Fuller
The Merry Viscount (Widow’s Brew #2) by Sally MacKenzie
My Favorite Things: A Christmas Collection by Lynsay Sands
Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch #3) by Soraya M. Lane
Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep
One Christmas Eve (Cedar Street #2) by Shannon Stacey
One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry
Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore
A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane
Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory

Sergeant’s Christmas Siege by Megan Crane
Seduction On a Snowy Night by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, & Mary Jo Putney
Snowfall In the City by Susan Wiggs
Snowfall On Cedar Trail (Sweetwater Springs #3) by Annie Rains
A Snowy Little Christmas by Fern Michaels, Tara Sheets, & Kate Clayborn
Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels
A Tale of Two Christmas Letters by Cathy Gillen Thacker
Tangled Up In Christmas (Texas Heat #2) by Lisa Renee Jones
A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, & Rachael Miles
The Trouble with Christmas (Credence, Colorado #2) by Amy Andrews
The Ugly Christmas Sweater by Jackie Paxson
An Unforgettable Christmas by Ginny Baird
A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan
We Met In December by Rosie Curtis
Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward
White Christmas Wedding: A Novel by Celeste Winters

Winter’s Proposal (And Baby Makes Three #3-4) by Sherryl Woods
Wrapped Up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan
Wrapped Up In Christmas by Janice Lynn
Wrapped Uo In You (Heartbreaker Bay #8) by Jill Shalvis

Young Adult

I can’t believe I could only find one YA Christmas book
releasing in 2019! Isn’t this kind of a strong market that the
publishers are ignoring? With all the cute Netflix Christmas
movies, I just figured there would be more interest.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

 

 

Which titles are you excited to read this year?

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8th Annual A Bookish Little Christmas with That Artsy Reader Girl

Posted December 1, 2019 by Jana in Blog Event, Bookish Little Christmas / 0 Comments

Welcome to the 8th annual A Bookish Little Christmas! This is my favorite blog event ever, and even though I’ve struggled a bit with consistent blogging and reviewing this year (hello, blogging slump, please leave) I’m extremely excited to be putting on this event once again! The next few weeks will be filled with Christmassy guest posts, book reviews, and other fun things as we count down the days until Christmas (I’ll be updating the schedule as posts go live). Some of my very favorite bookish people will be stopping by with amazing festive content. I can’t wait to celebrate my favorite holiday with you!

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POST SCHEDULE

December 1

8th Annual A Bookish Little Christmas Schedule
2019 Romantic Christmas Book Releases

December 2

2019 Christmas Songs Book Tag

December 3

Top Ten Christmas Books I Hope to Read This Month

December 4

Christmas Jars Movie Review (+Giveaway)

December 5

How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Tessa Dare | Book Review

December 6

Miranda Liasson’s Favorite Children’s Holiday Books | Author Guest Review (+Series Giveaway)

December 7

Jingle Bell Harbor by Tracy Brogan | Mini Book Review

December 8

The Dance Before Christmas by Victoria Alexander | Book Review

December 9

Lauren’s Christmas Reading Round-up

December 10

Top Ten Cozy Christmas Book Titles

December 11

Dear Santa, From Chief of Police, Alex Baker of Snowfall On Cedar Trail by Annie Rains | Author Guest Post (+Giveaway)

December 12

5 Pet-Friendly Gift-Giving Ideas by Melinda Curtis | Author Guest Post (+Giveaway)

December 13

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham | Mini Book Review

December 15

Jennifer’s Bookish Etsy Gift List | Guest Post

December 17

Top Ten Books On My Winter 2019-2020 To-Read List

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Top Ten Tuesday – Thankful Freebie Link-up

Posted November 25, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 18 Comments

This week is Thanksgiving in the USA, and I had lofty goals for an awesome Thanksgiving TTT… but I’m sick in bed with the flu and completely forgot today was TTT day. And honestly, I’m too sick to think of anything right now anyway. So, I’ll just be posting the link-up this week. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. And if you’re the praying sort, please say a prayer for me that I’ll be well in time to enjoy the day with my family and not stay quarantined to protect them from catching my illness. Thank you!

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Ten Changes In My Bookish Life Since 2010

Posted November 18, 2019 by Jana in About Me, Top Ten Tuesday / 23 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! I started blogging in 2010 as a co-owner of The Broke & the Bookish, before starting That Artsy Reader Girl about a year and a half later. I have gone through a LOT of life changes, so it only makes sense that my reading life changed as well. I thought it’d be fun to share how my reading (and blogging) life has changed since I was a baby blogger 10 years ago.

1. The Broke & the Bookish shut down last year, so now I only blog here.
2. I took over hosting Top Ten Tuesday last year and Broke & Bookish Secret Santa this year!
3. I joined a blog tour company and now co-own The FFBC.
4. I’ve actually fallen out of love with YA lit, which has me floored and kind of sad. lol.
5. So that means I’m an adult book blogger instead of a YA book blogger! Never thought I’d say that. I’ve had to kind of start over and build relationships with new publishers, but it’s been awesome.
6. I read on my Kindle WAY more often now because I’ve run out of room and the shift from physical ARCs has really shifted to digital.
7. I used to read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, but now I gravitate towards adult contemporary romance and historical mysteries.
8. I read less than I used to.
9. It’s harder for me to fall in love with a book than it used to be, which is not a good thing at all. lol
10. I no longer feel this compulsion to get/request/accept ALL the ARCs like I used to. I just grab my most anticipated ones and don’t hoard like a did as a new blogger. I also am pickier with the books I accept for review, and have learned to not feel so guilty when I decline a review request.

So… maybe this wasn’t the most exciting topic, but I loved the idea of
having a reflection post reminiscent of a journal entry or something.
How has your reading life change recently or over time?

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Top Ten Favorite Bookmarks

Posted November 11, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! I love bookmarks. I have a pretty large collection of them, but the funny thing is… I rarely use them. I read mostly on my Kindle, and when I don’t… I dog-ear my physical books! I don’t even care! I actually think dog-earing books is fun because then when I go back and re-read, I can see where I left off the last time. Anyway, I’ve pulled out my box of bookmarks and am sharing my 10 favorites with you today! Most of my bookmarks are magnetic (I LOVE THEM), but I’ve got some traditional ones with ribbons and tassels as well.

NOTE: While you’re here, you might like to know that Broke & Bookish Secret Santa has moved to That Artsy Reader Girl and sign-ups close Tuesday (11/12) night at 11:59 PM MST! Feel free to click the #TBTBSanta link in my menu bar or the event logo in my sidebar and sign up for a little Christmas cheer!

Reading In Bed Beaded Bookmark (buy here)
Hot Air Balloon Magnetic Bookmark (part of this set)
Whale Magnetic Bookmark (buy here)
Initial It Bookmark Letter J (buy one like it here)
Cat On Book Stack (was a gift, no idea where it came from)
Mahogany Belize Bookmark (bought this from the woman who made it in Belize)
Friends Over New York NY Bookmark (buy here)
Pancakes Magnetic Bookmark (discontinued by craftedvan)
Milk and Cookies Magnetic Bookmark Mini Set (buy here)

Show me your favorite bookmarks!

(My Linky service seems to be having problems today, and gave me major issues generating the Linky. Please leave your links in the comments if it’s not working. I’m looking into an alternative service, so if you know of a good one please let me know!)

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Ten Book Covers That Give Off Fall Vibes

Posted November 4, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 18 Comments

Welcome back to another TTT! Your Halloween topics from last week were so much fun! This week I’m sharing books that give off Autumn vibes. I’ve chosen to focus on book covers and pick ones that looks cozy and fall and wonderful to read this time of year!

Meet Me On Love Lane by Nina Bocci
The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, & Allyson Charles
Cider Brook by Carla Neggers
Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan
He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs
When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak
A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
Totally His by Erin Nicholas

How did you interpret this week’s topic?
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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