Sarah’s Christmas Top Ten | Blogger Guest Post

December 7, 2017 Guest Post 5

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Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Sarah, the lovely book blogger behind What Sarah Read! I really love Sarah’s blog and consider her to be a friend, so I’m delighted to be hosting such a special piece of her heart today! She’s currently running a Christmas Event, Home for the Holidays, on her blog right now so go visit her there for more festive holiday posts!


I’m so thrilled to be on Jana’s blog today as part of her amazing Bookish Little Christmas! I’ve been a big fan of her holiday feature for years now and it was a big inspiration behind my own Home for the Holidays feature on my blog. Christmas is one of my very favorite times of the year. There’s so many things I love about the holiday season and today I’m going to be sharing my very own top ten list of my favorite things about Christmas.


I suppose my love for the holiday season all started with my father. He was a single dad and a minister so when the Christmas season officially began that first Sunday in December, it was all holidays all the time. Decorating the church, practicing for the Christmas pageant, holiday parties with families from our church…and it was all capped off by the beautiful candlelit Christmas Eve service he led. The holidays will always remind me of my father and the amazing relationship we had. He passed away nine years ago but I always feel his presence a little bit more during the holidays.


Whether it’s a big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, a botanical garden in coastal Maine covered in thousands of lights or the Boston Public Library illuminated for the holidays, there’s nothing I love more than the beauty and cheer of holiday lights! They always bring a smile to my face.


Anyone who knows me, knows I love sweets and that I love to bake, so when Christmas rolls around I take full advantage of the gift-giving and holiday parties as an opportunity to bake all of the things!!! Cookies, brownies, cupcakes…you name it, I want to bake it.


One of my all-time favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life”! I make sure to watch this movie, along with “A Christmas Story”, every single Christmas Eve and/or Christmas day. I’m a big fan of holiday traditions and watching these movies are one of my very favorite traditions of the season. There’s just something so comforting and familiar about watching a holiday film while cuddled on the couch with loved ones.


If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Twitter and Instagram for any amount of time, you know that I LOVE living in the Boston area. It’s literally my very favorite city in the entire world and when Christmas rolls around the city goes ALL out. I work right downtown, so I’m lucky enough to see the gorgeous decorations every day. They always put a smile on my face!


For as much as I love the city all decked out for the holidays, there’s nothing I love more than decorating my own home. It’s always a mash-up of decorations that are old and new, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being surrounded by holiday memories and I have many ornaments that have been on my tree every year since I was a baby. In the past few years I’ve also started building on my Nutcracker collection that my father started for me when I was little.


Speaking of nutcrackers…The Nutcracker Ballet also holds a very special place in my heart. I took ballet when I was little and every year my dance school would put on a huge production of the ballet. I absolutely loved being a part of it and from the very first year I took part, I was hooked. It became part of my holiday traditions ever since then and whenever I think of Christmas, I think of The Nutcracker.


I’ve been such a slacker in the holidays cards department the past couple years, but I’m making a promise to myself to get back in to the swing of things this year. I absolutely love receiving holiday cheer in the mail and I can’t wait to get my address list together so I can start sending some cheer myself.


Office parties, potlucks, ugly sweater parties, secret Santa, Yankee swap…if it’s a party during the holiday season…I’m there! Getting together with friends and celebrating the holidays and the end of the year is such a special time. Looking around the room and seeing all the smiling faces and listening the music in the background just fills me with so much happiness.


Every year, my co-workers and I volunteer for a HUGE charity event for low income families called Christmas at the Castle. The event is held at the Castle at Park Plaza which used to be an armory building in downtown Boston but is now used as conference and event space. Each family gets a food voucher for a Christmas dinner, winter coats for each family member, and toys for each child! I usually post myself at one of the toy tables and help parents pick out the perfect toys for their children. It’s so fun meeting so many new people and to help them have an amazing Christmas.


So, there you have it! My favorite things about Christmas. I hope you enjoyed my top ten list and it got you even more excited for the holiday season! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Happy Holidays from Forever! | Christmas Book Spotlights & Giveaway

December 6, 2017 Book Spotlight, Giveaway 5

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The lovely people at Forever, the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing, are here to celebrate the holidays with us today with a pretty amazing prize pack giveaway for three of my readers! Read more about Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown, Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy, Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason, The Winter Wedding Plan by Oliva Miles, and Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow below, and then enter to win a special Forever tote filled with paperbacks of them all!

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas #2) by Carolyn Brown
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Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That’s exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they’re stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree… and he’s having the time of his life. But after everything he’s been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn’t last.

Kasey Dawson thought she’d never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn’t felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn’t telling her everything about this past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.

Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy
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She has a million reasons to leave.
Can he give her the one she needs to stay?

Cat McGuire’s return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Sure, she missed the crisp pine-scented air and the comfort of having her family around her. But being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is–and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn’t help that hockey-pro Luc Simard is back in town, too. Luc was her childhood crush, the hometown hero who never noticed her, and yet somehow he still makes her heart skip a beat.

Luc’s homecoming has been bittersweet. He’s lost his wife and his career, but there’s no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids’ hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete–until Cat arrives. The shy girl he always wanted to protect is now the gorgeous woman who’s stealing his heart and making him believe in second chances. But how can he convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional story about finding love in the most unexpected of places from Jen Gilroy.

Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor #4) by Debbie Mason
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Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….

Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.

The Winter Wedding Plan (Misty Point #2) by Olivia Miles
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All she wants for Christmas is a second chance . . .

Charlotte Daniels has made her share of mistakes, but now that she’s a single mom, she vows to do better–and that starts with a new career. Working at her sister’s event-planning company is just the fresh start she needs.

Kate Daniels has finally forgiven Charlotte for her betrayal, but forgetting it is harder. But as the holidays approach and Kate has her own wedding to plan, she has no choice but to turn to Charlotte for help to throw a high-profile client the holiday party of the season.

Charlotte leaps at the chance to redeem herself . . . until this irresistible client asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the party. She knows their charade won’t come without consequences–not just for her fresh start with Kate, but also for her own daughter.

As Kate’s wedding draws near and Charlotte’s fake romance starts to feel more and more real, will she fall back into the mistakes of her past, or finally prove herself to Kate once and for all?

Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice #3) by Jennifer Snow
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All wrapped up . . .

One more game. That’s all that stands between NHL star Asher Westmore and a major career milestone. But then his brother bashes him against the hockey boards, sidelining him for months. Over Christmas holidays, no less. If staying off the ice doesn’t drive him crazy, staying with his family will. The only bright spot amidst the mistletoe and twinkle lights: His best friend, Emma, is a physical therapist. And working out with her improves his body and his spirit.

One last time. Emma Callaway was in trouble the minute she and Asher added benefits to their friendship. How is she supposed to resist a funny, caring guy who makes her toes curl? Her heart was safe while he lived in a different state. Now that he’s back home recuperating, though, it’s only a matter of time before she blurts out her feelings. Emma’s only hope is that with a little holiday magic, she’ll get the best Christmas gift of all.

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Anna Bernard’s Favorite Holiday Movies & TV Episodes | Guest Post

December 5, 2017 Guest Post 3

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I’m excited to welcome Anna Bernard, publicity assistant at Bloomsbury Children’s, to the blog today to talk about her favorite holiday movies and TV specials. I spend the entire month of December watching Christmas movies and TV episodes, so I was delighted when Anna suggested this topic. I had completely forgotten how cute the Veronica Mars episode is, so I’ve got that on my list to re-watch that soon!

Anna’s Favorite Holiday Movies & TV Episodes

Peppermint mochas are wonderful, but they’re not what gets me in the mood for the holidays. A single holiday movie or TV episode, though, gets me pulling up my Spotify playlist “xmasssss” and putting up my ornaments! We all know about classics like Elf and Love Actually—at least, you should *insert side-eye emoji here*–but if you’re looking for supplemental holiday cheer, read on for my favorite movies and TV episodes for the season!

Veronica Mars

 

Though One Angry Veronica’s mystery is not quite as juicy as the previous season’s holiday episode, it is still pretty entertaining to watch Veronica lead a jury through a case in this 12 Angry Men homage. But it’s the last five minutes that make this episode one of my favorites. After hearing a close friend died, Veronica is all alone on New Year’s Eve. I probably shouldn’t spoil the episode entirely, so I’ll just say someone comes to the door, and I start tearing up.

Parks and Rec

 

I totally relate to the Parks Department’s panic over what to get Leslie—the most epic gift-giver ever—for the holidays. They eventually decide on a gingerbread replica of City Hall. When Leslie gets dropped by her campaign managers, though, the office decides to band together and help her campaign in any way they can: a truly great gift.

While You Were Sleeping

 

One Christmas morning, Sandra Bullock rescues a handsome stranger from being run over by the Chicago L Train—and the rest is fate! That is, if you consider fate to be pretending to be a comatose man’s fiancée when his grieving family makes an unfortunate assumption. Sandra Bullock is the queen of holiday movies (Practical Magic is my go-to Halloween watch), and this is no exception. Watching her fall in love with her new-found family is so lovely. Plus, she has these amazing ginormous sweaters, which I totally covet.

The Mindy Project

 

The Mindy Project is AMAZING at holiday episodes, and the Season 2 one might be the best. Back when Danny Castellano wasn’t a horrible jerk, just a curmudgeon-y jerk, he is Mindy’s Secret Santa. Throughout the week, he’s been giving her office supplies like a stapler and gauze, but his final gift shows his thoughtfulness: a choreographed dance to Aaliyah’s “Try Again”! Please view it here.

Gilmore Girls

 

Would this truly be my list if I didn’t include something from Gilmore Girls? Of course not! This is as Christmas-y as Gilmore Girls ever gets, except for Season 7’s Santa’s Secret Stuff, which I don’t like to think about (Season 7 doesn’t exist). Lorelai gifts Luke his iconic blue baseball cap and he makes her a sweet, disgusting Santa burger. And thus, a ship is born.

What are your favorite holiday movies and episodes? I’ve obviously seen a lot, so I need suggestions!

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The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr | Book Review

December 4, 2017 Adult Fiction, Book Review 4 ★★★

The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr | Book ReviewThe Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr
Published by Henery Press on November 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: From the author
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3 Stars
Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

The Proposal and The Holiday are two of my favorite movies ever, so I was really excited to read Christmas romance that was pitched to me as a combination of both. I think this comparison made me expect too much, though. And that’s nothing against the book, I just think I was wanting a Cameron Diaz and Jude Law kind of romance with the Kate Winslet and Jack Black kind of swoon. All things aside, The Boyfriend Swap had many cute moments, and it was fluffy which is always nice. I do wish there had been more Christmas in it, but I am the queen of Hallmark Christmas movies, so…

Robyn’s boyfriend Perry is described as a “D-list wannabe” actor. He’s a guy that Robyn cannot possibly bring home to her family, so she brings home Sidney’s lawyer boy toy of a boyfriend, Will, to get her family off her back. But… this guy ends up being Robyn’s lifelong crush. I really love the friends to lovers trope as well as the fauxmance trope, so I was definitely curious to see a combination of the two and how that would play out. I really liked both of them, particularly Will, and I think they’re very cute together. I enjoyed reading about their growing up years and the awkward memories they shared. They were definitely the highlight of the book for me.

Perry and Sidney, on the other hand, were a train wreck. In the book’s defense, though, I think they were supposed to be. This couple was so poorly mismatched. Perry is an egotistical jerk and Sidney is unlikeable. However, they were both using each other so I didn’t even feel bad for them. Perry was using Sidney for her father’s show business connections as much as she was using him for his irritating personality.

The Boyfriend Swap is funny. I enjoyed the banter between the characters, and I enjoyed the deeper issues I got to watch them all work through. Everyone learned something, and I’d like to think that everyone came away a better person for it.

So why the 3-star rating? Honestly, I think everything was tainted by the storyline. Both Robyn and Sidney were dating men they were embarrassed by. Even worse, Will and Perry were ok with it and went along with the plan to swap boyfriends during the time of year when you should want to be with those you care about. Even worse than that, one of the guys decided to fall in love with a girl who chose to lie to her entire family about who her boyfriend really was because she was ashamed of him. I would not want to be with someone who thought that kind of deception was ok, even if I was the tool they used to lie to their family with and not the actual person they were ashamed of. Does that make sense? But then again, that guy was dating someone just for the physical relationship and not the connection, so perhaps they’re made for each other. It just felt like a very immature storyline to me, and not very romantic.

This is definitely a case of the “it’s not the book, it’s me” syndrome. The writing is great. The humor is great. The characters were all dynamic and well developed. The story was unique and well thought out, it just wasn’t built upon a foundation that I agreed with. I really wish we had just gotten the basic second chance romance between old friends with Will and Robyn, and that Perry and Sidney and the swapping were left out. But I guess that takes away the uniqueness. I would have still eaten it up, though.

All in all, The Boyfriend Swap had enough cute elements and swoons that I am curious about some of Meredith’s other books, and look forward to picking up Blogger Girl sometime soon.

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Christmas Songs Book Tag 2017

December 3, 2017 Book Tag 6

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Two years ago I created the Christmas Songs Book Tag, and I’ve had a couple requests to host it again this year, so here it is! The goal is to pick a book you’ve read this year that fits the theme of the Christmas song titles.

If you’d like to join the fun, leave a link to your post in the Linky below and I’ll come visit! Since I’ve already done this I’m going to limit my answers to the books I read this year, but you can feel free to choose whichever books you’d like!

 

1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You”: Favorite bookish couple.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell from Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).
Hunted by Meagan Spooner.

3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Name your favorite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).
Little Elliot, Big Fun by Mike Curato

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“: What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?
Flame In the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Air Awakens by Elise Kova, and The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall.

5. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Which book turned your nose red (made you cry)?
Unless you count crying from boredom (Wintersong by S. Jae Jones and Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy) then I’ve got nothing this year!

6. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Your favorite book/kind of book to read during the holidays.
I really love reading Christmas romances during this time of year, as well as wintry fantasy novels. So far my favorite Christmas romance has been Miracle on Fifth Avenue by Sarah Morgan.

7. “We Three Kings”: Your favorite trilogy.
Under the Never Sky trilogyMy favorite trilogy… I’m going to have to go with all-time favorite instead of 2017 favorite because I haven’t read any books that are part of a finished trilogy this year. Veronica Rossi’s is one of my very favorites.

8. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”: A character you would love to be snowed in with.
Joshua Templeman of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. He’s funny, broody, swoony, and he knows how to take care of you if you’re sick.

9. “Last Christmas”: A book that seriously let you down.
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (I’m so sorry!!).

10. “White Christmas”: An upcoming release you’re dreaming about.
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves. I cannot WAIT for this one. I’m also REALLY excited for the next book in Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series. OH. And King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! And Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson!! So many great books are coming out soon!

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Handmade Holiday Cards by Andi | Book Blogger Guest Post (+ Giveaway)

December 2, 2017 Giveaway, Guest Post 12

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Welcome to Andi of Andi’s ABCs, who is kicking off this fun month of festive book reviews and guest posts! I’ve always loved Andi’s blog as well as the fun cards she posts online, so I was really excited when she offered to talk about her cards and make a holiday set for my readers! The giveaway will end in time for you to mail them out to your friends and family this month.

I’m so excited to take part in Jana’s, Bookish Little Christmas. This is Jana’s 6th year doing this feature and my first time guest posting.

For those of you that don’t know me I’m Andi from Andi’s ABCs. In January my blog will be 5 years old (no, I really can’t believe that!). Andi’s ABCs is my baby where I blog about my love of YA books, romance books, and my love of accessories and clothes. But I have another hobby that I fell in love with over a year ago and brings use to my post for Jana: Cards by Andrea S..

When Jana was looking for guest posters I knew I was going to bring my love of card making to her blog so here I am.

When sitting down to come up with a design I decided I wanted to do something simple. I flipped through my stamps and found three sets I wanted to use. These sets by no means go together but they ended up really working for the look I was going for.

I wanted to keep the card simple and use traditional holiday colors. Once I settled on Altenew’s Rouge and Silver Stone, and Gina K.’s Grass Green I was really excited to see how this card set would turn out.

Using my favorite black ink, VersaFine Onyx Black, I stamped the sentiment and the tree. I liked it without anything else, but I knew there was some sparkle that was needed. I scoured my stash and found some clear sequins which were the perfect addition.

And I finished the card off with a holiday sentiment.

If you want to see more cards like this that I have created check out my Etsy shop HERE. I have a variety of holiday and everyday cards available.

But this set; this set is for one of you. I’m giving away all 6 of these cards I made for readers of That Artsy Reader Girl’s blog. Sadly the giveaway is US only. Sorry international peeps, shipping is just too expensive at this time. The giveaway will end at 11:59EST on December 9th.

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A huge thanks to Jana for having me. This was a lot of fun!

Do you send out holiday cards to your friends and family? Do you enjoy receiving them?

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2017 Christmas Novels | New Release Book List

December 1, 2017 Book Spotlight, Bookish News 4

 

Looking for something to read this holiday season? I’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of brand new Christmas novels that are out this year to help you get in the festive spirit. This list is broken up by age group, and then alphabetized. The links will take you to Goodreads to read more about each title. If I’ve missed any that you’re really excited about, let me know in the comments! And seriously, where are all the YA Christmas books? Pretty sure we’re lacking a little…

Adult:

A Chance This Christmas by Joanne Rock
A Christmas Affair by Jodi Thomas
A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas, et al.
A Cosy, Candlelit Christmas (An Unforgettable Christmas #2) by Tilly Tennant
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis
A Hummingbird Christmas by Karen Foley
Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota #3) by Julie Hammerle
At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, and Maya Rodale
A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith (12/5)
A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology by Carla Kelly
A Season of You by Emma Douglas
A Snow Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

A Very Cowboy Christmas (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys) by Kim Redford
A Very Merry Princess by Susan Mallery
A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt
Becoming Bella by Sarah Hegger
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham
Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin
Christmas At the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera
Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer
Christmas In a Cowboy’s Arms by Leigh Greenwood
Christmas In Icicle Falls (Life In Icicle Falls #11) by Sheila Roberts
Christmas In Kilts by Various (anthology)
Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley

Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Close to Heaven (Colorado High Country #5) by Pamela Clare
Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside (Twilight, Texas #8) by Lori Wilde
Deck the Halls (Darling, VT #3.5) by Dolla Alward
His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath
Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey
Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase
Holiday Wishes
(Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis
Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin
Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery #2) by Cheryl Honigford
Hope for Christmas by Stacy Finz
Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

Hot Winter Nights by Various (anthology)
How the Finch Stole Christmas! by Donna Andrews
Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose by Stephanie Laurens
Last Christmas In Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice #3) by Jennifer Snow
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Carla Burgess
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Miracle At Christmas by Debbie Mason (12/19)
Miss Christmas by Gigi Garrett
Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love #6) by Sarah Morgan

Once Upon a Christms Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt (12/5)
One Day In December by Shari Low
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
Slay Bells Ring by (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7) by Karen Rose Smith
Snowbound With an Heiress by Jennifer Faye
Snowflakes, Iced Cakes, and Second Chances by Sue Watson
Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point #7) by RaeAnne Thayne
Tangled Up In Tinsel by Candis Terry
The Beachside Christmas (Beachside Bay #3) by Karen Clarke
The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey
The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson
The Deal of a Lifetime by Frederik Backman
The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke
The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls (Blue Hollow Falls #1.5) by Donna Kauffman
The Lady In Red by Kelly Bowen (12/5)
The Rancher’s Christmas Song (Cowboys of Cold Creek #16) by RaeAnne Thayne
We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale
Winter Solstice by Erin Hilderbrand
With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins
Wyoming Winter (Wyoming Men #7) by Diana Palmer

 

Children/Middle Grade:

Aglow: A Christmas Fable by Bruce Ashkenas
Carols and Crushes: A Wish Novel by Natalie Blitt
Father Christmas and Me
by Matt Haig
Ghosts of Greenglass House
(Greenglass House #2) by Kate Milford
Janie Gets a Genie for Christmas by David Blaze
Nutcracked by Susan Adrian
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett

 

Picture Books:

A Christmas for Bear by Kady MacDonald Denton
A Christmas Wish: A Peter Rabbit Tale by Beatrix Potter
Alfred: A Christmas Tree Destined to Shine by Caroline Wilson Ellison
A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman
Baseball Bats for Christmas
by Michael Kusugak
Jingle Bells
by Susan Jeffers
Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Merry Christmas, Peanut! by Terry Border
Ninja Claus by Aree Chung

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
Redrick Raccoon and the Christmas Mystery by Karen H. Monteith
Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree by Liz Climo
Santa’s Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson
Santa Rex by Molly Idle
The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker
The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
The Santa Thief by Alane Adams

The Secret of the Santa Box by Christopher Fenoglio
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Emma Randall
River Rose and the Magical Christmas by Kelly Clarkson
You Are My Merry by Marianne Richmond (paperback release)

 

Young Adult:

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

 

Which books are you excited to read this year?
Which ones have you already read and loved?

 

 

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Sixth Annual A Bookish Little Christmas

December 1, 2017 Blog Event 12

It’s that time of year again! A Bookish Little Christmas is my absolute favorite blog event, and I’m really excited to be hosting for the 6th year in a row. 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, including authors, book bloggers, and publicists, will be stopping by with amazing stories and other festive content. I really think that this will be my favorite Bookish Little Christmas to date, and I can’t wait to celebrate with you.

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Post Schedule

December 1: 2017 Christmas Novels | New Release List
December 2: Handmade Holiday Cards by Andi of Andi’s ABC’s (+ Giveaway)
December 3: Christmas Songs Book Tag 2017
December 4: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr | Book Review
December 5: Anna Bernard’s Favorite Holiday Movies & TV Episodes | Guest Post
December 6: Happy Holidays from Forever! | Christmas Book Spotlights & Giveaway
December 7: Sarah’s (What Sarah Read) Christmas Top Ten | Book Blogger Guest Post
December 8: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan | Book Review & Giveaway
December 9: Brookie Cowles’s 2017 Book Gift Guide | Author Guest Post
December 10: The Christmas Cabin by J.L. Jarvis | Book Review
December 11: A Polish Christmas by Ksenia Winnicki | Guest Post (+ Giveaway)
December 12: My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017
December 13: April’s Favorite Christmas Movies, Music, & Books | Book Blogger Guest Post
December 14: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber | Book Review
My Christmas Top Ten at What Sarah Read
December 15: Jen Gilroy’s Favorite Holiday Books as a Child | Author Guest Post
December 16: Dear Santa from Robyn of The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr | Author Guest Post
December 17: Alyssa’s Christmas Traditions | Book Blogger Guest Post
December 18: Presents Jodi Meadows Would Give Her Before She Ignites Characters | Author Guest Post
December 19: Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings – 2017 Edition
December 20: Harker’s Favorite Bookish Christmases | Blogger Guest Post
December 21: Operation Mistletoe Magic by Nicki Edwards | Book Review
December 22: My 12 Favorites of Christmas
December 23: Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis | Book Review
December 24: My Christmas Memories (with Little Jana Pictures!)
December 25: Merry Christmas 2017!

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Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano | Mini Book Review

November 30, 2017 Book Review, Young Adult 0 ½

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano | Mini Book ReviewLost Girls by Merrie Destefano
Published by Entangled Teen on February 14, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 301
Format: eARC
Source: From the publisher through Netgalley
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0.5 Stars
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

So… This book sounded good. It really did. But I HATED it. I was excited to find out where these “lost girls” went, but as soon as I did (which happens quickly) I was like, “well crap.”. Seriously. This is not good. I have so little to say about this book. It was uninteresting, dark, unbelievable, farfetched, and so slow. I have so little to say that normally I wouldn’t even write a review. But I felt like I needed to warn those who are at risk of being swindled by the book’s synopsis like I was. Major spoiler ahead, so proceed at your own risk.

The lost girls? They’re kidnapped and forced into a teen underground fighting ring. If they’re good, they move to platinum level where they are sold and rape is implied. They’re drugged and abused and it’s awful. The book has so much depressing content, with absolutely no redeeming qualities.

You’ve been warned. Run away. Run far away.

 

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Top Ten Books on My Winter 2017-2018 TBR

November 27, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 10

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I don’t know about you, but I am REALLY excited for winter. We’ve had unseasonably warm weather where I live, and it doesn’t even feel like Christmas. I want snow and freezing temperatures so I can wear my cozy sweaters and curl up under my fuzzy blankets. I want fires! This time of the year I love reading two things: Christmas romances and fantasy. I’ve chosen 5 of each for today’s topic!

Snowbound with Mr. Wrong by Barbara White Daille
Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider
Maybe This Kiss by Jennifer Snow

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
By A Charm and a Curse by Jamie Questell

Which books are you looking forward to reading this winter?
Anything on my list you think I need to push ahead of the others?
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