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Top 10 Tuesday: My Spring TBR

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I love making TBR lists.  There is something so exciting about thinking of the books I’m going to read next.  Do I always stick to them? No, but they do give me a good sense of accomplishment and keep my blogging schedule on track.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is our Spring TBR, which for me is March-May, and I cannot wait to get through all of these beauties!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

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Lovestruck by Kate Watson

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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The Girl From the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor 

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Collide by Nina Walker

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What books are on your TBRs?  Give me some more recommendations cuz my list is forever growing! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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Hello everyone!  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel.  This topic was harder for me than I expected because I read A LOT of series, but there were a few books that stood out to me that I wish there was more of.


Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn

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I read this book in middle school and I remember being obsessed with it.  I would love to see where it goes.


Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

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The relationship in this book was so strong and sweet, and felt so open ended to me.  I really want to know how they survive on their own and see how their relationship blossoms.


Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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I fell in love with the family in this book and I would love to read more about them.  They are so sweet and funny and I would gladly read a whole series about them.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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This is kinda cheating since it IS getting a sequel soon, but it really does deserve one.  I can’t WAIT for this.


My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

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This book ends on SUCH a cliff hanger and I wanted to scream when I finished it knowing there was no other books.


Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

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The woman in this book was SO strong and amazing and I want to read more about her.  Her story did feel like it wrapped up, but there’s gotta be more in there somewhere.


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

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I know Kristin Hannah doesn’t like to write sequels, but I really want to know more about what happens to Lenni.  This book was such a book hangover and I want to live in its world again.  At least we have the movie to look forward to!


A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett

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As we know, I’m a huge Ken Follett fan and this is one of his standalones that I died for.  Please right another one Ken!


Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

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One of my favorite books of last year, I need more.  I don’t know how it would be done, but I wish there was more.  This book was too addicting.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  The world is too beautiful and haunting to let go of.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems With Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings

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One of my favorite things about blogging is that it has helped me find so many new books that I probably would have missed out on.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  So here are 10 of the hidden gems that I have fallen in love with and hope more people will find just as magical as I did.


The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis

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Hattie Hastings is happily married to lifelong sweetheart Gary, until a terrible tragedy leaves her widowed and heartbroken. Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate moments.

As Hattie tries to convince others – including brother Jack, and best friend Cat – that Gary has returned, he finds himself under the care of spirit guide Clarence, and also befriends another inhabitant of the place called The Present.
Meanwhile, Hattie’s mum Rachel is facing a daunting battle, and Cat’s ex-husband Stewart is determined to prove he deserves a second chance.


Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg32565146

Meet the Turners – a socially awkward genius child, an adolescent cat burglar, a philandering husband, and a doormat wife in desperate need of a backbone. The Turners are doing their best to craft a happy life and face down a history they have no control over in a neighborhood where only the houses are similar. And when relationships sprout from seemingly nowhere and secrets begin to unravel, practicing normal becomes harder than it’s ever been.


Prism by Nina Walker

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Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.

Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is deathly ill and healing magic hasn’t worked. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, no matter the cost.


Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

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So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…


The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

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After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.

So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.


Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn

28108“This is not a school musical, this is millions of people seeing you, recognizing you, criticizing you. This is “it.” Public person — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Are you ready?”When fifteen-year-old Wonder Blake is plucked from her job at the Dairy Queen and given the chance to become a teen idol, it seems like a dream come true — even if it wasn’t her dream, but her older sister Lucky’s. Lucky was on her way to becoming a pop star when she died, and Wonder and her family are still trying to recover from their loss. Offered a recording contract, Wonder jumps at the chance to escape from a dead-end town, her fractured family, and worst of all, high school. Suddenly she has it all: a hot new look, a chart-busting hit single, a tour opening for superstar Kayla. But stardom isn’t all glamour — it’s also lots of work. And maybe what Wonder really wants is as simple as a guy who likes her for herself.

With spark and humor Rachel Cohn captures the struggles and glories of an ordinary teenage girl’s climb to celebrity. As Wonder rises through the pop-princess star-making machine, she also learns the price — and that maybe being an ordinary teenage girl isn’t so bad after all.


Starswept by Mary Fan

34377743In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.


The Daughter of the River Valley by Victoria Cornwall

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Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?


When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

36501779It’s 1871 and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth, and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.


 The Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood

Nature Of The Witch AMAZON LARGEMany years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures. 

This has all passed from memory a long time ago, but now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows. 

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.


 

What hidden gems have you guys found? Please send over some recommendations cuz I can never get enough! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Book Couples from 2018

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It’s Valentines week! I unfortunately don’t get to spend the day with my honey, as we are both on tour with different shows, so I’ll have to spend it with some literary couples instead.  This week’s prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is Favorite Book Couples, and since I did a similar post last year, I’m keeping it to My Favorite Book Couples from 2018. 

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1. Emma and Mr. Knightley from Emma by Jane Austen


2. Kady and Ezra from Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


3. Elloren and Yvan from The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest


4. Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


5. Celaena and Chaol from Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


6. Juliet and Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer


7. Jessa and Lucas from The Color Alchemist Series by Nina Walker


8. Hanna and Nik from Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


9. Leda and Watt from The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee


10. Juliette and Adam from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Who are your favorite book couples? Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Let me know in the comments, and Happy Love Day ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

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My TBR, both physical and mental, is constantly growing.  I should be better about actually getting to the books that are high on my list, but sometimes I just find a random one in an independent bookstore and I can’t help myself.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is 10 Most Recent Additions to my TBR!

What books have you guys added to your lists? Please send me more recommendations because I am an addict and can’t get enough books 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018

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Hello lovely bookworms! I have been in tech rehearsal for Cats this week, so my life has been absolutely crazy and filled with face paint, unitards, and sore muscles.  I have had very little time to read or blog, and missed two posts last week, but I am happy to get back to it with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader GirlBooks I Meant to Read in 2018!

Did you get to all the books you meant to read last year? Which ones do I need to move up on my TBR? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂 Happy reading!
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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Found in 2018

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I found several authors that I had not read yet last year, and there were a few that really stood out to me.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is New To Me Authors I read in 2018.

Jacqueline Susann

I read and fell absolutely in LOVE with Valley of the Dolls.  I definitely want to check out Susann’s other books to see if they’re just as entertaining and addicting.

Stephanie Perkins

I put off reading Anna and the French Kiss for a long time because of the hype surrounding it, and I am so glad I finally read it.  Such a great, heart-warming romance with a smoldering build up.  I loved it and can’t wait to read the rest.

Laurie Forest

I read both The Black Witch and The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest last year, and I cannot wait for the third book.  It is such a great series with incredible world building and complex characters.

Morgan Matson

I really loved Save the Date.  It was such a sweet and refreshing story about family and growing up, and I totally connected to the characters and writing style.  I got another Matson book for Christmas, and I’m excited to see if I like her other work just as much.

Tahehreh Mafi

I started reading the Shatter Me series last year, and I enjoy it a lot.  What really hooked me was the novellas from Warner’s perspective.  He is probably one of my favorite villains ever, and I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Rainbow Rowell

Carry On was one of my favorite books of the year, and I am dying for the upcoming sequel.  My sister is also a huge Rainbow Rowell fan, so I have faith that I will enjoy the rest of her books too.

Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic was, without a doubt, my favorite book of the year.  I started with Practical Magic (a movie that I love), and was slightly underwhelmed, but The Rules of Magic really blew me away.  Definitely a book I want to reread and one I recommend to everyone.

Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

The Illuminae Files were out of this world.  Literally.  I still can’t get over how much I loved them.

Stephanie Garber

I was late on the Caraval train, but it really grabbed me.  I read the sequel, Legendary, as well, and I am anxiously awaiting Finale.

Dhonielle Clayton

I LOVED The Belles.  It was such a unique and interesting world that completely fascinated me.  I have an ARC of the next book, The Everlasting Rose (EEEEEE!! Still freaking out about this!), and I cannot wait to see where the story is going to go.


I cannot wait for all of the new authors I can discover in 2019! Leave me some of your favorites in the comments so I can add them to the list! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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I am so excited for this new reading year, and there are a ton of books I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Here are my Top Ten Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019!  Bring on the new books! 🙂


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The Wicked King by Holly Black

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The Gilded Wolved by Roshani Chokshi

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomy Adeyemi

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The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

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Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi


April 2nd

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

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What books are you excited for this year? Let me know in the comments!! ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: My Top Ten Reads of 2018

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I read 79 books this year and 31 of them were 5 star reads.  I was super lucky in having such a great reading experience this year, but there were 10 books that rose above the rest for me.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is celebrating our favorite books from 2018.

10. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

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I LOVED The Black Witch.  I bought it after reading the controversial reviews about it, and I am so glad I did.  The sequel came out this year as well and it was just as good as the first.  I can’t wait to see what is next because the world building and character development in this series has been so great.

9. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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I am obsessed with this whole series, but this one really stuck with me and got me hooked into the rest of the series.  I also just love Chaol in this one.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I don’t know what took me so long to start this series, but I CANNOT wait to read the rest of them.  I was so addicted to the plot and fell in love with the characters and their powers.  Also the 1920’s time period was so fun.

7. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and her latest novel did not disappoint.  I sobbed like a little baby and these characters wormed their way into my heart.  I would love to see this made into a film.

6. Emma by Jane Austen

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Emma is now one of my favorite classics.  I have become such an Austen fan and I think Emma is my favorite of her characters.

5. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

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This book haunted me for days and gave me one of my biggest book hangovers of the whole year.  It was also one of the first books I read in 2018 and it still stood up against all the rest.

4. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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I still can’t get over this series.  It took me for a ride I was completely unprepared for and I loved every minute of it.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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This book is hilarious and so insanely clever.  I loved the world of magic and the language of the story and this is definitely a book I could re-read several times and never get sick of it.  I CANNOT wait for the sequel!

2. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

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This. Book.  I am obsessed.  It is one of new favorite books of all time, and I will recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It was so revolutionary for its time and is still  completely relevant.  I can totally relate and reveled in the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, and there is nothing better than Old Hollywood Glamour.  Unfortunately, the movie ruined the book, but you can’t win them all.

1. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Here it is, by far my favorite book of the year.  This book is absolutely STUNNING.  The writing, the characters, the story, the quotes.  It just takes the cake for me.  It’s pretty close to perfection.


What were your favorite books this year? Let me know in the comments which books I need to add to my 2019 TBR! ❤ Happy New Year everyone!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree

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Happy Holidays bookworms! Like many book addicts, I always have a long list of books I’d love for Santa to bring! In fact, I’d be happy with only books for Christmas.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree, so I picked a select few that I’ve been eyeing to feature on this Christmas day post ! 🙂 I hope everyone has a holiday filled with new adventures to read ❤