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2013 Christmas Reading Challenge and my fave holiday movies + playlist!

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This year I decided to join the Christmas Reading Challenge . If you like to join here’s how… It's time! The 5th year of the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge! Like last year, there are multiple levels for participation, like children's books and watching Christmas movies...and there is an extra special twist this year...so read on! Details and sign up: •challenge will run from Friday, November 22, 2013 through Monday, January 6, 2014 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany). •cross over with other challenges is totally permitted AND encouraged! •These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, and for the first time...a children's Christmas books level! Levels: Candy Cane:   read 1 book Mistletoe:   read 2-4 books Christmas Tree:   read 5 or 6 books (this is the fanatic level...LOL!)            Additional levels: Fa La La La Films:   watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies.

Holiday Reads: Some Kind of Wonderful by Beth Ciotta

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Some Kind of Wonderful: A Holiday Novella by Beth Ciotta Published October 22, 2013 Format: via NetGalley Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Have yourself a scrumptious, small-town Christmas with this special Cupcake Lovers holiday novella, Love on a Winter's Night! Growing up in Sugar Creek, Maya Templeton and Zachary Cole were best friends. After high school, each went out into the world in search of adventure. Maya moved to Florida to explore her passion for baking and pastry-making, eventually establishing her own business: Cupcakes & Dreamscapes. Zach joined the military and became a Marine Scout Sniper. Now, after years apart, they’re both going home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore. In fact, Zach seems to have the hots for Maya’s business partner. But when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine their connection. Are Maya and Zach better off “just friends”—just as they were

WoW [54]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: Landline by Rainbow Rowell Expected Publication: July8, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Synopsis... Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s f

Review: 27 by Howard Sounes

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27 by Howard Sounes Published: November 12, 2013 Format: via NetGalley Publisher: Da Capo Press Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis Journalists write about the curse of the “27 Club” as if there is a supernatural reason for this series of deaths. Others invoke astrology, numerology, and conspiracy theories to explain what has become a modern mystery. In this haunting book, author Howard Sounes conducts the definitive forensic investigation into the lives and deaths of the six most iconic members of the Club, plus another forty-four music industry figures who died at 27, to discover what, apart from coincidence, this phenomenon signifies. In a grimly fascinating journey through the dark side of the music business over six decades, Sounes uncovers a common story of excess, madness, and self-destruction. The fantasies, half-truths, and mythologies that have become associated with Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, and Winehouse are debunked. Instead a clear and compelling narrative e

2014 TBR Reading Challenge List

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It’s that time again! Time for me to list my books for the 2014 TBR Challenge hosted by Evie Bookish. Click here to join. I can’t believe another year has flown by. I completed my goal for 2013 so I hope to do the same next year. 2014 goal is: A Firm Handshake [1-10 books] * 2014 TBR List* [No order]  2014 goal is: A Firm Handshake [1-10 books] * 2014 TBR List* [No order] Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The  Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han Time between Us  by Tamara Ireland Stone Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson The Lonely Heart Club by Elizabeth Eulberg Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Holiday Reads: Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas by Sugar Jamison

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Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas [Holiday Novella] by Sugar Jamison Published: October 1, 2013 Format: via NetGalley Rating: 3/5 Synopsis On the first day of Christmas, Dina Gregory, former wild child and prodigal daughter returns home to New York on a mission. Finding her young son’s father and making him take responsibility for the child he created is the only thing on her wish list. But instead of finding the man she was looking for she runs into his stuffy older brother Ben. Ben has never liked Dina, but being trapped together on the holidays allows him to see a different side of her. She brings back his Christmas spirit and in the process reminds him what it feels like to love. Dina’s past makes her wary of falling in love, but Ben is determined to make her stay as his permanent Christmas gift.   My Thoughts I’m a huge sucker for anything Christmas, I love the whole magical and sappiness of the season but this novella really tested my theory. This short stor

Review: The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott

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The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott Published: November 5, 2013 Format: provided by publisher Publisher: NAL Trade Rating: 4/5 Synopsis: Three sisters who discover that coming home for the holidays isn’t as easy as it seems… Sometimes coming home for the holidays isn’t as easy as it seems…. It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They’re also coming to bury their father. Claire, the youngest, a free spirit who journeyed to California, returns first. Then comes Julia, the eldest, a college professor with a teenage son of her own. And finally there’s Maya, the middle child, who works so hard to be t

Cover Reveal: Love and Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Crispell

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Love and Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Crispell Genre: Adult Romance Expected Publication: January 21, 2014 Publisher: Swoon Romance Add to Goodreads Synopsis: For Jaclyn “Jack” Pace, sensing what sweets people crave is as easy as breathing. But it’s not enough to keep her cupcake bakery in the black. So, when her estranged sister Harper comes back to town with an affinity for making art out of icing—and a past full of secrets—she reluctantly gives Harper a job and a place to crash. As their sisterly relationship begins to thaw, the one with her business partner Graham starts to heat up. Given the legend that says Hollingsworth men will recognize their soul mates at first touch, Jack’s always been resigned to the fact that she’s not his. But when she starts sensing desires that are decidedly not dessert-related, it’ll take all of her magic to set things right with customers and make her own desires come true. Love and Cupcakes is a delightfully sweet and sensual romance from

Review: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

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The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein Published: October 29, 2013 Format: via NetGalley Rating: 1/5 Synopsis A new four-book e-novella series featuring four different characters trying to find out the answer to one big question: where is Lizzy Ross? Book 1: Mimi Lerner and Lizzy Ross have been best friends since high school began and now, as seniors, they've made big plans together—from a trip to the Bahamas only months away to going to college the following year and ruling it like they do high school. But when Lizzy goes MIA after a party Mimi throws at a posh Manhattan hotel, everything is suddenly up in the air and Mimi must face facts: Lizzy Ross may not be the girl she knew, and the life she thought she'd have is going in a very different direction. Please note that this book ends in a cliffhanger and book 2 will be told by another character. Keep an eye out for the next installment, as told by a different character, of the Lizzy Ross series in ea

WoW [53]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Expected Publication: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Press Synopsis... A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. Why I Can’t Wait.... Ok that description really just made me want to read it! Lies, an accident and secrets? Heck yeah I’m in! Now I just got to get my hands on a copy ASAP! What are you waiting on? Please link me up to yours. I’d love to see your picks!

Review: The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene

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The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene Published: November 5, 2013 Format: finished copy via publisher Publisher: Berkley Trade Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis When Jenny Davis comes across a beautiful vintage tea set at an outdoor market in the English countryside, she’s convinced its fate. A young bride on a budget, she has her heart set on a vintage tea-party theme for her wedding—and the gorgeous gold-rimmed china before her is perfect. There’s only one problem. Two other women have fallen in love with it, too. So they come up with a solution: They’ll share it. They establish a sisterhood, sharing the ups and downs of their lives—from broken hearts and weddings, to family drama and career dreams. When a figure from Jenny’s past threatens to ruin her big day, Alison’s teenage daughter pushes her to the limit, and Maggie’s romantic life is thrown into turmoil, the members of the Vintage Teacup Club band together—proving their newfound friendship will last a lifetime. My Tho

Review: The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

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The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle Expected Publication: November 5, 2013 Format: E-ARC provided via NetGalley Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Rating: 5/5 Synopsis To the outside Diana and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that's finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it's discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill. Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man. Told from the perspectives of Morgan, Diana, and TJ's wife, Rain, this is an unforgettable story that fully explores the surprising, even shocking, events that change the lives of two families. My Thoughts We start off at the trial of TJ Hill then gradually go back in time to reveal th