Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hi, Everyone!

Hi, everyone! I know I haven't been posting much (Even though I said I would!), but I just wanted to catch everyone up again on things. The last time I posted I talked a little bit about why I hadn't been posting, the medical stuff that was going on for me, and also a family member. I'm really happy to say that things are going better now, we got some news that everything was going to be fine with my family member! That was something I was praying so much for, and feel so relieved that God let everything be okay. I'm still having some medical issues, but things are a little better than they were before, which I'm happy about!

I haven't been online almost at all this week, because of Hurricane Irma. I'm from Florida, and we ended up losing power for about two days. The storm wasn't as bad where we're from, which was such a relief for us. I feel so blessed that God kept us safe from the worst of the storm. So much of Florida got it horribly, especially the Keys. I'm very thankful that Irma is now gone.

Now that we got all that serious stuff out of the way, I thought it would be fun to talk about some books I've been reading!


Junior Lifeguards: Oscar Season and Shark Bait by Elizabeth Cody Stanton, Tracey West, and Katherine Noll. This is such a fun Middle Grade series!


I also read A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin, which was a neat Adult Christian Historical book set during WWII


And Lucky in Love by Kasie West! I really liked this book, (My favorite by her is still The Distance Between Us, but this is a very near 2nd!) and Seth is now my favorite of the love interests in her books!


I have also been reading a lot of Picture Books! A few of the recent stand-outs are Star Wars: Obi-123 by Calliope Glass & Caitlin Kennedy, illustrated by Katie CookThe Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam West, and Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron.


And I also read Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins, which was a good essay collection by the actress, that I enjoyed reading.

Well, that's what I've been up to! How are all of you? :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Top Ten Book Recommendations for People Who Love Rhyming Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog


Top Ten Tuesday is officially back this week! And the topic is Top Ten Book Recommendations for People Who Blank, and I decided to go with rhyming Picture Books! I love rhyming books, because they're so fun to read aloud! I'm just listing Picture Books that I've read in the past few years, because if I go back farther than that, there are too many to list! Also, I know I'm forgetting to list some favorites here, but I'm trying my best! :)






















Have you read any of these? Do you love rhyming picture books, too? What are your favorites? :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Birthday Post! (22 Bookish Facts About Me)


Today is my 22nd Birthday! I was trying to decide what blog post to write for today, and I finally decided on listing 22 bookish facts about myself! :)

Here we go! :)

1. I will read pretty much any genre!
2. Except anything that's really scary, because I am a scaredy cat.
3. I collect bookmarks!
4. I probably have well over 200.
5.  But I'm not exactly sure how many, because I've never counted them.
6. I also usually forget to actually use them when I'm reading.
7. But this year I've been trying to make an effort to use them!
8. And I'm doing pretty well with that!
9. I love to read Picture Books with my Mom!
10. Middle Grade books tend to be my favorite, because they speak to my heart the most.
11. But I love YA books, Picture Books, and now, Adult books, a lot, too!
12. I totally don't have enough space on my bookshelves for all my books.
13. Like, I have stacks of books all over my room because of that.
14. My bookshelves are organized, even though it doesn't look that way to other people.
15. I just have a way that makes sense to me.
16. My dream is to have a wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves!
17. I love my library!
18. At least 90% of the books I read, I get from them.
19. A pretty cover won't make me read a book, but it will get my attention quicker.
20. But an ugly cover won't keep me from reading a book, either.
21. If a book makes me laugh, I am far quicker to reread it in the future.
22. This is a given, but I love books!

That took me longer to write than I thought! :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mini Review: Changes in Latitudes

Mini Review: Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone

A "road" trip romance that takes place at sea!

All Cassie wants is to get some solid ground under her feet following the shock of her parents' divorce. So when she learns of her mom's plans to take Cassie and her brother, Drew, on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico, she's stunned. There is absolutely nothing solid about the Pacific Ocean.

Cassie is furious. And nervous. It's been hard enough keeping Drew sheltered from what Cassie knows about her mother's role in breaking their family apart, but living in such close quarters threatens to push her anger past its tipping point. Enter Jonah, a whip-smart deckhand who's as gorgeous as he is flirtatious. Cassie tries to keep him at a distance, but the more time they spend together--wandering San Francisco, riding beachside roller coasters, and exploring the California coastline--the harder it is to fight the attraction.

​Cassie wants to let herself go, but her parents' split has left her feeling adrift in a sea of questions she can't even begin to answer. Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? Should she take a chance on Jonah? With life's unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them... or dive right in.
-summary and cover via Goodreads


Mini review: This was a good YA book! I loved Jonah! I really enjoyed that so much of this book took place at sea, that was a fun and unique thing for a YA novel! And I learned a lot about sailing (I knew basically nothing about it before now.) while reading this book, which was fun! If you're looking for a YA novel that's just right for summer, then definitely try this book! :)

I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway from the author.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Adult Books I've Read (And Ones On My TBR List!)

I usually don't read Adult books. It's not that I think they're bad, it's just that I'm so busy reading Picture Books, Middle Grade, YA, and Graphic Novels, I don't usually have time to read any. In past years I would occasionally pick one up if my Mom recommended it to me as one I would like, but for the most part I didn't read them. But at the beginning of this year I told myself I would make an effort to read at least a little bit more of them than normal, and I have! MG and YA books are still definitely in the lead as far as how many books I read (And they're going to stay there, because those are the books that speak to my heart the most.), but I'm happy to say that I have read eight Adult books so far this year! Which is way more than I normally read of them! And I thought in this post I would share a few of my favorites, plus list some that I want to read!

Here we go!


The first books I'm going to mention are A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, and the companion novella, The Husband Maneuver. These were really good! I quite liked them, and I want to read more of this authors books!


Then Curious Minds and Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich. My Mom (She likes a lot of Janet Evanovich's books!) recommended the first one to me as something that I would like, and she was right! These were funny, and I enjoyed reading them! I hope there will be more in the series!



And then A Front Page Affair and Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal. My Mom found these for me at the library, and I liked them a lot! These were interesting mysteries, and I look forward to reading more books in the series!

 Now for the books I want to read! (I'm only including books that have already been released in this post.)


This is one of my Mom's favorite cozy mystery series! It sounds good, and she thinks I'll like it!


This looks good!


This kept showing up in my search results when I was looking for historical mysteries, and it looks good!


It looks interesting!


This looks like a good read!

Plus, I want to read more books by the authors I've already read! :)

Have you read any of these? And do you have any recommendations for me? :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Five 2018 Covers I Love!

The covers of books that release in 2018 have been coming in for awhile now, and there are some really neat covers that have been revealed so far! I thought it would be fun in this post to share five of my favorites! :)

(Listed in no particular order.)











(After I put together all these, I realized how many blue covers I picked! Well, it is my favorite color after all!)

There we go! Five of my favorite covers that have (so far) been released! 1 YA, 1 Adult, and 3 Middle Grade books! What are some of your favorite 2018 covers so far? :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Best Picture Books of the Year (So Far)


Last week I talked about what my favorite Middle Grade, YA, and Adult books were so far this year, now today I'm going to be talking about my favorite Picture Books! I've mentioned before on the blog how my Mom and I enjoy reading picture books together, so the ones mentioned in this post are ones we both enjoyed! :)






































Have you read any of these? What have been your favorite Picture Books so far this year? :)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2018!


Here is my annual post (Inspired by posts Emma does!) about what books I'm looking forward to in the coming year! (A little later in the year than normal, but never mind that!) Below I'm going to be listing the YA books, Middle Grade books, Adult books, Graphic Novels, and Picture Books that I'm looking forward to in 2018! These are fun to put together, and I hope you find something from this post to add to your TBR list! :)

Here we go! :)

As always, I apologize if I get a title, release date, or anything else wrong. I try to make the list accurate, but sometimes things do slip past. All links go to Goodreads. Also, there are some books I'm looking forward to next year that don't have Goodreads pages yet, but I am not including them because I don't want to list inaccurate information about them (Like release date, title, etc.).

Listed by Middle Grade, YA, Adult, Graphic Novels, and Picture Books. Listed in those categories by authors last name. And if there's a * by the book, then (as far as I'm able to tell) it's a debut. Easier to find and support debut authors that way! :)

All of these books look really good! :)


Middle Grade:









































YA:













































Adult:











Graphic Novels:









Picture Books:







I'm really happy with the amount of books I found this year! Do you want to read any of these? And do you have any recommendations for me? Tell me! :)