Monday, August 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - #Bookish Instagrammers You Need to Follow

This week for Top Ten Tuesday I am sharing a FEW of my favorite #Bookish Instagram accounts. I wish I was half as talented as these folks are! 



Me: I love reading so so much! Human: Nice! You must have read all these on your shelves then! Me: well here's the thing see Me: no . . Salt and burn @ me BUT ANYWAY. How has your weekend been?! I made apple crumble and kept to the aesthetic of the name and got crumbs absolutely everywhere. Kitchen pro here. I also fell down a rabbit hole of reading an old book draft of mine from 2015 and wOw was it BAD.😂At least I’m rereading Autobiography (SUCH A FAV) and just about dead with how much I love it. So all in all this weekend = me an utter mess. Nothing is new really. Here we are. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . . Q✨What are you reading this weekend? . . #augustbookstagram18 [#shelfiesunday] . #bookstagram #booktower #stacksaturday #bookstack #bookshelf #shelfie #bookspinebeauty #bookblogger #rainbowbooks
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“What can I do to improve my personal appearance?” ~ page 60, The Princess Bride. 💐 So, today is my birthday. One year older, never younger. But if I asked my husband this question he wouldn’t hesitate to say, “Nothing.” This is the man who tells me every day how beautiful I am. A statement at which I roll my eyes as I attempt to give myself eyebrows. I certainly don’t deserve him, and yet there he is. He even says “As you wish” ~ a tradition he started when we were dating before he could say, “I love you.” Now “As you wish” means more to me than anything else he says. 💐 If I could have a birthday travel wish and go anywhere in the world, I might go to Europe. I’ve never been and I’m certain it’s chock full of inspiration for an author. So many beautiful stories come from that side of the world. 💐 I imagine Guy Fawkes in his mask, hiding in the shadows of London at night. I think of Peter Pan and the Darling children, flying over Big Ben, headed straight for the second star to the right. I picture Jane Austen at her writing desk, her mind filled with romantic tales of love and chivalry. I wonder about Hans Christian Andersen and his Little Mermaid and all the adventures he took with her in his head. 💐 But today will still be wonderful as I get to spend the entire time with my aunt, who just so happens to be one of my favorite people. I’m so blessed and grateful to be loved right here at home. Thank you to my amazing friend Carolyn for gifting me this mermaid scrub! It smells amazing! 💐 If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? 💐 • #captainexplorespassages ~ Travel destination: page 60 • #allthebooksjune18 ~ Waiting on Wednesday ~ Fawkes releases July 10th! •#lillyricalmashup ~ “Come on baby, light my fire” ~ Bookish candles • #abcsofsummer18 ~ Evening song, summer playlist ~ Pride and Prejudice score for writing inspiration! 💐 #waitingonwednesday #booksbooksbooks #birthdaypost #bookish
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Happy #socksunday! It’s an OREO DAY! I ate all my real Oreos so I had to use Oreo books as a stand-in. 😏 Also, the amazing @stephaniehwarner sent me these Oreo socks to celebrate the release of Fawkes and I LOVE THEMMMMM. . Confession: Mister Ninja and I almost gave up on this photo. It’s hard to use abs to get my feet up like this since I’m 5 months pregnant. Mister Ninja and I spilled the milk TWICE. All over us. All over the books. We’re doing laundry right now. By the end of this photo I had sworn to NEVER DO RIDICULOUS BOOKSTAGRAM POSTS AGAIN. But we all know I’ll never stick to that. 😂 . I ended up kind of grumpy, but at least the photo turned out and THIS IS ALL YOU GET FROM ME. I’m going to go eat some real Oreos to comfort myself. 😛 . What’s your favorite weekend snack? . #NadinesLibrary #booknastics #Oreos
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How do you choose your next book to read? 😳 . . Many thanks to @harpercollinschristian / @tnzfiction for these lovelies! Two of these are new to me authors, but Ive heard great things. Others are authors that are on my #mustread list as well. I've read #TheLoveLetter by @rachelhauck already and loved it (review a few posts back or full review on my blog - link in bio)! . . Those interested in #TheOrphansWish by @melaniedickerson123, be sure to check out the #Takeover #BookTour from @justreadtours! Your chance to win a copy plus more! . . Have you read the others? Any thoughts? . . #bookstoread #bookstagram #bookgram #bookphoto #bookphotography #bookstagrammer #booksbooksbooks #read #bookpic #booknerdigans #booknerdproblems #booklover #bookworm #christianfiction #Amishfiction #yafiction #dualtime #rachelhauck #jamesmarket #bookstafeature
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➵ May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks. - Gandalf, The Hobbit. ➵ You can maybe tell from my stories that I’ve been geeking out over the night sky 🌌 We’re due for a total Lunar Eclipse early tomorrow morning (which results in a blood moon or “black moon” - shoutout to my Poldark lovers) and Mars is going to be super bright! It’s already very bright, nothing like beautiful Venus however. I find the night sky such a fascinating and incredible thing! I’m so blessed to live in the country, where there’s no street lights or pollution dulling down this beautiful part of God’s creation ♥️ ➵ ➵ ➵ #thelordoftherings #jrrtolkien #thehobbit #thorinoakenshield #frodobaggins #bookishlove #bookishfeature #bookishlife #bookflatlay #booklion #bookishmerch #bookcollection #bookishcandles #booksandcandles #bookishthings #bookishgirl #bookdragon #bookspines #thebookishnymph #booksbooksbooks #bookworms #bookaesthetic #bookstack #tolkientribe
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I have finally started my break from work and I can't wait. I manage a school library, which means I am now looking at almost 7 weeks off work. It's gonna be amazing, but also a little boring. It is only day 3 and I am already a little bored, given that 99.9% of everybody else I know will be working during that time. I am having a week away in Spain though and I can't wait. I'm also hoping to get some reading done, as I have had quite the reading slump. Do you guys have any holidays planned? I don't know if you have seen but @acourtofcandles have just released some new candles. They have a few great anime ones added to the collection. The kids at work have recently got me reading manga, mostly to age check some of it. I recently read all of Assassination Classroom and I was actually a big fan. I'm eyeing up a few more to read and think some of those candles might make it on to my shelf in the future. If you want to grab yourself some, use code RFAB and save. #bookstagram #books #acoc #acourtofcandles #beautyandthebeast #batb #belle #bookishcandles #bookcandles #bookcandle #disney #funko
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

First Line Friday - The Best of Intentions

Happy Friday!

Susan Anne Mason is phenomanal! I love everything that I have read from her and I am so excited to start this new series! From what I gather, this story is primarily set in Toronto. I LOVE BOOKS SET IN TORONTO! Granted, I have only read a few (*ahem*Rachel McMillan's) but still...It's a city that I can't wait to explore more of! Yet another book that I will probably listen to on SCRIBD here soon. If you can believe it, a year ago, I was LOATHE to listen to books! I have been converted...(If you haven't checked out SCRIBD yet, you can get a FREE 30-Day trial HERE.)

Today’s first line is from...

The Best of Intentions
Susan Anne Mason

May 1919

Grace Abernathy stood at the rail of the SS Olympic, staring out over the calm expanse as the last trace of sunlight disappeared over the horizon.

Read my review HERE.

What city do you love having a book set in? 

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The Best of Intentions - Canadian Crossings Book 1 - Susan Anne Mason

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
She Swore to Protect Her Nephew at Any Cost. But What if That Price is a Chance at Love? 
In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet, in Toronto she discovers more tragedy--her nephew Christian in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace's sister because of her low social status. 

Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace uses an assumed name to secure the position of Christian's nanny and moves into the Easton estate. There she can observe the family up close, while ensuring Christian's well-being. In the course of her new role, she is shocked to find herself falling in love with Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart? (Bethany House)

My Thoughts

This story is filled with so many emotions! Grace's life has been filled with so much heartache. When she finally finds her nephew, she is determined to keep him in her life, at any cost. The need to protect him and reunite her family drives Grace to a place she never thought she would go. But is she really just running from forgiving herself for the past?

Andrew Easton has spent his life serving to please others. But what about his own dreams and desires? Will he sacrifice everything he longs for just to please his family? Or will he stand up for himself and take the path for the future HE wants?

There are so many interesting characters in this story. The layers of personality are lovely. Virginia is one of my favorite people and I am so glad we get to follow her story too! 

Set in the beautiful city of Toronto, it is wonderful to get a new perspective of history in the early 1900s.

I received a complimentary copy of The Best of Intentions from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author

Susan Anne Mason's debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. 

More Books by Susan Anne Mason


Coming Soon

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Orphan's Wish - Hagenheim Book 8 - Melanie Dickerson

My Rating
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About the Book
From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the Duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Fairy Tale retellings have always been a favorite of mine. And Melanie Dickerson's are among my absolute favorites! She has a unique way of taking the fantasy stories and making them come alive in the real world. In The Orphan's Wish, Melanie's latest release, we get to see Aladdin's story. Not only do these stories have realistic qualities to them, but they are also sprinkled with faith and hope in God, our Father and Creator. 

Having been orphaned at a young age, Aladdin has been searching for his worth and fortune his whole life. Kirstyn is a tender-hearted young woman who always looks for the good in those around her. Aladdin and Kirstyn have been friends their whole lives, but will their friendship ever blossom into something more? What will happen when evil threatens the life of Aladdin's closest friend? 

Get whisked away into the world of Kirstyn and Aladdin. You will be on the edge of your seat as events unfold. Feel the agony of betrayal, the joy of family, and the hope of our faith...And fall in love with Aladdin and Kirstyn. You don't want to miss this newest adventure.

I received a complimentary copy of The Orphan's Wish from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

 About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award for 2010's Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. (From Melanie's Amazon author page.)

Books by Melanie Dickerson on Bookworm Mama

Medieval Fairy Tale Romance


 Coming Soon

Coming February 2019