img_0201Title: The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew #12) by Carolyn Keene

Pages: 181

Genres: Mystery, Children’s

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (1972)

Summary: A group of professional detectives challenge Nancy to tackle a mystery that they have failed to solve: find an invaluable message hidden by a missionary centuries ago in a hollow oak tree in Illinois. While searching the woods for the ancient tree, Nancy and her friends live with a group of young archaeologists who are excavating prehistoric Indian burial mounds on a nearby farm. A shadowy enemy stalks Nancy and harasses everyone at the dig. The young investigator pursues her dangerous adversary to an outlaws’ cave, and is threatened when she discovers an unusual treasure. How Nancy, with few clues to go on, solves this complex mystery will thrill all readers.

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Everything That Was

Title: Everything That Was by E. Graziani

Pages: 323

Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (Feb. 8th, 2021)

Summary: What would you do for a secret love?

Despite not speaking for nearly twenty years, Massimo Damiani, a ‘rags-to-riches’ oil executive, summons Sofie to his hospice bedside in picturesque Tuscany—his last wish?…to reconcile their stormy history and set long-buried secrets to rest.

Sofia Romano, a powerful Wall Street banker in Manhattan’s financial district, reeling with heartache in her rocky marriage, ignores her husband’s protests, and flies to Italy to comfort the dying man from her past.

With old promises tugging at her heart and the memory of a tempestuous love that grew and crumbled time and again, will Sofia ever come to terms with the flaws in her marriage and gain the strength to rebuild it?

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday!  TTT a weekly bookish list hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is:

Ten Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud!

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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Pages: 319

Genres: Fantasy, Historical

Publisher: Del Rey Books (Jan. 10th, 2017)

Summary: At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

The Bear and the Nightingale is a magical debut novel from a gifted and gorgeous voice. It spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent.

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Title: Unveiled: A Poetry Memoir by Ivy Cirillo

Pages: 203

Genres: Memoir, Poetry

Publisher: Orion Publishing House (Aug. 30th, 2019)

Summary: Unveiled: A Poetry Memoir, is a collection of poetry organized into three sections: My Story, My Pain, and My Future. It was written for those that need to release their past, experience their pain, and look forward to their future. It was not written to instill pity or sorrow within you, but to spark the fire in your soul to take action and find the smallest shimmer of hope in your darkest days. 

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Hey everyone! Remember me? lol

If you’re new here, let me introduce myself a bit first (or re-introduce myself, in case you’ve forgotten)!

My name is Theresa and I’m a twenty-something bookworm. I read from a wide variety of genres and age groups. From contemporary to fantasy to poetry to classics to sci-fi to non-fiction, children’s books to adult – I love them all! So, there’s a little bit of everything on this blog.

When I’m not reading, I’m probably either knitting, dancing, or snuggling my pets (who will pop on this blog from time to time. 🥰) I also really like emojis and probably use them way too much, lol!

It’s been quite a while since I last blogged (and after I said I was back “for real this time” 🙈). The past few months I have really thought a lot about what was and was not working for me when it came to blogging. Likewise, I just had my 5th blogging anniversary yesterday. Because of that, I have been thinking about where I want to see my blog in the future.

There’s going to be a few changes around here! For starters, you may notice things look a bit different around here. I have a shiny new domain name! I am now just There is no longer any .wordpress in the middle! 🎉 The Calico Books also has a new theme! I’m quite happy with these visual changes. It truly feels like a fresh start.

Consistency is coming back into my life again and so that means consistency is coming back into my blogging life as well. No more posting once every five months anymore! I’m going to be realistic though and say I won’t be posting every day either, haha! The goal is 2-3 times a week for now. Some weeks there will be more and some weeks there will be none. But, that’s the goal.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, I just want to say thank you! I truly appreciate you for sticking with me.

Here’s to five years of The Calico Books and hopefully, many more to come! 🥂

Title: Enter Wild by Carlos Whittaker

Pages: 208

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian Faith

Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah (June 16th, 2020)


Break free from a safe (and boring) faith to truly live the abundant life with all the wonder Jesus promised in John 10:10.

You are meant to receive the abundance God promises here and now. You are not meant to wait until heaven to experience His best. Even in the midst of our broken world’s traumas and trials, you can

– learn to lower the volume of life and truly hear God
– experience what it means to speak God’s Word over yourself for real victory

– discover how to pray His promises instead of praying over the problems

With his trademark blend of humor and transparency, gifted storyteller Carlos Whittaker shares his personal struggle in coping with crippling anxiety–and how the key to his freedom was rediscovering a wild faith. That key can be yours, helping you open the door to leave mild and enter wild.

Enter Wild: Exchange a Mild and Mundane Faith for Life with an Uncontainable God

*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thanks to the publisher!*

One of my reading goals for 2020 was to expand the types of books I read, which includes reading more nonfiction. As a Christian, I am always looking for new and authentic books to read that help grow my faith. When I read the description of Enter Wild, I just knew that this would be the type of book I was looking for.

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Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Pages: 484

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA (Jan. 29, 2019)


Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)

I want to start off by saying, I don’t always love fantasy books. Sometimes they’re hard for me to get into and not worth the effort it takes for me, on my part. That being said, when I first read the premise for this book, I knew it was one that I was going to love. I’ve always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast, so this modern twist really kept me intrigued. I’m happy to say that A Curse So Dark and Lonely did not disappoint!

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Title: Human(kind) by Ashlee Eiland

Pages: 224

Genres: Nonfiction, Christian

Publisher: Waterbrook & Multnomah (Apr. 7, 2020)


A talented storyteller and peacemaker asks: Can kindness kindle a revolution?

“Ashlee teaches by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people.”–Shauna Niequist

Long before polls, protests, and political issues divided us, we were joined by a humanness that God considered very good. Created in his image, we reflected the height and depth of God’s loving-kindness, but our discord has blinded us to the imago Dei in us all.

In this compelling collection of essays, Ashlee Eiland shares her story of being a black woman living on two sides of the fence: as the token black girl in majority-white spaces and as the “whitewashed” black girl in majority-black spaces. As she discovers her own unique worth through these recollections, Ashlee learns that extending radical kindness toward every person–regardless of social status, political views, or religious beliefs–gives us hope and rekindles our common humanity.

With grace and humility, Human(Kind) invites us to chart our own formative journeys and recognize our inherent value, cultivating empathy so we may once again see the image of God shining brightly within one another

Human(kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together

*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thanks to the publisher!*

This book is about something that I feel so very passionately about: kindness. I feel so thankful to have been given an advanced copy of this book, because it was such an eye-opening, encouraging, and thought-provoking read!

June TBR!

I can hardly believe that it is June! 2020 has been the longest, shortest year ever – if that even makes sense, haha! The summer months are always some of my favorites. I love the warm weather, and there’s nothing better than reading outside in the sun with some iced tea! So, as I’m sure you can guess, I am very excited for June’s TBR. All of these are books I definitely want to read this month, although I’d be pretty happy if I was able to squeeze in a few extra. We shall see! 😉

Without further ado, here’s my June TBR!

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