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Title: Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire Pages: 304 Genres: Fantasy, Retelling Publisher: William Morrow (Oct. 31st, 2017) Summary From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . . Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him. Hiddensee: An island… Read More

Title: Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan Pages: 346 Genres: Romance, Contemporary Published by: Hallmark Publishing (Sept. 16th, 2018) Summary Two very different people… One very special place. Dylan’s an overworked investment banker. Paige is a free-spirited first-grade teacher. From the first time they meet, these two opposites attract. Meanwhile, the cabin Paige is renting has gone up for sale. She loves living there, and she just might be able to buy it—if she finally achieves her dream… Read More

Title: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks Pages: 240 Genres: Romance, Fiction Published by: Grand Central Publishing (Oct., 1999) Summary Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d… Read More

Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, translated by Cathy Hirano Pages: 224 Genres: Nonfiction, Self-Help Published by: Ten Speed Press (Oct. 14, 2014) Summary Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly… Read More

Hello, and welcome back to Movie Monday! Movie Monday is a feature on my blog where I compare and discuss books and their movie or television adaptation! Today I’m discussing the 2004 movie, Christmas with the Kranks based off the book, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.

Hey everyone!  Today I’m participating in the blog tour, Regal Reads, in honor of Regal Hearts: Season One being released in paperback! I’m super excited about this post today, because not only am I sharing an extra book review this week, but I also get to be a little extra creative.  The lovely Livy Jarmusch came up with some super creative tour ideas, and they were all so fun and imaginative! I just… Read More

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Pages: 362 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy/Paranormal Published by: Disney-Hyperion (Sept. 5, 2017) Summary Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor… Read More

Title: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle Pages: 357 Genres: YA, Magical Realism, Mystery Published by: Kathy Dawson Books (Aug. 8, 2017) Summary If you’re not careful, you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost. One stormy summer in a small Irish town, things begin to disappear. It starts with trivial stuff—hair clips, house keys, socks—but soon it escalates to bigger things: a memory, a heart, a classmate. Olive can tell that… Read More

Title: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Pages: 408 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult Published by: Atria Books (May 7, 2013) Summary Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of… Read More

Title: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson Pages: 468 Genres: YA, Contemporary Published by: Simon & Schuster (May 8, 2012) Summary Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much… Read More