Top Ten Tuesday | 15 Books With Summer Waves and Sandy Beaches on the Cover (Mostly)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer is nearly upon us, which means one thing. It’s time to break out the celebratory summer-y things that make summer, well, essentially summer. We’re getting a jump start on that task with this upcoming holiday weekend that is, the unofficial start of summer.

Broke and Bookish May 23 | Summer Reads Freebie - Broke and Bookish

For most of us, summer might be a slower time of year when it comes to reading. For me, it’s the same pace. Since I don’t travel (#Landlocked) and don’t ordinarily do anything any more exciting than any other season, I keep to my usual reading habits. Ideally this should mean I recommend books on this list. Meaning talk about the books I’ve actually read. Alas, that isn’t what today’s list is all about.
While there may be one or two (Edit: There's more than that!) on this list that I have read (and LOVED!), most of these were chosen for their aesthetics which translate to beach-y waves and summer vibes. Besides, we all need plenty of these, right??

Let’s have a peek at what books made the list. (All are sure to give you strong summer-y feels.)


1. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks | Another series I fully intended to read loong ago. Can you get much more "summer" than a cover with a mermaid on its jacket?? Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | Just recently bought this one and it sounds really cute. Here’s hoping this YA spin on You’ve Got Mail hits all the right keys. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | This one is my most “out there” pick because its design is dark, but how could I not add it?? It’s beautiful plus it does feature a seascape. Kind of. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han | I've had every intention to read a novel by Jenny Han for eons now. Here's hoping I finally nudge myself to do just that. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones | Say what?? There's a novel by Jenny B. Jones (with this much distance between its release and today!) that I haven't read?? Shocking I know. Amazon | Goodreads 

6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | Cannot wait to read this one because it’s Morgan Matson, and despite the fact that it’s an older title from her, I’m still anticipating it. Amazon | Goodreads
7. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | Is this one a beach-y scene? No, but come one. Can you depict summer vibes any better than this cute bit of romantic adorable?? Amazon | Goodreads

BOOKS on my SHELF with SUMMER VIBES (That I’ve Read!)

1. and 2. Barefoot Summer and Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter | Not only do I 100% adore these novels (yes, I have actually read them both!), the setting the respective cover’s depict are also pretty. Dreamy and well suited to the story inside their pages. Denise on Goodreads

3. and 4. The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson | Pretty beaches, lighthouses and an island (Prince Edward to be precise). These books meet all the requirements of today's topic! Liz on Goodreads

5. and 6. I’ll be Yours and There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones | My reader and fangirl love of Jenny’s work has been well documented. We’ll leave it at that. Jenny on Goodreads

7. Longing by Karen Kingsbury | Don't remember much about this book, but look at the pretty orange vibes of summer! Amazon | Goodreads 

8. When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren | This novel is SO sweet, plus part of it takes place in Hawaii. Amazon | Goodreads

*Video publishes tomorrow afternoon

...before you go...

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This brings to a close yet another Top Ten Tuesday. How did you spin this week’s topic?? Comment down below with your thoughts on these books (which should I read first??) or their cover art. Don’t forget to leave YOUR Top Ten Tuesday links. I’d love to come by and visit your corner of the web.

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Bookstagram Challenge | June 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hello, my book loving friends. Another month is nearly upon us. You all know what this means! My blog-y friend Tressa (of Wishful Endings) and I are pleased to announce we have put together another Bookstagram challenge. (Can you tell we're lovin' this bookstagram thing??)

As is always the case, thanks so much to everyone who has joined our challenges thus far. We're having so much fun, and appreciate your creativity and time. Whether you join our challenges or share them for more exposure on your IG pages, thanks for all the help in spreading the word. Know we're grateful. Now, onto the other Bookstagram-y things, my usual habit (you know I *have* to share some of these creative beauties, right??), below I'm spotlighting a few photos that I've loved from our May challenge.

Next, yes, I am going to indulge in my usual "spiel" trying to tempt you to join us.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no rule that says you must post every day. (Not that you needed my permission to say this, but I thought I'd put this out there.)
+ If you think you can’t participate because of it being “too much work,” try taking a handful or several days’ worth of photos for an hour. (This is generally what I try to do, which is nice and I often find I have a little “stock pile” of Instagram photos as a result.)  
+ If you're looking to meet other Bookstagrammers (people in the book community on Instagram) and bloggers, or build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this. 
+ If you don’t think our #WishfulWonder challenge looks like a good fit for you, there are TONS of challenges on Instagram. A brief #Bookstagram or some variation of a #BookChallenge hashtag search will show this. 
+ Best of all, the best thing about these challenge (well, aside from the people. And the books.) is the creative outlet. You develop your OWN style of photos, which is what makes everyone's account so unique! I've seen simplistic (in terms of prop use, etc.) photos that are stunning and I've seen more elaborate shots that compliment the book and suit the style of the bookstagrammer. Plus, if you're like me, and you love creative outlets, this is an excellent way to do this. 
+ Still not convinced? Go ahead and follow our #WishfulWonder tag on Instagram or Twitter to be inspired!

Everything for this month is self-explanatory (or we hope so!). Introducing our June 2017 #WishfulWonder Challenge.

If you have any questions about the prompts, please feel free to ask! Again the rules are simple. We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Swing by our May Challenge intro post to vote in our poll, or drop a comment down below. 

Happy day, Book Nerdigans. Join us in our fun, bookish endeavors - we look forward to chatting with you.
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

True to You by Becky Wade – A Complex, Emotional Romance Becomes a Literary 'Work of Art'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author Provided – thank you, Becky
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Series: Bradford Sisters, 1
Rating: ★★★★★

Safety to Nora Bradford means being tucked away in her small cottage home, surrounded by her tomes or snuggled in for a marathon of her favorite British TV show. You see, her heart has been broken by the man she thought she’d spend forever with. Since then, she prefers to spend time with the men of fiction (particularly in the company of her favorite British hero). Her life turns upside down when, after being dragged to a hostage training situation as a volunteer, Nora is swept off her feet – literally.

No nonsense John Lawson is a former Navy SEAL, and all-around American hero. In civilian life he runs a successful company that trains personal for emergency situations. As an adopted child, devastating news drives John to seek information on his biological family, which means Nora’s profession as a genealogist makes her the perfect hire.

As the two work closely on John’s history, their relationship shifts. John begins to feel something for the quirky redhead, and Nora falls- hard. As these opposites attract, they must find a way past complications… and secrets that might not heal.

Writing a review about a novel one doesn’t connect to is as difficult as writing a review of a novel you feel is far and away superior. The former is what reviewers universally dread, but it’s the latter that I agonize and worry most over. True to You falls into the latter category. With every new book Becky Wade releases, she gets better and better (though I will admit, I still have a soft spot for Meant to Be Mine – and forever will). This novel, which launches her new series, is without question, her most complex yet.

It’s not just about the characters. It’s not just about the setting. It’s not just the emotional payoff. It’s all of these things and more working in unison to create a kind of magical storytelling all readers long for. The heartbreak, the joy, the giggles, the fangirling (can I just mention how epic the fangirl-ing is? Also, Nora is sure to be a kindred spirit to all bookish people), and the romance is a perfect symphony that sparkles. Honestly, I cannot think of anything I would change or alter about this story. It strikes the proper chords, and furthermore, it finds this harmony at all the right times.
“What I've learned is that the past might be challenging and the future might be unsure. And that's okay. The present is all we're given, anyway. When we get to the future, God will be there. He'll supply whatever we need for each day.” - Becky Wade
Though affixed in the contemporary genre, True to You “feels” like a novel that fits neatly and comfortably with the classic literature club. It’s a new kind of classic that aligns with Jane Austen-esque storytelling. It’s classy, sassy and swoony in one fell swoop! There’s nothing shabby about these pages. Whether it’s Nora’s bookish, vintage loving soul (who happens to love Richard Armitage’s Mr. Thornton – girl, I relate!) or John’s true nature, and true hero (or more simply, “real man”) persona, this story is beautiful.

GIVEAWAY | Meet a Bookish Heroine, and a Detective Duo!

From its “first impression” (that cover though!) to the first kiss and final page, this is the sort of story you want to go on. It lingers with me still leaving me bereft over the wait for its sequel. The story is essentially Wade (as we’ve come to expect from her), but she has a new voice given that each chapter ends in texts, a letter or phone conversation. This a carryover from her prequel novella, Then Came You (which I do recommend you read first). This is all a testament to the growth this author has experienced, and makes True to You a tale all the more worth journeying through. ♥

Synopsis: Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another. – Goodreads
Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon),

Sincere thanks to the author and publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book.

Book Giveaways | Meet a Bookish Heroine, and a Detective Duo!

Hey, hey, readers and friends. Welcome to Finding Wonderland. Today, I'm featuring two amazing stories with two little giveaway features.

One is a fabulous contemporary romance by a dynamic contemporary author about a book-loving (and respecting!) heroine. Is there anything better?

One is a breezy, witty historical novel penned by a witty Canadian author set in the 1900s Toronto in the styling of Sherlock Holmes and Murdoch Mysteries. (This book also happens to be one I intended to give away way back when, but since the INPSYs delayed my promotion of it, I decided to pair it with this giveaway.)

Either one of these sound like your kind of read? Read onward to learn how you can win a copy!

Here's what you can win.

- TRUE to YOU by Becky Wade (US Only)


A novel by Rachel McMillan, your choice. (International, Kindle)

- The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Review)
- A Lesson in Love and Murder (Review)
- The White Feather Murders

TRUE to YOU | Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite 

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another. – Goodreads 

Amazon | Goodreads

(If you've never entered a giveaway on Finding Wonderland, read on below for the rules.)
And now let's get the rule details out of the way. (If you're a pro in giveaway's around here, just skip to the good bit: the widget!)

Giveaway one (Becky Wade) is open to US Readers only. Giveaway two is open to all readers, so long as you accept a gifted KINDLE copy (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). I do ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it! 

Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The Giveaway ends May 25th Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

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Can't Wait / Waiting on Wednesday | Fifth Edition

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hello, readers and followers! As we do every Tuesday with Top Ten Tuesday, this day, we're joining the "Waiting On" fun with Can't Wait Wednesday! 

Back to today's bookish stuff. I'm linking up with my Bookstagram partner in crime, Tressa of Wishful Endings

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. (Find out more here.)

For today's meme, we turn the spotlight on the upcoming novel, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. This marks the first book in YA author Mary Weber's new duology. It sounds fierce, epic and plus, this cover!! What more is there to say?

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 6th 2017

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford. - Goodreads 

Amazon | Goodreads 


Comment down below with your thoughts, Waiting on / Can't Wait Wednesday blog links. I'd love to chat all things bookish with you. PS; come by tomorrow - there'll be giveaways! 

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A Lesson in Love and Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Detecting Duo Return

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Publisher: Harvest House
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Mystery
Series: Herringford and Watts, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

Life is changing for the intrepid detective Merinda Herringford. And she’s none too pleased about it. Her partner in crime and best friend, Jem Watts (now Deluca) is married to her dishy reporter Ray Deluca, and making every attempt to settle into domestic bliss. This leaves Merinda bereft but fighting to keep their normal. This means she continues to accept cases, pulling Jem into each one – much to the vexation of Ray!

Into all their lives walks a Mountie (resplendent in a red coat with gold buttons, of course) named Benny Citrone. Benny finds the Herringford and Watts duo's ad in the paper, and calls upon them in his quest to track down his cousin (a man with ill intent). Surprised that this duo is actually of the fairer sex, in time Benny realizes Jem and Merinda are a force to be reckoned with, but will these enthusiastic investigators find their man?

BOOK REVIEW | The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan - Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

Anytime you crack open the pages of a novel by Rachel McMillan, there’s one thing you’d best know: settle in for a fun ride. Inside these pages resides an easy, entertaining narrative with characters that work their way into your heart and remain embedded there. The second full length novel in this series is just as fast paced as its predecessor with an entirely new mystery for our curious investigators to explore.

Alongside their investigation, we also get to explore 1900s Toronto experienced through McMillan's perspective as only she can craft. Her fun prose and signature wit (particularly when it comes to Merinda’s personification) keeps the fast pace flowing, and holds its reader captive. Though these novels speed past at about 100 (give or take) pages less than the average novel, I love their shorter length. The story is “full” enough yet doesn’t give itself time to be bogged down with any filler or unnecessary material.

‘Love and Murder’ brings back all of the characters we love and also introduces us to a handsome Mountie who’s heroics impress a certain heroine. I loved seeing more of Jem’s marital bliss (or maybe not!), and the continued misadventures (and mess!) that is Merinda’s love life. The effortless way these characters walk into our lives is wonderful; they become real to us, and feel like old friends we’d sit down to have tea with.

With its storytelling rooted in the classics like Sherlock Holmes with plenty of the familiarity that is Murdoch Mysteries thrown in, this book is sure to charm cozy mystery aficionados. It’s sassy and best of all, leaves the readers anxious for more adventuring with Herringford, Watts and Co.

Synopsis: The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series. – Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday | Honoring Mom (aka Stories with Memorable Mother/Daughter - and Son! - Relationships)

Monday, May 15, 2017

The calendar may say her special day has passed, but today we are asked by the Broke and Bookish to feature an important person in our lives.

Brooke and Bookish May 16 | Mother's Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc. - Broke and Bookish 

Book Discussion | The Love Triangle Effect

Whether Mother’s Day has come and gone or not, every day should be a day we honor our mother’s. She’s one of the most important people in our lives, and an argument could be made that she’s our greatest champion. I know mine is. She’s the kind of person who supports, encourages and reminds me daily to never give up on my aspirations, and most of all, to strive to be more. (To learn and grow.)

Whether she realizes it or not, she helps me realize that no matter what we think we know, the learning never stops. She’s my confidante and the best person I know. As the song does from The Band Perry, it’s true I do, “Have the best and worst of her in me.” And if you know a mother-daughter relationship, the truth of this line is glaringly and unflinchingly real.

Thank you, Mom. For everything.

Since I, for some unknown reason, cannot think of many mother/daughter books, or books that have a strong mother/daughter bond, I’m mixing things up. On this list will be mothers and daughters from books, and TV shows. Now my next challenge? Let’s see if I can get to the golden “ten.”

(EDIT: I sure did.)

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Iconic and classic in every good sense of the word, who doesn't adore Marmee March and her four daughters? Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen | The Dashwood women are forgotten too often. Amazon | Goodreads

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman | I don't remember the relationship in the book (since it's been longer ago that I read it), but the film sticks out as being memorable. Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green | An emotional parent-child relationship (in YA lit) if ever there was one. This mother-daughter duo has more at stake than the normal bond, and it's one most of us cannot possibly relate to. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery | I know this might not be the "traditional" mother-daughter duo, but seriously, does it get better than Anne Shirley and Marilla? I'd argue no! Despite her "hardness," Marilla loves this orphaned red-headed spitfire of a girl better and deeper than any mother. Amazon | Goodreads

6. The Christiansen Family Series by Susan May Warren | While this bond isn't the "central" part of the story (in terms of the writing), the relationship this mother has with each one of her children (sons and daughters) is special.

7. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | I loved Caymen's relationship with her mother in this Kasie West novel.Though it's for more than just this reason, one of the most important is that there IS a mother in this YA novel. Too often parents are MIA in ya literature. Question is, why?? Amazon | Goodreads

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Do these two have serious issues? You bet. But for some reason I liked that Maddie's mom had a presence in this story. Too often YA parents aren't important and I appreciate that, no matter her obvious flaws, Nicola made Mrs. Whitteir the opposite. Amazon | Goodreads 

9. The Crawley Women from Downton Abbey (ITV) | Cora Crawley is one of the classiest women I've met on TV. Add to that her amazing daughters - Mary, Edith and Sybil, and you have a mother/daughter foursome that's difficult not to like.

10. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls (WB) | Yeah, you knew I'd add these two?? Right? *Wink*

*Publishes tomorrow afternoon

This brings us to another end for Top Ten Tuesday epicness! Tell me, which mother/daughter (or son!) duos do you love in fiction? Which have been meaningful to you? Introduce me to them. I'd love to meet more epic characters. Let's get our book worm talk on!

PS: Leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. I'd love to come by and visit. 

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Tulips in Spring (2016) – Bright and Cheery Hallmark Romantic Drama Finds Home

Though each one is a little bit different, one thing that we cannot accuse Hallmark of is lack of consistency. Through their many years on air, they’ve blossomed into a network so many of us love and furthermore, trust.

Making the right impression in her pitch is something Rose Newall (Fiona Gubelmann) cannot take for granted. She’s made preparations for this for weeks, hoping her boss will hand her the interior design of a high-end client. Rose lands the job, but not without stiff rules meted out by her perfectionist boss. Everything changes when a call from her mother sends Rose back home.

Home is a tulip farm located in Washington that’s been in her family for generations. Though she hasn’t been back since leaving for LA, nor spoken to her father since she left for college, the call of “home” is never far from Rose’s heart. As she helps run the tulip farm in preparation for their busiest season, sparks fly between her and her father’s financial advisor, Tom (Lucas Bryant) – a profession her father once distrusted. Along with Rose, everyone slowly finds their familiar rhythm again until sabotage threatens the family’s livelihood.

As is always true of Hallmark films, this one is adorable. (Yes, I will continue to say this because it’s a simple and truthful fact.) ‘Tulips’ aired as part of Hallmark’s 2016 “Spring Fling,” and it’s probably the most perfect “fit” for the campaign that I’ve seen. This is aided by the fields upon fields of beautiful tulips! Though we might not ordinarily notice the landscape the characters are inserted in, I loved how beautiful this one is. The bright colors and outdoor settings add textures, life and informs on its geography.

Of course, there is plenty other attributes, like its sweet romance. I loved Tom and Rose together. They have a sassy chemistry and banter that seems “easy” and natural. I also loved seeing two unfamiliar faces in the lead roles. As fun as it is to spot returning faces, sometimes a fresh-faced cast gives a story a new perspective which is what Tulips in Spring boasts. (You will recognize Bryant from Hallmark’s Summer Love.)

Be on the lookout for re-airings of this one on Hallmark Channel. It’s a springtime film sure to brighten anyone’s day. Plus, its signature, the “voice” all of this network’s originals has, storytelling and themes of family and “home” influence this script. Simply put, this is one flick worth a Saturday night in.⚘

Photos: Hallmark

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Contemporary YA Experiences 'Everything' For the First Time

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author: Nicola Yoon
PublisherDelacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House)
Source: Purchase
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The world is not a stage for 17-year-old Maddy. Instead of doing “normal,” Maddy is confined to her room and has been for the last 16 years. She has a disease that makes her allergic to, well, everything. Unable to have visitors never mind see the world, Maddy lives with her mother (a doctor) and the nurse who comes to monitor her condition daily. Then everything changes. He moves next door.

Olly is scared. His father is no role model, and yet his mother remains with him. He stays for the sake of his sister and mother. From the moment he spots Maddy in the window, Olly takes in interest in his sheltered neighbor. Through IM conversations and eventually, a meeting, this unlikely pair forge a friendship that takes them to unexpected places.

BOOK REVIEW | The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – Contemporary YA Full of Snark, Secrets and ‘Gilmore Girls’ Vibes

Those who read the YA market will know Nicola Yoon is a popular author. Most of what I’ve read in relation to her novels is complimentary, and I can see why. Her debut novel, Everything, Everything is a fragile thread that stitches together an equally delicate story that is sure to tug on your heartstrings.
“Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.” - Nicola Yoon
The story’s beginning and format is one of the most unique I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. A novel about a character who is allergic to everything (the world, people) and susceptible to everything (for more reasons than one) is an incredible challenge. Its outline and progression has the potential to become confining. In the hands of this author, no such complication arises. Instead of reading as boring, Everything, Everything blossoms into a narrative that challenges and fixes itself in our hearts. It’s a first, one person narrative yet even still, nothing gets stuck.

The one thing that may bother some readers, depending on your definition, is the ending. Or the prelude to the ending. For  me, it’s a beautiful juxtaposition that, yes, does pave some roads, but in no way erases them. Just because a clear(er) path is set forth in no way means everything comes up daisies. Yoon gives us a satisfactory conclusion without paining everything perfectly, and I loved that. The transition from devastation to hope feels real, and while the book does simply “end,” for me, there couldn’t have been better words or setting with which to end this.

With the film adaptation releasing May 19th, there is no better time to pick up Nicola Yoon’s debut. It’s charming and sweet; swoony and a little bit sassy, plus Olly and Maddy? They’re a sweet couple easy to “ship” and root for. Their relationship grows primarily from their notes to one another, and it works to the benefit of this format. Between the fun doodles and short chapters, Everything, Everything is a quick read that still feels “full.” In other words, it’s a story that will work its way into your heart. ♥

Content: There is some minor, commonplace language. Teens spend the night together; though there’s no misunderstanding they have slept together, the scene isn’t graphic. The content would earn a PG13 rating.

SynopsisMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. - Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday | A Girl and her Book Wishes for the Book Genie (aka This Should be a Thing)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hello, Top Ten Tuesday friends and readers! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, Finding Wonderland style. 

Broke and Bookish May 9 | Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist 
things you want to see more of in books -- tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS! - Broke and Bookish

So, today's topic reminds me a little too much of topics we've discussed last month. Those are:

April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book
April 25:  Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Despite this, I am still participating in Top Ten Tuesday. Sort of. 

In consideration of the posts (linked above) I decided not to put together an entirely new, full bang post today. Instead, I'm just putting a little rundown of the things I talk about in the April 18th and April 25th post, plus (because I cannot help myself - and I love talking all things bookish with you all, I do share three "new" things - meaning its not on either one of the previous lists), and invite you to take a look at those if you haven't already! 

Here we go!

1. New Author, Same Publisher | When I’m in my I-really-should-be-working-on-X, but-I-really-want-to-browse-Goodreads-or-Amazon mode, sometimes I run across new authors. When this happens, I look at the synopsis and publisher. If the former hooks me, and its from a publisher I read often, my curiosity scale level goes off the charts. 

New finds include a book from actress Bailee Madison (Blink), Sadhya Menon (Simon Pulse), and Joanna Davidson Palitano (Revell).

2. Love TrianglesAgain this is another thing that can be perfectly fine if written well. My greater pet peeve (outside the triangle) is when the girl is SO. DARN. WISHY-WASHY. But I’d like to save further dissection of this for a “discussion” post. 

Book Discussion | The Love Triangle Effect


1. Bookish (People) and Bloggers | Um, how awesome would it be to meet more character in our "line of work"?? *smile* Epic, right?? (What books have you read that feature these kinds of characters?? I want all the recommendations!)

2. Roaring 20s! (Time Period) | Apart from the contemporary genre, which is my favorite, I'd love to see more novels set in WWI and transitioning into the Roaring 20s. Since Downton Abbey, I'll confess, I love this time frame! It's so vibrant, and also marked a turning point in society. 
3. Timeline (One Day) | I've not read many books centered on one day, and sometimes I feel like it can be really restricting and limiting. BUT if done well or when centered around a "big event" (like a holiday or popular pop culture event), it might be really interesting.


How about all of you: What made your bookish wishlists this week? Have you read any great books with my topics that are well done, and interesting? Recommend them down below! Or chat all things bookish. Let's get our book talk on. 

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