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#Booktube Talk | The Reading Habits Tag

#Booktube Talk | The Reading Habits Tag


Booktube Talk | The Reading Habits Tag

Hey, readers! Today, I’m coming to you with another tag. One that I haven’t previously done, but in this case, I was actually tagged in – yay! This is a switch from my usual ooo-a-new-tag-I’m-going-to-join-the-fun reaction.



Today, the incredibly talented Emilie from Create Explore Read tagged me to join The Reading Habits Tag. Thank you, Emilie. Of the 11 questions that form this tag, I’m answer all of them below and also answer some in my latest booktube video.

Let’s talk about my (boring) reading habits today with a series of questions all meant to discover said habits.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?  | Primarily, it’s curled up in my tiny corner of the couch. I used to read before bed too, but nowadays I get my best block of reading time in the morning, post breakfast and in that tiny corner of the couch.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? | Neither, actually. Despite the fact that I own a number of cute bookmarks (how cute are those magnetic bookmarks on Etsy?), generally I use a paperclip. Or I will use a random scrap of something – anything from a paper towel to a piece of paper.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? | Ideally I like to stop at the end of a chapter, but if I can’t, I try to make it to a chapter break.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading? | No. Maybe I used to have a drink while reading, but nowadays I save my cup (or cups as may be the case currently) of Café Mocha for my computer and writing work. If ever I do have something it’d be a glass of iced tea (summer) or a Mocha (winter).

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? | Neither one. I used to listen to music, but I no longer seem to be able to considerate if the TV is on, which is why I like the blissful silence.

6. One book at a time or several at once? | Because of the type of reader I am, I really should only read one at a time… and I know this. But that doesn’t stop me from reading multiple books – at times. Right now I think I’m only reading one. And that should be a lesson to keep to that credence.

7. Reading at home or everywhere? | Generally, I only read at home. That said, of course, anytime I head out the door, I have a book. One never knows if you’ll have a wait ahead of you.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? | In my head. I’ve been told it’s a good idea to read your own work aloud, but that isn’t something I’ve ever given a chance.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? | Not as I presently read, no. I think I have in the past, but in recent years, I play the “good” reader.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? | I like them to be “new” look (call it the shallow part of my who likes a pretty bookshelf), but that said, I don’t baby my books. On the flip side, I don’t do anything to purposely damage them, but books are meant to be read, and that means broken spines and curled edges. This is the sign of a well-loved and read story.

11. Do you write in your books? | No! In fact, I don’t think I can remember a time I wrote in my books… unless it was my name on the first page as a kind of “please return to” purpose.
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That’s a wrap for the blog’s portion of The Reading Habits Tag. What fun it was, too. Again, many thanks to Emilie for thinking of Finding Wonderland for this one. The questions are sure fun, so if you’d like to join in, please do! I didn't tag anyone this go-round because I was editing (as usual) down to the wire (of my planned publication date), but if any of you wish to jump in, circle back here and leave your blog post links – you know I’d love to read your answers.

Tell me about your reading habits; do any of these apply to you? Have you have been guilty of any of them? Share all the bookish thoughts down below.

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Colorful and Fast-Paced MCU World in Thor’s Third Adventure

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Colorful and Fast-Paced MCU World in Thor’s Third Adventure


Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Colorful and Fast-Paced MCU World in Thor’s Third Adventure

This fangirl may be upset over the new direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but so far this hasn’t stopped me from visiting the worlds in which MCU heroes live. The latest solo outing for Thor is all about an epic cinematic scale. Somehow, despite the eccentric scenes, it works wonders for Thor’s world. Let’s take a closer look at Thor: Ragnoark


Despite a clever rouse, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) knows something is not right in his world, Asgard. Having just returned home from successfully defeating a fire demon, Thor is ready for another fight. This go-round, the fight is about confronting his “father.” Turns out, Thor's supposition is right when, finally, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) reveals himself to be masquerading as the King. Knowing that something called Ragnarok is about to threaten his home, Thor demands Loki take him to their father.

FILM REVIEW | Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Redemption,and a Future Foreshadowed

With the help of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), they find a weary Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Before he leaves his sons behind to carry on his legacy, Odin warns them of the war to come, a war spearheaded by none other than the sister neither brother knew they had.

Hela (Cate Blanchett) is fierce, and stronger than her father. Her strength comes from Asgard, which strengthens her the longer she remains at its helm. Annoyed by this turn of events, Thor must set aside his battle plan to return Asgard to its former glory when he becomes stuck on planet, where he enlists the help of a mysterious bounty hunter (Tessa Thompson).

As is the case with each Marvel film, I saw this one late in the game. In fact, the wait for the DVD seemed especially long though I suspect this was because I was so anxious to see it. By the time the DVD did make its way to store shelves, the enthusiasm had cooled. But I still popped my disc (because, yes I’m old-fashioned like this) into my Bluray player, settled in and let myself be swept into the world that is Ragnarok.


This world Marvel invites us into is VERY different than any MCU world we’ve seen until now. Part of me basks in its unique premise and vision, while another is cowering in my fangirl corner because of the foreshadowing it implies. For a Marvel film, this one is basically, all about the comedy. Sure, there are some “tense” action sequences, but overall, ‘Ragnarok’ retains a hold on the funny bone, and it’s this that looms large over the franchises future. Proceeding the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, which is rumored to be very dark (think death!), I wonder if the writer’s gave fans this comedic installment before thrusting us into the depths of fangirl devastation. Whether the theory is accurate or not, it’s still going to be an adjustment.

For now, we'll go back to Thor: Ragnarok, and try to look at it as a solo outing for Thor’s story. In this lens, ‘Ragnarok’ is insanely good. Far more than I could anticipate. From the opening moments to the victorious end, I was giggling over the setup of the film, and how the script catered to Thor’s sense of humor. The cast and writer’s seemed to have a good time with this story even with Blanchett’s formidable enemy. This is something I appreciate far beyond anything else the producers and writers could have added to this film.

So much has happened since I last saw you! I lost my hammer, like yesterday, so that's still fresh. Then I went on a journey of self-discovery. Then I met you.
The characters are all fabulous, and for once (though this won’t remain true) Loki doesn’t annoy me to death. Blanchett’s addition is cunning and creepy, a villain and woman without hesitation or a soul. Thompson’s character is also a fun addition, whom I’m glad didn’t form a romantic attachment to Thor (no matter the romantic in me, this is wise). Seeing a cameo by Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange is fantastic (I may or may not have almost squealed when he showed up!), though I missed Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and minority or not, I really miss Jane (Natalie Portman). Which story teller thought it was a good idea to break up this Marvel couple? I don’t approve – especially after ‘Dark World,’ in which this pair seemed to work out many of their relationship wrinkles.


Despite the more lighthearted nature of the picture (in an over reaching way), there is still plenty of layers to this film. Whether it’s catching up with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffulo) or experiencing Thor’s emotions at discovering as sister, and having to fight for his world, it’s a roller-coaster. (Side note: the scenes with Bruce and Thor are also hilarious!) The sci-fi and action sequences – which are sometimes one and the same, are brilliant as is the music that underscores it all. Seriously, the score is epic!

Whatever happens in ‘Infinity War,’ it’s films like this that remind me why Marvel is, in my book, THE best in the superhero game. How the story blends its primary genre (sci-fi action film) with its humor is brilliant. It’s for this reason alone I’ve been such a devoted Marvel fan. They know how to, and more importantly understand, capture comedy and balance it off the journey of their characters. It’s these cinematic experiences I’ll remember best about the universe, and the ones I’ll revisit the most.

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. See the disclosure page for details.) You can purchase Thor: Ragnarok on DVD and Bluray or own/rent digitally on Amazon Video.

Content: there is the standard sci-fi action sequences that result in injuries, or sometimes death (nothing graphic). There may be a few minor profanities or innuendo. The film is rated PG13.) 

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Waiting on Wednesday | Edition Fifteen

Waiting on Wednesday | Edition Fifteen


Waiting on Wednesday | Fifteenth Edition

 Hello, readers and followers! Happy (almost) Wednesday. Welcome. It's another Wednesday, which means there's another fun meme making the blogging rounds. Today's feature is all about the books we're "Waiting On" with Can't Wait Wednesday. A meme Finding Wonderland occasionally takes part in. 

Organized by the lovely Tressa of Wishful Endings, here's another edition of Can't Wait Wednesday.



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.)
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Today, the spotlight is placed on an upcoming indie novel. The book is penned by author extraordinaire Tammy L. Gray. Though this book doesn't release until July (which is actually a pleasant surprise since I assumed in the aftermath of her March release, it'd be a while before there was a new novel by her), I simply had to spotlight it. The other reason I choose to feature this one (even several months prior to its release) is that I found out last night of this novel's existence. The excitement cannot be contained. 

Currently, I am reading book one in this duo, Until I Knew Myself, and while I'm thoroughly enjoying it, it's frustrating because I have to keep setting it aside in favor of INSPY or other reads. Ugh. Needless to say, I'm so ready to return to this emotional story about a group of friends.  

THE TRUTH BETWEEN US
Author: Tammy L. Gray  | Publisher: Indie Published 
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: June 2018

Nine years to win her. Three years to love her. And one decision that destroyed it all. 

April Duncan was raised with three clear truths: the family name is absolute, ambition and success rule over every emotion, and love always comes with strings attached. Image was everything in her carefully crafted world... until the mirror cracked. 

Sean Taylor was April's best friend, the one man who taught her it was okay to let her guard down and to rely on someone. She trusted him. She loved him. Which made his deception the darkest kind of cruelty. 

Now, nearly a year later, she’s ready to leave her failed engagement in the past and get back her life and her estranged family, even if it means dating a man solely for his connections. She’ll never again choose love over loyalty. 

Sean has spent his entire life breaking barriers, facing challenges, and never giving up. Until one impossible choice destroyed his future and left him no option but to flee from the woman who annihilated his heart. 

Now he’s back in Bentwood and determined to make her hear the truth and rebuild the trust he shattered. But April has become a mere shell of the woman who claimed his heart long ago. 

Winning her back is more than just seizing a victory, because if he fails… the girl he’s loved for a lifetime will disappear forever. 

The Truth Between Us is the second book in the Bentwood series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended that you begin with book one to get the full experience among this tight group of family and friends.  - Goodreads

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Comment down below with your thoughts (have you read Tammy's books? what did you feature today? what Indie books do you like? do you like to read contemporaries over the summer months?), Waiting on / Can't Wait Wednesday blog links or anything else bookish. I'd look forward to chatting all things bookish with you.

I'll be glad to visit your blogs, too - but it might take me a week to circle around. Still, I look forward to visiting, and... 

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#Bookstagram Challenge | Wishful Wonder May 2018

#Bookstagram Challenge | Wishful Wonder May 2018


Hello happy readers and fellow bookworm friends. It's that time again. Time to again present another photo challenge. So get that camera ready... today I'm popping in to share all the details of another bookstagram-y challenge. Without further ago, here's the fifth "Wishful Wonder" challenge of 2018.


If you have ideas for this challenge or suggestions, please let me know in the comments or on Instagram - or if you'd ever like to be a co-host. I'm open to new possibilities.

Pressed for time? Not sure a bookstagram challenge is for you? Below I give a spiel hoping to convince you otherwise.

+ If you’re pressed for time to participate in daily challenges, first and foremost, while we love it when you do, there’s no bookstagram 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 to build your "brand" in the book community, joining a challenge is an excellent way to do this.They say, Instagram is where it's at. 
+ 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!

\\\\\ You're invited to join May 2018's #WishfulWonder Challenge.


Hopefully everything is self explanatory, but if you have any questions about the prompts, just ask.

We’d love to see your pictures, so be sure to tag us with the usual, #WishfulWonder hashtag. Also, feel free to share this.

As we do every month, we extend our thanks to everyone who has joined our challenges. We're having so much fun browsing our tag, and appreciate your creativity and time. (If we haven't clicked that heart on your photos and/or commented, it's not because we won't, it's simply due to time restraints - summer always seems busy. BUT please know I enjoy browsing your photos, and sooner or later I will find them with that #WishfulWonder or for specific March #WishfulWonderMay18 tag.)

We'd also LOVE your feedback on favorite prompts. Drop a comment down below. ♥
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Happy day, Book Nerdigans. Join us in our fun, bookish endeavors - we look forward to chatting with you.
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Top Ten Tuesday | 6 Series I Still Haven’t Read (aka The Top Ten Tuesday Topic I Almost Didn't Join!)

Top Ten Tuesday | 6 Series I Still Haven’t Read (aka The Top Ten Tuesday Topic I Almost Didn't Join!)


Top Ten Tuesday | 6 Series I Still Haven’t Read (aka The Top Ten Tuesday Topic I Almost Didn't Join!)

OK, so here's the deal. Originally my plan was to skip over this week’s topic. Why? Well, because it’s always so much easier to have a topic given to us. Or that’s my opinion. But then I decided it was too much fun to talk about all the bookish things, so here we go. Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday blog post is ready for all the bookworm fun.

That Artsy Reader Girl April 17: Freebie


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So, today my topic is kind of boring, but at the same time, it still celebrates books, so what could be better? The specifics of my “freebie” topic are popular series (on my bookshelf) I’ve still not read. These poor book pretties sit patiently on my shelf acting as dust gatherers rather than active stories that come alive when read. But one thing they do accomplish? They look pretty on my bookshelf!

With all that said, here are six series I’ve not read. Let’s take a look.
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1: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Despite the mixed reviews for this series, it’s still one I’d like to read. I have the bind up novella collection, plus the three full-length novels. Now I have to give the series a chance and see if it’s one I’ll enjoy. Goodreads

the Series on Amazon: Red Queen | Glass Sword | King's Cage | Preorder War Storm



2: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman | Though this one technically doesn’t fit today’s freebie prompt (because it’s only a duo), I included it, so here it is. Plus, it IS a duo I’m really interested in, not only because it sounds unique, but also because it’s in the YA historical genre, which is one I don’t normally read. Goodreads


3: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Aww, this series sounds SO cute and good and 100% like it’ll be a “me” series. Sadly, I’ve only read about a fourth of the first book (had to put it aside because of review books). But with the film adaptation premiering this summer, now seems as good a time as any to BINGE the series. What are your thoughts? Goodreads

the Series on Amazon: To All the Boys I've Loved Before | PS: I Still Love You | Forever and Always, Lara Jean



4: Thunder Road by Katie McGarry | Katie is an author whose books I’ve not yet read. But they do sound really compelling and interesting. I own the first two books in this series, so there’s no legit excuse methinks. What’s your favorite novel by Katie? Goodreads

the Series on Amazon: Nowhere But Here | Walk the Edge | Long Walk Home

5: Wings of Glory by Sarah Sundin | Sarah’s fiction is historical story magic. I’ve enjoyed each one I’ve read. Only recently did I finally complete my collection of this harder-to-find (paperback) series, so now I’ve zero reasons not to read this trilogy. A series of novels I suspect is marvelous, as all of her books are. Goodreads

the Series on Amazon: A Distant Melody | A Memory Between Us | Blue Skies Tomorrow 


6: Noble Legacy by Susan May Warren | As Susan is another favorite author, I’ve no good answer as to “why” I haven’t read this series. My mother read it and liked it, blogging friends have enjoyed it, plus it sounds like the heroes are pretty darn swoony. Note to self: read the Noble Legacy series! Goodreads

the Series on Amazon: Reclaiming Nick | Taming Rafe | Finding Stephanie | Kindle Bundle (all 3)

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Tell me, which of these have you read or do you want to read? What series are sitting on your shelf that you really want to read? Tell me all about your bookish need-to-read titles! I’d love to chat with you about all the bookish fun.

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

PS: behind the scenes talk - this post is likely to be all kinds of blogger messy since, at the eleventh hour I changed its title. Question for myself: WHY do you think this is a good idea!? I'll blame it on my initial thought I was going to skip this week.

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Fangirl Confessions | The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Five Years Later

Fangirl Confessions | The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Five Years Later


Today, we're throwing it back to one of the most popular Youtube serials ever. Or it is in my experience. That pop culture series happens to by The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Fangirl Confessions | The Lizzie Bennet Diaries


If you've never seen it, you'd be in the same place I was in at the height of the vlog-style web series. Despite its popularity, and the fact that everyone (or it seemed so) on my Twitter timeline was gushing over its charms, I refused to watch it. For no reason in particular except that I didn't really want to be pulled into another fangirl addiction. 

Time passed, and still I didn't click the big red "play" button. Until, finally I did. 

The rest, as they say, is history. I was addicted. 

(Also, it's worth noting, I still swoon when I see a certain gif with the hashtag #Dizzie.)



Needless to say, following that first episode (which is way too short!), I binge-watched the series, and even wrote a fangirl post (way back in 2013) in the aftermath of those first few episodes that shares my impressions of the series. A love that only grew as I continued on with the series. On March 28th of this year, the series marks five years since it concluded. Five years. Where does time go? And also, could this cast please reprise their roles for a kind of reunion series? This is a thing in today's entertainment culture. Why can't it also apply to this series?

In celebration of the series five years later Twitter campaign party, over on Silver Petticoat, I remember the series, and one reason why it's so missed. Hint: it may or may not involve Mr. Darcy. 

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can read (purchase) the novelization of this series through Amazon Kindle or purchase a paperback copy of the The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet on Amazon. Or you can buy a copy of The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet.



You can read a snippet of the article below, and click through the links below to read the post in full. Tell me, what do you miss most about this series? Have you seen it? Do you wish it'd make a return? Comment all the fangirl thoughts below!


THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES: Five Years Later


It seems hard to believe, but six years ago, on April 9, 2012, a little Youtube Vlog series debuted.   The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

At the time, the social media scene was alight with anticipation for each new installment. And while numerous bookworm friends were gushing over this web series (spun off of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), I abstained. Months went by and still, I refused to be sucked into that pop culture vortex. And, in fact, it wasn’t until months after that first installment until finally, I caved.I hit the big red arrow button on its Youtube channel and settled in for the first installment of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat →


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Once Upon a Prince (2018) – Rachel Hauck’s Quirky Romance Adapted to Film

Once Upon a Prince (2018) – Rachel Hauck’s Quirky Romance Adapted to Film


Once Upon a Prince (2018) – Rachel Hauck’s Quirky Romance Adapted to Film

Years ago, I read a novel titled Once Upon a Prince. I ended said reading of novel with a happy grin and a light heart. The quirky, lovable romance inside was 100% “Rissi captnip,” and remained one of my most fondly remembered novel for many years. More recently, news broke that said book was to be adapted for a Hallmark Channel original film. Now, as most of the Hallmark titles eventually do, it’s time to chat about their latest adaptation, Once Upon a Prince.


Life has gone from happy to disappointing in the span of one afternoon for Susanna Truit (Megan Park). Her boyfriend of many years has decided they are right for one another leaving Susanna, who put her life “on hold” for him, to wonder what’s next. A new friendship blossoms when she unexpectedly meets Nate Kenneth (Jonathan Keltz), a handsome stranger (a stranger with a British accent!) currently staying in their small Georgia town.

When the Truit family finds they are short-handed at their family business, Nate steps in to help fill the void. As Susanna and Nate work together at her family nursery, an unexpected bond forms between them. But when Susanna discovers Nate is actually a royal prince on holiday before his coronation, things go from simple and happy to complicated and heartbreak.

All the heart eye emojis could be placed in this text line, and it’d pretty much sum up my thoughts on this adaptation. Though I’d already read this novel back when it was first released, I did enjoy a re-read prior to watching the film, and am glad I did. Of course, what a re-read does is highlight the changes, but it also served to remind me why this story is a nostalgic favorite.

Of course, those differences between book and film script do stack up. One of the most notable changes is the impact the dissolving of Susanna’s relationship has on her. In the novel, this shift in her life is a big heartbreak – just not in the way she imagines in the beginning. Still, that emotional impact on Book Susanna makes an impression on the reader, and sets the tone for her future relationship. The second notable change is the absence of Nate’s brother, Stephen. Nonetheless, despite the changes, the film is still darling.


The cast is all good in their respective roles though I will confess, there may have been someone else I'd have liked see take on the role of Susanna. I feel like, staying with the Hallmark family, someone like Brittany Britstow, Katrina Bowden, Ali Liebert or perhaps even Andrea Brooks may have suited the part a bit better. That said, Megan does a nice job with the character, and of course the American born Jonathan Keltz (complete with authentic accent) suits the role of Nate wonderfully. Limited though her screen time is, I adore that Avery’s role is kept in the film, and can see perhaps someday a sequel telling her story. (Hint, hint, Hallmark. *smile*)

Locations are also pretty. From the well-known (to those who’ve read the novel) “Lover’s Oak” tree to the grandeur of the castle, the sets are scene or moment appropriate. All this “pro column” material and still I haven’t mentioned the best scene or moment from the film. One of the best first dance scenes ever happens in this film. Not the one at the ball (though it isn’t too shabby), but the scene that happens prior to the coronation ball. Old-fashioned, sweet and beautiful, my fangirl heart couldn’t get over this magical movie moment.

If you enjoyed the novel, or even if you haven’t read it, Once Upon a Prince is a must-see. To those of you who haven’t read the book, pick up a copy and discover the original “once upon a time” of this story. It’s worth enjoying as is this cute TV adaptation of a memorable novel.

(This post does contain affiliate links, which means – at no extra cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase through a link. Read the disclosure page for details.) You can read (purchase) Once Upon a Prince through Amazon Kindle or purchase a paperback copy of the novel on Amazon.

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press
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Home By Spring (2018) – From Southern Roots to LA, Hometown Sweethearts Reunite in Spring

Home By Spring (2018) – From Southern Roots to LA, Hometown Sweethearts Reunite in Spring


Home By Spring (2018) – From Southern Roots to LA, Hometown Sweethearts Reunite in Spring

The second “reunion romance” story to air in Hallmark’s Spring Fever line up, this sweet hometown story is one of my recent favorites. There is something compelling about the premise of Home By Spring, and of course, the cast and cute rom-com ploys only help endearing it.


Dreams for Loretta (Poppy Drayton) reach beyond what her small Louisiana hometown can accommodate. This is why she decides to accept a prestigious position with a LA event coordinator whose name is widely respected.

But to do this, Loretta has to leave behind not only her family, but also her longtime boyfriend, Wayne (Steven R. McQueen). Two years later, and Loretta, while working as an assistant, and covering a party, is mistaken for her boss. Before she can correct the potential client, Loretta finds herself working for this client, a client who’s looking to engage a firm for his eventual wedding. The catch for this job is the work brings her back to the small Louisiana town she left two years earlier.

As she works in her small hometown, Loretta’s perception of her dreams begins to change. Before she can determine what her changing heart means, she must first untangle these little white lies.

For some reason, this was one of the Spring Fever films I was most excited to see. The reason is one I cannot put my finger on. As it would happen, this was good intuition considering how well I enjoyed this one. Perhaps this is owing to the fact that I know the types of stories I like best, but whatever the reason, Home By Spring is a lovely little story to enjoy. Rich with genuine emotions and conflicts, the story plays well on screen not to mention, it flows really well.

There are many reasons why I so enjoyed this script. One such reason is the setting. Beautiful and wide open, I loved the majestic scenes shot in nature, and the organic backdrops this inspires. Rather than being confined to an indoor set, this film utilizes its Southern (story) settings beautifully. From the beautiful and lush trees to the small town charms, the cinematography adds much personality to this film. The sprawling bed and breakfast home is also stunning, and makes for an elegant setting that gives off old-fashioned vibes.

This leads me into the cast, all of whom are fantastic. Fun movie trivia fact, the leading lady, Poppy Drayton was in the original When Calls the Heart film where she played the part of Elizabeth Thatcher. Of course, the role is now filled by Erin Krakow in the TV show. But it’s fun to rediscover these kinds of connections. (Some of you may also recognize her from The Shannara Chronicles.) Drayton is an excellent fit for this role, and she plays well off of leading man Steven McQueen. Though I’ve never seen him in anything, some TV fans may know him from The Vampire Diaries or Chicago Fire. Together, I thought they were really cute. There isn’t a spark fueled banter, but they do share a sweet connection that makes their relationship easy to root for.

Given the network this airs on, Home By Spring is likely to enchant many a viewer. With its swoony romance and cute rom-com antics, this is another film you’ll not want to miss.  

Photos: Hallmark Channel
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Waiting on Wednesday | Fourteenth Edition

Waiting on Wednesday | Fourteenth Edition


Waiting on Wednesday | Fourteenth Edition

 Hello, readers and followers! Happy Wednesday. Welcome. It's another Wednesday, which means there's another fun meme making the blogging rounds. Today's feature is all about the books we're "Waiting On" with Can't Wait Wednesday. A meme Finding Wonderland occasionally takes part in. 

Organized by the lovely Tressa of Wishful Endings, here's another edition of Can't Wait Wednesday.



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.)
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Today, upcoming YA lit novels are in the spotlight. Yes, I purposefully mention novels (plural) because I'm featuring two books today. Partially because I couldn't choose (we all encounter this dilemma, right?), but also because it's been a while since last I took part in this Wednesday bookworm approved meme. 

STAY SWEET
Author: Siobhan Vivian  | Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, YA Fiction
Publication Date: April 24 2018

A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind… - Goodreads

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ALWAYS NEVER YOURS
Author: Emily WibberleyAustin Siegemund-Broka  | Publisher: Speak (Penguin Books)
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, YA Fiction
Publication Date: May 2018
Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. 

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. 

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story? - Goodreads


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Comment down below with your thoughts (have you read Siobhan's books? what did you feature today? do you like to read lighthearted contemporaries over the summer months?), Waiting on / Can't Wait Wednesday blog links or anything else bookish. I'd look forward to chatting all things bookish with you.

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