What fiction do I spy today?

Check these lovely books out…
Which one will you pick up today to read?

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again. 

When Eva de Courtney kidnaps Godric Fleming, her only plan is to stop the irritating earl from persecuting her beloved brother. But once she has the intriguing rogue in the confines of her carriage, she longs to taste the passion she senses simmering beneath his rugged exterior. Her forbidden plan is foiled, however, when Godric turns the tables, taking her hostage instead—and demanding they marry at once…
 
The last thing Godric wants to do is make the fiery, impulsive Eva his wife, despite her delectable mouth and alluring innocence. He knows from experience that nothing is forever, not even love. But honor demands he do right by the lady, no matter how stubbornly Eva tries to hold on to her independence. And while the road to the Scottish border is beset with danger, Godric’s greatest challenge is to keep his hands—and his heart—from his captivating bride-to-be…

Teddy Phillips never thought she would still be spending every day surrounded by toys at almost thirty years old. But working at a vintage toy store is pretty much all she has going on in her life after being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend. The one joy that she has kept is her not-so-guilty pleasure: Everett’s Place, a local children’s show hosted by Everett St. James, a man whom Teddy finds very soothing . . . and, okay, cute.

Teddy finds the courage to write to him, feeling slightly like one of the children who write to him on his show. He always gives sound advice and seems like he has everything figured out—and he pretty much does: Everett has a great support system, wonderful friends, and his dream job. But there is still that persistent feeling in the back of his mind that something is missing.

When a woman named Theodora starts writing to Everett, he is drawn to her honesty and vulnerability. They continue writing to each other, all the while living their lives without meeting. When their worlds collide, however, they must both let go of their fears and figure out what they truly want—and if the future they want includes each other.

Grace Steele and Eliza Jones may be from completely different backgrounds, but when it comes to the army, specifically the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), they are both starting from the same level. Not only will they be among the first class of female officers the army has even seen, they are also the first Black women allowed to serve.

As these courageous women help to form the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, they are dealing with more than just army bureaucracy—everyone is determined to see this experiment fail. For two northern women, learning to navigate their way through the segregated army may be tougher than boot camp. Grace and Eliza know that there is no room for error; they must be more perfect than everyone else.

When they finally make it overseas, to England and then France, Grace and Eliza will at last be able to do their parts for the country they love, whatever the risk to themselves.

Based on the true story of the 6888th Postal Battalion (the Six Triple Eight), Sisters in Arms explores the untold story of what life was like for the only all-Black, female U.S. battalion to be deployed overseas during World War II.

Update on Reading

I am around — just been a tad busy. Right now I have 3 e-Arcs to read (two romance and one paranormal) and two physical books (cowboy romance and a paranormal romance) that I bought and then I just recently snagged 3 books from the library that were going to be donated to the book sale (fantasy action books). So I’m juggling books and everything else around me.

How have you been?

Reading update

Quick update from my land of reading

Coming soon for a review which was so cute and fun to read.
I could not put this down!
This book was checked out from the library.

What I will read next.
I know I will devour this book.
I am looking forward to see what Poppy experiences next.
Isn’t the cover so pretty?
I did purchase this book.



Update of what’s going on

I am around but I haven’t been blogging as much nor reading since a while. My mood has been up and down with weather and the world. Just taking it one day at a time.

I am hoping to tackle reading this Thanksgiving! I have two books that I am going to try to read before they are due back to the library and the other two should kick in a bit later to read. Plus I have two e- Arcs from Netgalley to read too.

How’s everyone doing? Hang tough! More to come soon.

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Fiction Youth Books

Check these youth fiction books out for ages of 8 to 12!  If you are looking for something unique for gifts, for your kids, or because you are a teacher or librarian, these would be great!  I have seen these books across my work desk and let me tell you the covers in person are stunning.  I just had to spread the word about these books.

GhostSQ

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Date:  April 7, 2020
  • Author: Claribel A. Ortega

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.

 

Bug
Graphic Novel

  • Age Range: 7 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 5
  • Series: Bug Boys (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Graphic; Illustrated edition
  • Date: February 11, 2020
  • Author: Laura Knetzger

Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own – sometimes confusing and complicated – thoughts and feelings.

In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town’s popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites!

What challenges will these two earnest beetles face? Whatever it is, you can be sure that Rhino-B and Stag-B will face it together — with the power of friendship behind them.

 

 

When
Graphic Novel

 

  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 7
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Date:  April 14, 2020
  • Author: Victoria Jamieson

Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It’s an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.

 

Twilight

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Enchanter’s Child (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Illustrated edition
  • Date: March 31, 2020
  • Author:  Angie Sage

Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults—dark dungeons deep below the city.

When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra, she knows she is in great danger. With the help of her little foster brother, Louie, she makes a daring escape.

But Alex discovers she is not safe outside Luma either. Here lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and their children. The Hauntings take many forms and Alex is hunted by a giant bird of prey, the Hawke, a murderous Night Wraith called the Grey Walker, and the eerie Xin.

But why do the Hauntings haunt Alex?

Alex doesn’t believe she’s an Enchanter’s Child, but she has no idea who her parents are. Her precious Enchanted cards are her only clue to her true identity, and she becomes determined to find out who she is. And, while she is at it, to get rid of the deadly Twilight Hauntings forever.

 

If I was a kid again, I  would probably read Ghost Squad and Twilight Hauntings.
Which one would you read if you were a kid again?

Quick Update

Quick update in my world of reading…..

Currently Reading:

TheBeautifulRenee Ahdieh

 

Finished reading:

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What the book is about:
368 Pages
William Morrow Paperbacks
July 23, 2019

To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband is as easy asmatch, meet, marry. Yes, she wants to marry, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high?

But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance, where real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. So she decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.

It’s an impossible mission of satisfying her parents’ expectations, while also fulfilling her own western ideals of love. But after a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, the sparks just don’t fly! Now, with the marriage clock ticking, and her 3-month deadline looming in the horizon, Leila must face the consequences of what might happen if she doesn’t find “the one…”

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book. I could not put it down because I wanted to see what would happen with Leila concept of her dreams vs. reality.  There were parts that made me laugh when she goes on the dates.  I enjoyed how her parents are looking out for her and yet can be a little demanding.  I can see Leila’s loves her parents but also wants her own thing.   I think this book is rich, funny, charming and has diversity in it!  If you are looking for a book to read in one sitting this might be it for you.   It took me a few days to read because my life has other things that come first.   If I had all the time in the world, this book would be done in one day.  I look forward to more books by this author.

 

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338 pages
Silver Wing Press
April 30, 2019
Author: Elise Kova

What it is about:
Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.

The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.

She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…

My Quick Review:
I enjoyed Vi’s adventure in this book.  She had to make a hard decision and her brother supported her in it.  It was nice to see what her brother was all about, Romulan.   It continues on and on with twists and turns.  Some I never saw coming and some that I had a hunch on.   It is a fast pace book and just so cool. If you are a fan of fantasy and adventure, this is a must read.  Read the first book first though!   As one thing after another happens in this book, Vi shows strength and determination.  She wants to save her father and figure out her vision.  I think it’s pretty cool that she has visions and has these abilities to fight.    Elise Kova’s world of magic and fighting and adventure explodes in this book.  So amazing!!    This book I managed to read in few days due to being a mom!   Anyways I am ready for book three and can’t wait to see what adventure Vi goes on next.

 

These Books Caught My Attention

All these books seem to have something that we can all relate to: choices.  Put yourself in the main character’s journey and see where it takes you.

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The Life Lucy Knew
By Karma Brown
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Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Row
Date: June 12, 2018

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail—right down to the dress she wore to their wedding—is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma.

Her psychologist explains the condition as honest lying, because while Lucy’s memories are false, they still feel incredibly real. Now she has no idea which memories she can trust—a devastating experience not only for Lucy, but also for her family, friends and especially her devoted boyfriend, Matt, whom Lucy remembers merely as a work colleague.

When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is.

 

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The Bookshop of Yesterday
By Amy Meyerson
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Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Park Row
Date: June 12, 2018

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt.

When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books—now as its owner—she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden—and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.

 

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They Come In All Colors
By Malcom Hansen
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Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Atria Books
Date:  May 29, 2018

It’s 1968 when fourteen-year-old Huey Fairchild begins high school at Claremont Prep, one of New York City’s most prestigious boys’ schools. His mother had uprooted her family from their small hometown of Akersburg, Georgia, a few years earlier, leaving behind Huey’s white father and the racial unrest that ran deeper than the Chattahoochee River.

But for our sharp-tongued protagonist, forgetting the past is easier said than done. At Claremont, where the only other nonwhite person is the janitor, Huey quickly realizes that racism can lurk beneath even the nicest school uniform. After a momentary slip of his temper, Huey finds himself on academic probation and facing legal charges. With his promising school career in limbo, he begins examining his current predicament at Claremont through the lens of his childhood memories of growing up in Akersburg during the Civil Rights Movement—and the chilling moments leading up to his and his mother’s flight north.

Reading update

My update….

Life has been a tad busy with the holidays….so I have not been able to update my blog. It’s a new year and new goals!  Hopefully I can tackle them all.  So onwards to the reading and books!

I have finished reading Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum.

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What is the book about:

Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer.

The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.

My Thoughts:

The cover caught my attention to be honest.  Who doesn’t love rainbows and a lovely countryside?   Then I read the summary of the book and decided to give it a go!

At first it was a little slow but then once I got past that bit, I wanted to know what was going to happen with Holly.  I loved being immersed in Holly’s world and to feel and see what she had to go through with her sisters, her dad, friends and meeting someone new: Fletcher.    The bits of drama here and there popping up was cool.   I really liked it.  It was a break from the usual stuff I read.  It felt cozy and uplighting in a way.   I kept rooting for Holly through everything she went through and thought she was a great character.  Fletcher was an interesting character: a guy from Texas who went to England for school and lived there for a while.  Oh and he plays the guitar..that is a sweet thing!  The book was all good.

Currently Reading:

I am going to try to finish up The Iron Wyrm.  And then perhaps start on Painting the Moon by Traci Borum (which is the first book in the series).  I am going to tackle my to read pile this year.  It is a goal!

More to come soon!