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August 2017 Wrap Up

How was everyone’s August?!

I am happy we’re one month closer to Fall. You’ll see some serious Pumpkin Spice spirit up in here once the crisp weather finally comes.

August 2017 Wrap Up @ Chocolate and Chapters

I read 5 books in August. We went out of town, which always means my reading goals take a kick to the crotch. It’s a step down from the 8 I read in July, but it’s fine.

 

First, in my actual life…

1. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it, but did you watch the eclipse?! We were in a 91% totality zone that day so we had a pretty good view. It was neat?? I mean, I wasn’t freaking out about it or anything, but I was glad I got to look at it.

2. I won three giveaways recently! I won “The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey from Books, Bones & Buffy. And an epic giveaway from @stmarkseve on Instagram. And a $10 Amazon gift card from Savings in Seconds. Anddd I won a book from Goodreads Giveaways. What is my life right now!! (This is not normal for me, trust me.)

This is what I received from the @stmarkseve giveaway!:

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3. The two book clubs I’m a part of start this month! I do one with friends at my house and another at the local library. And they are both so much fun. I have missed them over the summer. So… yay!

4. This month, my first request for a book on Netgalley was declined… It’s totally no big deal, but I’m still over here like:

August 2017 Wrap Up @ Chocolate and Chapters

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Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

The 5 Best WWII Books (that may or may not be hidden gems?)

I could readily tell you that historical fiction is my favorite genre. More specifically, historical fiction about WWII is my absolute favorite.

My biggest reason I love it so much is because I love to see the bravery, compassion, and endurance of the human race. It’s awful to witness the bad, but it’s amazing to witness the good: the kindness and gentleness that existed even in the heart of horror.

That’s why I love it.

A lot of books about WWII are ehh, but some are so special, I’ll be rereading them for years to come.

So without further ado, here are…

 

The 5 Best WWII Books
(that may or may not be hidden gems?)

 

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Oh, this book… It’s powerful, sad, and very moving. Just so good.

 

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Bookish talk · Discussion

It’s Monday! What are you reading? – August 28

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a place to share what you’ve been reading and what’s coming up next. And to add books to your own TBR pile, of course! (This awesome challenge is from Emma at Emma’s Bookish Corner, who found it from Kathryn at Book Date.)

It's Monday! What are you reading? @ Chocolate and Chapters

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

 

I just finished…

If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss book review @ Chocolate and Chapters

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed it and ate it up like a big plate of fried okra.

Real my full review here.

 

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Book review

If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss book review

If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss book review @ Chocolate and Chapters

If The Creek Don't  RiseIf The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★
Genre: Historical
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley/publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing

Sadie Blue is pregnant and newly married to an mean, abusive moonshiner. Life is undoubtedly hard. Not only for her, but for all the people who live in the North Carolina mountain town of Baines Creek. Everyone in the town, from Sadie’s grandmother to the new schoolteacher, have secrets to keep and a past that won’t stop following them.

If you’re not familiar with the North Carolina mountains, you should be. I’ve had the privilege of visiting them over the past few years and have a profound love for them. I only wish I could call those mountains “Home.”

If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss book review @ Chocolate and Chapters

The Appalachians are remarkably beautiful, but even I know that they have seen a sad and painful history.

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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt book review

See What I Have DoneSee What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

My rating: 2 of 5 stars ★★
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Crime
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley/publisher, Grove Atlantic Publishing

On a hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to their maid, “Someone has cut Father.” Both Andrew Borden and his wife have been brutally murdered with an ax, but there is a baffling lack of evidence. Was there a stranger near the house? Was it Lizzie herself? In this book, the reader sees into the minds of four of the main players in the still-unsolved Borden murders.

When I was young, I was the kid who vegged in front of the TV, watching shows with titles like, “America’s Creepiest Destinations,” “America’s Most Haunted,” and so on.

And trust me, the Borden house was featured on most of those lists. I knew plenty about the Borden murders before beginning this book, which made me very excited to be swept away by the story.

Because like I did, maybe you’re asking yourself, “Could a book about an unsolved double murder be anything but riveting?”

And I’m here to tell you that unfortunately: YES. It can be. 

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My favorite books from each stage of my life, including my wee little school age years

I’ve always been a big reader.

Before deciding we needed to frequent the library, I remember my mom (jokingly) complaining that my reading habit was too expensive. It’s true. I read voraciously.

I decided to break down my favorites, based loosely on the eras of my relatively eventful life…

 

1. The Grade School years

My earliest memory of a favorite book is…

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

My favorite books from each stage of my life, including my wee little school age years @ Chocolate and Chapters

This is an old series. It was one of my mom’s favorites and she passed it on to me. I read these books over and over and over. You know how 3-year-olds can watch the same movie over and over? Well, that was me, but with this book.

I read it again about a year ago and it was just as cute as I remember.

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The Last to See Me by M. Dressler book review

The Last to See MeThe Last to See Me by M. Dressler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★
Genre: Mystery
Source: e-ARC from Edelweiss/the publisher, SkyHorse Publishing

In a small logging town along the coast of Northern California, there stands a beautiful historic home. A ghost named Emma Finnis haunts it, growing with each new member of the family for about a hundred years now. She has been around long enough to know how to stay “alive” in this semi-alternate universe, where hauntings are frightening, but regular, occurrences and ghost hunting is a profession.

Emma has seen many ghost hunters come through her pretty mansion before. She’s smart and knows how to handle herself to avoid detection. But the newest hunter is the best at what he does and Emma isn’t planning on going anywhere without a fight.

As we get to know Emma and her hunter better, we learn that maybe people (including the seemingly innocent Emma herself) aren’t always what they seem.

The Last to See Me by M. Dressler book review @ Chocolate and Chapters

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so perfectly eerie. There is an ethereal, ominous feeling throughout the entire story. Will Emma last through the cleaning? Do we really want her to?

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