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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer 2018 Comment Challenge

Hey guys! I'm back with another challenge- The Summer Comment Challenge! I've signed up with Alicia and Lonna twice already and I'm looking forward to my third experience! I believe that this challenge is a great way to make new friends, encourage yourself to post and explore the various blogs out there!

I'm participating in the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlught

Midnight Blue

Publication Date: 26th June 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher, through Edelweiss+

Holland in its Golden Age still has its secrets. In 1654, small-town girl Catrin has just lost her husband. It's a sudden death, but Catrin can't say she's sorry. It's her chance to escape the small town and its rumors, start anew in the big city. She takes on a role as a housekeeper to the Van Nulandt family but struggles to keep a low profile.                                                                                       Her talents as an aspiring young artist are soon discovered by local master, Rembrandt. Her opportunities are stripped away, however, when a figure from her past threatens her. She runs away to the city of Delft, where she earns a job painting pottery. She begins to develop pottery to rival the Oriental imports ruining her livelihood and there begins the story of Delft Blue Art. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & OliverPublication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

Emmy's best friend was kidnapped ten years ago. Life in her small town home has been stilted since Oliver was taken by his father. Her parents are the most over-protective parents in town and she keeps so many secrets from them it's hard to keep count.

Then Oliver comes back. After ten years, Oliver finally learns that his father was the bad guy. It wasn't his mother who deserted him, it wasn't a messy separation that led to him never seeing her again. He needs time to figure out his new world. He's back in a place he doesn't remember calling home and his life has changed drastically.

In the second grade, Emmy and Oliver pledged to be best friends forever. Has their relationship withstood the test of time and distance? Can they mend their friendship and build it into something greater? Emmy has held onto him for a decade. Has Oliver held onto her?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Big Book Summer Challenge 2018

Hey guys- it's that time of year again! Those of you who've been around for a while will know exactly what I'm talking about- Sue Jackson's Big Book Summer Challenge!

What is the challenge?

Every year, she hosts a challenge which encourages participants to read books over 400 pages. For those of us who're in school, reading large books over the course of the year can be a slow process. Working parents may also share in this struggle. Sue relegates her big reading to the summer- and all participants follow her at least partially.

I've participated in this challenge for three years already- and I'm really glad to be joining Sue for my fourth year! You guys should consider joining as well, even if you don't have a blog. You can check out all the details by visiting her blog or Goodreads page.

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