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Thanksgiving Book Tag

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Thanksgiving here in America is fast approaching so naturally I searched a Thanksgiving book tag! I was not tagged in it, but it’s cool I’m still going to do it!!!!!!! Remember everyone to buy your food humanely 🙂

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Here are the Rules:

Rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you!
2. Have fun filling in the answers with your favorite books!
3. Tag 5 blogs you’re thankful for to join in the fun!
This tag was created by Thrifty Bibliophile

 

Here are the questions:

History: Choose a book set in America.

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Thankful: What book are you thankful for?

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Thanksgiving Dinner: What book features a meal that makes you say “yum”?

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Pumpkin Pie: Choose a book you think is very sweet

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Food Coma: Choose a book that’s been on your TBR list forever that you really need to read.

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After Dinner Drinks: What book is your guilty pleasure?

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Drunk Uncle: Choose an unpopular book that you like.

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Black Friday Shopping: What was the last book you pre-ordered?

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That’s all for now! I tag anyone who wants to do it 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Kiss 4

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Current Halloween Read

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Halloween is getting closer and closer so I recently picked up a book in the hopes that it would get me in the Halloween spirit and I will say that it certainly has been an interesting read. This is a book I purchased on a whim from the Books-A-Million store in my local shopping mall as it was on sale and caught my eye.

If you know me, you know that I 100% believe that ghosts are real and am genuinely fascinated by the paranormal subject as well (sidenote if anyone wants me to do a paranormal favorite youtubers list or favorite paranormal sites and legends lmk in the comments). So when I saw that this book was all about ghosts I jumped on it!

Then waited about a year to finally read it…oops…

Upon further examination, I read that this book is considered a classic in the paranormal field and so what better novel to lead up to Halloween with?

 

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goodreads-synopsis

Fifty years before Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters, and Most Haunted, there was Hans Holzer—a man known as the “Father of the Paranormal.” Holzer pioneered ghost-hunting methods still used today, and brought ghosts and ghost hunting into popular culture in the second half of the twentieth century.

Ghost Hunter presented some of the first-ever case studies of haunting investigations, taken from Holzer’s own practice in the New York City area—ranging from Civil War-era spirits to the tormented ghosts of murder victims.

For devoted ghost-hunting aficionados curious about the practice’s history, there is no better place to start than the first book Hans Holzer wrote, Ghost Hunter.This is the 1963 book that launched his publishing career and gained him international fame.

 

 

 

What book are you reading to get into the Halloween spirit?

Kiss 4

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

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*May contain spoilers for the first two books.*

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: 5/2/2017

Rating:

5 star kiss

goodreads-synopsis

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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This book was a near perfect continuation of Feyre’s adventures. It provided beautifully descriptive detail and further character development. Feyre really became a strong, dominant personality in this book which I felt was an amazing transformation from the first two novels. I think this was the author’s intent and I personally really enjoyed it. I also felt as though the reader was able to explore the minor characters in more detail as well, which was not extraordinarily present in the other two stories.

I do think that the plot moved rather quickly, which was great from that standpoint. Yet, there was something missed in the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand. I think that there should have been more included about their relationship development, because most of the book was largely focused on their various tasks.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I cannot wait to read the next novel released! I would recommend this serious one hundred times over to ages 17/18 + as some of the content is a bit mature.

Love,

Kiss 4

 

 

 

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Finally Fall Book Tag

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So it’s officially-in my mind-pumpkin season! Why can’t I just say fall? Because I feel like for me fall is just pumpkin everything, which I love! I am going to be doing the Finally Fall Book Tag, which I first saw over at Reader Rayna, which links to the original post.

Let’s Boo-gin! (sorry, I had to)

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1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

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This book has so much detail embedded in the setting. The plot basically builds off the tiny details in the setting and is impossible to continue without examining the setting closely.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

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This book is written so well. It is descriptive and creative while still maintaining elements of dystopia. It definitely address many underlying topics, which to me strengthens the novel for the reader.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

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I recently finished this book after loving the movie! I was not the biggest fan of the writing style, BUT I loved the subject and learned so much in the course of the book development.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

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I would LOVE to be part of the Camp Half Blood Crew!

5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

I don’t have a good pic to upload! If you have one send it to me; I love to see them!

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

 

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This book is super cool because it’s a physical version of the book in Fangirl. 

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

I don’t think I have actually ever read a legitimately scary book, so if you have suggestions send them my way!

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

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This book is less heartwarming and just funny, which I think is great for a cold day!

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

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Obviously!

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

My mermaid blanket and some tea 🙂

11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

Anyone that wants to do it!

Happy Fall,

Kiss 4

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Current Read (Yes I’m Somehow Managing This Feat in College)

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So I didn’t have time to write a super complex post so I thought I’d just do a quick current read update 🙂

Right now I’m reading:

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! I cannot say that enough; I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy and am loving this one so far.

Has anyone else read this? What did you think?

What are YOU reading right now and should I add it to my TBR list?

Love,

Kiss 4

 

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Back To School Tag (Original)

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As stated in my last post, I’m starting classes in a couple days and moved into college yesterday! I’m sure many of you are headed back to school as well!

I’m curious, what is school like at your grade level in your country? Comment below 🙂

I thought I’d pump myself up and you too hopefully by making a back to school tag.

Here are the questions:

  1. A new school year leads to new beginnings, what new book do you want to start this school year?
  2. If you’re going to a new school, it can be a scary change. What book are you going to slip into your bag to give you a boost?
  3. You make a new friend and the first thing they ask you is “what’s your favorite book?” How do you respond?
  4. Uh oh, it’s time to pack your suitcase for college and it’s too full! What book are you going to sacrifice to make some room?
  5. You’re almost late to class, but you sprint back to your room to quickly grab your current read. What is it?
  6. Create a school related acronym using book titles!

 

There we go! I’ll post my answers next weekend; I tag YOU 🙂

Thanks friends and good luck in your new school year!

Love,

Kiss 4

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The Mediterranean Table

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Author: Unknown

Publisher: Sonoma Press

Release Date: 8/10/2015

Rating:

5 star kiss

goodreads-synopsis

In the age of green smoothie detoxes and elimination diets, it’s easy to forget that you can actually enjoy flavorful, satisfying food and live a more healthful life. The cuisine of the Mediterranean is some of most nourishing and delicious in the world, and The Mediterranean Table includes more than 150 recipes that promise to make keeping the Mediterranean diet a natural, simple lifestyle change.

While other Mediterranean cookbooks have a strict culinary focus or a strict diet focus, The Mediterranean Table marries the two—and proves that you don’t have to have a Sicilian grandmother to fill your kitchen with the flavors and traditions of this classic way of eating. With cooking tips, easy-to-prepare recipes, detailed nutritional information, an at-a-glance meal plan, and regional spotlights for every recipe, The Mediterranean Table will take readers on a culinary journey through Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, all while sharing a time-tested tradition of healthy eating.

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I have to say, the synopsis is spot on! I love cooking, which shouldn’t be a surprise considering I love food  but it is. I honestly thought that I’d hate the time, money and effort involved, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’m heading back to college in a couple weeks and have a kitchen in my new dorm! So I went out to the bookstore and bought a cookbook (which *side-note* can can we talk about how expensive they are?).

I’ve been on a self-imposed, calorie-restrictive diet so I knew I wanted a healthy one which also provided me with a calorie count AND had food I liked in it. So I searched and right before I was going to give up, I found this gem and began using it to practice before I got to school.

This book is full of recipes, some are easier than others, and a WHOLE section detailing the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It provides a list of places to find hard-to-locate ingredients. Overall my two favorite recipes I’ve made are spinach and feta stuffed chicken breasts and vegetarian kofte. I would HIGHLY recommend this and let me know if there are any cookbooks I should try next. Apparently Nevel from ICarly released one, which like obviously I want.

Have a Great Weekend,

Kiss 4