Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery | Book Review

Anne of Green gables by L.M. Montogomery | Book Review

Title: Anne of Green Gables

Series: Anne of Green Gables #1

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Publisher: Listening Library

Published Date: June 10th, 2008

Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Source: Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary:

Eleven-year-old orphan Anne Shirley has just arrived at Green Gables, and already her guardians want to send her back. First, she’s not the boy the Cuthberts expected. Second, she talks too much. And even with her generous spirit, the redhead’s a trouble magnet. She gets the neighbor drunk and nearly poisons the pastor!

Still, despite a rocky start, the fiery Anne wins over her guardians and her new community. She enjoys life at Green Gables, excels in school, and earns a coveted scholarship. But when tragedy hits, Anne must choose between her dreams and the only home she’s ever known.

In this beloved coming-of-age story, Lucy Maud Montgomery drew from her own experiences growing up in Canada during the nineteenth century to introduce generations of readers to one of literature’s most original and inspiring characters.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

My Review:

Thank you to Misty for reading this book with me as a buddy read.

Anne of Green Gables is one of those books I always hear about but keep putting off reading because of how many people love it. I did watch the Netflix series Anne with an e before reading this book, but I can assure you that it didn’t take away from my reading experience as they are different in several ways and enjoyable on there own and together.

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ARC August 2020 TBR! | #ARCAugust

ARC August 2020 TBR

Arc August is hosted by Shelly and Octavia at Read Sleep Repeat. They’ve been hosting this for several years now and I’ve participated in some form a couple of times now. I’m really looking forward to taking part this year as I’ve let my Netgalley arc situation get way out of control once again. I also have several arcs that I need to read that are now back-listed that I either got from giveaways or from my local library giving them away, and I have one that was from a publisher.

If you want to follow along as I read the arc’s I will be trying to post on my Instagram stories and I’ll make a highlight for it once the challenges starts.

The Rules :

  1. The challenge lasts all August long, regardless of time zones.
  2. Any Advance Review Copy counts, digital or physical.
  3. You do not have to be a blogger to join. Librarians and booksellers are most definitely welcome, as well as any other profession that would give you access to ARCs.
  4. This is a low-stakes challenge, your TBR and goals are entirely up to you.
  5. The ARCs do not have to be upcoming releases, old ARCs are totally acceptable.


Physical reads

A Death Of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks

The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Cipher by John C. Ford

This Story Is A Lie by Tom Pollock

Netgalley reads

The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman
The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood
I Lie In Wait by Amanda Brittany
A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday
Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O’Connor

As always my tbr could change as the month long challenge goes. I am going to do a full post on all of the Netgalley arc’s I have as that situation is completely out of control recently. I’m going to have that post up on Saturday.

Will you be participating in ARC August? If so I’d love to see your tbr.

The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips | Book Review

The GIrl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips | Book Review

Title: The Girl You Thought I Was

Author: Rebecca Phillips

Publisher: Harper Teen

Published Date: July 31st, 2018

Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA

Source: Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

“A smart and savvy take on coming of age and coming to terms, with a little help from your friends.”—Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door

No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret—at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of.

To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time, she tells herself it will be the last, and each time, it never is.

But when she’s caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She’s determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that’s easier said than done…especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering.

Soon Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she’s lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she’s falling for.

My Review:

The Girl You Thought I Was, was a book I went into not knowing what to expect at all. We have Morgan who is a shoplifter and while it’s obvious from the beginning she is going to get caught and have to deal with that, I wasn’t sure in what direction the story was going to go after that. I liked how the story went through and the direction Phillips took it in.

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Fire Storm (Kaely Quinn Profiler #2) by Nancy Mehl | Book Review

Fire Storm (Kaely Quinn Profiler) by Nancy Mehl | Book Review

Title: Fire Storm

Series: Kaely Quinn Profiler #2

Author: Nancy Mehl

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Published Date: November 2019

Genre: Mystery, Adult Fiction

Source: Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★ .75

Goodreads Summary:

FBI Profiler Kaely Quinn visits Nebraska to care for her ailing mother. She cant help but notice suspicious connections among a series of local fires, so she calls on her partner, Noah Hunter, to help find the arsonist. Together they unwittingly embark on a twisted path to a mad man who is determined his last heinous act will be Kaelys death.

My Review:

Fire Storm is the second book in the Kaely Quinn Profiler books. Kaely is going from St.Louis to Nebraska to help her estranged mom out while she is sick. Her brother is also there and he wants to use this time to reconnect as a family after all the past tragedies they have had to deal with. Instead, though Kaely just wants to get through all of this and finds any distraction she can to getaway.

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More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review

Title: More Than Maybe

Author: Erin Hahn

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published Date: July 21st, 2020

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Source: Publisher, Netgalley

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

Growing up under his punk rocker dad’s spotlight, eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and wants nothing to do with it. His real love isn’t in front of a crowd, it’s on the page. Hiding his gift and secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night, he prefers the anonymous comfort of the locally popular podcast he co-hosts with his outgoing and meddling, far-too-jealousy-inspiringly-happy-with-his-long-term-boyfriend twin brother, Cullen. But that’s not Luke’s only secret. He also has a major un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell. 

Vada’s got a five-year plan: secure a job at the Loud Lizard to learn from local legend (and her mom’s boyfriend) Phil Josephs (check), take over Phil’s music blog (double-check), get accepted into Berkeley’s prestigious music journalism program (check, check, check), manage Ann Arbor’s summer concert series and secure a Rolling Stoneinternship. Luke Greenly is most definitely NOT on the list. So what if his self-deprecating charm and out of this world music knowledge makes her dizzy? Or his brother just released a bootleg recording of Luke singing about some mystery girl on their podcast and she really, really wishes it was her?

In More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn’s swooniest book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:ERIN HAHN is the author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe. She teaches elementary, would rather be outside and makes a lot of playlists. So many playlists in fact, that she decided to write books to match them! She married her very own YA love interest who she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat named Gus who plays fetch and a dog named June who doesn’t.

My Review:

More Than Maybe is told in dual perspectives of both Vada and Luke. Both are connected to the music world in different ways, but both have a love for it that brings them together.

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai | Book Review

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Title: Inside Out & Back Again

Author: Thanhha Lai

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published Date: February 22, 2011

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, In Verse

Source: Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

For all the ten years of her life, HÀ has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.

But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. HÀ and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, HÀ discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

My Review:

Inside Out and Back again follows the journey of HA and her family as they must travel to safety in America to escape the horrors of the Vietnam war.

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

Title: With the Fire on High

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: Harper Teen

Published Date: May 7th, 2019

Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA

Source: Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

My Review:

With the Fire on High is a book that covers several different topics ranging from teen pregnancy, to deciding to go to college or not and how the main character Emoni is going to be able to afford to do so if she does go to college.

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The Lost City (The Omte Origins #1)by Amanda Hocking | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review

The Lost City by Amanda Hocking | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review
The Lost City by Amanda Hocking | Blog Tour | ARC Book Review

Title: The Lost City

Series: The Omte Origins

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published Date: July 7th, 2020

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Source: Publisher, Netgalley

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary:

Amanda Hocking, the New York Times bestselling author of The Kanin Chronicles, returns to the magical world of the Trylle Trilogy with The Lost City, the first novel in The Omte Origins—and the final story arc in her beloved series.

The storm and the orphan

Twenty years ago, a woman sought safety from the spinning ice and darkness that descended upon a small village. She was given shelter for the night by the local innkeepers but in the morning, she disappeared—leaving behind an infant. Now nineteen, Ulla Tulin is ready to find who abandoned her as a baby or why.

The institution and the quest

Ulla knows the answers to her identity and heritage may be found at the Mimirin where scholars dedicate themselves to chronicling troll history. Granted an internship translating old documents, Ulla starts researching her own family lineage with help from her handsome and charming colleague Pan Soriano.

The runaway and the mystery

But then Ulla meets Eliana, a young girl who no memory of who she is but who possesses otherworldly abilities. When Eliana is pursued and captured by bounty hunters, Ulla and Pan find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous game where folklore and myth become very real and very deadly—but one that could lead Ulla to the answers she’s been looking for.

Author bio:
AMANDA HOCKING is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

My Review:

The Lost City is a new series in the Tyrell world and it was so nice being back in this world.

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Book Review

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Book Review

Title: The Secret Garden by

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Publisher: Amazon Classics

Published Date: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction, Classic

Source: Library

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

The orphaned Mary Lennox is sullen, ill tempered, and unloved when she’s sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven. A man consumed by grief over the death of his wife, Archibald has allowed his sprawling estate on the moors to fall into grim disrepair. It’s when Mary begins tending to her late aunt’s mysterious garden – locked up and neglected for years – that she discovers its life-changing secrets and a flowering rejuvenation of the human spirit.

Out of this dark, closed-off world and a child’s innate curiosity about life and death comes one of the most transformative coming-of-age novels ever written.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

My Review:

Thank you to Misty for reading this book with me as a buddy read.

This was a re-read for me, as I read this for school when I was younger. The Secret Garden ended up being a bit of a surprise for me, after the first quarter of the book I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like it or not. Thankfully the rest of the book I really enjoyed and grew to love the characters.

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Members Only by Sameer Pandya | Book Review

Members Only by Sameer Pandya | Book Review

Title: Members Only

Author: Sameer Pandya

Publisher: Mariner Books

Published Date: July 7th, 2020

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Adult

Source: BookishFirst

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

First the white members of Raj Bhatt’s posh tennis club call him racist. Then his life falls apart. Along the way, he wonders: where does he, a brown man, belong in America?

Raj Bhatt is often unsure of where he belongs. Having moved to America from Bombay as a child, he knew few Indian kids. Now middle-aged, he lives mostly happily in California, with a job at a university.  Still, his white wife seems to fit in better than he does at times, especially at their tennis club, a place he’s cautiously come to love. 
But it’s there that, in one week, his life unravels. It begins at a meeting for potential new members: Raj thrills to find an African American couple on the list; he dreams of a more diverse club. But in an effort to connect, he makes a racist joke. The committee turns on him, no matter the years of prejudice he’s put up with.  And worse still, he soon finds his job is in jeopardy after a group of students report him as a reverse racist, thanks to his alleged “anti-Western bias.”
Heartfelt, humorous, and hard-hitting, Members Only explores what membership and belonging mean, as Raj navigates the complicated space between black and white America.

My Review:

Members Only is a book that follows Raj in one of the works weeks of his entire life. Everything that could go wrong goes wrong.

Raj is a man who immigrated to America as a child with his family and has lived here for the majority of his childhood and all of his adult life. He’s now working as a professor at a college in California with his wife and two sons. Along with being a professor he also is a part of a small country club and enjoys playing tennis. Due to Raj being from India though he has faced many microaggressions over the years due to the color his skin, and throughout the week we get to spend with him we see them, and what has led him to be in the situations he is in now.

Overall I did enjoy this book. Not gonna lie though at times this book was extremely nerve-wracking because of the subject it covers and the multiple different ways each scenario could have gone that would have ended in complete disaster. Pandya did such a good job of showing us what was happening to Raj and what he was dealing with that I was genuinely afraid for Raj multiple times throughout the book. The situations he was in were scary ones, especially towards the end of the book. They were all handled well and showed the way things can spin out of control without you being able to fix them before they get to the point of no return.
I’m looking forward to reading more books by Pandya in the future.