Book Review: A Holiday by Gaslight

Book Title: A Holiday by Gaslight

Book Author: Mimi Matthews

Book Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Page Count: 175 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I Recommend: Yes! 

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Hello Book Friends!  It’s just another Monday closer to Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited for the holidays coming up! 🙂 And since Christmas IS coming up soon I was in the mood to read something for the upcoming holiday! Those HALLMARK movies just never set the right tone for me to feel like I get the whole story, so I wanted to READ something Christmasy. When I saw that this one was also a HISTORICAL FICTION book, I requested this one, immediately. It’s not a YA novel like I typically read, but sometimes I need a break from those!

I’m so glad I did.  This story was ADORABLE.  Not gonna lie, it’s a straight up fluffy cute romance novel.  Not something I’d pick up to read every day, but something that I enjoy once in a while.  And this one was perfect.

I love how it starts out.  The two main characters don’t understand each other at all, and sets the tone for the whole story.  But it’s so much FUN! The story was well-written, and it was another fast-paced book I’ve read recently.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so short, – I didn’t realize it was a novella, (my bad) but for this type of story there was no reason to drag anything out.  You learn a lot about the characters in such a short amount of time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I recommend it to anyone looking for a simple sweet romance with a historical fiction edge to it and taking place during a nice Christmas setting.   I loved the main characters, (some of the side characters not so much, but they kind of remind me people I know in real life so there’s that! ;)) and the overall plot and the simplicity of it all.

Anyway, these are my non-spoilery opinions and thoughts about this book! Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading!

If you want to find out more about the story you can check it out here:  A Holiday by Gaslight
And if you want to find out more about this author you can check it out here: Mimi Matthews

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October Wrap Up and November TBR

Hello Book Friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Monday!  October went by so fast for me and although I had a few weeks of not reading, I think I did pretty well!

Here’s a list of the books I read:

  1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – I loved how different this story was!
  2. Changeling by Molly Harper – I absolutely adored this one, review to come later!
  3. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – This has dragons and I loved them!
  4. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – this was 900 some pages, so technically counts as two books right?
  5. Escaping from Houdini – This was my most anticipated book of the year, so I wasn’t going to miss out on this for anything! Kingdom of Ash was my second most anticipated book of the year! 🙂

And there’s my wrap up for October!

Kingdom of Ash and Escaping from Houdini were not on the list when I typed up my October TBR, because I had no idea when I was going to get my hands on a copy of them – I just happenedd to get them both from the library in October!

I didn’t get to read Furyborn and The Falconer because the other two unlisted books were of more importance – I have to return them soon.  I’m going to move them to my November list.

Also, I needed to return Uprooted to the library so I DNF’d (did not finish) it for now.  I may get back to on a later TBR list, but not anytime soon.

November is such a busy and exciting time of the year in my household.  We look forward to seeing family and eating good food and it’s time consuming! So, I’ve decided to only add 4 books to the list this month!

November TBR

1. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews – This is e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve most graciously been given the opportunity to review.  It’s November, so I’m totally in the right mind-frame for CHRISTMAS! It’s have a large family so we start our Christmas shopping way early.  This book’s release date is November 13th! Also, I don’t think this is YA, but Adult Fiction.  I do like to read Adult books occasionally. 🙂

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2. Romanov by Nadine Brandes – This is also another e-book arc copy from Netgalley that I’ve kindly been given to review!  I’ve never had an arc that doesn’t release until many months later, but THIS doesn’t come out until MAY 2019.  Also, this is the same author of Fawkes, which I absolutely loved and highly recommend,  so I’m super excited to jump into this one! (Also, I’ve no picture yet of this one!)

 

3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I didn’t get to this one last month, but it’s in my library’s e-arcs and I plan to request it again. Also, this is the month of E-books apparently!

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4. The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Again, I didn’t get to read this one last month, but I really want to jump into this one as soon as possible.  It’s about Fae!

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And there you have it! My TBR for November!  (I can’t believe I’m saying this, there’s only one more month in the year after this!)

Also, NaNoWriMo is going on this month!  I’ve written just over 10,000 words! I hand write most of the time, and I spent a long, long time on Sunday typing up my words, so I could get a good count! I know there will be a few days this week that I won’t be able to write much, so I tried to write as much as possible between now and then!

As always, thanks for reading!

September Wrap Up & October TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having a great first day of October!   I can’t believe it’s the end of another month already. I feel like I just started on my September TBR, but I’m looking forward to cooler weather in October!

WRAP UP

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Books On My TBR

1.  My Lady Jane – Hilarious and cute, more fantasy than historical fiction!

2.  Skulduggery Pleasant – This was as awesome as I thought it would be!

3.  Ash Princess – Amazing! It was everything my fantasy heart asked for!

4. The Last Namsara – Absolutely loved it, this was my favorite read of the month! 🙂

(I have reviews posted of the first three books!  The Last Namsara should be out next week!)

Books On My TBR I Did NOT Read

5.  Spindle Fire – I tried to read this, but I had a hard time with the different style of writing.

6.  An Ember in the Ashes – I was unfortunately not able to get to this one.

7.  Uprooted – I am in the middle of this one, so it’s not a complete failure.  Also, I’m adding it to next month’s TBR!

 

October TBR

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1. Sea Witch – by Sarah Henning  – A Little Mermaid re-telling! I enjoy a good retelling and I’m excited to read one about mermaids instead of sirens! Also, it’s fantasy so it looks like it will be awesome!

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2. Changeling – by Molly Harper – This is a Kindle ARC Provided by the publisher through NetGalley. From the synopsis, it seems to have a bit of a Harry Potter theme going on.  Magic and learning at an institute and trying to fit in. I can’t wait to read this! 🙂

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3. The Shadow Queen – by C.J. Redwine – I have been meaning to get this book for years!  I finally decided to get to it because a new book (the 4th one I think) is coming out in 2019!  I believe you can read it as a stand alone, but I wanted to catch up with everything else that was happening in that realm. It’s also a fairytale retelling series!

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4. Furyborn – by Claire Legrand – I think I unintentionally went with a theme that involves princes, magic, fairytale retellings.  While this one isn’t a retelling it certainly involves magic and princes, and also has a female lead. I cannot wait to read this!

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5. The Falconer – by Elizabeth May – Oh wait.  I picked up another book about Fae without realizing it! And of course it takes place in Scotland! 🙂 Also, I had no idea that this book has been out for a while, but from what I hear it’s excellent! 🙂

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6. Uprooted – by Naomi Novak – I’ve added this to list because I am currently reading this from last month.  It’s a slow read for me, so I’m going to put this on the back burner and get to the other ones first.  It’s a fairy tale re-telling and I’m enjoying it so far!

And that’s my wrap up and TBR!  Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below! Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

2018 August Wrap Up and September TBR

Hello Book Friends! I hope ya’ll are having an amazing day!

It’s already that time for a wrap up, yet I thought I just wrote my August TBR?! Where did my month go? It came and went so fast! 🙂 Anyway, here it is! If you just want to see my September TBR just keep scrolling!

I don’t know if ya’ll know this, but I also have a bookstagram account over @erinreadsthebooks! Feel free to stop by and say hi! 🙂

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WRAP UP!

Books I read that were actually on my TBR pile:

1. The Cruel Prince

 

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I couldn’t obtain a more recent pic since I’d already returned it to the Library.

 

(I updated my August TBR post a couple days after I posted it, because this E-book appeared on my kindle from the library and limited to how much time I had before it needed to be returned.)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: The Cruel Prince

2. This Savage Song

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: This Savage Song

3. The Crown’s Game

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here:Book Review: The Crown’s Game

4. Mistborn

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Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

You can find my review of this book here: Book Review: Mistborn

Books on the TBR pile I didn’t get to:

1. Fangirl

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Unfortunately this one didn’t happen this month.  I just couldn’t get into this contemporary mood this month.  However, I will be re-adding it to a future TBR, but not September.  If I do that all I’m going to do is keep pushing it forward each month and end up not reading it at all! :/

2. Sky in the Deep

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I didn’t get around to reading this one either. I should have started this one before I invested so much time into Mistborn. After reading Mistborn, I didn’t think I’d be willing to read anything that wasn’t up to it’s standards. Again, I’ll re-add this one to a future TBR and trying again.

Books I read that weren’t on my TBR that I read anyway:

1. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (Volume 3)

Yes, I count manga as books – especially since they tell a story.

This is a manga by Masashi Kishimoto.  It follows the main character Boruto, the son of Naruto Uzamaki as he grows up in the ninja ‘verse.

It took me twenty minutes to read and unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture before I returned it to the library.

If you want to find out more about this series, you can check it out on wikipedia here: Boruto

2. Blood Water Paint

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This was an impulse read, actually on the last day of August.  I was going to actually add it to my TBR pile for September, but I started reading it and found it too be intriguing to be put down.

So, overall I read 6 in total –  4 out of my TBR, and 2 at random.  It’s only the first month, so I’m going to have another TBR pile for September, as you can see below!

September TBR

I’ve added 7 books to my TBR book this month! 🙂  Here’s the list!

 

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I believe this is something of a fairy tale re-telling and who doesn’t enjoy those? Ok, well maybe you don’t, but I do and I’m kinda obsessed with them! Also, I think I heard something about dragons too?! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, you either LOVE it or you HATE it. We’ll see which way I lean towards when I’m done reading it (hopefully in September!).

 

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

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Ok, so I’ve like started this twice already, and ended up getting distracted with other things such as library books that were due and I had to read before they were returned.  This is a book I actually own, and I am settling down this month to read it.  Besides I hear it’s really good and the third book was just released this year.😊

 

3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

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I’m not sure if this is middle grade or YA, but I’ve always been meaning to try it out to see if I like it.  Besides since it’s almost AUTUMN, I can read this because Halloween’s just around corner, yes? And it seems like something I would enjoy.

4. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

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Reclaiming Kingdoms, Princesses who fight back, and a little bit of darkness – count me in.  It seems to have a lot of good reviews, so I’m looking forward to it!

 

5. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

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Another Fairy Tale re-telling! I’m pretty much sold on those words at this point but again I’ve heard mixed reviews so we will will see!

 

6. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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More dragons in this one! (More magic words that make me stop and want to immediately read!)

 

7. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

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The cover reminds me of something really contemporary, so I never would have picked it up otherwise – if I hadn’t heard that it is really funny. So, it’s hopefully more of a lighthearted read that I’m looking forward to reading this month!

 

 

There you have it!  My wrap up and September TBR! Let me know what you thought about these in the comments below!  As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

 

My Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2018 So Far

Hello Book Friends!  I hope you all are having a great start to the week!  I can’t believe another one is here already, but here we are.  Since it’s July already I’d thought I share with you some of my TOP favorite books that I’ve read this year in any order.  They didn’t necessarily release this year, but I read them in the first half of 2018.  With that being said…let’s get started! 🙂

 

  1. Crooked Kingdom
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I’d also add this one, but I read this in 2017!

 

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This series was probably the best heist series I’ve ever read.  (It’s probably the only one I’ve read so far!) 🙂  I thought that these two books were INCREDIBLE.  And that’s pretty good coming from me, because I didn’t actually LOVE the Grisha series.  Though, I would recommend that you read the Grisha series first, as there are some references to it that will make a lot more sense.  It’s not NECESSARY to do so, you can still read them all by themselves and enjoy it just fine. And another thing, it took me THREE times to get into Six of Crows because I wasn’t a fan of the FIRST chapter.  The second chapter gets much BETTER  in my personal opinion.  However, I couldn’t put Crooked Kingdom down once I had my hands on it!  (I have heard that Mistborn is similar, but I haven’t read that one yet, so I can’t compare…yet.  Gasp, I know – I’m getting there! :))

2. Daughter of the Pirate King

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Hello there, book about Pirates.  I’ve watched all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and loved every single one so when I saw this book at the library one day, I knew I just had to read it.  And it was getting a lot of attention on bookstagram which made me want to read it even more.  Not to mention it’s from a female perspective!  Count me in!  I read it and loved every second of it!  It has fantastic witty banter which is what I live for to be honest, and was so much FUN to read about!  I was laughing about 90% of the time, which is practically the whole story!

3. Thunderhead

 

 

Ok, so I wrote Thunderhead because it was the most recent book out so far in the series, but Scythe was amazing too.  I’d heard so many fantastic things about it, and besides did you notice how cool the covers look?  I love the Grim Reaper look on the covers.  Dear publishers – please don’t do a cover change for the next book okay?  It doesn’t NEED one! This utopian story ended up being a much cuter and more in depth story than I expected and all of the plot twists had me on EDGE.  And wow, so much is going on, and that horrible cliffhanger at the end of Thunderhead has me dying for the next one! Soon please!

4. Tempests and Slaughter

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I KNEW about this book a LONG LONG time ago.  About ten years ago, one of my best friends introduced me to Tamora Pierce’s books.  They were her absolute favorites and she handed them to me so we could squeal together about the magicalness of these books.  And they are exactly that – magical.  I read the Tortall series first – My friend handed me them in order – Alanna, Daine, Kel,  and Aly series. I know they have official series names, but this is what I call them.  My friends favorite is the Kel series, and mine is Aly’s – (a.k.a the Trickster Series). NUMAIR – which Tempests and Slaughter is about comes from Tortall. He isn’t called Numair in this book though, he hasn’t obtained that name yet!

Tamora Pierce also has another series called the Circle of Magic which is a quartet series, followed by the Circle Opens (another quartet), and the Circle Reforged (a trilogy which hadn’t been released when I read the other ones long ago.)  She also published the Beka Cooper trilogy around this time – my second favorite in the entire series and I highly recommend it!

This was a long round about way of saying that a Numair series was mentioned before the Beka Cooper series was published so I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long long time!  I was so excited to finally get a change to read about his upbringing! He is a very beloved character in the Tortall series and I can’t wait to see what the next books will be like! 🙂

I loved learning about the different types of people in this book. Numair comes from a uniquely different place than his adult peers and its neat to see where he comes from.  Also, the Daine Series (The Immortals) is where you will read about him as an adult, and I definitely suggest that you read that series before reading Tempests and Slaughter. Although its not necessary that you do, but I think you will have a deeper appreciation for Numair going into the book like I did.

5. A Darker Shade of Magic

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This book was a fantastic read and I love books about Traveling to new worlds.  Also, the world building was great and the two main characters, Kell and Lila, are fantastic.  There are a ton of plot twists in this series. I actually loved the entire series and all the characters were super amazing – including the villians!  I loved the world building in this story and it was a really FUN fantasy magical read!

And there you have it, my top 5 favorite books of 2018, so far!  We’re only a little over halfway through the year and my top favorite books might be different by the end of the year! As always, Happy Reading!

8 Christmas Gift Ideas For the Reader in Your Life

Hello Book Friends and Non-Book Friends!  Hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Cyber Monday!

Anyways, I just wanted to share with you all some Christmas Gift Ideas for the Reader in your life.  These are just a few of the endless possibilities!

1. Fabric Book Sleeves: I think these things are just the cutest.  I’ve attempted sewing things before and these seem so easy to make.  But it’s probably also time consuming, so props to the people who make them.  They’re the best. Besides who doesn’t love having a little case sleeve to carry your precious book in?!

Wouldn’t these gold and silver fabrics make for the cutest books sleeves for Christmas?

2. Bookish candles: They look freakin’ adorable on everyone’s bookshelves and the collection ones are to die for.  I want one for every book on my shelf if I could. And if I had a bunch, I’d make a whole shelf for them so others can be envious.

3.  Actual books:  Ask for a list, or pick up something random that you think your friend/family member will love. If my family/friends would just decide to pick up something on my list, I’d love that more than anything.

4.  Gift cards to a Bookstore: Just a little something I wish my family would do for me – Buy me gift cards to the SAME bookstore so I can spend more money in one on-line store instead of having to divide it between two stores and deal with the extra cost of shipping. But I’m not complaining, I’ll take both cards happily regardless.

5. Bookmarks:  I love them.  My friends once bought this metal feather bookmark and I love it.  Also, homemade bookmarks are fun too. I paint with water color and sometimes make my own, but I wouldn’t mind receiving them as gifts either.

The feather bookmark! 
My hand painted creations! 

6. Bookish Mugs:  My friends also bought me this Harry Potter Mug.  And while I use it to store pens (which is good for me because I have a gazillion pens for my planners I write in) I think its adorable.  And awesome for instagram bookstagram photos too.

My awesome mug! 

7. Funko Pops!: While I personally do not collect these because I do not have the storage space, Bookish Funko Pops add some fun to people’s shelves.  Also, non-bookish people love Funko Pops too. I have friends who do collect them, and they get them from me for Christmas.

I know my friends don’t read this blog so I’m sharing what I’ve gotten them for their growing collections! They aren’t bookish ones. 

8. Bookish Art: I’d love to hang some drawings on my wall that other people have made. (since I am not artistic at all; I admire all those that are!) I think they would make great additions to my room and hey, I’d have more photo ops to add to my instagram bookstagram account.

And there you have it!  8 ideas that some of your bookish family members or friends might love for Christmas!  Happy Spending and Merry Christmas! Remember that Christmas is actually all about being with your loved ones this time of year, so no matter what you get them they’ll probably love it anyway, because it came from you! Thanks for reading!

Unpopular Opinions

Hello, Book Friends! The other day I came across this popular book tag on booktube called Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. The tag was created by the thebookarcher back in 2015. You should really check it out on youtube, it’s so fun to watch. It was made in 2015, but I’ve seen a lot of people still make the videos in 2017. Some people have even done 2.0 versions of it.

I currently don’t have a youtube channel, but I thought it would be fun to share these opinions with you all. So, let’s begin!

ERIN’S UNPOPULAR OPINIONS!


1. A popular book that you didn’t like:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Don’t hate me just yet, I still like some of her other books!)  I still read the entire series and I ended up enjoying it more and more. I just wasn’t a fan of this one.


2. A book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love:

The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney. My love of this type of series probably started off when I was 7, and I got books from the library. I used to read all the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. My parents didn’t really encourage this, but I snuck them into the pile of books I was getting, and read them secretly. Probably also one of the reasons I loved the show Supernatural the moment it aired too! (And I still do!!!!!)

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with or an OTP that you didn’t like:

I’m gonna go with the Beka Cooper Series by Tamora Pierce. The person she ends up comes out of left field.  I was so frustrated with that.  I knew who she wasn’t going to end up with, but I’d rather Beka have ended up with a person that was a least mentioned in all three books.


4. A popular book genre that you hardly ever reach for:

Sci-fi.  I can’t seem to reach for those type of books, if I know they’re sci-fi going into it. However with Illuminae, I had no idea. The concept of how the book was written was awesome, so I stuck with and it, so I also read Gemina willingly.  It’s the only sci-fi book that I could think of that I own, so here’s a pic.



5. A popular or beloved character that you don’t like:

Cadence from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  I feel that Cadence was unrelatable to me as a reader, so that was huge letdown for me about the main the character.


6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into:


Victoria Schwab.  I know, I’m sorry. I’ve tried to read This Savage Song so many times but I can’t get into it.  I haven’t tried to listen to it on audiotape so maybe that’s what I’ll try next.


7. A popular book trope that you are tired of seeing:

Where the main character and his/her love interest always end up dating. Maybe they shouldn’t end up together. This is just one example… (Yes, I know I’ve already used this picture!)


8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading:

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  I know, so many of you all love this book.  I just can’t seem to grasp it though.  I can’t get interested enough to get invested in it. And sadly, I have no pictures of it, either.

9. What movie adaptation do you prefer more than the book: 

 The Hobbit.  I remember when the first Lord of Rings movie came out in theaters.  I couldn’t wait a whole year before the next one, so I got the rest of the books and the Hobbit out of the library. I knew that the book was a classic which sometimes takes me a while to read because of how it’s written.  I did read them all and enjoyed them enough, but the Hobbit was more fun to watch than read.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed this post.  Let me know what some of your unpopular opinions are in the comments below!