Saturday, January 2, 2016

My Fall Reads And My Winter TBR's

Dia daoibh! Oh, look at that! Now you know how to say hello in Irish! You learn something new everyday;) Today I am going to do my second installment of my last season's reads and my this season's reads. I know it's been winter for a while now, but I was so busy that I totally forgot all about this. Better late than never.... right?

So starting with what I read this fall:

     The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney 

 No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar—a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey—she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl—it was she. How could it possibly be true?

Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really her parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was really good! The plot was intriguing, and the story was very believable. I really enjoyed reading it.   

Rose by Holly Webb

How would you know if you were special?
Mr. Fountain's grand mansion is a world away from the dark orphanage Rose had left behind. The gleaming, golden house is practically overflowing with sparkling magic—she can feel it. And though Rose had always wanted to be an ordinary girl with an ordinary life, she realizes she may possess a little bit of magic herself.

I give this book 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. It started off as a really sweet book, and then in the end, there is a blood thirsty kidnapper stealing children for their blood! I thought overall the story line was good, but the end came out of nowhere and it was freaky.

The Island Of Dr.Libris by Chris Grabenstein

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it? 

I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. When I first started it, I did not think I was going to like it. The more I got more into it, the more I liked it, but the end disappointed me. It was weird and it felt very rushed. I think the rest of the book makes up for it, but it was still ehh.
A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

I could not find a synopsis for this book, sorry!

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I did not really like this book. I did not like the plot or the characters. 

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box, the touching story of a widow and the young family who moves in with her. Together they discover the first gift of Christmas and learn what Christmas is really all about. The Christmas box is a Christmas story unlike any other. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it! It is such a sweet story about family and Christmas. I definitely recommend this book.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.
I give this book 4 stars. Despite it being a little bit boring, it was a short and sweet read, perfect for Christmas time. 

Those are all my fall reads! On to what I'm currently reading! 

Whatever happened to Janie? By Caroline B. Cooney 

 As Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl on the milk carton, she was overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl—it was she. How can it possibly be true? But it is.

With the mystery of her kidnapping now unraveled, Janie's story continues, and the nightmare is not over. No one can bring back or relive the 12 years gone by. The Spring family wants justice, but who is really to blame? The Johnsons know that they must abide by the court decisions made, but it's difficult to figure out what's best for everyone.

Janie Johnson or Jenny Spring? Who is she? Certainly there's enough love for everyone, but how can the two separate families live happily ever after?

This is the second book in the The Face On The Milk Carton series, and honestly, I do not like it as much. It's not that it's a bad book, it just hasn't roped me in yet. One of these days I have to sit down and really read it. 

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

In his fifth year at Hogwart's, Harry faces challenges at every turn, from the dark threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and the unreliability of the government of the magical world to the rise of Ron Weasley as the keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch Team. Along the way he learns about the strength of his friends, the fierceness of his enemies, and the meaning of sacrifice.

I CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME GET INTO THIS BOOK! This is my third time trying to force myself to read this. I love all of the other HP books I've read but this one is so boring! I want to just get through it so I can read the other ones and watch the movies! 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

Elizabeth has just started working as a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository - a lending library of objects, contemporary and historical, common and obscure. And secret, too - for in the repository's basement lies the Grimm Collection, a room of magical items straight from the Grimm Brother's fairy tales. But the magic mirrors and seven-league boots and other items are starting to disappear. And before she knows it, she and her fellow pages - handsome Marc, perfect Anjali, and brooding Aaron - are suddenly caught up in an exciting, and dangerous, magical adventure

I am loving this book so far! I am not very far into it yet, So I don't have much to say other than what I've read has been very good!

That's it for the Currently Reading list! Next up are my Winter TBR's (To be read.) I have a huge stack of books that I want to read, but since this post is already SO long, I'll just select a few. 

Keeper Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out.

I can't wait to read this! I started the first pages but I decided to read something else first. I liked what I read! 

Storybound by Marissa Burt

In the land of Story, kids go to school to learn to be the perfect character: a brave Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They dream of the day when they will live out Tales written just for them.
But when an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild finds herself Written In to Story, she discovers that the magical land is threatened by a dark secret. As she digs deep into Story's shadowy past, Una realizes that she is tied to the world in ways she never could have imagined—and it may be up to her to save it.

This sounds so interesting! I am so excited to read it! I love the cover... It's so pretty! LOL I love books with cool covers.

Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

Ivy Pocket is a walking disaster, at every turn enraging and appalling the fancy aristocrats she works for. But our protagonist doesn't see herself that way at all. In fact, she's convinced she's rather wonderful, perfectly charming, and extremely talented. When Ivy finds herself abandoned and penniless in Paris, she has no idea how she will get back to England. Fate intervenes when Ivy is called to the sickbed of a dying duchess and is charged with delivering a spectacular (and possibly cursed) diamond necklace to Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. From that moment on, Ivy Pocket is propelled towards her remarkable destiny in a surprising adventure full of villains, mayhem, and misunderstandings.

This book sounds so quirky and weird! The illustrations inside the books are so beautiful <3 <3 

Have you read any of these books? What books have you read lately? Comment and let me know! 


  1. Wow we have the same taste. I have read half of those books.

    1. Thats so cool! Which ones????

  2. I've read none of those books! :) Have you read Percy Jackson? Oh, do you think you could check out my blog? I'm trying to get 50 subscribers by tonight. If I can, I will have a doll related giveaway. Thank you!

    1. I read the first Percy Jackson forever ago! I liked it, but I didn't like it enough to keep reading the series. I have looked at your blog before, I really like it! I don't really follow people because I don't use Google plus, but I will add your blog to my side bar of blogs I like to read!

    2. I love Percy Jackson! I'll count that as a follow! :) If you want to, you could also follow by email! :) Thank you!


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