Friday Fives | Books Covers with snow, trees, or red/green

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

As Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, I decided today’s post will be covers that are Christmas related.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Book Review | The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Title: The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: 24 October 2017

Pages: 400

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another book I read over the Christmas Holidays, and it was a fun, easy read, which was the whole point. So, I guess technically it served it’s purpose. However, I wasn’t as blown away as I was hoping I would be.

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to mend her ways. She didn’t. She died. As you can already tell, this is a retelling of A Christmas Eve, as now Holly works for the top-secret company Project Scrooge, as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Each year they save another miserly grouch. And each year, Holly stays frozen at 17 while her family and friends go on living without her. Yet, this year is different, as the Scrooge this year doesn’t fit the usual model of the Scrooge. Holly decides to become friends with him but has to keep it from everyone else at Project Scrooge, as it’s against policy. Of course, feelings start forming between Holly and Ethan.

The story is pretty much a typical YA romance book with ghosts thrown in for a good twist. Holly realizes that she needs to be honest with Ethan to save him, which she does, but then in the end she ends up back in her bedroom five years earlier. The Christmas day she died. She then goes on to make amends and fix the things she needs to fix. Not only does she make amends with those in her own life, but she even goes to save Ethan’s dad, the big turning point in Ethan’s life and what made him turn into his grandfather.

She does go to find her boss and ask him about what happened and the readers find out that this year’s Scrooge wasn’t really Ethan but Holly. Her boss tells her that they never give up on a Scrooge. All in all, the book gives us that nice, warm, Christmasy feel that we all want around the holidays.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Of course, I plan to read certain books, but one thing or another gets in the way. Or I find that I just am not in the mood for that particular book at the time. So, hopefully, I can get to them in 2021.

I heard about this book a few weeks ago while listening to the podcast Behind the Bastards (Elite Panic Ep). I checked it out from the library before leaving on vacation (Christmas Break). Yet, I wasn’t in the mood for something heavy and wanted instead to immerse myself in some fiction. Hopefully, I can get to it this coming year.

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I bought this back in June or July and just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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I had this book on hold to pick up at my work, but for some reason something happened, so I had to cancel the first hold and re-do the hold.

I finally checked it out once I was back at work in January and finished it a couple of days ago. Review will be forthcoming.

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Nope, still haven’t finished the last Throne of Glass book. I just keep having a difficult time with Sarah J. Maas’s writing. After finishing Tower of Dawn, I’ve had a difficult time ignoring the lack of representation and mistreatment of BIPOC characters in her previous books. I’m not sure if I will ever finish this series or if I’ll read future books of hers (minus House of Earth and Blood cause I already read it).

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School and work got in the way of reading this one. Hopefully, I can read this one in 2021.

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Started reading this in the summer or maybe fall, then I stopped. I don’t remember why.

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I placed this book on hold hoping it would be available before Christmas started but it wasn’t. So, I’m still waiting for the book to arrive.

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I just never got around to this one, but I’m definitely planning to read this one soon.

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This has been on my TBR list since it came out, but other books or life got in the way. I’m kinda happy I waited since now the whole trilogy is out, so I can just read straight through.

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I bought this cause it sounded like a fun and enjoyable read. I started it and am not sure if I’ll finish because I’m not a huge fan of the writing style. We’ll see.

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Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Books On My Winter 2020-2021 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is books that are on my winter TBR. I’m super excited because my Christmas break starts tomorrow, and I’ll have 18 uninterrupted days of reading (this does include weekends).

Just checked this out from the library today and will probably start reading it tonight.

I’ve had a difficult time trying to read this. I’ve read about 70 pages, but I absolutely hate what my baby (Aelin) is going through. But I’m hoping to get through this over the break, and then start reading Sarah J. Maas’s new novel House of Earth and Blood.

An advanced ebook I have that I am super excited to read!

Another eARC that I need to read. I actually have started it just need to finish it. This month has just been too busy.

I checked this out from the library as well tonight, and I cannot wait to read it!! Sci-fi western with lesbians, yes please!

At the library I work at, some of us review books for the Heart of Texas Literature Quarterly. This is one of the books I’m reviewing. It’s about when American troops killed four American students protesting the Vietnam War. From what I can tell flipping through the pages, it’s mostly told through poems and free verse.

As with Kent State, this is also a book I’m reviewing for the Heart of Texas Literature.

I really need to get on top of my eARC’s. Here’s another one I’ll be reading over the winter season.

A book that I’ve placed on hold and hope to be able to pick up before the library closes.

Last week this was on my TTT Holiday themed TBR, this week I remembered that I actually own it. So, I’ll definitely be reading this.

TTT | Holiday TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is a holiday freebie one, and I’m not one to read a lot of any holiday themed books. So, here are some holiday books that I would like to read.

I love the Victorian era and Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories sounds like so much fun to read with a cup of tea on a cold winter night! I also just found out that there are multiple volumes of this!

Definitely not the normal holiday read, but it sounds like a fun read around the holidays when everything is so stressful.

I love love love Agatha Christie so of course , I had to include Hercule Poirot’s Christmas on the list.

Christmas, poetry, Maya Angelou what more needs to be said?!

The Family Stone is one of my favorite Christmas movies, and this seems to have a similar theme. What can go wrong at Christmas when everyone is forced to quarantine together?

I’m not just choosing this one because the character has the same name as me…

A retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol but in YA form and the Scrooge character is already dead!

I’ve known about the Christmas Truce for years, but it would be nice to learn a bit more about it as I only know that it happened.

Love Madeleine L’Engle, and this is sure to be amazing!

I’m a sucker for books about self-care, but I’m also interested in this to see what it says about getting back to the authentic meaning of Christmas. I’m especially interested since I’m not a huge believer in God.

I’m all for learning new things, and as I’ve never actually thought about the reason behind our Christmas traditions, it’ll be nice to learn all about it.

Happy Reading Lovelies!