Most Anticipated Winter 2019 Releases

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Me? I’m just dreaming of the day where all my books will be able to fit on my shelves. With so many amazing books coming out this January and February, let alone 2019, it’s probably time to invest in that fifth bookcase.

With my most anticipated 2019 contemporary releases and ‘non-contemporary’ releases posts coming soon, today I’ll be focusing on books being published and January and February and may or may not be included on those lists.

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My Favorite 2018 Bookstagrams

Back in March, I decided to put more effort into my bookstagram and photos for the blog in general. By no means I am a ‘professional’ book Instagrammer, but I am still pretty proud of my photo skills and iPhone 6.

While I plan on writing a post about how I bookstagram, here’s the top three things I learned about bookstagraming this year:

-Craft stores are EVERYTHING, but you can also find so many props lying around your house (think blankets, table covers, FOOD, decorations,etc.)

-Daylight is EVERYTHING (at least when you’re using your cell phone and don’t have a lighting set up)

-Don’t hold yourself up to other accounts—this includes how your photos look and your follower count. Have fun and don’t worry about the stats

Listed below are my favorite bookstagram photos of 2018 for each month of the year.

January 

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COMEDY & MORE: Favorite 2018 TV & Movies

While the most amount of books that I’ve ever read in one year, 2018 has been a year where I’ve also felt that I turned to TV and movies more than usual. To be considered a 2018 favorite, the TV show or movie had to come out or have new episodes this year. However, because catching up with ALL the shows & movies are just as difficult as keeping up with all the new shiny book releases, I do have some honorable mentions that didn’t come this year.

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UNEXPECTED CUTE CHRISTMAS READ: Prince in Disguise

Summary: As the younger sister of the former Miss Mississippi and reality TV show star of Prince in Disguise, life feels real enough for Dylan. But since Dusty’s wedding to Scottish laird-to-be, Ronan, is going to be aired on the show, maid of honor and camera-shy Dylan finds herself in front of the camera as well. As she is whisked off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the big day, Dylan begins to discover that the show’s producers has even more surprises in store, including family secrets, long-lost relatives, and Dusty’s future-mother-in-law who decidedly doesn’t think Dylan’s sister is good enough for her son. At least Dylan has Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsmen, to relieve some of her stress… unless the show plans on making Dylan her own reality TV sensation.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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My Harry Potter Story

Blame it on the holiday season for making me crave Hogwarts and butterbeer. Like many readers, I crave cozy reads during Christmas time, and Harry Potter happens be one of the most atmospheric choices. Since 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, today I’m going to be talking about my experience with the Harry Potter series and franchise.

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I was not the biggest Potterhead growing up. Looking back, this sort’ve surprises me, considering that it was my mom who first fell in love with the series and made sure to get each book upon their respective release. This is a HUGE deal for my mom, who is not only an avid reader, but an avid library user (AKA she rarely buys books). One of my best friends is also a huge fan of the series—she reread it at least thirteen times- and I was a bit envious of her Hermione Halloween costume one year. It came with a wand- I think this was before Universal opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and having a wand wasn’t that common. 

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Holiday Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Summary: For the first time in years, the entire Birch family will be under roof for Christmas. And it’s only slightly because they have to. Andrew and Emily’s daughter, Olivia, who is often off saving the world, is forced to stay in quarantine for a week after treating an epidemic abroad… and her family should stay in quarantine too. For the next seven days, the Birches will be cut off from humanity- including decent Wi-Fi, in their aging country estate. While younger daughter Phoebe focuses on her upcoming wedding, Olivia struggles to accumulate herself into her family’s life, especially as Andrew and Emily hide their own secrets.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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