🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov 30!

HoHoHo Readathon
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Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week. Today is the LAST day of the read-a-thon. And the LAST day of November. How the time flies! Also a little weather update… It is snowing where I live! 😱❄️

I know, I know… it is not technically winter yet😂 but, where I live, clearly the weather believes it is wintertime since we are having our first snow!

Okay, enough blabbering from me.

I finished my last book 📖(Hunted, Meagan Spooner) yesterday evening so I am officially finished reading for the read-a-thon! 😱. Now I just have to upload this last post and that will be the conclusion my participate in the HoHoHo read-a-thon!

Today’s topic for the very last HoHoHoRAT post is favorite read of the thon. It is soooo hard to pick a favorite. Partly because it took me a second to remember what I read again. 😂 My brain is a bit fried from reading so much! But, really, the difficult lies in the fact that each book was so different. I read a couple fantasy novels, one (adult) romance, one mystery and one fiction…

Alas, a favorite must be chosen so… My favorite read of the thon was… *drumroll pleaseeee🥁*

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

I think. 😂 I also really liked Hunted by Meagan Spooner. They are both really different so it is hard to pick a favorite, if you know what I mean. But I will go with From Lukov with Love as my favorite read of the thon.

I am thinking of doing a book review on From Lukov with Love so I will outline my thoughts on the book more extensively in that post, but for now I will say that I really enjoyed this novel due to my being able to relate to some aspects of the lifestyle of the main character and the banter between Ivan and Jasmine was downright hilarious.

Here are some numbers 🔢 from this thon:

Total books read this thon: 5 books
Total pages read: 1,688 pages

I am pretty happy with what I got read during the thon and I am so happy to have been able to participate!🥰

That is all I have for this very last part of the HoHoHoRAT 2020 hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. This was my second time participating in a read-a-thon hosted by Kimberly and I enjoyed them both so very much. Thank you Kimberly for hosting the thon and thank you to all of the “elves” for hosting the mini challenges throughout.💙

Talk to you guys tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday!

-Maya🌹

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🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov 29

Hello again, everyone!

HoHoHo Readathon

I am back with another HoHoHo read-a-thon post! Today’s post topic is current page or quote.

I decided to change this topic up a little bit and I found a few Christmas quotes that I thought would be fun to share!🎄

https://www.quoteshunter.com/quotes/christmas-quotes
Border of homemade Christmas gingerbread cookies on white background.
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Christmas gift boxes background with Christmas decoration.
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Hope you enjoyed these Christmas quotes. Do you have a favorite quote from above or one that is not listed? Let me know in the comments belo!

Thanks for reading!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post and 📚Stacking the Shelves

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your weekend is going well and that you are able to find some time to relax/ time for yourself. 💛

Today’s post is a combination of The Sunday Post meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.

First I will start with the Stacking the Shelves section of the post!

📚Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tygna’s Reviews and Reading Reality where we post about any books we added to our bookshelf, real or virtual, this past week.

Books I Bought:

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons
This is the second book I will be reading with my reading buddy! 🙂

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I just couldn’t resist it when I passed a shelf at B&N.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agathe Christie
I got this for the HoHoHo Read-a-thon that started on the 19th!

Books Gifted to Me:

The Right Time by Danielle Steel

Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

🌞The Sunday Post

Sunday Post

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer and is a way to share what happened on the blog in the past week as well as future blog posts and events!

Books I Finished This Week:
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata
Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz et al.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane
Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Number of Books Finished This Month: 8/10
I am currently reading Set Fire to the Gods and am planning on finishing it by the end of this month (aka tomorrow 😂) hopefully I finish on time! I know that means I will be one away from my goal, but it’s okay!
Books Finished This Year: 14/20

Last Week on the Blog:
🧐Flashback Friday: Old Books I am Thankful I Read
👑Book Review: The Princess Will Save You
🦃Top Ten Tuesday
🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT Posts

Upcoming Posts:
🎅🏼The last two HoHoHoRAT Posts! (RAT hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer)
📚Top Ten Tuesday – Topic: Books I Want to Read Again hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl
🧐Flashback Friday – Topic: Older books I haven’t read yet, but want to read hosted by me! Anyone can join. If you join, be sure to link back to my FBF post of the week and/or link your post in the comments so I don’t miss it!😊

Current/Upcoming Events:
I am currently participating in the HoHoHoRAT!


I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Be sure to look out for today’s HoHoHo post! Also, feel free to link your Sunday post or daily post in the comments below. 🥰

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday💗

-Maya🌹

🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov 28

Happy Saturday everyone!
I hope you guys had a great Saturday. Mine was very busy which is why I am posting pretty late!

Today’s HoHoHoRAT post topic is homemade goodie and holiday book!

I did not bake any goodies today so… I thought I would just include one of my favorite desserts that I rarely get to eat since Christmas is one of those holidays where we cook certain dishes and bake certain goodies only at that time of year!

This is kaju katli and it is one of my favorite Indian desserts besides gulab jamun. Kaju katli is made from cashews and the silver on top is edible silver on the top.😋

http://www.omilights.com/kaju-katli-recipe-to-make-it-at-home/

As for a holiday book, I went with a children’s book called The Christmas Mouse. 🐭 I don’t know the author and I couldn’t find the original book so you will have to take my word for it that it exists😂 All of the books/covers I found were from 2016 but I read this (or my parents read it to me) in the early-mid 2000s!! It is really going to bug me that I can’t remember/can’t find the original cover/book!

Have you heard of The Christmas Mouse?🐭

RAT Update: I am expecting to finish Hunted by Meagan Spooner this evening. That is all I had planned for this RAT! 😊 But I will keep posting the HoHoHoRAT posts, of course. 🥰

-Maya🌹

🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov 27

HoHoHo Readathon
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Happy Friday, everyone and good evening!
I am posting late because man… it was a crazy day. Then, I got home, ate. some dinner, hung out with my sister…and realized I totally forgot to post my HoHoHo post!!

Today’s post topic is Favorite Chair and Book!

I don’t really have a favorite chair (I don’t have a chair that I read in actually), but here is my favorite spot in my apartment right now…

I am planning on wrapping lights around the legs of the blanket ladder but haven’t gotten the lights yet. Either way, I am totally loving the way this corner turned out!

As for the book, I am currently reading Hunted by Meghan Spooner

What do you guys think of my little Christmas corner? 🎄🎅🏼

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Books I’m Thankful I Read🙌🏼

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and lovely Thanksgiving! 🥰

For those of you who don’t know, Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires. FBF is meant to highlight older novels so they are not forgotten! It is my hope that, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover – older novels together. There is a new topic every week which is posted in my Sunday Post (hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer). To participate in FBF, link back to this post or comment your link in the comments section.

I know Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I figured we could still go with the theme of thankfulness for today’s Flashback Friday post! So today’s topic is: Books I am Thankful I Read. I tried to include novels that I have not included in past FBF posts to keep it interesting!🥰

Michael Vey Series
Published: YA SciFi
Genre: 2011

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey, #1)

I really enjoyed this series. I zoomed through this series. At the time I read this, not all the books were out and it felt like forever until the next book(s) came out even though it was only a year between each installment! You know you really enjoyed a series when the anticipation for the next book is almost too much to handle!

Haven (trilogy) by Kristi Cook
Published: 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

I love this trilogy. I have re-read it several times. If you like vampires and other paranormal aspects like telepathy or astral projection, you will like this trilogy! I really enjoyed this series, especially the first book, because this was a novel where I could just disappear from reality and the main character was very relatable. This novel made me want to go to a school like Winterhaven!

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Published: 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction

This is a book that I like to return to every year! I used to do that and I need to do that again. I have not really read much historical fiction, but I really enjoyed Revolution. If you have any historical fiction suggestions let me know. This novel opened up my mind to reading other genres and I would love to read more historical fiction.

It was totally an accident that all the books I chose today were published in 2011! 😂 I think that will be the next FBF topic… but with a different year! What do you guys think of that?

Have you read any of these novels? What are some older books that you are thankful you read?

🎅🏼Be sure to watch out for my HoHoHoRAT post today!❄️

-Maya🌹

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🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!🦃
I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love and joy. I realize some of you may be apart from your families and I know from experiences that it is really hard being away during the holidays. ❤️ However, our family and friends are always with us even if not physically. And thank goodness for the technology of this day and age where we can Zoom or FaceTime our loved ones… otherwise it would be much harder to cope. Sending hugs to you all! 🥰

Okay, enough rambling by me now… Let’s get on to today’s HoHoHoRAT post: Current Read and a Snack!

I am currently reading…

I am about 60 pages in. I really am hoping I can finish this book and Hunted before the 30th! We will see…

Okay so the snack that I chose…

I love Khatta Meetha and I am fortunate to now live right by a few Indian stores so I can get it with ease. I don’t have to ask my dad to send me a care package of Indian foods!😂 I know Khatta Meetha isn’t really a “holiday” themed snack but it makes for a great snack while reading. 😊

Happy Thanksgiving my lovely friends. I hope you have a lovely day!

-Maya🌹

🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov. 25

Hello my lovely reader friends!
We are back with yet another HoHoHoRAT post with the topic of today being: Book and Ornament!

The book I chose is…

A Gingerbread Romance: Based on a Hallmark Channel original movie

I thought the cover was just so festive and pretty! I also love gingerbread.

For the ornament, I decided to choose…

A mermaid ornament!

My apartment is beach themed with teal accents so I have a mini teal Christmas tree in the corner! 😊

RAT Update: I finished Murder on the Orient Express! Now onto A Royal Christmas Wish 👑🎄
Books Finished: 3/5

-Maya🌹

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👑Book Review: The Princess Will Save You

Hey, everyone! Guess what I have ready…

A book review! 😱😱😱

Today’s post is a book review on The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning! I am still trying to get the hang of writing a good book review… so go easy on me. 😂 I wish I was better but practice makes perfect, right?!

This review does not contain any spoilers.

Book Title: The Princess Will Save You (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #1)

Author: Sarah Henning

Publish date: July 7, 2020

Pages: 352

The Princess Will Save You

Quick Summary
Amarande is a warrior princess, trained by King Sendoa herself. When the king dies mysteriously, Amarande is next in line to rule. But to do so she must marry. Amarande, caught between marrying a stranger and her love for her kingdom, is forced to make a decision when a neighboring kingdom conspires against her and kidnaps her beloved with the hopes of forcing her into marriage.

Structure
The novel is written in the third person and alternates POVs between Ama and other characters of the story. This definitely lead to moments of dramatic irony and pushed me to keep reading to see certain events to fruition.

Character Development
While we had chapters from Luca’s POV, I felt that his character fell flat and that he was a one dimensional love interest. However, I am optimistic that his character will be more developed in the coming books!

I really enjoyed Amarande’s character! I liked her feminist take on things, I liked that she is a warrior, and I enjoyed her “fight until the end” personality. I found her character relatable and she had a nice arc throughout the novel.

Finally, I actually really enjoyed reading the side characters’ chapters. They weren’t characters that are merely just added in with little thought. Because of this, the chapters from the POV were a nice additional dimension to the storyline and I am excited to see where those characters’ storylines lead in the future!

Romance Aspect
I won’t talk too much about Amarande and Luca, but one thing I will say is that I think there needed to be a bigger and stronger lead up of their romantic relationship prior to when Luca gets kidnapped. I think that there wasn’t enough Ama and Luca time to really feel that impact when Luca is taken away. I think, had the author developed their relationship for the reader more, I would feel a stronger connection between Ama and Luca rather than just being told that they love each other.

Overall Impression
I enjoyed TPWSY; it was entertaining and I definitely liked it enough to be concerned about the characters when they were in peril and to desire to read the next book. However, while I enjoyed this book, I did not love this book! It isn’t a book that I would find myself wanting to re-read, but I am glad to have come across it and have read it.

⭐️Desirability (Rating)⭐️
3.5 stars

Have you read The Princess Will Save You? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below; I love chatting with you!

-Maya🌹

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🎅🏼HoHoHoRAT❄️: Nov. 24th

HoHoHo Readathon
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Hey, everyone!
I apologize I keep switching up the title of the RAT posts. I figured going by day would honestly just be easier to track. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier!

Today’s prompt is favorite holiday movie and… dang, that is a hard prompt! I always draw a blank when it comes to answering “what is your favorite…” type of questions.

After much deliberation, I would say that my favorite movie is….

The Polar Express! 🚆❄️

Watching this movie is my family’s Christmas eve tradition! I love this movie and it has such a great message. 💙

RAT Update: I finished Snow in Love and have started reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
Books read: 2/5
Current read: 20/264

What is your favorite holiday movie?

-Maya🌹