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Hello, by now we are almost halfway through the month of January. We are approaching inauguration day and hopefully seeing some snow (because I love Presidents and snow :) ). I hope you have been reading (or are a waitlist) for my two January books. Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson is the newly published book and then I chose a new classic, On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford too. Both have a WWII storyline, but take place in two different parts of the world (Italy and America, respectively).
I have chosen a bonus book in the event that you don't care for either of those, or you have already finished them. This one is a complete departure from the WWII world that I usually read about because it takes place in the western United States in the 1800s.
Outlawed is a book about the wild west, but not the wild west that we all know about. This one starts with a woman named Ada. Ada marries a local guy (not completely by their choosing, but they did like each other) and turns up to be barren. According to the laws of Baby Jesus, a woman must reproduce or she is cast aside so Ada is dumped and sent off to find her own way. She ends up in the wild, untamed west as a member of a gang.....a gang of girl crooks. All the women in this gang are barren or outcast from society. I am not going to spoil a thing for you, but I will say I never thought I would read a western book and enjoy it, but I sure did enjoy this one.
13 January 2021
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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10 January 2021
Hello and welcome to 2021!!!
So many people keep journals, myself included, and every year I look for a journal that gives me what I want. In 2020, I kept adding to the existing one that I was using and decided for 2021 I was going to make some of my own pages. I worked on a faith page because I wanted a place to reflect on good things, which is what I try to use my journal to accomplish anyway.
My journal is a combination of art, books, events, prayers, faith, gratitude, and BT. I try to write down a BT for every single day. What is a BT? It is the BEST THING that happened that day. Try doing that, it completely changes your outlook on how your day went. I don't think I said "I had a bad day" one day in 2020 since I started.
I am going to share with you the page that I made today. Use it if you like, change it up, do your own thing, and may you have the greatest year ever!!!
Download a copy here.
03 January 2021
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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01 January 2021
Every year I make a list of books I want to read that will be published in the upcoming year. I see I never posted it last year, but did all the other years, weird. Anyhoo, I am going to publish it this year because there are some that I cannot wait to get my hands on. There are also a few titles that I have already read and I can't wait until my friends get to read them too.
What I do is make a list of all upcoming titles that interest me. I then look at my libraries to see if I can go ahead and put any of them on hold. If I can I do if I can't then I keep this list and every month I go back to my libraries and see if I can put any of the upcoming titles on hold.
I looked back on this year's unpublished list and I have read all but two books that I chose. The year before (that list is posted) I read all but one.
I cannot find many books listed to be published after May (I think I had this problem last year too), so I may update this later. I have some that I can't find dates for, like Blood by the Jonas Brothers. It keeps getting pushed back.
Here is my list for 2021
I have read this one and loved it!! I can't wait for you guys to read it. It is about the American Library in Paris during WWII
I was lucky enough to get a hold of a copy of this one too. WOW!! This one is all about a shipwreck in Savannah and features two time periods. The first period is the setting of the sinking, the backstory, and the aftermath of the sinking are depicted. The second time period is a modern-day setting and the shipwreck has been found and now the archivers need to uncover the ship's secrets.
I was also lucky enough to get my hands on this book. Stephanie does an incredible job of showing three time periods. One is the American Revolution where you meet the bride, Adrienne, of Gilbert, Marquis de Lafayette. Next, you see Beatrice in World War I, Beatrice has purchased the home of Gilbert and Adrienne's chateau in France. Lastly, you will see Marthe try to uncover her past and survive Hilter's regime in WWII. This was an exceptional book.