30 Books Review Catch Up!

I’ve been terrible about posting reviews this year! I last posted in May, but that book had been read months before that. I don’t remember the details of the 30 books I’ve read or listened to since December of 2016, but I do know what I rated it on Goodreads.

All books were clean romance. Some had a few curse words, but most had none.

I use my library audio books on my phone which allows me to “read” a ton of books while I’m driving, grocery shopping, or cleaning my house. It is so great! I also found my love for Novellas. Short, sweet, and to the point.

Happy Reading Y’all!!

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BOOKS I GIVE 5 STARS!

Three Little Words (Walker Family): A Novella by [Tagg, Melissa]

The Healing (Kentucky Brothers Book 2) by [Brunstetter, Wanda E.]

The Snow Bride by [Macomber, Debbie]

Starry Night: A Christmas Novel by [Macomber, Debbie]

By Your Side by [West, Kasie]

The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel by [Macomber, Debbie]

Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel by [Macomber, Debbie]

Short-Straw Bride (The Archer Brothers Book #1) by [Witemeyer, Karen]

To Win Her Heart by [Witemeyer, Karen]

The Husband Maneuver (With This Ring? Collection): A Worthy Pursuit Novella by [Witemeyer, Karen]

Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides Book #1) by [Connealy, Mary]

The Heir (The selection Book 4) by [Cass, Kiera]

The Crown (The Selection) by [Cass, Kiera]

Her Dearly Unintended (With This Ring? Collection): An Ozark Mountain Romance Novella by [Jennings, Regina]

Stealing the Preacher (The Archer Brothers Book #2) by [Witemeyer, Karen]

How I Met Your Brother by [Rallison, Janette]

The Wedding Dress by [Hauck, Rachel]

Falling Like Snowflakes (A Summer Harbor Novel) by [Hunter, Denise]

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) by [Meyer, Marissa]

BOOKS I GIVE 4 STARS!

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by [Poston, Ashley]

The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) by [Gaines, Chip, Gaines, Joanna, Mark Dagostino]

Swept Away (Trouble in Texas Book #1) by [Connealy, Mary]

Better Off Friends by [Eulberg, Elizabeth]

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by [Han, Jenny]

A May Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 6) by [Moseley, Meg]

A November Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 12) by [Vogt, Beth K.]

Country Bride: Woodrose Mountain by [Macomber, Debbie, Thayne, RaeAnne]

BOOKS I GIVE 3 STARS!

A July Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 8) by [Wiseman, Beth]

A June Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 7) by [Whalen, Marybeth]

BOOKS I DID NOT FINISH READING BECAUSE OF CONTENT

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks AND P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

 

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West : 5 of 5 STARS YA REVIEW

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. 2016.

Goodreads. Amazon.

Signed, sealed, delivered… While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.

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I love all of Kasie West’s books! When you find an author that writes in the style that you love, you need to read all of their books! I get excited just hearing when she has another book coming out.

The way that Lily shares messages with someone she didn’t know is a little out of the ordinary these days, but that just made it more fun to read. I like how Lily finds out the the new friend is a guy. The ideas of this happening in real life was cute! Stories like this keep me up late at night, completely addicted.

If you love clean teen romance novels then you must read ALL of Kasie West’s books! They’re so wonderful! Escape into a funny and adorable love story in P.S. I Like You.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: mild ( kisses )
Language: none
Violence: none

SOME BOOKS BY KASIE WEST (click the book to view on Amazon)
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Aspen Everlasting Blog Tour!

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Kathryn Cooper and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “Aspen Everlasting” e-book blog tour, which will run from January 10-24, 2017.

About the book:

Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!

About the author:
Kathryn Cooper lives in the heart of Texas with her husband and four young boys. She has read and blogged about other authors’ books for years. She is excited to finally have her own book out for readers. “Aspen Everlasting” is her first novel.

“Aspen Everlasting” blog tour schedule:
January 10: Rachel McClellan
January 11: I Am a Reader
January 12:
January 13: Writing Worm
January 14: Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 15:
January 16: My Book a Day
January 17: Bookworm Lisa || Getting Your Read On
January 18: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 19: Diane Tolley
January 20: Book Loving Mommy || Kindle and Me
January 21: My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
January 22: Inklings and Notions || Rebeccah H Jamison
January 23: The Cover Contessa
January 24: Blooming With Books || Eccentric Eclectic Woman

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West: 5 of 5 STARS YA REVIEW

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. 2015. Harper Teen.

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When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

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If the book is written by Kasie West I know I’m going to LOVE it! I love a cute high school romance that makes me laugh or just have a cheesy grin on my face while reading. Within the first few pages you see a teenage girl getting dumped outside of her high school prom. She then goes and gets a fake replacement date. Gia gets a guy to play her “boyfriend” Bradley. She doesn’t even know his name. Gia was being ridiculous to ask him to fake being her boyfriend! The story just gets better and better.

Everything that happens is entertaining to read! The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West is a funny and charming YA contemporary fiction.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: none

BOOKS BY KASIE WEST
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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: 5 of 5 STARS YA REVIEW

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. 2014. Simon & Schuster.

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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I loved reading Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson! This is the first book I’ve read by her. It was exactly what I wanted to read in May 2016. I laughed at some hilarious moments when Emily was fulfilling some of the to-do list left by her friend Sloane. Watching a very hiding teen girl come out and do some unbelievable things was so fun to read. I laughed and cried throughout this great read.

If you love reading teen fiction that will make you laugh-out-loud at the library or cry tears on your couch then you must read Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson!

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: mild ( kissing )
Language: mild ( God-25, Da-1, He-1 )
Violence: none
Other: mild ( drinking, skinny dipping )

BOOKS BY MORGAN MATSON
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August-September 2016 Instagram

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#challengebookamajig#augustofpages Day 1: August TBR

“His eyes looked dark brown, shaded from the sun behind him. With hair longer than average and stubble along his jaw he looked rugged.” ~Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper when Aspen meets Harley
$2.99 eBook!

Aspen Everlasting has normal high school life and fantasy! It is full of adventures and clean teen romance. I’m the author. I have been through brain tumor treatments and want to reread my book for fun this month!
⭐I hope to sell 100 more ebooks to get it published as paperback! Please post about Aspen Everlasting to help!⭐ #kathryncooper #aspeneverlasting

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Day 2: Romance Novels #augustofpages

I love clean romance novels! Here are some I LOVE!
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper
Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Day 3: Pink + Green Books #augustofpages
Kasie West’s books are so entertaining! I’ve read 1 page of P.S. I Like You, and I’m hooked. #kasiewest

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I love living the Texas country life. We’re taking care of our friends’ beautiful #horse this weekend. If you’ve read my book, Aspen Everlasting, then you know I love horses. 💛🐎

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#challengebookamajig Day 18: #coverbuys
This cover is amazing if you love teen urban fantasy romance! 😉❤ This was a cover buy plus I was at the author event. Shannon’s so fun. Great read!
📚Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

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#augustofpages Day 18: Used Books
I love when libraries sell their books that are getting too old. These 2 books are some of my favorites! Sweet clean romance.
📚Anna and the Duke by Kathryn Smith
📚Emily and the Scot by Kathryn Smith

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$50 Amazon Giveaway, and my ebook Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper is on sale for only $0.99 this week! The giveaway lasts longer. Visit iamareader.com or my website kathryncooperwrites.com to enter the $50 AMAZON GIVEAWAY!

I am Kathryn Cooper, #author of #aspeneverlasting
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Aspen Everlasting

Aspen Everlasting

Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car gets caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal, with powers of strength beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!

I like a book that draws me in from the first chapter. … I was left wanting more. I would recommend this book to young adults and adults who enjoy fiction and fantasy and leaving reality for a moment to be a part of something more.
-Kate Walker

I’ve never read anything like it before and it drew me in right away! Cooper’s world building was spot on. Her visuals made it easy to see exactly what she was trying to convey and it just felt like I was in this world with Aspen. I loved it.
-Author Shannen Crane Camp

Aspen Everlasting is a fun paranormal romance. This is the perfect fit for young teens as well as adults who want a clean romance that is entertaining to read.
-Books A True Story

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Author Kathryn Cooper lives in the heart of Texas with her husband and four young boys. She has read and blogged about other authors’ books for years. She is excited to finally have her own book out for readers. Aspen Everlasting is her first novel.

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Aspen Everlasting

Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper

Water splashed on all sides then took control of the tires. The car swerved right toward the river.
“No. NO. NO!” I turned the wheel toward the road. It didn’t work. Fast running water pulled the car into the flooded river.

Aspen Foster thinks she’s just a normal sixteen-year-old, but when her car’s caught in a flash flood, Aspen and her sister discover the superhuman strength they never knew they had.

Soon Aspen learns she’s not normal at all. She’s an Evermortal fairy, with powers beyond her wildest dreams. But the more Aspen finds out about her family’s past, the more dangerous her future becomes.

This riveting fantasy is full of action, adventure, and romance. Suspenseful and exhilarating!

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“Aspen Everlasting is a fun paranormal romance. This is the perfect fit for young teens as well as adults who want a clean romance that is entertaining to read.” -Jessica from Books A True Story

“Aspen Everlasting is a quick read, and packed full of action and suspense. . . I can’t wait to read more from Kathryn!” – Tammy from Bluerose’s Heart

“I love this book so much! It was fantastic! It was so imaginative and different. I’ve never read anything like it before and it drew me in right away!” – author Shannen Crane Camp

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Excerpts

“Want me to come with you?”
I looked up at his grin. Of course I did. I’d been crushing on him since we were ten. Six years was a long time to have a crush. But…
“You’d better not. I’m picking up three sophomore cheerleaders. There might be too much girl drama for you to handle.”
He threw his head back and laughed, then stepped closer. “I think you’re right. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Aspen talking with Nate

A large puddle spread out in front of us on the road. It looked like we could make it through, so I pushed harder on the gas pedal. Water splashed on all sides but then took control of the tires. The car swerved right toward the river.
“No. NO. NO!” I turned the wheel toward the road. It didn’t work. Fast running water pulled the car into the flooded river. The girls screamed as we rode the car like a water ride at an amusement park. My brain froze. I couldn’t think of what to do. The river took control of the car, spinning us around.
Aspen with friends driving in a Texas flash flood

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September 1st to 7th

Aspen Everlasting will be reduced to just 99 cents on Amazon!

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kathryn cooperAuthor Kathryn Cooper
Kathryn Cooper lives in the heart of Texas with her husband and four young boys. She has read and blogged about other authors’ books for years. She is excited to finally have her own book out for readers. Aspen Everlasting is her first novel.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 9/19/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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July 2016 Instagram

 

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The Second Season by Heather Chapman comes out September 13! I’m reading the ARC and loving it! Preorder on Amazon and Barnes&Noble
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! #redwhiteblue #4thofjuly

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. Crossed by Ally Condie. My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison.

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Day 5: Black Books #sammyreadsjuly16
I have read all of these books, and they’re exciting! In the Twilight series New Moon is probably my favorite because Jake is fun and just so sweet! 💛

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Echo In Time by C.J. Hill. Secrets after Dark by Marie Higgins.

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Colt and I with our 4 boys are at my family reunion up in Park City, Utah! We are loving it! #family #utah#parkcity #summerfun

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Day 25: Favourite Book Couple 💕#sammyreadsjuly16

💙I was breathless when he pulled away. “Be careful, princess.” His blue eyes looked darker like the sky before a storm. “I can’t lose you.”💙

The anticipation to see if Aspen gets together with Nate is huge in Aspen Everlasting by Kathryn Cooper! Things pull them together and pull them apart throughout this YA urban fantasy. It’s full of adventure and romance! $2.99 eBook!

Have you read Aspen Everlasting? If not, READ IT! If you like the genre of urban fantasy with romance then you will love this read. And yes, I am the author. 😆

If you’ve read this book you might recognize some of these images. 🏊🏈🐎👗

I am Kathryn Cooper, author of Aspen Everlasting!

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Give wings to your Imagination! Write on!#maybornmuseum #author

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Do you ever re-read a favorite book when you need to escape from a hard day? Yesterday I escaped to Aspen Everlasting, my own book, for the first time in almost a year!
From 2014-15 I was going through #braintumorsurgery, radiation, and chemo. At the same time I sent my book out to find a publisher and then edited my book with my publishing company. Aspen Everlasting was published a few weeks before my last chemo!
Most authors don’t read their books after it has been published because they’re working on their next book or can remember their book better than me post brain tumor. I wish I was working on my next book more, but I haven’t had the energy in me for the past 2 years.
So yesterday I wanted to read and saw Aspen Everlasting on my kindle. I started to read it, and the smiles came quickly. 😆

When you have a hard day find what will bring a smile to your face.

June 2016 Instagram

Day 1: Catchy First Sentence#alices15daysofwonder

“As I read this boy’s fact sheet, I was already mentally pulling together an outfit from my closet.”
Shannen Crane Camp is the author of MANY great YA reads! Reading this first line to The Breakup Artist makes me smile and want to read it again!

Have you read any of Shannen’s books? Which are your favorite?

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June 3: Orange/ Yellow Books #sammyreadsjune16
I’ve read 7 out of these 9 orange/ yellow books! My favorite color is actually yellow! 🍋🚩 Have you read and loved any of these?

Emily and the Scot by Kathryn Smith * All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison * Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix * The Distance Between Us by Kasie West * Oracle Sunken Earth by C. W. Trisef * Pulse by Patrick Carman * Slayers by C.J. Hill * Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger * Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Day 6: Wardrobe Goals #alices15daysofwonder

I would love to go all dressed up to an 1800s dance. I have read and loved all 6 of Jane Austen’s books! Persuasion is my favorite! I didn’t have a cover of it with a dress so Sense and Sensibility is pictured.

Have you read any books by Jane Austen? Which is your favorite? Read them ALL! Sense and Sensibility. Pride and Prejudice. Mansfield Park. Emma. Persuasion. Northanger Abbey.

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June 8: Bookmarks #sammyreadsjune16
This is what I call a small stack of my Aspen Everlasting bookmarks! I love to sign and give these bookmarks away to readers at my author events. I’ll be at Barnes&Noble in Waco, TX on Saturday at 1pm. When your book is selling only as ebooks you have to sign bookmarks!

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Day 6: All White 🌼📖 #alices15daysofwonder

3 books I love! These happen to be my favorite book in each series. Add them to your reading list. 📚 Find my reviews on my website, goodreads, and Amazon. The One by Kiera Cass. Possession by Elana Johnson. Crossed by Ally Condie.
Have you read and loved these too?

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I was an AUTHOR at the Barnes&Noble Teen Book Festival today! It was fun to be around Miracle Austin, another teen author, in the Waco area!#bfestbuzz

I am Kathryn Cooper, author of Aspen Everlasting! Urban Fantasy. $2.99 ebook on Barnes&Noble, Amazon, iTunes, and more!

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June 13: Black and White 🐇#sammyreadsjune16
This is a great stack of black and white covered books! The top one is Remembrance by Michelle Madow. Michelle was the 1st author I met! She’s so sweet.
A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson
Echo in time by C.J. Hill
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Love After All by Michele Ashman Bell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Do you like to read retellings of Jane Austen’s books and/or retellings of fantasies like Cinderella? I LOVE retellings! I find it interesting and entertaining to see your characters go through stuff in a different way.

These are Jane Austen retellings and so fun to read! Have you read any? I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s books so I knew that Emma wasn’t my favorite, but I LOVED this retelling! It surprised me that I loved it. Emmalee by Jenni James is happy making! 😙
Northanger Alibi by Jenni James
Persuaded by Jenni James
Pride & Popularity by Jenni James

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June 16: Ditch That Jacket #sammyreadsjune16
Four: a Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth is a great book to see with its jacket off. I loved reading Four’s small stories. Who is your favorite Divergent character? Mine is Four. I want to show bravery through fears. Four and I are both scared of heights and claustrophobic. I don’t like 🎡 Ferris Wheels! 🎡 They are so SLOW which makes me feel claustrophobic AND scared of heights! 😂

June 18: Book and Nature #sammyreadsjune16
I love books, photos, and Texas country life. I’ve started reading and loving The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Rumsey Harris. I’ve met Lisa! She’s sweet and fun! 🌸

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June 24: Favourite Quote #sammyreadsjune16

~”But you’re a prisoner,” said Thorne.
“I prefer damsel in distress,” she murmured.~ Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress is my favorite in The Lunar Chronicles! She makes me laugh with her Thorne crush feelings.