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text 2016-12-20 00:18
Task the Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh!

I couldn't post all weekend, so you're getting a quick mashed up post :)



Task the Seventh:  The Christmas:

- Grab your camera (or your phone) and set up a Christmas bookstagram style scene with favorite holiday reads, objects or decorations. Possibly also a cat. Post it for everyone to enjoy!



So, I had visions of doing something beautiful like the Task picture but then my lack of talent and dog (seriously, I don't know what his deal was but he wouldn't let me stack the books, he kept nosing them and making it fall!) created the half fail you see. A small book tree with bottom layer of A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught; The Irish Devil by Donna Fletcher; The Mistress of Trevelayn by Jennifer St. Giles; and The Pride of Lions by Marsha Canham, second layer of A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss; The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss; and Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson, third layer of Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham and Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, and the "star" Wild Willful Love by Valerie Sherwood. I had to have an epic journey bodice ripper at top :) These books I reread over and over, as you can tell by the spines because for better or worse, their stories speak to me. 


Also, there are no holidays without alcohol, pictured:  Apothic Dark red blend ;)




Task the Ninth:  The Happy New Year:

- If you're feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth.



This Christmas present photo also ties into,



Task the Eleventh:  The Polar Express:

- Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy) or tell us a story about a childhood Christmas you'd like to share.


As an only child in the 90s, Nintendo was a big friend of mine. After the disappointing weirdo Mario 2 (seriously, throwing vegetables?!?) I was pretty excited for Mario 3 to come out. I was over at a friend's house and they asked me if I wanted to play it, me not knowing it was out yet, and oh what a joy it was. I loved how there were so many secrets to discover, how it was hard but not too hard, and how fun it all it. My family wasn't the richest on the block so buying a $50 game wasn't a given. I really wanted it but didn't expect it. Christmas morning when I was handed the gift, I kind of thought it was a Babysitter's Club book (also would have loved :) so I was over the moon when I saw that raccoon Italian. I can't even guess how many hours I devoted to this game, the thrown controller anger moments, and the probably over-the-top elation when I finally beat it. I will say, this remains one of my top favorite gifts ever.


Hope you all get your favorite gifts this year :)





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review 2016-12-14 19:23
This was a Kindle Freebie!
A Midnight Clear (A Fly Me to the Moon Holiday Novella) - Genevieve Turner,Emma Barry

Task the Ninth:  The Happy New Year:

- Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right.


Y'all. Seriously.



Set in 1948 we have Frances, a nineteen year old Admiral's daughter who has basically had to take on the responsibility of wife, setting up dinners and functions, after her mother passed away. She is constantly hounded by young naval men only wanting to date her to get in good with her father. 



In walks Joe, a midshipman who has one conversation with Frances and gets struck by love at first sight. It's a novella, so I'll forgive the insta-love but only because how the rest of the story went.



Just, gah. I don't know, it was so romantic! The way Joe pursues Frances, y'all, he gives her books...



THAT HE READ. He read a Georgette Heyer for her.





As she watched him, he didn't touch her; He looked. Merely looked.. Looked in a way that made touching beside the point. His hands were in his pockets, and her heart was in her mouth.


You're going to swoon hard for Joe. Frances was a bit of a tough cookie but oh how you understand her when she says she doesn't want to be a Navy man's wife. I loved Frances' family, sister and father. Her father may anger you at first but with few words and one amazing scene where he sits on the floor with Frances, you'll sympathize with a man who did a tough job and maybe doesn't fully understand raising girls but loves them. I loved how the authors had Joe showing respect for the Admiral and a bit nervous but in a couple scenes show him standing up to him and for Frances. Y'all, again,



There's not too much of a holiday feel to this but who needs that when you have Joe. This story is just so romance-y and if you want your face to hurt from smiling and your heart to feel like it is going to burst out of your chest, you must read this. 

Surprisingly, the only down fall was the epilogue for me. Reminder it is 1948 so their sex scene is a bit..awkward and I don't know, it kind of dented the chemistry I felt from the couple earlier. Or maybe it's just my 21st century womanhood screaming, "Get at it Frances!" cause, y'all, again,



So, I know this review is basically me telling you I have the hots for Joe but I had to let someone know, couldn't keep it to myself. Read this book if you at all like romance.



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