Cover Reveal! ~ A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna White

Hello Lovely People!

Its been forever and a year ago that I’ve done a cover reveal (or it feels like it) but FINALLY I’m doing one now! Today I’m going to be revealing the cover for Book 3 of Roseanna White’s Ladies of the Manor series and I’m super excited to show you the cover because IT. IS. STUNNING!

BUT! Before I show you it, its time to tell you lovely people about the series first.

 

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SO! The Ladies of the Manor Series take readers back in time to Edwardian England, when automobiles and electric lights were all the rage, but the old way of life still ruling the land. Lords and ladies, maids and valets…and in this case, a dose of danger and mystery to take them all on their journey to love.

“With the momentum and drama of a modern thriller and the charm and intrigue of an Edwardian upper-class romance, White balances hearty helpings of names, ranks, and family history with highly entertaining situations and plenty of humor.” ~Booklist on The Reluctant DuchessBlurb for A Lady Unrivaled

“White Is Quickly Becoming the Top Name in Edwardian Romance! Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better. Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?” ~Amazon Review/Blurb

 

Author Bio

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna’s novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com

 

and now! with all this lovely info shared about the series and the author that is BOUND to have you dying to read this story its time to reveal the cover! So without further ado. Here is the BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING cover for A Lady Unrivaled!

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TA-DAAAAAA!!!!

 

Links for A Lady Unrivaled

Find it on Amazon | Find it on Christian Book | Find it on Goodreads | See the Pinterest Page

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The Sound of Diamonds Blog Tour || Author Interview

Hello Readers!

Today I am SO happy to be apart of The Sound of Diamonds Blog Tour in which I will be interviewing author Rachelle Rea about her upcoming novel, The Sound of Diamonds, and ask her about her writing process and tons of other wonderful things! What better way to celebrate ones birthday than by interviewing such an amazing author? (Seriously guys, you will want to buy Rachelle’s book.)

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*Note: Book Review Will Be Coming To The Librarian Files on Monday, June 15th*

Hello Rachelle, and welcome to The Librarian Files! To start this off, could you tell us a bit about you?

Hi Adriana! Thank you so much for having me! Let’s see, I’m a debut author with an addiction to Oreos. I drive a pick-up and play country music—Rascal Flatts is my favorite. My curly hair is natural, and I coach gymnastics as well as work at my church. Oh, yeah, and I’m barely five feet tall. 🙂

 

High Five for Rascal Flatts! So, when did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

In middle school, after a friend and I wrote a short story together about twin sisters who rode horses. I thought that was fun so I kept writing stories, which kept getting suspiciously longer and longer.

 

 

That is great! Now, I must ask, can you tell us a bit about your upcoming novel?

The Sound of Diamonds is set in the 1500s. At that time, not only was the Reformation in full swing in Europe, but modern-day Holland was launching the Dutch Revolution because they no longer wanted to be ruled by Spain. My novel plops right there in the turmoil of religious upheaval and political intrigue. And, oh yeah, there’s a guy who wants to save a girl who doesn’t want to be saved. They’re my favorites, even though the history first drew me.

 

 

Where and when did you get the idea for this novel?

I was driving down Central Avenue in my little town on the way to a college class, when I heard a song on the radio. I forget the song but I remember thinking, oh, wow, that sounds like diamonds. Which, of course, is a really strange thought. So I spent that summer writing a book to figure out what The Sound of Diamonds is about.

 

 

Sounds fascinating!…And here I just get my story ideas while leaning over a sink of dirty dishes…*cough cough* Moving on. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes! I hate to give it away, but I will hint that there’s a lot about hope in this story. Through tragedy and heartbreak and the craziness that is life, Gwyneth and Dirk both learn a lot about how to have hope—and where to safely store that hope…

 

 

Is there a way you can relate to your main character?

She’s tall, so not there, LOL. 🙂 Gwyneth actually shares my near-sightedness. I wear contacts—I detest how I look in glasses; but Gwyneth wears glasses all the time. Well, until a certain chapter that I won’t spoil. 🙂 Anyway…yes, there were glasses back then. They were expensive, but they existed. And Gwyneth has a pair without which she can’t see well.

 

 

What is one thing you found particularly challenging when writing this novel?

Gwyneth. She’s sort of a spoiled brat at the beginning of the book. She’s definitely little like me in a lot of ways. I didn’t struggle liking or relating to her, which is good since I’ve spent so much time with her over the last three years! But she was definitely a challenge at times. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t and that can sometimes get her into trouble.

 

 

She sounds like such a fun character!

Okay, So I myself am a plotter. Did you have an outline for your novel?

Yes and no. I know, terrible answer. 🙂  I did not outline Diamonds. I just sat down and wrote a story that summer. Which caused me headaches when it came time to revise and edit. With Book Two in the series, The Sound of Silver, I created more of an outline up front. With Book Three, The Sound of Emeralds, I outlined even more. Each book happened differently. I’d like to think I’ve settled into a happy place of loose outlining. 🙂 Ask me again after the next book!

 

 

Did you learn anything from writing The Sound of Diamonds? What was it?

I learned a lot of things: that you can have hope when life is hard, that I can finish a whole novel, that Historical Romance is my favorite genre to write in, and that finishing a novel made a world of difference to this heart. I felt like a real writer, and that motivated me to keep with it, invest in the story more, and look into publishing it.

 

 

Besides family and friends, what is one entity you feel supported you through this writing process? 

Without hesitation, I can think of one community of writers who were an amazing support to me. Led by Stephanie Morrill, Go Teen Writers is a group of writers who are both teens and older; I found and joined the GTW community when I was on the cusp of entering my twenty-somethings, but it is still my favorite writing blog to follow. I highly recommend Stephanie’s blog (which she now co-authors with other writers) to any newbie and growing writer, regardless of age.

 

 

Do you have any advice for other writers/authors?

Read. I can’t say that enough. You can’t learn how to fly a plane by watching one glide across the sky, but you learn a lot by watching a sentence soar. So read in your chosen genre—and out of it.

 

 

Do you have anywhere where we, as readers, can stalk-er…I mean find you online?

Fun question. 🙂 I blog and love social media, especially Instagram now that I have a smartphone!

Website: http://rachellerea.com

Blog: http://rachellerea.com/blog/

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inspiringdaring/

Twitter: @RachelleRea

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea

 

Thanks so much for having me, Adriana! It’s been fun!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Rachelle!

 

 

Rachelle Rae

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.

COVER REVEAL || CARRIED HOME BY HEATHER MANNING

Hello Readers!

So, being on Heather Manning’s Street Team for her novels, I got to see this cover a couple days ago and last night I was told that now I can reveal the cover for this beautiful novel!

But….. Before I do so, I should probably fill you in on a couple things about this book AND tell you about it! (What? Did you think I was just going to show it to you first??)

 

First things first! Carried Home is the second book in a series (Historical Fiction by the way) written by my friend Heather Manning and the first book is WONDERFUL! If you go buy it right now, you may just finish before the release date of Carried Home (which is April 28th)

Buy the first book here: Swept To Sea

Maybe Add it to Goodreads? 

Find my review here: Swept To Sea Book Review

 

Now, It’s time to tell you what Carried Home is about!

About the book:
The Caribbean is no place for a society lady of London, yet after a daring quest to save a friend, Lady Ivy Shaw finds herself trapped far from home. Now, driven with worry for her young brother, she is determined to return to England in all haste. So, when a new acquaintance offers to sail her to her brother’s side, she jumps at the offer, scarcely caring that the man is a privateer.
Captain Gage Thompson is just learning how to be a captain. He sailed for years under the command of his longtime friend, Caspian Archer, but serving a captain and being a captain are, as he soon discovers, two very different roles. While struggling to gain the respect of his newfound crew, he now faces the distraction of beautiful Lady Shaw. He finds himself entranced by her and promises to give her passage home.
After a brief stop in Port Royal, Ivy and Gage discover an abandoned child. They both decide to bring her with them on their voyage to England. But problems soon arise in the form of hurricanes and enemy pirates, and Ivy and Gage find themselves scrambling to not only care for a lonely child, but also gain command of a motley crew.
Will love bud between Ivy and Gage as they journey home?

Now…The moment you have all been waiting for!

*drum rolllllllll*

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…..THE COVER OF CARRIED HOME!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m IN LOVE with this cover. It is simply stunning!

I would love to know what you think of it! Have you read Swept to Sea yet? Or is this the first you’ve heard of the series? Let me know in the comments 😀

Until Next Time 🙂

Adriana Gabrielle

ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years

Hello Readers!

It’s once again Top Ten Tuesday!…and I’m back to the old cover photo again. Heehee.

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Most of these are series, but I am a cheater like that! You can just assume that every single one of these books on this list at LEAST has a sequel…It’s just so hard to pick 10 and there was no rule they had to be standalone books….

1. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

I mean, obviously. Such an amazing series. and (some people might kill me) I personally found this series way better than Divergent…

 

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2. The Follower by C.F Barrows

Well, considering I can never stop talking about this book (or any of them on this list) it’s obvious this would be on my top ten list. Read through it 6 times and planning to read it again soon…

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3. It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith (first book in the Status Updates Series)

I LOVE this book! Laura L. Smith is the author who got me started on writing YA Contemporary Novels, and thanks to her I’m still writing them 😀 Such amazing books! ❤

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4. Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

Another wonderful YA novel by another AMAZING author. Book 2 was just as beautiful!

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5. Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus

This book had me in tears, it was amazing, as did book two. I think book three might have the same effect on me. Beautiful books!!

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6. The Roar by Emma Clayton

This book is more for younger teens but still a great series of books in my mind 🙂

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7. The Rising Series by Holly Kelly

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8. Mardan’s Mark by Kathrese McKee

I LOVE this book. Such a great story! 🙂 Any stories to do with Pirates and/or Princesses is fine with me! 😀

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9. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This and Pride and Prejudice are tied for my favourite Jane Austen book…and I can fairly judge because in school a couple years ago we read through all Jane Austen’s work. Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice are the best of the bunch.

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and last but NOT least, 10. Swept to Sea by Heather Manning

Remember when I said Pirate stories are the best? Well yeah, this story has pirates in it and I LOVED this novel. (even better its written by someone I know) but seriously, one of the best Historical’s I’ve read in a while.

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2014 End Of The Year Book Survey

Hello Readers!

So, I have decided, after seeing Cait Drews version of the link-up on her blog, to jump on board on this 2014 End of the Year Book Survey in which I will be answering many delicious questions about books/book blogs and the like! So I shall get started right away, because it is most definitely going to be a very very full post!

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2014 Reading Stats:

Number of books I read: Wellllllll. Lets just say I failed my Goodreads Challenge…This year was not a reading year for me >.< School always gets in the way. I only read 36 books this year. *sniff sniff* Okay, well I have read more, but I just got lazy with adding them to my read shelf…but I still don’t think I reached my 50 book goal anyways :/ Oh well! Always next year and I still loved the books I got to read!

 

Number of Re-Reads: I read The Follower by C.F Barrows 5 times this year people! And I only bought the book in February of this year. I would well be past my Goodreads challenge if Goodreads counted Re-Reads…

 

Genre I Read The Most From: Okay, Okay so I just went through my Goodreads to figure this all out and it seems that the Fantasy Genre won out with me reading 10 from that genre. Just cause I wrote up this list I’ll tell you how many books from each genre I read.

Fantasy- 10

YA Dystopian- 9

Historical Fiction- 7

YA Contemporary- 7

YA Fiction- 3

Non-Fiction- 3

Sci-Fi- 1

Best In Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2014? (If have to cheat break it down by genre if you want)

Oh my goodness. Ummmmmmm… I would probably have to say ‘How I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ by Joshua Harris. (Non-Fiction) Probably the best book I read this year 🙂

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I really didn’t like it but was so sure I would…
3. Most Surprising (in a good or bad way) Book You Read in 2014?

Rising by Holly Kelly. Really, the only reason I got it was because it was free. I wasn’t expecting much and oh my goodness, I was surprised!! It’s amazing!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (and they did) In 2014?

It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith. I always tell people to read her books 😛

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5. Best Series You Started In 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
6. Favourite New Author You Discovered in 2014?

Holly Kelly is by far my favourite author I discovered this year 🙂 Her books are amazing! So happy I discovered her books! 😀
7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read/Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

Once again, Non-Fiction is making an appearance here, but the book ‘Fighter: Five keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams’ by rapper Christopher Greenwood of Manafest was probably the best book I read that I don’t typically read. I don’t read much Non-Fiction and this one was absolutely perfect.

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8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book Of The Year?

Descending by Holly Kelly was definitely unputdownable for me! I even read it twice! (Lots of re-reads this year you guys. Like seriously!) It is such an amazing book and definitely had trouble putting it down!
9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Ummmm let me see…Probably either Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus OR Swept To Sea by Heather Manning. I really can’t decide. I will probably re-read both…
10. Favourite Cover of A Book You Read In 2014?

Ohhhh. I have so many favourite covers! But I LOVED the cover for Descending by Holly Kelly! Such a beautiful cover!

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11. Most Memorable Character of 2014?

AHHHH! Why torture me with such a horrid question???? I really can’t pick…..Too many options *sobs* I really can’t pick between my babies and I shall not pick!
12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read in 2014?

Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus is most definitely my favourite book published this year and probably the most beautifully written for sure! Such an amazing story.

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13. Most Thoughts- Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014?

To Save A Life by Jim and Rachel Britts without a doubt. This was definitely the most Life Changing book I have ever read! ( Fighter by Christopher Greenwood as a close second) So amazing.

14. Book You Can’t Believe You Waited UNTIL 2014 To Read?

Ummm…The Maze Runner! Definitely that. I had actually heard of it a couple years ago, but I only just read the entire series and I wish I read it a lot sooner.
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

Ummmm. I really don’t know! I’ve had so many….let me think on this for a moment….

Oh I know! I find that Minho comes to me speaking such amazing words of encouragement that really helps me get through life and that would definitely be this lovely quote: “Be careful. Don’t Die.’

Haha…okay so I’m kidding but I really can’t think of a quote. It was that one about or this:

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So take your pick….

 
16. Shortest and Longest Books You Read In 2014?

The longest book I read was Becoming The Chateran that was 499 pages (according to Goodreads anyways. I don’t remember it being that long…)

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and the Shortest book I read was ‘Skinny’ by Laura L. Smith that was 169 pages

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17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

Oh boy…I really don’t know. I wasn’t really overly shocked by any books per say….
18. OTP Of The Year

What??? More torture? Really?! Not fair… I have so many ships! I don’t even know if I cna really pick my OTP of the year….I’m stuck between three of my favourite ships!

I can’t decide so I will just tell you all three of my ships instead! (Yeah, yeah. Totally cheated.)

-Xanthus and Sara (From Rising by Holly Kelly)

-Kyros and Gretchen (From Descending by Holly Kelly)

and Sheth and Yannah (From The Follower by C.F Barrows)
19. Favourite Non-Romantic Relationship of The Year

Umm…Did I even read any novels with Non-Romantic Relationships this year?? Haha kidding….of course I did. Ugh. Just wayyyyyyy too many to pick from!  Probably the friendship between Siobhan and Owen in The Story of Owen by E.K Johnston. (a.k.a my ship that never could have existed)

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20. Favourite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You Read Previously

It’s Addicting By Laura L. Smith!!

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21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That you Read SOLELY Based On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure?

Oh! Oh! Oh! That would definitely by Waterfall ( River of Time Book #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren. My best friend and fellow blogger, Natalie Noel suggested I read it and so I did and LOVED it!

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22. Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read In 2014?

Newt from The Maze Runner!!

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23. Best 2014 Debut Novel You Read?

Swept To Sea by Heather Manning! By far the best debut novel!

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24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Oh my…I’ll probably say ‘Swept To Sea’ by Heather Manning again 😛
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most Fun To Read?

Oh boy, I’m not really sure about that one…
26. Book That Made You Cry or Nearly Cry in 2014?

I sobbed when reading To Save A Life. I don’t usually cry when reading books….
27. Hidden Gem of The Year?

A hidden jem? How about all the books I read???? Haha. Seriously though, I don’t really know about that….I feel a LOT of constant repeats of the same novels here…but yeah, I really don’t know.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Death Cure by James Dashner seriously crushed my soul! Oh my giddy goodness DX So much crushed feels.
29. Most Unique Book You Read in 2014?

Black by Ted Dekker was definitely interesting! Like Mah gosh!
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad? (Doesn’t Mean You Didn’t Like It)

I know  book that made me mad because I didn’t like it….All I’m going to say is its initials are: TFiOS

 

Blogging/Bookish Life:

1. Favourite Review That You Wrote In 2014?

My favourite review I wrote this year was probably my review of Becoming The Chateran by S.J Aisling

You can read it HERE
2. Best Discussion/Non-Review Post You Had On Your Blog?

Probably one of my blog tags/linkups….
3. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

Probably when Holly Kelly commented on my book review of Rising (in an E-mag I write in) and also a comment on the review from the author on her other book ‘Descending’ on my blog! That made me so very happy!
4. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (Whether by views or comments)?

My most popular post (comment wise) was my Character Interview with my NaNoWriMo Character Claire. (You can check it out HERE)
5. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m really not even sure to be honest! I have a lot of blog love already! So I don’t really know!

 

So, thats my post! Hope you liked it!

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

Top Ten Favourite Books I Read This Year

Hello Readers!

 

So, I’m still sticking to the old pick I’m using for Top Ten posts for now and probably for the rest of this week until I can get these pictures set up because my weekend suddenly became busy and I didn’t have time to pull out my camera or anything! Oh well 😛

Today’s Top Ten Post is The Top Ten Books I read this year.

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*In no particular order, just my top ten*

1. Skinny by Laura L. Smith

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This was an absolutely beautiful book (which I got for free on Amazon and is still free 😉 ) and it was really a great inspiration to me. Easy read, beautiful book, important message.

2-3. Rising and Descending by Holly Kelly

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It think y’all know my thoughts on these and how much I love these books… XD Here are the links to both Reviews. Rising and Descending 

4. The Story of Owen by E.K Johnston

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Loved this book! Can’t get better than modern day dragon hunters..who are teenagers.

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Um, excuse me. Amazingness and CRUSHED FEELS all over the flippin place!

6. The Follower by C.F Barrows

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So much love for this book! I’ve read it about 5 times this year!

7. It’s Addicting by Laura L. Smith

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Once again, another beautiful and amazing book with such a great message!

8. My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

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Was assigned this for school reading and I loved it. Such a great story indeed!

9. Worth The Wait (Waltham Academy #1) by Laura Jackson

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This was such a great book by a great author! As you can all tell, I love YA Fiction considering most my novels on this list are of that genre. Well half of them.

10. Seeing Through Stones by Rajdeep Paulus

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Okay. This book made me cry, but this was beautiful. This is a book people should cry over, not The Fault In Our Stars…Sorry. I shall not be a hater on that book. *cough* any who. Great book, you should read it 🙂

So these are the Top Ten Favourite Books I Read this year. 🙂

Until Next Time,

Adriana Gabrielle