Books Under The Tree Tag


1. What book would you like to find under the tree this year?

Sleeping Beauties


I’ve been wanting this book for a couple of months, and lucky me – my Dad and Stepmom sent it as a Christmas present! Can’t WAIT to read this πŸ™‚








2. What is the best book you have ever received for Christmas?



I received Little Women as a gift when I was a young teen and absolutely loved this book. It’s one of the very few books I have read more than once.







3. What book gives you all the Christmas feels?



For some reason I love reading Harry Potter books around Christmas time.






4. What book do you plan on reading to put you in the Christmas spirit this year?

Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix



Currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix πŸ™‚








5. What book have you read this year that you would like to throw out with the Christmas tree after the holidays?

Remnant Population May 1996

Remnant Population, May 1996 Hardcover Edition (Goodreads photo)




I wish I didn’t waste my time reading this.









6. What is a book from this year that you would like to place under a friend’s tree?

7. Challenge: Create a stack of books in which the spines alternate green and red! Share the titles.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – red

Tommyknockers by Stephen King – green

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – red

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – green

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – red

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud


8. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do this tag! Be sure to link to yours in the comments πŸ™‚

Happy Christmas!


Together At Midnight ~ Spoiler-Free Book Review πŸ—½ πŸ’• πŸŽ„ πŸŽ†

Together at MidnightTogether at Midnight

Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: January 2, 2017
352 pages

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and Edelweiss, for allowing me to review.

Together At Midnight begins with Kendall making a list of “Things to do to make next year not suck”. She is back in her family home after finishing a Movable School Program where she got to travel to Paris, Rome, London, and Ireland as part of her high school curriculum. After Christmas Kendall spontaneously decides to tag along with her brother and his boyfriend who are heading back to their apartment in New York City.
Instead of going to Brown University Max decided to take a year off and work. His father asks him to stay with Max’s cranky Grandfather Ezra for a few days while his aunt looks for a new home aide. Max loves NYC and is happy to take some time to enjoy the city before heading back to work.
Kendall makes plans to meet up with Jamie, a boy who broke her heart when he said he only liked her as a friend, but while she was studying abroad he emailed her. They’ve emailed back and forth and now have made plans to hang out in NYC. As they are walking around they bump into Jamie’s friend – Max. The three of them witness a young woman being hit by a bus. This incident inspires Max and Kendall to set a goal of doing seven Random Acts of Kindness before the new year begins.
When Max and Kendall help random people in NYC we get short chapters from the perspective of the person they helped. It’s really great to get a little back story on the people they are helping because we get to see how one tiny act of kindness can make a huge impact on someone. We simply never know what battles other people are fighting.

My Thoughts

Together at Midnight might be categorized as a contemporary romance, but I have to say it’s not all about the romance, it’s not insta-love either. The relationships feel extremely authentic. Kendall has ADHD and I love that although it may change the way she does certain things, it doesn’t hold her back. Kendall reminds me of my younger self. I love her sense of adventure and admire her self-awareness. Max is loyal, committed, selfless, loving, but has insecurities that keep him adorably humble. If I had to pick a favourite character I think it would be Max.
Together at Midnight doesn’t have the typical happily ever after ending, which is refreshing. I liked how the story ended – crossing my fingers there will be more books about Max and/or Kendall.
The first chapter introduced a lot of characters which I often find overwhelming and annoying. I don’t know if anyone else feels this way or if I’m just weird. LOL
Together at Midnight would be a fantastic read during the Holiday season. I highly recommend you check this cozy, touching book. FIVE STAR read for me. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

About The Author

Jennifer Castle
Jennifer Castle received her B.A. in Creative Writing at Brown University and worked as a celebrity publicist’s assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a struggling screenwriter (yes, that’s an actual job) before falling into a niche producing websites for kids and teens. Her debut, THE BEGINNING OF AFTER, was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection as well as a Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” book. YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE was a 2015 Florida Teens Read selection. Her most recent novel, WHAT HAPPENS NOW, was published in June 2016. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and daughters.

Book Review: A Christmas Carol

It feels silly to review a classic. The story has already proven itself. I suppose I could say the prose held up to my expectations. I love the way Charles Dickens writes, although at times it is dense and requires me to slow down to allow processing time. Either way, I love the way old prose challenges my mind, it helps to work the muscles that aren’t often used.

We all know the story – grumpy Scrooge is visited by three spirits: one from the past, one from the present, and one from the future. These spirits show him things that have happened, are currently happening, or will happen, things which he has caused due to his choices. After the third visit, Ebenezer Scrooge decides to be a positive, loving, emphatic person – hoping to change the future.

If you haven’t read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens yet, pick it up. It’s a small novella, a quick read, it may be a little challenging, but his writing is just fantastic.


Currently Reading: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I haven’t been feeling like I’m ready to let the Christmas season go just yet (still have my tree up, haha!), so I decided to finally read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


Blurb on Goodreads:

“In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.”

A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season.Β  By Christmas it sold six thousand copies and it continued to be popular into the new year.Β  Eight stage adaptations were in production within two months of the book’s publication.”