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AshRaye

AshRaye

Joined October 2020

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AshRaye
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I decided to listen to this book to give this author another try after I didn't like a different book I had read. So, I went into this with low expectations. But, it surprised me. The story drew me in from the beginning. It was predictable, but let's face it, most romance books are. This one was cute, yet I didn't find it overly sweet. There was a good balance to it.

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Listening to this was like having a discussion with a friend. She was raw and vulnerable throughout, sharing personal stories and what she has learned from them. It was really relatable and inspiring.

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Love & Luck | Jenna Evans Welch
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I loved how this book was all about Addie's journey, her character development, rather than a love story. The romance was just hinted at, hardly there at all. I actually wish the book had been longer. When I got to the end, it felt like it was just beginning.

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Punderworld, Volume 1 | Linda Sejic
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I didn't know how much I needed a story like this until I read it. This was adorable. It was a lighter read than I was expecting. And I loved the artistry, it was so good.

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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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This is a powerful story. I'm surprised something like this was written during that time. It gives such a raw, honest view that usually is only seen in hindsight. I really admire the author for this piece of work.

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AshRaye
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This is one of the better books of the series. There were some humorous moments, plus the typical mystery. I also liked seeing more of the relationships develop.

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Love & Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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This was so cute. I listened to the audiobook in one sitting. It had some sad moments, but ultimately stayed lighthearted. I don't know how I didn't know about this book until just now.

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AshRaye
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I started this one during the holidays, but I never found the time to finish it. I finally started it up again a day or two ago, and I just flew through it. It is on the shorter side, but still enjoyable. It felt a lot like a Hallmark movie.

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I have heard so much about this book that I honestly thought it wouldn't live up to the hype. I was wrong. I listened to the audiobook in one sitting, the way it was written kept me drawn in. It definitely makes you think about your own life and the choices you've made...what you are and aren't grateful for. It was really good.

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I wanted to like this. It was well researched and gave a perspective I haven't seen before... but it was boring. I almost didn't finish it. The ending was when it finally started picking up and catching my interest. I think the book was trying to do too much and so it came across as a History book rather than a fictionalized account.

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So, This Is Love | Tracy Andreen
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Mehso-so

I don't know why I picked up this book since I couldn't stand the first one. However, I was pleasantly surprised... this one was so much better than the first. I actually stayed up late to finish it. There were still a few things that I didn't care for, bur overall, it was a good read.

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AshRaye
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I thought this was a cute, fun little story. I think I would have liked a bit more background, the story did go really fast. But, it was enough that I plan to continue with the series.

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This was a fun collection of comics. I probably enjoyed it more than I should have. It was highly relatable.

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Decided to read the tagged for World Introvert Day. I just started it, but I already feel called out and understood at the same time.

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Detection Detail | Terri Reed
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I think I didn't care for this book because of the audio narrator. I found them to be a little lifeless, I think that's why I was bored with it. The story itself was interesting, but my mind would start to wander as I was listening to it, so I missed some details. Overall, it might be a good book, but the audiobook didn't do it justice.

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AshRaye
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A Quilt for Christmas is a sweet story. I loved that it used so many different characters to tell the story, it all fit together beautifully. There were a lot of tender moments throughout and it really was one of the better novellas I have read recently.

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Untitled | Unknown
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The clock just struck midnight, it is officially the New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I wish everyone a blessed year full of happiness and love.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I think I need to set a higher goal for next year...

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All the Tides of Fate | Adalyn Grace
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I struggled to get into the book, but once I got through the beginning, the story sucked me in. I think I prefer this one to the first one. They both had different feels to them, but there was just something about this one that I prefer. Of course, the ending got to me. They always take my favorite characters from me...

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AshRaye
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I enjoyed the book, but I wasn't ever surprised by it. I kept feeling like there was a big twist coming, and I was waiting for it, it just never came. I was able to guess what was going to happen from the very beginning of the story. I still enjoyed reading it and plan to read the next book. The writing was really good.

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Christmas K-9 Unit Heroes | Lenora Worth, Katy Lee
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Mehso-so

This is a 2in1, both are novellas. I really enjoyed the first one. I actually would have liked it to be a little longer because I was enjoying it so much. The second one wasn't as good. It didn't quite feel like Christmas. These books could have been set at any other time and there wouldn't have been much difference. Overall, it was an okay book.

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AshRaye
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I enjoyed the other books of the series, but since this one is focused more on secondary characters it wasn't as much fun as the usual. I did like parts of it, but there was no mystery to it. It just was another story. It did have a Christmas feel to it though, so that was nice.

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AshRaye
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The book went by faster than I was expecting. It was really easy to get into, especially since I just read the book right before it. It didn't feel like much time had passed between the two books even though I know it did. I really enjoyed the story and where it went.

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This short novella was so cute. I loved seeing the family dynamics. There wasn't much to the story, but it did have a lot of family moments.

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I listened to the other books in the series first, so I knew what this book was about. Naturally, it was predictable, but I still enjoyed it

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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My last tablet case was so big and clunky that I would have trouble holding it while I was reading, so my sister gave me this one for Christmas. It's already so much easier on my hands. Not to mention it's Harry Potter themed, how could I not love it?

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day full of family, friends, and reading.

Eggs Merry Christmas! 1mo
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A Dog Named Christmas | Greg Kincaid
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Such a touching story. I remember watching the movie years ago, but I never got around to reading the book until just now. I loved the story, it was really cute.

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This was basically a Hallmark movie. It was heartwarming and super sweet, I loved the importance of family in it. The story was obviously predictable, but I still enjoyed how it all wrapped up.

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The Mistletoe Promise | Richard Paul Evans
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I stayed up late to finish this book. I was surprised considering the last few books by this author I have read I didn't care for, so I didn't have high expectations for this one. I was pleasantly surprised. It did seem a bit more serious than I was expecting, but it was still a great book.

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Frizzy | Claribel A. Ortega
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This middle grade graphic novel is so cute. The story is certainly one that tackles some big issues, but it does so in an easy to understand way. There is so much to love about the story.

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The Mistletoe Secret: A Novel | Richard Paul Evans
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Mehso-so

For some reason I just didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I actually thought the characters were a little annoying, I couldn't relate to them at all. The story was written well, and so it didn't feel like a complete waste.

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The book was really sweet, I actually got really invested in these characters. I'm glad this is a series that will tell some of the secondary character's stories. It felt Christmassy and hit all the right notes for me.

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There were a lot of elements from the original Red Riding Hood tale, yet this short story felt completely different. It had great bones, but I wished it had been fleshed out into a full length novel. It just didn'thave enough length to show as deep of characters as I would have liked. The story was also straight to the point. The writing style was great and I gladly would have kept reading. I do plan to check out more from her.

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I just didn't like this book. I was bored at first, but it did pick up after the halfway point. I don't know if I want to try any other books from the series or not. There might be some potential here, the writing style was okay.

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Talk Santa to Me | Linda Urban
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Mehso-so

It was a cute YA book, but there really wasn't much to it. The ending is when it started getting good. There were some decent moments, but for the most part I just didn't really care about the character or her story.

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AshRaye
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Angels at the Table was fun, I laughed so hard at the antics of the four angels. The romance was sweet, it did move quickly, but for some reason I enjoyed that for this couple. I loved the book.

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AshRaye
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the book, but there was nothing that really stood out to me. It felt like one of those stories that you are interested in while reading or listening to it, but then you forget it after a day or so. It wasn't bad though. I did figure out the mystery part of things early on, but it still took time for all the pieces to fall into place.

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The Mistletoe Inn: A Novel | Richard Paul Evans
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Mehso-so

Getting into this book took some time. The beginning part was really depressing, it lacked a certain joy I expect from a Christmas book. I did like the story though, it was just a bit on the overly serious side.

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The Poison Season | Mara Rutherford
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I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I thought it was amazing. Sure, the beginning was a bit slow, but that was just building up for the rest of the story. My only complaint is that I felt there is more to know about the forest. It was rather mysterious, and only the surface was scratched. Perhaps that was what the author was going for. I will always wonder about it. I know there is more there. The rest of the story wrapped up neatly.

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Christmas with Tucker | Greg Kincaid
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I think I just wasn't in the right mood for this story. It is emotional and serious, and I think I wanted something a little lighter. I do think it is a good story and I will probably try it again, but for right now I just thought it was an okay read.

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I don't usually read Suspense, but I'll read anything having to do with Christmas. I didn't realize this one was part of a series until after I started it. I will have to go back and read the first book. Anyway, this story sucked me in, I finished it in one sitting. It has Christian themes throughout, but they weren't overly heavy. The story was intense, there seemed to always be something going on. I enjoyed it and hope to read the next book.

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These so far is my least favorite of the series. I had the mystery figured out very early into the book. I also didn't think there was much else going on that was very interesting. I've enjoyed some of the other books of the series, but this one wasn't as good as those. I like the cover though, it looks so Christmassy.

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AshRaye
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I honestly feel bad because I didn't really care for this story. It was written well. I've enjoyed every Debbie Macomber book I've read, but this story annoyed me more than anything. The main conflict of the story didn't really seem like that big of a deal, it was resolved with a simple conversation where they actually took the time to listen. I did enjoy pieces of it. I especially liked the talks about angels between Mrs. Miracle and the grandma.

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I was touched by this book. It took a little bit to get into it, but once I did I was overcome with emotions. I couldn't put it down, I finished it in one sitting. It was a great Christmas read.

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Christmas in Winter Hill | Melody Carlson
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This was a quick one, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the storyline a lot. My one complaint was the ending. It just didn't satisfy me. I felt like it wasn't solid enough, it needed an epilogue or something. Overall, it was a sweet read that felt like a Hallmark movie.

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I've read this series all out of order. I've mostly been toward the newer stuff, so I decided to go back to the first book. It was great seeing how it all began. Seeing the people at the beginning is a little strange because I already know how some things turn out.

The story was good, I actually think it was one of the better mysteries I have read recently. Some moments were hilarious and actually made me laugh out loud.

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Ginger was a unique look at the live story of one of Santa Claus' daughters. The whole series follows the love stories of each girl. Ginger starts the series off strong. I enjoyed it, but I really didn't care for how quickly the relationship moved. But, that was kind of the point of the book, she needed to get married by Christmas. Other than that, I thought it was really good.

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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was quick, but the mystery was still interesting and not so easy to figure out.

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Mr Miracle | Debbie Macomber
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I listened to this audiobook quickly. I remembered the story from the movie that came out years ago. I still enjoyed the book and liked to see the differences between the movie and the book. I wish it had been a little longer to really explore the relationships a bit more. It felt a little rushed, and didn't quite feel complete to me.