Seriously.. it has been over two weeks!

Wow! I just realized that I haven’t written a blog in two weeks (maybe even more). Where did the time go? It just felt like Thanksgiving and now Christmas is in nine days. Who is ready for the Holiday’s?

All my presents are bought and wrapped. Now I just need to finish my cookie baking. My poor mother.. I am always calling her about baking questions.
What is everyone reading for the holidays? My reading material is GREAT, however I am not into anything that I am reading. With this pregnant belly, I am currently into eating and watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Someone please get me out of this reading funk and help me find a book I can’t put down. Maybe Santa will bring me something!
Has anyone ever heard of “The Book of the Month”? I bought a book from this website in September and then never used the website again. I realized this December that they have been charging me for October, November, and December. So I went on to their website and had three credits where I am able to pick through a variety of books. I searched through the different genres and then canceled it.
Not sure what has got into me but here are my picks.
Book 1:
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent. 

Book 2:
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.  

Book 3:
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.  

Those were my three picks. Which one would you read? I picked Reverie to read first. I am into it but for some reason I just don’t want to sit and read it. I feel like I lost my touch lately or maybe I just have Christmas on my brain. I know my husband thinks I am obsessed with Christmas. Hopefully, my wonderful husband bought me some books from my list for Christmas. As a matter of fact, since tonight is Monday Night Football, maybe I will read while my husband watches football.
I will keep you posted on what I decided to read. But in the meantime, can you please share with me book recommendations that you just couldn’t put down.
Merry Christmas Friends!

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