Unique Christmas Tree Ornaments

Add New Christmas Ornaments to Your Tree

 

Christmas Tree Ornaments… I love the idea of gifting Christmas ornaments. Spoil yourself and your tree with one of these unique ornaments or gift one to someone special.

For those of you looking for something unique to give a teen, a beautiful ornament could be the beginning of a collection they can keep for the Christmas trees of their future home.

Handmade Ornaments

 

 Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornament Garden Sun Catcher

Handmade by LampworkBench

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Hand-glazed ceramic stars

Handmade by 10FingersArt

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Magical Color Changing Dragon Egg

Handmade by Risen Son Creations 

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Bookish Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

Pride and Prejudice

For Jane Austen fans

Handmade to order by For Whom the Book Tolls

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Harry Potter 

Handmade to order by For Whom the Book Tolls

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Literature Snowflakes

Handmade by Danielle Sullivan Art

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 Personalised Ornaments


Christmas Tree Ornaments

Baby’s first Christmas

Personalised Snowflake Ornament with Crystal Snowflake

Handmade to order by 3 Little Gems

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Personalised New Baby Ornament

Handmade to order by The Silver Diva

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Personalised Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

Handmade to order by JsCraftystudio 

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

First Christmas as Mr & Mrs

Made by TwoJaysCreative

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

First Christmas as Mr & Mrs

Made by PocketsOfMischief

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First Christmas daddy mommy baby bear

Made by zoeysholiday

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

In Loving Memory

by SweetSights

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Photo Christmas Decoration

by TheHugeMantee

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Graduation Christmas Decoration

by OneStopOrnamentShop

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Beautiful and Unique

 

Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Snowy Red Cardinal & Branches Glass Ball Christmas

by RAZ Imports

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

North Pole Dragon

by Design Toscano

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Harlequin Glass Christmas Ornaments

by RAZ Imports

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Wooden Handmade Ornaments 

by craftsfromrussia

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Black Bear Glass Christmas Ornament

by Roman

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Paris Christmas Ornaments

by StayWithAnn

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The Weird & Wacky

Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Beard Ornaments 16pc

by UGOO

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

Plush Reindeer Butt 

by Raz

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

Pooping Rudolph

by TheNaughtys

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For the kid in you

 

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Barbie Christmas Ornament

by Hallmark

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Snowman in Hammock Musical Ornament

by Hallmark

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Hippopotamus For Christmas

by Hallmark

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The T-Rex Holiday Ornament

by Design Toscano

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Dachshund Ornaments

by Raz Imports

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Green and Gold Elves

by Raz Imports

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

Tin Airplane Ornaments

by PixieGreens

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

 

Peter Rabbit and family

by The British Museum

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A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

A Map for Wrecked Girls

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore. 

A Map for Wrecked Girls navigates the tempestuous relationship between two sisters, Henri and Emma. Although there is a plot background this is more of a character driven story. The setting and disastrous events that occur take a back seat.

I won’t let you fall.

I hardly noticed that they weren’t physically in a safe place because the focus is all on the head games and emotions of the sisters and the unfortunate boy who happened to be trapped with them. I wonder what his POV would sound like and how different the story would be if we knew what he was really thinking! Was he really necessary to the story? Many bloggers have mentioned they think he was not, but I think an additional character was necessary. My reason is spoilery so come back and visit once you’ve read the book.

Spoiler Alert!

Why Alex is necessary for the story

Without Alex I don’t think Emma would have realised how manipulating and toxic her relationship with Henri was. An additional character was needed to provide perspective.

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I didn’t know how to stay with her, and I didn’t know how to leave her behind.

Alternating between the past and the present, told only from the perspective of the younger sibling, the sister’s pretty toxic relationship is revealed. The flashbacks allow us to see how this relationship, exacerbated by family events, exploded out of all proportion.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

The growth of the sisters as characters and their relationship is what kept the story going. In particular, Emma (who I was rooting for) had the most to reflect on. I struggled with Henri as a character, feeling as though I couldn’t get a sense of her and what I did get I didn’t like.

We were no longer flesh and blood.

I don’t usually like survivor / deserted island storylines and was skeptical going in. But in this case, it is nothing more than a background which I find rather disturbing. The physical and emotional strain they endure as a result of the shipwreck came across as no worse than a week without pudding and the loss of an old, disliked T-shirt.

We sat at the edge of the ocean – my sister, Henri and I – inches apart but not touching at all.3 Star

 

 


Title:
A Map for Wrecked GirlsA Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor

Publication Date: 15 August 2017

Publisher: Dial Books

Source: Purchased

 

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A Map for Wrecked Girls

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Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

Adding to Your TBR November 2017

Adding to Your TBR November 2017

Adding to Your TBR November 2017

 

November 2017, even though this a slow book month there are still plenty of books to get excited about. I wasn’t luckily enough to get advanced copies of any of these so I am counting down the days!

If you have read any of these please let me know what you thought.

 

Now Is Everything by Amy Giles

Expected: 7 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

The McCauleys look perfect on the outside. But nothing is ever as it seems, and this family is hiding a dark secret.

Hadley McCauley will do anything to keep her sister safe from their father. But when Hadley’s forbidden relationship with Charlie Simmons deepens, the violence at home escalates, culminating in an explosive accident that will leave everyone changed.

When Hadley attempts to take her own life at the hospital post-accident, her friends, doctors, family, and the investigator on the case want to know why. Only Hadley knows what really happened that day, and she’s not talking.  – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Expected: 7 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both – Abstract from Goodreads

 

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Expected: 7 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.  – Abstract from Goodreads

 

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

Expected: 7 November 2017

Touted as “For fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, Emery Lord’s When We Collided, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Anna”, this book has big shoes to fill. I hope it lives up to it!

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TBR November 2017

 

Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.

It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

Expected: 14 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?   – Abstract from Goodreads

 

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

Expected: 14 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear. – Goodreads

 

 

 

 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Expected: 14 November 2017

First in The Daevabad Trilogy,

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TBR November 2017

 

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.  – Abstract from Goodreads

 

The Other Twin by Lucy V. Hay

Expected: 15 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her?   – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Expected: 21 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.

– Abstract from Goodreads

 

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Expected: 21 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbour Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson

Expected: 28 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

Glass Ferry, Kentucky, is bourbon country. Whiskey has been a way of life for generations, enabling families to provide and survive even in the darkest times. Flannery Butler’s daddy, Beauregard “Honey Bee” Butler, was known for making some of the best whiskey in the state, aged in barrels he’d take by boat up and down the Kentucky River until the rocking waters turned the spirits smooth and golden. Flannery is the only person Honey Bee ever entrusted with his recipes before he passed on, swearing her to secrecy as he did so. 

But Flannery is harboring other secrets too, about her twin sister Patsy, older by eight minutes and pretty in a way Flannery knows she’ll never be. 

Then comes the prom night when Patsy–wearing a yellow chiffon dress and the family pearls–disappears along with her date. Every succeeding year on the twins’ birthday, Flannery’s mother bakes a strawberry cake, convinced that this is the day Patsy will finally come home. But it will be two tumultuous decades until the muddy river yields a clue about what happened that night, compelling Flannery to confront the truth about her sleepy town, her family’s past, and the choices she and those closest to her have made in the name of love and retribution . . . – Abstract from Goodreads

 

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Expected: 28 November 2017

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TBR November 2017

 

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year. She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy is hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes because Ryn can’t get her brilliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on. But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

Unique Book Titles

Unique Book Titles

Unique Book Titles

 

These ten unique book titles are just the tip of the iceberg of weird and wonderful titles. Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for this Top Ten prompt, it’s one I know I will be doing again.

 

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

As one of my all-time favourite books, I return to this dark story again and again. Set in France with roots in the WWII German occupation, this story is beautiful, tragic and unforgettable.

And yes once you’ve read it the odd title makes perfect sense. Get yourself a copy today!

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Unique Book Titles

 

When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous Mirabelle Dartigen – the woman they still hold responsible for a terrible tragedy that took place during the German occupation decades before. Although Framboise hopes for a new beginning she quickly discovers that past and present are inextricably intertwined. Nowhere is this truth more apparent than in the scrapbook of recipes she has inherited from her dead mother.

With this book, Framboise re-creates her mother’s dishes, which she serves in her small creperie. And yet as she studies the scrapbook – searching for clues to unlock the contradiction between her mother’s sensuous love of food and often cruel demeanour – she begins to recognize a deeper meaning behind Mirabelle’s cryptic scribbles. Within the journal’s tattered pages lies the key to what actually transpired the summer Framboise was nine years old. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

This is another one of my favourite books, one which has pride of place at the top of my bookshelf. See an earlier post The books that changed the way I saw the world for my thoughts.

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Unique Book Titles

 

In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

All the books in this beautifully written series have unique titles from The Kalahari Typing School for Men to Tea Time for the Traditionally Built. The stories, set in Botswana, are full of eclectic, enchanting characters and humorous situations.

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Unique Book Titles

 

 

Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana’s No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

I loved Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things so this is high on my TBR (To be read list).

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Unique Book Titles

 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent–from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.
It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love–and by hope.
The tale begins with Anjum–who used to be Aftab–unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her–including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I listened to the Audible(Audio) edition of this stunning book, narrated by Zach Appelman, and loved it.

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Unique Book Titles

 

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. 

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes 

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk was inspired by true events and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Unique Book Titles

 

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt’s island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara’s life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore

When I read the title my first thought was of my sister who as a child made cotton-wool beds for ‘sick’ frogs in her cupboard. I couldn’t resist adding it to this list!

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Unique Book Titles

 

The summer Berie was fifteen, she and her best friend Sils had jobs at Storyland in upstate New York where Berie sold tickets to see the beautiful Sils portray Cinderella in a strapless evening gown. They spent their breaks smoking, joking, and gossiping. After work they followed their own reckless rules, teasing the fun out of small town life, sleeping in the family station wagon, and drinking borrowed liquor from old mayonnaise jars. But no matter how wild, they always managed to escape any real danger—until the adoring Berie sees that Sils really does need her help—and then everything changes. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

The Goat Children by Jordan Elizabeth (Jordan Mierek)

I have heard great things about Jordan Elizabeth’s writing so I am looking forward to The Goat Children.

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Unique Book Titles

 

When Keziah de Forest’s grandmother, Oma, is diagnosed with dementia, the seventeen-year-old makes the decision to leave her family and move to New Winchester to care for Oma. However, the decision comes with burdens Keziah never expected. Each day becomes a greater weight and loving the woman she once cherished becomes a chore.

Resentful of her hardships in New Winchester and the family secrets buried in the attic, Keziah finds herself drawn to Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, a mythical warrior class who ride winged horses and locate people in need, while attempting to destroy evil in the world. Oma sees the Goat Children everywhere, and as Keziah reads the stories her grandmother wrote about them, she begins to question if they really exist. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers

A heartfelt, touching story which is uniquely narrated via notes on the fridge door between a mother and her daughter. Don’t miss this beautiful book. Tissues optional.

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Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don’t know it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood—boys, school, friends, identity; Claire’s mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change. Forced to reevaluate the delicate balance between their personal lives and their bond as mother and daughter, Claire and her mother find new love and devotion for one another deeper than anything they had ever imagined. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse

I recently came across this historical fiction book on Goodreads and added it to my TBR. It sounds very good.

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In apartheid South Africa in 1976, medical student Isaac Muthethe is forced to flee his country after witnessing a friend murdered by white members of the South African Defense Force. He is smuggled into Botswana, where he is hired as a gardener by a young American woman, Alice Mendelssohn, who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to follow her husband to Africa. When Isaac goes missing and Alice goes searching for him, what she finds will change her life and inextricably bind her to this sunburned, beautiful land. – Abstract from Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

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Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

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Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

 

Whether it was the gun or the maniacal glint in her eye, they listened…

As a historical fiction story Speak Easy, Speak Love is a charming. As a retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing I a little disappointed it was so literal.

Hero went into it like a lioness.

I think by trying to squeeze the characters into the structure of the original story some parts of the book, such as the cupid plot, felt forced. I wish I could see how the book would have grown if allowed more freedom.

“I admit nothing except you are a madwoman with a severe lack of respect for proper clothing choices.

I love the quirky, devious characters and the air of mischief. Beatrice, in particular, is just as feisty as Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and they would probably be close friends. But is she just a little too like Felicity…?

Benedick had always liked Hey Nonny Nonny when it was empty – the promise of it.

The cover is stunning and is such a draw card! It’s pretty enough to frame.

“You are determined to drag this insufferable death rattle out as long as it will go, aren’t you?”4 Star

 

 

Title: Speak Easy, Speak Lovespeak easy speak love

Author: McKelle George

Publication Date: 19 September 2017

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Source: Review copy

 

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Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.

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