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Review: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted
(Ella Enchated #1)
by Gail Carson Levine

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Publication date: September 1rst 1998
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Format: Paperback
Genre: Humour, Children litterature, Fantasy

"People with small feet are fairies. End of story."

From Goodreads:
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read.

Kindle Unlimited 2020 Reading Challenge

Reading before bed is a thing I've started doing in Spring last year. I've also started reading in the morning before heading out the door to go to work. Choosing which book and getting comfy in bed or setting yourself at the table is never as easy or fun as one would think so I made it easy for myself. I take my tablet, open the Kindle App and start reading 😊

I've already told my KU story in the Kindle books haul post so I won't go into details about it here. When I was looking for at least one more reading challenge to participate in, I jumped at the occasion to try this one. The subscription to KU will be coming very handy for sure.

Review: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook
(The Notebook #1)
by Nicholas Sparks

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Publication date: October 1rst 1996
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Drama, romance

"You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love."

From Goodreads:

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II.

Thrifted books haul

It's been a good two weeks since I last set foot in a thrift store. I usually go every week but considering it was the Holidays and all that, I did different. Also, the last time the roommate and I went, it was jammed packed with people so we got out of there pretty fast. We rarely go for clothes these days but we still browse trinkets, footwear and accessories. Not that last time.

We did basically the same this time; took most of our time in books and browsed certain aisles but we didn't linger. I found 5+ books but came home with 5. They were all under 4$. That, to me, is considered jackpot. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland is the first book that caught my attention because I'd seen it on Bookoutlet and even though I skipped it from the site, it was a book I'd like to read one day. 

Then I saw Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken and grabbed it too. It's the second or third time I see it but I didn't buy it until now because I still haven't read The Darkest Minds and I'm unsure if I'll like it enough to want to continue with book 2. 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was the third book I found. Can you believe I've never read this book before? I've never even seen the movie. Don't tell me I'm missing out... I know... I'd like to read more classics this year for sure and this is going to help me. 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is book 4. I have the book edition with the two actresses of the movie on the cover. I'd seen this book very often at the thrift store but the movie was such a letdown to me, I never really considered trying the book before but that book as been hyped so I thought I'd give it a try. 

Lastly, The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Until a couple years ago, I had no idea there was a book but I liked the movie enough to consider bringing the book home at some point if I found it. It's a mass market and I usually don't go for those but considering which book it is, I can do an exception.


What about you, guys?

Have you thrifted any books so far? 

Read any of these before?


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New Year's Book Tag

Good morning bookworms!!

We're have the days gone? It's crazy. Christmas and new Year's have come and gone and we're already 4 days into the new year!! 😮😮 I will be honest in saying I am nervous to see what the year 2020 holds in store for me, my family, my friends and the blog but I am also excited to see.

I was browsing the net to see if there would be any new year's tags that I could try for my first post this year and I found Lois Reads Books's who, in turn, has found it from Cleopatra Loves Books and I thought why not? So, is my take on the New Year's Book tag.