Friday, 7 December 2018

[ Goodbye November, Hello CHRISTMASSSS // victoria's book nook ]

Helllloooo again, everyone! Here I am, on this freezing December evening, sipping the last of my TEA (*gasp!*) and preparing to write about how fast adn boring my November was. Ahem. *sip*

// November was CRAZY and BUSY and HARDDDDD. But at least I read a lot, and that's all that counts, right?! xDDD Let's get specific....

// random
-checking if my espresso was well pounded, ( 😏 ), andddd . . . . nope. just nope.
-a regular caffeinated cup of coffee with only one espresso shot (too lazy to ground decaf....#regret) = feeling like my appendix erupted even tho I've never experienced that?? It's more like what I thought it would be like ..... xDDDD *lets-just-stick-to-decaf-okay?*

-I bent the corner of A Rebel Heart ..... *sob* the book wasn't even that good but still, such a beautiful copy. #RIPbook

-realizing I have like 3 of the same songs by different people on my Christmas playlist?? [ also, lets forget my Spotify name...... 👀🙈😂 ]

-Realizing just how many Christian Fiction books have the whole "guy-has-past-hurt-but-then-he-meets-this-girl-and-wow-shocker-they-get-over-their-heartbreak-together" yep. i've had more then enough. xD I assure you, this will one day be made into a full post. Ahem. Actually, it's on my notes right now, "Things That Are Way Overused In Christian Fiction"

-read a book that's been on my TBR for over two years. SOOOO AMAZING. 😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍

-read another book i thought i would never read!

-Aparently I am TERRIBLE at pronunciation like how was I supposed to remember "choir" was pronounce "qu-er" not "chore" 😂👀👏🏻

// r a n d o m
-cleaned my room. that's a first 😂🙌🏻
-read. like a TON.
-i bought five books, another FIRST!!
-post several reviews !! be sure to go check them out. 😉
-I made coffee syrup 👀
-i srsly write a corny play for LA and yeah, it was AWFUL....

// m u s i c 
-Brand New // Ben Rector, ahhh, this song is so great!!! one of my favorites ever!!!
-Drive // Ben Rector this one is also awesome!!
-Dancing Like A Kid // Willow City, I used to never listen to this bc of the name but it's actually amazinggggg
Goodbye Summer // Danielle Bradberry, i used to hateeeee this song but recently i've just really loved it!
-With One Voice // Willow City, this one is also a new favorite!! Willow City has some amazing music!

// b o o k s

-Brotherly Love // Catherine Marshall // 3 stars
-Little Amish Lizzie // Linda Byler // 5 stars
    -Admirable // Sarah Holman // 4 stars
    - Defined // Sarah Holman // 4 stars
    -The Fairest Beauty // Melanie Dickerson // 5 stars
    -Faithful // Rebekah Morris // 4 stars
-Honor All Men // Rebekah Morris // 3 stars
-At Christmas Lodge // Rebekah Morris // 3.5 stars
-Snip // Abigayle Claire // 4 stars.
-Never A Bridesmaid // Janice Thompson // 4.5 stars.
-Emma's Secret // Veda Boyd Jones //3 stars
-Meg Follows A Dream // Norma Jean Lutz // 3.5 stars.
-The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest // Melanie Dickerson // 5 stars.
-Everything She Didn't Say // Jane Kirkpatrick // DNF 
-Then There Was You // Kara Isaac // 4.5 Stars
-The Captive Maiden // Melanie Dickerson // 5 stars
-Through Waters Deep // Sarah Sundin // 5 stars
-Midnight Rescue // Catherine Marshall / 2 stars
-Anchor In The Storm // Sarah Sundin // 5 stars
-No Other Will Do // KAren Witemeyer // 4.5 stars
-Worth The Wait // Karen Witemeyer // 5 stars
-Heart On The Line // Karen Witemeyer // 4 stars
-Violets Hidden Doubts // Martha Finley // 5 stars

a grand total of 21 books. xD

// m o v i e s
-The Holiday Calendar
-The Princess Switch 
-The Christmas Wedding Planner
-The Little Mermaid (live action)
-When Calls the Heart
Anddd, a bunch more that I totally can't remember xDD
// p h o t o   d u m p

Andddd that was my November!! How was yours??
Next month is going to be SUPER busy with Christmas, my sister flying home from college, and also a wedding and family coming to visit!!
See y'all with a book review on TUESDAY!!
PS: My blog got christmas-a-fied! What are your thoughts on it?!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

{ Behold Blog Tour + Interview with Faith Potts // Victoria's Book Nook }

                            { Behold by Faith Potts. }
A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior
From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US…
From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family...
You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond.
Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart.

Purchase Link ; HERE
Faith's Sites:  Website // Writing Blog // Faith Blog

// What was your inspiration for your latest release, Behold?
In the latter half of this summer, I started thinking about publishing a short story collection. I sorted through some I’d previously written and ideas I had for others. There was quite a variety of different genres, but I realized I had plenty of good Christmas stories and ideas for a book. :)

// How long did it take you to complete Behold?
As I said, Behold is a collection of short stories, and I didn’t write them all back-to-back. I wrote the original drafts to some of the stories nearly three years ago and re-wrote them for publication. So, technically three years, though most of the ‘work’ happened this fall.

// What was the hardest part of the process for your new release?
I don’t like to consider any part of a book’s journey to publication ‘bad’, but for this particular one, I’d say the actual publishing was the most difficult. I recently swapped to a different self-publishing platform, so there was (naturally) some aggravating kinks to work through.

// What are some of your personal favorite Christmas books?
Oooh, good question! A Christmas Peril by Diane Moody is probably my #1 favorite. As in Olden Days by Jesseca Wheaton and Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman, and Tricia Goyer were also super good.

// What’s one of your favorite Christmas Traditions?
I absolutely adore Christmas music. Unlike some, I don’t listen *too* early so that I don’t tire of it, but I’ll have Christmas music blaring for at least six weeks during this time of year.

// How was your journey to publishing Behold, different then your other two books, Love Needs No Words and Dandelion Dust?
For one thing, the editing-to-publication was a much shorter time gap. From the time I had the idea until release day was about four months, unlike the six-ish months each with Dandelion Dust and Love Needs No Words. It was also the first time I had the chance to offer the Kindle version for pre-order, so that was cool. ;)

Thanks for doing this interview! Loved your answers, Faith!! I am super excited for your collection. :D

Be sure to go grab your copy on KINDLE todya or wait for a lovely papeback coming by the end of the week on!!

Friday, 30 November 2018

{ Intimidating TBR Tag // Victoria's Book Nook }

Hey guys! I'm double posting this Friday with a super fun tag, The Intimidating To Be Read tag! *GASP!*
Amount: 33 books.
Mostly: Historical Romance.
Since: 2016
Will Finish By: March 2019.

Now that your aquainted with my TBR pile, let's get onto the tag!!

1 // A book on your TBR pile that you haven't finished
For me, that would be A Measure Of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling, which I put down so I could read a review book but I am planning on fishing that one and the trilogy next month hopefully. I also didn't finish Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston, I just really disliked it and I don't think I'll keep it.

2 // A book you just haven't had the time to read for
The Sound Of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler. I've heard many, many good things about this one but i haven't had a chance to pick it up yet.

3 // A book you haven't read because it's a sequel.
I think I actually have two for this one, Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart which I heard you can read as a standalone! 

4 // A book you haven't read because it's brand new.
Hmm. I VERY rarely buy new books but Sins Of The Past by Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey is brand new because It hasn't been read yet and I've never read any of the others before! It looks really intriguing though.

5 // A book by and author you read previously but didn't really like.
Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I'm not really excited about this one but it looks okay. I didn't *love* Suzanne's other books that I've read.

6 // A book on your TBR pile that your just not in the mood to read.
Definitely all those Fantasy ones such as the Narnia series, Kings Folly by Jill Williamson, The Edge Of Over There, and a Regency one by Melanie Dickerson, A Viscounts Proposal. I REALLY have to be in the mood for a regency, fantasy or dystopian book.

7 // A book on your TBR pile that you haven't read because it's enormous.
Kings Folly by Jill Williamson. I literally thought it was a collection when it got it, its like 600 pages!! I'm waiting fro Christmas Break to buckle down and power through it!

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover
Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay. I heard it was amazing but the cover really drew me in, its SO gorgeous!!

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating 
OOH. In The Shadow Of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse. I heard it was both really good and awful so I'm really excited to see how it is!


Thanks for reading!! I'm not tagging anyone, but if you want to do this, I'd love to read your answers!!