Friday, 17 August 2018

{ Baby Name Challenge // Victoria's Book Nook }



Hey y'all! As promised, I'm back with yet another tag. This time its, not anything book related, a Baby Name Tag. Thanks for the tag, Natasha and Shantelle!

1 // What are your favorite boy and girl name from the top 100 of the year?

*goes to check what the top 100 names are* probably Madelyn + Maverick. (I could not think of ANY boy names! So I finally decided on a really unusual one. xD)

2 // What are your least favorite boy and girl name from the top 100 of the year? 

Definitely Delilah for a girl, and Muhammad for a boy. (I echo Natasha on this one!)  I also really dislike the name Valentina! 

3 // If you had twins, what would you name them?
Girls: Hmm. I didn't really know, but I think Eliza and Ellissa would be fun names for girl twins.
Boys: For boys, I don't really know either.....I think Maverick and Mason. I really like how unusual they are!
Boy and Girl: Julia and Jackson, Julia is one of my favorite names!

4 // If you could change your name to anything, what would you change it to?
I like my name, but if I had to change it, it would probably be Valerie or Maddy. xD

5 // If you had four children, any gender, all with the same letter, what would their names be?

This was realllyyyy hard deciding on a letter! 
Girl: Natasha.
Girl: Natalie (or Natalia)
Boy: Noah. 
Boy: Nathan.

6 // What is your favorite animal inspired name?

I love this question! Madigan, which means 'little dog' for a boy and Vanessa, which means 'butterfly' for a girl.

7 // What is your favorite color inspired name?
Rusty (*smirk smirk*) I have a cousin my age named Rusty, short for Russell! ;), for a boy which is a shade of red, and for a girl, Jade or Hazel. :D

8 // What are your top three favorite boy names?

Oliver, Alexander, and Bradley. This was really hard!! 

9 // What are your top three favorite girl names?
Hmm. Natasha, Christy, and Maddy! Those are probably my top favorites. :P

10 // What is your favorite month inspired name?
For a girl, April, is one of my favorite names, and its a month. For a boy, probably August. I don't really like the rest of the names of the months for boys. xD

11 // Choose a name from a movie.
 EMMAAAA! From the Emma movie, based on the book by Jane Austen. *heart eyes* Or Amy, from Little Dorrit which I just recently watched and AH IT'S AMAZING!

12 // Choose a name that is already in your family.
Sophie,  a first cousin and also one of my best friends!

13 // Choose a name from a book.
Girl: Olive, from Porch Swing Girl by Taylor Bennett, which I have yet to read!
Boy: Gabehart, from The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson.

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Thanks for the tag, I had a lot of fun with it! Be sure to subscribe to read more posts like this and follow my bookstagram. :D
I'm going to tag:
Rebekah
Faith 
and Rachel J. my cousin ;D
Andddd whoever else wants to!!

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{Special thanks to Natasha O. for some name suggestions! xD}



Friday, 10 August 2018

{ The Hope Of Azure Springs Book Review // Victoria's Book Nook }

Hey y’all! As promised, I am back with a new review on a fabulous post! Next week, I’ll be doing a Tag I got tagged for ages ago by two people so it’s about time I do it! 😂 👌🏼

The Hope Of Azure Springs By Rachel Fordham Synopsis.

“Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone. 

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.”


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My Review.

AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new favorite historical book.
Things I Loved: 
-I love the day-to-day life in Azure Springs, that was displayed in the book. I would love to live in that time period so it gave the reader a great experience. 
-Now onto the plot, the oh, so amazing plot. I loved the mystery so much, it kept me turning pages late into the night. I also listened to the audiobook when I couldn’t read, or had to wash dishes and the narrator was amazing! She was perfect for the book.
-Em’s character, was so fabulous! I absolutely loved the whole orphan train thing that the author didn’t smooth over and make it sounds good when it wasn’t. She was spunky and plain, which I loved to see! It seems like all characters in books are drop dead gorgeous without a blemish which really irritates me. 
-Eliza! Tbh I loved Eliza and the story wouldn’t be as amazing without her. >.< she made the story entertaining since she was as sassy brat but I really loved how she changed towards the end. 
-Caleb was such a fun character and his story! I loved the uniqueness of it. 
-The three questions Caleb got to ask Em after winning a bet, AH SO PERFECT. Like YUS. 
Mae and Millie !! Awww they were some of my favourite characters. 
The ending. SO PERFECT. And TRAGIC. 😭😍👌🏼
-The Epilogue. AHHH. So amazing! I love love love how it ended. Now. Where’s my sequel?!?!

Things I Disliked: 
-this was published by a Christian Publisher but I didn’t really see much Christian Content in it?? Em prayed, Verses were mentioned but nothing much then that. 
-I wish we saw more of Eliza. Heehee! This sounds really bad, but I loved Eliza’s character! 
-There was a little bit of a Love Triangle which I dislike but it got sorted out quickly and wasn’t complicated. 


4.5/5 Stars. I’m so excited for the authors other books !! 👏🏻😄
-Victoria 

Sunday, 5 August 2018

{ Goodbye July, Hello August: aka IM BACK! / Victoria's Book Nook }

Hiiiiiii againnnn. I know I was supposed to be back several weeks ago but I really didn’t feel like blogging since it’s not exactly my favorite thing to do....xD Its fun but just it gets frustrating lolol.




Camp was GREAT. I loved it !! I’m really excited for next year and hopefully staying for another week of helping out at the Girls Camp.

We also went to the country fair for all three days and it wasn’t very exciting, I’ll admit! Waiting for my siblings and cousins to get off of rides at the midway and going to stand in line for rides after that wasn’t exactly entertaining.... I did enjoy the horse racing and such tho. And food. Allllll the fooood. But the heat *dies*

Seeing Soph was f a b u l o u s. We did an insta live and it was so much fun! btw, did you join innnnnn??

ANYWAY. I tried to add pictures but #allthemhtmlcodes *sighhhh* On another topic, I'm getting a new laptop for school, anddddd it will be perfect for making videos and blogging. and uploading all three thousand pictures on my iPod lolllllllll.

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On another note, we have ANOTHER new blogging schedule....heehee. Again. Every Friday, perhaps twice a week at times but since I have school soon, I won't have much time for blogging. And I'm going to do a lot less book reviews on books I didn't like and more books I loveeeee.

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Well, Whats up in August, you ask. SOMETHING VERY EXCITING, EEEKKKK!!!! First of all, tomorrow, we're moving my sister, Melanie's, trailer full of stuff (aka junkkkk she hoards xD), tomorrow morning to her new apartment and then my sister was staying with my aunt for the week so we'll pick her up too.
My other sister, Emily is moving to another province for college, so my parents will drive her and her junk down there and fly back. She has a lot of stuff and a teeny car so I have no idea how she's gonna make it all fit.

EXCITING NEWS GUYS. I'm moving into her old room which has a lovely closet with so much space for MY junk, a lovely queen size bed, a lovely bathroom, and I'm moving FIVE lovely bookshelves in there too! It's going to be perfectly lovely and of course, I'll have a new room tour in September!!

And also, since its almost September, I'm rereading the Christy Miller College Years like every year [LOL] and I'm going to try and review them! Would you be interested in reading my review on the Christy Miller series [High School, College, Married, and Baby Years]??

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OOH. One more thing before I head off, Robin Jones Gunn's new book, Becoming Us, is coming out May 9th, 2019!!

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Becoming Us Description:

"Five young moms, including beloved Gunn character Christy Miller, gather to share meals and soon become unlikely best friends. The regular gatherings provide opportunities for the women to reveal their stories, and those life stories endear them to each other. They experience their lives naturally meshing as they raise their children together in community. In Becoming Us the group find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they'd had when they were growing up. They unite to be remembered for what they do as moms and not for what was done to them."

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I can't wait! And isn't the cover gorgeous?? Anyways, see ya on Friday!!

-Victoria

Thursday, 5 July 2018

{The Girls Guide to Conquering Life Review / Victoria’s Book Nook}



The Girls Guide To Conquering Life by Erica & Jonathan 
Review.

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Okay. This book came unexpectedly from Revell in exchange for an honest review which I most definitely will be giving.

This book was c h e e s e y. WOW. I didn’t like that they enforced “Girl Power” all throughout this book! If you want to know why Girl Power is stupid, check out Melani Crones blog post on that HERE.

First of, they had some tips about dating. UH. I didn’t really care for that. They had two paragraphs about “How To Ask A Guy On A Date” and “Deciding Who Pays For the Date”, like what?? I thought that was a little too modern and bold. I literally rolled my eyes at that part.

They had another paragraph on “Shaking Hands” UM, that seems a little extremely dumb!! I’m pretty sure everyone knows how to shake hands....if not....*cough* It’s about time you learn, so pick up this book 🙈👌🏼.

The authors instructions for Driving, Changing A Tire, etc. Weren’t very clear?? I didn’t really understand what they were saying. 

This was published by Revel, a Christian Publisher....what?! This is not (in my opinion) considered a Christian book!! They didn’t mention any thing Christianity related AT ALL!!

All in all, a LOT of these times were very simple and mostly for ninnies, but I can see a few, very few in fact, that were useful like “Checking A Circuit Breaker”. I did find the little doodle, drawing things cute and added a fun touch ;)


Overall Rating: 2/5 stars. Very cheesy, and most of these tips were far from useful. Not recommended unless you need something for a good laugh. 

Thanks for Reading !! Have you read this??
Anddd GOODBYE FOR A FEW WEEKS!! Me and Soph might be going live on Instagram sooom so be sure to catch that !! 
-Victoria 

Monday, 2 July 2018

{ A Rebel Heart by Beth White Review / Victoria's Book Nook }

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Description:
"Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land.

Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he'll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to "supervise" while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.

Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she'd do almost anything to save her home. What she never expected to encounter was his assault on her heart.
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This was such a sweet enjoyable book!! I’m so excited for book two, especially since it’s about my favorite Daughtry sister, Joelle. :D

This book was off to a rolling, intriguing start with a train wreck where Selah and Levi met Wyatt who was a loyal character for the rest of the story. Levi Riggins character was interesting and unique, as was Selah’s!

Selah was an old maid or, so she thought, and it was fun to see her and Riggins become close friends with ups and downs throughout the story. I didn’t get into the mystery until the last fifty pages, but after I did, it was page turning and intriguing. I found Wyatt’s goal in life, or dream very interesting and it supported the storyline well that had a small connection to the mystery.

Joelle!! Ahhh, she was a definition of me! She liked to read all the time and always had her head in a book.  The writing style definitely pulled me in, but I did see a lot more telling than showing which did irritate me some.

There was no content I found disturbing or inappropriate aside from when the Yankees attacked the Daughtry House where a few were hurt afterwards, physically and emotionally. The faith side of it was well done and there was a good message throughout the story.

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Overall rating: 4/5 stars. Well done Beth White! The storyline of A Rebel Heart pulled me in from page one, and she captured the time period perfectly. And the gorgeous cover 👏🏻😍! Now that I've finished it, I want to reread it!

**I was sent a free copy from the publisher, Revell in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.**

~Victoria

Thursday, 28 June 2018

{ Whats Up In July / Victoria's Book Nook }





me: *writes June on the post title*
also me: *gasp* *wait, already JULY!?!?!?!?!?!*

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Yes, that is correct! That title means Victoria Skipped Her June Wrap Up Again!!

Welp, anywayyyyysss, today June 28th ( *cough cough* the 27th actually!), I will be sharing what I'm doing in July! *accidentally writes June again* *growls*

There's a LOT going on in July (Almost, write June again!! *sigh* ) Which is why I'm not going to be posting for two weeks, maybe three! *goes to check calendar* Wait, nope, just two. On Monday I will be having a book review and that is scary bc I HAVE NOT FINISHED THE BOOK!!!!


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So, On July 8th, me and my sister are driving down to a Bible Camp and staying there for a week. I've been before and its pretty fun, with cabins to stay in and lots of fun activities. My older sister is actually counselling there with my cousin. :D I'm also super excited to see one of my best friends, aka, the other half of my bookstagram, SOPHIEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's actually driving all the way here, which will take a week! She's leaving on Saturday and will arrive the Saturday after that. :D :D :D

After that, the fam is going to drop my two younger sisters off for a Girls Camp, where my other sister is junior counselling and me and Soph are driving back to my house for a few days which will be a blast!!

The week after that is the fair which is usually fun with the Midway, chuckwagon's (okay, okay, not the most entertaining thing e v e r....but stilllllll), and ahhh food!! I'm just about as bad with ice cream as Julia Ryan!!! *smirk smirk* We actually got my adorbes lil kitty, Beari (aka Bon-Bon, Bearilou, Bearld, Merry which is her real name lol, Mer-Mer, and a whole bunch of others!!) at the fair a couple years ago.

I also have a couple, *coughhhhh* thats an understandment, a lot of review books to read XD I will be posting a bunch of reviews after i come back from blogging hiatus, I will warn you!!

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Okay, okay, CYA ALL on Monday and the Thursday b4 I leave!! BYE!
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QQOTD: What are y'all up to in July?? Any Campin'?? 

BYE FOR REAL NOW! :DDDD
~Victoria

Monday, 25 June 2018

{ Some of My Favorite Booktubes }





Hey y'all! It is Monday and that means a fun, bookish post! Today I'll be sharing some of the best BookTubes out there, preferably Christian Fiction ones because that's basically what I Read. ;D

What is Booktube You Ask?

From Wikipedia Article, "Booktube": 
     "BookTube refers to the group of content creators on YouTube that film videos based on books. Similar to beauty gurus or gamers, BookTubers are a specific subset of the YouTube community."


So yes, a Booktube is a Youtube channel that mainly focus's on books. Very entertaining!!


Okay, now, onto My Fave Booktube's.....
  
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                                Shantelle Mary.


                          One of her videos, Re-Introducing Shantelle Mary. ;D

Shantelle Mary! Yesss! It always makes me so happy to see one of her video's in my feed. :D Her videos are very well done, professional and so fun!!

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                                     Lindsey From BFCG.





                                    One of her videos, Favorite Christian Books.

Next, Lindsey From BFCG! I love her channel! Again, her videos are very professional and its so fun to see what books she recommends. :D 

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For The Love of Christian Fiction.



One of her videos, April Book Haul.

For The Love of Christian Fiction, is fun too! I recently started watching it after seeing her around on Instagram. ;D Its always fun to see what books she's recently read and what she thought of them.

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                                   Jessi Dawn.

One of her videos, My Life In Books Tag.
I also recently discovered, Jessi Dawn's channel, and its been a lot of fun watching her videos! 

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                           One, of her videos, Fall Recommendations.

Coffee  & Chapters. Her videos are also interesting, even though I haven't read a lot of what she recommends, I still watch her videos every now & then. ;D



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                   Christian YA Books & More.

                            One of her videos, Top Five-Star Books of 2017.

Last, but not least, Christian YA books And More. Her channel is so much fun! She reads a lot of the same books as I do, and she's Canadian! Definitely go check it out. :D

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Sooo, there's my endless booktube's! I'll admit I don't watch every single one of their videos except for Shantelle's and Lindsey's but Its fun to watch one every once in awhile. :D

QQOTD: Have you watched any of these? What are some of your favorite booktube's?

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~Victoria

















Wednesday, 20 June 2018

{ I Don't Dance Blog Tour- Day One; Giveaway + Interview with Jesseca Wheaton }



                              


Hey, Y'all! I know its only Wednesday BUT for a very special reason, Thursday's post is early! Jesseca Wheaton's' I Don't Dance releases TOMORROW!  I am so so so so excited and definitely will be buying it hot off the press.

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1. Thanks for doing this interview, Jesseca! Let’s start off with a question about your popular book, A Question Of Honor. What inspired it?
A Question of Honor began with two pictures I found on Pinterest. One was of a couple saying goodbye, and the other was of a soldier with a little girl on his lap. I pined them and thought maybe someday I’d write a story for them. But then I couldn’t wait so I wrote a quick scene…and the rest is history.


2. How do you manage to squeeze writing into your day? Do you have a specific time of day set aside for writing?
Haha, I wish! Most of the time, though, my days are so busy that I just try and fit writing in wherever.
Normally this works better at night because I can make sure I’ve finished my things fo the day and give myself an hour or so dedicated just for writing. Some days when things are slower I can also fit in some time in the afternoon. Those days are always a treat.


3. Does finishing a book make you happy or sad? Why? :D
It depends, and it’s kinda a mix of both, to some degree. Happy that the story is finished, but sad that I have to leave my characters. It’s one reason why theres a Questions of War series and not one book...xD


4. What are some of your personal favorite World War Two books?
The Waves of Freedom series by Sarah Sundin is amazing. Also, Resist by Emily Ann Putzke and Brothers in Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot.


5. About “I Don’t Dance”, was it hard to write contemporary fiction after writing your Questions of War series?
Not really. I had expected it to be more difficult to get into as I was writing, but that wasn’t the case. The style you write in is slightly different, and of course, the research that goes into it is different. But I didn’t have a difficult time with it.


6. Lastly, What is the story behind I Don’t Dance? What inspired it?
During the time when I wrote, I Don’t Dance God was teaching me to wait. Not exactly in the same way as Ty, but the lesson was similar all the same. I Don’t Dance was written, among other things, to encourage others when God has said ‘wait’. It was inspired by a number of things, but I’d have to say that was the main thing.


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ABOUT I DON'T DANCE.
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Title: I Don't Dance.
Author: Jesseca Wheaton.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Military.

About The Book:

"Ty and Jen have been friends for nearly as long as anyone can remember. But when Ty goes off to college and leaves her behind, he has to face the reality that he cares for her as more than just a friend.
As graduations approaches and with only one summer left before he begins basic training, Ty must make a decision. Military life is never easy; is it fair to force it on the one he loves?
In the midst of wrestling with the question and coming to the realization that summer is quickly drawing to a close, Ty struggles to face questions he cannot answer, and is forced to examine his own heart.
Is it possible that God has a future for him with Jen? Or will the summer close with only memories of days gone by?

Their relationship would be old fashioned. But that was okay. Because old fashioned and whimsical fit perfectly with a southern summer."


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About the Author:


Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.


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First Place: Paperback copy of I Don’t Dance + Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day album (U.S. winners only)
Second place: E-book copy of I Don’t Dance + $5 Krispy Kreme Giftcard.

L I N K.
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3621d2874/


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Thursday, June 21st
Soleil Bourdon//Review, Book Spotlight - Reviews By Soleil
Faith Potts//Review, Book Spotlight - Stories by Firefly
Janelle Martin//Review - The Ramblings of a Bookworm

Friday, June 22nd
Laura//Review - Beautiful Things
Chloe//Review - Purely by Faith Reviews
Rebekah Eddy//Review, Author Interview, Book spotlight - Rebekah’s Remarks
Molly Anne//Review - Set Apart for Him
Abigail McKenna//Review - Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Saturday, June 23rd
Angela Watts//Book Spotlight - The Peculiar Messenger
Kaylee H.//Book Spotlight - Keylee’s Kind of Writes
Kellyn Roth//Review - Reveries
Kate//Book Spotlight - Twin Thoughts


Thanks for Reading!! Have you read any of Jesseca's wonderful books? Are you part of the blog tour for this one?

~Victoria