Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 12

The Promise by Hazel Prior

I was not expecting Magnus to be illiterate. And while I don’t actually think that this is how to become literate, this is still an incredibly cute story.

This is a terrible picture, but this is an Alice in Wonderland blanket. So in their first advent calendar, I got a blanket with the same script pattern that is in so many of their gifts and packaging. That blanket is still one of my favorite blankets, and I use it to this day. Comparatively, this blanket is a lot thinner, and slightly less quality. And while I don’t want to seem ungrateful, I want you guys to know what I am thinking as I am opening the presents.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 11

The Right Path by Krista Holly

Out of all of the stories, I think this is one of the top ones that I didn’t get into. I think that if this story was expanded or shrunk, it probably would have been better, but because of the size of the story, it didn’t flow very well in my opinion.

...sitting in our camping chairs and taking in each other like we're just now seeing all the connections, he reaches into his pocket, pulls out a small box and opens it.

I’ll be honest, the ring is already on my finger as I am writing this review. I absolutely love it. As for the stool thingy, I probably will never use it. It is annoying to try and put away, and it is incredibly small, but I am saying all of this as someone who never camps.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 10

Long Overdue by Wendy Waltrip

I cannot explain to you how much I love this concept. Heads up for anyone who is trying to date me (though I feel like I am going to already regret putting this energy out in the world), send me cute notes like this. I think everyone wants to feel noticed, and that includes me!

*Copied from Amazon*

How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?

How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.

Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She must be crazy…right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.

I’ll be completely honest, out of the books from this calendar, this is the least likely one I would pick up to read. I absolutely love the cover art, and I feel like I probably would have selected this book by the cover, but the synopsis is not drawing me in this time around (which is totally okay. Not all books were made for me).

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 9

Memories at Maple Grove Inn by Kristine Eckart

This feels like the start of a really cool novel! I always find moments where unexplainable phenomena occur incredibly romantic, even if in this case it isn’t a relationship romance.

A patch of white with script handwriting caught her eye. Thinking she may be discovering an old letter or something, she reached in. She pulled out a steering wheel cover, decorated all over with the same script she had initially spotted.

Wow, who would have thought that a car was in that little box. Just kidding, but honestly, how cool is this? This one completely threw me for a loop, but it is already on my steering wheel and I am ready to vroom vroom.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 8

Little Treasures by Juliet Madison

I have definitely read books similar to this story, although I cannot for the life of me remember what books they are right now. I love me a treasure hunt, and I always find stories where people return home to find that that is where they belong make my little heart happy.

Sienna accepted the gift and carefully slid her finger under the wrapping paper, opening it up to reveal a small cardboard package, and inside, a coaster set. But not just any coaster set. It had the book cover of Little Women on each one.

We are not really coaster people, but I love this one! Fun fact, my great-grandparents (I think?) gave both my brother and I classic novels for our birth, and mine was little women. I have yet to see the movie, but that is 100% a goal for 2021!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 7

Share Your Joy by Abi Steer

Very beautiful story, but not one that kept my attention (am I okay?). I also am well aware that we already received a notebook earlier in the calendar, but the story kinda led us to a completely different gift than what we goot (not that I am complaining, this gift is pretty sick).

*Copied from Amazon*

Some bodies won’t stay buried.

Some stories need to be told.

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations–both yesterday and today.

I am hoping that this year, I will be featuring more novels about the fight for racial equality around the world, but specifically in the United States. With 2020 bringing a rise in the fight for the Black Lives Matter movement, I am hoping to include more novels that bridge this blog towards justice and equality. I am excited to pick this one up and read it, and I will happily share with you guys my thoughts once I get there!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 6

Before it Snows by Jenny L. Smith

Fun fact about me: I want a goat. I live in a farming community, so I am constantly around cows and chickens, but give me a goat, and I immediately become 6 years old. I loved reading this story, and I am slightly disappointed that the gift wasn’t a stuffed goat.

Kara wrapped the ribbon around the handle, tugging it as she pulled the strands through the loop she created.

HOLY POOPSTICKS! The picture does not do this justice, but 1) it is on wheels, 2) the little pouch on the front can also hold the entire tote bag so it is the size of a clutch, and 3) it is freaking cool! I cannot wait to look official toting my tote bag full of books around town!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 4

An Adventure Through Literature by Logan Ashley

I LOVED this story! Honestly, I love the idea of a Toy Story-esque adventure for book characters, and I WANT MORE! I also really like her style, and I am impressed that she is not really an author.

Successfully finding it, she turned to Amara and handed her a book she had never seen before.

*Copied from Amazon*

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was ― a boy from her school ― and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Okay, once again I know next to nothing about this book so bear with me. I read the author’s note, and this is very strongly based on Hunter’s husband after his kidney/heart transplant. Keeping that in mind, it is crazy to then feel like you hold the secrets for a person you never met/barely knew. I am incredibly intrigued, and I hope to pick this one up to read soon!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 3

Somewhere by Selisa Loeza

Okay, I’m going to have to knock this story a little bit here. I don’t know what Loeza was thinking, but some of us binge opened all of our gifts on the 27th of December, but her Spotify playlist for this story was already deleted. So uh… thanks for that. Now let me tell some of my deep dark secrets: I once wrote an outline for a book based on songs. I was 14, it was really bad, and the only seen I remember was a “woman in a smoky room”, and I am hoping to the good Lord up above that I deleted that outline and that it isn’t saved somewhere. But growing up surrounded by music, I always love stories that incorporate music with literature. Also, I appreciate when people with different backgrounds get their moment to shine (in this case, the main character is a foster child, and I don’t read enough novels that have a main character like her).

So she reached for the single belonging that truly felt like hers- her grandmother's pillow.

I can’t remember if Day 2’s packaging was similar, but there are a lot of gifts from the 2020 season that came in a cloth bag rather than the plastic wrapping they normal use, which is pretty cool. As for the gift, I love comfort items, so give me pillows and blankets!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Once Upon a Book Club 2020 Advent Calendar Day 2

Ways Without End by TM Sigal

Genuinely, I loved this story. It was similar to Spinning Silver, which I don’t have a review posted for, but you should really read it. It is uniquely fantastical, and I really liked it. (Also, for friends who liked The Giver Quartet, this has some of those vibes as well).

As she sat up in bed, she noticed a small package on her night table. Reaching over, she picked it up. It was a scrap of rough canvas cloth, tied around a soft object with tweed string. Eagerly, she tore it open, and smiled at what she found.

Okay, this hat, while not really my style, is incredibly nice. It is fleece-lined, and has the leather patch that says “Books are life”, and I am sad it goes with literally nothing in my closet.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!