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Falling in Love with Books: Anna and the French Kiss

We have a real treat today: My New England blogger friend, Andi from Andi’s ABC, is guest posting for Falling in Love with Books! She’s sharing a book that is perfect for Valentine’s Day, and yes, she wants you to fall in love with:

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. Enjoy!

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When Katie was doing sign-ups for this she tweeted me and said she hoped I signed up because she knew what book I would do. Anyone that knows me knows which book I would do. I’m pretty predictable when asked to do a guest post about a book I love and want other people to love. I consistently pick the same book and I’m not the least bit ashamed by this. What book is it you ask?

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I first read Anna back in December of 2010 as a suggestion from a friend. To say I fell in love is a huge understatement. I devoured the whole book in about a day and it just made me feel good. It made me smile and it made my heart ache and it made me yearn for that kind of crush and that kind of friendship and that kind of love. It transported me to Paris and made me feel like I was a part of their lives and I am so grateful to Stephanie Perkins for that.

Since that first reading I have read Anna in print and audio a total of 10 more times.

It is oddly gratifying to find a book that you love that much, that can make you feel that much. Honestly I love a good reread. It’s something I have done for years, but I have to really truly love a book to want to read it as much as I read this one. I have to feel something to really want to immerse myself in the world again and again and Anna and the French Kiss does that to me and I think it will do that to you too. Between the characters, the romance, the setting and the story telling you will fall in love it. I can almost guarantee it.

And to show you just how much I love it, here is a look at my current collection:

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Thanks, Andi! Now that sounds like a book worth falling in love with! I adore Andi’s collection, and my collection of Anne of Green Gables editions is growing…I wonder if I might reach this standard of excellence…

Have you read Anna? Are you planning to? I have to admit that I am going to start reading this book on Sunday…It will be my first read! And it’s going to be freezing here on Valentine’s Day so I anticipate reading, sipping coffee, and maybe eating chocolate cake…

What Katie Read

#TopTenTuesday: Ten Books I Recently Added To My TBR for 2016

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This will be a fun TTT, as all of them are, but it’s always splendid to see what everyone else has recently added to their TBRs! Since I’ve just attended ALA Midwinter, some of my books will reflect titles I collected there.

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten!

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Murder is Binding: A Booktown Mystery #1

I just discovered this series and already checked out three from the library.

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Last Stop on Market Street

It won the Newbury and is going in the School Library pronto! last boy and girl

The Last Boy and Girl in the World

Picked this one up at ALA Midwinter!

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A World Without You

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Flamecaster

Also picked this one up at ALA Midwinter and don’t know how long I can wait before I dive in.

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The Case of the Girl in Grey

I’m currently reading the first in this splendid Middle Grade series. This next one looks to be inspired by Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White!

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If I Had A Gryphon

Saw this picturebook at ALA, at least a poster for it, and it’s written by a friend of mine I met in Toronto!

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Story Thieves

I heard James Riley speak at ALA and I’ve got to get started on this Middle Grade series.

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Lady Midnight

Yes, Cassandra Clare has a new book coming out!

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Black Rabbit Hall

Read that synopsis and tell me you’re not interested in that book!

Are any of these on your TBR or Wishlist? I’m about to give my TBR on Goodreads a major overhaul, and plan to trim down quite a bit. My shelves need some organizing, and right now my TBR is a bit out of control. I’m happy to say that these 10 are ones I definitely want to get to in the next few months and as they are released.

What Katie Read

Mini Review: PASSENGER (2016) by Alexandra Bracken

Mini Review: PASSENGER (2016) by Alexandra BrackenPassenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5th 2016
Pages: 496
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In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Happy Monday! The New York Times published a book review of PASSENGER in their Sunday Review of Books, and it echoes what I have to say by the end of my Book Talk: READ IT! Simply put, PASSENGER is a thrilling start to what promises to be an intriguing, romantic, and exciting series.

This is my first book of Alexandra Bracken’s and I am anxious to read every other novel of hers. If the romance in those books is anything like what we find in PASSENGER, I suspect I will enjoy them.

What I Loved

I loved the way the narrative jumped from place to place and time to time. The transitions weren’t confusing at all, and the story just tripped along at a thrilling pace. I was gripped by PASSENGER as I flew across the country to California for Christmas. The time on the plane just flew by as I turned the pages, racing to find out if Etta would be able to rescue her mother and find the coveted astrolabe.

Another fantastic aspect of the story: The relationship between Etta and Nicholas.

Let me just say: WOW! This couple may become one of my favorites for 2016—the development of their connection is stunning. When Etta finds herself transported back in time and on the deck of a captured ship in 1776, she encounters a man who saves her after she falls overboard. It’s clear that Nicholas finds her intriguing. It takes some time, but the two eventually realize they may have some shared goals. I won’t give anything away, but Bracken’s depiction of the growing closeness between Etta and Nicholas is perfect.

“ ‘We watch each other’s backs,’ she said. ‘You call me Etta. And we don’t keep secrets.’”

When the two meet, there is certainly chemistry depicted between them, but it is only as they spend more time together, discover they have a similar enemy, and become honest that their friendship blossoms into something more.

“ ‘Your era is one small sliver of time compared to all eternity—there is only one small place you and I can be safe together…’”

The story featured the perfect balance of adventure, mystery, and romance. Sometimes I’ve noticed that it can be difficult to find that perfect balance in a Young Adult novel, but Bracken pulls it off with this one. That’s why I will definitely be recommending PASSENGER to YA and Adult readers. There are a lot of Time Travels books out there right now, but this one stands apart from the others in its brilliant plot, nuanced characters, and fascinating setting changes.

I won’t lie—the book ends on a cliffhanger and you might be biting your nails while reading those closing pages. But we can rest assured that the next installment will surely be worth the wait. Now to find an astrolabe to jump to the publication month of the second book! (Just steer clear of Ironwood!)

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What Katie Read
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