At Night by Margaret Peot

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

At night, there is a whole other world that wakes up under the light of the moon. In At Night, Margaret Peot brings the nighttime adventures of animals to life through the pages!

This is a beautiful picture book that shows children how different animals behave during the night. I really enjoyed the short sentences on each page, and how those words coupled with the illustrations really allow the child to see what happens with each animal!

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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay…this one is full of steamy fabulous heat! These two characters had great chemistry that had me nodding my head and saying, “yes you should be together”! The business talk had me much less interested though…

The one night stand happened pretty fast, and led into what I thought would be the enemies part of the story. It didn’t feel like an enemies to lovers though. For me, it was really a lovers with an obstacle to overcome to be together, and that was fine. I was there for it!

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Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Captivating, beautiful, and dangerous, Daughters of War is a historical fiction that you won’t be able to put down!

Three sisters living in France in 1944 are living with a German occupation. Hélène, Elise and Florence live together after the loss of their father. The sisters are each living their own lives, and we get to know each one’s personality throughout the story. As the story progresses, we find that each sister has to make decisions and actions that could put everyone at risk.

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The Good Kings by Kara Cooney

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This has been a period in history that has always interested me, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book! Author Kara Cooney takes a look at five Pharaohs in this book and how their power and rule has impacted our modern day politics. The Pharaohs focused on throughout this book are Khufu, Senwosret III, Akenhaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa.

I found the lives, successes, and reign of these Pharaohs to be really interesting! Khufu was one that I was especially interested in because I find the Pyramids fascinating! It was interesting to learn about how the building was constructed and how Khufu dictated over his people to keep his secrets even in death.

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Slothy Claus by Jodie Shepherd

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Slothy Claus has instantly become a family favorite, and a book we will read over and over again! Christmas time has kids and adults alike excited and impatient for the big day to get here. We can FINALLY open our gifts and play! But what happens when Santa is a sloth? The speed and timing of delivering gifts is maybe not so fast. When Slothy Claus doesn’t make it to homes on Christmas Eve, families find the true meaning of Christmas.

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Night Night, Angel by Amy Parker

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Night Night, Angel! is a short board book perfect for reading to children through preschool. This is a Christmas themed story with a strong focus on the Christianity of Christmas. It has beautiful illustrations that are fun for little ones to look at while enjoying listening to the story.

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Baby, Unplugged by Sophie Brickman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is here to help a parent work their way through a world filled with apps and technology that are supposed to “help” you parent…and maybe some that aren’t. While my babies are a bit older now, I really connected with this book. I struggle to balance electronics with non-screen time for my kiddos (and myself if I’m being honest)! I think that many parents have those same struggles, and I know that it can be incredibly stressful and frustrating for many moms and dads. Sophie Brickman takes the reader through advice from experts on how we can figure out how to survive in a world filled with digital everything.

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Captain Cake: Meet the Candy Crew by Chris Skinner

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was a cute kids book. It’s broken into chapters, so it’s easy to start and stop for little ones. The chapters are pretty short, and it can absolutely be read in a single sitting for an older child.

This story is about a group of friends that are part food/part human. They are in space, and need to go on missions. The story has some points where it asks the kids questions about what they would do, which was fun. My kids enjoyed those parts a lot!

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Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Mrs. Rochester's Ghost
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I really enjoy retellings. Jane Eyre retellings are one of my favorites. I have read quite a few different ones. I like that the general premise can stay the same, and I still enjoy the story!

Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost is a Jane Eyre retelling, and it feels contemporary while still holding strong to the base story of the original. I really enjoyed that this story jumps right into the plot. I feel like I didn’t have to wait at all to get to the Rochester house and see the first creepy thing! It really made the book fly by!

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The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I love a good story about moms, their lives, and their troubles. In The Seven Day Switch I got two moms, and I loved it! What makes it even better is that it turns into a body-switch story, so it’s got a bit of a fantasy aspect to it.

I enjoyed both of the main characters in this story. Wendy is a working mom trying to bust her butt to get everything done. I felt for her, I connected to her, and I thought, oh she’s going to be the one I know and understand. And yet, when I met Celeste, I kind of got her too. She’s busting her butt to get everything done too. So really, there’s a lot in common between these two women. Will they come to understand that though?

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The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was such a great story! I loved the relationships, both romantic and friendly, and I enjoyed the storyline. This is a story that just made my heart feel full and happy! It funny, but tackles life topics that can be easily related to.

The characters in this book are amazing, and you truly become friends with them as you read. They all have their own special traits that make them so endearing. There are things that can be unlikable at times, but since no one is perfect, I like to see that in a character.

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Chasing Failure by Ryan Leak

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The subtitle of this book is “How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success”. I got excited to read this because I like to be a glass half full type of person, and I really thought that this title sounded like it was thinking the same way I was, and I sure was right!

Chasing Failure is a self-help book written by Ryan Leak that blends personal experience with suggestions, advice, and ideas to help you find ways to be successful, even in the face of failure.

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