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Three Terrific Reads

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Hey, y'all! It's time for me to share my love of reading with you!

Three Terrific Reads is where I share the top three books I read this past month and would recommend! 

Read on for three terrific reads you should check out! Be sure to share your top three reads as well! :)


I most definitely have to share this book. I read it and immediately had to read the next available books. I'm now anxiously waiting for the next book in the series to release as well. If you're in the mood for a YA book with dragons, check it out!

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Dragons exist. They're ferocious. And they're smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these "Slayers" are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator's daughter who didn't sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo


Let me start by saying I love Sarah Dessen. I adore this cover and I love this book even more. I'm 99.9% sure it's my new favorite book by her, so of course, it's on the list this month!

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Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo


I haven't read a book like Ripper in a while, but I'm glad I read it. It was pretty good and easily held my attention!

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"I felt hot breath on my neck, and, horrified, I knew that he stood behind me . . ." It's 1888, and after her mother's sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there. But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realizes that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths--moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo


Those are my three terrific reads from November! What are yours?

November's Paperback Pick

Woot, woot! I'm 11 for 11 so far this year! :D *pats self on back* And, look at me, getting back on track and reading the Paperback Pick of the Month during the month it was picked! :O 

This month, I chose Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I've always been a Sarah Dessen fan and have enjoyed nearly everything I've read of hers. This book, though, is a new favorite by her. I knew from the moment I read the dedication that I was going to like the book. The more I read it, the more I fell in love.

There are just some books that you connect with, and this was one of those books for me. It was good to read a YA, too. I feel like it's been forever since I have, so this pick was great.

And can I just say that I love the cover? Because I do!


Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

I Love Sarah Dessen - Top Five Favorite Quotes

One of my first favorite authors was Sarah Dessen. She is still a favorite all these years later. I was asked to participate in this tour by Joli from Actin' Up with Books and of course, I said yes! I'm going to share my experience meeting Sarah and top five of my favorite quotes from her books.

A couple of years ago, right around the time What Happened to Goodbye released, I dragged my mom with me to Raleigh for a signing and reading for Sarah Dessen and that book. I've been to a few signings/conventions and met a few authors, but this time with Sarah always stands out.

She was so nice, hilarious, and it made me love her books even more. Even my mom loved going because it was just that great. Last year at YALLFest, she spoke at one of their events, and that was amazing too. My point here is if you ever have the chance to meet her, go to a signing or event where she will be there, do it!

Now for the quotes!

This was way harder than I thought it would be. Somehow, I managed to do it though. Please excuse any accidental miswordings. In no particular order, here are my top five favorite quotes from Sarah Dessen's books:

“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.” - This Lullaby 

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” - The Truth About Forever

“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn't happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they're important ones... you might as well hold on to them. You know?” - Lock and Key

“I don't believe in failure, because simply by saying you've failed, you've admitted you attempted. And anyone who attempts is not a failure. Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.” - Keeping the Moon

“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.” - Lock and Key

Do you have a favorite quote?

That's all for me! Be sure to enter this awesome giveaway and check out the rest of the tour! Thanks for including me, Joli!

- Heather, The Turning Pages - Meeting Sarah 
- Joli, Actin' Up with Books - Someone Like You, How to Deal movie tie-in
- Heather, The Turning Pages - Saint Anything Review
June 8 - Kristalyn, The Sarcastic Palmtree - a review
June 11 - Stephanie, Ohana Reads - a review




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Top Ten Tuesday - Freebie (Books I Own That I Really Want to Read)

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we get a freebie and can choose to post a top ten on whatever we wish. I decided to post the Top Ten Books I Own That I Really Want to Read. These are books that I own, but haven't read yet. I'm mostly making this list so I can get my thoughts together as to what I want to read next in no particular order.

I've heard great things about this book and it has made me move it up on my TBR!

The Fault in Our Stars
It's about time that I dive into another John Green book and this is my pick.

The Final Piece
I got this for my Momma & me for Mother's Day and haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
This has been sitting on my Kindle since it was released. Big fan of Colleen Hoover!

Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #1)
Love Jillian Dodd's That Boy series and I'm ready to read her new series.

What Happened to Goodbye
Love Sarah Dessen! It's been too long since I've read one of her books.

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)
I need to finish this series, but I'm scared of it ending! 

A Little Less Girl
A friend of mine read it and liked it, so I want to read it!

Kiss Crush Collide
Started this a while back and enjoyed it. Life got in the way and I put it to the side. Time to finish!

Halo
Ended up the the 2nd one first somehow and finally got my hands on this one.