Top 5 Reading Goals! Summer 2017 Edition

Top 5 Reading Goals! Summer 2017 Edition

 

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Is it just me or is this year flying by? Summer is coming up and there will be plenty of traveling to do. Even if you currently do not have traveling plans right now, there is no better time than to prep your Summer Reading List!

Each novel will take you to a different part of the world and to the future, past, or present. If you are having a summer like mine was last year, work became priority and traveling sadly had to be placed on the back burner. But as readers, we don’t need to spend gobs of money in order to do so (instead we buy books). No, books can take that place within our hearts and whisk us away to the distant lands across mountains and oceans into a whole other time where we ache to travel.

But it’s 2017! It’s time for something new! Here are my Top 5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List! Now, these are not specific books but examples that you could use to create your Summer List this year.

1. Change Up Your Genres

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It’s always good to branch out of your comfort zone and dip your toes into genres you never thought you’d fall in love with. If you are mostly a contemporary reader, why not try to walk on the dark side and throw in a mystery or two? YA Lover? Try a few Adult novels and see if you’d enjoy them. Genres are continuing going through a metamorphosis and in some cases, mixing in with various subjects you would never believe would come together to create a masterpiece……sometimes change is VERY good! Do not allow the fear of change disrupt the power of a good book!

If you’ve kept up on my blog and Goodreads reading list, I’ve mainly been reading paranormal romances, novellas, thrillers, graphic novels, and a few fantasy novels here and there lately. I’m changing it up this summer by diving into the world of fairy tale re-tellings, fantasy, and historical fiction/fantasy mix. When will the transition begin, you may ask? You should see my library holds list…..

2. Dive Into Classics!

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School/College is out, why read classics? Um, I’ll tell you why! See the difference between being forced to read something for a grade versus reading a book because you want to is a HUGE difference. Especially if it is a classic you’ve had gathering dust on your TBR shelf. Research also comes in handy if you are searching for a classic book that is not usually required in schools.

For instance, there are classic books transferred into films but are lacking in print copies. EBay to the rescue! I’m serious. I have probably spent more time buying out of print copies for books in the last two months than I have purchasing books on the shelves everywhere. Two in particular that I will be creating Movie Vs. Book posts on these beauties. I highly recommend checking both these books and their film companions!

 

 

3. Biographies

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Now don’t stop reading! Hear me out. Our world today needs new leaders and many of us need inspiration in our lives. Who are the people we admire? How did they get to where they are today? Maybe their life story will inspire us to make a huge step in our lives.

Currently, I’m reading biographies on the late Vincent Price and author Mary Shelley. Looking into their lives has actually shown me how much one’s past, especially when it comes to family. The famous actor, Vincent Price, was constantly afraid of being destitute due to a family “curse” told from their family history. Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was one of the founding women of the feminist movement. It was her teachings from which Mary was taught and she based her Frankenstein novel on the loneliness she felt with growing up without her mother around due to her death after Mary was born.

These two people had more to their stories; however, it made me realize that who you see and whose works you may read will show you a glimpse into that person’s very soul. So much so, it’s incredible to read what was going on behind the scenes as history was being made. Whose life story are you interested in reading?

 

4. Summer-based Books

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Cliche, I know, but if you can not figure out books to read or genres to move too, you can always go with ole faithful and read about books surrounding summer or the beach.

5. Fandom Reads

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Ah, my favorite one of them all! Fandom Reads! What do these include? Fanfiction, books based on your favorite film, show, or even the original series from which they came from! Fairy tale re-tellings do go under this goal category due to the fact….well…if you love Alice in Wonderland as much as I do, you have your subject to search for re-tellings, twists, or fan fiction about it! The possibilities are endless!

 

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Do you have reading goals for this summer? If so, what are they?

Do any of my goals match your own?

Have any fairy-tale re-telling suggestions?

 

Let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

Happy Reading,

~C.C.

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C.B.H. Reviews: Happy New Year! My 2017 Reading Goals!

C.B.H. Reviews: Happy New Year! My 2017 Reading Goals!

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Another year is coming to a close! It’s been a rough ride and I can’t help but can’t wait for this year to be over! It’s been a year of changes, moving, new friendships, and completing goals two years in the making. I did not read as much as I had liked and struggled with finding the right words to write for my reviews due to time constraints. This will all change next year!

I’ve read different book review blogs and absolutely loved reading all the various goals they have planned for the new year. Last night, I took out one of my many notebooks and began to make a list of my goals for the new year. Reflecting on the last two years, I’ve wanted to read and review more than I previously did in the previous years. The biggest issue I’ve found since beginning this blog is that planning is a challenge. Like a big challenge when it comes to me because life has a funny way of holding up it’s personal “Stop” sign, making you hit the “Pause” button on your goals. 2017, this will all change…..

  Goals For 2017

  • Setting aside 30 minutes a day to write/plan

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    I personally stink at putting aside time specifically for myself. I want this blog to grow bigger and better than it was when I started it a year ago and in order to do that, I need to write more. More reviews, more Book tags, more author interviews, more, more, more writing! I love receiving comments from you readers, letting me know what you think about a particular series or book being released. If there are any other blog writers reading this, please tell me I’m not alone in this!

 

  • Reading Goal – 77 Books

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    I recently joined Goodreads and will be using the challenge app to keep track of my goal this upcoming year. Since it is going to be 2017, I chose the number 77 for luck. Come on, after this year I think we all need some luck in the upcoming year.

  • Catch Up on ARC-Reads

    I am behind on my ARC e-books and currently in the middle of three at the same time while also reading new releases I picked up from my local library. There are times where I want to take the library books back to focus on the ARC’s instead of stressing my brain out. But what can I say? Momma didn’t raise no quitter!

  • Host More Giveaways & Cover Reveals

    Yes! More Giveaways and Cover Reveals! I hosted only one giveaway this year due to not having enough time to plan and host more for you all. However, I’m already making a plan to host more this year and am placing special dates on my calendar for the launch! So, keep your eyes open, Everyone!

  • Participate in Photography Challenges

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    I’ve always had a special place in my heart for photography and one of my big goals for the upcoming year is to fall in love again with my old hobby. After moving from Kentucky to Ohio, I’ve somehow lost my camera during the transition. Hopefully, it’ll turn up before my new camera arrives soon. But, this year, I’m planning on participating in photography challenges and am anxious to show you my journey throughout the new year through my photos.

 

What are your goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments!

I’m anticipating the new year and expecting great things to come! Let’s make 2017 the best year ever and be able to have this expression every day:

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Happy New Year From Charmed Book Haven Reviews!

 

Happy Reading!

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~C.C.

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #2 Kathryn Brettell’s “The Olive Picker: A Memoir”

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #2 Kathryn Brettell’s “The Olive Picker: A Memoir”

Welcome Back, that is if you’ve been sticking around. This is Charmed Book Reviews where I review many, MANY different books of varieties of genres. This one, in particular, is a great step away from my first review which was about Stephen King’s apocalyptic classic The Stand. If you want to check it out, you can take a peak in my past posts.

Today, I have the honor of reviewing this moving memoir entitled “The Olive Picker: A Memoir”. The author contacted me about her book and wanted me to dive right in and give an honest review. Here it goes. Now I will not go deep into detail; however, I will give you an “Inside Glance” into this heartfelt story.

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Kathryn begins her personal life story while she was holding onto life after an abusive accident turned horribly wrong. In a sense, that was the turning around point of the story even before we even know the full picture. She then rewinds to eight years earlier when she sat down with her personal therapist to discuss her childhood. Kathryn and her sister grew up in a divorce family. Her mother struggled with money and instead of remarrying a respectable man, she married a monster. Kathryn gives details about the abuse and betrayal that befell her sister and herself by the hand of her stepfather.

She continues to relive her pain and remember it as she moves along in her life. She worked extremely hard and fought her way through life. Yes, she made mistakes, but she learned from them. In the end, I cried quite a bit. We all have a story. Some of them are darker than others. On the other hand, you learn from Kathryn’s story that you can still fight for a better life, love, and passion for your personal dreams even if you are still discovering what those dreams are.

Overall, I give this memoir 10 out of 10 Charms. If you’d like to read this book, it is available for download or paperback order on Amazon. If you are a fan of Goodreads, you can add it to your “Reading” list on the site as well. Everyone should read this book and witness the lesson it contains.

If you have read this book, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, pick it up and let me know what you think! If you have a book suggestion leave it in the comment section below.

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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Charmed Book Haven Reviews #1 Stephen King’s “The Stand”

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #1 Stephen King’s “The Stand”

veith24You’re probably wondering of all the book to review, why start with this book? My response: “Why not this book?” It is filled with a long list of characters with unique individual story lines all woven together to create a world much like our own; however, the moral of the story shines much brighter than all of the characters combined.

If any of you have been curious about this novel, you’ll probably realize it’s just as long, if not longer than Gone With The Wind or even The Bible itself. Some avid readers may like this fact while others may stray away from it because of it’s length. Regardless, this novel is worth every single page, every tear, every shiver, every sleepless night, every paper cut, and every hour you separate yourself from everyone. Ok, yeah, only a book addict would say this but still!

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There are two different versions of this novel. One is the uncut/unedited version while the other is the original/final release version of the novel. In my opinion, go for the uncut version. This version contains a more in-depth look at the characters and their stories while the final cut was trimmed down by the editor. Stand, The - Stephen King - Signet Books reprint - 1980s

Now the story is split up into three different parts: “Captain Tripps”, “On the Border”, and “The Stand”. Part One of the story begins with a soldier escaping a governmental compound after a tampered strain of influenza breaks out within one of the facilities. The soldier gathers his wife and child along with a few belongings and speeds past the compound’s security gates, out into the world. We all know from zombie films and stories what happens when a sickness escapes. It’s only an amount of time before it spreads around the world.

The soldier travels through the country before he wrecks in the middle of Texas, causing the disease to spread to the town’s inhabitants. After the fact, we are told by the perspective of many “main” characters what they see and experience as the disease causes great panic. Governmental officials declare Martial Law and slaughter countless innocent people in order to keep the news of the declared sickness “Captain Tripps” from reaching the ears of the public. Throughout this part of the story, I could not put the book down. The monstrosities you read will shake you up to the point where you wonder if this could really happen. From there, the disease continues to spread and kills over 99% of the world.

Part Two: Those who survived a spread throughout the world are linked through their dreams. Now, I’d like to introduce you to my “Leaders: Good vs. Evil Roster!” The pictures I will be using are from the ABC mini-series adaption of the book.

Evil:

Randall Flagg: Rugged appearance, evil supernatural powers, protrudes from darkness in order to take over Las Vegas to recruit survivors for his side.RandallFlagg-300x222 He begins his reign by gathering former drug dealers, robbers, and murderers to oversee the rebuilding of the city. He sends out a special fire-loving individual by the name of “Trashman” in order to gather dangerous weapons to be prepared to launch at the survivors in Boulder, Colorado. 

Good:

abigailMother Abigail Freemantle: 108 year old woman from Nebraska who “still makes her own biscuits.” My favorite line she says through the dreams! She is ordained by God guide travelers to her home in Nebraska to later move to Boulder, Colorado. Unfortunately, she swells up with pride when all of the survivors continue to worship her instead of looking to God who put her in charge. She travels out into the wilderness in order to reconcile her sins with God while her community compile a plan to send three spies to Flagg’s side. She finally returns, malnourished and dying. Her final words were for them to STAND against the evil and to prevail.

Part 3: Do you really think I’m going to spoil the ending? NO! Fair reader, this is the time for YOU to make “The Stand” and pick up this novel and devour it’s contents. I give this novel a solid 10 out of 10 Charms!

If you have read this novel, what did you think of it? Who is your favorite character? What is your favorite part? Let me know! If there are other books you’d like me to review, let me know and you’ll receive a shoutout in it’s review!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello Everyone!

Where should I begin? Before today and for many years, Books have been my escape from the crazy world outside as well as kept me “sane” so to speak in my own life. Whether it was trudging beside Scarlett O’Hara through her struggle to keep her family plantation Tara or survive Captain Tripps and stand up to fight the evil Randal Flagg in Stephen King’s apocalyptic novel The Stand-books have whisked me off to lands that only writers could conceive.

IMG_20130518_192315If you are a book lover/addict like me, you’ll understand what I’m about to say next. Characters are like family, lovers, friends, and companions. Whoever are our characters’ enemies are our enemies. Whenever our favorite characters triumph, we celebrate alongside them. Then……..in the unthinkable times if (I IMG_20120922_202330say “If” because come on, honestly no one wants this!) our character dies, a little piece of us goes with them. Not to mention the countless hours of us mourning over them, causing our friends and family to question our personal sanity. Yeah, those are never, EVER fun. For those who are Whovians like me as well, you perfectly understand the use of the Doctor Who David Tennant book here. (Please don’t cry!)

Now why this blog? Why would you come back to read my reviews or recommendations for different books? Because this is a place where you can discover new books, be forewarned about ones you should stray away from, or find out if there are other readers like you who have the same opinions about certain novels/series.

bf1f2cf960d3de81ecd1955fa1cd8cd5Here, I will review novels and series of genres all across the board. These include Non-Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Action, Suspense, Christian Fiction, and much much more. I also will be reviewing some books that haven’t been released yet that you might want to read!

Fair warning! In some of these reviews, there will be spoilers while others I will leave you to discover it’s hidden treasures. To be honest, I’m very excited to share with you what I read and would love to know what you’re reading!

Join Me on this Journey Through the Pages of Books!

~C.C. Campaign

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