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The Overly-Ambitious BookTube-A-Thon TBR Pile!


The BookTube-A-Thon is an annual readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett where the entire BookTube community gets together and tries to read as much as they can. This year it runs from July 24th-30th. This year will be my first time joining. There are seven challenges that I will attempt to complete. I don't expect to actually complete them all but I will try. This will be fun!

1. Read a book with a person on the cover: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Beck Chambers. I'm not a big sci-fi reader but I keep hearing good things about this book. I'm excited to read it.

2. Read a hyped book: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Everyone talks about this book series! The synopsis sounds really cool. It's about time that I start reading it.

3. Finish a book in one day: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. This book is a childhood favourite that I never read as a child.

4. Read about a character that is completely different from you: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Needless to say I am not the Boy Who Lived or a wizard.

5. Finish a book completely outdoors: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I don't really like reading outside so I picked a shorter book.

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang. I was instantly drawn to the cover of this book but I also think the story sounds very interesting. I've already read her debut novel. I'm familiar with the writing style. I love historical fiction. I know that I'm going to enjoy it. This book has been on my TBR since January. I really want to get to it asap.

7. Read seven books: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. It wouldn't be summer without a Sarah Dessen book. I associate her books with the summertime. I also get through her books fairly quickly.

This list may possibly change throughout the week. I don't think I'll be able to read all seven of them but I will enjoy reading as much as I can.

Will you be participating in the BookTube-A-Thon? What are you currently reading?

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sendhya Menon


When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dimple and Rishi have been arranged to be married. They're complete opposites. Dimple doesn't like traditional Indian ideals and tries to stay far away from them. She's not interested in finding the perfect Indian husband. Her main priority is this awesome summer program where she can use her web developing skills. Rishi is a hopeless romantic, the perfect Indian boy, total boyfriend material. He can't wait to woo his future wife. Both of them are attending the same summer program because their parents thought it would be a great way to begin their arrangement. And adventure begins.

This book is everything I wanted and more. We have the trope of opposites attract, a swoon worthy romance, a strong independent female lead, a sweet and wonderful male lead, and enjoyable characters overall. Rishi Patel is what book boyfriend dreams are made of. The book is told in dual perspectives, which is great because you get to see what both Dimple and Rishi are thinking. They both have wonderful character development.

This book is about self discovery, love, and family. This has been my most anticipated book of the year and I'm so glad that I had the chance to read it. It's an outstanding debut novel. It's a great representation of Indian culture and a wonderful own voices novel. I look forward to reading more of Sandhya's work in the future. If you love contemporary romance novels you NEED to read this book. If you only read one book this year it has to be this one.

I received an ARC from the publisher via Net Gallery.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Book Review: Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer


Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station, #2)Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5/5

Grace Mallory, a telegraph operator has found a safe haven in Harper’s Station, a colony run by women. After the murder of her father she’s sent into hiding to preserve the documents her father risked his life to save, and hide from the man who wants to make those documents disappear. When her life is in danger she must prepare to keep everyone in the town safe. Amos Bledsoe, a fellow telegraph operator strikes up a friendship with Grace through the wire. When he finds out that her life is in danger he’ll stop at nothing to help her. Will a long distance friendship turn into something more?

If you take online dating and put it in 1890’s Texas you’ll get the story of Grace and Amos. They never met in person but they were slowly falling for each other. Both were insecure about meeting in real life wondering if their appearance would satisfy their imagination. The thing I liked most about the romance is that it wasn’t based on physical attraction, it was based on actually getting to know a person based on their intellect and personality.

Helen’s story captured my heart. She is a tough women who doesn’t trust men but when she found a wounded man she put her prejudices aside and did everything in her power to help him.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading about a colony run by women. The inhabitants of Harper’s Station are such wonderful, strong, inspiring women.The men who fall for them compliment their personalities and support them in any way possible.

Karen Witemeyer is the queen of Christian Historical Fiction in a Western setting. The way the author intricately describes her characters makes you feel as if you can look into their souls. The character development is wonderful because it shows how a person changes when they put God at the centre of their lives.

This book has a great dose of romance, friendship and action to keep you on your toes and enjoying the ride the whole way through. I would recommend all of Karen Witemeyer books to anyone who loves a historical fiction and sweet romance novels.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGallery.

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

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Book Review: The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops by R.K. Sager


The World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork ChopsThe World's Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops by R.K. Sager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade, YA

"I'm Zoey Kate, culinary prodigy, gourmet innovator, child chef extraordinaire."

"... I know how to say bon app├ętit in fifty-two languages."

Zoey is a child chef genius. Her recipes are all about mixing together ingredients that normally wouldn't go together, but it works and people love her cooking. She wants to open her own restaurant so that the whole world will get to experience her amazing cooking. She has wonderful people who support her along the way. She also makes a few enemies who don't want her to succeed.

This book was hilarious. It had me laughing from the first page. Zoey is such a quirky character. Following her adventure was really fun. I loved that different food cultures are talked about and that we get to explore some of San Fransisco. This book is full of unique and imaginative characters.

This book would be great for children as it teaches them to dream big and that anything is possible if you work hard for it. It also shows us the importance of friendship. As an adult this book will let your inner child run free. I like that recipes are included at the end, especially one for chocolate-covered pork chops.

Overall, I enjoyed it and I think that children would love this book. Since there are many children who have a passion for food and cooking they will really enjoy it and relate to Zoey.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGallery.

 Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

Book Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi


A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy, YA

Vikram has received an invitation to the Tournament of Wishes but in order to compete he needs a partner. Gauri reluctantly becomes his partner. They're complete opposites. The Fox Prince can charm his way out of anything. He can spin a tale so intricate that anyone will be enchanted. His words are his weapons. Instead of fighting he uses his speech. The Jewel of Bharata is a mighty fighter. In a battle she's lethal. She doesn't trust anyone or anything but herself. On the surface Vikram and Gauri appear to be different but if you look closely you’ll see that they’re two halves of the same coin. They both want the same thing: freedom. An unlikely alliance is formed by two people who were destined to meet. They must learn to work together in order to win.

This book has everything you could possibly want in a great story. We have a strong, fiercely independent female protagonist and a wonderful, optimistic male protagonist. It's told in multiple perspectives, which allows the reader to understand what each character is thinking. Vikram endured a difficult childhood and he didn't let that turn him hard. He still believes in magic and has faith in himself. Gauri's childhood taught her how to be a fighter and to survive. They need each other to break their walls and finally let someone in.

This book has a slow-burn, enemies to lovers romance. This is one of my favourite tropes. It was nice to read about the progression of the romance. It was also nice to see both characters grow on their own. What I loved about Vikram is that even though he was sure of his feelings for Gauri he gave her the time that she needed to discover who she was before she could be with him. He waited for her. He let her decide and never pushed her to be with him. We need more characters like him. Both of these characters were extremely pleasant to read about. I loved them both.

This book is lyrically written.This is a companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen.  I'd consider it a sequel because it's set in the same world and it feels like it starts in the time period where the previous novel left off. I also think that this book can be read as a stand-alone because it's different enough from the first one. The Star-Touched Queen has a larger focus on mythology and immortality, while A Crown of Wishes is mainly about these two people thrust into a magical world and encountering magical creatures. Roshani Chokshi's prose captivated me and brought me to another world. I would read anything from her because she has such a enchanting way with words. I love that she takes elements of her own culture and creates a story around it. This story takes you on an action-packed adventure. I throughly enjoyed every minute of it. If you love fantasy novels this book is for you. I highly recommend that you read it.

Have you read this book? Do you plan to read it?

Sincerely, JoJo. ♥

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher.