Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – October Link-Up

Happy 9 months of reading, you fabulous people!

I can’t believe we have completed 9 months of this challenge. It is amazing to me. I had never hosted a reading challenge before and now it has almost bee a year. I’m baffled but it is October now and we must start month 10. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:


It’s October and it’s Fall which is the start on a new season. Thought it was about time to let you guys talk about whatever you want for this challenge this month. Enjoy the freebie topic! Just make sure you keep at within the guidelines of the challenge.


If you have any questions, please email me ( . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2017 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!


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Jane, Unlimited: The Umbrella Card Set {+Giveaway}

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. When I started  the book (truth: I am still reading it as it is a long one, but really enjoying it) I honestly had no idea what I was going to do for my blog post. I was thinking review but I knew a lot of people would be doing that plus if you have seen my other posts you know how terrible I have been at that lately. I wracked my brain for an idea and then as I read a huge theme in the book jumped out…umbrellas. Jane has a thing for umbrellas and suddenly I had an idea. I would make an umbrella card set.

First it started with the umbrella stamp above. I stamped it once as it is and let it sit overnight. Note: The stamped umbrella is actually plain with no design. When I was looking at it the next day I thought about how I could try and stamp a pattern of some sort in each umbrella. First I did it over the line which was fine, but a little bother some. I tried wiping the ink away and that worked but not perfectly. and then I hand an idea and I just used paper to block the lines and it was perfect!

Since Jane has so many different umbrellas in her life I decided to do 4 different patterns for the card set. I did a floral, a polka dot, a stripe and a coffee bean. When the ink on the panels were dry I colored each one accordingly and stamped a coordinating sentiment. Then I cut them small to put a mat of color behind them to fit the theme. I attached the panel to the mat, the mat to the card base. I added some sequins for sparkle and matched an envelope to each one and done. Jane, Unlimited Umbrella cards.

Jane, Unlimited: The Umbrella Card Set {+Giveaway}Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Published by Kathy Dawson Books
on September 19th 2017
Amazon, Goodreads

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.


About Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--GracelingFire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. (ARV: $18.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 11, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 9, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 11, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Week One:
September 11 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style Files
September 11 – The Bookiemoji – Review
September 12 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist
September 12 – Wandering Bark Books – Review
September 13 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Umbrellas Jane Would Make for YA Characters
September 13 – Arctic Books – Review
September 14 – Book Nerd Addicts – Review
September 14 – In Wonderland
September 15 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
September 15 – My Friends are Fiction – Promo
Week Two:
September 18 – YA Bibliophile – Review
September 18 – Across the Words – Umbrellas, A History
September 19 – The Eater of Books! – Mood Board
September 19 – NovelKnight
September 20 – Great Imaginations – Review
September 20 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review
September 21 – Icey BooksJane, Unlimited Quote Candy
September 21 – A Page With a View – Favorite Quotes
September 22 – A Thousand Books to Read – Review
September 22 – BookCrushin – Review
Week Three:
September 25 – Teen Librarian Toolbox
September 25 – The Young Folks – 10 Reasons to Read Jane, Unlimited
September 26 – Live Love Read – A Mood Board for Every Story
September 26 – No BS Book Reviews – Review
September 27 – Andi’s ABCs
September 27 – The Novel Hermit
September 28 – Paper Trail YA – Review
September 28 – Swoony Boys PodcastJane, Unlimited Fan Cast
September 29 – I Am A Reader
September 29 – Fiction Fare – Review
Week Four:
October 2 – Don’t Fold the Page
October 2 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Characters & Tea
October 3 – MuggleNet – Review
October 3 – Xpresso Reads – Top 10 Awesome Umbrellas
October 4 – The Book Wars – Review
October 4 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
October 5 – Mundie Moms – Review
October 5 – YA Romantics – Review & Quiz
October 6 – Bookworm Everlasting – Book Photography
October 6 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Style Board


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Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR

So I’m a week late, but I hate missing the seasonal TBR list posts. Since I missed it last week (truthfully I was too lazy to put a post together) I figured I would do it this week.

In all honestly my TBR is out of control and always is. I have come to accept this flaw, quirk, awesome thing about myself. I will never have a small TBR and that’s that. But what I did do for this list is narrow it down to books on my Kindle that I have downloaded from Netgalley and/or Edelweiss. Some of these books are out next year, some are already out, and some will be out soon, but these are the 10 I hope to read this Fall.

Love, Life and the List ||Far from the Tree

Heart on Fire || Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

    The Hazel Wood || The Knowing

The Girl with the Red Balloon || Ringer

  The Idea of You || Can’t Walk Away

I have no idea if I will get through them, but I’m going to give it my all.

Are any of these on your TBR? Have you read any of them?

*Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish

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Review Bingo

Last night I finished a fantastic book. I was so excited because it was done and I loved it but then it hit me, I had to do something I am very out of practice doing, I need to review it. Not because I am required to but because I actually really loved it and I want everyone to know how much. But the panic set in because I am very very behind on all things reviewing. I feel like I lost my way in finding my words about books good, bad and amazing. Somewhere along the way this year that review spark died and I need to find it.

I needed something to get me going. Something that would help me along in writing those reviews (which I admit I will need to reread some of the books) and I realized I have been seeing a lot of different types of bookish Bingo out there. I have seen TBR Bingo and ARC Bingo and Genre Bingo. Bingo seems to be a big trend these days so I looked to see if there was a Review Bingo. I couldn’t find one (if there is one let me know so I can give them credit for the idea) so I just decided to make my own and go with it.

So I give you my own personal Review Bingo:

I am woefully behind on my reviews as you can see, 24 (well 27 if you count the series as separate books) books behind. I need to get better. I will get better and I will use the above Bingo to do it. It is going to be a challenge but I want to make it a coverall by the end of the year while keeping up to date with the books I will be reading.

I saw this tweet the other day and I am refusing to let it be my reality anymore.


The lies stop now…I hope. Wish me luck!

Which book do you want me to review first? What would you like to hear my thoughts on? Tell me below in the comments or on Twitter!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Books from 2013

I started Andi’s ABCs in January of 2013. I had been co-blogging somewhere else for about 6 months to a year before that, but my blog was born in 2013. I read 154 books over the course of that year. About 30ish of those books were 5 stars for me (not sure if I reread them I would give them all the same now). And of those 30ish, here are the 10 that I still love to this day:

Parallel – Lauren Miller

Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta

The Program – Suzanne Young

All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill

Maybe One Day – Melissa Kantor

Pivot Point – Kasie West

Altered – Jennifer Rush

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

Have you read any of these gems?

*Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish

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