If any of you follow me personally, you’ll know I had a nasty car accident last month. Most of my bruises are healed, and we’re almost done with insurance. I’ve also been dealing with family that have come in over the last couple of weeks for the holiday break. But, I do have book mail and a little bit of Christmas crafting goodness for you.

My Book Of The Month Pick

I normally snag an extra book or two, but I’m already behind on TBR pile, so only one this month 🙂

Mailbox Monday – 12/18The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on January 9, 2018
Purchase From: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

Surprise ARC

The first of these two was a book I looked at on BookishFirst. It’s YA, but it’s set outside of Las Vegas, has an interesting premise, and left me asking questions like “Huh. Is there a bar in Alamo?”. I won it, and it arrived finally last week, along with a surprise YA read …

Mailbox Monday – 12/18As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 2, 2018
Purchase From: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository

What if you could ask for anything- and get it?

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

Mailbox Monday – 12/18Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 2, 2018
Purchase From: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or The Book Depository

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

And A Crafty Bonus …

In case you’re wondering what the little glittery jar thing is in my featured image, here it is …

They’re easy to make yourself!

You’ll need: Clear glue, white glitter, jars/vases and a flameless candle.

Spray/paint glue on the inside of the jar, making it thicker at the bottom and thinning out towards the top. Pour in some glitter (also known in my house as “craft herpes”), shake/rattle/roll it around until you have the desired coverage, then pour out the excess. Allow to dry, then repeat if necessary. See? Easy!!

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