I have seriously been on fire in recent months with my goal to read one book a month! I mean, watch out guys. 

It’s amazing what you can do when you stop playing Candy Crush like it’s nobody’s business. 😉


Anyways, I won the book Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV, an author from Texas, way back last year (I’m finally catching up on a stack of books I have in the corner of our dining room). It’s pretty cool, because I actually got a handwritten note from him and he signed the book. 

The book itself reminds me a little bit of Harry Potter, with a bit of a twist for a spark of originality from Mr. Cope. Here is the synopsis:

Eleven-year-old Luke Rayburn has never seen a skyline without skyscrapers or fallen asleep to anything but the sound of traffic. But his life is about to change in ways he never imagined. When his father leaves for a year of military service, Luke and the rest of his family move into their grandparents’ home in the remote town of Countryside, a place like no other. Reachable only by a mysterious traveling tunnel and horse-drawn carriage, centaurs roam the landscape and shadowy wraiths slip among the trees. 

There, Luke will be drawn into a centuries-old quest for an almost-forgotten book whose secrets will determine the fate of the world. He will have to reach deep to discover the power within him as he battles the forces of darkness and an alliance of sinister men who seek to destroy any who get in their way. 

Luke’s only hope is to find the book before they do, but to do so he’ll need help from someone he never expected as the forces of evil come to bear on the magical world of Countryside.


The flow of the book was awesome and I felt like I was immediately brought into Luke’s world and could visualize everything that was happening around him, which is one of my favorite things to do when reading. I love being brought into the character’s world!

I think it’s a great YA — I would love to share with my niece and nephew to get their thoughts since they are more in line with the target audience for this book. So, if you have anyone in the 9-12 range, this might be a great idea for a stocking stuffer! I also saw that Mr. Cope recently published the second book in the series, so interested to check that out as well. 


Do you enjoy reading YA? Harry Potter fan? 

What are you reading now? What did you just finish reading? 


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