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The Campfire Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this final day of July, I decided to do a book tag and this time, I’m doing one based on something I do a lot. My parents usually have campfires during the summer so this one is perfect. This tag was created by Jaded Reader on Booktube so all the credit goes to them. 🙂

Build A Tent: A book you had to read that ended up being a drag

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What an appropriate book to start this tag off with as I was actually forced to read this book by Ellyn for our Love/Hate Challenge. I’m honestly so confused as to what the point of this book was. With that being said, it was such a short book but it took me FOREVER to read.

Build A Fire: A book you were proud of finishing

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The book I’m easily most proud of finishing recently is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book is almost 600 pages on Kindle and it’s a slow-burn romance. I legit thought I was going to die before they finally kissed. While this book was long, it was easily one of my favorite reads of 2020 so I’m happy I read it but damn, I was proud of myself.

Roasted Marshmallow: A mushy sweet book you couldn’t help but devour

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For this one, I went with The Sprite and the Gardener which was a graphic novel I read during Graphics-A-Thon. This was a short little graphic novel about spires helping a garden thrive and i’ts just so adorable. The art style is so cutesy and I couldn’t get enough of it when I read it.

Gone Fishing: A book that had you hooked by the first chapter

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When I picked up Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells, I was immediately intrigued and I was right to as I LOVED it. This book starts off with a major event within the first or second chapter so once that happened, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

Skipping Rocks: A book or series you DNF’D

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For this one, I went with a slightly shocking answer and that’s Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. This is one I started on audio and just couldn’t get into it. I might go back to it but this one didn’t work for me when I first started it.

Camp Fire Songs: A book so good you are always found singing its praises

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No surprise with this one.

The Night Sky: A book that made you think deeply about an aspect of the world

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For this one, I went with Pemmican Wars which was a book I read during Graphics-A-Thon as it was written by an indigenous author. I feel like I learned so much about what indigenous people were dealing with and actually about them rather than what I learned in school. I also learned about the Pemmican War which I didn’t even know about??? It was so short but so informative.

The Tear Down: A book that’s ending was bittersweet

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For this one, I decided to go with A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau and I decided on this one because I didn’t want this series to end. It’s somewhat of a cop-out answer but I saw this book and knew I had to feature it.

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Last 5: A look at my last 5 KU reads

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s post, I decided to write up something new and that’s looking back at my last 5 Kindle Unlimited borrows and what I felt about them. Of course, I’m only going to be featuring books I’ve read and not just books I borrowed yet didn’t read.

I might add this as a new feature to my blog as I love Kindle Unlimited and end up using it a ton since it’s basically full of romance books and that’s 99% of what I read so it would only make sense to talk about those books in a different post since my wrap-ups aren’t structured like they were before.

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5. The Unbroken Rose (Roses & Thorns #3)

I’m going to feature these in the order I read them so this is one I borrowed least recently and then the one I borrowed most recently. This is a book I used for the Pop Culture ReadAThon and it’s book 3 in the Roses & Thorns series following Dacia. Of all the books in the series, this one is my least favorite as it features a trope I dislike.

I did enjoy Christina C Jones’ writing style and I’m happy to see these two side characters finally get their own story. You’ll probably see a lot of CCJ in these posts as I’m on a mission to work through her backlist. I ended up giving it a 3 stars so not bad but not a new fave of hers.

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4. Forbidden Fling (Secret Fantasy #1)

The next book I borrowed is actually a short erotica story written by Kat Taylor which is Katee Robert’s pen-name. This is about a girl who gets with her boyfriend’s dad and it features cheating with no HEA. Honestly, I didn’t really like it as much as I hoped for. It was steamy but nothing I haven’t read from her before so it was a slight disappointment. Only 50ish pages though if you’re looking for a quick and steamy read. Another 3-star read, unfortunately.

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3. Skin (Fangs With Benefits #2)

The next book I borrowed was Skin by Aveda Vice which is a monster love book and honestly, this featured some of the hottest steamy scenes I’ve ever read. This is a short little blip into a relationship between Flint and Harbringer. Despite it being a relationship between a gargolye and a banshee, this book was surprisingly realistic and just incredibly HOT. Aveda Vice is easily a new favorite author and I’m so glad I found her on KU. Finally, a 4-star read.

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2. Oops!

The next book I borrowed is one that I borrowed for two reasons. One is because it’s on my 2021 TBR and second, it’s for an upcoming post. Other than that, this book was surprisingly enjoyable and made for a super quick read. This is also my first full-length Alexandra Warren read and I can’t wait to read more of her backlist.

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1. Deuces Wild (High Stakes #3)

Finally finally finally, I read this book as it was next up on my CCJ list. This one is the third and I believe, final book in the High Stakes series. This is a romance between Ace and Cree who make an appearance in her Roses & Thorns series. While I enjoyed aspects of this book, I felt like some of the plotlines were just a little bit too far-fetched. I especially didn’t understand how Cree and a side character plus Ace were all so cavalier about something so intense. Either way, I’m happy to have finished another one of her series. Sadly, it was another 3-star read, though.

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Anyways, those are my last five KU reads as the post I planned on doing fell through but nevertheless, I knew I had to write up something so here we are. If you have KU, I’d love any suggestions for books I should check out. 🙂 Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5-Star Predictions for the second half of 2021 + looking back at my first half picks

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I knew I wanted to write up another five-star predictions for the second half of 2021. As per my previous round, I decided to feature books that are being published in 2021 and some backlist titles as well. There are just SO many books I have on my TBR so this is another way to hold myself accountable and get these books read. 🙂

5-Star Predictions for July-December 2021

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1. The Heart Principle

The first 5-star prediction I have for the second half of the year is The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. This book has been pushed back a few times and it’s finally coming out in August 2021 which I’m excited for. Plus this is Quan’s book and I’ve been waiting forever for it. I just hope it’s as amazing as the previous installments in the series.

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2. From Lukov With Love

The next five-star prediction I have is a backlist book and it’s From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata. I personally can only handle on Mariana Zapata book a year and for 2021, I’m going with From Lukov With Love. I know this is obviously a slow-burn romance featuring figure skaters as the protagonists and it just sounds like it’s going to be an incredible read.

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3. Equivalent Exchange (Night Shift)

Once again, this is probably not a surprise at all for those who have been following me on Goodreads. I’ve been loving Christina C Jones’ books and have been marathoning them like crazy. This is one of the few I haven’t read yet but feel like I’m going to really love it. I really want to get caught up on her backlist so this is an obvious one.

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4. Today Tonight Tomorrow

Of course, I had to pick a Rachel Lynn Solomon book and put it on here as the two books I’ve read from her have been 5 stars. While I know her earlier releases focus on tougher topics, I’m pretty sure this one is more of a YA rom-com. I could be wrong, but I’m super excited to read it and see if it cements her as one of my new favorite authors.

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5. Make It Sweet

The final five-star prediction I have is Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan. This is a book I saw hyped up on Twitter and ever since then, I’ve been eager to read it. I think it’s a romance between an actress and a hockey player who bakes??? Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be delightful and the perfect book to read during this summer/fall season.

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Recapping my first set of 2021 Five-Star Predictions

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1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown

My first five-star prediction was Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. This one was of course, five stars and could be my favorite Brown Sisters novel. Either way, I absolutely adored this one and I’m glad I put it on my five-star predictions list.

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2. Office Hours ❎ 

The second book I predicted would be five stars was Office Hours by Katrina Jackson. This one sadly wasn’t five stars. If anything, I felt like it dragged on for most of it and as much as I loved the romance, I feel like it got bogged down by the stress our MC was under.

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3. The Lady’s Champion ❎ 

This one, I was pretty hesitant to put on my five-star predictions as it’s a historical romance and I don’t normally love those. The Lady’s Champion was not a bad book but it felt a little too under-developed in places. I did enjoy the romance, but it just lacked a certain spark. I do plan on reading more from this author though as I gave it 4 stars.

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4. Take It ❎ 

The next book I predicted would be 5 stars was Take It by Shae Sanders and ugh, I can’t believe I thought this would be five stars. This is a Black love office romance and it just didn’t work for me. I felt like some of the comments in it could have easily been edited out or just felt a bit too ~edgy~ to be in the book. Plus I didn’t really buy the romance as it was such a short read. I ended up giving this one 3 stars unfortunately.

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5. Truth or Dare

The final book I predicted would be five stars is Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. This book follows a group of friends who meet up for a wedding and it’s about two of them hooking up. I read this during Valentine’s Day weekend and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was super steamy, featured an incredible friends-to-lovers romance and made me SO happy. I can’t wait to dive more into Danielle Allen’s backlist.

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That’s a look at some of my upcoming five-star predictions along with my previous set. I will say that I’m not too bad about myself for the first round. At least, I got 2 out of the 5 correct but I’m hoping I can do better in the latter half of 2021.  Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag (2021)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s time for what is probably my favorite tag of all time because it’s just so much fun. Plus I have tons of books I want to talk about. With that being said, I wanted to keep this intro pretty short so we can get into the tag and talk about the books. 🙂

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021.

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The best book I’ve read so far in 2021 has to be Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur. This is a romance between a girl and her best friend’s brother. It’s kind of second-chance in a way but it’s also about each of them discovering themselves and figuring out how to love each other. I also feel like this book is so soft and Brendon is just everything to me. Plus Annie was such a delight as cynical and hardened as she was. Sigh, this book was everything to me.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021.

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My favorite sequel I’ve read is actually a tie and it’s books 2 and 3 in the Bergman Brothers series by Chloe Liese. Always Only You is a workplace, grumpy-sunshine romance between a hockey player and the social media specialist for the team while Ever After Always is a marriage-in-trouble story. There’s just something about the stories Chloe Liese writes that I immediately fall in love with plus she also features incredible rep including chronic illness, anxiety and other disabilities which I love.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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For me, this has to be The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau. This is one of two books from Jackie Lau’s backlist I haven’t read yet. I know this book has a pretty unique meet-cute too so I’m excited for it. Plus the cover features a hero with glasses so I’m pretty much sold.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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The top answer is obviously The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang but I talk about that book constantly so I wanted to mix it up. I decided to go with The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling. I feel like this book has potential to be a new fave and I absolutely love this witches in romance book trend so I’m on board 100%. I’m also looking forward to Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau and With You Forever by Chloe Liese.

5. Biggest disappointment.

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My biggest disappointment of 2021 has to be The Beast by Katee Robert. I went into this book thinking I was going to love it and it didn’t work for me. While the book was hot, I really didn’t love the romance and I didn’t feel the chemistry in their relationship. Plus as per usual,the conflict towards the and felt totally unnecessary. I’m just sad because I LOVE this series so much and this one wasn’t it for me.

6. Biggest Surprise

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For me, this has to be The Reinvention of the Rose by Christina C Jones. I picked this one up on a whim via Hoopla and I absolutely adored it. This follows a girl who is basically restarting her life and it’s about her forging her own path while falling in love along the way. I loved the romance in this along with all the character development. Easily cemented CCJ as a favorite author.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

I don’t believe I read any debuts this year but I have tons of new-to-me favorite authors so I’m going to try to keep it concise.

  • Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Chloe Liese
  • Alexandria Bellefleur
  • Aveda Vice

8. Newest fictional crush.

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This one might be totally fucked, but I have to say Dario from Run Posy Run. This is a mafia romance featuring a sociopath love interest, but I couldn’t get enough of him. I thought he was so hot and clearly very protective of the heroine which I loved. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved him.

9. Newest favorite character.

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For me, this one has to be Dawn Oliver from Inevitable Addiction. Maybe it’s because I read this book in June, but I really liked Dawn’s character. I loved how confident she was and how she stood up for herself, no matter what. Her path to stardom wasn’t easy and neither was her romance in this book but she was so sure of herself. I honestly could’ve read an entire book about her rather than a novella.

10. Book that made you cry.

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For the book that made me cry, I have to go with Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. I honestly haven’t cried at many books this year, but this one really hit. The MC’s aunt died during the course of the book and it hit me extremely hard for some reason. It was still an enjoyable read, though.

11. Book that made you happy.

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No surprise I decided to go with Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. Talia is easily my favorite romance author and her books always make me happy. While I’m sad to see the Brown Sisters series end, this book was so good that I couldn’t help but smile while reading it.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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The book I decided to go with was Sweethand which is a book I pre-ordered on Kindle and I absolutely adore this cover. It’s just so beautiful and I can’t stop staring at it. I can only hope it’s half as good as it looks.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

  • Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues
  • From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
  • Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan
  • People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
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That’s my 2021 Edition of the Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. Hopefully, you enjoyed it because as per usual, I had find with this one. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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If The Boot Fits: A Spoiler-Free Review

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my July review, I wanted to talk about a book I was honestly hesitant to read. I feel like it’s always nice to go into a book with slightly lower expectations and then come up feeling good upon finishing it. That’s the case with If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon as I didn’t enjoy the first book in this series. However, you’ll have to finish reading this review to see my thoughts on this one.

This is my spoiler-free review of If The Boot Fits.

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Working as the personal assistant to one of Hollywood’s cruelest divas has left Amanda McQueen more determined than ever to sell her screenplay and gain her independence. In the meantime, she’ll settle for a temporary escape. When her employer is felled by the flu on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, Amanda gets her glam on, struts out the door, and parties with the glitterati. But she never expects to come face to face—and closer than close—with one of the hottest stars in the game . . .

Following up his first Oscar win with a steamy after-hours romp with an enigmatic woman seems like the perfect way for actor Sam Pleasant to celebrate—until she suddenly disappears. Worse, she’s vanished with the wrong swag bag: the one containing his Oscar statue, leaving Sam even more intrigued about the beauty’s identity—and wondering if a repeat performance of their amazing night is in the stars. And when a second chance encounter happens, only a trip to Sam’s family ranch—and revealing the whole, not-always-glamorous, truth about themselves—will give them a chance to turn one magical night into forever . . .

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What I enjoyed about If The Boot Fits

  • The main characters. The two main characters, Sam and Amanda were hard not to root for as both were so likable. For Amanda, it was clear she was dealt a bad hand but just needed that extra push to make things happen. As for Sam, he was dealing with a sudden rise of fame which was incredibly unique touch to the book.
  • How Rebekah Weatherspoon retold Cinderella. I thought this was such a unique take on Cinderella and looking back at the story, it really makes sense. I also really enjoyed how she didn’t take too much from the source material and still made it her own without staying true to the original.
  • The setting. Obviously, I’d be remiss to not mention Charming, California which is where most of the story is set. I’m pretty sure that’s the town where the ranch is and I LOVED being back there. I only wish this ranch actually existed so I could go there on vacation and relax like Amanda did.
  • The effort Sam put in. What I enjoyed most about the romance was how much effort Sam put in and how much he respect Amanda. It was clear she wasn’t getting that from very many people so it was nice to see Sam not being an asshole. He was charming, sweet and understanding the entire book which was a nice change-of-pace when it comes to love interests.
  • The found family element. This was originally a book I was going to use for my plus-sized rep but decided to use it for “found family” as the Pleasant family does become a found-family for Amanda. She also has her other friends to rely on as well. Overall, the general themes of family, friendship and love in this book was *chef’s kiss.
  • The third-act conflict. As per most romance books, this book featured a third-act conflict and for once, it wasn’t a breakup. I feel like Rebekah Weatherspoon handled this conflict so well and it made me enjoy the story even more. Plus it truly brought Sam and Amanda together rather than push them apart.

What I didn’t enjoy about If the Boot Fits

  • The villain. This one might be obvious but I absolutely despised the villain. She was truly the worst character and I hated how she treated Amanda. I know we were supposed to hate her, but it really felt like she was WAY too over-the-top sometimes.
  • Fast wrap-up. While I thought most of the book was well-paced, the ending felt a bit too rushed for me. I really wanted to see more of Amanda finding her footing after things fell apart. It seemed like everything fell into place way too quickly and then the book was over.
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Overall, I’m very happy I decided to read this after swearing to my SO I wouldn’t since I hated the first book. Either way, this book was a pleasant surprise and I’m excited to read Jesse’s story. If you’re on the fence about this one like I was, I say just go for it as it was a delightful read. It’s also great for Valentine’s Day as it takes place during that time. I gave If the Boot Fits 4 stars.

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Recommending romance books based on your favorite Powerpuff Girl

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s recommending books based on a popular media, I decided to go with the Powerpuff Girls. As someone who loved the series as a kid and still really enjoys it to this day, I figured why not use our favorite superheroes? Plus with the live-action series being canned, we have to have something to look forward to so let’s get into my recs for them.

Blossom: The Intimacy Experiment

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For Blossom, I decided to pair her up with THe Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan. While I didn’t love this book, I feel like Naomi is most similar to Blossom. Not only is she incredibly smart, independent and a natural-leader but she’s also the face of the company. While this book doesn’t have tons of simlarites to the show, I feel like if you like Blossom, then you’ll really enjoy Naomi as a character.

I don’t personally think Blossom would grow up to have the same job as Naomi but I could see her working to help educate people on lesser-known topics. Blossom also wouldn’t be afraid to speak her mind like Naomi does so this one was easy.

Bubbles: Ice Cream Lover

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For Bubbles, I decided to go with Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau. This is a romance between a girl who owns an ice cream shop and a guy who absolutely hates ice cream. The main character, Chloe is so sugary sweet and cute so I feel like she matches up with Bubbles. Plus she’s super into glitter, unicorns and being girly like Bubbles is. However, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stick up for the people she loves like Bubbles. Honestly, I could actually see Bubbles doing this job and I feel like this book just screamed her name to me.

Buttercup: Written in the Stars

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For the final Powerpuff girl, I decided to pair her up with Written in the Stars. This book follows a horrible blind date turned fake dating situation and it’s so delightful. It’s also an f/f romance and the one character, Darcy reminds me so much of Buttercup. Darcy is pretty hardened, stubborn and grumpy as Buttercup is. However once you peel back the layers, you start to understand Darcy and that’s how I feel about Buttercup.

Maybe it’s just me but Buttercup seemed queer to me. I could be wrong, but I feel like this book pairs up so well with her. Overall, this book is just delightful and if you like Buttercup, I feel like this book could work for you.

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This is a short rec post, but I didn’t want to have a huge undertaking for my first recs post back so hopefully, you guys enjoy this or found a new book to check out. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 summer romance recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my “5 and 5” post this month, I decided to feature 5 summer romance recs plus 5 I have on my TBR. Since it’s basically hot as Hades outside, I thought this would be the perfect one for this month. I also wanted to do a summer romance recs posts so I’m killing two birds with one stone so let’s get into the recs portion first.

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1. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This

The first book I have to recommend for summer is one I just recently read. We Can’t Keep Meeting LIke This is a YA second-chance romance featuring two new-adult aged characters and it follows them as they reconnect via their family businesses in the wedding circuit. While it does have some intense moments, this book is relatively light and fun as it focuses on wedding plus you can’t help but root for the characters.

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2. Maybe This Time

My next summer recommendation is Maybe This Time by Christina C Jones. I’ve been making my way through her backlist and she has tons of books. However, the book I’m recommending for summer is Maybe This Time. Firstly, it’s super short at less than 80 pages so it’s a super fast-paced read, features the “Married in Vegas” trope and is the ultimately friends-to-lovers book. I read this one during a plane ride and it was just so fun so I knew it had to make the list.

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3. The Roommate

The next summer rec I have is The Roommate by Rosie Danan. This book is a romance between a girl and her roommate who she finds out is a very famous pornstar. While it does focus on that aspect, this book is really about the two of them coming out of their shells and opening up to each other. I won’t lie and say it isn’t steamy because it is but it was still a light and fast-paced read. While it won’t be for everyone, it’s worth checking out if you don’t mind the porn aspects of the story.

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4. Desire and the Deep Blue Sea

The next summer rec is Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade. This one is about a pair of co-workers who fake date for a reality show and it’s just so dang sweet. While it’s another relatively short read, the characters felt well-developed and I really rooted for their relationship as the story progressed. Plus this book is set during a vacation so it would be a nice vacation read. As per usual, it does feature plus-size rep if you’re looking for that. This one is just a delight.

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5. The Changeup

The final summer rec I have is one I read last summer and adored. This is a romance between a baseball player and the sports blogger who trolls her. This book felt so refreshing as it featured a female athlete rather than the man being the athlete. These two had a dislike-to-love situation going with such excellent banter and lots of fun summery moments. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book and if you’re looking for Black sports romances, then you need to add this one to your TBR.

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1. Neon Gods

The first book I have on my summer TBR is Neon Gods by Katee Robert. This is a Hades and Persephone retelling which is something I never read lmao. However, it’s Katee Robert so I’m sure it’ll be smutty so honestly I’m just excited for that aspect.

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2. The Box In The Woods

The next book I have on my summer TBR is The Box in The Woods by Maureen Johnson. This is the 4th book in the Truly Devious series so I’ve been dying to read it. I honestly don’t know the plot of this book but this series is so fun and addicting so I know I want to read it this summer. I know this is more of a mystery so it would be better for fall but I just love these characters so I can’t wait that long lmao.

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3. Deuces Wild

The next book I have on my summer TBR is Deuces Wild by Christina C Jones. This is the third book in the High Stakes series and I’m super excited to read Ace’s story. She made a cameo in another series so I’ve been eager since I read the description for this book. Plus I need to keep up my backlist catch-up of CCJ.

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4. Today Tonight Tomorrow

The next book is another author whose backlist I”m getting caught up on. This is another YA outing from Rachel Lynn Solomon and I think it follows two high-school rivals who fall in love either right before or after graduation. Either way, I love this cover and I feel like Rachel Lynn Solomon is quickly becoming a new favorite author so I’m hyped for this one.

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5. Twisted Love

The final book I have on my summer TBR is Twisted Love by Ana Huang. I know this book has been making the rounds on Booktube and Book Tok so I’m cautiously optimistic. This one is a brother’s best friend mafia romance, I believe?? I know it features some of my favorite tropes so I’m incredibly excited to see if it lives up to the hype plus it’s on KU.

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July 2021 TBR (Pop Culture Readathon Round 3)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month, I’m going to be making my TBR based on the Pop Culture Readathon and this round’s theme is 2000’s movies. Similar to last year, I’m going to be dealing with one bingo board and maybe I’ll try to fill in another bingo board but for now, I’m dealing with the “The Adult Agenda” table/bingo board.

Before getting started, this round is going to happen from July 1st until July 30th. This readathon is being hosted by Whitney and Lorryn. They have more info on the official Twitter if you’re looking for particular rules. Basically, you pick which team you want to be on and try to fill in the bingo board. I really want to get a blackout this time so I’m going to try and find a book for every single prompt so let’s get into the board and the books I have picked out. 🙂

Love & Basketball: Childhood Friends to Lovers

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The first book on my TBR is Dare to Live, Dare to Love by Nicole C. Moon. This book features best friends-to-strangers-to-lovers which is such a unique trope. However, I’m super excited to read this and see if it’s as good as the cover makes it out to be 😉

Scotty Doesn’t Know: Secret Romance

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For this one, I decided to go with Grading Curves by Naima Simone. I’m pretty sure this is either a student/teacher romance or a student/professor romance. Either way, I’ve been wanting to read more Naima Simone and this one is on KU so it was an easy pick for me.

Perfect Date: Set In Spring

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I’ve had this book on my shelves for months and have yet to pick it up. I absolutely adored Sarah Hogle’s debut novel so this one was another easy pick for me.

Gladiator: Epic Adventure

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For the next square, I struggled as I don’t read many action/adventure books but then I remembered that Christina C Jones does have this Alice in Wonderland retelling which is bound to feature an epic adventure. Honestly, I’m just excited to read more of her backlist so this worked out nicely for me lmao.

The Devil Wears Prada: Deal with the Devil, Demon or Villain

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The next book I plan on reading is Neon Gods by Katee Robert. This book is one I’ve had on my shelves for weeks and have yet to pick it up. I know this is a Hades and Persephone retelling so it obviously involves some kind of deal. Plus it’s Katee Robert so it’s going to be smoking hot.

Deliver Us From Eva: Black Romance

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Pretty sure I have Katrina Jackson’s whole backlist on my Kindle and I want to finally get caught up on her releases. Judging by the cover and by the rest of her backlist, I assume this one is a Black romance so I knew I had to feature one of her books on here.

Charlie’s Angels: Trio of Main Characters

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I’m not sure if this one counts, but I know it’s a poly romance so I’m counting it. This is a romance between two women who get played by the same guy and then they all end up in a relationship, I’m pretty sure?? Either way, it sounds spicy and fun.

Remember the Titans: Found Family Trope by AOC

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This was another prompt I struggled with, but I decided to go with Graham’s Delicacies by Mina Waheed. I read their other book, Soft on Soft and thought it was cute. This one has an especially fun cover and it popped up on some lists so I decided to pick it.

Where The Heart Is: Home or House in the Title

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The book I chose for this one is one I’ve been meaning to read forever and that’s Playing House by Ruby Lang. I saw these books at my library forever ago and I’ve been meaning to read them for the longest. Now is finally the time and I want to see if they live up to the beauty of their covers lol.

Orange is NOT the new pink: Orange/Pink Cover or Spine

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I’m not sure what to classify this cover as but it seems the most orange to me so I’m saying it has an orange cover. This is a book I pre-ordered before it came out and I’ve been eager to read it. It seems like the perfect summer read, too.

Phat Girlz: Plus Size MC

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The book I chose for this one is If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I didn’t enjoy the first book in this series, but I want to read Jesse’s book so I’m going to give this one as chance. I know it’s a Cinderella retelling so I should enjoy that. I’m crossing my fingers this one ends up being a winner for me.

Blue Crush: Color In Title

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For my final read, I decided to pick another Christina C Jones book and that’s The Unbroken Rose. Even though this might be cheating, I considered “rose” a color but I really want to finish this series as I LOVE it lmao. I’m slowly making my way through her backlist and I want to try to get through an extensive amount by the end of the year 🙂

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That’s my extremely ambitious July TBR. July should be less busy than June so I like my chances plus I have tons of options to pick from. With that being said, I’d love to know what books are on your July TBR. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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I’m back + blogging changes + my June Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been a while but I’m finally back. It’s felt like forever since I’ve sat down to write a post but I knew it was time. I’ve done a lot of thinking while I was away and honestly, made some necessary changes to my life. It was much-needed and I’m happy to finally be back to my blog.

With that being said, I knew I wanted to make some changes to my blog. Rather than posting three times a week, I will cutting that down to two posts a week. While it doesn’t seem like much, I know that those three posts were stressing me out. Two seems much more manageable as I’ve taken on an entirely new writing job and need some extra time to devote to that.

As for my two posts a week, I’m going to be posting on Mondays and Fridays now so hopefully, no one is too upset by that. I’d rather cut down on my posts than give up this blog. With that announcement out of the way, let’s get into June wrap-up. 🙂

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June 2021 Reading Stats

  1. Books Read: 30
  2. Star Breakdown: 5-stars (4),4.5 stars(1), 4-stars (18), 3-stars (7)
  3. Format Breakdown: E-books (27), Audiobooks (3)
  4. New Favorite Author: Alexandria Bellefleur

3 Disappointing Reads From June 2021

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1. Get It Right

The first disappointing read for June was Get It Right by Skye Kilean. I really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work for me. While I loved how the two met and reconnected, it lacked the spark I was hoping for. I did enjoy the romance, but this book felt like it could have been so much more than it was.

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2. Best Friends With Twice The Benefits: A Novella

The next disappointing read had to be Best Friends with Twice the Benefits. I read this for Hoe-A-Thonn and I really wanted to love it. There was just something about the extra family drama that turned me off. All I wanted was a smutty romp and instead, it was filled with tons of extra shit that I couldn’t care less about. However the smut was pretty excellent when that happened.

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3. A Gift for a Ghost

The final disappointing read for me in June was A Gift for a Ghost. This one was just not it as it didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t realize how the two timelines connected and I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. I LOVED the art style though so I couldn’t be too mad. I’m just sad this one wasn’t as good as it could have been.

My 3 Favorite Reads of June 2021

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1. Hang The Moon

My favorite read of June had to be Hang The Moon by Alexandria Bellefluer. I read this book and her debut but this one blew me away. I not only adored the two MCs but I loved them so much as a couple. I especially loved how bound and determined Brendon was to prove Annie wrong. Plus the extra element of her being his sister’s best friend was so perfect. I honestly could gush about this book for hours and I still can’t get over how great of a love interest Brendon is like easily my new favorite of 2021.

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2. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This

My next favorite of June was definitely We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon. This book is a second-chance romance between two teenagers whose parents work together in the same wedding circuit. What I really enjoyed about this book was the main character, Quinn and how she was so jaded over love and romance but managed to find her happy ending. I feel like this book won’t be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

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3. Run Posy Run

My final favorite read of June was Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells. This is a mafia romance between Posy and Dario in which Posy is framed for cheating and it’s basically Dario trying to protect her while also apologizing for not believing her. Honestly, this book was pretty dark but the hero was a sociopath and I was instantly IN LOVE. That sounds fucked but once I started read, I couldn’t stop. Definitely a book that lives rent-free in my mind.

Biggest Surprise Read of June 2021

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My most surprising read of June had to be Feed by Aveda Vice. This was a faerie-succubus romance and I adored it. It was super short but incredibly steamy and the relationship was just so great. Honestly, I can’t wait to read more from Aveda Vice and I hope I’ll be picking up their backlist ASAP.

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After a month off of blogging, I’m happy to be back and finally hopefully figuring out a better plan for the rest of 2021. Plus I missed doing my wrap-ups as they’re a lot of fun. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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GraphicsAThon Round 4 TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m back with another GraphicsAThon post and this time, I’m going to be featuring my TBR. Of course, I’m going to try to hit all of the prompts and get a full blackout on the bingo board. With that being said, I’m going to talk about the books I plan on reading and hope that I end up being able to get a full blackout so let’s get into my picks. 🙂

New-To-You Author

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For this one, I decided to go with Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith. I don’t know anything about this book but it seems like it’s going to be great. I’ve never read anything by L.L. McKinney but I’ve heard of her so I’m excited to get to this one. 🙂

2021 Release

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For a 2021 release, I decided to go with The Sprite and the Gardener which I don’t know anything about but it seems like it’s going to be so cute. I know it’s marketed towards kids too but it seems like an adorable and short read.

Continue A Series

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For this one, I went with Exorsisters Volume 2 by Ian Boothby. I really enjoy this series and I can’t wait to continue it. It seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I absolutely adore this story to boot.

A Different Format

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This one is actually a re-read for me, but I saw that this has an audiobook. I’ve never listened to a graphic novel via audiobook so I think it’ll be something new. Plus this one hits multiple prompts if I end up not reading as much as I plan for.

Five-Star Prediction

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For this one, I went with Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks and Stones is an easy pick for me as I loved the first book in this series. I have this one on hold at the library and I’m super excited to get to it, finally. It’s easily one of my favorite graphic novel series so I knew I had to include it.

If it doesn’t end up coming off hold in time, I’m going to use One Of Those Days by Yehuda Devir as I already have a hold on this one.

A Host Rec

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For a “Host Rec,” I decided to go with Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo. This is a book that Ellyn has recommended a lot and I knew I wanted to read it eventually. Of course, this is the perfect opportunity to finally read it. Plus my library actually has this one. 🙂

Non-UK/US Author

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For this one, I decided to go with a KU manga. I honestly don’t know much about this one but I think someone recommended it for love in the night. Since then, I’ve been eager to pick it up and what better time than now?

Indigenous Author

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For this one, I decided to go with Surviving The City by Tasha Spillett which I honestly don’t know much about. I’m excited to get to it though as it’s going to be my first graphic novel by an Indigenous Author which is exciting. If I don’t get this one, I have a few other options, too.

Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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No surprise that I’d include another one of the BSC graphic novels. These are so much fun and I’m really excited to get more into the series as these books are some of my favorite childhood reads plus I rarely read middle-grade so it’s perfect.

Rainbow on the Cover

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The cover for this one is actually a special edition I saw on Goodreads that isn’t on Hoopla. However, I feel like this works perfectly as it has rainbow on the cover and features an f/f romance which is perfect for pride month.

An Adaptation

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Keeping with the BSC theme, I decided to read the next book in this series. I loved the Netflix series when it dropped last year so I thought this would be perfect. Plus these books are just so much fun to read and to see how the story is changed/adapted for a 21st century audience.

Backlist Title

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The final book on my TBR is our group book which is Check, Please Book 1 by Ngozi Ukazu. If you couldn’t tell by one of my previous TBR books, I ADORE this series and I’m happy to revisit it. Plus it would be nice to get a refresher before I dive into book 2.

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It’s a bit late, but I’m finally posting my Graphics-A-Thon TBR. I might squeeze in a few other reads, but I definitely want to get to all 12 of these. Honestly, I’m just ready to start reading so I’d like to know if you’ve read and enjoyed any of these books. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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