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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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GraphicsAThon Round 4 Announcement + My Recs

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I don’t normally post on Tuesdays but I made an exception because it’s one of my favorite times of the year. If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, it’s time to announce Round 4 of Graphics-A-Thon. This is a readathon that was created a few years ago and it’s become something that I’m very excited to be apart of and something I’m happy to say that I’ve helped with so let’s get into all the info you need to know. 🙂

What is Graphics-A-Thon?

  • A readathon where the point is to read anything feature graphics as the main form of storytelling including but not limited to: comics, graphic novels, manga and much more.

Who is hosting Graphics-A-Thon?

This round, there are 4 hosts with Ellyn and I being the mainstays from the last round while we’ve added two friends. 🙂

  • Ellyn (Allonsythornraxxbooks)
  • Me!
  • Bec (Bec and Books)
  • Ally (Ally Writes Things)

When is Round 4 of GraphicsAThon taking place?

  • Round 4 is taking place from 12:00 AM (Your time) on June 21st until 11:59 PM on June 27th.

Where else can you find us?

  • If you want to keep up-to-date or participate in polls for future rounds, you can follow us on Twitter at GraphicsAThon. 🙂 There’s also a Storygraph challenge you can follow.

What are the prompts for Round 4?

For Round 4, we have both main prompts and bonus prompts. Of course, you don’t have to use these as they’re optional but if you like having prompts, then these are for you 😀

Main Prompts:

  • A New-To-You Author
  • A 2020 or 2021 Release
  • Written by an Indigenous or BIPOC Author
  • Five-Star Prediction
  • Age Group/Genre You Don’t Usually Read (Out Of Your Comfort Zone)

Bonus Prompts:

  • Read A Graphic in a Different Format
  • Rainbow On the Cover
  • An Adaptation
  • A Host Rec
  • A Non-US/UK Author
  • Backlist Title
  • Continue A Series

My Host Recommendations

For the next section, I’m going to be recommending 10 of my favorite graphics so I can use it for a prompt or if you just want some recs. 🙂

  • Exorsisters Volume 1 by Ian Boothby (Host Rec, Backlist Title)
  • Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee (Host Rec, 2020 Release, Age Group You Don’t Usually Read and Rainbow On the Cover)
  • Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd (Host Rec, 2020 Release)
  • My Boyfriend Is a Bear by Pamela Ribon (Host Rec, Out Of Your Comfort Zone, Backlist Title)
  • Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (Host Rec, BIPOC Author, Rainbow on the Cover [m/m romance], Backlist Title)
  • Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier (Host Rec, Out Of Your Comfort Zone, Adaptation, Backlist Title)
  • Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1: Riot on the Radio by Carly Usdin (Host Rec, Rainbow On the Cover [f/f romance], Backlist Title)
  • Bob’s Burgers Volume 1 by Various Authors (Host Rec, Adaptation, Rainbow on the Cover, Backlist Title)
  • Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (Host Rec, Rainbow on the Cover [f/f romance], BIPOC author, Backlist title)
  • Spell On Wheels by Kate Leth (Host Rec, Rainbow on the Cover [f/f romance], Backlist Title)

Bingo Board

That’s basically all the info you need to know if you’d like to participate. I’m SO excited to see everyone’s TBRs and see everyone hopefully have a successful readathon. With that being said, I’ll post my TBR soon and you can find me on Twitter & Goodreads until then. 🙂

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Blogging Frustrations + A Possible Hiatus

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s post is a little bit different than my previous weeks and it’s because I’m feeling a little bit frustrated with being a blogger. Personally, I’ve been blogging for a few years, both bookish and non-bookish content. I’ve always loved writing and sharing my opinions on things so there’s no surprise that I would eventually have a blog focused on books as I’m a huge reader.

With that being said, I’m a little bit frustrated with how my blog has been performing and that’s partly my fault. Since 2019, I’ve really been frustrated with myself as I feel like I can’t get a good grip on what I want to write and what kind of posts will perform well. Honestly, it’s hard to put in a lot of effort and not have my posts doing as well as I want them to or not seeing them get as much traction as previous months/weeks.

Overall, it’s just frustrating that my blog isn’t getting nearly as many hits as it did in previous months/years. With that being said, I don’t know what I want to do with my blog. I do enjoy writing posts and talking about books on here. I’m not sure if I want to go on hiatus for a month or if I want to just take an extended blogging break. Either way, I’d love suggestions for others if you’ve felt this way and how you got over it.

Honestly, I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet so if you don’t see me posting, you’re not shocked. I feel like I’m a lost at the moment and it’s unclear if blogging is helping me or hurting me. Either way, I know I’ll have a few posts up for Graphics-A-Thon so be on the lookout for those and others if I decide to continue posting in June.

Until then, you can find me on Twitter & Goodreads.if you want to talk!

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4 YA books I have on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I knew that I was going to talk about this eventually on my blog but I’ve really started to outgrow reading YA books. I know that for some, it’s all they read but for me, I’m starting to outgrow the books on the whole. While I do have some I’ve enjoyed, I don’t get nearly as much enjoyment as previous years.

As sad as that is, I don’t think that I’ll ever stop truly reading YA books, though. There are definitely some authors I still enjoy that write YA or have YA books coming out in the future so I won’t count myself out completely. As you might guess, you just won’t be seeing nearly as much YA on my blog as before which isn’t anything new tbh.

However, I do have some YA books that I either purchased on Kindle or just have an interest in so I knew I wanted to write up a post about them so let’s get into the 4 YA books I have on my TBR. 🙂

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4. You Must Not Miss

The first YA book I have on my TBR is one that’s been on Kindle forever. This one was a daily deal and since then, it’s just been sitting there. I’ve never read anything by Katrina Leno but I’ve heard great things. Her books seem like they’re more spooky/magical vibes which sounds like it could be fun. I honestly don’t remember much about this one but I’m excited to finally get to this one.

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3. Grown

The next book is the most recent from my list and is one I’ve been eager to read since before its release. Grown is a book about an aspiring singer and the toxic situation she gets into with an older music superstar? I could be wrong, but I believe this book is inspired by R. Kelly and the book follows a girl in a similar situation. Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be hard-hitting and it’s by Tiffany D. Jackson so I’m sure it’ll be good.

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2. Blood Water Paint

The next book is one that I’ve heard about for years but have yet to read. Blood Water Paint is a novel told-in-verse about a famous painter named Artemisia Gentileschi and how she decided to take her rapist to trial back in the 1700’s, I think? Either way, it’s another one that sounds hard-hitting and like it could be a new favorite.

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1. The Wicker King

The final YA book I have on my TBR is The Wicker King by K. Ancrum. I read K. Ancrum’s second book The Weight of the Stars and LOVED it. It was such a beautifully written story and such a compulsive read that I couldn’t get enough of it. I knew that I wanted to read more of her backlist so this one is high priority.

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Those are the four YA books I have on my TBR and ones that I want to get to ASAP. 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 books I want to reread in 2021

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Monday post, I decided to talk about some books I plan on re-reading this year. In recent years, I’ve been re-reading more and more as there are a lot of books I love and want to revisit. Personally, I have a few that are going to be annual re-reads but there might be some books you won’t expect on here so let’s get into them. 🙂

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5. Foolish Hearts

If you’ve been following me for years, then you’ll know how much I LOVE this book and how much I adore Emma Mills. This is easily my favorite book of hers and I’ve made a tradition to re-read it every year. I have yet to re-read it for 2021 but I know I”ll do it relatively soon. Either way, I absolutely adore this book and if you haven’t read Emma Mills before, this is an excellent place to start.

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4. Fumbled

The next book I want to reread is Fumbled by Alexa Martin. This is the second book in the Playbook series and it’s easily my favorite of the series. This is a second-chance romance and I love the relationship in this. While things start off pretty rocky, their relationship really starts to flourish and I just LOVE how everything works out in the end. Once again, this is one of my favorites so I highly recommend it.

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3. You Deserve Each Other

The next book I plan on re-reading is one that I re-read twice last year. In total, I read it three times and I think about this book constantly. I still haven’t read her next book but I plan on reading this one again lmao. Either way, this book makes me so happy and every time I think about it, I get SO happy. This is easily one of those books I know I’ll be re-reading every year from this point on.

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2. After I Do

The next book I want to re-read is probably pretty surprising as I rarely hear anyone talk about this book. This is one of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s earlier books and it’s more romance/women’s fiction which I enjoy. This book features a married couple who decide to separate for a year and evaluate their feelings before they make a decision. As someone who is in a pretty serious relationship, I want to see how I feel about this book versus the headspace I was in the last time I read it.

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1. Guarding Temptation

The last book I plan on rereading in 2021 is Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert. I own all of Talia’s books now and I knew I wanted to reread at least one of them. Of all her books, this is probably one of my least favorites and I can’t wait to see if I end up enjoying it more upon the second read. Either way, this is easily the one I’m most excited to dive back into.

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Those are all of the books I plan on re-reading. There might be a few more but for now, those are the five on my list. Fingers crossed I end up getting to them before the year ends. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter

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The New Releases Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When I saw that Ellyn tagged me in her newest book tag, I knew that I needed to do it. This tag is all about new releases and as someone who doesn’t read many new releases, this one is going to be pretty tough. However, I’m very excited to do it nonetheless so let’s get into it. 🙂

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

*Thank you to Ellyn for tagging me ❤ ❤

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1. A New Release You’ve Already Read
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For this one, I decided to go with Worship by Jack Harbon as it was the first new release I read in 2021. It’s a second-chance friends-to-lovers romance between two people who meet again at their high school reunion.

I’ve also read To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter, Maybe This Time by Christina C. Jones, Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert, Ever After Always by Chloe Liese and The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon.

2. A New Release That’s Already Come Out but You haven’t Read Yet
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For this one, I decided to go with Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan. I’ve been excited about this book since I saw people on Twitter hyping it up and it just seems awesome. As for the other ones on my list, I have Honey Girl, Twice Shy, Maybe One More Time, f*ck around and find out and Twisted Love.

3. A New Release You Just Found Out About

Since I didn’t have any that come to mind, I needed to peruse Goodreads so I decided to pick two from there that sound interesting.

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One I didn’t know about until recently is Gilded by Marissa Meyer. I love Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and I think she does such a great job with retellings. I had no idea she was even working on this and it sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The second new release I found when I was looking was Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake. I’ve only read a few of her books but I’ve enjoyed all of them. I think she’s such a fresh voice in the middle-grade genre and makes me want to read more middle-grade stories.

4. A New Release You’re Excited About From One Of Your Favorite Authors
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Chloe Liese is a recent favorite author but I’ve come to love this series and this is easily one of my most anticipated reads of the year!!!! It’s not the only one though as I’m super excited about The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, How To Find A Princess by Alyssa Cole, Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin and Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau.

5. A New Release You’re Excited About From a New-To-You Author
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For this one, I decided to go with Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur. I’ve never read anything by this author before and I’m excited to see if her books are as good as everyone says. I feel like this one looks like it’s going to be so cute and fun.

As for some others, I have to go with Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney and Mr. Klein is Fine by Meghan Quinn.

6. A New Release You Have No Interest In
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For this one, I decided to go with Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. I really hated her debut and I haven’t read the second book but what I’ve heard about this book made me not want to read it. I also have a ton I don’t plan on reading: While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory, The Devil Wears Black by LJ Shen and Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne.

7. A New Release You Want To Pick Up Soon
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For this one, I decided to pick Back In the Day by Katrina Jackson. I know this is the second book in the series and I’m super excited to get to this one. I love Katrina Jackson and she recently disappoints me. However, I have a few others I want to pick up ASAP: Renovation of Love by Meka James, Crave by Shea Sanders and Seducing my Guardian by Katee Robert.

8. A New Release That Hasn’t Come Out Yet but You Can’t Wait To Read
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For this one, I’m going with Neon Gods by Katee Robert. I love Katee Robert so much so I’m excited to see if this book is as HOT as everyone says. Plus there’s always Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau, The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, Darling by K. Ancrum and Battle Royal by Lucy Parker.

9. A New Release With An Amazing Cover
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The book I chose for this one is Sweethand by N.G. Peltier. Everything about this cover just calls to me. The couple is cute plus she’s feeding him which I LOVE. There’s also a cat on the cover and it just has the perfect spring color scheme.

10. Your Favorite New Release You’ve Read So Far This Year
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Could it be anything other than this book???

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Ellyn also said to tag 5 more people who you want to see do this tag so I’m going to be tagging Kristin, Kayla, LaRonda, May and Leyre. 🙂 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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2021 Love/Hate Challenge: April Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is a little bit later then my previous Love/Hate challenge wrap-ups but I wanted to feature it this month as it’s a really fun thing that Ellyn and I do. Basically, we pick a theme every month and then use that theme to pick one thing we hated and one thing we loved. The catch is that we don’t tell each other and instead, try to guess to see how well we know the person.

For April, the theme was romance which was VERY excited about. Let’s just say that Ellyn went with some unconventional picks for this month and I wasn’t sure how to feel about them. Either way, let’s get into the books and movies she picked out for me 😀

Love/Hate Challenge: Romance Books

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My Guess: LOVE

My Thoughts: When I saw that Ellyn picked this book, I wasn’t surprise one bit. I know that she really loves the Caraval series and I was pretty confident in thinking that she loves this one. With that being said, I really did enjoy this one until the reveal at the end. It really pissed me off and I wish that Tella ONLY good things. This book completely ruined that illusion and I’m STILL made about it. I did enjoy the audiobook though and I will say that it wasn’t a bad read but I hated the ending. 3/5 stars

Why Ellyn picked this one for me: This might come as a shock to Rebecca since Caraval is one of my favourite books and because I re-read it so often but I absolutely can’t stand Legendary. It centres around Tella and is told from her POV which I can’t stand. I appreciate the world-building we get in this book but Tella never fails to annoy me! I am 100% a Scarlett girl and I feel like Rebecca is a Tella girl so this should be interesting!

Verdict: HATE

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My Guess: HATE

My Thoughts: This is another audiobook read and honestly, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it at first. However, I ended up enjoying it as the book went on. I feel like this book suffered from having TOO many characters at first but once I got used to it, I became super invested. While I didn’t particularly root for any character, I enjoyed their journey. I also didn’t love the ending of this one either but it wasn’t a bad read. 3/5 stars

Why Ellyn picked this one for me: I picked The One for Rebecca because I felt like it was out of her comfort zone reading-wise but that it still had enough of a focus on romance for her to still potentially enjoy it, and for it to fit with our April theme! I personally found this book to be completely addicting and really fun, especially with the short chapters and plot twists! I love how dramatic this book could get, sort of like a reality show where you’re following different people’s lives and I really really hope Rebecca enjoyed this one!

Verdict: LOVE

Love/Hate Challenge: Romance Movies

My Guess: LOVE

My Thoughts: I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t finish this entire thing because I fell asleep during it. Oops but what I did see, I really enjoyed it and it seemed like a movie that Ellyn would like, too. This movie really felt like a romance novel come to life and I enjoyed the moments I saw. 😛

Why Ellyn picked this one for me: I love a rom-com so picking just one as a favourite for this challenge was really hard but I finally settled on Set It Up! I’m a sucker for a bare minimum non-offensive no-trauma love interest and I love Zoey Deutch so this really is a perfect movie for me! Plus friends to lovers getting to know each other through hijinx and trickery in the workplace?? We love to see it!

Verdict: LOVE

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My Guess: HATE

My Thoughts: This movie was actually on TV and I decided to re-watch it. I’m a huge fan of the original animated movie so I don’t enjoy this to put it simply.

Why Ellyn picked this for me: As a kid, I absolutely loved Beauty and The Beast and I stil enjoy the animated movie now but there was just something so off and so unnecessarily dark about this remake. I’m not against the live-action remakes, in fact I adore Aladdin and Cinderella, but this one just was NOT it! Yeah, the Beast’s new song was a depressed bop but the entire movie felt like someone had dragged a cold wet rag over the original story and drained all the light out of it (literally) so I can’t stand to watch this on

Verdict: HATE

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Alright so I have my first incorrect guess of this challenge and honestly, I’m a little bit surprised but I do feel like Ellyn threw me a curve ball here. Guess I need to be more careful next time lmao so we’ll see what happens for May 😉 Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter

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Romance book recommendations based on Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23 characters

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my recommendations based on characters post, I decided to go with a show that I absolutely adore and that’s Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 which aired on ABC. It only lasted for one season but I binged it on Hulu and absolutely fell in love with it. Even though it only had one season, I feel like it has a somewhat of a cult following so I’m hoping people who follow me watch it.

With that being said, let’s get into the romance books recs I have picked out for the characters from the series. 🙂

Chloe: If I’m Being Honest

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The first character I had go to with is “The B” which is Chloe. Chloe is such an eccentric main character and she’s also fairly unlikable. She lies, cheats, steals and basically acts super entitled but I love that about her. I know that she likely won’t be for everyone, but I really enjoy her so I knew I wanted to go with a slightly polarizing character in a book.

For the book, I went with If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka which is about a girl who is a bitch to put it plainly. She decides to try and reinvent herself to seem like a better person but ultimately, it ends up being about her realizing that she’s a great person. I feel like Cameron and Chloe share a lot of similar traits so I knew I had to use this book.

June Colburn: Can’t Text This

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The next character I’m going with is June Colburn who ends up being Chloe’s roommate. June is such a sweet and naive girl from a small-town who moves to New York and ends up getting involved in Chloe’s shenanigans. I feel like June is such a sweet and nice character who doesn’t seem to have much of a backbone but she’s still someone I rooted for in the series.

As for the book, I decided to pair her up with Can’t Text This which features a character who is very similar to June in Monty. Monty is such a sweet and innocent character which is how June seems to act. Honestly, I love both of them so this was an easy pick. Even though June only get a slight romance, I feel like Monty and Robbie’s relationship would mirror hers and Mark’s.

James Van Der Beek: Spoiler Alert

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The next character is one that I’m sure some of my followers are familiar with and that’s James Van Der Beek. In the show, James plays himself but a much more exaggerated and annoying version of himself. Honestly, it’s pretty funny and he truly made the show as he’s best friends with Chloe so he’s in a majority of the episodes. I only wish we’d gotten more plot lines focused on him in the series.

As for the book, I decided to pair him up with Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. This book features a romance between a famous actor and a cosplayer who end up being in a relationship after a publicity stunt. How Marcus acts in public is exactly how I feel like James acts in the show so this was an easy pick.

Luther Wilson: Meet Cute Club

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For the next character, I decided to use Luther who is James’ assistant and he’s clearly mean to be a stereotypical gay character. It’s honestly pretty frustrating and it’s clear that they’re really making him ham it up. However, I wanted to featured a good m/m romance that doesn’t feel stereotypical to me.

For the book, I went with Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This is an m/m romance between a guy who runs a romance book club and the guy who works at the bookstore where he buys the books from. It’s such a cute story and I really think it’s probably my favorite m/m romance book so I knew I had to feature it on this list.

Mark Reynolds: Make A Scene

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The final character I’m using is Mark who is friends with June and eventually, becomes her love interest in the series. He’s also played by Eric Andre which I think is really funny as he’s super shy and sweet when Eric Andre is known for doing crazy stuff. I feel like Mark really did get the shaft as he didn’t even truly get his HEA which is what I wanted lmao.

For the book I’m pairing with him, I decided to go with Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This is a fake-dating romance between a bakery owner and the gym owner whose businesses are right beside each other. It’s such a cute and soft romance which I feel is perfect for Mark. I tried to look for a coffee shop but this was the closest I could come up with but I still think it works.

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The Point of It All: A Spoiler-Free Review

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s review, I decided to go with a book I listened to on audio. I’m not a huge audio reader, but when I do listen to them, I never usually write up reviews. This time, I decided that I wanted to talk about The Point Of It All by Christina C Jones which is the second book in her Sugar Valley series and I have a lot of thoughts so let’s get into it.

This is my spoiler-free review of The Point Of It All.

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There’s always a reason to try… if you look hard enough.

(The Point of it All contains themes of grief, illness, and death that could be triggering for some readers.)

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Despite the beautiful and somewhat light cover, I knew this book was going to be a tough read as the first book is incredibly hard-hitting. If you couldn’t tell by the trigger warnings above, this book isn’t afraid to touch on some difficult topics. However, I ended up loving it and knew I wanted to write a review of it. Before getting started, I did listen to this one on audio so I’m not sure if the Kindle version has a warning in the beginning or not.

What I enjoyed about The Point Of It All

  • Eva’s determination. I feel like this isn’t a spoiler, but this book follows Eva who decides to purchase a winery and try to restore it to its former glory. I loved seeing Eva’s journey from basically not know anything to learning so much in a short time and becoming such a well-rounded business owner.
  • Eva’s relationship with her ex. As weird as it might sound, I thought it was nice to see that Eva was close to her ex and that he played a role in the story. We find out more about him and their past relationship which was interesting. I know that exes can sometimes be a touchy subject in romance books, but I thought it worked well here.
  • The love interest, Luke. I’ll admit that I used to be a sucker for guys named Luke until I got that taken care of by most Lukes being jerks. However, the Luke in this book was just so damn lovable. I couldn’t get enough of how sweet, attentive and loving he was with Eva. I especially loved the small things he did to take care of her.
  • The writing style. As per usual, Christina C Jones doesn’t miss when it comes to the writing style. The writing in this was beautiful and I especially loved how in-depth she was when it come to the wine-making process. CCJ is such an excellent writer and I applaud her ability to write this story with such grace as it could have been terrible fallen into the wrong hands.

What I didn’t enjoyed about The Point Of It All

  • Eva’s determination. Moving to the flip-side, I really didn’t like Eva’s determination when it came to something she was dealing with. She really just acted like it was such a noble and brave choice which was fine but it didn’t make sense to me. I especially hated how quickly she changed her mind when she realized the gravity of everything. Ugh, that part really frustrated me.
  • The sudden change in the last few chapters. The other thing I didn’t enjoy was how quickly everything seemed to change within the last few chapters. I won’t give anything away but that sudden change was jarring and felt like everything wrapped up WAY too quickly.
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Ultimately, I really loved The Point Of It All by Christina C Jones. I really do feel like she can basically write any genre of romance she sets her sights on. This one was such an emotional and hard-hitting read but it still made me laugh and smile. Plus the audiobook is great so I don’t have much to complain about. I ended up giving this a 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. 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 Marriage Of Convenience recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my trope post this month, I wanted to do something a bit different. It took me a while to figure out a trope but I eventually decided to go with marriage of convenience. Personally, I really love this trope and I feel like done well, it can work amazingly so let’s get into my recs and the books I have on my TBR.

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1. A Worthy Opponent

The first book I have to talk about is A Worthy Opponent by Katee Robert. This book is the third book in the Wicked Villains series and it features Tink/Hook. This book is one that actually uses marriage of convenience to protect the characters and I loved that. I don’t want to give much away since it’s the third book in a series but I absolutely adore this couple and I loved seeing them be domestic.

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2. Marriage For One

The next book I have to go with is Marriage For One by Ella Maise. This book features a marriage of convenience between Jack and Rose. Yes, there are a few Titanic jokes in here but what I loved in this was the grumpy/sunshine dynamic between the two. This book is also a super slow-burn as it’s like over 500 pages and I adored it. While I didn’t love the backstory with how Jack found out about Rose, it was still an amazing read.

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3. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The next book I have to recommend is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book features a romance between an NFL player and his assistant as he uses her to get married and it ends up working out both of their favors. This is another super slow-burn story that’s over 600 pages and honestly, I adored it. I loved the sports stuff, loved their romance and loved seeing them slowly fall for each other. If you haven’t read Mariana Zapata, I’d highly recommend starting here.

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4. Xeni

The next book I have to rec is Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This book follows Xeni and Mason who end up having to get married so they can get money from Xeni’s aunt. It was such a unique way to feature this trope and I absolutely loved it. This book has everything as it’s an interracial couple with a Fat male love interest, both of the MCs are bi and this book features pegging. This is super steamy and sweet while also being intense at times, too.

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5. White Whiskey Bargain

The final book I have to rec is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter. This book features a marriage of convenience between two people whose families are working together to take down a threat. This book focuses a lot on whiskey and alcohol as the businesses are whiskey distilleries if you don’t mind that. Personally, this felt like such a slow-burn at times and I especially loved seeing the tension build up between these two. This was my favorite book of 2020 if you need a bigger push to read it 😛

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6. Temporary Wife Temptation

The first book on my TBR is Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee. This book is one I’ve heard a lot about from booktube and I’ve been intrigued ever since. I think this book follows two people who decide to get married to get their families off their backs. This will be my first Jayci Lee book and also my first Harlequin Desire book, too. Either way, I’m excited to see if it ends up being a new favorite.

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7. Radiance

The next marriage of convenience book I have on my TBR is Radiance by Grace Draven. This is a book I’ve heard a ton about but was skeptical about. It’s a fantasy romance which isn’t my favorite thing but I want to give it a try. This seems like it could end up being a new favorite if I get immersed in the fantasy world.

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8. The Marriage Contract

I’m not sure if this one counts as a marriage of convenience but I’m counting it as such. This is a Black love romance between a girl and an MLB player who get married. I think they get married accidentally but the marriage will help both of them out? I could be wrong, but it’s super short and seems like it could end up being a lot of fun. I’m going to cross my fingers I get to it before 2021 ends.

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9. The Vow

The next book I have on my TBR is one you’ll see in a future post 😉 With that being said, I saw this book on Instagram and have been excited about it since then. This book features a marriage of convenience between two people who both need it for something. I don’t know specifics but I am SO excited to read this. No doubt I’ll be reading it sooner rather than later 😛

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10. The Marriage Mistake

The final book on my TBR is The Marriage Mistake by Jess Fox. This is another book I saw on Instagram and saved for when it released. This book actually released at the very end of April so it’s a new release. I’m pretty sure this is a marriage of convenience between best friends and I’m in love with that. Sounds like it’s going to be delightful so I need to purchase this one ASAP.

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