Books

Graphics-A-Thon Round 2: I’m a host! & My Recs

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Did you miss me? Maybe, maybe not but I’m back with a special announcement. This year, I’m co-hosting the Graphics-A-Thon with Ellyn and Destiny. The two already have posts up but since I was on hiatus, mine’s coming a little bit late. Better late then never, I suppose. 😛

Let’s get into the details of the read-a-thon if you haven’t seen Ellyn or Destiny’s posts (which I’m sure you have! Lol) and then we’ll talk about my recs.

FAQs about Graphics-A-Thon

  • What is the Graphics-A-Thon?
    -This is a read-a-thon focused on reading stories told entirely through images. Some examples include graphic novels, comics, manga among others.
  • When is the Graphics-A-Thon?
    -Graphics-A-Thon is taking place this year from October 11th, 2020 (12:00AM your time) to October 19th, 2020 (11:59PM your time).
  • Who is hosting Graphics-A-Thon?
    Ellyn
    Destiny
    -Me
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Before getting started with the recs, I wanted to talk about two other things which are that we have 8 prompts: 5 main prompts and 3 bonus prompts. You don’t have to participate in these as they’re only optional but rather, a guide to help you figure out your TBR.

  • Read a book with BIPOC rep
  • Read a book with a book with disability and/or mental health rep
  • Read a book with queer rep
  • Read a spooky book
  • Read a book you predict will be 5 stars

As for the bonus prompts, there is

  • Read a book that has or will have an adaptation
  • Read a book with pink on the cover
  • Read a a genre or story you wouldn’t usually reach for

The second thing is that we have a Twitter if you want to talk to us on there. We’ll also be posting a bingo board along with a Google doc of our personal recs so let’s get into my recs.

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Ellyn made some fun graphics of our top nine recs so let’s get to the recs part of this post!

👻 Heavy Vinyl Volume 1 (queer rep, BIPOC rep + book with pink on the cover)
👻 Nimona (queer rep + a book that has or will have an adaptation)
👻 Bingo Love (queer rep, BIPOC rep and a book with pink on the cover)
👻 Princess Princess Ever After (queer rep + BIPOC rep)
👻 Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare (Has an adaptation)
👻 Spell on Wheels (queer rep, spooky, BIPOC rep + pink on the cover)
👻 The Tea Dragon Society (queer rep, pink on the cover, BIPOC rep + mental health rep)
👻 Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey (queer rep + mental health rep)
👻Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew (queer rep, spooky, pink on the cover, BIPOC rep + mental health rep)

Alright friends! This is my official announcement about me being a co-host for the Graphics-A-Thon. In addition, you can also see my recs if you want to use any of them for your TBR. Either way, I’m excited to be participating and I can’t wait to post my TBR when it comes time for that.  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 going on a month-long hiatus in September

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you couldn’t tell by the title, I’m doing something I’ve been dreading. However, I think it’s been a long time coming and now is the perfect time for me. While I do love writing posts, replying to comments and doing some occasional blog hopping, I’m feeling extremely frustrated with my blog.

When I started my blog, I was full of such passion and possibility. Since then, I’ve definitely gained followers but it feels like with more followers come less engagement and it’s a bit disheartening. I don’t hold anyone responsibility other than myself as I could be a better blogger. There are some areas I need to work and improve upon during my break.

Currently, I’m looking at taking a blogging break for the month on September. I might pop in for an occasional post or two. For the most part though, I won’t be actively posting. I’m not sure if it’s because of the changes at my job, working through COVID-19 or just a general fatigue with everything but I’m not giving blogging my all.

Ultimately, September is going to be a huge time of reflection for me. As much as I love reading and writing posts about books, I don’t want to put my all into something and get nothing in return. Maybe that’s selfish but that’s how I feel.

Right now, I’m giving myself a month to take a breather, reassess how I feel about my blog and if/when I’ll return. Currently, I’m a little bit up-in-the-air about if I’m going to return to my blog. I do still plan on reading though so if you’re curious about my reads or anything like that, you can still find me on Goodreads.

I’m also planning on taking a short social media break especially Twitter. I’ve been trying desperately to make friends there and it’s been an epic failure. I mean no one I interacted with really even told me happy birthday? I’m just feeling incredibly defeated right now and I need some time to be able to get myself together.

If you want to, you can reach out to me on Twitter or Goodreads. I probably won’t be on much but you can tweet or message me if you want.

Books

August 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Today is an excellent day for multiple reasons. The first being that it’s my mom’s birthday and I wouldn’t be here without her. The second is that I met the Jonas Brothers one year ago today and that concert still makes me SO happy. Thirdly, I had a great reading month in August so let’s get into the books I read in August!

This month, I didn’t participate in any readathons or challenges. I just read whatever I wanted this month. The only usual thing about my TBR was letting my followers pick out one of my reads so let’s get into all of the books I read in August 🙂

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1. Nordic Daddy (Business Trip Boyfriends #1)

I wrote a mini-review of this one so be sure to check that out if you want to know my thoughts on it.

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2. Trouble & Strife (Chances Limited #2)

The next book I read was another one by Lara Kinsey. This was the other book I featured in my mini-reviews. Once again, check out that post if you want my full thoughts.

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3. Let Me Be Your Motivation (🎧)

This was an audiobook I checked out via Hoopla. This is a second-chance romance between Jordyn who gets dumped at the altar and Amir, an NFL player who went to her high school. I really wanted to enjoy this but I thought it was way TOO dramatic. It also felt like Tay Mo’Nae rushed things too much. Lastly, the sex scenes were written so cringey. Those things just annoyed me a little too much so it was a 2.5/5 stars

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4. Wonder Woman ’77, Vol 1

This is a Wonder Woman comic following Lynda Carter’s version of Wonder Woman and I thought it was going to be amazing. Ultimately, it fell kind of flat to me. I also think WW was way too sexualized when she didn’t need to be. Overall, I thought this volume had potential but focused too much on other subjects. It was Wonder Woman though so I’m not too disappointed. 3/5 stars

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5. Jasmin’s Billionaire

The next book I read was Jasmin’s Billionare which follows a side character from Puneet’s Getting Mail. I enjoyed Jasmin as a character but I feel like the author was trying to do too much. She wouldn’t just focus on one story line and all of the plotlines felt disjointed. I also felt like Jasmin spoke about subjects that had nothing to do with her and it annoyed me. Overall, I feel like this book needed more editing but I’m excited to read this author’s next book. 2.5/5 stars

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6. Midnight Sun (Twilight #5)

The next book I read is Midnight Sun and oh boy! Do I have thoughts about this one. If you’ve been living under a rock, this is Twilight told from Edward’s perspective. I honestly kind of enjoyed it more than Twilight because being in Edward’s head is absolutely bonkers. The first 100 pages had me rolling especially his first meeting with Bella which was just great.

What was most enjoyable was learning more about the Cullen family. If there’s one thing this book did well, it was finding out the backstory of the entire Cullen coven and I’m not mad about it. If anything, it made the book more interesting than being stuck in Bella’s head. It’s clearly not my favorite book ever but I enjoyed my time, reading it and I could see Ellyn and I rereading it in the future lmao. 3/5 stars

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7. Me + Somebody’s Son: A Heights Story

After reading Midnight Sun, I wanted something fun and Me + Somebody’s Son was just that. It follows a second-chance romance between August and Haven who harbored college crushes on each other but meet up again when they’re adults. This was only 84 pages so it focused on the start of their relationship, the sex they had and them eventually becoming a meme. This was cute, steamy and fun along with being the perfect palette cleanser. 4/5 stars

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8. Heartstopper: Volume 1

This is the first volume in Alice Oseman’s graphic novel series and it follows an m/m relationship between Nick and Charlie. It’s how the two became friends and then eventually more. The art style was super cute and it had all the trademark loveliness of Alice Oseman’s other works. While I thought it was good, it’s not a new favorite and I think it’s a bit over-hyped. 4/5 stars

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9. Coffee In The Noon

The next book I read is another Black romance novella and this was such a delightful read. It’s a short story following Forge and Onyx’s romance which was truly the stuff of movies. One thing I enjoyed was that Harleigh Rae featured a disclaimer that talked about how fast-paced this would be which was much appreciated.

I also adored the writing style and highlighted SO many quotes. It was so gorgeously written but ultimately, had a few too many editing errors and the sex scenes were pretty cringey. If it weren’t for those two things, it would have been an easy 5 stars because this was such a gorgeous story. 4/5 stars

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10. The Change-Up (New Beginnings #1)

The next book I read is yet another Black romance book. This one follows a girl who gets picked randomly to throw a pitch at a local baseball game and goes viral. It’s basically her journey to become part of Team USA baseball team and a romance she has with a sports blogger who started off trolling until things progress. Honestly, this book checked all of my boxes for everything I love.

It had a solid romance, awesome friendships, a loving father-daughter relationship and subverted a trope I love. The only issues I had were the couple of editing mistakes and the lack of real conflict in the story. Things just seemed to work out perfectly and I wish there was a bit more angst. Other than that, this was EVERYTHING. 4.5/5 stars

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11. Go Deep (Unexpected Lovers #1)

During my birthday week, I decided to read all the Black romances I’d been waiting to read for BlackLoveAThon and this was the first one. What a way to start as this book follows an erotica novella writer who is dealing with a slump. To get over it, she enlists her best friend to give her some assistance. Honestly, I don’t really have any complaints about this book aside from my dumbass waited too long to read it.

It’s a friends-to-lovers romance featuring life-long friends, lots of steamy scenes and just the right amount of angst. Honestly, this book was chef’s kiss and I want everyone to read it. It’s also a book I know I’ll want to revisit it so I might buy it in paperback so I’ll have a copy for my shelves. 5/5 stars

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12. Basking in Bloom: A Novella

The second book I read for my birthday week Basking in Bloom by Wynta Tyme. This book follows Bloom who deals with tragedy over tragedy but eventually, is able to find happiness at the end of the story. Personally, I didn’t enjoy this story for multiple reasons as I felt like the author did too much telling and not enough showing. I also feel like this book was entirely too dramatic and it truly felt like this book lacked a lot in the romance department. Overall, I was sorely disappointed. 2/5 stars

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13. Room For Three? (Erotic Accommodations #1)

My third birthday week read was Room For Three? by Katrina Jackson. This book follows Mike and Cali, two models who become roommates with Precious, a grad student. Eventually, it ends up being a poly situation and it’s delightful. As with all Katrina Jackson books, the smut is god-tier but the main complaint was the story felt like it was doing too much.

There would be issues with characters but it would feel under-developed in parts where I wanted development. I would have preferred if it would have been either only erotica or a poly romance if that makes sense. Either way, it was a fun sexy time. 4/5 stars

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14. Harbor (Beards & Bondage #3)

I saved my longest book for my day off and what a smart move this was. Wednesday’s usually a slow day for most of us and Harbor was exactly what I needed. This book follows Brooklyn who is reeling after she found her out her fiance was murdered and also cheating on it. It’s her relationship with Shaw and Vaughn, the men who were in a poly relationship with the woman Brook’s fiance was with who also died.

While a dark premise, this book portrayed such a loving and honest poly relationship. It was also incredibly steamy to boot. Overall, I don’t have anything to complain about as I felt like this was the perfect ending to Beards & Bondage. Easily my favorite of the series and one of my new favorite books. 5/5 stars

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15. Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend

The next book I read was Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden. This is a romance between a girl and a guy who meet at a bookstore and their day-long date. This book is super fast-paced, features insta-love and has a unlikely conflict. Honestly, I felt like this book was super cute and fun but ultimately, didn’t have much substance. I did enjoy it and I especially loved all the romance books mentioned throughout. I do plan on reading more of her books as this was super short and fun. 4/5 stars

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16. Being Hospitable (Desert Rose Hook-Ups #1)

I had plans on the day before my birthday so I read this and honestly, it was a lot of fun. It’s an f/f romance between Ki and Charley who is her best friend’s sister. It was incredibly short and steamy but also incredibly sweet at times. Overall, it wasn’t anything groundbreaking but it was fun. I really don’t have much to say about it lol. 4/5 stars

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17. Birthday Sex: A Sexy Short by Té Russ

The read for my birthday was none other than Birthday Sex by Té Russ. This was my first Té Russ book and it won’t be my last. This book focuses on a girl and a guy who hook up every year on their birthdays and it’s basically them hooking up. This is super short like 40ish pages but it’s steamy and had a cute ending. It was the perfect way to cap off my birthday. 5/5 stars

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18. Love In The Time of Corona

I loved Go Deep by Rilzy Adams so I knew I wanted to read another one. This book focuses on a married couple on the verge of divorce and end up getting quarantined together. Even though this was only 60 pages, I was super invested in their relationship plus this had some steamy parts and I think Rilzy Adams did a great job of developing everything in such a short time. She’s definitely on the verge of becoming one of my new favorite romance authors. 5/5 stars

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19. Here We Are Now (🎧)

The next book was one I listened to and that’s Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga. While I liked her middle-grade book, this one didn’t work for me. This book featured two plot lines: one about a girl meeting her dad for the first time and then finding out the history between her parents. Music is a huge theme throughout the book as the girl’s dad is a famous singer in a band. Overall, I felt like this book lacked substance and the plot felt pretty lackluster. It was beautifully written though so I’ll give it that. 3/5 stars

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20. Teach Me (There’s Something About Marysburg #1)

I put a hold on this book at the library and only waited a few days before it became available. Anyways, this book follows a romance between Rose, a veteran teacher and Martin, a veteran teacher who is new to her school. Even though things start off on the wrong foot, these two are clearly attracted to each other and it basically develops from there.

What I loved most about this book was how the author featured some well-known tropes but they didn’t feel overused or cliche. For me, everything worked. The only issue I had was the third-act breakup but other than that, this was a delight. In addition, this book featured a fat MC but it wasn’t her only identity. Honestly, I stan this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. 5/5 stars

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21. 40-Love (There’s Something About Marysburg #2)

After reading and loving Teach Me, I knew I wanted to read 40-Love as soon as possible. This book focuses on Tess who was a side-character in book one and the romance she has on vacation with Lucas, a 26-year-old former tennis pro. These two have such a fun meet-cute and their relationship is surprisingly mature despite their age difference.

As adorable as this book was, I did have some issues. Firstly, I felt like most of the conflicts could have been easily avoided. Second, this book did feel a little boring at times and third, I felt like things were too rushed for a longer book. Either way, I still had a lot of fun with it and would recommend. 4/5 stars

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22. You Deserve Each Other

After reading 40-Love, I wasn’t sure what to read and I noticed You Deserve Each Other on my shelves so I decided to pick it up. This book makes me incredibly happy and re-reading it gave me such a serotonin boost. No doubt I’ll probably read this a third time before the year ends lmao. 5/5 stars

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23. Heatwaves: A Summer Fling Novella

The next book I read was a novella recommended by Sil from The Book Voyagers via her Booktube channel. With summer almost over, I wanted something summery and steamy which is exactly what this was. It’s a second-chance romance between a romance novelist and the guy who comes to fix her A.C. They have the most unfortunate meeting and it basically starts from there. I don’t want to give much away since it’s only about 60 pages but it was steamy and fun which is exactly what I wanted. 4/5 stars

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24. Birthday Shot

This was my third book from Rilzy Adams this month and honestly, I have to stan at this point. This book features a romance between Shae and her brother’s best friend, Kofi who reconnect at her 30th birthday party. I absolutely loved their romance, how steamy this book was and how soft they were with each other. I also really enjoyed the conversations they had about dealing with Shae’s brother and how all of that played out for them. While I still prefer Go Deep, this book made me so happy and cemented Rilzy Adams as a new favorite author. 5/5 stars

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25-29. The Mindfuck series (Books 1-5)

I recently started following Intentionally Bookish on Youtube and she posted a video talking about this series so I decided to pick it up. This is a romance between Lana Myers, a revenge serial-killer and Logan Bennett, an FBI agent who tracks down serial killers. Obviously, this book is very dark and very intense with so many triggers including murder, rape, assault, abuse, pedophilia, homophobia and basically anything that could trigger someone so tread cautiously if you pick this up.

I absolutely loved the build-up of this story and their romance. It was an incredibly dark series but the romance was everything lmao. As weird as that might sound, the romance is what kept me reading. As for ratings, I gave the first three books 4 stars and then the last two books 5 stars which averages out to a 4.5 rating for the entire series.

This obviously isn’t what I normally read but this series was so good and I’m definitely considering picking up darker books before the year ends. The books are also super short and available on KU if you’re interested in checking it out.

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30. Desire and the Deep Blue Sea (Love Unscripted #1)

The next book I read was unsurprisingly something light and fun. This is a fake-dating romance between two co-workers who get to go on a “couples” vacation on a reality show and get to spend time at their favorite island. Personally, I think this was super cute and fun but a little too short. It felt like their relationship was just developing as the book ended. Either way, I thought it was fun and it was another Olivia Dade book off my list. 4/5 stars

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31. The Nanny

The last book I read in August was The Nanny by Brandy Bush. This is an m/f/m romance in which the woman keeps getting identified as a nanny rather than her children’s mother. To try to combat that, she wants her husbands to get her pregnant. While this was steamy, I didn’t love it as much as her previous release. This one felt a little undeveloped and I wish it had been longer plus I felt like it wasn’t steamy enough. 4/5 stars

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32. Marriage For One

The last book I read in August was Marriage for One by Ella Maise. This is a slow-burn, marriage of convenience between Jack and Rose who meet under odd circumstances but eventually, the two have a romance. This book was incredibly slow at times but once the two started warming up to each other, it was just a chef’s kiss…excellence. I adored these two characters even though Jack was a little harder to love.

Either way, this book was just incredible. It does focus a lot on strained family relationships, loss of a family member, relationships breaking up and a lot of illness including a medical procedure. Overall, I was so pleasantly surprised by this book and it’ll probably end up being on my top 10 books of the year list. 5/5 stars

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Those are the 32 books I read in August and I’m really happy with how much I read this month. I also discovered a new favorite author in Olivia Dade which is great. Other than that, I don’t have much else to say about August. All I know is that September is going to be a catch-up month for me and I’m going to try to read some longer 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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Recommending books based on the Jonas Brothers It’s About Time album

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you haven’t been following me, then you might not know this. Last year, I met the Jonas Brothers on August 31st and since I already have a post planned, I knew I wanted to have a post dedicated to them. They really do mean so much to me and meeting them/being at their concert was everything. I always get such a boost of serotonin when I think of them lmao.

In honor of my concert and the Jonas Brothers being my faves, I wanted to do a second part to recommending songs based on their albums. Earlier this year, I did one with their Happiness Begins album. This time, I’m going back to their first album, It’s About Time and recommending books based on those songs. Without further ado, let’s get into the songs and the books I’d pair up with them.

Track 1: “What I Go To School For”

“That’s what I go to school for/Even though it is a real bore/You can call me crazy/She is so amazing”

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The book I paired up with this song is Lucky Caller by Emma Mills. I feel like this book perfectly sums up the relationship between Jamie and Nina. These two were childhood friends who grew apart until they’re paired up for a podcast at school. It’s basically the catalyst for their relationship and I feel like the lyrics really match up with how Jamie feels about Nina. While it wasn’t my favorite Emma Mills book, I really feel like this song goes with this book really well.

Track 2: “Time For Me To Fly”

“Time for me to live/ It’s time for me to sing Time for me to lay down all my worries and I’ll spread my wings/Time for me to fly”

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The book I paired up with these lyrics is Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry. This book is a retelling of Thelma & Louise and it features our two MCs finally getting the freedom they want. While things don’t go as planned, I think these lyrics would be something they could relate to. I feel like Winona and Lucille really didn’t care what happened as long as they could fly away from their lives.

Track 3: “Year 3000”

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I wasn’t sure which lyrics to pair up with this book but it’s one of the few futuristic books on my Goodreads. If all the books I read, I feel like time machines would be most likely featured in this world. Maybe I’m wrong but I knew this one was going to be tough lmao. Hopefully no one minds that I cheated a little bit. Lol

Track 4: “One Day At A Time”

“And I die/One day at a time/Cause I just cant seem to get you off my mind”

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The book I paired up with this song is After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book focuses on a married couple who decides to separate for a year and then after a year, decides if they want to get back together or still separated. These lyrics really reflected a lot of what the main character, Lauren was feeling. She didn’t realize how much she loved and missed Ryan until he was gone and this song perfectly encapsulates that.

Track 5: “6 Minutes”

“This party’s lame and now I’m running out of time/I’ve only got six minutes if I’m gonna make her mine”

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The book I paired up with “6 Minutes” is Nordic Daddy by Lara Kinsey. These two meet during a coffee break so it’s an incredibly quick conversation and then them realizing they want to go on a date. It really felt like 6 minutes or less before the two decided to go out together. This book is also 23 pages so things move pretty quick but it pairs so incredibly with this song.

Track 6: “Mandy”

“Mandy always laughs when I act stupid/I am unaware that I’m a nuisance/With her it’s never wasted time”

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a book where the MC was named Mandy. In place of it, I chose Untouchable by Talia Hibbert. I think those lyrics really describe how Nathaniel feels about Hannah. While Nathaniel isn’t a nuisance, it’s clear that he can’t get enough of Hannah and would do anything for her. Throughout the book, he became more and more invested in her and I feel like that’s exactly what this song represents.

Track 7: “You Just Don’t Know It”

“I don’t want to see you/ Be near you/You’re a million miles too close”

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The book I’m pairing up with this song is Love Her or Lose Her. I feel like this book really expresses Rosie’s feelings for Dom. As much as she loves him, he’s too close and he doesn’t realize how damaged their marriage is. It was such a prevalent part of the first half of this book and I feel like those lyrics would work for her. Even though the tides turn, I think it’s a great song to pair up with this book.

Track 8: “I Am What I Am”

“I am what I am/I can’t help myself/And if you don’t like it/Get with somebody else”

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The book I’m pairing up with “I Am What I Am” is I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee. This book is all about Skye knowing who she is and what she wants. She deals with a lot in the book but doesn’t let it get her down. Instead, it motivates her to work harder and achieve her goals. If there’s one character who embodies this song, it has to be Skye.

Track 9: “Underdog”

“She’s original/Never trying to fit in/She’s got a way to always go/Against the grain”

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The book I chose for “Underdog” is I Love You So Mochi. I feel like those lyrics really go with Kimi. Kimi’s life isn’t perfect and she’s dealing with growing up along with feeling like she’s disappointing her parents. She really is an underdog in a lot of the situations she ends up in but she tries to make the best of it. While she isn’t nearly as much of an underdog by the end of the book, I feel like it pairs nicely with her character.

Track 10: “7:05”

“Tonight you called me on the phone/Said you had to stay at home/Is there something I should know?”

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I feel like these lyrics perfectly go along with The Boyfriend Project. The beginning part of the book is basically these three women finding out a guy is three-timing them. The lyrics above seem to sum up all of their feelings. While it doesn’t continue into the rest of the book, I don’t read many break-up books so I needed to get a bit creative 😉

Track 11: “Please Be Mine”

“I will not disappoint you/I will be right there for you/’Til the end/The end of time/Please be mine”

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The book I chose for “Please Be Mine” is Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I feel like these lyrics perfectly describe Xeni and Mason’s feelings for each other. Originally, they don’t think being married is the best idea but they realize how much they love each other. It really feels like they belong to each other and they just make me so happy. This used to be my favorite Jonas Brothers song too so I knew I had to feature a special couple 😛

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Anyways, those are the books I would pair up with the songs from the Jonas Brothers first album, “It’s About Time.” I know that some answers were a little bit off-the-wall but it’s hard to pair up some of these songs with books. Hopefully you guys like this post so I know if I should do another version. 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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Books · My Favorite

My Favorite…Summer Read of 2020 + September Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s prompt is my favorite summer read of 2020 and I’ve honestly enjoyed a lot of books I’ve read this summer. For me personally, I don’t have many that I’d call new favorites. While some were enjoyable, I’ve only purchased one of them but either way, let’s get into it and the prompts I have picked out for September.

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

September 2020 Topics

  • September 2nd: My Favorite…Debut Author
  • September 9th: My Favorite…Graphic Novel Series
  • September 16th: My Favorite…Long Book (500+ pages)
  • September 23rd: My Favorite…Fall Tradition
  • September 30th: My Favorite…October Release (Book, Movie, TV Show…etc)
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For me, my favorite summer read of 2020 is Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. I’m normally not a big YA reader but this one was so cute. It’s a hate-to-love romance between two classmates who have a feud on social media but are also chatting anonymously on an app. I think this book was perfect for summer as it had a cute romance, lots of fun moments and it was just adorable. I listened to it on audio and the narrators had such great chemistry which was a delight. Easily my favorite summer read and one I’d highly recommend.

I’d also be remiss to not mention Take A Hint, Dani Brown, Beach Read, and Other Words For Home as I really enjoyed them. Overall though, I feel like Tweet Cute was an incredible read for summer and I’m happy I read it in June. 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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Bookish Favorites: Summer 2020

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! You might be a little bit confused by the title of this post but this month, I wanted to do a Bookish favorites. I usually do my non-bookish faves but this time, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite bookish things. As for what this post is going to feature, I’m going to be talking about books, book blogs, Booktubers and basically anything I love that’s bookish.

I don’t want to talk too much before I get started as I feel like they’re a lot of things I want to cover. Starting things off, I’m going to be talking about some of my favorite bloggers and bloggers I’ve discovered during the Summer 2020. Personally, I’m not much of a blogger hopper anymore but I did find some interesting posts this summer so let’s get into them. 🙂

Bloggers

One of my favorite bloggers have to be Sofia from The Bookish Wanderess. I’ve been following Sofia for a little while now. We actually met because of a buddy-read we both did with Jenna. Since then, I’ve been a huge fan of Sofia’s posts especially how she ranks all of her books via her monthly wrap-ups. I think that’s such a fun and clever ways to talk about books.

Another blogger I’ve been loving this summer is Destiny. Destiny and I met via our mutual friend, Ellyn and I’m so happy. I really enjoy her content as she reads somewhat similar to me but also features a lot of books I would’ve never heard of. I’m sure most of you already follow her but I think she’s just great. 🙂

Moving away from bloggers, I wanted to shout-out some posts I saw this month that I really enjoyed and deserve to be spotlighted!

  • Mel has complied a list of readathons going on in August. I think this is such a wonderful resource and introduced me to some readathons I didn’t even know were going on. I’m pretty sure they’re going to do this every month (or so I hope) as it’s an awesome idea.
  • Basically all of Ally’s recent posts. I feel like I’m a bit biased as Ally is one of my best blogging friends. However, she’s been killing it with he original post ideas especially her 100+ Black authors to read post.
  • Jenica from FireWhiskeyReader paired the songs from Taylor Swift’s Folklore album to romance books and it is EVERYTHING. While I’m not in love with the album, I feel like this was such a fun and unique post idea and I know I’ll check out some of the books.

Booktubers

Personally, I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube with everything going on in the world which means I have a ton of Booktubers to talk about so buckle up! Lol

One Booktuber I discovered earlier this summer was Noria from Noria Reads. I was introduced to her because of her fuck-a-thon rec videos. Since then, I’ve been hooked on her videos. She never fails to make me laugh or smile during one of her videos and the way she describes certain books has me adding them to my TBR ASAP. We do differ a bit with our reading tastes, but her videos are just awesome.

Another booktuber I discovered this summer was Izzy from Happy For Now. Izzy reads a lot of romance including books I’ve never heard of. Since following her, I’ve added tons of new books to my TBR and I know it’ll only go up from there. If you’re looking for solid romance recs or are new to the romance genre, I think she’s a wonderful person to follow.

Another recent fave I’ve discovered is Ashley from Bookish Realm. Ashley’s a librarian and it’s clear how much she loves books. She reads A TON and from such a wide range of ages and genres. Even in the video featured above, she has such a wide range of books and talks about them all in-depth. She also has almost hour-long vlogs which is great for me as I love having YouTube in the background when I’m doing things. She’s another person I follow who has great recommendations I wouldn’t have heard from anywhere else.

The last booktuber I have to talk about is Ali from Mrs. Dunn Reads. I found Ali because of Jess from PeaceLoveBooks and she’s become one of my favorite Booktubers. She has such a bubbly and cheerful personality. I can’t help but smile when I’m watching her videos. We also have pretty similar reading tastes so it’s nice to see her enjoying some of the books I’ve also enjoyed. I also get a decent amount of recs from her, too. I just really love Ali’s channel and I think she’s wonderful. 🙂

Then I wanted to shout-out a few of my favorite videos from this summer, too. 🙂

  • Lala’s Reading Rush vlogs. We all know and love Kayla from BooksandLala so I don’t really have much else to say about her expect that she’s great and I always love her videos.
  • I LOVED Brittany & Books’ One Direction anniversary video. It was so much fun and it was a nice way to look back on 1D. I personally wasn’t a huge fan but I would feel the same about the Jonas Brothers. Lol
  • Basically everything Mina Reads has posted all summer. I always drop everything to watch her videos lmao.
  • Riley Marie’s steamy reading vlog where she read 5 steamy romances. I already have most of these on my TBR but I know I’ll be adding some thanks to her 😀
  • Jess from PeaceLoveBooks‘ read 3 indie romances in 24 hours and it was so much fun. I always get great recs from her and this video is no exception.

Before moving onto the books, I wanted to shout-out two ladies I follow on Twitter who always have the best book recs. The first is Katrina Jackson who is one of my favorite Black romance authors. She’s just wonderful and definitely worth the follow. I also recently started following Sil from The Book Voyagers and she has the BEST romance recs.

Books

Before getting into the books, I wanted to mention that I successfully completed my Goodreads goal to read 150 books this year earlier this month. I still have a ton of books left on my TBR so we’ll see how many I end up completing by the end of 2020.

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In June, I read The Roommate by Brandy Bush and it was amazing. This is easily one of my favorite smutty books and might end up being one of my top books of the year. This book is sexy, focuses on a healthy relationship and is a delight. I know this book won’t be for everyone but it really hit the spot for me.

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The next favorite for me is Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. I think everyone knows by now how much I love Talia Hibbert. It’s no surprise that I gave it 5 stars and it cemented my decision to buy all of her books lmao. While I’m not sure if it’ll end up on my top books of the year, I know that at least one Talia Hibbert book will end up on my favorites of the year.

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The last summer favorite for me is Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga. I read this book for the Pop Culture Readathon and it was such a surprise. This book is written in verse and it focuses on Jude who moves from Syria to Ohio. Jasmine Warga wrote this so beautifully and it tells such a compelling story that will resonate with anyone. Easily my biggest surprise this year and it could end up being one of my top books of 2020.

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Those are all my summer bookish favorites. I applaud anyone who made it through this post as it was a LONG one. It was a lot of fun to write though so I can’t really complain there lol. I’d also love to know if you guys have any bookish faves you’d like to share or recommend. 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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5 September Books Releases I’m Excited For

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since it’s almost September, I knew I wanted to do a post talking about some September releases I’m excited for. While I only plan on buying one at this point, I know I’ll probably grab the rest from the library. For me, the library is always the way to go with new releases and I’ll end up buying them if they’re enjoyable.

Of course, most of these are going to be romance releases aside from one. I feel like they’re a lot of quality romances coming in September. I’ll have tons of books to cuddle up with when it gets cooler out. September is one of my favorite times of the year as it’s football season and I can finally start wearing long sleeves. Plus I think I’m going to take my vacation in September as well.

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5. Grown

The only non-romance book on my list is Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. Tiffany D. Jackson is one of my favorite YA authors and she’s constantly adapting. I’m pretty sure this book is about a girl who ends up being part of a murder investigation and the aftermath of the murder. I feel like it’s going to be super hard-hitting and unlike anything she’s written for. I know I’ll be putting a hold on this one as soon as it lands at my library.

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4. Well Played (Well Met #2)

The next book on my list is Well Played and this is the sequel to Well Met. I read the first book during the Contemporary-A-Thon last year and loved it. I’m super excited to see Stacey and Dex’s story. I remember these two from the previous book and I was hoping they’d get together. I’m curious to see what route these two will take to get into a relationship as I’d say it could be any number of things. Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be a great fall read.

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3. Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered #3)

The next book on my list is another sequel and it’s Tools of Engagement. This is Bethany’s book and it focuses on her relationship with Wes. I know that this one is enemies-to-lovers and the build-up from the previous two books was everything. I feel like this one has potential to be the best of the series. As it’s Tessa Bailey, I know this book is going to be steamy. Ultimately, I’m just here for everything this book is going to give me lmao.

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2. The Roommate

The next book is The Roommate by Rosie Danan. I’ve heard a lot of Booktubers talk about this book and it made me super excited. This book follows a girl who becomes roommates with a porn star and I’m pretty sure it’s their romance. Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be steamy while still being sweet at the same time. I also absolutely adore this cover and ah! I just need to have this in my hands already.

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1. Make a Scene

The last book to make the list is of course, Make A Scene. This book is by Mimi Grace and I’ve been eager to read more from her. I’m pretty sure this one is a fake-dating romance and it just sounds like a delight. I also LOVE this cover so much and I already have it pre-ordered so it’s an easy addition to my September TBR. While I didn’t LOVE her previous release, I’m hoping Make a Scene is that book for me. Either way, I’ll probably still end up reading more of her books because they’re great romances.

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Those are 5 September releases I’m looking forward to. I’m curious to know if any of these are on your list or others so let me know in the comments. 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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My Favorite…Book Cover

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” post, we’re talking about book covers. For me, some of my favorite book covers are illustrated covers which I know aren’t everyone’s favorite. Personally, I really love them and think they’re such a fun trend for covers. Either way, let’s get into the my favorite book cover. For me personally, I’m going to be focusing on a cover from the latter half of 2020. 🙂

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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Personally, my favorite book cover for the latter half of 2020 has to be Make a Scene by Mimi Grace. This is Mimi Grace’s second book and ever since she posted about it on her Instagram, I’ve been interested. Then the cover was released and I got major heart-eyes for it. I mean look at how beautiful it is and I rarely see a cover with a character who wears glasses. I’m living and breathing for that. Plus the colors are so bright and I just adore it.

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I did want to talk about two honorable mentions I have which are Crazy Stupid Bromance and Tools of Engagement. Both are illustrated covers and are the next installments in series I love. These are so cute and I can’t wait to see if they live up to the hype. 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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Spoiler-Free Mini-Reviews: Trouble & Strife and Nordic Daddy

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s review, I’m going to do two mini-reviews of books by Lara Kinsey. I read two of Lara Kinsey’s books last month and I wanted to read the rest of her backlist. These two books are vastly different in their premises but I wanted to include them both. Plus I feel like Lara Kinsey deserves more love and publicity so I’m happy to feature her on my blog and hopefully influence others to read her!

As I’ve mentioned in my previous mini-review posts, I’m going to talk about 2 things I enjoyed about each book and then 1 thing I didn’t. I’m also going to include some of my general thoughts as well.

These are my spoiler-free reviews of Trouble & Strife (Chances Limited #2) and Nordic Daddy by Lara Kinsey.

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Elizabeth Percival is sweet. Professionally. She left behind a life of stifling luxury to work in Cadwell’s chocolate shop. After over a decade, she’s itching to take over. She’s not about to let some broad-shouldered brawler mess it up. Even if he does have shoulders to die for.

Sidney Chance isn’t an enforcer…anymore. After a decade of smacking heads together in the name of the Chance Brothers, he’s lieutenant to the city’s most powerful family, but he’s not sure what to do with himself. Sid’s made some bad choices, but maybe the worst is mooning over a girl who keeps making good choices for him. Suddenly he has clean socks and wooly sweaters, and he’s not sure he minds, exactly, but it’s not doing his fearsome reputation any favors. But one taste of sweetness isn’t enough.

After reading and liking Hammer & Tongs, I knew I wanted to pick up the second book in this series. This one follows Sidney and his relationship with Elizabeth. With it coming out on July 30th, it was the perfect addition to my TBR and one I’m glad I picked up.

As for the two things I enjoyed, I absolutely adored the characters and their romance. It felt super believable and honestly, #goals. These two were head-over-heels for each other but yet weren’t afraid to be honest with each other. It was such a refreshing change from what I usually read. Communication was super important especially with the love interest dealing with pelvic pain.

The other thing I enjoyed was how soft it was. While there were some harsh parts, this story was mostly these two being soft for and around each other. It was such a nice change of pace and I really liked how she did it with Sid’s character. As for my one complaint, I wish this would have been longer. I think the story, characters and their relationship could have been more developed. Overall though, this was another enjoyable read from her. 4/5 stars

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Annika likes to keep these trips strictly business. But big, bearded Olof is an unexpected pleasure. She doesn’t normally date men with kids, but this cinnamon roll is irresistible.

Olof’s been on paternity leave for over a year, but with Annika behind him, he’s finally ready to move forward.

The other Lara Kinsey book I read was Nordic Daddy. This one is a romance between a tourist and a guy she meets during a coffee break. Overall, I don’t really have much to say about this one as it was only 23 pages. It was good but pretty under-developed as it didn’t focus much on their “relationship” if you can call it that. They mostly just hooked up and then sort of left things open.

While I don’t have much to say about it, it was short, sweet and to the point. It wasn’t a new favorite but it wasn’t bad. If you like short smutty reads, then I’d say give it a chance as there is bi rep in here. I can understand why it wouldn’t be for everyone, though. Either way, it was good but not extremely memorable. 4/5 stars

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Those are my mini-reviews of Trouble & Strife and Nordic Daddy by Lara Kinsey. This was a short post but I hope I convinced someone to check out Lara Kinsey. She’s someone I discovered on Kindle Unlimited and she’s such a delight. I can hope that I convince at least one of my followers to pick up her books. 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 Kindle Unlimited Book Tag + A Birthday Post

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, tomorrow is my birthday and I’m super excited. Even though I’m turning 27, I still get excited for my birthday. I just wanted to talk about how much this blog has helped me this year. I dealt with my breakup a lot last year and the blogging community really helped me. I’ve also really enjoyed discovering new blogs, making new friends and tailoring my blog more to myself.

The only thing I really want for my birthday is one of those Kindle Unlimited gift cards and a shopping spree at Barnes & Noble. It’s doubtful I’ll get the second one, but I do plan on buying a KU gift card for myself. In connection with that, I decided to do the Kindle Unlimited Tag as I absolutely love KU. Before I get into that, it’s also my Gram’s birthday today and I love her. She won’t see this but happy birthday Gram! ❤

Before I get started, I wanted to say I found this tag on Melissa’s channel, She Is An Open Book. With that being said, let’s get into my answers for this tag and hopefully, I end up convincing someone out there to give Kindle Unlimited a try. 😛

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Kindle Unlimited Book Tag

1. Why do you love Kindle Unlimited?

For me, this question is easy to answer. I like Kindle Unlimited because I get my money’s worth. I end up reading a handful of books on there a month so the cost is very low considering how much I use it. It’s also a great way to read from new authors without much of commitment. I’ve discovered a lot of favorite authors on there and I’m really happy I gave it a chance.

2. What author(s) have you discovered because of KU?

The list is truly endless for this one. I’ve discovered a lot of authors in the time I’ve been subscribed to KU. However, I’m going to pick out three authors I absolutely love and wouldn’t have known about without having Kindle Unlimited. Well, it would’ve been very slim if I wouldn’t have had KU.

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The first author I have to shout out is Lara Kinsey. I discovered her while I was looking for some f/f romances during Pride month. In addition to having two f/f romances, she also writes general queer romances. While her books are really short, I really enjoy them and I think she’s such a wonderful author. I’m also super excited to get caught up on her backlist.

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Another author I discovered was Ava Freeman. She also writes f/f romances but her romances are exclusively between Black women. Even though I’ve only read two of her books, I want to read more of her backlist. These two are both so underrated and both write f/f romances so I’d highly recommend. I’m just happy I stumbled upon both of them when I was looking for pride reads.

3. What’s your favorite KU series?

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I haven’t read many series on KU but one I’ve really been enjoying is the Texting series by Teagan Hunter. I’ve only read the first two books but I really want to continue the series and finish it. I think it’s a lot of fun and is modern without trying too hard. The books are also relatively short as well so they make great summer reads.

4. What author have you binged because they were in KU?

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One author I love who is on KU is Christina C. Jones. She has a massive backlist so when I’m at a loss for what to read, I return to her. I’ve binged both her Wright Brothers series and her Love Sisters series. I also read her Strictly Professional series and enjoyed it so honestly, I could spend months binging all of her series. If you want more Black romance in your life, you need to pick up Christina C. Jones as she’s the queen of it.

5. What’s the last KU book you read?

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When I’m writing up this post, this is the last book I’ve read via KU. I do have a huge list of them I want to get to, though so I’m sure it’ll be different when this is posted.

6. What’s the most romantic book you’ve read in KU?

Let’s be real, I can’t pick just one for this so I’m going with three lmao.

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The last book in the Love Sisters series was pretty romantic to me. I really enjoyed the relationship and how the two came together. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I especially loved what Levi did for Jemma.

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The second book is Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. This book follows two childhood friends who were pen pals and it’s basically them reconnecting through their letters as adults. I thought this was romantic since I think love letters are incredibly romantic and I especially loved how they were so accepting of each other. It made me so happy.

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The last book is one I read in July and that’s Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan. This book is a second-chance romance between two high school sweethearts. These two are so in tune with each other and truly in love from the moment they reconnect. They have such a connection and it’s so romantic to me. I especially love how open and honest they were with each other.

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I’m not sure who is subscribed to KU in the blogging world. However if you are, then feel free to do this tag! I had a lot of fun with it and I plan on doing it in the future again as I read more on KU. 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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