My Favorite…2020 Goal

Last month for “My Favorite,” I did a prompt featuring a favorite New Year’s resolution and some might say that this prompt is the same. While I do agree that they’re similar, I wouldn’t say that they’re exactly the same. Rather, a goal is something that you work towards for the entire year and hope you accomplish before the year ends. As for a resolution, it’s basically you doing or not doing something so let’s get into my favorite 2020 goal.

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.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!


For me, my favorite 2020 goal is to go on more adventures. In 2019, I did more than I’ve done in years including going on a train, visiting my best friend and generally finding things that make me happy other than my previous relationship. It was a tough year, but I think it helped me into a much better person.

With that being said, I have a few plans to make that goal happen. Firstly, I’d like to get a license as well as a car. I know I’m late to the party but I feel like I’m ready. Additionally, I’d like to go on at least one road trip by myself as a way to celebrate that. Lastly, I’d like to take the train at least once after I get said car as I really enjoy taking the train.

Overall, I think that goal is one that a lot of others can relate to. Personally, I’m hoping that this post holds me accountable and I’m able to achieve those things. Even if I get my license at the end of the year, I’ll be happy. 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books That Weren’t What I Expected

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is one that I’m really excited about. I feel like I say that every week but Shanah keeps coming up with unique prompts so I get excited. Either way, I have a lot of books that I think fit this description and I can’t wait to talk about so let’s get into it.

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.


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5. Caraval

I’m starting off my list with a book I read in January and that’s Caraval. This book was picked for me by Ellyn and honestly, this book was a lot different than I thought. I’m not sure if I had heard the synopsis before and got it wrong, but this book seemed a lot darker than I picked. While I knew it wasn’t going to be all fun and games, this book felt a lot different than I imagined it would. Either way, I still enjoyed it but it was like no other fantasy books I’d read before.

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4. Haven

Maybe I should start looking into the books I put holds on because this one was unlike what I imagined. While the cover plays into it a little bit, this book starts off with a really jarring opening and from there, a romance ensues. If I read the beginning, there is no way that I would think it was a romance. It has an extremely slow start but once the romance comes in, the book goes by a lot faster. However, it’s a super unique romance so be cautious if you’re sensitive to things such as murder and loss of a sibling.

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3. Daisy Jones & The Six

The next book that wasn’t what I expected was Daisy Jones & The Six. In a lot of ways, I feel like this book wasn’t what a lot of people expected. I’m sure most of us thought it would be similar to Evelyn Hugo but it was something entirely different. Rather, this book focused less on one specific character but rather on two main characters and the rest of the band. Plus it was a fake oral history which made for a unique format that not everyone loved.

Personally, I was surprised by how much I liked this and how quickly I devoured the audiobook. While it’s not my favorite of TJR’s, it’s still a book that I’m sure I’ll eventually return to.

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2. Nice Try, Jane Sinner

This is another book that I went somewhat blind to. I knew that it focused on mental health but that was it. What I didn’t realize that this book featured an entire reality show unveiling before our eyes. It was such an intriguing concept and I can’t believe that no one else had done that before. Either way, this book ended up being a lot darker than I anticipated along with featuring a plethora of unique characters. Overall, I think this book is super underrated and more people should give it a chance because it will surprise you in more ways than one.

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1. Kill The Boy Band

Alright, so you might be thinking uh why is this one surprising since the plot is basically in the title? While you’re right there, I went into Kill The Boy Band with entirely different expectations. I’m not sure what I thought but this book was a lot darker and more convoluted than I thought. Maybe it’s a metaphor for fandom, but honestly, this book dealt with a lot more than that. It dealt with feeling isolated in a fandom, dealing with people in your life making fun of you, toxic friendships and the importance of being true to yourself. Overall, this book just blew me away with everything it tackled in such a short amount of pages.

 

 

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January 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It honestly felt like January was never going to end and we’re finally on the last day. Either way, I have to say that January was a pretty good month for me. The Jonas Brothers released a new song, I did a lot of productive article writing and honestly, things have been starting off relatively well for the new decade.

You’re not here to hear about that, though. Instead, you’re here to see all of the books I read in January. In January, I participated in Smutathon which had its own wrap-up so you can check that out. With that being said, I’ll including the other books I read that weren’t a part of smutathon so let’s get into it.

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1. Wild Beauty

If you saw my TBR post, then you know that Ellyn picked my TBR this month. For the most part, I enjoyed all of the books she picked. The first one I finished was Wild Beauty which is a magical realism story and that’s all I want to say. I feel like people gave too much away in their descriptions so I don’t want to give away more.

Regardless, I really enjoyed the writing, the characters and how comforting this story felt. It’s like I could feel flowers all around me while I was reading. What kept it from getting a full 5 stars was that it was a bit of a slow start and took a while for me to actually get into the story. 4/5 stars.

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2. The Lightning Thief

I wrote a review of this one so you can check it out if you want my full thoughts!

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3. Dirty Letters 

In my bullet journal, I have a list of 20 books I want to read in 2020 and this book was on it so I picked it up on a whim. This book follows a guy and a girl who meet as pen pals in elementary school and then reconnect years later. There is a big twist when it comes to who the guy is and personally, I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought this book was good but not great as the conflict felt somewhat forced and I think the authors could have fleshed out their relationship a bit more. Either way, it was a fun read so 4/5 stars.

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4. Along For the Ride

This is another book that’s on my 20 books to read in 2020 list. This is an enemies-to-lovers romance between a girl and her brother-in-law’s best friend. Some of the book takes place during a road trip and honestly, I wish the entire book would have followed that. It was SO much more interesting and I hated seeing how these two juggled their real lives with trying to be together.

For some reason, the road trip aspect was much more exciting. Either way, it was still a pretty good romance so I can’t complain much. This also only has 100 ratings on Goodreads so it needs more love. 4/5 stars.

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5. Caraval

Wrapping up Ellyn’s picks for me, I read Caraval and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I feel like everyone knows what this book is but it follows a girl and her sister who are invited to Caraval which is basically a huge game and the plot gets wilder from there. This book had so many twists and turns that I had no idea what to expect. Either way, I still really enjoyed it. I really don’t know how to explain my feelings on this book besides that it intrigued me and I want more. 4/5 stars.

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6. His Royal Highness

This book checks off another from my 20 books to read in 2020 list. I’ve heard really good things about R.S. Grey but haven’t read anything by her until now. This book is a friends-to-lovers yet somewhat of a second chance romance? Either way, it follows a girl who works as a character at a Disneyland type park and the relationship she has with a higher-up in the company she knew previously.

I really enjoyed the timeline for Whitney and Derek’s relationship as well as the flashbacks we got to when they originally met. While it took a while for the two to get together, I absolutely loved their relationship. As much as I liked this book, it wasn’t a new favorite and I didn’t think the epilogue was really necessary as the book would have been good without it. Either way, it was a fun read and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. 4/5 stars.

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7. A Girl Like Her

I put a hold on this book a while ago and it finally came off. This is a romance between two neighbors, Ruth who is the town pariah and Evan, who works for Ruth’s ex-boyfriend. They basically strike up a friendship when Evan agrees to cook for Ruth if she’ll let him borrow her comic books. It goes on from there, but honestly, this book was just magical. I loved all the different relationships, the diversity and most of all, how the book told a complex story about Ruth’s situation and what happened.

I’m also on a mission to read Talia Hibbert’s backlist this year so this is just the start as I’m sure you’ll see the rest of her books pop up elsewhere. Either way, this book was just a fucking delight and it was my first 5-star read of the year. 5/5 stars.

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8. Damaged Goods 

The next book I read was a novella or 1.5 in the Ravenswood series. This one follows Laura who is the ex-wife of Daniel from the first book. This is a story about her having a second-chance romance with her childhood sweetheart along with her dealing with the trauma of being abused. Overall, I thought this novella was super sweet while still talking about hard-hitting topics. This also features a pregnant main character which is incredibly rare in romance but I really loved this. 5/5 stars.

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9. The Princess Trap

Right after I finished reading Damaged GoodsThe Princess Trap came off hold and I couldn’t wait to read it. I dove into it and finished it in two sittings. I’ll just leave what Talia Hibbert tweeted as the description of this book: “Plus-size Black British heroine, royal, bisexual, Scandinavian hero, fake engagement.” So basically if any of that interests you, then you need to give this one a read.

Considering that I read three Talia Hibbert books in a row, I never got sick of them and honestly, I have a ton more on hold at the library. The only thing I disliked was the love interest’s brother but I know why he was there and the role he played. Either way, this book was another delight and honestly, I can’t wait to read the rest of her backlist!


Those are the 9 books I read that weren’t part of Smutathon. If I count my smutathon reads though, I finished this month by reading 18 books. I’m hoping that I have similar numbers with the Contemporary-A-Thon going on next month. Plus I’m going to continue to make my way through Talia Hibbert’s backlist aka the entirety of my library holds 😛

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My Favorite…Moment of 2019

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” post, we’re once again looking back at 2019. In particular, our favorite moment of 2019 and honestly, I had a hard time, trying to narrow it down. However, I’ll get more into that in a second. 🙂

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.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!

February Topics

  • Feb. 5th: My Favorite…2020 Goal
  • Feb. 12th: My Favorite…Bookish Couple
  • Feb. 19th: My Favorite…Diverse Read of 2020 (So far!)
  • Feb 26th: My Favorite…Book Recommendation from a fellow blogger


Narrowing down my favorite moment from 2019 is hard. Even though the year started off rough with my breakup, it turned around somewhat quickly. It took me a while to pick up the pieces but once I did, I felt a lot better. No surprise that my favorite moment of 2019 was going to see the Jonas Brothers.

I know that not everyone is a fan, but they mean so much to me. There were days after my breakup when I didn’t even feel like getting up and just hearing their songs or watching a video helped me. I’m sure that someone can relate to that on some kind of level but getting to see them perform and meet them was just everything. That day/night will always have a special place in my heart. ❤

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Books for 2020

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another week of Top 5 Tuesday and talk about a topic I struggled with. For some reason, since I’m not buying as many books, I barely look at new releases. I do have a handful of books that I’m excited for, though so I was able to come up with five. Anyways enough chit-chat, let’s get into this. 😀

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.


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5. Lucky Caller

Ok so technically this book is already out, but I don’t own it yet. That being said, I figured it would still count for this list. Last year, I read Famous in A Small Town by Emma Mills and I didn’t enjoy it very much. Understandably, I’m a bit skeptical going into this one but I’m crossing my fingers that it gets back to the Emma Mills I love. Personally, I think the cover’s beautiful so it’s going to go well with my other books even if it doesn’t match lmao.

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4. Take a Hint, Dani Brown

I’ve already talked about this one in my “My Favorite” post so that’s why it’s #4 on my list but I’m so excited about this book. As I mentioned in my post, I know that this book follows Chloe’s sister, Dani and that it features fake dating. At this point, I’m sold and I’ll probably buy anything Talia Hibbert writes.

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3. The Worst Best Man

I saw someone mention this on Booktube or in a blog post, but since then, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. If I remember correctly, this book follows a woman who is a wedding planner and after she plans her dream wedding, she gets left at the altar. I think the groom’s brother was one who told him to leave and then he and the former bride have to work together. It sounds like it’s going to be the hate-to-love romance that I’ve been waiting for. Personally, I’ve never read anything by Mia Sosa so I’m excited to see what I think about her as well. 🙂

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2. My Calamity Jane

One book that I forgot was coming out this year is My Calamity Jane which is the third book in The Lady Janies series. The first one followed Lady Jane Grey while the second followed Jane Eyre and this one is following Calamity Jane. Personally, I don’t know anything about Calamity Jane but I’m excited to see how the Lady Janies tackle her story. as their first book together was everything. My Plain Jane was alright but I think they’ll turn it around with this one. 😀

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1. Blood

Of course, it’s no surprise that Blood is my #1 anticipated release for 2020. Originally, the book was slated to come out in November 2019 before it was pushed back. Honestly, I’m still a little salty but thankfully, I only have to wait two more months. With that being said, I’m excited to see what the Jonas Brothers have to say. I know this book is almost 500 pages so I’m sure it’s going to be packed full of information and things that most certainly will shock me. I’m crossing my fingers that they decide to narrate it which would be the BEST news ever.


Those are the 5 books I’m most highly anticipating in 2020. It’s somewhat of an oddball list, but I know that I”ll be getting to all of them before 2020 ends. Basically, that’s all that matters, right? 😛

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Spoiler-filled review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post, I decided to write a review of one of the books Ellyn picked for me to read. At first, I was thinking about Let’s Get Textual but I decided to pick The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan as it’s the first book in the Percy Jackson series. Plus it’s the first time I’ve ever read it so let’s get into it.

This is my spoiler-filled review of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan!

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


I’m going to be 100% honest here and say that I was nervous to read this book. It was published in 2006 when I was about to go into 7th grade so it was a bit out of my age range. However, I did hear others talk about it but never picked it up. Thanks to Ellyn’s suggestion, I picked it up and had somewhat mixed thoughts.

What I enjoyed about The Lightning Thief

  • The premise. Personally, I think this is a pretty genius premise. I’m not sure how Rick Riordan came up with it but it’s awesome. Who would think of creating an entire story centering around gods who have children with humans? Considering that it was published in 2006, I’d say that it’s still a unique premise.
  • The modern translation. I know this might sound odd, but I think it was really cool how Riordan related to the gods to modern things. I enjoyed that Medusa created statues and worked basically a gardener or that Hades’ lair was under a recording studio in Hollywood. I thought everything about those connections was brilliant.
  • Fast-paced story. Another thing I enjoyed was how fast-paced the story was. I will admit that it was a slow start. However, once the action happened, I didn’t want to put the book down. I read 25% in one day and finished the rest the following day. It was a surprisingly quick read.
  • The ending. Personally, I was pretty shocked at the end and finding out that Luke was the one who betrays Percy. I never saw that coming. I mean maybe I should have but that really blew me away. If anything, it really made me want to read the rest of the series.

What I didn’t enjoy about The Lightning Thief

  • Percy’s attitude. For some of the story, I really didn’t enjoy Percy’s attitude. I know he was dealing with a lot but he was a little bit irritating at times. Maybe it’s because I’m like double his age but he was kind of a little asshole. Am I a horrible person for saying that? Possibly but the book didn’t paint him in a very positive light for most of it.
  • The twist with Ares. I’m not sure why but I really didn’t like Percy going up against Ares and essentially making an enemy. I’m sure it’ll come to play later in the series, but I really didn’t understand that. It was clear that Annabeth and Grover knew it wasn’t a good idea so why didn’t Percy just listen to them?
  • All of the Greek references. Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t pick up on all the references. Since it’s a book for kids, I can’t imagine that they did either. Maybe I’m thinking too much into it but I genuinely had no idea who some of the characters were. It’s more of my problem than the book but oh well.

Overall, I have to say that I’m glad that I read The Lightning Thief. I don’t think I would have read it if Ellyn wouldn’t have made me lmao. I thought it was a pretty good read but I’m not sure how much I would’ve liked it when I was younger. Either way, I thought it was a good read.

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My Favorite…Book Series I Read in 2019

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” prompt, we’re looking back at 2019. Personally, I read a handful of series in 2019 so I wanted to dedicate a post to them. I know that not everyone is a series reader but personally, I’ve come to really enjoy them so hopefully, you guys end up enjoying this prompt. 🙂

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.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!


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For me, this prompt was pretty easy. In 2019, my best blogging friend, Ellyn and I buddy-read The Lunar Chronicles and it was so much fun. She’s read them before and it was my first reading them so it was interesting. Personally, I think it’s really fun to do that as we could compare notes and talk about our theories. Of all the series I read, this one was an easy pick for my favorite.

However, I do want to give a special shout-out to a few others: The Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole, Hoops by Kennedy Ryan, Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro and Wright Brothers by Christina C. Jones. I’m pretty sure that all of these are completed now but it’s my bad if they’re not!

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