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Top 5 Tuesday: Dear Santa, I would like these 3 books

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Merry (Almost) Christmas to those who celebrate and happy holiday to everyone regardless. With this week’s prompt, we’re talking about all the books that we hope Santa brings up. Personally, I didn’t even make a Christmas list so I have no idea if I’ll even end up getting these books lmao. If not, maybe I’ll buy them for myself 😛

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3. Blood: A Memoir By The Jonas Brothers

The first book on my list is one that hasn’t actually come out yet. The release date of this one was pushed back for some reason. Regardless, I do plan on pre-ordering it for myself for Christmas. While Santa might not put this under the tree, it will be in my hands eventually. Maybe it doesn’t technically count but I knew that I had to put it on my list because I’m so excited for it lmao.


2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown 

The second book on my list is one that I read recently. At first, I was going to buy this but I decided not to. Thankfully, I put a hold on it at the library and it came off quickly. I read this book in 2 sittings and basically blew through it. I feel like I’ve already talked about this book like crazy so you’re all sick of hearing about it. Either way, this book is going to be one that I heavily suggest to Santa 😛


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1. The Girl Meets Duke series

The last book/books I want for Christmas is actually a series. In 2019, I read the entirety of the Girl Meets Duke series by Tessa Dare. I loved them so much and I really would like to own physical copies of them. While I haven’t told Santa yet, this might be another one that I either strongly hint about or one that I end up buying myself. Either way, this is a series that I really loved this year so I’d be happy to own copies of my own.

This year, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted but those are all of the books I could think of. I’ve honestly been using my library like crazy so I haven’t really bought books which is good. However, it does cause a problem when it gets to Christmas time lmao.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To in 2019

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Shanah once again knocked it out of the park with this prompt because there are a lot of books that I didn’t end up reading. There are tons of books that I missed out on this year but thankfully, I caught up on some, too. Either way, I’m going to use this as a guide for my 2020 reading plans. I’ll also probably do another similar post soon so be on the lookout 😉

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5. Hello Girls

The first book is probably going to be the only YA book to make the list. However, I really feel like I missed out on Hello Girls. I know that this book is a retelling of Thelma and Louise but with two teenage girls. I know that they’re both trying to escape some things and it’s basically their revenge story. At least that’s what I’ve gathered but I’m excited to see if it ends up being as good as everyone makes it out to be. Personally, I think it could be a good Feminist Lit Feb pick.

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4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

I’m super disappointed in myself since I had this on a list in 2019 and still haven’t read it but I do plan on getting Kindle Unlimited so I should be able to. Either way, I know that this is a slow-burn NFL romance so it’s basically all of my buzzwords. I don’t know much about it other than that but that’s all I need to know. Lol


3. All The King’s Men Duet

I finally completed Kennedy Ryan’s Hoops series and just in time, she released an entirely new series for me to read. I really do love Kennedy Ryan’s books so I’m excited to read this. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how good this series is and that it quickly became one of their favorites. I think it’s a political romance so I’m curious to see how I feel about it.

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2. A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1)

Last month, I picked up Get A Life, Chloe Brown and since then, I haven’t stopped thinking about Talia Hibbert. In particular, I’m thinking about how I’ve been avoiding her books and I really need to pick them up. I know that my library has this one so I plan on reading the entire series next year. I’ve heard really good things about it so I hope I end up loving it as much as her newest release.


1. Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1)

The last book on my list is the start of a series that I’ve heard a lot about. I feel like this is a super hyped romance series and I haven’t picked it up yet. If I remember correctly, this book is a hate-to-love romance between a girl and a twin but she thinks it’s the other twin that she doesn’t hate. Maybe I’m getting it mixed up but I really do want to give this series a try. I know it’s rather long but the same thing can be said about Kennedy Ryan’s books and I enjoy them so we’ll see. Either way, I want to start this series next year. 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Surprising Reads of 2019!

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For December, Shanah kind of went with a 2019 reflection theme and I really enjoy that. For the first one of December, it’s surprising reads of 2019 and honestly, I had a handful of them. Maybe it was a different genre or subgenre in romance or an author, but I’m excited to talk about them!

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5. Get a Life, Chloe Brown

The first book I put on this list might not be a surprise since I love romance. Even though I’ve heard a lot of people talk about it, I didn’t think it was too hyped. Once my hold came off at the library though, I absolutely fell in love with this story. I was surprised at both how quickly I read it and how much I enjoyed it. This is a romance between our MC Chloe Brown and the guy who works at her building which is equal parts sweet and steamy. Honestly, this book surprised me so much that it might end up on my Top 5 books of the year list. Considering that I read it at the end of November, that’s pretty good.

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4. Always Never Yours

Next up is a YA book and that’s Always Never Yours. This book follows a girl who basically just dates guys and never commits. It’s basically her finding love and realizing that maybe she’s not the problem. Overall, I thought this book was really good considering that I didn’t have high expectations going into it. Regardless, it was still an amazing read and easily one of my YA reads of the year. Maybe it’s because the MC is unapologetically herself or that’s it’s super unique in its subject but this book was a major surprise.

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3. Getting Schooled

This book was a surprise for an entirely different reason. Earlier this year, I was looking for a book on audio to read during Smut-A-Thon. I wasn’t sure if this one was sexy so I skipped over it but I eventually went back to it. I found it on hoopla and started listening which I immediately fell in love with. This book is a hate-to-love romance between a student and a graduate assistant and honestly, it blew me away. While it was a relatively short audiobook, it had well-developed characters, a swoon-worthy romance and was just fun. I’m glad that I decided to pick this up randomly because it ended up introducing me to the rest of the series as well.


2. Fit

This was another book that I saw randomly and decided to pick up. I’ve heard of Rebekah Weatherspoon but never picked up her books. Once again, I decided to pick this one up after Smuthathon and what an amazing idea I had. This book was a major surprise for me as I didn’t know it was going to have a fat MC but also that it surprised me by making me fall in love with Rebekah Weatherspoon’s books. Since then, I’ve read this entire series, the books in the Loose Ends series, her Sugar Baby series and I plan on reading the rest of her backlist in 2020. Overall, this was a major surprise as I came to love this author a ton.

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1. Her Royal Highness

For the most part, I like royal romances but I didn’t exactly love Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins which is the first book in this series. That being said, I was a bit skeptical when it came to picking up this book. However, this one ended up being a major surprise for me as I LOVED it. Maybe it’s because the book seemed to have more character development or that the book was just better in general. Regardless, this book was a major surprise for me as someone who has rarely read YA this year.

Those are some of my surprising reads of 2019. When I was coming up with this list, I thought of a lot more but I kept it down to 5. Lol

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 couples I don’t think stayed together

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s prompt is another one that spoke to me as a romance reader. While most of us would like to believe that all bookish couples would stay together, it’s completely unrealistic. Personally, I came up with a handful of books that I’ve loved to talk about so let’s get into them. 🙂

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5. Alexis and Trisha

The first couple on my list is one that I wasn’t fully invested in while I was reading the book and that’s Alexis and Trisha from Treasure. As much as I wanted to root for these two, they just didn’t seem to have that much chemistry. Frankly, I thought that the two were better off as friends. Maybe it’s because Alexis basically did a 180 during the conflict and finally grew up a little bit but I just didn’t find it believable. That’s why I can’t imagine that these two would have a long-term relationship.

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4. London and Luke

Ugh, these two were such a horrible end to an otherwise good series. I really enjoyed books 1 and 3 of this series so I had high hopes for book 4. However, the relationship between London and Luke felt super unrealistic to me. Personally, I don’t understand how everything wouldn’t be awkward since he’s Mia’s ex. Mia is one of London’s best friend and I think that CL shouldn’t have done London dirty.

With all that being said, I don’t think that these two lasted. They were already having problems during the book so why would it be any different after?

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3. Annie and Clay

Once again, this is another case of the couple having completely different personalities and priorities in life. Personally, I don’t see how these two would ever work out in real life. All I could picture is a weird country couple that would never happen like Kacey Musgraves and Luke Combs. Like those two would never work (besides the fact that they’re both married lmao) but they are two very different singers. The same can be said for Annie and Clay.

The two resisted each other for so long and honestly, I don’t think the payoff was worth all of that. That’s why I don’t think the two would make it.

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2. Kristen and Josh

The next couple is one that I enjoyed for the majority of the book. However, once the major plot twist happened, they really irritated me. While that’s not true, I really didn’t like Kristen as a character. She played with Josh’s feelings even when she had a boyfriend and almost left him for her ex. It was truly irritating and she also didn’t tell him this MAJOR thing until almost the very end of the book.

I just don’t know how their relationship would work out past that. I know it was difficult for her, but it was something he brought up constantly. If she couldn’t have that talk with him, he couldn’t trust her and it would never work out.


1. Annie and Drew

Ugh, so much to say about this book but I really don’t want to. The couple in question is Annie and Drew from Waiting For Tom Hanks. These two were just complete opposites and I only wish that the author would have kept Annie with the other guy. He was a much better fit for her and actually treated her with respect until Drew who basically lived to be rude to her.

I also didn’t understand how their dynamic would work. He’s a famous actor while she’s a freelance writer/assistant. As much as I’d like to believe it would work, I think that Annie wouldn’t be able to handle it. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they didn’t make it past Drew’s next movie lmao.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 books I’d rewrite

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Once again, Shanah does it again with these prompts and this one has me so hyped up. I think it’s such a unique idea and one that I don’t think about much. However, there are a handful of books that I’d absolutely love to rewrite and change certain aspects of.

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5. New Moon (Twilight #2)

I feel like this one is kind of a given because of my reread with Ellyn. With that being said, there is a lot I’d like to change about this book. For me, I’d like to not feature Edward at all in the latter half and instead, have Bella end up with Jacob. I’ve always preferred Bella and Jacob together so I’d happily reread the entire almost 25% of it to make that happen.


4. P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

The second book on my list is another one that I’d rewrite to change the pairings. I’m sure that most of us have read this series by now. If not, there will be spoilers for this book and the first book. For me, I vastly preferred the pairing of Lara Jean and John Ambrose than her and Peter. I’m sorry but these two were a much better fit and he actually treated her well. Peter K was a terrible boyfriend and she deserved SO MUCH better. I’d basically just rewrite this so Lara Jean and John Ambrose would end up together lmao.

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3. The Friend Zone

These next two books are also connected because I’d rewrite the endings. I went into The Friend Zone really enjoying it until about the 75% mark. After that, this book really fell apart for me and I couldn’t rate it more than 2 stars. If I were rewriting this, I wouldn’t give Kristen the ending she got but rather, a more realistic one for the future. I personally don’t deal with what she deals with within the book but I don’t think it’s entirely realistic with what women deal with. With that being said, I’d totally change the ending especially for Kristen but also for her friend, Sloan.


2. Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

This is another book that I’d totally change the ending of. As much as I was happy for the characters, it didn’t make sense for the rest of the story. Rather than have that happen, I’d like to see Hazel and Josh’s relationship flourish a bit more. I’d also like to see them take another step before it gets to where the novel took it. This just completely changed the tone of the story and I wish Christina Lauren had taken a different route. Instead, I’d do what I mentioned above and see their relationship grow.


1. Fireworks

Ugh, I wanted to love this book so much but Fireworks was a major disappointment for me. That’s why I’d chose to rewrite the entire thing because this book had so much potential and I think it was completely wasted. Rather than having this book focus on the girl hate, I’d rewrite it to focus more on the 90’s aspect, boybands and about the girls working together. If I rewrote it, I think this book would have been much improved.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 authors I NEED to read!

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is another case in which Shanah is personally calling me out because I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot. Probably going to make for a quick post so that’s always good lol. Anyways, I don’t want to ramble too much so let’s get into it.

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5. Mariana Zapata

The first author on my list is one that I plan on reading soon. As long as I can actually stick with my plans for December, I probably will. Nevertheless, I still have yet to read anything by Mariana Zapata. I’ve heard such good things about her books but have yet to read them for a few reasons. Firstly, I don’t want to pay Kindle prices and secondly, her books are incredibly long and super slow-burn. I guess I’m just a little intimidated but I plan on doing a buddy-read of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me so maybe that’ll inspire me.


4. Ella Maise

The second author I’m going to touch on is one that I hadn’t heard of until I watched Jess from PeaceLoveBooks’ channel. If I’m remembering correctly, this is her favorite book of 2019 and honestly, that made me want to pick this up so badly. I really trust Jess when it comes to romance and this one looks like it’s right up my alley. I’m pretty sure that it’s a marriage of convenience which I love and she said the romance is great so I’m excited to give Ella Maise a try.

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3. Ibi Zoboi

The next author is one that I plan on reading this month so hopefully, by the time this post is up, I will have read one of her books. Ibi Zoboi is one of those authors that I’ve heard tons about but yet haven’t picked up her books. A lot of my fellow bloggers love her and the girl in my fantasy league loves her. I don’t even have a good excuse for not reading her books so I plan on rectifying that soon.


2. Ashley Elston

Keeping with the YA theme, another author I have yet to read is Ashley Elston. I feel like she was all over booktube for a while and now she’s kind of on the backburner. Her newest release 10 Blind Dates is a Christmas romance…I think which I might read in December. I’ve heard such good things about her books, too but have yet to pick them up so I really want to pick one up soon.


1. Anna-Marie McLemore

This is the one name on the list that people will be shouting at me to read and honestly, you’re right. I’m not sure why I’ve been dragging my feet on reading Anna-Marie McLemore’s books but I need to pick them up. Ellyn and I have a secret project coming in 2020 so I might end up reading one for that. Regardless, I’ve heard such good things about her books that it’s basically a travesty that I haven’t picked any of them up. I promise that I will in 2020, though. 🙂

Those are all the authors I need to read but I’m sure that there are a ton more that I didn’t even think of. Lol

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 books on my current TBR!

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I honestly feel like Shanah called me out this week because I have SO many books that I’m looking forward to reading. Since 2019 is almost over, there are a handful of books that I want to get to before it ends. That being said, I won’t feature any that will be in my upcoming TBR so stay tuned for that on Friday. 😉

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5. Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work #2)

The first book on my current TBR is Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz. Last month, I decided to pick up her Halloween romance and I really enjoyed it. Since I liked it, I knew that I had put Her Naughty Holiday on my TBR because it’s a Thanksgiving romance. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Thanksgiving romance before so this is going to be a new experience for me. I’m excited about it, though!

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4. A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1)

Earlier this year, I read Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone and I liked it so I was planning on buying A Lesson in Thorns. If we’re following similar people on Booktube, this was severely hyped up for a few weeks/months so I knew I had to read it eventually. Thankfully, my library acquired a copy of it so I didn’t have to buy it and only have a few weeks wait for it. Either way, I hope it ends up being as great as everyone says it is.

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3. Know My Name

Speaking of library books, this is another one featured on my library holds post. This book follows the woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner and it’s basically her story. I don’t know much about this one but I don’t want to know much. I know that it’ll be a powerful read and the perfect pick for Non-Fiction November so I can’t wait to finally read it.

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2. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read a Mariana Zapata book. I know that she writes incredible slow-burn romances and they mostly center around sports. However, the major thing holding me back is that her books are SO long. I know that this one is almost 700 pages which is chunky for a romance book. I’m used to reading romance books that are a lot shorter so I’m super intimated by this one. Regardless, I still really want to read it before 2019 ends.

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1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

It’s been forever since I’ve read anything by Ta-Nehisi Coates and I’ve been dragging my feet on this book. I’m not sure why because my favorite NFL player read it so what am I honestly waiting on? Lmao anyways, I know this is going to be the perfect pick for Nonfiction November so I’m excited to finally get to it. I might end up trying to buddy-read it with Ally (if she wants) or one of my fantasy football friends. This just seems like the perfect read for the colder months.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 creepy atmospheres

Hello friends and fellow spooky lovers! This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is appropriately related to Halloween and it’s top 5 creepy atmospheres. Surprisingly, I didn’t have too tough of a time coming up with books that matched with this. Since I’m not a big horror or fantasy reader, you would think it would be tough but it really wasn’t so let’s get into them.

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5. New Orleans

Starting off this list is one that most people wouldn’t consider. For me, I thought that the setting of New Orleans Rush was pretty creepy. While the book is a romance, it also talks a lot about magic and magicians as the love interest is a magician. Additionally, there is also a plotline in which the MC’s father owns money to the mob so ultimately, it ends up being scary in a different way. However, setting it in New Orleans made things seem all the more creepy as a handful of scary TV shows and movies have set there as well.

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4. Smoke Hollow

At the moment, I forget where this book is supposed to be set. Either way, Small Spaces is a middle-grade novel that follows Ollie as she discovers secrets about a book that she found and the ensuing field trip that she goes on with her class. Overall, this book isn’t overly creepy but the atmosphere feels so dark and eerie. Personally, I read this one on audio and the narrator did a great job of setting the scene especially at Smoke Hollow which is where the field trip is at. This book feels so creepy even though it’s middle-grade so if you’re looking for a spooky read, pick this one up.


3. The Apocalypse

I’d be remiss to not feature this comic series on the list as it’s set during the freaking Apocalypse. This series follows the Scooby gang but in a more mature fashion and with the gang forcing later in life. The atmosphere truly comes off the page since the art is amazing and it feels like you can reach out and touch it. Whether it’s the gang, the creatures or the main antagonist, everything about this series is creepy. While I have yet to finish the series, it is no doubt one of the creepiest comic series I’ve ever read.


2. Austermeer

An early preview for my October wrap-up but I did finish Sorcery of Thorns and I honestly really enjoyed it. Coming from a non-fantasy reader, this was huge for me but what made this book so enjoyable was its setting. Set in the fictional world of Austermeer, this book has one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever read and it’s all due to Margaret Rogerson. Rogerson does a great job of setting the scene and making the setting really jump off the page.

Personally, I thought the atmosphere was creepiest at the ending when the major climax happened. I could really picture everything that was happening or at least, try to. I liked the atmosphere so much that I think this book would make an excellent movie. It would be a great fit for Netflix, tbh.


1. Chicago

The last book on my list is another spoiler for my October wrap-up. Either way, the last creepy atmosphere comes from Capturing the Devil. Some of the book is set in New York while the actual creepy stuff takes back in Chicago. I don’t want to get into much more detail than that but I think Chicago during that time is perfectly creepy. Not only does it feature the World’s Fair which is a beacon of technology but the book also features a lot of gruesome and nasty details which makes the book even creepier.

While this probably isn’t the creepiest setting of the entire, this one really did put me in a spooky mood. Somehow, the setting made this book seem even more dark and dreary. As soon as I saw the prompt for this book, I knew this one had to be on the list.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 favorite booktube channels

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I feel like Shanah picked this topic straight out of my brain because I love watching Booktube and I’ve been wanting to make a post so thank you Shanah 😉 I’m going to try to limit my list to 5 because I do watch a lot of Booktubers so let’s get into it before I start rambling more.

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6. BooksandLala

To be 100%, I didn’t always love Lala’s videos when I first started watching her but since then, something shifted. I really started to enjoy her videos even though our reading tastes aren’t similar at all. I especially love her videos that are challenge-related including the one I featured above. Lala is always so creative and I always look forward to her uploads especially her vlogs which are usually pretty long.

Somehow, she keeps coming up with fun things to do and doesn’t get stuck in a rut as far as I can tell.  I always eagerly anticipate what she’s going to upload next plus she always dresses so dang cutely. That’s just a little side-note, but I really do love Lala’s videos so much.

5. ItsJaneLindsey

While Lala does a lot of expermential things, ItsJaneLindsey is one of my faves because she does a lot of “classic” Booktube things. She posts TBRs, wraps-ups, vlogs, and tags which are videos I really enjoy watching. Jane is one of my favorite Booktubers because she always has the best recommendations. Whether it be during her TBR, a book haul or a vlog, she either mentions a book I’m interested or gives me a new one to check out.

Jane also hosts Feminist Lit February which is one of my favorite things and I look forward to it every year. Plus she introduced me to Emma Mills so there’s no way she wasn’t going to make my list.

4. Chandler Ainsley

Somehow, Chandler is the perfect mix of both Jane and Lala’s styles so I knew I had to feature her plus Lala’s in her thumbnail so that’s cool. Anyways, Chandler does a variety of different videos including vlogs, recommendations, experiments and most recently, she’s been doing “I read 5 x books” videos. Those videos are probably my favorite of hers because it’s so fun, watching her reactions to them along with finding out about new books and also hearing her thoughts on some hyped books.

I think Chandler is a great content creator because she has a little bit of something for everyone. She does the traditional booktube videos such as TBRs and wrap-ups but she also does experimental videos. She also talks a lot about romance which I love so yeah, Chandler has become one of my faves even though we aren’t mutual on Twitter anymore lmao.

3. Meltotheany

Maybe I’m a little biased because I met Melanie as a blogger but I quickly became a fan of her Booktube channel, too. If you think she’s warm and inviting on her blog, then you need to watch her videos. She’s one of my favorite people to watch especially if I’m having a rough day because she’s always so bright and sunny on camera.

As for her videos, Melanie does a lot of the typical Booktube stuff like TBRs, hauls and wrap-ups. However, my favorite videos of hers are her vlogs. It’s fun getting to see a glimpse into her life especially when it comes to her reading. Watching her breakdown her reading and showing her reading journal is so fun. Even though I don’t watch all of her videos since some are really long (Sorry Mel!), I really do just enjoy her and her presence.

2. Library of Alexa

I think I stumbled upon Alexa’s channel when I was either watching Madalyn (Novel Ink) or the next Booktuber on my list. However, I’m really glad I did because I’ve basically been watching her videos non-stop since then. As far as styles go, Alexa does most of the “typical” Booktube things including hauls, TBRs, wrap-ups and some challenge videos.

What keeps me coming back is how Alexa does her TBRs. Most recently, she posted a video for her September TBR in which she incorporated all of her different TBRs into one single TBR. I thought it was a really fun concept and I’m excited to see how it works out for her. She might have started as a recommendation for another Booktuber but Alexa has become one of my favorite Booktubers.

1. ChelseaDolling Reads

I feel like I mention this all the time, but ChelseaDolling Reads is easily my all-time favorite Booktuber. I always look forward to her videos and I save them in my “Watch Later” to watch last. Watching her videos always makes me happy and it always seems like she’s reading something I’d enjoy or talking about a book that I’ve heard about which is great.

Of course, she hosts the Contemporary-A-Thon which I participated in last month and is probably part of the reason why I mostly just read contemporary. She also loves smutty books and boybands like me so I relate to her. Chelsea’s videos usually consist of the usual booktube stuff with a few series thrown in there like Reading my Rainbow, recommendations, and vlogs. Honestly, her videos just make me happy and she’s just great ❤

Those are just some of my favorite Booktubers but I wanted to shout-out some other people I really love watching. 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 fall reading recommendations

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this but book recommendations are some of my favorite posts to write and read. I also love watching Booktube videos featuring recommendations because usually I end up finding a book that I’m excited about on the list or find a book that sounds interesting that I’ve never heard of so it’s a win-win.

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.


5. The Charlotte Holmes series

When I was looking at Goodreads, this was the first thing that jumped out at me. Even though I started reading it in the summer, I think it’s the perfect read for fall. If you don’t know, it’s a Sherlock and Watson retelling but it’s gender-swapped. Thus far, I’ve read 3 of the 4 books in the series which I gave mixed reviews but I think they’re perfect for fall.

Each book has a bit of eerieness to it and gives you a bit of a chill when you read it. The first two books, in particular, are a lot darker and would make for good books to read when you’re sitting in the crisp fall air. Plus it’s set in New England, making it a super atmospheric read so I’d recommend this one for fall.


4. The Truly Devious series

Keeping with the series trend, I’m featuring another mystery series and that’s the Truly Devious series. Similar to the previous book, this is about a girl who wants to solve a cold case and it features a lot of true crime elements. Honestly, this book took me by surprise by how good it was and how quickly it got me invested in the story and these characters.

What makes this a great fall read is that it’s a darker read and it truly takes you on a ride that you don’t want to put down. This series is yet to be completed but it’s a quick binge if you’re snuggled up under a blanket or if you’re just starting to dip your toe into the mystery genre. This is a great place to start as it’s basically where I started.


3. The Stalking Jack the Ripper series

Coming in at the very middle of my list is another series but I swear it’s the last one. If you’ve been a blogger or Booktuber for a while, then you’ll know how hyped this series is and rightfully so. I picked up this series without even really thinking about it and ended up absolutely loving it. Plus it’s one of my best blogging friends Ellyn’s favorite series, too.

What makes this a great fall read is that it’s dark and atmospheric as I mentioned with the first two. However, what separates this series from the others is that it isn’t afraid to go the extra mile. Additionally, this book isn’t just a “horror” but has an incredible romance, wonderful character development and a compelling plot that you won’t want to stop reading. I could gush about this series forever but since I haven’t read the last book yet, I’ll save those thoughts for another time. 😉

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2. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

Oddly enough, all of the books I’m recommending aren’t one that I’ve read in fall which is strange. To change it up a bit, I decided to feature a non-fiction book on my list and I decided to go with The Radium Girls. This is an incredibly chunky non-fiction book about the women who were infected by radium which resulted in them being poisoned by it and the ensuing trial for them to compensation.

This book read like a fiction book as it was super fast-paced, had a lot of great characters and basically kept me on my seat the entire time. Every time something good would happen, the women would fall 5 steps back. It was heartbreaking to read but ultimately rewarding by the end. I think it’s a great fall read because it can be read over the course of a few days, will keep you guessing and make you want to snuggle up with a pumpkin spice latte and read all evening.

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1. The Simple Wild

No list of mine would be complete without a romance book and the one I decided on was The Simple Wild. I actually read this book in November so not exactly fall but it still made me feel all warm and fuzzy. For me, fall reads are either about getting as creeped out as possible or feeling all warm inside.

This book is set in Alaska and features a hate-to-love romance between a girl who is trying to connect with her father and a pilot who works for him. It’s so much more than a romance though as the book talks a lot about family, grief and realizing that life isn’t just about one thing. Honestly, this book took me by surprise and I truly fell in love with it. Plus it’s a love letter to Alaska which is just everything so it was an easy pick for a fall read.

Those are my picks for fall reads. I tried to come up with a unique list, but I think I sort of fell into the series trap and couldn’t get out. Maybe this fall, I’ll find a few new fall reads but we’ll see 🙂

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