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Reading 3 anticipated Christmas romances + My Thoughts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Long time, no see. I don’t really have any excuse for this one other than I wasn’t feeling motivated. I know it’s the holiday season so I’m sure others are feeling this way. However, I knew I wanted to come back and write a post about some Christmas romances I read recently including my thoughts and if they’re worth your time so let’s get into it. 🙂

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I’m Birdie Mae, and let’s skip to the weird part of my story: Short-term relationships with good looking Santas are kind of my thing. And Nicholas Ryan is the good looking Santa I really don’t need in my life.

They say the spirit of Christmas finds you on holiday vacations, but instead I run into the only person who could get my Christmas lights twisted: freaking Nicholas. A man I haven’t seen in twenty years and who I never wanted to see again. Except now he’s my hot bartender, complete with a silver-fox beard, a twinkle in his eye, and looking a lot like my kryptonite: jingle belling Santa Claus.

It’s five days until Christmas, I’m stuck in a snowy town straight out of a Hallmark movie, and my ultimate goal? Avoid the Grinch who stole all my Christmases and pretend that our chemistry is simply just the magic of Christmas in the air.

The first book I started with was The Fake Santa Apology Tour by Julie Olivia. I saw this book mentioned in discord and I decided to give it a try. As evidenced by the synopsis above, you find out that Birdie Mae only dates “Santas” and it’s basically her having a second-chance romance with a guy who resembles Santa but is also from her past.

Honestly, this book was SO much fun and super Christmassy. It made me laugh, made me smile, and even made me emotional at times as it focused on the death of a parent and another dealing with dementia. Overall though, it was a steamy and fun time that I’d recommend. 5/5 stars

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He loathes the holidays. She loves them. She’s full of festive cheer. He’s brimming with Bah, Humbugs. Besides unreasonably seasonable names, the only thing Jonathan Frost and Gabriella Di Natale have in common is a healthy dose of mutual contempt. Well, that and the same place of employment at the city’s most beloved independent bookstore, Bailey’s Bookshop. But when the store’s owners confess its dire financial state, Jonathan and Gabby discover another unfortunate commonality: the imminent threat of unemployment.

With the Baileys’ requests to minimize expenses, win new customers, and make record sales dancing in their heads, Jonathan and Gabby conclude—barring a financial Christmas miracle—one of them will soon be cut from the payroll. Neither are willing to step down from their position, so they strike a bargain: whoever has more sales in December gets to stay on in the new year; the loser will resign. With a lifetime’s worth of festive tricks up her sleeve, Gabby should easily outsell her nemesis, except the unreadable Mr. Frost’s every move seems purely designed to throw her off her game.

Next up is Chloe Liese’s Kobo original story and they always suck me in with these as Talia Hibbert had one last year. Anyways, this is her grumpy-sunshine/enemies-to-lovers story about two bookstore employees. This book also features rep for autism, Type 1 Diabetes, and GERD. If you’ve read Chloe Liese, I’m sure none of this is surprising to you.

Either way, I absolutely LOVED this one. It had a decent amount of angst, a fun storyline, and once again, tons of Christmas. I especially loved how this book featured callbacks to other Christmas stories including It’s A Wonderful Life. This book was on the longer side for a novella but the romance was great, featured lots of steamy times, and honestly, made my night so much brighter when I read it. 5/5 stars

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Holly was just dumped.

Less than a week before Christmas. In public. Dressed as a slutty Mrs. Claus.
All she wants is to hide in the bathroom and have a breakdown in peace.

But the Silver Fox who owns the bar has other plans.

The moment Nick takes in Holly’s grey eyes and sassy attitude, he’s hooked.
There’s no denying the attraction that has sparked between them.
And when that tension finally snaps, he finds himself taking Holly to bed.

The final anticipated release for me was Dipped in Holly by Dana Isaly. This one is an age-gap story about a girl who gets dumped at a bar and the night she has with the bar owner. It has a few Christmas elements including her being dressed like Mrs. Claus and her name being Holly and his being Nick. Honestly, this one was pretty much just smut but it was good smut and had the makings of a delightful romance. 

If you’re in the mood for some short Christmas smut, then this one should be atop your list. While I originally planned on reading Window Shopping for this post, I didn’t get to it in time so I’ll probably give that one its own post. Either way, I adored this book as well and gave it 5/5 stars so honestly, I’d recommend all of these books. 

They were the perfect Christmas treat for me and if you’re in the mood for some Christmas romances, then these are exactly what you need. 

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A Belated and Brief September 2021 Wrap-Up

Hello, my friends and fellow book lovers! After waiting longer than I should have, I decided to finally do an abbreviated version of my normal September wrap-up. Since I was kind of not blogging during some of October, I knew I wanted to talk about some of the books I read in September but try to keep it as short as possible. Mostly because I’m also going to be writing a separate October wrap-up so let’s get into it. 🙂

In total, I read 25 books and most of them were audiobooks I’m not going to give the whole breakdown like normal but you get the gist. Either way, let’s get into my top 3 least favorite reads and then my top 3 favorites plus some runners-up, and then you’ll know how September went for me. 😛

My Top 3 Least Favorite September 2021 Reads

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3. The Love Hypothesis

This one just felt way TOO over-hyped for me. It wasn’t a bad book but it just didn’t work for me. I know that everyone’s raving about it but it felt a little too predictable to me and I also don’t like how obvious some of the ReyLo things were. Either way, it was 3 stars so not bad but nothing amazing either.

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2. Barbarian Alien

The next book that severely disappointed me in September was Barbarian Alien which is book 2 of the Ice Planet Barbarians. I do think I’m going to enjoy this series but this book didn’t work for me. I didn’t buy into the romance and this book felt like it was entirely too much hate from the MC. Either way, I do plan on reading more books in the series. 3/5 stars

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  1. The Rehearsals

This book is definitely my least favortie of the year. This is a Groundhog’s Day romance featuring a couple on their wedding day and it’s basically them having to fix things. Honestly, these two were terrible for each other and completely toxic. I just hated this one so much. 2/5 stars

My Top 3 Favorite Reads of September 2021

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3. Flashed

This is book 3 in Zoey Castile’s Happy Endings series and it’s Patrick’s story. I absolutely loved this one. It was a Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring a scarred hero and his housekeeper. Honestly, this book was so delightful. It was sweet, steamy, featured amazing tropes and honestly, just made me realize how much I adore BATB retellings. Plus it featured some great holiday moments to boot. 5/5 stars

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2. Battle Royal

My next favorite read of September was Battle Royal by Lucy Parker. This one was a grumpy-sunshine romance between two judges on a baking show. Honestly, I felt like this one was a breath of fresh air for me as it’s one of the few traditionally pubbed romances I’ve loved. While it was a bit long, it had so many sweet moments, had incredibly well-developed characters, and just made me so happy. If you’re unsure about this one, I highly recommend it. 4.5/5 stars

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  1. A Dowry Of Blood

My favorite book in September was easily A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson. This one is a retelling of Dracula’s Brides and I adored it. It was told in a letter from his wife to him and it chronicles their relationship along with much more. This was so beautifully written and I am still SO obsessed with it. I also don’t want you to think it’s a romance as it’s more about abusive relationships and finding a family of your own. An absolute delight. 5/5 stars

Hoemance Book Club Pick

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For our First Hoemance Book Club pick, we picked The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. This is book 3 in her The Kiss Quotient series and it’s Quan’s story. While this one did feature a HEA, it was a very heavy story and focused a lot on the caregiving of a parent, cancer, and dealing with an unsupportive family. It was such a heavy read but I enjoyed it. Definitely excited to see what she does next. 4/5 stars

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That’s my belated September wrap-up and I have to say that I enjoyed a lot of my September reads. I should have my October wrap-up and November TBR ASAP so be on the lookout for those. 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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Struggles as a Book Blogger + 2021 in a nutshell

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! To say that this year has been crazy would be an understatement. After 2020, it didn’t seem like things could get any worse, but truly, things have gotten worse. In particular, I’ve really been struggling when it comes to trying to balance everything I have to do and want to do. While it might not seem like a lot for some, 2021 has been an odd year for me.

Starting things off, we were all still wearing masks at my job which only just recently came off within the last six months. Even so, COVID has yet to go away and currently, it’s wreaking havoc on my job. In particular, I knew a few people who are sick and have been out for weeks at this point. However, it’s put a lot more on my plate than I wanted so my book blogging fell to the wayside.

In addition to work mostly taking over, I’m also trying as much as I can to keep up with my freelance writing, reading and spending time with my boyfriend. Those few small pleasures obviously take precedent when I have free time and then everything seems to fall through the cracks.

Then things only seem to pile up and then I never get caught up. As for how this relates to my blog, I end up feeling immense guilt for not posting or for keeping to my normal schedule. That’s not to say that I don’t want to write or don’t have ideas, but rather I don’t feel motivated at the right times. It’s incredibly frustrating as I have so much I want to talk about but never find the right moments to say it.

With that being said, I don’t know what I want to do with my blog. I don’t know if I should just throw my schedule out the window and post when I want, go on hiatus or just completely give up. Honestly if anyone has any tips, tricks or ideas to help, I’d love to know. Until then, I don’t know what’s going to happen with my blog.

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

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

5-Star Predictions for July-December 2021

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1. The Heart Principle

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

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2. From Lukov With Love

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

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3. Equivalent Exchange (Night Shift)

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

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4. Today Tonight Tomorrow

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

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5. Make It Sweet

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

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Recapping my first set of 2021 Five-Star Predictions

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1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown

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

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2. Office Hours ❎ 

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

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3. The Lady’s Champion ❎ 

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

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4. Take It ❎ 

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

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5. Truth or Dare

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

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

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Blogging Frustrations + A Possible Hiatus

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

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

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

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

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5 Romance Books I’d Recommend to my younger self

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my last post of March, I decided to mix things up and decided to talk about some romance books I’d recommend to a younger version of myself. I’m going to talk about when I was a teenager since I’m 27 now (yikes! lmao). With that being said, I feel like these books would have either been one I related to or loved the love interest/heroine or just would have thought they were amazing. Let’s get into the books.

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5. Reborn Yesterday

The first book I chose to go with was Reborn Yesterday by Tessa Bailey. When I was a teenager, I loved Twilight and this feels like Twilight but for a more mature audience. Personally, I feel like it has so many parallels as it’s a relatively innocent/naive girl who ends up with a vampire that’s basically a hazard to her. However, she doesn’t care and the two end up falling in love. While it’s cheesy to me, I would have loved it as a teenager.

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4. Desperate Measures

The next book I would’ve loved as a teenager was Desperate Measures by Katee Robert. This is a retelling of Aladdin where Jasmine ends up with Jafar. When I was younger, I was a huge Disney fan. I still am now but I feel like this book would have been up to my alley. I would have loved how steamy it was and how taboo it was because, at that point, I hadn’t kissed someone. This book would have been like catnip for me lmao. Plus it would have been SO different from anything I’d read before it.

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3. Dirty Letters

The next book I’d recommend to myself is for a few reasons actually. First, one of the main characters has a major phobia of driving and so did I. I would have really related to her and the anxiety she feels when she gets behind the wheel. Second, this book does feature a lot of letter writing between the two main characters which I still love. Last but not least, this book has so much drama and angst. As a teenager, I was so angsty so this would have been a match made in heaven for me lmao.

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2. 10 Blind Dates

The next book I would have loved as a teenager is 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. The major reason would be because it would have been marketed towards my age group. It also features such great family, friend and relationship dynamics which would have kept me interested. Plus it features the friends-to-lovers trope which is the trope I LOVED and adored when I was a teenager so this would have been a major win for me.

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1. The Roommate

The final book I’d recommend to my younger self is The Roommate by Rosie Danan. This book follows Clara who is pretty sheltered and naïve which is exactly how I was. I would have related to Clara a lot and would have seen myself in her in some ways. However, I would have been like Clara and immediately fallen for Josh and been scandalized by his job. Maybe I was just a little more judgmental or hadn’t met someone like that but he would have been my book boyfriend back then. Either way, this book could have been a game-changer for me in a lot of ways and I wish I could hand it to my younger self.

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Those are the books I would have recommended to myself as a teenager. Honestly, I feel like this is an odd list but I didn’t really have much of a taste back then. Not sure what that says about me now but I’d like to know if you guys have any books you’d rec to yourself in the past as this was a fun post to do. 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 Kindle Unlimited Loans + My Library Holds (1)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, I utilize Kindle Unlimited to do a lot of my reading as I’m a huge romance reader. I also have a library card for the Philly library and an out-of-state card, too. I’m a big perponent of using both as I pretty much get a book from either avenue when I’m deciding to read something. In honor of how much I use both of them, I decided to talk about all the books I have out from KU and the books I have on hold at the library.

With all that being said, I might make this a regular thing on my blog as I do use these two things a lot so it might help others find some books to read or even a nice way for me to look back and see what I was reading at this time so let’s get into it. 🙂

Kindle Unlimited Loans

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1. Small Town Curves: BBW Friends To Lovers (The Blackwoods)

The first book I have out from KU is Small Town Curves: BBW Friends To Lovers. This is a book I saw randomly on KU and since I love the friends-to-lovers trope, I decided to borrow it. I know it’s a pretty short book and that it doesn’t have many ratings on Goodreads. The cover is really what drew me in and I feel like it has the potential to be a new favorite for me.

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2. A Dash Of Spice (Lights Camera Insta-Love #2)

The next book I have out from KU is one that I have on my #SpringIntoLoveBingo TBR. The prompt was for reality tv I think and these books follow people who meet during an reality baking competition. I read the first book in the series and didn’t love it but I’m excited to get into the second one. This is a romance between a contestant and one of the judges, I think but it’s short and steamy so it’ll be perfect for the prompt.

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3. He’s Just A Friend

The next book is another one I have checked out for #SpringIntoLoveBingo. This one is for the prompt of “Favorite Trope” as my favorite trope is friends-to-lovers. I’m pretty sure this is about two friends who become friends with benefits and then it turns into a romance. I’ve read a book by this author before and I want to give her a second chance so that’s why I decided to use this one.

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4. Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers #3)

The last book I have checked out from KU is Ever After Always by Chloe Liese. This book is the third in a series and it follows the Bergman sister and her relationship with her husband. I think it’s a marriage-in-trouble and it’s them coming back to each other. I absolutely adore this series and I love reading books about relationships-in-trouble so I’m very excited. This one definitely has the potential to be another new favorite for me.


Library Holds

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1. Her Pretend Christmas Date (Cider Bar Sisters #2.5)

The first book I have on hold at the library is Her Pretend Christmas Date by Jackie Lau. This is a Christmas novella in her Cider Bar Sisters series and I adore this series. It’s just so delightful and I really can’t wait to see Julie’s story. These books are just so fun and I’m so happy my library has all of her books available to read. Her books are low-angst and I almost always end up enjoying them.

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2. The Ex Talk

The next book I have on hold at the library is The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. This book is one I’ve heard a lot of buzz about and I was excited to read it but then Ellyn suggested that we buddy-read it together which sounds great. This is another book that I feel like has the potential to be a new favorite. I’ll be so happy when the hold comes off and I can see if it’ll live up to the hype for me.

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Those are all of the books I currently have out via KU and the books I’m waiting to read from the library. This was a relatively short post but I think I’m going to try and do this occasionally as it’s a pretty fun post and I also like seeing what others have on hold. 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 authors I finally want to read in 2021

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m not sure about all of you but for me, I usually find an author I love and then want to read all of their books. That usually means that I don’t want to try new things or new authors. I’m sure someone else is guilty of that but I want to try to hold myself accountable and rectify some of my tendencies.

With that being said, I’m making this list so I’ll hopefully decide to take a chance and read these authors this year so let’s get into it. 🙂

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5. Rachel Lynn Solomon

The first author is a major high-priority to me this year. Not only have I heard great things about this book but I plan on buddy-reading this with Ellyn. However, I do know that she’s written some YA books that my library has. I’m hoping I end up jiving with her writing style so maybe I’ll find a new favorite. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Rachel Lynn Solomon so I want to try out her books in 2021.

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4. S.K. Ali

The next author is surprisingly a YA author and that’s S.K. Ali. I’ve never read anything by this author but I’ve heard SO much hype about their books. In particular, Love from A to Z is still one that people talk about often. All I know about this author is that she writes stories focusing on Muslim teens as evidenced by the cover. Either way, her books sound great and I can’t wait to finally get to them.

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3. Meghan Quinn

The next author I need to read ASAP is Meghan Quinn. I’ve heard amazing things about this author and I know her books are on KU. These books are so hyped up all over Booktube and the book blogging world, too. I know that she writes sports romance and honestly, I feel like I’m missing out by not reading these. The covers all look SO good and I need to finally pick them up.

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2. Monica Walters

The next author I haven’t read yet that I need to is Monica Walters. I saw this cover on Amazon and it immediately drew me in. I know that she also publishes books in KU and that almost all, if not all of her books feature Black love. She’s another author I see talked about and I just need to buckle down and finally read her books. There’s just something about them that makes me think I’ll love them.

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1. Beverly Jenkins

I know that I talked about Beverly Jenkins in my last post but I really need to hold myself accountable and decide to read her books. She’s such an iconic historical romance author and her books seems like they’re going to be great. Plus the covers of her books always seem to catch my eye and draw me in. I’m not sure which book I’ll start with but I need to have read one of her books by the end of 2021.

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#SnowInLove Bingo TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For December, you already saw some of my TBR picks with the Romance Readathon Takeover but that’s going from November 29-Dec 11th while this read-a-thon is quite a bit longer. This entire readathon takes place from Dec 1 to Feb 28th, 2021. Once you see the prompts, you’ll see why these this readathon lasts for a longer than normal so let’s get into the prompts and the books I plan on reading for them.

You’ll also be getting another TBR post later in the month for the Smutathon and I might do one for some of the Christmas romances I plan on reading this month. Honestly, this month is probably going to be packed with all the books I have picked out to read so get ready! Lol

Before getting into the bingo board and some of the books I have picked out, this round is being hosted by Dani, Jen and Aarya. I follow all of them on Twitter and they encourage you to post about it on Twitter so they can keep track in their hashtag so let’s get into the board.

#SnowInLoveBingo: December 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021. Row One: Set Outside of the US/Europe, Family Drama, Hot Beverage, Meta, and Fluffy. Row Two: Childfree HEA, Into the Woods, Black Historical, Feels Like Home, and Fake Relationship. Row Three: Reread, Cover/Title You Love, Happy Holidays!, Last Book Acquired, and Audiobook or HEA. Row Four: Blogger Recommendation, Brown Eyes, Small Town Romance by AOC, Snow, F/F Contemporary. Row Five: Messy Characters, Specific/Unusual Profession, Rules/Lists/Resolutions, Music, Retelling/Mythology.

Set Outside the US or Europe

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The first book I chose for the board is Sweet On You by Carla De Guzman. I’ve never read anything by this author before but I’ve heard Sil rave about her. This book is also a Christmas romance set in the Philippines which sounds perfect for this time and a perfect one for the board.

Family Drama

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The next book I chose was A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas by Jackie Lau and it’s going to do wonders for this prompt. The Wongs are a big family and there’s always some kind of drama involved with them. I really enjoyed the previous book in this series so I’m excited to see what Jackie Lau does next with a new couple.

Hot Beverage

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The book I chose for this prompt is One Bed for Christmas. I’m honestly not sure if this one is going to feature a hot beverage but I’m placing my bets on it.

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This is one of the prompts that I don’t have anything picked out for yet but I’m sure I’ll find something soon. Be sure to let me know if you guys have any recs for me!

Fluffy

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This is another book I have on my Kindle. It’s a Christmas romance and it’s by Rilzy Adams so I’m basically destine to love it. I bought it months ago and I’ve been waiting until closer to Christmas to read it. It seems like it’s going to be a solid read as almost all of Rilzy Adams books are.

Childfree HEA and Into The Woods

This is another one I don’t have a book picked out for yet but I’m sure it won’t be hard to find one. 🙂

Black Historical

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The book I chose for this one is Agnes Moore’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole. I’ve read a lot of Alyssa Cole’s backlist but have yet to read her historical books. I’m excited to finally read some of her historical works and see what I think about them.

Feels Like Home

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For this prompt, I chose Inheritance which is the second book in the Welcome to Sea Port series and it’s set in a small town. I’m from a small town so that’s why I’m connecting it to myself. I originally was going to look for a romance book set in Pennsylvania which isn’t always easy.

Fake Relationship

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I’ve had this book on my Kindle since it came out and I have yet to read it but I do know it features fake dating. Plus that cover’s just gorgeous so I want to get it read early in the year so I know I’ll get it done at some point during the beginning of the year.

Reread

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No surprise I’m going to be using this one as my reread for the board as I’ve talked about how excited I am to reread it.

Cover/Title You Love

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I feel like I don’t need to get into why I love this cover but this is a book I’ve been putting off forever so I need to finally read it.

Last Book Acquired

*Once again, this is another one where I’m going to wait until later when I have acquired more Kindle books 🙂

Audiobook or HEA

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This is a book I’ve been waiting to read as well. I read the fourth of July version of this and loved it. I’ve been excited to go back and read the Christmas version. It seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Blogger Rec

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For this one, I decided to go with a recommendation from Sofia from Bookish Wanderess who always kills it with the recs. I went with her Favorite Romance Books of 2020 post and saw that she featured Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese. This book is pretty hyped so I think it’s finally time I read it.

Brown Eyes

Tentatively I’m going to be using Neighborly by Katrina Jackson for this one because I’m hoping her characters have brown eyes. If not, I’ll sub it in for something else.

Small Town Romance By AOC

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I’m pretty sure this is going to be a small-town romance as it’s set at a cabin. If not, I might sub it in elsewhere and find a different book to use.

Snow

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The book I chose for this one is Mangos and Mistletoe which is a Christmas romance that I’m SO excited for. This is an f/f romance and it just seems like it’s going to be snowy and cute. I’m just dying for some adorable Christmas f/f goodness!!!

F/F Contemporary

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This is one of the books I have picked out for my other readathon. I’m excited to see if I enjoy more of Chelsea M Cameron’s books. It seems like it’s going to be another short and fun f/f romance which is a great way to wrap up this year.

Messy Characters

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I’m not exactly sure if this book features messy characters, but I’m just assuming it is because the premise sounds pretty messy. I’m pretty sure it’s about a woman who becomes a surrogate for her best friend and then the best friend dies so she ends up with her widower, I think? I might be wrong but it sounds messy.

Specific/Unusual Profession

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The book I chose for this one is Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert. If I’m remembering correctly, Hades is the owner of an underground sex club. Obviously, that fits for both a specific and unusual profession. Plus I have this one on my Smutathon TBR already so I’m just SO hyped.

Rules/Lists/Resolutions

I’m torn between two books for this one as I can’t decide if I should read The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan or Party Favors by Erin McLellan.

Music

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The next book I chose was Rapper’s Delight by Kenya Goree-Bell. I’m pretty sure this is a romance between a rapper and the woman who writes for him. I’ve been hyped for this book since the summer but have yet to read it. It seems like it’s going to be delightful and I can’t wait to check this one off my TBR.

Retelling/Mythology

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This one is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I’ve been super hyped about it. I’m pretty sure this is Jack Harbon’s first m/f book published under this name. He’s been hyping it up on his Twitter so I’m just SO hyped to read it.

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With that being said, those are just some of the books I plan on reading in December and this is going to serve as my December TBR. I’m just excited to get to these books read and to find some other books to plug it when necessary. If you have any recs for those unfulfilled prompts, be sure to let me know!  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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Watching a Movie a Day in November: An Allonsythornraxx Challenge

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! The first post on BookishlyRebecca this week is talk about what I’ve dubbed The Allonsythornraxx challenge. Basically, Ellyn has ideas and asks me if I want to do them. Then I say yes because I love her and because I will always give in to peer pressure. Before getting started, let’s get into a little bit of background especially my relationship with movies.

When I was younger, I absolute loved watching movies but as I’ve grown older, my attention span has gotten a lot shorter. However, I want to get back into my movie-watching habits. I vastly prefer TV shows now but I’m going to get back into it and Ellyn gave me the perfect excuse.

If you’ve been following me since this year, then you’ll know I did a challenge similar to this in March as quarantine was starting. I watched movies for a week straight and did pretty well with it. With that being said, I wanted to talk about some of the movies I have picked out so let’s get into some of them. 🙂

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3 Netflix Movies I want to watch in November

1. Holidate

The first movie I have on my list is the Holidate. I saw this trailer a few months ago and was super excited about it. Since then, I’ve been waiting for it to release and it’s finally here. I’m only holding off until November because I’m pretty sure it’s more of a Christmasish movie. Seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and one I’m going to force my man to watch lmao.

2. Over The Moon

The next movie is another recent release and that’s Over the Moon. This one is one Netflix has been hyping up and it’s so animated. Basically, that’s all I know to add it to my watchlist. I absolutely adore animated movies and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one since I enjoyed Next Gen.

3. The Claudia Kishi Club

The next Netflix film I want to watch is actually a short film. I absolutely love The Baby-Sitters Club and this sounds like it’s going to be interesting. I always loved Claudia and I’m interested to see what this one is about. It’s a pretty short one and I’m so hyped to watch it. I know that Ellyn has some short films on her list so I’m going to count this one.

3 Hulu Movies I Want to Watch in November

4. Booksmart

I’ve been excited about this movie since the the trailer came out but have yet to actually watch it. I’ve heard this movie is like a female version of Superbad and honestly, I’m here for it. I loved that movie in high school and I’m super excited that there’s a version for ladies out there. Plus I’ve been recommended this movie multiple times so it’s only right that I watch it.

5. Cabin in the Woods

The next movie I want to watch on Hulu is Cabin in the Woods. I’ve heard good things about this movie and I really enjoy horror films. It seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and a twist on the traditional horror movies. This seems like one I’m going to watch either before my vacation ends or right when I come back.

6. Big Time Adolescence

The next movie I plan on watching from Hulu is Big Time Adolescence. This movie is one that was recommended by my friend, Laura. Her and I usually have pretty similar tastes in movies so I’m eager to see this. I also really enjoy Pete Davidson so it seems like it’ll be right up my alley.

Disney Plus movies I want to watch in November

7. Once Upon A Snowman

I absolutely love Disney so I’m looking to do a lot of rewatching along with catching up with movies I’ve missed. A recent release for them is Once Upon A Snowman which is Olaf’s story. I really enjoy the Frozen series and think Olaf is cute so I knew I wanted to watch this. Plus it’s a short film so I don’t have much else to say.

As for the last category, I was going to do some HBO Max movies but personally, I’d love to watch some Studio Ghibli movies. I’ve only watched one of them and I feel like I’m super behind with that. I know that Ellyn and my bf will pressure me to watch it so I didn’t even bother giving them a category.

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Anyways, those are just some of the movies I plan on watching for this challenge and honestly, I’m already off to a pretty good start. I had a hiccup on day 2 but if I end up missing a day, I just watch 2 movies the next day. Before I finish up, I wanted to include my Letterboxd profile if you want to follow my progress on there. 🙂 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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