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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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October 2020 Wrap-Up including Scream-A-Thon

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m currently on vacation when you’re reading this so I’m writing this a little bit early. However, I wanted to include my Scream-A-Thon bingo board. I already did a wrap-up for Graphics-A-Thon if you want to check that out so let’s get into my reads for Scream-A-Thon and all of the ones that didn’t fit on the bingo board.

Obviously I didn’t get a black-out board as I wanted but some of these prompts were hard to find books for. Plus I was in a major romance mood this month which isn’t a surprise. However, let’s get into my reads for Scream-A-thon and I can happily say that I’m pretty sure I got bingo 3 times. I would normally include the board but I’m at my man’s house and I don’t feel like trying to plug it in here so let’s pretend 😛

Wrong Number: Number in the Title

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I talked about this one in my Graphics-A-Thon Wrap-up so you can see my thoughts. 4/5 stars

Making Popcorn: Food on the Cover

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The next book I read for this was True Love and Candy Corn. This is a like 20-page novella about a girl who has a run-in with a witch who predicts who her true love will be. This is short and sweet and exactly what I wanted. I wouldn’t go into this expecting the world but it’s fun. 4/5 stars

Would You Settle for PG-13?: YA Book

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This was another Graphics-A-Thon read so you can check out my wrap-up above. 3.5/5 stars

Gale Weathers: Unlikeable Character

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When coming up with a book for this one, I knew I needed to read Scary, Lovesick, Foolish since Nora is a pretty unlikable character. In this book, she drops back into that persona and it becomes a hindrance in her relationship with Brendan. As much as I loved this one, my major issue was lack of communication. If the two just talked about their feelings with each other rather than other characters, it would have been much a much smoother story. Either way, it was a lot of fun. 4/5 stars

Deputy Dewey: A mystery with a clueless character

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The next book I read was When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. This is a thriller/mystery story but I don’t want to give too much away from it. I’ve heard that some have called it a mix of Rear Window and Get Out which is the perfect description for it. I won’t say anything else but it was solid. 3/5 stars

Don’t Blame the Movies: A book-to-movie adaptation

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This was another Graphics-A-Thon read so you can check out my wrap-up. 4/5 stars

Mickey: Our Little Secret, Book with Mental Health Focus

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Once again, this is another Graphics-A-Thon read so check out the wrap-up as mentioned before. 4/5 stars

Rules of the Sequel: Book with Gore

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I picked this one up because it was KU. It’s a horror story featuring a cleaning lady going to an alternate world and it’s incredibly creepy. Once again, I don’t want to give too much away as I feel like this is better to go in not knowing much. Either way, it’s a spooky and haunting read that’s perfect for the Halloween season. 3.5/5 stars

Joel the Camera Man: Contemporary

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For Contemporary, I picked up Well Played which is the second book in the Well Met series following Stacey from book 1. It’s her romance with someone and I won’t give it away. My main issue with this one was that I was incredibly bored while reading this and it had a trope I extremely dislike. Sadly, this was a huge disappointment. 3/5 stars

Headshot Just in Case: Book featuring the Undead

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This was the first book I finished for Scream-A-Thon and it’s a super spooky novella which focuses on two childhood friends who are persuaded to hook up by a paranormal force. This was super short and smutty but ultimately, a bit weirder than I wanted it to be lmao. 3/5 stars

The Rules Don’t Apply: Standalone Within a Series

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This was the first book in the Hot Halloween Nights series which is a series of standalone Halloween romances. This is another stereotypical predictable romance where it’s insta-lovey. I honestly don’t have much to say about this as I’ve read a lot of similar books. If you want a short Halloween romp, then check it out. 3/5 stars

Stab 3: Movie Magic, Book with Magical Elements

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If you couldn’t guess, this was another Graphics-A-Thon read. I’ll link my wrap-up again if you haven’t check it out yet.

Maureen Prescott: Paranormal Book

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The next book I finished was Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour. This book follows Mila who moves to a farm and ends up dealing with the trauma in her life. This book also has a paranormal element and it’s such a hauntingly beautiful story. This is obviously more character-driven as most of Nina LaCour’s stories are. Either way, I thought this was an excellent read. 4/5 stars

Woodsboro: Small Town Setting

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For my next read, I went with Tikka Chance on Me because it’s a small-town romance between a waitress and the president of a motorcycle club. This book surprisingly had more depth than I thought. Ultimately though, it was pretty cheesy although the sex scenes were pretty great. 3/5 stars

Jill: World-Wide Sensation, Hyped Book

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The book I chose for this one was Kissing the Coronavirus. This book is exactly what it sounds like as it’s about a girl who falls in love with the Coronavirus. This is absolutely bonkers and I don’t even have words for it. It’s like 16 pages so if you have KU, I’d recommend checking it out for a laugh. 2/5 stars

Stab-A-Thon: Reader’s Choice

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For the Reader’s Choice, I just subbed in a book I read and that’s Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles. This book is just a short collection of essays about Sara’s life, career and fills in the gaps if you’re a fan of hers. Personally, I thought this was pretty good but not anything special. I do recommend the audiobook since she narrates it herself and sings during it. 3/5 stars

Scream: The TV Series, Read a spinoff book/series

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If you couldn’t guess, this is a Graphics-A-Thon read so you can check out my wrap-up to hear about my feelings!

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Now, I’m going to get into the non Scream-A-Thon reads and let me tell you, there are a lot of them lmao so buckle up!

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18. Her Night with the Duke (Clandestine Affairs #1)

If you saw my library holds post, then you’ll know about this one. This is a forbidden historical romance between a widow and a duke who is going to marry her step-daughter. I enjoyed this one although I felt like the story was a bit too long and the conflicts just kept adding up. I just wanted these two to catch a break but it was still a solid read. 4/5 stars

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19. Sweetest in the Gale (There’s Something About Marysburg #3)

This was another book I had on hold at the library and it’s book 3 in the There’s Something about Marysburg series. This book focuses on three separate couples and it’s basically short stories of their romances. It will make sense if you read the previous two books as these characters were side characters in those. It was fine but nothing overly memorable. 3/5 stars

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20. Spoiler Alert

Speaking of Olivia Dade, I read her most recent release this month. This book is a romance between Marcus, an actor and April, a fan. Oddly enough, the two have a surprising connection but I won’t give it away. My major complaint with this was it felt like the fandom aspects weren’t explained fully and I was confused about characters/the world. I know it was all “made-up” but it was confusing as heck. However, the romance was cute so 4/5 stars

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21. The Roommate

I wrote a review of this one so you can check that out if you want to know my thoughts.

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22. A Tale of Two Cities: A Halloween Novella

This is the start of my Halloween romance binge so if you don’t like Halloween romances, skip ahead. This is a romance between two people in a wedding party who hook up during a Halloween joint bachelor/bachelorette party. I loved their romance, how sexy this was and that it was Black love. I only wish it had been longer but I don’t have much else to say. 4/5 stars

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23. Lights Out

The next Halloween romance I picked up was Lights Out. This is a second-chance romance between two single parents who meet up after playing a game of “Lights Out” in high school. This was super cute, smutty and short. Easily one of my new favorite Halloween reads and I know I’ll revisit it next year. 4/5 stars

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24. Riding His Broomstick

This is a romance between a girl who works at a company and the CEO. Both of them are virgins but it does feature that same “insta-love” trope. Super predictable but always reliable so I’m not mad at it. Once again, don’t have much else to say. 3/5 stars

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25. Trick: An Erotic Novella (Halloween Stories Book 1)

This is a Halloween novella featuring Tyra and Denard who go out on a hay-ride date and things don’t go as planned. This is only 30 pages long so I won’t say anything about it but I LOVED it. It was short, smutty and fun…easily one of my new favorite Halloween reads. 5/5 stars

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26. Treat: An Erotic Novella (Halloween Stories Book 2)

This is another short novella but this time, it’s about a Black couple who do some things to revive their relationship. It’s a lot of fun, super sexy and short so once again, I won’t give too much away. Once again, it’s another Halloween read I LOVED. 5/5 stars

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27. You’re My Boo: A Friends-to-Lovers Halloween Romance

This is a friends-to-lovers romance between two childhood friends and it’s basically them taking the next step on Halloween. It’s super short and cheesy but nothing I can complain about. Either way, I’m not mad I read it. 3/5 stars

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28. Taming Her Beast (Tiaras and Treats #1)

I was watching a liveshow and they did reading sprints so I decided to pick this one up. It’s another Halloween friends-to-lovers romance between Harry and Bella who dress up like Belle and the Beast. Once again, it’s another cheesy, short and cute read. I don’t really have much to say about it. 3/5 stars

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29. Costume Cutty (Boos & Booze #1)

I saw this series was coming out the week of Halloween and I jumped on it. These are all short novellas set in Sapphire Springs and each one takes place during the Fall Festival with this one focusing on Dionne who is the event organizer having a romance with her ex’s neighbor. This is super short so I won’t give much away. However, I hated Dionne’s ex and I’m glad that he got the consequences he did. 4/5 stars

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30. The Wrong Wicker (Boos & Booze #2)

The next book in the series focuses on Evie who recently moved to Sapphire Springs and attends the festival on a blind date but ends up connecting with someone else. This one is slightly shorter than the first novella but also features a unique twist with the character’s ex. Personally, I thought this was another solid addition and I can’t wait to read more of AshleyNicole’s backlist. 4/5 stars

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31. The Stroke of Midnight (Boos & Booze #3)

Moving right along with this series, this book focuses on Imani who is dealing with the grief of losing her husband and possibly starting a new relationship. This book has a slightly paranormal twist which I enjoyed. Once again, short and steamy so I don’t have much else to say. 4/5 stars

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32. Halloween Spice (Boos & Booze #4)

This is another novella set during this infamous party in Sapphire Springs and it follows a married couple who gets to have a little fun without their kids. This is probably my favorite of the bunch. 4/5 stars

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33. Eerie Obsession (Boos & Booze #5)

Once again, this was another one in the Boos & Booze series and this one follows Summer who is look to embark on a new chapter after her divorce. Of course, there’s a romance but it also has a suspense element. This was another one I wasn’t in love with as I felt like it could have gone farther than it did. 3/5 stars

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34.Brewing Storm (Boos & Booze #6)

This was the final book in this series and honestly, it wasn’t a favorite either. This one follows Seniyah who moves to Sapphire Springs for a fresh start and has a romance with an unlikely neighbor. This one felt a little bit too fast-paced for me and the story honestly felt a little boring. 3/5 stars

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35. My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2

As for the final book I read in October, the hold I had on this finally came off and I read it in one sitting. As much as I adored the first volume in this series, I feel like this one lacked the magic of the first. Maybe it’s because we were used to the characters or that things felt pretty low-stakes. Either way, I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much. 4/5 stars

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Even though this is a day late, I knew I still wanted to get it up. I’ve been on vacation at my SO’s house and he’s been treating me like a princess. Honestly, I haven’t been wanting to blog or get on the computer at all. Anyways, I wanted to tally up all of the books I read including Graphics-A-Thon so in October, I read a total of 45 books like that is WILD. 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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The Anti-TBR Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been wanting to do this tag for a while and I’ve finally found a place for it. I’ve been doing some other TBR posts and this time, I wanted to talk about some books I won’t be reading. I won’t make this intro much longer so let’s get into the tag and my answers for it.

Before getting started, this tag was created by Nicole & Her Books. I really like her content and I think she’s so creative. This tag is just one example of that so let’s get into my answers for it. 🙂

1. A popular book EVERYONE loves that you have no interest in reading?

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The book I chose for this first question is Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. I’ve never read anything by Alexis Hall but this book was hyped. It’s an m/m rockstar romance and I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how good it is. Personally, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be something I’ll enjoy plus it’s incredibly long for a romance book.

2. A classic book (or author) you don’t have an interest in reading?

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I’ve never read The Catcher in The Rye and I have no interest in it. I think the entire book focuses on a rich white guy and honestly??? That’s a snooze fest so there’s no way I’d want to pick it up lmao.

3. A problematic author whose books you have no interest in reading?

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For me, this has to be Colleen Hoover. I’ve heard terrible things about her books especially the “romances” in her books. Since then, I’ve stayed away from them and I don’t plan on picking them up. I know that a lot of her more recent books are problematic for multiple reasons so I’ve stayed away from them. They just seem like they’re not going to be my cup of tea so I plan on never reading her books.

4. An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you?

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The author I chose for this one is Jasmine Guillory. I’ve read all of her books and none of them have wowed me. I read almost all of this entire series but have no interest in reading Party of Two or any other books in this series. For some reason, her books don’t work for me. I’m not sure if it’s the pacing, her writing style or just the lack of development but I never end up jiving with it.

5. A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t?

For this question, I don’t really have an answer. I’ll usually give all genres a try but I don’t have one that I’ve completely written off. Maybe someday but it’s not going to be today lol.

6. A book you have bought but will never read? (this can be a book you have unhauled/returned to the library unread)

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For this one, I’m going with Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker. I bought this book because I loved The Simple Wild. However, I started this and couldn’t get into it so since then, it’s been sitting in my unhaul pile. Maybe I’m just being too harsh on it but it seems like a spoiled rich girl who got whatever she wanted and it annoyed me to no end lmao.

7. A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d?

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The series I have no interest in is Sinners of Saint by L.J. Shen. I know that this is a new adult series and I’m just not into those now. I also think this is a bully romance and I have no interest in reading bully romances. Even though Booktube really hypes her up, I can’t see myself having any interest in this series or this author.

8. A new release you have no interest in reading?

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The new release I’m going with Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo. This book is a romance between a Nigerian woman and a white guy but I didn’t realize it focused a lot on her being pregnant. I never want to be pregnant or want kids so this is a hard pass for me.

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Those are my answers to the Anti-TBR tag and I’m not sure who to tag. If you like this, feel free to consider yourself tagged. 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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The Future of “My Favorite” + 5 things I learned while on hiatus

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s post is a little bit odd but I’ve been going back and forth with this idea. As much as I love doing “My Favorite” posts every week, it’s getting a bit tiring. I really do enjoy coming up with the prompts and creating themes for certain months. However, I do feel like it’s getting a bit tedious since I’m usually the only one particpating.

I can honestly see why Maureen gave up after a while. It’s a lot of work for what’s basically thankless. With that being said, I’m going to go on hiatus from “My Favorite” for the rest of 2020. I’ll recollect my thoughts hopefully by the end of the year and decide what I’m going to do. Right now, it’s up in the air and I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the world.

Nevertheless, I still wanted to make a post about it and also talk a little bit about my hiatus. If you didn’t know, I went on hiatus in September and I decided to come back in October. You can read my full post to see why I went on hiatus. Anyways, I can confidently say it was a great thing for me and I’m glad to get back into blogging.

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I wanted to talk about some of the things I learned during my hiatus and why I think my hiatus was such a good idea. 🙂

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5. Maybe I actually love reading long books

If you’ve been following me this year, then you’ll know I’ve read a lot of books and most of them have been short. Very rarely do I pick up a book over 400 pages but I decided to do something different in September. In September, I picked up multiple long books and I enjoyed all of them. I especially adored The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. Overall, it just showed I should get outside of my comfort zone more.

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4. Getting motivation to write is hard

If you didn’t know, I also freelance write in addition to this blog. Writing for two different sites is a lot on top of writing for this blog. For September, I tried to get some motivation to write for the other two sites. However, it ended up being a lot more challenging. It’s truly so difficult to try to be motivated especially with everything going on in the world. With things slowly getting back to normal, I’ll hopefully find more motivation.

3. Booktube is still one of my favorite things on the internet

Even though I didn’t read nearly as much, I still watched a normal amount of Booktube and with my new phone, I’ve been able to watch at work. I love finding new channels and Jessen Reads Romance is a recent favorite. However, I’ve been watching channels I’ve talked about in previous posts too. Either way, Booktube is something I really enjoy and gave me some bookish content while being away from my blog.

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2. Halloween is becoming a new favorite holiday

Another thing I learned during my hiatus is I have new-found appreciation for Halloween. I’ve always enjoyed the holiday but it seems extra special this year. Maybe it’s because my boyfriend loves Halloween. Either way, I’m SUPER excited for Halloween this year. I’m excited to wear my Halloween pajamas, my Halloween leggings and watching Halloween movies. The thing I’m most excited for is making some Halloween treats lmao.

1. I’m missing out on a lot of good content on Netflix

Oddly enough, the last thing I learned during my hiatus is I’ve been missing a lot of good content on Netflix. I usually end up reading a book or watching Youtube instead of watching Netflix. However, I’ve watched a few movies on there and enjoyed all of them so that’s something. I also don’t watch many movies in general so this was a nice surprise for me. Overall, it might seem like a dumb thing to learn during my hiatus but it was enjoyable.

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With that being said, we’ll see what the rest of 2020 holds. Hopefully, 2021 ends up being a hell of a lot better. 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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