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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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My Favorite…Black Non-Fiction Book

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” prompt, I wanted to focus on some Black non-fiction books. I know that a lot of people are using this time to educate themselves by reading Black non-fiction books. While it’s a good idea, I don’t think this should be the only time you do it. With that out of the way, let’s get into the book I picked.

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

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

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My favorite Black non-fiction book is easily Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett. This was my favorite book of 2018 and I wish more people were reading it. This book is basically Michael Bennett’s memoir but it also talks about his activism especially kneeling during the National Anthem. He also touches on politics, family and life as a Black man in American. Honestly, I absolutely love this book and I hope more people decide to give it a chance. Even if you’re not an NFL fan, I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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The Golden Girls Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! With Top 5 Tuesday still on hiatus, I wanted to mix things up a little bit. For this week, I decided to do a tag and found the Golden Girls Book Tag. If you didn’t know, Golden Girls is one of my favorite shows of all time and I’m so excited that there’s a book tag for my favorite ladies.

Before getting started, I wanted to thank Josh for creating this tag. I was looking for a similar tag before he posted his video and thankfully, he made one. Anyways, I just wanted to make sure I gave him a shout-out so without further ado, let’s get into the tag.

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Blanche: A book exploring sexuality and relationships

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If you read my June wrap-up, then you won’t be surprised to see this book. It’s a “debut” by Brandy Bush who is Katrina Jackson. This book follows a girl who has some sexual adventures with her roommate’s parents. It’s basically just erotica but it also explores relationships as well.

Rose: A book that reminds you of where you grew up

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The book I chose for this one is A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. The main reason I picked this one was that Ravenswood is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. I grew up in a small town where everyone is in everyone else’s business. However, I absolutely love this book while my town isn’t as lovable in my mind.

Dorothy: A book that made you feel smarter

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As weird as it might sound, I Wish You All The Best made me feel smarter. This is the first book I’ve ever read that featured a non-binary main character. I’ve never met anyone who was non-binary so it was nice to see an #ownvoices account of it and learn more about what being non-binary truly means. While I’m not an “expert” on it, I do think I felt smarter after reading this book.

Sophia: Picture it! A book featuring a character giving their life story

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Is anyone surprised by this pick? The book I chose was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which basically features Evelyn Hugo’s entire life story. While we find out things aren’t what they seem, this book is absolutely delightful. It’s also a hugely popular adult romance book so I don’t want to give too much away. Either way, I enjoyed hearing about Evelyn Hugo’s life.

Stanley: A book you love to hate

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This is one of those books where I was absolutely supposed to love it. It was supposed to be a new favorite and then it fell apart. I know that some people adore this book but I absolutely hated the ending and everything that happened from 75% on. I might read the second book but I will never attempt to read this book again.

Cheesecake: A book that you love to read over and over

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I think I’ve reread this book twice now. It’s basically a yearly tradition for me to reread this book. Foolish Hearts is just my favorite thing and I can’t get enough of it.

Golden: A book exploring aging and the golden years

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Of course, I had to feature Betty White’s book on here. I actually read two of her books this year and really enjoyed them both. She does talk a lot about her life when she was younger and now as an old woman. It’s truly incredible to listen to Betty narrate her own stories and see how she feels about aging especially in Hollywood.

Thank you for being a friend: A book featuring a strong friend group

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If you’ve read anything by Rebekah Weatherspoon, you’ll realize that almost all of her books are set in the same “universe.” All of the main female characters in her books are connected to each other via a group chat because of their mutual friends. It’s such a unique way to intertwine all of her books and I wish more authors would take cues from her. Either way, I knew I needed to give this friendship a shout-out.

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The last thing is to tag someone but I don’t know many Golden Girls fans. If you like that show or this tag, then consider yourself tagged. Either way, I really enjoyed this tag and I hope you guys did too. 🙂

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5 Romances by Black Authors Recs + 6 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post this week, I knew I wanted to do something with Black authors. While I’m sure others have done something similar, I wanted to put a twist on it. The first half of this post is going to be romances by Black authors I’ve read and would recommend. The second half is going to be romances by Black authors I have on my TBR.

I’m going to try to focus on books featuring either a romance between two Black characters or at least, one half of the pairing is Black. I’m also going to try to stay away from the romances I’ve recommended before. However, I might end up having some repeats for those who might not have heard of those authors so let’s get into it.

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1. Get A Life, Chloe Brown

No surprise my list is starting off with Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I have an entire post coming out about this book soon so be on the lookout. As for the book, it follows our MC Chloe who has a near-death experience and uses it to help her “get a life.” Along the way, she meets her handsome superenteindent and sparks fly but this story is mostly about Chloe and how she learns to get out of her comfort zone and “get a life.”

It’s no secret that I love Talia Hibbert so I knew I had to put this book on here. I’d also recommend all of her other series, but this one was the book that made me fall in love with her and her writing. I just think she’s an incredible romance writer plus she writes such incredible character. Talia is also Black and British so if you’re looking for something set in a different country than your own, this could be that. Either way, I love her books and if you haven’t read them before, what are you doing???

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2. Fumbled

The next book making my list is Fumbled by Alexa Martin. This is another book I talk about constantly but I absolutely adore it. It’s a second-chance romance between a single mom and the football player she fell in love with in high school. It’s so cute and so swoony plus it has such a topical twist. What I mean by that is the book focuses on the rise in concussions in the NFL and how the league basically leaves them out to dry.

Even if you’re not an NFL fan, I still think this book/series would still be something worth checking out. The books do feature some football scenes but the characters and their relationships take center stage. While I recommend her entire Playbook series, this one is easily my favorite. As for the rep, I know the MC Poppy is Black and I think TK is as well but I could be wrong plus Alexa Martin is Black.

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3. Along For The Ride

I’m pretty sure the last time I talked about this book was when I read it. In coming up with this list, I knew I had to feature it. This book is a hate-to-love road-trip romance between a girl and her brother-in-law’s friend. While it could be a little bit dramatic at times, I really grew to love Jolene and Jason’s relationship. It might not be one of my new absolute favorite but it’s worth checking out.

I think I docked a star since we didn’t get as many road-trip scenes as I wanted. Either way, this book is SUPER underrated and only has 151 ratings on Goodreads. I also think that it’s Mimi Grace’s debut as well. Overall, it was cute and fun so I’d give it a shot if you enjoy hate-to-love romances. As for the rep, I think both Jolene and Jason are Black plus Mimi Grace is also a Black author.

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4. From Scratch

The next book is actually the first queer romance on my list. This is an m/f/m romance between a baker, the police chief and the fire chief. The story all starts with Mary who is Black and Plus-Sized moving to Sea Port to open up a bakery. It follows a polyamory relationship between her, Miguel and Billy. While it’s super short, it’s incredibly sexy and features an incredibly healthy relationship. Even though I only rated it a 3, I do plan on continuing the series.

I also have a lot more Katrina Jackson books on my TBR so if you’re looking for sexy Black romances, then you need to check out Katrina Jackson. I know that Mary is Black and I’m pretty both men are POCs but I can’t remember. I’m pretty sure there also might be some gay or bi rep as well. Either way, this book is a fun smutty time so check it out.

5. Meet Cute Club

The last book I’m recommending is another queer release and that’s Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This book follows a guy who started a romance bookclub and the romance he has with the new guy working at his favorite bookstore. I can’t remember how either of them identify in terms of sexuality but I know that Rex is Black but I’m not sure if Jordan is a POC or not.

If you’re a big romance reader, I think you’ll love this book. It talks a lot about what it means to love romance, the shame romance readers sometimes deal with but at its core, it’s an adorable romance. I guess I’d call this one soft enemies-to-lovers as they do have a bit of spat at the beginning of the book but don’t ever really “hate” each other. This is another short but sweet and smutty read. I’m also pretty sure Jack Harbon is Black and has a pretty solid back list full of sexy queer romances if you’re looking for more.

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6. Training My Heart To Love You

The first book on my TBR is actually one I put on my Amazon Wishlist so I wouldn’t forget about it. I know it’s on Kindle Unlimited and I think it follows a plus-sized Black woman who has a romance with a country boy. From reading the synopsis, that’s what I’m picking up. Either way, this book sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I absolutely adore the cover.

7. The Changeup

The next book on my TBR is The Changeup by Nicole Falls. As soon as I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it. I’m pretty sure this book follows a romance between a female MLB player and a male sports journalist. Either way, this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. It also gives me major Pitch vibes so if you enjoyed that show, then this could be a suitable replacement. I think I might read this one during my birthday month as it sounds like it’s going to be good.

8. Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend

This next book is another way I added to my Amazon wishlist for later. I actually don’t know much about this book but the cover pulled me in. Thankfully some of Lucy Eden’s books are on Kindle Unlimited so I can check more of her back list out. I’m assuming from the cover that this book features an interracial romance between a Black woman and white man. Either way, the title makes it so enticing plus the cover along with Lucy Eden being Black. This one just sounds like a win.

9. Coffee In The Noon

I actually stumbled upon this book randomly and decided to add it to my Amazon Wishlist for later. Until now, I’d never even heard of this author or her books so I’m excited to give this one a read. I’m not actually sure about the rep of the characters but I’m assume they’re both Black. I could be wrong but this book doesn’t even have a synopsis. It just has a couple sentences on Goodreads plus it’s less than 50 pages so no doubt it’ll be quick and hopefully fun. I know that Harleigh Rae is Black and this book only has like 10 or so ratings on Goodreads so it needs more love.

10. Destiny’s Embrace

I’d be remiss to not include Beverly Jenkins on this list. I’ve never read anything by Beverly Jenkins and that really needs to change. I’ve read a decent amount of historical romances but have yet to pick up her stuff. I’ve heard a lot of good things from Booktubers so I’m curious to see which ones my library has available. I know that Beverly Jenkins is Black and that I’m pretty sure all of her books features Black heroines so I’m excited to finally read this one especially.

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11. The Air He Breathes

The last book is The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this author but have yet to read her books. I’m pretty sure all of her books are pretty hard-hitting and emotional so they’ll likely be tough reads. Then again, that’s probably why they’re so beloved. Nevertheless, I’m excited to finally say I’ve read a Brittainy C. Cherry book. I’m not sure about the rep of this one but it sounds like it’s going to be an intense read.

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Anyways, those are my 5 romances recs by Black authors along with 6 I currently have on my TBR. Hopefully you were able to find some new books to add to your TBR or found your next read. I know this post isn’t exactly what I normally do but I want to get more into doing recommendation posts so let me know if you guys like this or you prefer tags or something else 🙂

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Contemporary-A-Thon TBR or all the books I plan on reading in September

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! September was originally supposed to be my vacation month but with my boyfriend’s work, we had to postpone it. With it postponed, it leaves me with a pretty open month. I think I only have a few things planned but one is incredibly exciting.

Once again, I’m participating in the Contemporary-A-Thon. I participated in February and was incredibly successful. Since the goal is to read 7 books, I figured I could include it as my monthly TBR and feature a few books I’d like to get to (if I have time!) Let’s get into my Contemporary-A-Thon TBR and some non-read-a-thon books I’d like to read.

For those who don’t know, the Contemporary-A-Thon is a read-a-thon where you read entirely contemporary books for a week. The read-a-thon is hosted by Chelsea, Julie and Natasha from Booktube. With a successful round in February, the ladies are bringing it back for another one. This read-a-thon is going on September 17-23rd 🙂

Let’s get into the challenges and what books I plan on using for them!

Challenge 1: Read a book with orange on the cover

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Personally, I think the cover for Heretics Anonymous looks kind of orange to me but the back of the cover has orange on it. Either way, I knew I had to fit this book into one of my prompts and this was the best fit. I’ve heard Emma from Emmmabooks rave about this one so I knew I’d have to read it ASAP.

Challenge 2: Read a dark/spooky contemporary

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This is one of the books I bought when I went to that used bookstore. It was only a few dollars and I’ve been wanting to read it forever. I don’t know much about it besides that the MC self-harms and I think it discusses that and possibly her recovery? I’m not really sure but I’m so excited to finally pick it up.

Challenge 3: Read a diverse contemporary

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For some reason, this challenge puzzled me and that’s unusual. I’m always down for reading diverse books but I couldn’t find a book to fit the prompt. After looking through some of my old posts, I stumbled upon If You Come Softly. This book is written by Jacqueline Woodson who is black and features an interracial romance between a black boy and a white girl.

Honestly, that’s all I need to know! Sign me up because I’m here for it.

Challenge 4: Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format

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For this one, I’m going with the audiobook route. My library has this available on Hoopla so I’ll be able to check it out right before the read-a-thon starts. This is also going to be my last Taylor Jenkins Reid book before Daisy Jones & the Six comes out.

I’m kind of anxious as I know a lot of people don’t enjoy this book as much as her other ones. I’m crossing my fingers it ends up being a pretty decent read 🙂

Challenge 5: Read a contemporary that has your initials somewhere on the cover

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I’ve been wanting to reread any Emma Mills book for forever. Well basically since I read them all originally, but that’s beside the point. I thought what better time to reread one than during the Contemporary-A-Thon? Basically, it’s a throwback to when I first read Emma Mills and she became my fave.

If you don’t remember, I read First & Then during the last round of CAT. That being said, this one is perfect for this challenge since we have the same last name! Also my initials RMM are on the cover, too.

Challenge 6: Read a new-to-you author and Challenge 7: Read a predicted 5-star read

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Usually, I don’t double up on challenges but I am now. Maybe I’ll end up reading 7 books, who knows? Either way, I’ve been eagerly waiting to read this book and I thought the Contemporary-A-Thon would be a great opportunity.

Personally, I’ve never read anything by Maggie Ann Martin so I’ll be going in with fresh eyes. I’ve also heard really amazing things about this book so I knew I had to pick it up eventually. I’m hoping it ends up being a 5-star read, too and the cover is everything so I’m just sold on it.


Other Books on my September TBR

 

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As for my other books on my TBR, I’ve been looking forward to those two sequels for months now! I’ve also been hearing great things about The Kiss Quotient and I’ll be buddy-reading it with a girl in my fantasy football league. These books should take me well past my Goodreads goal so I’m feeling good.

Maybe not my biggest TBR but I’m really excited for September. Football’s back, fantasy football starts, Bob’s Burgers is back and I’m hopefully going to visit some friends. I can feel myself getting back into my routine and feeling better because of it 🙂

What books are you planning to read in September? Any books you’d recommend? 

 

 

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Blogging hiatus

Hello friends and fellow book lovers. I’m typing this post on my phone because my WiFi is down and I have no clue when it’ll be fixed.

Sadly, that means I won’t be able to be online unless I’m using data and I don’t want to do that. Basically, I won’t be online unless I’m on a break at work.

Moving onto the next reason for my hiatus, something came up with my boyfriend and our visit is canceled. Right now, I don’t have the energy or motivation to respond to comments, bloghop or do anything related to my blog.

That being said, I’m not sure how long my hiatus will last or when I’ll want to come back. I might pop back in but for now, I’ll be on hiatus.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter spoiler-free review

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As one of my most anticipated books of the year, I held off a day before I actually picked up I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez. After the wait, I couldn’t put it down and I am absolutely in love with this story. If you’re on the fence about reading it, hopefully, my review will convince you otherwise.

Here’s the blurb for the book: “But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?”

What I liked about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 

  • The plot. The plot is basically Julia and her family adjusting to life without her sister, Olga. It’s also partly a coming-of-age story for Julia and the rebuilding of her life after losing someone so close to her. It reminds me a lot of We Are Okay by Nina Lacour.
  • Julia. Our main character, Julia is such a wonderful character. She’s a realistic portrayal of a teenager and she reacts in all the ways I would have a lot of her situation. She’s a flawed but lovable character who I couldn’t help but root for.
  • Julia’s parents. Julia’s parents were at times, difficult to understand. I would scratch my head, wondering why they acted a certain way or why they treated Julia a certain way. Throughout the book, Sanchez told such a wonderful story about them and gave them a great backstory. By the end, you’ll learn to love and appreciate them.
  • Mexican culture. As far as Mexican rep goes, I can’t speak to that. However, I can say Sanchez included a lot of nods to Mexican culture. She paints such a vivid picture of the culture, what they value, their celebrations and the differences between life in Mexico and America. It’s at times saddening, but also hopeful.
  • The romance. Connor was such a well-meaning but at times, embarrassing love interest. Their romance played out naturally and I loved seeing how their relationship progressed throughout the novel. He made some questionable choices, but I think that was one of the most realistic parts.
  • Getting to know Olga. The over-arching mystery is us and Julia finding out Olga’s secrets. It’s such a huge plotline in the story and I couldn’t have been more surprised when I learned more about her. I loved the resolution and how Julia dealt with the secrets she learned about her sister.
  •  Mental illness and grief talkSince a large part of the book focuses on Olga’s death, there’s a lot of talk about grief and mental illness. I loved seeing how the different characters worked out their grief and how mental illness played a role in the story.
  • The cover. It’s gorgeous, beautiful and actually does relate to the story in a way. I could stare at it all day.

What I disliked about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

  • Julia. You might think this is strange, but hear me out. I liked Julia as a character, but I think sometimes, she was too hard on her parents. She would act bratty and a little bit over-the-top when they were just trying to help and understand her.
  • The endingI know, I know. I always have something to say about the ending, but here I just wanted more. I wanted an epilogue or something to keep Julia’s story going. I wanted to see a glimpse of her future and if she truly was able to achieve her dreams.
  • Julia’s friends. I didn’t understand why Julia was friends with such terrible people. I especially disliked Lorena who put her down and made offhand comments about Olga. It was absolutely uncalled for and childish. I wish Julia had a friend who was supportive and there for her in the novel.

Honestly, there isn’t much for me to complain about. I had sky-high expectations and this book surpassed them all. I could go on and on about how well-written it is and how much I loved almost everything. I can’t wait to see what Erika L. Sanchez writes next because I will absolutely be first in line to pick it up.

I give I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter a 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter? If not, are you planning on it? If you have read, feel free to hit me on Twitter so we can discuss!