Books · My Favorite

My Favorite…LGBTQIA Book On my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For the last June prompt for “My Favorite,” I knew I wanted to give others a chance to talk about some LGBTQIA books they still have on their TBR. June has felt like an awesome month for queer releases and of course, it’s going to continue into the rest of the year. With that being said, I knew that I wanted to have a chance to shout out a few releases. 🙂

I usually do the prompts during this post but I’m feeling a little lazy. I’ll have them up on Monday so it’ll give others time to get their posts together. Anyways, let’s get into what “My Favorite” is and my picks for this week.

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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I actually want to break this into two different categories. For me, it’s going to be Queer YA books I still need to read and Queer romance books I still need to read. I’m going to try to limit it to three for each with a clear top priority one. With that being said, let’s get into my picks.

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Since I’m going with books already released, my biggest priority has to be You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson. This book has been hyped for the past few months and I’m super excited to read it. I’m pretty sure that the audiobook is available on Hoopla so I’ll be able to read it basically whenever the mood strikes me. As for the other two YA books, I have to go with Date Me, Bryson Keller which is available through my local library and the audiobook sounds awesome. Last but not least is a 2019 release and that’s Wilder Girls which is another one I’m going to get on audio.

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As for queer romance releases, I mostly have a ton on my backlist. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention the rest of the Kaleidoscope series by Bryce Oakley. Those books are so much fun and I’m excited to continue on. I actually have a lot saved on my Amazon wishlist so the other two were easy to pick out. First is Graham’s Delicacies which I’m pretty sure is a short-story collection focusing on queer relationships. Then there’s Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert which is an m/f/m romance between Hades, Meg and Hercules.

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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since it’s basically the middle of the year at this point, I knew I had to do the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag. I think I’ve done this tag every year that I’ve had my blog and I really enjoy it. It’s a nice way to look back at the earlier part of the year and what I hope to achieve in the latter half.

I’m not sure who originally created this, but I pulled the questions from Jess of PeaceLoveBooksxo’s channel. I personally really love her channel as she reads a lot of romance, does fun experiment videos and has an awesome personality. If you’re looking for someone new on Booktube, check her out. 🙂

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

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This was tough as there are a lot of books I’ve really loved this year. However, the book that is easily my new favorite is You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I loved the characters, the unique premise and their love story. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and it personally made me reflect on the kind of relationship I want. It also helped me see the things I wanted to change about myself while in a relationship and this book just means a lot to me.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

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I decided to go with the second book in a series when talking about sequels. The best sequel I’ve read this year has to be Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert. This is the second book in the Dirty British Romance series and oh my god, it was so good. It was friends-to-lovers romance and honestly, it had so many cute moments and gah! I just loved Jasmine and Rahul so if you need to read Talia Hibbert’s backlist, I highly recommend this one.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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The book I chose for this one is Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan. I know this book just released in May but I have yet to get to it. I know it follows characters from her Kingmaker series so I want to get caught up on that. I haven’t seen many reviews of it though so I’m cautiously optimistic. Plus that cover is just stunning so I’m all over it lmao.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

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This was an easy one and that’s because I already have this one preordered. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I love Alexa Martin. That’s why it’s no surprise the newest book in the Playbook series is my most anticipated released for the latter half of 2020. She puts her name on anything and I’ll buy it. It’s as simple as that lol plus the subject matter of this book is incredibly timely. Overall, this one is poised to be a new favorite.

5. Biggest disappointment.

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My biggest disappointment so far is easily A Cowboy To Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I normally love her books but this one was a rare miss for me. I don’t know why but this book just didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because the book was a slow-burn, the lack of chemistry or how all the action started around the 75% mark but this didn’t work for me. I’m still excited to read more of her backlist, though.

6. Biggest Surprise

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When I saw this audiobook on Hoopla, I didn’t think much about it. Either way, I decided to pick it up and what a delight this was. It’s an f/f romance between a songwriter and the singer she’s writing songs for. Honestly, I thought it was super cute albeit super short and a bit dramatic. Nevertheless, I thought it was a solid read and a huge surprise.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Surprisingly, I haven’t read a lot of debuts or new-to-me authors. However, I’m going to try to narrow down 3 for each so let’s talk about new-to-me authors first.

First up is Teagan Hunter. When Ellyn picked my TBR in January, I never anticipated I’d end up wanting to devour her books. I’ve only read books 1 and 2 in the Texting series but I’m eager to read more from her. Next up is Jack Harbon who writes m/m romances and I’m so happy I discovered him. Lastly, I have to go with Ngozi Ukazu who writes the Check, Please! comics and gah! I absolutely loved volume 1 so I can’t read to more from her.

As for debut authors, I have 2. First is obviously Sarah Hogle who wrote You Deserve Each Other and it’s clear why I love her. Next up is Emma Lord who wrote Tweet Cute and it was another huge surprise for me. She wrote such an adorable romance along with lovable characters so this was an easy one.

8. Newest fictional crush

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As much as I wanted to say Nicholas from You Deserve Each Other, I wanted to include some other favorites. Keeping with the same name though, one of my newest fictional crushes is easily Nik from Sweet on the Greek. I feel like no one has read this book so they don’t understand how sweet and sexy Nik is. Sigh, I just love him so very much.

9. Newest favorite character.

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For this one, I have to go with Ruth from A Girl Like Her. There’s just something about Ruth I can’t get enough of. She’s unabashedly herself and doesn’t give a fuck who likes it or not. She also wears pajamas everywhere which is goals and I especially loved how she spoke her mind on everything. She didn’t care who didn’t like it because she was saying it no matter what. Honestly, I wish I was half as carefree as Ruth is.

10. Book that made you cry.

Unless I’m forgetting one, I don’t think any books have made me cry this year. They might change in the latter half of the year, though 😛

11. Book that made you happy.

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The book I chose for this one is Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert. This is a Halloween novella with a romance between a werewolf and a werewolf hunter. I absolutely loved this book. It was surprisingly funny while still being sexy and I loved every second of it. I especially loved Luke because he was so hopelessly in love and it was just goals.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Once again, I’m going to go with three books so let’s get into them.

  • The Wall of Winnipeg & Me by Mariana Zapata. This is on my list of 20 books to read in 2020 and still have yet to read it. I do plan on reading it before the year ends, though.
  • The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan. I think I mentioned that one earlier in this post and it still stands. I really have no excuse why I haven’t read this one yet.
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Of course, I want to get this one read as Ellyn and I didn’t buddy-read the original series for nothing. I might end up having to buy this one since the library holds are insane for this.
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That’s the Mid-Year Book Freakout. I’m not going to tag anyone since I know this is a pretty popular tag. However, I’d like to know which books you guys still want to read before the end of the year. I obviously have more than three but those three are high priority for me!

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Meet Cute Club: A Spoiler-Free Review

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I’m writing another review and oh boy was I excited to read this book. I’ve heard a lot of Booktubers talk about Jack Harbon so I knew I wanted to read his books. Personally, I don’t read many m/m romances let alone m/m romances with Black characters. Either way, let’s get into my spoiler-free thoughts on this book. 🙂

This is my spoiler-free review of Meet Cute Club.

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Jordan Collins doesn’t need a man.

What he needs is for his favorite author to release another one of her sexy supernatural novels and more people to sign up for the romance book club that he fears is slowly and steadily losing its steam. He also needs for the new employee at his local bookstore to stop making fun of him for reading things meant for “grandmas.”

The very last thing he needs is for that same employee, Rex Bailey, to waltz into his living room and ask to join Meet Cute Club. Despite his immediate thoughts—like laughing in his face and telling him to kick rocks—Jordan decides that if he wants this club to continue thriving, he can’t turn away any new members. Not even ones like Rex, who somehow manage to be both frustratingly obnoxious and breathtakingly handsome.

As Jordan and Rex team up to bring the club back from the ashes, Jordan soon discovers that Rex might not be the arrogant troll he made himself out to be, and that, like with all things in life, maybe he was wrong to judge a book by its cover.

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I’ve only finished this book less than an hour ago but I knew I wanted to write a review of it. Honestly, this concept had me so excited that it was an easy pick for my TBR. With that being said, let’s get into my thoughts on Meet Cute Club starting with the things I enjoyed about the book.

What I enjoyed about Meet Cute Club

  • The concept. If you couldn’t tell from above, the concept of this book is about two guys who meet because of the other’s book club and it’s their romance. If you’re a reader, then I’m sure you’ll love this concept, too. It’s just so cute and bookish and something that could happen to any of us. Lol
  • The positive romance vibes. If there’s one thing this book did great was, it talked so openly and positively about romance. Jack Harbon touched on the problems but also talked about how great romance is as a genre. I really enjoyed that as someone who is a HUGE romance reader. It felt nice to see someone loving it as much as I do.
  • The romance. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the romance between Jordan and Rex. They were stereotypical enemies-to-lovers but they also had this softness for each other. It was clear they had real feelings for each other and were just pure sweet cinnamon rolls for each other.
  • The pop culture references. Sometimes in books, authors really don’t know how to write pop culture references. Since Jack Harbon is young, he really got it and placed them where they needed to be. Nothing felt forced but rather, it was funny and made sense that the characters would say that.

What I didn’t enjoyed about Meet Cute Club

  • The conflict. As per most romance novels, this book had an inevitable conflict and I didn’t enjoy the one in this book. It’s not that the conflict didn’t make sense, but it felt overly dramatic when it didn’t need to be. Maybe it was just me but I found it to be a little too over-the-top.
  • The length. This book was just under 200 pages and I wish it would have been longer. I think it could have been a little bit longer and more developed. I especially would have liked to see more of Jordan and Rex spending time together.

With my thoughts of the way, I wanted to talk about how this fit into my Olympic Games TBR. I used this book as “Read a book you predict will be five stars.” Unfortunately for me, I didn’t end up giving it 5-stars. I rated Meet Cute Club 4 out of 5 stars which isn’t bad but it wasn’t a perfect book for me.

If you’re looking for more queer books by Black authors though, I highly recommend this one. I also plan on reading more from Jack Harbon in the future. While it might not have been a 5-star read, it was still enjoyable.

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My Favorite…F/F Pairing

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another “My Favorite” post and since last week, we did an m/m pairing. I knew I wanted to include an f/f pairing as that’s mostly what I read. If you couldn’t tell from last week, I had a bit of rough time coming with an m/m pairing. However, I knew that for this week, I had a lot of different options so let’s get into them. 🙂

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.”

Last week, I talked about She-Ra so I decided to talk about an f/f pairing from a book and I feel like this one is obvious. I’ve been hyping up this book since I read it and I want more people to read it. The book I’m talking about is of course, Undone by Bryce Oakley which is a romance between a pop-star and her songwriter who is part of an alternative band.

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Honestly, this book is super short but features a lot of good development for the characters, their relationship and even, some sexy scenes. I loved Billie and Vero as characters individually but I loved seeing how they interacted together. They had such misconceptions about each other but quickly learned the other people wasn’t who they thought they were. The only complaint I have is that this book is just entirely too short and I wish it would have been longer.

Other than that, if you’re looking for a good f/f romance, you need to make sure you read Undone this month. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free on there. Even if you don’t know, you can find it on Amazon for 99 cents. It’s also available on Hoopla as an audiobook. Honestly if you can, please read this book because I’ll scream about it forever.

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Spoiler-Free Mini-Reviews: Stage Dreams and Check, Please! Book 1

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Without Top 5 Tuesday, I have to get a little creative. For this week, I wanted to write some mini-reviews of the two graphic novels I read for the Olympic Games read-a-thon. While I originally only planned on reading Check, Please, my library had Stage Dreams so I deviated from my TBR a little bit.

With that being said, let’s get into the two books. Similar to my previous posts, I’m going to be featuring 2 things I liked about each and 1 thing I didn’t enjoy. Obviously, I’m aiming for short reviews so let’s get into it.

These are my spoiler-free mini-reviews of Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman and Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu.

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In this rollicking queer western adventure, acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman (Stonewall Award Honor Book As the Crow Flies) puts readers in the saddle alongside Flor and Grace, a Latinx outlaw and a trans runaway, as they team up to thwart a Confederate plot in the New Mexico Territory. When Flor—also known as the notorious Ghost Hawk—robs the stagecoach that Grace has used to escape her Georgia home, the first thing on her mind is ransom. But when the two get to talking about Flor’s plan to crash a Confederate gala and steal some crucial documents, Grace convinces Flor to let her join the heist.

This was an unplanned addition to my Olympic Games TBR but I decided to use it as a book that you know will make you happy. I can use Bewilder for one of the advanced challenges as it fits almost all of them. Honestly, I heard Chandler from Chandler Ainsley talk about this and knew I had to pick it up.

For what I liked about Stage Dreams, I really loved the art style/color palette. The colors were so soft and pretty. I especially loved the design Gillman did for all the characters. It felt like the characters were soft if that makes sense. Looking on Goodreads, I saw that Gillman illustrated it in colored pencils and that explains why. Overall, I thought it was a unique choice and I loved it.

The other thing I liked was the friendship and eventual relationship between Grace and Flor. The two couldn’t have been more different but they connected. They were both so bad-ass in completely different ways. I especially liked how Flor used her hawk to get what she wanted. As for what I didn’t like, I wish this would have been longer. The story and their relationship deserved MUCH more time. Hopefully, Gillman writes a sequel or give us something else because this was a delight. Plus at just over 100 pages, it was a super quick read. 4/5 stars.

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Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Let me start off by saying, I went into this book expecting to love it. Both Ally and Ellyn raved about it. They both gave it 5-stars and I thought…alright so it’s obvious I’m going to love it. Going in with that pretense, I was a little bit hesitant but had no reason to be as I did genuinely love this.

For the two things I loved about Check, Please! Book 1, I loved the hockey team’s brotherhood. Bitty fit in so easily with his new teammates and they really grew to love him. It was just so wholesome especially his friendship with Shitty. Almost every single character in this was so lovable and I just wanted to hug them all. I also loved that Bitty loved baking and had a Youtube channel about it. It made for a fun addition to the story and I think it really set him apart from the other characters in that right.

Honestly, I could go on all day about the things I love (Uh a Jonas Brothers reference!) but let’s get into one thing I didn’t like. As much as I loved this, I didn’t really enjoy how the author added Bitty’s tweets at the end. It felt like unnecessary filler and only served to add a few extra pages. I know some people probably enjoyed them but I didn’t think it really added anything to the story. Either way, I love this book and can’t wait to get into book 2 ASAP. 5/5 stars

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The Finished Books Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Maybe during this month, I might actually get caught up on some of the book tags. I have a ton saved up but have yet to do them. It’s a bad habit but hopefully, I’ll end up getting caught up.

Before I get started, I wanted to thank Jillian for tagging me. She always has such fun posts especially tags. She’s also incredibly underrated. Be sure you check her out. 🙂

Books · My Favorite

My Favorite…M/M Pairing

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For these next two weeks, I wanted to focus on couples for Pride month. This one is focusing on m/m romances and it’s one I know a lot of people will enjoy. As far as the pairings go, I didn’t just feature books as there are a lot of different m/m relationships in the media. Either way, let’s get into my pick 🙂

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.”

For me, this one was tough. When looking back at my Goodreads shelf and the shows/movies I’ve read, there was way more f/f. Either way, I knew as soon as I started looking who I was going to pick. My favorite m/m pairing is easily Bow’s dads from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. While they don’t appear as much as the other characters, they’re such a delight when they do show up.

However, I do plan on reading some more m/m romances during this month. Hopefully by the next time I do this, I’ll have more books to choose from. Either way, I’m excited to see what others pick if they decide to do this prompt. 🙂

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Audiobook Recommendations #1

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you haven’t noticed, I don’t usually do recommendation posts. Maybe it’s because recommendations are incredibly subjective. What I might enjoy, you might think is awful but that’s a discussion for another day. Anyways, let’s get back to what this post is supposed to be about.

During quarantine, I’ve been listening to a lot more audiobooks than normal. Maybe it’s because I can’t leave my house so I enjoy hearing someone talk to me or maybe it’s because I’m just lazy. Either way, I knew I wanted to make a post of some of my recent audiobook reads and recommend them.

Before I get started, I broke this down into three different categories. The first is non-fiction reads and the second is romance. Lastly, there is a YA section. Basically, this list has a little bit of everything and hopefully, you’re able to find something you like. Either way, let’s get into my recs!

Non-Fiction Recs

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1. Open Book by Jessica Simpson

This was actually the book that inspired my list. I read Open Book and absolutely loved it. If you couldn’t tell, this is Jessica Simpson’s memoir. In the book, she deals with a lot of tough topics such as sexual abuse, divorce, and abusive relationships. Even so, the book still has some of the brightness that can only come from Jessica Simpson.

Did I mention Jessica Simpson narrates this one herself? Because she does a fantastic job of telling her story and giving us a glimpse into her private life. Having her narrate it made the experience that much better. There’s just something special about hearing an author narrate their own story. Even if you’re not a fan of Jessica Simpson, I still highly recommend this audiobook as her story might touch you in some unexpected ways.

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2. Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

As for the next non-fiction book, I’m going with Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong. This book is told in letters Ali is writing to her daughters following Ali’s life while giving advice on certain situations. Once again, this is another case where the author narrates the book. While Jessica Simpson was more of an emotional narrator, Ali Wong didn’t lose her trademark humor or wit while reading. It made for a much more enjoyable experience.

This book is more light-hearted but it does focus on a lot of deeper topics, too. Ali talks about the challenges of being a mother, the dark side of stand-up comedy, and being rejected. Overall, this book is fun while giving great advice and not being afraid to go to the next level. Considering I’m a big fan of memoirs, these two were solid picks for me. If you’re just getting into non-fiction, these two are a good starting point.

Romance Recs

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3. The Wright Brothers series by Christina C. Jones

While this isn’t a recent read, I knew I had to include it when talking about romance books as I listened to this entire series on audio. I have a review of it if you want to check that out. If you don’t, this series follows the 3 Wright Brothers and their individual relationships. Each book focuses on a different trope. Whether it be hate-to-love, boss-employee, or friends-to-lovers, there is going to be a book for everyone out there hopefully.

These are also perfect if you’re looking for short reads. Each of them clocks in around 6 hours aside from the third book. When I listened to these, I devoured them in a few days and they’re available on Hoopla.

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4. Undone by Bryce Oakley

This next read is perfect for pride month so I knew I had to include it. I’ve been talking about this book since I read it but it has hardly any ratings on Goodreads. Undone follows a relationship between Billie, a songwriter, and the relationship she has with Vero, the popstar she’s writing for. This book is incredibly short so things can feel a little bit rushed but I thought this was just so sweet.

This book clocks in at just under 5 hours, making it a super short listen. The narrator is Lori Prince who also narrated another f/f romance I enjoyed, Anyone But You. While the other books in the series aren’t on audio yet, I plan on reading it if you want to check them out on Kindle. If you’re in the mood for some good f/f romance with a little angst and lots of cute moments, I highly recommend Undone.

Young Adult Recs

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5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Moving ahead to YA books, I knew I had to include something by Elizabeth Acevedo. Thankfully before I made this post, I listened to Clap When You Land which is told in verse. The book follows the two different girls who share a father and their lives along with the events that happen after their father dies.

This book is incredibly intense and focuses a lot of grief, sisterhood and privilege. While it’s my least favorite of her book, I really did enjoy the audiobook. It’s narrated by Acevedo and Melania-Luisa Marte who make such an incredible pair. It’s also incredibly short if you’re looking for a short read.

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6. The Lunar Chronicles

The last book I’ve read recently on audio is The Lunar Chronicles and you might be thinking. “Uh, didn’t you just read this?” You’re not wrong but Ellyn and I decided to buddy-read this series together on audio. Currently, I’m reading Scarlet and I have to say that these books are even better on audio. Even though I know this is an older series, I wanted to include it on my list.

Personally, I think Rebecca Soler is one of the best audiobook narrators and she does a great job of differentiating between the characters. I read Cinder when I first read this series and I remember enjoying it. I’m happy to see that the next book is narrated just as well.

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June 2020 TBR (The Olympic Games Readathon)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month, I was originally going to do a Pride read-a-thon but I also wanted to do the Olympic Games Readathon, too. With that being said, I’m going to be reading only books either by authors who are LGBTIA or with characters who are on the LGBTIA spectrum for this readathon. There might be some library holds that come off but these are my only reading plans. Lol

Before getting started, you can watch Ishi’s video where she goes over everything. You can also find the readathon on Twitter, too. The video is very detailed so if you’re looking for answers to any questions, I’d check there first. With all that being said, I’m going to be on Team Apollo so let’s get into the challenges and the books I plan on reading for them. 🙂

Team Apollo Challenges

  • Music To My Ears: Listen to an audiobook
  • Healing: Read a book you know will make you happy
  • As the god of prophecy, Apollo can often predict the future. Read a book you predict will be a five-star read.
  • Read a book that starts with the letter “A.”
  • The Twin Archers: Apollo and Artemis look out for each other. Complete a prompt that honors Artemis.

*Before you start reading my TBR, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter. Whether it be signing a petition, donating or simply re-sharing this same link, USE YOUR VOICE. If you’re a white person reading this, you have privilege and it is your duty as an ally to educate yourself, amplify Black voices and show that Black Lives Matter.


Music To My Ears: Listen to an audiobook

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For my audiobook pick, I’m going with I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver and I’m super hyped to finally get to this. I remember this book getting a lot of hype last year but didn’t pick it up. Even though I’ve read books by non-binary authors before (as far as I know), I know that Mason Deaver is an author a lot of people like. Plus Mason has gotten a ton of hype on Twitter so I’ve been hearing about them forever so I’m excited to see what this book is like.

Healing: Read a book you know will make you happy

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In April, I read the first book in this series and I’m super excited to read this one. This series deserves so much hype and no one’s talking about it. It’s about a group of women in a band and I’m pretty sure they’re all queer. The first book was a relationship between Vero and Billie while this one focuses on Domino and her romance. From reading the synopsis, I know it’s an f/f romance and I liked the previous book so I’m sure it’ll make me happy.

As the god of prophecy, Apollo can often predict the future. Read a book you predict will be a five-star read.

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The next book I want to read is one a lot of people have been hyping up. I’ve never read anything by Jack Harbon but this book sounds delightful. I’m pretty sure it’s an m/m romance between two people in a book club. Those are all of my buzz words so I’m already on board. Either way, I’ve been holding onto this one and I CANNOT wait to finally pick it up.

Read a book that starts with the letter “A”

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 The next book is one I stumbled upon while looking at my Kindle. I’m pretty sure this book is about a girl who poses as her gay friend’s girlfriend but ends up having feelings for his sister. I read a similar trope in a different book and enjoyed it. I think it’s just enough taboo without going overboard (not that I don’t enjoy that lmao) but this sounds really good. Obviously, it’s an f/f romance but I’m curious to see what role the brother plays in the story.

The Twin Archers: Apollo and Artemis look out for each other. Complete a prompt that honors Artemis. 

The prompt I’m doing is “Read a book while the moon is up” or read a book at night

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When I decided on the last prompt, I knew I wanted to read a graphic novel. The graphic novel I chose was Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey which I’ve heard a lot about. I know it features a hockey player who has a baking Youtube channel and I’m pretty sure the main character is gay. I might be wrong, but from looking on Goodreads, that’s what I’m gathering. Either way, this book looks really cute and I’m excited to read it.


Aside from these books, there are a few I plan on reading. Most of them are queer but let’s get into it.

  • The Babysitter by Jack Harbon
  • In Bloom by Allie Keane
  • Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (if my preorder comes in on time!)

No doubt I’m going to read more but I wanted to talk about my Olympic Games TBR along with the other queer books I plan on reading. Hopefully, I can finish all of these before the month ends as long as I don’t have a ton of books come off hold like I did in May. Lol

Books · My Favorite

My Favorite…LGBTQIA+ Author

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you couldn’t tell by my prompts, I decided to do a Pride theme this month. I decided to go with an author prompt for the first week as I’m sure we all have authors we love who are the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. With that being said, let’s get into my favorite LGBTQIA author. 🙂

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.”