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

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


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.”


All The Unread Books on my Kindle or my endless Kindle TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since Top 5 Tuesday is on hiatus for now, I knew I wanted to get creative with my posts. That’s why you’re going to be hearing about all the unread books I currently have on my Kindle. I’m embarrassed to say that I basically buy free books or ones that are daily deals since I’m using a gift card.

I want to keep this intro short so let’s get into all the unread books on my Kindle. Hopefully you don’t judge me too much lol. Either way, let’s get into the books and see if anyone can motivate me to finally read them.

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1. Lingus

The first unread book on my Kindle is Lingus by Mariana Zapata. I’ve had this book on my Kindle forever but have yet to read it. Maybe it’s because it’s super long but I haven’t had the desire to pick it up. I’m just intimidated by Mariana Zapata in general so this is no surprise. It does seem like it’s going to be interesting though as it’s a book set at a porn convention.

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2. You Must Not Miss

The second unread book I have is You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno. I think I got this one when it was a daily deal. I’ve read one book by Katrina Leno and I really enjoyed it. This book focuses on a girl who imagines a world and then it comes to life….I think? Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be unlike anything I’ve read before. Once again, not sure what I’m waiting on for this one, too.

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3. Learn My Lesson

For the January round of Smut-a-thon, I read Desperate Measures and really enjoyed it. Since then, I’ve been eager to read more of Katee Robert’s “Kinky Villians” series. This one is an m/f/m romance between Hades, Meg and Hercules. Honestly, this sounds like it’s going to be super sexy and right up my alley. I think I’m going to save it for the next round of the Smut-a-thon.

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4. Wasted Words

This is where things start to go off the rails. During quarantine, a lot of books were either free or on sale so I wanted nuts. The first book that I bought was Wasted Words by Staci Hart. I have no idea what this book is about but I really liked the cover lmao. I’m pretty sure that this series are all retellings of Jane Austen’s novels. We’ll see what I think of this one as I think it’s a retelling of Emma.

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5. Misadventures of a City Girl

I read a book in the Misadventures series for the Smut-a-thon I think and since then, I’ve been really interested in it. When I saw this one was on sale, I decided to snatch it up. This is another case where I know nothing about this book and just bought it because it was on sale. I’m pretty sure these two are both new-to-me authors as well so I really have no thoughts on it.

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6. With A Twist

The next one is another by Staci Hart. Once again, I’ve never read anything by her. This is another impulse buy of mine and I’m pretty clueless. From looking at reviews though, I figured out it’s a friends-to-lovers romance so I’m in. Either way, we’ll see what I think eventually.

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7. The Secret Note

Not sure if you’re sensing a theme yet, but I haven’t read anything by Lauren Rowe before. This was another freebie and it’s an incredibly short novella. I think it’s only about 70 pages and it’s smutty?? That’s all I needed to know before I hit buy. Lol

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8. Work In Progress

Next up is another impulse buy by yours truly. I’ve never heard of this book or read anything by BJ Harvey. I have no idea if I’ll end up liking this book and I think it’s going to be a single mom and her neighbor. Seems like it’s going to be on an eventual TBR when I can make it work.


9. Hearts In Darkness

Finally, this is a book I’ve heard of and can talk about. This is a romance book following a guy and girl who get stuck in an elevator and they eventually hook up. I’m pretty sure this was a book a lot of people read for smutathon so I knew I had to buy it. It was either free or 99 cents when I bought it so I won’t lose much if I don’t like it.


10. The Highwayman

This is a book I’ve heard a lot of Booktubers raving about. Since then, I’ve been eagerly wanting to read it. Unfortunately none of the libraries around me had it so I was contemplating buying it on Kindle. Thankfully, Amazon decided to put this on sale for 99 cents and I knew I had to buy it. I’m not even sure when I’ll read it but it sounds amazing.

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11. Naughty Boss

The last book I bought on my Kindle was Naughty Boss which was another freebie I found. I know this book follows a girl who emails her boss something she meant to email her friend. I’ve read this premise before but have yet to really love any book that’s done it. Maybe this time, it will be different. Once again, it was free so I can’t really complain. Lol


May 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I decided to do another bonus post and post my wrap-up on Monday. This year, I had another great reading month and tbh I have a feeling I’m going to meet my reading goal sooner rather than later. As for my reads, almost all of them were good or even, great. Either way, let’s get into my May reads. 🙂

For this month, I only had one read-a-thon and that was the mini-round of the Contemporary-A-Thon. Similar to how I did my wrap-up with the OWLs, I’m going to give those reads their own section. Other than that, the rest of the books are ones I read just because I wanted to.


1. Kill The Boy Band (🎧)

This was the first book I read in May and I wrote a spoiler-free review of it.


2. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

This is the third book in the Hunger Games series and let me just say, I forgot about everything that happened in this book. This is the final chapter for Katniss and the rest of our favorite characters. Either way, I forgot how much I didn’t like this ending aside from Peeta lmao. 4/5 stars

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3. Rules For Being A Girl (🎧)

I had this book on hold at the library and it finally came off. This book follows a girl whose life starts unraveling after a teacher takes things too far. While this was a solid feminist read, I felt like I’ve read this story before. Marin was a well-developed character but this book just felt similar to the others I’ve read. Plus I’ve never liked a book by Katie Cotugno so I’m not surprised I didn’t enjoy this. 3/5 stars


4. Intercepted (Playbook #1)

I decided to reread this book and I absolutely loved it. This book follows a second-chance romance between Marlee and the new hot-shot quarterback Gavin who she had an incredible one-night stand with. This book also has one of my favorite friendships between Marlee and Naomi. If you like sports romances and haven’t read this, then I’d highly recommend. 5/5 stars

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5. You Deserve Each Other

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure to expect but I ended up falling in love with this story and these characters. The book follows Naomi who has grown to hate her fiance and wants him to break up with her so she won’t have to pay for all the non-refundable costs for their wedding. What I loved most about this book was the banter between Naomi and Nicholas along with how the author set up the downfall of their relationship along with how everything played out.

This book is easily the biggest surprise aside from the fact that it attacked me at various points. Honestly, it made me so happy and gave me a lot to think about. Everything about this book was it for me. 5/5 stars


6. Kristy’s Great Idea 

I’ve had this book on my shelves forever and had yet to pick it up. It’s basically the first Baby-Sitters Club book but published in graphic novel form. Since I bought this, other books in the series have been adapted. As I read the original story like two months ago, it was fresh in my mind and I really enjoyed the art style. Overall, it was a cute read but nothing too memorable. 4/5 stars


7. Foolish Hearts

This was a reread as it’s my favorite book of all-time. If you want to know more, I wrote a huge spoiler-free review forever ago. Either way, it was 5/5 stars

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8. Wanna Bet? (Dirty British Romance #2)

Earlier this year, I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it so I knew I had to pick up its companion. This book follows Jasmine and Rahul who have been friends forever and the romance they have. I don’t want to give away too many details, but I think this book is incredibly complex and tells such an adorable story. It isn’t all just light and fun though as the book deals with gambling, neglect, and PTSD from a traumatic accident. 5/5 stars

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9. I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

Where do I even start with this book? I originally went into it thinking it was Emily Nussbaum writing essays about her favorite shows and analyzing them. However, it was basically just articles she’s written and compiled together to make the book. With that being said, I was incredibly disappointed in this one. Plus a lot of the shows were ones I’ve never watched, gave away spoilers to other shows or just plain weren’t that entertaining. 3/5 stars

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10. Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1)

Finally, I’ve read this book and I have to say I was pretty disappointed. This book is an enemies-to-lovers/second-chance romance between Jessica and Duane. All of the action starts after Jessica thinks Duane is his twin brother. Overall, I just thought this book was okay. Personally, I thought there was too much-added drama especially with the motorcycle club and the stuff with Jess’s aunt. Once again, it wasn’t a bad book but it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. 3.5/5 stars

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11-13. The Love Sisters series

The next three books I read were all part of the Love Sisters series by Christina C. Jones which is a follow-up to her Wright Brothers series. Each book focuses on the three Love sisters and their romances. First is Jaclyn’s hate-to-love romance with Kadan while the second is a second-chance romance between Joia and Teddy. The last follow Jemma’s second-chance romance with Levi and all were both short and sweet.

While I prefer the Wright Brothers series, the Love Sisters series has all the same charm while being a lot of shorter, having well-developed relationships and even some smutty scenes. I gave each of them 4 stars.

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14. Hello Girls 

After reading all that romance back-to-back, I decided to finally read Hello Girls which is a Thelma & Louise retelling. While I enjoyed the friendship between Winona and Lucille, this book was incredibly dramatic. Either way, it was still fun and I’m curious to see if Emily Henry and Brittany Cavallaro write another book together. 4/5 stars

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15. The Culmination of Everything (Sugar Valley #1) [🎧]

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been going on a Christina C. Jones binge. I saw that hoopla had this one on audio an d I was excited to read it. This book follows Kyle, a woman who is dealing with grief after a traumatic event and the romance she has with Ben who is in a similar situation. The two end up having a enemies-to-lovers romance and it’s incredibly intense yet still sweet.

While I wanted to love this book, the issue I had was that it felt super intense yet incredibly light-hearted at moments. Personally, I’d prefer if it was one or the other which was frustrating. Plus I feel like this book just didn’t feel like what I was used to from CCJ. 3/5 stars

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16. As Kismet Would Have It (Dimple & Rishi #1.5)

For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about Dimple and Rishi and I saw this book was available at my library. This was only about 50 pages and basically, followed Dimple and Rishi’s relationship a few months into the future. It’s super short so I won’t say much else. Either way, it was cute and took basically no time to read. If you like When Dimple Met Rishi, then I’d highly recommend this one. 4/5 stars

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17. Guarding Temptation

This book is actually for a secret post I have coming up this month. I either might be later this month or next month. Either way, this is a novella from the Dirty British Romance series and follows a romance between a girl and her brother’s best friend. While I enjoyed the subject matter, it felt like I didn’t connect to the characters as much and that I didn’t feel their chemistry by then. I still enjoyed it though albeit it’s not one of my favorite Talia Hibbert books. 4/5 stars


The Stuck At Home Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! As soon as I saw that Ellyn made this tag, I knew I had to use it as my last post of May. With everything going on in the world, I think this is a fun way to look at things. Plus Ellyn’s like one of my favorite people so there’s no way I couldn’t do this tag. Either way, I’m excited to finally be doing it so let’s get into the rules and then my answers. 🙂


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

1. What are you currently reading?

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I’m writing this post about a week or so earlier than I plan on posting it. With that being said, the book I’m about to start reading is Guarding Temptation by Talia Hibbert. This is a novella featuring characters from her Dirty British Romance series and boy am I excited to dive in.

2. What’s your favorite “can’t-leave-the-house” activity?

For me, it easily has to be reading. I feel like that’s such a cliche answer, but that’s basically all I do. Whether it be on my days off or when I get off work, I’m usually either sitting outside on my Kindle or have my headphones on to listen to an audiobook. I’ve also been watching a lot of Youtube as well.

3. A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever


When I saw this prompt, this was the first book that came to mind. I’ve read all of Tiffany D. Jackson’s other books but this one. I’ve been thinking about reading it forever but I just never have the motivation to pick it up. I’ve heard great things about both the book and the audiobook but have yet to pick it up. Oh well, I know I’ll pick it up eventually.

4. An intimidating book on your TBR

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Do I even need to explain this one? It’s a sports romance between a football player and his assistant. As per Mariana Zapata’s books, it’s incredibly long and features a super slow-burn romance. Considering this book is almost 700 pages, I’m nervous since that’s SO long for a romance book. Hopefully, it ends up being worth the read, though.

5. Top 3 priority books on your TBR

  • Educated by Tara Westover. This book is the pick for a book club I’m doing this summer and this is our pick for June. I’ve honestly stayed away from this book but I’m anxious to see what I think about it when I finally get to it.
  • Finding Forever by Christina C. Jones. I’ve been using my Kindle Unlimited subscription-like crazy and all of CCJ’s books are on there. This is one of the series I know I want to read ASAP.
  • The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund. I’ve had this book on hold at the library and I’m crossing my fingers it comes off hold soon. It sounds like it’s going to a unique YA and one that I’ll hopefully enjoy.

6. Recommend a short book

It feels like all I’ve been reading is short books so let’s get into it. For me, a short book is one under 300 pages so let’s get into my 3 picks.

  • Undone by Bryce Oakley. This is a short and sweet f/f romance between a songwriter and the artist she’s writing songs for. If you’re looking for an f/f read for Pride Month, I’d highly recommend this.
  • Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy. I read this middle-grade book for Contemporary-A-Thon and what a cute book it was. It follows our main character Sweet Pea as she’s dealing with things in her life-changing and realizing things aren’t always what they seem.
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl. I read this book after my mom read it to her students and I really enjoyed it. This is a classic children’s book so I’m sure a lot of you have already read it but I’d highly recommend.

7. Recommend a long book

As for long books, that’s a different story. I usually like short books but I’m going to try to come up with 3 that are over 300 pages.

  • Open Book by Jessica Simpson. I listened to this book on audio and didn’t realize it was over 400 pages. I think Jessica did a great job of focusing on different parts of her life while not being too overly-specific. Even if you don’t love Jessica Simpson, I’d highly recommend this book.
  • American Royals by Katherine McGee. If you haven’t read this book, then what are you doing? Even though it’s almost 450 pages, it’s so dramatic and goes by super quick. With everything going on in the world, it’s the perfect distraction.
  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke. This is another book that’s over 400 pages but this time, it focuses on Jane who goes on a reality show in exchange for room and board at college. It’s another incredibly dramatic read but also talks a lot about mental health. Super underrated and if you have access, then you need to read it.

8. Something you’d love to do while stuck at home

Even though I’m not “stuck at home” since I have to work, I’d love to spend an entire day, binge-watching a TV series. There are a lot of shows I want to get caught up on or show friends have recommended. If I was stuck at home, I’d want to watch an entire series in just a few days.

9. What do you plan on reading next?

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Since it’s almost June and I have big plans for June, there are a few books I could plan on starting. For me though, I think I’m going to start by reading Anyone But Her by Erica Lee as it would be a great start.

As for the people I’m tagging, I’m going to be tagging Kaya, Sara and Lisa.

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Books · My Favorite

My Favorite…Bookish Friendship & June Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to the last May “My Favorite” post and what a month it’s been. I’ve had a lot of fun with these prompts and moving ahead to June, I have some fun ones. I don’t want to talk too much so let’s get into what “My Favorite” is and the prompts for June.

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.”

June Prompts

  • June 3rd: My Favorite…LGBTIA+ Author
  • June 10th: My Favorite…M/M Pairing
  • June 17th: My Favorite…F/F Pairing
  • June 24th: My Favorite…LGBTIA Book On my TBR

While I’m going to be talking about a fictional friendship, I did want to give a shout-out to two of my favorite people I’ve met via blogging. First is Ally who is one of the strongest people I know along with being super smart and just a positive ray of sunshine. I always look forward to her posts and seeing on my Twitter/Wordpress.

Second is Ellyn who is my favorite person to buddy-read with, who has such unique content and is just all-around a great person. If you’re not following either of these ladies, you need to be. They’re just wonderful. ❤

As for my favorite bookish friendship, I have to go with the girls from Rebekah Weatherspoon’s books. All of her books are connected so almost all of the heroines are friends. I think it’s such a fun way to connect her books and it’s nice seeing them pop up in other series. I especially liked seeing it in the Fit trilogy which connects a lot of the characters together. Overall, I just think she does a great job of connecting the threads and showing how far friendship can go.

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Books · Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Summer Reads

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this last week of May, Shanah came up with a really fun topic to hopefully springboard us into summer. Personally, I really enjoy spring and summer as I like to swim, eat food off the grill, and read outside. As far as quarantine goes, reading outside has been one of my favorite activities. Before I get into my picks, let me just say that I got sunburnt on one arm while reading my Kindle…what an absolute fail by me lmao.

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

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5. There’s Something About Sweetie

I rarely talk about this book and it’s a shame. I really do enjoy Sandhya Menon’s Dimple & Rishi series which is where this book is set. It follows Rishi’s little brother, Ashish and the relationship he has with Sweetie, who is fat. While the book focuses on those two, Sweetie is easily the best part of this book and it focuses a lot on her especially her relationship with her mother. While it has some intense moments, I think it’s such a cute and funny read for summer. Plus I know I read this one by the pool so it was an easy pick.


4. The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Speaking of books I never talk about, The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls should be the book at the very top. I read this two summers ago and haven’t really talked about it much since. This book follows four sisters and it’s basically the summer before everything in their lives changes. Each sister is given their own storyline and it’s interesting to see how the summer plays out for them. Personally, I don’t remember much about this but I remember thinking how much I loved the relationship between the sisters and how much I enjoyed being outside, reading it.

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3. I Love You So Mochi

I’m not sure if you’re sensing a theme here but I really think light and fluffy books are the names of the game when it comes to summer. In particular, I think I Love You So Mochi is the perfect summer read. This one follows Kimi as she goes to Japan to visit her grandparents who have a strained relationship with her mother. It’s basically about her going there, growing as a person, exploring Japan, meeting a boy and realizing a lot of things about life. It’s cute and fun without much of a plot but is one I’d recommend if you want a cute summer read.


2. This Adventure Ends

Once again, I knew I had to include an Emma Mills book. This book I chose is This Adventure Ends which follows Sloane as she joins a group of friends and the lengths she goes through for them. I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but it’s just so good. Personally, I enjoyed all of the characters, their relationships, and everything about Sloane’s dad. This book is just so fun and enjoyable while still having a decent amount of substance to it. Plus that cover just screams summer to me for some reason. Lol

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1. Well Met

Last but not least, I wanted to include a romance book. The book I chose is Well Met by Jen DeLuca. This book follows two characters who hate each other IRL but are a couple during the Renaissance fair. It’s such a unique premise and one that had me smiling the entire time I was reading. While we do get some intense subject matter especially with the MC’s sister, I really think this one is perfect for summer. While I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Renaissance fair, it gives me such summer vibes. If you’re looking for a cute and fun romance, then this one should be on your summer TBR. 🙂

I tried to do a list with a multitude of different age ranges, but I think most of my list ended up being YA. Either way, I think YA contemporaries and basically all romance books are my favorite types of reads for summer. Then again, I love romance all the time so this list shouldn’t surprise anyone that much. 😛

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Recommending books based on the Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins album

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while and I decided to take the plunge. We’re in the midst of quarantine so I figured why not? I rarely do recommendation posts and I’ve been feeling more creative. If you couldn’t tell by the title, I’m going to be recommending a book for every song on the Jonas Brothers 2019 album, “Happiness Begins.”

As soon as I started searching for something similar, I saw a booktuber, Gabby from Gabby Reads did the same thing but with Taylor Swift. I also have another post coming up that’s inspired by Gabby who I don’t follow but we must share a brain or something lol. Either way, I wanted to give her credit as she came up with the idea so let’s get into the songs and the books I’d pair with them.

Track 1: Sucker

Kicking off the list is none other than their first single since reuniting, “Sucker.” If you haven’t heard this song, you’ve been living under a rock. Either way, this is obviously a song about being in love with someone and also realizing the challenges that come with it. The lyrics I really focused on was: “You’re the medicine and the pain. The tattoo inside my brain and baby, you know it’s obvious. I’m a sucker for you.”


The book I chose for “Sucker” is Get A Life, Chloe Brown. It’s clear while reading the book that Red is a sucker for Chloe. He doesn’t care about how much they might disagree or how things go, he’s still going to be there. As soon as I thought of Sucker, this was the first book to pop into my mind. While Chloe would pretend to hate it, I think she’d enjoy hearing Red sing along to the Jonas Brothers.

Track 2: Cool

Cool is one of the more upbeat and fun songs on this album. When I think of “Cool,” I think of having fun and spending a summer day, doing whatever I wanted. If I had to describe it, I’d say it’s a chill and fun song. Personally, I’d associate it with a book that doesn’t take it too seriously and is a lot of fun to read.


That’s why I decided on the Giant Days series. Giant Days follows a group of friends in college and it’s basically their misadventures. It doesn’t have much of a plot but is still a lot of fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Oddly enough, I didn’t love “Cool” when it first came out and I didn’t love volume 1 but have loved the others. This is a surprisingly solid pick.

Track 3: Only Human

“Only Human” is one of their more “sexy” songs. It has a pretty sexy beat and is generally known for being a more sensual song than their previous releases. Personally, I really get DNCE vibes from it. With that being said, I knew I wanted to go with a more mature romance and one that isn’t afraid to have fun while still being sexy.

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The book I chose to pair with “Only Human” is Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas which is a romance between a girl and her boyfriend’s dad. It’s more taboo but I think it fits well with the lyrics of the song. Pike and Jordan shouldn’t be attracted to each other but they can’t help it and their chemistry is off the charts. As for the lyrics I’m referring to, “It’s only human. You know that it’s real, so why would you fight or try to deny the way that you feel?” That’s pretty much exactly how I’d describe Pike and Jordan’s relationship.

Track 4: “I Believe”

The next song up is “I Believe” which is another love song. I’m pretty sure this song is based on Nick and Priyanka’s relationship. It has a slightly dreamy feel due to its lyrics and the beat of the song. Basically, it’s all about being in a relationship and the benefits that come with having a great partner.


The book I chose to go with this one is A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole which is the final book in the Reluctant Royals series. This book follows Nya and Johan’s relationship which starts off fake before things start to change for both of them. Personally, I think this song would be something Johan would think about Nya. Johan fell in love with Nya and she was it for him which I loved. For the lyrics that jump to me, it has to be, “You show me something I can’t live without. I believe when you hold me, it’s like heaven coming down.” If you haven’t picked this book yet and you like “I Believe,” this could be the one for you.

Track 5: “Used To Be”

Let me start off by saying “Used To Be” is my favorite song from this album. I’ve listened to this song on repeat for hours and never gotten sick of it. Something about how the boys sounded combined with the lyrics makes me happy. If you haven’t heard it, it’s basically a “break-up” song, reflecting back on a relationship and how the person still comes back to you even if you’re not together.

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For that reason, I chose Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan which is a second-chance romance between Jared and Banner. Personally, I think this song is emotional and this book is pretty emotional. This book deals with a lot more serious topics than the story but I really enjoy both. The lyrics that stand out to me are: “Lately I don’t even know ya. Too many devils on your shoulder. Oh my god, baby if it’s what you want. I just wanna see you happy.” This song just gets me every time.

Track 6: Every Single Time

This is not one of my favorites from the album but I do enjoy it once in a while. This song is about an on-again, off-again relationship between two people. It’s basically how they can’t stay with each other but can’t stay away from each other. As for a book, this is where it gets tricky.

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You might be wondering why I chose this book as it has such a cute cover. Personally, I think this song fits well with Emily and Simon’s relationship. In the renaissance world, they get along but in real life, they can’t stand each other. Eventually, they’re able to let their worlds collide but until then, it’s a lot of back-and-forths. This was a tough one so I’m going out on a limb with this pick. Lol

Track 7: “Don’t Throw It Away”

This is another song that I really love. It’s basically about a couple possibly breaking up and one partner telling the other to give it time and think about it before making any rash decisions. I don’t know if it’s because of the beat but I really love this song. It’s another tough one as these are more about couples who are in the midst of possibly breaking up so it’s tough. Either way, I think I found a decent recommendation.


The book I chose for this song is Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward which follows two pen-pals. They have a falling-out and eventually, come back to each other but not without some hesitation. In a lot of ways, their relationship has a lot of moments that connect to this song. As for the lyrics, the one I relate to this book are: “Don’t save the words ’til it’s too late. I know it hurts and that’s okay.” Considering it mostly follows letters, these lyrics are perfect.

Track 8: “Love Her”

This is another song I feel kind of meh about. While I think it’s cute, it doesn’t do anything for me. With that being said, it’s basically about being head-over-heels in love with someone and how no matter what you two go through, you’ll always love that person. It’s obviously written for their wives but not one of my favorites. Lol


I wanted to go with a cute romance and the one that seemed to fit with this song to me is Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. This is a friends-to-lovers romance between Josh and Hazel who set each other up on dates but always end up going home together. Even though the book had a trope I hated, I really enjoyed their relationship. Josh loved Hazel and all of her quirks which most guys would be annoyed with. “Love Her” is such a cute and fluffy song which fits the tone of this book nicely.

Track 9: “Happy When I’m Sad”

This is a song that not a lot of Jonas fans like and I don’t blame them. This song seems like a odd pick especially if you’re listening to this album in order. It’s basically about people thinking you’re happy when you’re actually sad. It’s kind of a depressing song so it was hard to find a book with the same tone.

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In a lot of ways, this song is about putting on a performance and what better book to chose than Daisy Jones & The Six? This book follows a band who are putting on performances for their fans but also performing in their own lives. If you’ve read this book, then you know what I’m talking about. While I struggled at first, I think that Daisy Jones & The Six is the perfect book to pair with this song.

Track 10: “Trust”

This is another song I haven’t loved as much as everyone else. Either way, it’s a song about being with someone and not trusting yourself to make good decisions while you’re around that person. While not necessarily a toxic relationship, it’s more like a person being irrestiable to you. At least, that’s how I interpret it. Lol

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No way I couldn’t feature this book as that’s basically the entire theme of this book if you’ve read it. This is a companion book to Let’s Get Textual and it follow the best friend of the MC and her ex hooking up basically. While the two try to fight it as much as they can, they’re hopelessly attracted to each other. I’m pretty sure that Zoe says something about not trusting herself around Caleb at some point. As for the lyrics, the ones that stood out to me for this one were, “I know that I’m better off without you, But I know that I could never live without you.”

Track 11: “Strangers”

Ugh this song is an absolute bop. It’s all about meeting someone and immediately feeling a connection to them. Even though you might not know each other yet, you feel like something’s there. This is something a lot of romance books employ so it’s going to be tough to pick just one.

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The book I chose for “Strangers” is Getting Schooled by Christina C. Jones which is the first book in the Wright Brothers series. This follows a hate-to-love romance between Reese and Jason who are immediately attracted to each other physically but can’t stand each other at first. Eventually, they warm to each other but they have such a kinship that it feels like they’ve met before. Their banter is just top-notch so hopefully you feel like this song fits with this book, too. 😛

Track 12: “Hesitate”

For those who don’t know, this is what Joe calls his vows before his vows. Basically, it’s a song he wrote for Sophie. He always says how he thinks of Sophie for half the song and it’s basically a love letter to her. It’s about not hesitating to be there for your partner and working through things together. Incredibly romantic if you think about it.

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I’m not sure why this book didn’t come to mind immediately. The relationship in The Kiss Quotient reminds me so much of this song. In a lot of ways, Michael doesn’t hesitate when it comes to Stella and what she can handle. He isn’t afraid of the hurdles they have to go through or how unconvential their relationship is. While Stella might hesitate sometimes, Michael is there to hold her hand and assure her everything’s alright. I can imagine Michael’s vows to Stella would be similar to this song.

Track 13: “Rollercoaster”

This song has become the “unofficial” anthem for their comeback. It’s basically talking about their journey and where they are now. While I don’t really have a book that chronicles that, I do have a book that focuses on friendships and how loving a band can bring people together so let’s get into it.


Is anyone shocked by this pick?? I’ve been waiting to use this book since I started my post and I found the perfect place. If you don’t know, this book follows multiple different plotlines including one in which Claudia and Iris become unexpected friends after bonding over their shared love for a band. While I don’t have very many friends in the Jonas fandom, the ones I have, I treasure dearly. This book does a great job of illustrating fandom, the friendships you make and what being a fangirl is like.

Track 14: “Comeback”

Finally, we’ve made it to the last song and what a wild ride it’s been. This is another love song which is obviously the majority of this album. It’s about a couple and how no matter what happens, they’ll always come back to each other. It’s a sweet sentiment and once again, another perfect song to pair with a romance book. Lol

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The book I chose is actually one that’s second in the series but I think you’d be fine if you didn’t read the first book. This one is a second-chance romance between a couple who met in high school, things fell apart and they reconnect. In a lot of ways, I think these two remind of this song as they found their way back to each other and kept coming back to each other.

This felt like the toughest and longest post I’ve ever done. Not actually true, but it’s hard to try to connect some of these songs to books. Hopefully I did a decent job though as it wasn’t easy. Either way, I’m happy I did this post as I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I might try to branch out to other Jonas Brothers’ albums but we’ll see how this post goes. 😛

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Mini Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I know what you’re thinking and it’s that I have a post going on Thursday?? Honestly, I’ve been liking adding an extra post on during the week but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Chelsea from ChelseaDollingReads posted a video in which she discussed having a mini Contemporary-A-Thon this upcoming weekend. Basically, I knew I had to write up a TBR post for it so here we are.

Also, this post is so chaotic lmao but anyways. The dates for the mini CAT are May 22th through May 25th and it includes 3 prompts. However, you don’t have to do the prompts as long as you’re just reading contemporary books. Either way, let’s get into the prompts and the books I plan on reading for them.


  • Read a book with peach/orange/pink on the cover
  • Read a book under 250 pages
  • Read a book you think will be fun

Read a book with peach/orange/pink on the cover

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If you’ve been following me since the beginning of Contemporary-A-Thon, I almost always read a volume of Giant Days. This time, I’m on volume 5 and I’m excited to see what the girls are up to. I think this series is so much fun and it’ll be the perfect thing to write during a mini version of the regular CAT.

Read a book under 250 pages


The book I chose for this prompt is Strictly Professional by Christina C. Jones. Spoiler alert for my wrap-up but I’ve been reading a lot of CCJ this month. As soon as I saw this prompt, I knew I had to include one of her books. She does such a great job of developing characters and their relationships in such a short time. Plus I’ve been wanting to read more via Kindle Unlimited since I’m paying for it and all. Lol

Read a book you think will be fun

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The book I’m going with for this prompt is Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau. There is just something about the title that makes this sound fun. I’ve never read anything by Jackie Lau either so we’ll see if I end up enjoying it. My library has been buying her books a lot recently and I’ve been wanting to check them out. If anything, this round came at the perfect time. 🙂

Anyways, those are the 3 books I plan on reading for the mini Contemporary-A-Thon. I have off work on Saturday and Sunday so I should have time to read them all. Then again, I might even have time to read a little more. Either way,  I’m hoping I get to all three of these books and end up loving them. 🙂

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My Favorite…Thing about Spring

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another “My Favorite” but this time, we’re moving away from the quarantine topics. As much as I enjoy them, I think they’re a little bit too fresh for most of us. Instead, I wanted to focus on the season we’re currently in and when I’m typing this, there have been a few nice days so I have a few ideas. 🙂

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.”

When thinking of this prompt, two things immediately pop into mind. For me, my favorite thing about spring is the season as it’s my favorite season. It’s not blazing hot but it’s not freezing cold either. It’s perfectly mild weather so you can still be outside without having to be bundled up or sweating like crazy.

As for my other favorite thing about spring, I have to say that I love just being able to sit outside. Of course, I usually have a book or my Kindle in my hands. Sometimes, I like to bring out my laptop and write some blog posts. Spring’s all about things starting anew and being able to do that feels like an awakening for my writing/reading life. I also enjoy going for walks, too. Overall, I just really like spring and hopefully, this prompt helps others enjoy it as well.

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