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November 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I have to say that November was a great month for me especially because of my vacation. As for my reading, it took a bit of a nose dive after having such a HUGE reading month in October. I’m not mad about it though because a lot of good non-bookish things happened. With that being said, let’s get into the books I read in November.

First, I’m going to talk about my #NovellaNovember reads as I participated in Novella November in the month and managed to get a full black-out on my bingo board. You can check out my post, talking about it.

Prompt 1: 2020 Release

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The first book I finished for Novella November was My Husband, My Stalker by Jessa Kane. This book is basically exactly what it sounds like as it follows a guy who stalks a girl and then they get married. It was pretty predictable and cheesy but I didn’t mind it since it gave me Joe Goldberg vibes. 3/5 stars

Prompt 2: LGBTQ+ Rep

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My next read for Novella November is Bear With Me by Lucy Eden. I actually wrote a review of this one if you want to know my thoughts!

Prompt 3: Part of an Anthology

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For the anthology pick, I went with Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology which features non-mainstream holidays and romances set during that time. This was one of the few anthologies where I liked almost all of the stories. My top three favorites were “It Happened One Yule,” “The Sweet Spot” and “Legacy of Love” which were all super sweet and made me so happy.

My main complaint is that I felt like some stories were out of place and that some weren’t as good as others. Either way, it was good. 4/5 stars

Prompt 4: Holiday Romance

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This is a novella in the Sweet Curves series and it’s a romance between a girl and her best friend’s older brother. This is another super predictable story with a curvy virgin heroine that I’ve read 100 other times. 2/5 stars

Prompt 5: New-To-You Author

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This is another Thanksgiving romance I read and it’s between a girl and her brother’s friend. I don’t want to say too much about this because it’s super short and it has a paranormal twist. 3/5 stars

Prompt 6: Dana or Kelly Rec

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The next prompt was to read one of Dana or Kelly’s recs. I think I read one of Dana’s recs and that was My Lady’s Lover. This book is an f/f historical romance between a lady and her lady’s maid. This was such a soft and short historical with low angst and it was exactly what I wanted. 4/5 stars

Prompt 7: Historical Romance

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The next book I read is another by Nicola Davidson and it’s in the second book in the Fallen series. This one follows Lord Grayson and his estranged wife coming together for a wedding and eventually, working out their differences. Personally, I love stories about already established couples and this was exactly what I wanted plus it featured the hero as a sub. 4/5 stars

Prompt 8: Group Read

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One of the group reads was A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau and it was about a couple who hooks up once and then she gets set up with his brother and it’s their eventual romance. Honestly, I thought this was such a short and sweet romance set during Thanksgiving. I enjoyed this although I felt like it was way too short. 4/5 stars

Prompt 9: BIPOC Author

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The final book I read for #NovellaNovember was A Tale of Two Cities: A Thanksgiving Novella. This book follows a romance between a celebrity coming back home to visit her family and a family friend. These two have such chemistry and sexual tension which was the crux of the story. Once again, I wish this one had been a little longer. 4/5 stars

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With all my #NovellaNovember reads done, let’s get into the rest of the books I read in November. 🙂

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10. Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3)

The first full-length novel I read in November was Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams which is the third book in the Bromance Book Club series. This is Noah and Alexis’ book and honestly, it didn’t disappoint. This was such a delightful friends-to-lovers story that could have been five starts. Personally, it had too much family drama for my liking so that’s why I knocked off a star. 4/5 stars

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11. Wrapped Up in You

Moving back to novellas, Talia Hibbert released a Kobo exclusive Christmas novella entitled Wrapped Up in You. This book follows a romance between Will and Abbie who are long-time friends spending Christmas together. Honestly, this one was pretty low-angst and was exactly the holiday spirit I needed. I don’t really have much else to say about this one. 4/5 stars

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12. Being Cordial (Desert Rose Hook-Ups #2)

The next book I read was another novella that was on my Kindle. This is an enemies-to-lovers romance between neighbors and I really adored this. The banter between these two was out-of-this-world and I absolutely loved seeing them warm up to each other. It was also super steamy for being such a short read. 4/5 stars

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13. Darren

I really don’t even want to talk about this one. This was a free novella I got on Kindle and it was about a rapper who falls in love with a rich girl. This one just felt entirely too predictable and corny. I probably should’ve DNFed it but it was only 47 pages but I still didn’t like it lmao. 2/5 stars

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14. Can’t Text This (Texting #3)

The next book I read was Can’t Text This by Teagan Hunter. It’s the third book in the Texting series and this follows Robbie, Zach’s best friend from book 1 and a romance he has with Monty. I thought this was such a great opposites-attract and I LOVED it so much but I did have a small problem. I feel like the synopsis was incredibly misleading as the major “conflict” mentioned in the description didn’t happen until almost the 75% mark.

Honestly, I feel like I would have enjoyed the book so much more if it had been featured as a larger part in the story. Either way, it was still a decent read and another enjoyable installment in this series. 4/5 stars

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15. Your Dad Will Do (A Touch of Taboo #1)

The next book is another one I have on my Kindle and it’s one I’ve been really excited for. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. This book is about a girl who finds out her fiancé is cheating on her and she decides to screw his dad as revenge. Honestly, this book is basically just erotica and it feature daddy kink which was just great. I thought it was an incredibly sexy book but it just wasn’t a perfect book for me. 4/5 stars

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16. A Feast for the Senses (Falls Sexy Holiday Shorts)

The next book I read in November was on Thanksgiving and it was A Feast for the Senses which is the 4th book in Nicole Falls Sexy Holiday Shorts series. This one is a Thanksgiving romance between Antwaun and his sister’s best friend as she’s trying to set the two of them up. The banter in this story was pure excellence but it was just a little too short for me. 4/5 stars

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17. The Boss Who Stole Christmas (Reindeer Falls #1)

The next book I read was The Boss Who Stole Christmas which is the first book in the Reindeer Falls series. This is an enemies-to-lovers office romance between a girl who loves Christmas and her “Grinch” of a boss. This one has a lot of adorable Christmas moments and was cheesy but still fun. If you’re looking for a fun and quick Christmas read, then I’d recommend it. This also counts for the Romance Takeover Readathon and fulfills the prompt to read a host recommendation. 4/5 stars

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Romance Takeover Readathon Round 2 TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been a while since I’ve taken part in a readathon and I decided it’s time I change that. Personally, I have a handful of books I want to get check off TBR before 2020 ends. This year was shitty and it would be nice if I could accomplish those few goals. For me, that’s exactly what I’m using this readathon for as most of the prompts are pretty easy to adapt. 🙂

For this round, there are six hosts and the entire point of the readathon is to read romance so I’m obviously down. You can check out Jenn’s video below where she talks about the finer details. This round is taking place from November 29th until December 11th and it’s basically about reading romance/having fun. For this post, I’m going to be talking about the prompts I plan on using to help lower my TBR. 😛

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Prompt 1: Read a romance that’s been on your TBR for six months or more

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The first book on my TBR has to be Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera. This is an f/f Christmas romance and I’m pretty sure it’s set during a baking reality show. It seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s one I’ve been hearing a lot about within the last year so I’m hyped for it.

Prompt 2: Read a 5-star predicted read

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The book I chose for this prompt is The Gift by Rilzy Adams. I’ve given all of Rilzy Adams’ books 5-stars and this one seems like it’s a lot different. However, it seems like it’s going to be incredibly emotional yet a beautiful story. Either way, I want to get it read before the end of the year.

Prompt 3: Read a library book

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The library book I decided to read is Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron. I’ve been eyeing this book at my library and it finally doesn’t have any holds on it. I know this is an f/f marriage of convenience and I’m super excited for it. It’s been a while since I read some queer romance so this was a must-add.

Prompt 4: Read a diverse book

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The next book I have on my TBR for this readathon is Booked For Christmas by Lily Menon. I’m pretty sure this is her first foray into the adult romance world and this book follows a writer and her worst critic getting trapped in her cabin during a storm. It seems like it’s going to be a really fun and hopefully, sexy read. Plus it’s a relatively short one so it’ll be a quick one.

Prompt 5: Reread a favorite romance

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I don’t even have to get into details with this one. This’ll be my third time reading it and I’m super excited to read it again. 🙂 🙂

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Those are just some of the books I plan on reading for this round. I’m sure I’ll end up reading more but those are the books I have planned. I’m excited to participate in this round and I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Plus I have a ton of Christmas content planned for next month so if you love Christmas, then get excited. 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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5 bookish bloggers/people I’m thankful I found in 2020

To wrap up my “Thankful Week,” I knew I wanted to feature some book bloggers and or other people in the bookish world I’m happy I discovered in 2020. I feel like I’ve really found my place in the blogging world and made the adjustment I needed to. With that being said, I don’t want to make this intro too long as I feel like there’s a lot of people I want to talk about and show love to. 🙂

5. Jessen Reads Romance

The first person I have to shoutout is Jessen from Jessen Reads Romance. I didn’t know this but Jessen actually has a romance podcast she hosts with her aunt. However, I found her because I was searching for some romance recs and her videos came up. I’ve been subscribed ever since and I always look forward to her videos. She has some great recommendations along with lots of reading vlogs and she’s always so bubbly during her videos. It’s so hard to watch her and not smile at least once. 🙂

4. Happy For Now

The next booktuber I’m thankful I found in 2020 is Izzy from Happy For Now. I feel like I’m obsessed with Izzy but I can’t get enough of her content. Just like Jessen, she’s always giving great recommendations, lots of unique reading vlogs and has been reading a ton during this year. I always go to her when I want to find some new books to read and she’s so funny. Honestly if you read romance like I do and aren’t subscribed to Izzy, you need to be.

3. Sil from The Book Voyagers

Originally, I found Sil on Twitter but I knew I wanted to link her Booktube. She’s getting close to 1k subscribers and she really deserves it. However, I found her on Twitter because someone talked about how she has the best romance recs. I have to completely agree as she’s always posting about books I’ve never heard of, hyping up underrated books and getting excitement around 2021 releases. In addition, she also has her own blog and writes for other bookish blogs. Honestly, I love Sil SO much and she’s one of my favorite bookish people.

2. Fire Whiskey Reader

Usually, I don’t go looking for blogs on Twitter but on Twitter, I saw a post featuring Jenica pairing Folklore songs with romance books and honestly, I loved it. Since then, I’ve been following their blog and haven’t gotten enough of it. These posts are so much fun and as someone who is a Taylor Swift fan, I can’t get enough. Easily one of my new favorite bookish blogs I discovered in 2020.

1. Head Over Books

Last but not least, one of my new favorite bloggers in 2020 is May K from Head Over Books. If you’re a romance reader, then I’d highly recommend her blog but I especially loves how she writes her reviews. They’re easily the shortest reviews I’ve ever read but they get straight to the point and help me decide if I want to read a book. Honestly, I don’t know how she’s able to do it because I just can’t stop. Either way, I always look forward to her post and seeing what books she’s reading (because she reads a ton! Lol)

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Anyways, those are just some bookish people I’m happy I found in 2020. Even though this year has been crappy, I’m hoping some of these people can brighten up your year. I can only hope that 2021 is much better but it isn’t looking good. Either way, I’m excited to wrap up this week and I hope all of you enjoyed this short little Thanksgiving segment on my blog. 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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5 authors I’m thankful I discovered in 2020

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t see Monday’s post, I’m going to doing 3 different “Thankful” posts this week. Even though Thanksgiving is over on Thursday, I’m still going to post one on Friday. For today, I’m going to be talking about authors I’m thankful I discovered in 2020. I’m not going to be using debut authors since they only have one book out so let’s get into my picks. 🙂

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5. Jackie Lau

The first author I’m happy I discovered was Jackie Lau. I don’t recall hearing much about her until I saw her holiday series. The first book I actually read by her was Grumpy Fake Boyfriend and I LOVED it. It was a lot of fun and all of her books are normally set in Canada with Asian characters. Her books are so much fun although it did take me a while to get used to her writing style.

Since reading Grumpy Fake Boyfriend, I’m pretty sure I’ve read two more of her books and really enjoyed them. She’s definitely an author I know I’ll come back to and will be diving into her backlist at some point.

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4. Jack Harbon

The next author I’m happy I discovered is Jack Harbon. I think I discovered him via Mina from Mina Reads. When I’m writing this post, I’ve read two books by Jack Harbon which are Meet Cute Club and The Babysitter. I’m hoping I can read his newest release, His Beauty before the end of the year. Jack usually writes m/m romances but he’s also written some m/f romances, too. Basically you’re going to find someone you like no matter what if you check out Jack’s backlist.

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3. Nicole Falls

This is the only author on the list who I’ve read just one book from. However, The Changeup was such a solid read that I know I’ll love the rest of Nicole Falls’ backlist and I already have a ton on my TBR. She writes Black love stories and The Changeup was such a delightful read. I can’t wait to read more of her books and I’m pretty sure I have a Christmas novella saved somewhere for next month.

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2. Lucy Eden

The next author I’m thankful I read is Lucy Eden. I’ve been seeing her covers for years, but didn’t pick it up her books. I finally decided to pick up Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend and it was SO much fun. This is an interracial romance and they actually have a meet-cute in a bookstore which I LOVE. I’ve also read Bear With Me by Lucy Eden which is my first shifter romance and I’m happy to say I enjoyed that one, too. She has a relatively short backlist so I plan on reading these as soon as I acquire them all.

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1. Rilzy Adams

The last author I’m thankful I discovered is Rilzy Adams. She’s another Black love author and her books just make me SO happy. So far, I think I’ve read three of her books and adored all of them. Rilzy Adams does such a great job of writing realistic couples with tons of chemistry. Plus let’s not even talk about how god-tier the smut in these books is because I need a cold shower. I definitely plan on continuing on my journey to read all of her books and she’s easily one of my new favorite authors.

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Those are all of the authors I’m thankful I discovered in 2020. I don’t know how I went this long without reading any of these authors and I’m so happy I discovered them this year. They were all some of my biggest bright spots in 2020. 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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5 books I’m thankful I read in 2020

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week on BookishlyRebecca, I decided to host my very own “Thankful Week.” Considering how much of a dumpster fire 2020 has been, I wanted to focus on the good things. One thing I’ve really dove headfirst into is reading and I’m about to hit a secret goal I had set for myself. With that being said, I knew I wanted to talk about 5 books I’m thankful I read in 2020.

Whether it’s because I read it during a hard time or it helped teach me something new, I’m going to be talking about 5 books I’m thankful I read this year. With Thanksgiving almost here, I feel like this is the perfect post. If you want to make your own post, I’d love to see it so let’s get into my 5 books. 🙂

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5. A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1)

The first book I’m thankful to have read in 2020 was A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. I went on a journey to read all of Talia Hibbert’s books in 2020 and I succeeded. The first book I started with was A Girl Like Her and honestly, I’m so happy I started here. This series is SO good and it introduced me to a ton of great characters. I feel like this was the perfect place to start after reading Get A Life, Chloe Brown last year.

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4. Other Words for Home

The next book I’m thankful I read is Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga. This book was a major surprise for me. I’ve mostly been avoiding YA and middle-grade but this book opened my eyes to a new world. This was such a beautiful story told in verse and I fell in love with it. It took such a complex story about Jude adjusting to life in America set during the backdrop of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It’s so short yet tells such a beautiful story.

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3. Let’s Get Textual (Texting #1)

The next book I’m thankful I read is Let’s Get Textual. This is actually a book Ellyn picked out for me and I’m SO glad. I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this series and I wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. It’s such a fun new adult series and I’m just happy she and I decided to do that. I’m anxious to complete the series now but it wouldn’t have happened without me reading this book.

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2. The Mindfuck series

The next book is actually a series and that’s the Mindfuck series. This is a series I read at exactly the right time. This series focuses on a relationship between an FBI agent and a serial killer. It’s such a quick and action-packed series that I couldn’t get enough of. It was the perfect read to distract me from everything going on in the world. It was such a great series to boot. I know it won’t be for everyone, but it was the perfect read for me at the time.

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1. You Deserve Each Other

I feel like I don’t have to go into too much detail about this one because it’s going to be my favorite book of the year. It really opened my eyes to some of my own toxic behaviors and helped me change things in my relationship. Plus this book is just so delightful and I can’t get enough of it. I know I’ll reread it at least one more time before the year ends.

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Those are just five of the books I’m thankful I read in 2020. I’m sure I could make a longer list but I decided to keep it relatively short. I know that the holidays are a stressful time so not everyone wants to read a long post. Either way, I hope you guys enjoyed this and are geared up for a new one on Wednesday 😉 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 Top 5 Songs from Positions + Recommending a book for each song

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you read my review of The Roommate, then you’ll know I paired 5 Ariana Grande songs with it. It was mostly an early post to celebrate her new album coming out. However, I’ve had some time to think about the album and come up with my top 5 songs from it. To make it a bit more bookish, I decided to pick a book to pair with each song.

Before getting started, I’d like to know your top 5 songs and if you have books you’d pair with these songs. With that out of the way, let’s get into my top 5 songs and the books I’d pair with them.

5. “34 + 35”

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Starting things off, the first song I had to include was “34 +35” which is basically the horniest song on the album. It’s all about Ariana wanting to spend all night, boning her man and honestly, that’s a mood lmao. Before getting into why I paired it with this book, my favorite lyrics are: “Even though I’m wifey/You can hit it like a side chick/Don’t need no side dick (no).”

For the book, I chose Fans Only which follows two best friends who start an Only Fans account to make money and it’s basically about them having sex. Obviously, feelings go deeper but this song matches up perfectly with most of this book. This was an easy pick for this one.

4. “Nasty”

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Speaking of horny songs, the next one on my list is “Nasty.” This song is as its title says, it’s all about getting nasty with someone. Aside from the lyrics, I really enjoy the beat of this song and I just think it’s fun. As for my favorite lyrics, “Promise I’m gon’ give it to you/Like you never had it/I know it’s so good.”

For the book to pair up with this song, I went with Desperate Measures by Katee Robert and honestly, it fits perfectly. This is an erotic romance between Jasmine and Jafar with an emphasis on daddy kink and consent non-consent situations. Once again, this was another easy book to pair with this song.

3. “Six Thirty”

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For my next favorite song, it has to be “Six Thirty.” This one is all about the your man being down for you no matter what. It’s only slightly sexual as compared to some of the others on this list. As for my favorite lyrics, “I just wonder baby if you’re gonna stay/Even if one day I lose it and go crazy.” Honestly, that is SO relatable so it’s clear why I like this song.

The book I paired up with this one was Take A Hint, Dani Brown. This one really reminds me of how Dani feels about Zaf and how she grows to realize he really is down for her. Sigh, these two are one of my favorite bookish couples in 2020 and this song pairs so incredibly with their vibe.

2. “Off the Table”

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These top two songs are easily my two favorites from the album. “Off The Table” is such a beautiful song and a perfect collab with The Weeknd. Something about their voices together and the lyrics just make me feel things lmao. My favorite lyrics from the song have to be, “I’ll wait for you/Even though it always feels like I’ll be number two/To someone you can’t hold anymore/If you let me in, I’m ready to give you what I couldn’t before.”

The book I paired up with this song was Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This book focuses on a m/m/f BDSM relationship and they’re all healing from traumas but eventually come together. It’s such a beautiful story about love, healing and growing as a person. This book jumped out to me as soon as I started looking for books to pair with these songs.

1. “Obvious”

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As for my favorite song on the album, I’m going with “Obvious.” I didn’t think about this one much upon first listen but I’ve had time to sit with it and I can’t get enough of this song. I’ve been listening to it on repeat and it reminds me a lot of my relationship so maybe I’m biased. Either way, my favorite lyrics are, “I love the thought of us in the evening/Crave the feeling/The way you feel, something ’bout it’s healing/I’m praying we don’t fuck this up.”

The book I paired up with this one is Being Hospitable by Meka James. This book focuses on a girl falling for her best friend’s sister and these two SO obviously have feelings for each other but don’t do anything for the longest time. It’s jus so sweet and matches up perfectly with their relationship. ❤

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This post was more for me than anyone else since I love Ariana and I wanted an excuse to talk about this album. Hopefully, someone out there enjoys it though lmao. 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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5 Thanksgiving Romance Tropes I’d love to see

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s post, I wanted to try something different and I decided to go with a Thanksgiving theme. As weird as it might sound, I wanted to include some romance tropes I’d love to see featured in Thanksgiving romances. I want there to be more Thanksgiving romances so hopefully an author will see this and decide to use one of my ideas. PLEASE lmao

With that being said, let’s get into 5 tropes I’d like to see featured in Thanksgiving romances. I know this is a slightly weird post but I wanted to try something different. Hopefully I end up posting it and it ends being something fun so let’s get into my picks.

5. A Thanksgiving NFL novella

One thing I’ve been craving in terms of Thanksgiving romances is an NFL romance novella set during the NFL’s annual Thanksgiving games. Personally, I always look forward to watching football on Thanksgiving and there are so many possibilities for authors to go down. Whether it be two fans connecting at the game, a player and his wife celebrating the holiday later or two foes hooking up at a bar during half-time, I NEED to read one of these.

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4. A Thanksgiving romance between two chefs/restaurant workers

One thing I think is super underutilized is the idea of two chefs/restaurant workers hooking up during the holidays. The holidays are already a stressful time so it’s the perfect time to connect with someone. Whether it be because they’re catering for a family, hosting a special holiday meal or just preparing for a huge holiday rush, I think this would be a lot of fun. I feel like food can be such a universal language for some and cooking is such a intimate gesture that can make you feel closer to someone.

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3. Fake dating to get your family off your back

The first book that came to mind with this trope was Her Naughty Holiday. The heroine decides to fake-date the hero for Thanksgiving to get her family off her back. As someone who is sometimes asked those “dating” questions, it’s definitely a smart idea if you’re in a pickle. Even though I’ve read one book with this trope already, I know I want to read more.

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2. Married couple having their own Thanksgiving/hosting

If there’s one relationship dynamic I want more of, it’s married couples. I’m not married but somedays, it feels like it lmao. Nevertheless, I’d love to see some books focused on married couples during the Thanksgiving holiday. The main two ideas I have for that is a married couple spending their first Thanksgiving together and the couple hosting their first Thanksgiving together. Both have the potential to be disastrous while still being a lot of fun. Honestly, I NEED a novella of this one so can someone please convince Shae Sanders to WRITE it????

1. A romance set at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The final Thanksgiving romance I’d love to see is one set at or during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. This idea has so many potential avenues it could go down as the parade is huge. It could be a romance between two broadcasters, a romance between people helping with the balloons/floats or even, a romance between two people who are online friends, watching at home. Honestly, this is such an iconic event in America so there’s no reason why someone shouldn’t be setting a romance book at or during this event lmao.

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Hopefully someone will indulge me and actually read this post. I know it’s a pretty unique post for me, but it’s been in my head forever. There are just SO many possibilities for Thanksgiving romances and I want all of them. I know Thanksgiving isn’t really a “sexy” holiday but it deserves love, too! 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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5 f/f romance recs + 5 f/f romances I have on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s recommendations post, I consouled my notebook and noticed I wrote down f/f romance books but haven’t made a post yet. I know that people often talk about how it’s hard to find f/f romances and I’m here to help you with that.

Before I get started, I’m not part of the LGBT+ community so I can’t speak to the rep of these. Rather, I enjoyed the romances in them so that’s why I included them. With that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the f/f romance books I have to recommend.

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1. Budding Romance (Nicolette & Dorothea #1)

The first book I have to recommend is of course by one of my new favorite authors and that’s Lara Kinsey. This book follows a romance between two ladies: one of which is headmistress of a school and the other is gardener she hired. Even though this is a short novella, this is one of the softest books I’ve ever read. There’s a little bit of angst but I honestly enjoyed this so I’d recommend this one and the rest of her backlist tbh.

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2. Four Letter Word (After Hours #1)

The next f/f romance I have to recommend is Four Letter Word by Ava Freeman. This is a romance between two co-workers and I’m pretty sure one is lesbian while the other is bisexual. I might be wrong so don’t quote me on it. It’s another short novella but I remember having a great time, reading it and it’s friends-to-lovers so I highly recommend it.

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3. The Kaleidoscope Album Series

The next book/books I have to recommend is The Kaleidoscope Album Series. I’ll be honest and say I’ve only read the first two books in the series. However, they were both a lot of fun, super short and both focused on such different relationships. The first is a romance between a singer and a songwriter while the second is between a member of the band and the girl who is hired to organize her apartment. They’re both incredibly cute and I think they’re not too unrealistic since some celebrity stories can be.

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4. Bingo Love

The next f/f romance I have to recommend is Bingo Love by Tee Franklin. With Graphics-A-Thon likely coming back in January, this is a perfect pick for that. This book follows a romance between two women who reconnect in their old age and fall back in love. This book is so sweet and has such a lovely art style. I just love the colors in this and it’s rare to see f/f romances featuring Black women plus it’s the second one on my list so if you enjoy Four Letter Word, you could check out this one next.

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5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I don’t really have to introduce this one, but I really loved it and I know that it’s such a beloved f/f romance. Even though the book focuses more on Evelyn than the romance, it’s such a perfect romance. Easily one of my favorite releases from Taylor Jenkins Reid and if you haven’t read it, this should be your push to finally read it!

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6. A Little Light Mischief

The first f/f romance I have on my TBR is A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian. I’ve never read anything by Cat Sebastian but I know she writes queer historicals and this one has been on my TBR forever. I’m not really sure what this book focuses on but I love historical queer romances and definitely have more I need to read. Lol

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7. A Girl Like Me

The next f/f book I have on my TBR is A Girl Like Me by J. Nichole. I found this one while browsing Kindle Unlimited and this book seems like it’s going to be cute. It’s super short and I love the cover. Honestly, the synopsis doesn’t give me much to go off of but I definitely need to pick it up asap.

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8. Marriage of Unconvenience

The next book on my TBR is Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron. I’ve read a few books by this author and enjoyed them. They did used to write m/f romances but I’m pretty sure they write strictly f/f romances now. I think this is about two women who decide to get married so one of them can get their inheritance. Plus it’s friends-to-lovers so I’m crossing my fingers that I love it.

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9. Get It Right (Love at Knockdown #1)

The next book I have on my TBR is one that’s releasing in December. This book is an f/f romance and I’m pretty sure it’s a second chance. I don’t want to know too much before going in but it seems like it’s going to be incredible. Plus that cover is just excellent so I know I’m going to try to squeeze it into my December reading plans.

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10. Mangos and Mistletoe

The final f/f book on my TBR is another one I plan on reading in December. Mangos and Mistletoe was released last year and I remember it being pretty hyped. Since then, I’ve been anxious to read it and see if it’s as cute as others have said. Plus it’s a Christmas romance I’m pretty sure and we all know how much I love holiday romances. Easily one that I know I’ll be reading before the year ends. 🙂

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Those are all of the f/f romances books I have to recommend and ones I have on my TBR. I’m sure there’s more but I love having 10 total. I’d love to know if you would recommend any of the ones I have my TBR. I also might do an m/m version of this post if it ends up performing well. 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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#NovellaNovember 2020 TBR

When I was on vacation, I saw this video posted about #NovellaNovember. Since then, I’ve been curious about it and have been wanting to participate. When I’m writing this post, I’ve actually already read 2 novellas so I have a head start. However, I knew I wanted to write a full blog post about the novellas I plan on reading for each of the prompts.

Before I get into the bingo board and my picks, I wanted to shoutout both Dana and Kelly who are hosting it. I’m subscribed to Dana on YT and I plan on following both of them on Instagram after I type this up. You can find all of the info on the post I’m linking below including the bingo board.

Prompt 1: BIPOC Author

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Kicking things off is the next book in the Tale of Two Cities series. This one is centered around Thanksgiving and you’ll notice I also mentioned it in my November TBR. I’m pretty sure this is Black love and I know that the author, Alexandra Warren is Black so it fits for this prompt.

Prompt 2: Group Read

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For Dana’s group read pick, she went with A Match for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau. I actually bought this book not too long ago on my Kindle since it was free. Since I’ve been in the mood for Thanksgiving romances, this is going to be perfect. Plus it’s only around 100 pages so it should be a pretty quick one.

Prompt 3: Part of an Anthology

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Originally, I had another book picked out for this one but my library decided to surprise me and my hold came off this. I’m in a big holiday mood to boot so this is going to be perfect. I also know it’s focused on holidays that aren’t mainstream and honestly it sounds so good.

Prompt 4: Dana or Kelly Rec

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For this one, I’m going with one of Dana’s recs and that’s My Lady’s Lover by Nicola Davidson. I’ve read Nicola Davidson before and really enjoyed her writing style so I’m excited to read this one. I’m also pretty sure this one is an f/f romance so that’ll be a nice change of pace.

Prompt 5: Holiday Romance

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If you saw my November TBR, then you’ll know I put this one on there since it’s a Thanksgiving romance. Pretty self-explanatory with this one lmao.

Prompt 6: New-To-You Author

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Once again, this one is another overlap from my November TBR. I’ve never heard of Mahogany SilverRain until I found this book so it’s safe to say she’s new to me. I’m curious to see if this book ends up being as wonderful as the cover.

Prompt 7: Historical Romance

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Speaking of Nicola Davidson, I have the rest of the Fallen series on my Kindle and I really want to read them. These are such fun, shorty and smutty historical reads so what’s not to love? I have no idea who this book follows or if it’s still set in the same place. Either way, I’m still excited to read it.

Prompt 8: LGBTQ+ Rep

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The novella I’m using for this prompt is Bear With Me by Lucy Eden. If you saw my post on Wednesday, then you’ll know my full thoughts. I’m not sure if I mentioned it in my post or not but the MC Chellie is bisexual. I can count this as one book down already. 🙂

Prompt 9: 2020 Release

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For the 2020 release category, I decided to use My Husband, My Stalker by Jessa Kane. This was one of my vacation reads and I thought it was alright. The title pretty much tells you exactly what it is. It was a smutty and taboo novella which is what Jessa Kane is known for so no surprises there.

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Anyways, those are all my Novella November picks. I absolutely love novellas so this challenge was right up my alley. This is also perfect since I’ll be watching a lot of movies this month so I’ll want to be reading shorter books. Honestly, I’m just happy to be doing a reading challenge as I’ve had a lot of fun with them in 2020. 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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Bear With Me: A Spoiler-Free Review

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I decided that this week I’m going to write a review for Wednesday but have yet to decide what I want to do for Friday. Even though I’m typing this while I’m on vacation, my boyfriend had to work so I was able to squeeze in some reading time. I only ended up reading 2 novellas during my vacation but I’m not complaining because I was so happy to be spending time with him. Either way, let’s get into the book I’m going to be reviewing.

This is my spoiler-free review of Bear With Me.

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Hi, I’m Celestine Woods, most people call me Chellie. If you are one of my 850K followers, you might know me as the super successful Instagram influencer, but more than likely you probably know me as the woman who got dumped by her former rockstar boyfriend, who then publicly professed his love for his new girlfriend in a song on Spotify before getting engaged a week later. While I think I had a perfectly rational response to this news but my sponsors didn’t agree. Apparently no one wants to buy expensive skin cream from the woman who had an alcohol-fueled meltdown at the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the world.

Now, I’m at Black Bear Mountain Lodges, a cabin resort in the Catskill Mountains, to relax, recharge, and rehab my image and— tossing in a couple sponsored posts. The only hitch in my plan for R&R is the sexy, yet grumpy, lumberjack who runs the resort. His people skills leave a lot to be desired and it’s no wonder I’m the only guest at this place. I know nothing about living in the mountains and he knows nothing about marketing and publicity. His resort and my image could both use a little TLC, so we formed a truce and teamed up to help each other.

Between my social media know-how, my smartphone, a gorgeous grumpy mountain man and a strangely friendly bear that keeps coming to my window every night, we can get this all turned around right?

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Let’s start things off by saying that this book is a shifter romance. I don’t recall ever reading one of these before so I was nervous to actually dive into it. I’ve also only read one book by Lucy Eden before now and enjoyed it. With that being said, let’s get into the things I enjoyed about Bear With Me.

What I enjoyed about Bear With Me

  • The start of the story. If you couldn’t tell by the synopsis above, the book starts with Chellie getting broken up with and her dealing with the aftermath of it. Honestly, I thought it was such a refreshing place to start this book at. Romance books rarely deal with the after-effects of a breakup and I think Lucy Eden handled this perfectly.
  • The love interest. From the first time we meet the love interest, it’s clear he has an interest in our heroine and honestly, I loved him so much. Even though he shared a name with my co-worker, I was able to look past it as he was just so sweet, loving and pretty much obsessed with Chellie. Once again, something super refreshing that I couldn’t get enough of.
  • It was short and sweet. Lucy Eden pretty much only writes novella length works and this one was no expectation. It was short and sweet while still delving into their relationship. Given the trope she used in here, it makes sense and I think that trope was another reason why I really enjoyed my time reading this book.
  • The playlist. If you caught my last review, then you’d know I included 5 Ariana Grande songs I’d pair with The Roommate and I had a lot of fun, doing it. This time, Lucy Eden did the work for me and included a playlist for this book. There’s also Jonas Brothers on said playlist so there’s no reason why I wasn’t going to love it.

What I didn’t enjoy about Bear With Me

  • Unnecessary family drama. During a majority of the book, Lucy had problems with her mother and it was such a downer. I don’t think it added anything to the story other than to give us some information. However, I think the book would have been fine being a light and fluffy read.
  • Quick turn-around. The only issue I had with this book was how quickly Chellie was able to get over her ex. With how much it focused on her being broken up over it, she moved on SO quick. Even though it had that particular trope, it made sense but other than that, it was a bit jarring.
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Overall, I don’t really have much else to say about this one. It was a short and sweet shifter novella that I’d highly recommend if you’re new to shifter stories like me. It did make me want to pick up more, though. Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun, reading it and it might be the start of my #NovellaNovember bingo board. We’ll see if I even decide to participate but either way, I hope you guys enjoyed this short review. 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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