My Favorite…Audiobook of 2020 Thus Far

Hello friend and fellow book lovers! Once again, I’m going with another bookish prompt for “My Favorite” this week. Amidst everything going on, I’ve been shifted my focus from reading on my kindle to reading with my headphones in. I think it’s really nice to hear a story read to you sometimes and with me only going outside to work, it makes me feel a little better.

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.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!


I narrowed this down to two books so I’m going to include them both because oh well. Who cares? Lol

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When looking through my Goodreads shelf, I saw both of Betty White’s books on there, both of which I listened to on audio. White narrates them herself and honestly, it’s just glorious. This one basically spans most of her career from starting off as a young actress to becoming a seasoned professional. It truly was a deep-dive into both her career and life so if you’re a fan of Betty White, I’d highly recommend it. Plus you get to hear her talk about Golden Girls which for me was incredible.

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The other book is one I read last month and that’s Dear Girls by Ali Wong which she narrates herself. This book is basically Ali writing letters to her daughters and giving them advice. Unlike Betty’s, this one focuses more on her life rather than her career but it’s just so wonderful. I don’t know if it’s because of Wong’s narration but I LOVED this book a lot. Despite everything going on in the world, this book made me feel hopeful and excited 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Sanity Savers/ Things I’m Enjoying While in Isolation

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is such a unique prompt and I’m glad that Shanah decided to do it. As someone who has been trying hard to isolate and social distance myself, this is a great one. With that being said, let’s get into the things I’ve been doing to save my sanity. Lol

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.


5. Working

Since I work in a grocery store, I’m considered an “essential” employee. With that being said, I haven’t been able to isolate as much. That’s not to say that the coronavirus hasn’t affected how I do my job. Rather than doing everything normally, things have changed a lot and my job is a lot less involved which can make for a slower day. Either way, it’s been a way to pass time lol.

4. Sleeping

When I’m not at work, one of the things I”ve been doing a lot of is sleeping. With how chaotic my job has been, rest has been super important. Lately, that’s all I’ve been wanting to do. Between people coming in to buy TONS of stuff and working mornings more frequently than I used to, I love to sleep in. While I haven’t gotten to sleep in much this week, I love to sleep. Hopefully, by the time this post goes up, I’ll be well-rested but who the heck knows?

3. Coloring

Unrelated to those first two, a thing I’ve actually been doing to keep myself sane is coloring in my adult coloring book. I was skeptical when people mentioned how calm it made them but now I’m a believer. That’s probably why coloring has been such a huge part of my isolation as I’m able to focus on something and shut the world out. It’s just so nice to be able to focus on what I’m doing and not have to worry about anything else. If you haven’t tried it yet and have the time, I’d highly recommend.

2. Listening to audiobooks

I feel like some of my fellow readers can relate to this one. Since I’ve basically only been around my family, I haven’t been talking to a lot of other people. With that being said, I’d really been enjoying audiobooks. For some reason, listening to audiobooks has made me feel so much better. Maybe it’s because someone is reading to me or maybe it’s just a nice change of pace for me. Either way, audiobooks have been a god-sent for me during this time of isolation. No doubt I’ll end up reading more audiobooks this year than any year previous.

1. Watching Netflix

The last thing I’ve been loving while being isolated is watching Netflix. When I’m not reading, I’ve either been writing or watching Netflix. 9 times out of 10, I end up deciding to watch Netflix and lay in my bed. Thus far, I’ve watched Tiger King, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez and Love Is Blind. They’ve all been super entertaining and as someone who rarely watches Netflix, this is huge for me lol. I’d almost always go with a book but this time, Netflix is getting the job done. 😛

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March 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my March wrap-up where I read a bunch of books and forget to do a post until almost the last second. I swear I’m better than this but the world being how it is, I have no motivation. I’d rather just sit in my house, listen to an audiobook and eat ramen. Considering I did all three of those things this month, it’s probably why I did a solid amount of reading this month so let’s get into the books I read.

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1. Undone by the Ex-Con (Just For Him #2)

This month, I continued on with my challenge to read all of Talia Hibbert’s books. This is the second book in the Just For Him series and this one follows the love interest’s best friend’s sister. I didn’t realize who she was at first either but eventually, it clicked. Either way, this was a pretty angsty story as a lot of it dealt with trauma, blackmail and the lengths you’re willing to go for family. Regardless, it was still a solid romance albeit not my favorite of Hibbert’s. 4/5 stars

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2. Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide From the My Favorite Murder Podcast

Since getting a library card for my local library, I’ve been listening to a lot of their audiobooks and thankfully, most of the waits are short. The book I decided to pick up was Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered. While I enjoyed this one, I think I would have liked it more if I actually listened to the podcast. Karen and Georgia were delightful narrators and truly put everything on the page which was nice. If anything, it made me want to go check out their podcast. 4/5 stars

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3. The Worst Best Man

I wrote a spoiler-free review of this one if you want to know my thoughts!

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4. So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen

This month, you’ll notice I read a lot of non-fiction. For some reason, I enjoy listening to my non-fiction rather than physically reading it. Sadly, So You Want To Start a Podcast was an absolute miss for me. While I do think Kristen Meinzer did a great job, I don’t feel like this book was for me. It focused a lot on starting a podcast and finding your passion for it which I wasn’t really looking for. Rather, I wanted more of an instructional guide. For the right person, this could be a great book, though. 2/5 stars

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5. The Queen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3)

I’ve been holding off on picking this book up for a few reasons. First, I participated in read-a-thons for both January and February. I wanted to have a clean slate when I decided to start this book and March was it. As the final book in the series, I do have to say this one was a bit lackluster. While I enjoyed the book as a whole, I think things wrapped up a little too neatly while others were dragged on for too long. Nevertheless, it was nice to get back into the world and see those characters again. 4/5 stars

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6. When The Moon Was Ours

Originally, I planned on buddy-reading this with Ellyn but plans changed so I sat down and read it in one sitting. This book is so many things as it’s a story about sisters, friendship and falling in love while being a coming-of-age tale for many. I don’t want to talk too much about it but I think it was such a delight. There were some scary moments especially with the Bonner sisters but I didn’t mind it much. While it likely won’t be my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore, I’m glad I read it. 4/5 stars

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7. Sanctuary (Beards and Bondage #2)

I was SO hyped to read this book as it’s been on hold since like December. Thankfully, it came off hold this month. Similar to the first book, this one features our main character dealing with something horrible and her needing a break from life. In this story, she goes to stay with her co-worker’s twin and the two begin a relationship from there. This book had basically everything as it featured two strong leads, an adorable romance, a country setting and lots of smut.

What sets its apart from other romance books is the book doesn’t shy away from tough subjects either. It’s clear our MC is going through some form of PTSD and it’s chronicled during the story. Also, I thought it was interesting how the universe Rebekah Weatherspoon created is connected as I recognized this couple as they were featured in Xeni4/5 stars

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8. The Kingmaker (All the King’s Men Duet #1)

I’ve not so secretly shared my love for Kennedy Ryan on this blog and I was nervous yet excited to pick this book up. The book is a romance between Lennix, a Native American woman and a guy whose father is putting a pipeline on Native American burial grounds but it follows multiple timelines. What made this story so great to me was how much appreciation for Native American culture Kennedy Ryan put into this book and how well plotted this book was.

Since it’s Kennedy Ryan, this book was emotional and a lot of times, I had to wipe away a few tears. Unfortunately, this book does end on a cliffhanger so I do plan on continuing onto book two. Of all the romance books I’ve read this year so far, this one is easily one of my favorites. 5/5 stars

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9. Notes from My Captivity

I just realized I read three emotional books back-to-back haha. Anyways, Notes From My Captivity follows Adrienne as she’s going on a journey with her father to find the Osinovs who are a family that ran away from society. The book starts off with Adrienne not believing before things start playing out in the second half and we find out a lot more about both Adrienne and the family.

Someone whose review I read mentioned a major tone shift and that’s true. This book started off pretty light-hearted and funny before getting dark fast. I didn’t mind it much but I think the ending was a bit convenient. I only wish we’d gotten a novella or something to help wrap up some loose ends. 4/5 stars

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10. Work For It (Just For Him #4)

Technically, you can read this series in any order so I skipped over book 3 since this one came off hold early. This book follows the MC from book 2’s brother who is gay so this is an m/m romance. It basically features Keynes getting his life together and realizing he deserves love. As for the love interest Griffin, it’s about him learning to be more confident in himself and watching these two together was adorable. For some reason, this book dragged a little bit for me but I thought it was a solid read. 4/5 stars

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11. Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2)

This book features one of the side characters from book 1 and her husband as their relationship is basically falling apart. It follows the two of them trying to repair what’s broken and figuring out how to move forward rather than repeat old habits starting with therapy. I know not many people liked this book, but I thought it was refreshing and made the story a little more realistic.

Seeing Rosie and Dominic deal with their problems was something I don’t normally see in romance books so it was nice. While I can see why others wouldn’t like it, I found this book to be pretty delightful. 3.5/5 stars

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12. My Fake Rake (Union of Rakes #1)

I usually don’t read historical romance unless it’s written by Tessa Dare. I decided to branch out and try something by Eva Leigh. Honestly, this book was NOT it for me as I was constantly annoyed. This book features Grace who basically decides to fake date her friend so another guy will want to be with her and since Sebastian is hopelessly in love with her, he does it. That’s not what made me so angry about this book, though.

What made me so mad is that these two never talked to each other. He’d make a comment she didn’t agree with and rather than fix it, she’d just agree and let him think her feelings weren’t what they were. Ugh, it drove me nuts for the entire book and I couldn’t believe it took until the very end for them to finally communicate. I can only hope future books in this series don’t share the same issues. 2.5/5 stars

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13. The Witches Are Coming

Moving back to non-fiction books, I listened to the audio of The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West. This is another collection of essays by West with a witch theme being featured throughout. While I think West did a good job of focusing on the subjects she wanted to, she glided over others that deserved a bit more. Additionally, I think she focused a lot more on pop culture than her own life when I wanted to know more about Lindy. While I preferred Shrill, this one was worth the read. 4/5 stars

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14. Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

Ever since watching Ali Wong’s Netflix specials, I’ve really liked her so it was only right I’d pick up her book. This book is easily my favorite non-fiction read of the year because Ali Wong doesn’t hold back. The book is her writing letters to her two daughters and the thing she talks about made me laugh one second and cry the next. She was incredibly honest and vulnerable while still being funny. Dear Girls made me so happy and with everything going on right now, it was just what I needed. Plus Ali Wong narrated the audiobook so it was golden. 5/5 stars

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15. Little Weirds

After loving non-fiction earlier this month, I listened to three back-to-back and of all, I enjoyed Little Weirds the least. While I do enjoy Jenny Slate, this book wasn’t just a little weird. It was a lot weird and I couldn’t really connect to it. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right headspace. Nevertheless, the parts I enjoyed, I really enjoyed so I felt bad about rating it too harshly since it wasn’t a “bad” book. Rather, it was the book that didn’t connect with me and that’s alright. As with my other two reads, Slate narrates it herself which is wonderful. 3/5 stars

 


Honestly, I was going to try to read something else but this month has already felt so long so I’m cutting it off at 15 books. I should have my TBR next month and I’m SO excited to talk about that so look out for it. Hopefully, everyone is staying safe/home and feeling some healthy vibes ❤

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My Favorite…Anticipated Spring Book Release

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since I did the only movie prompts last month, I decided to start off April with a bookish prompt. With everything going on, I’m sure most of us are looking forward to the future. At this rate, I’m just looking forward to being able to go out to eat again. Either way, I figured I’d include something about books and hopefully, give these books the attention they deserve.

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.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!


For this one, I’m going with a book I’ve heard a lot about recently. I didn’t know much about it but I’m pretty excited about it. That’s Beach Read by Emily Henry and as someone who didn’t like another one of her books, this is a big deal.

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I’m pretty sure this is a romance between two authors which is unique and such a cool idea. In the few reviews I’ve seen, the book also has some great banter which is something I enjoy. This book really wasn’t on my radar but after hearing all of the praise, it’s one I know I’ll either have to buy or request from my library.

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Top 5 Tuesday: U, V, W, X, Y, Z Authors

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s the last week of the “ABC” authors prompts and I’m sad about it. I really enjoyed doing this and I hope that Shanah decides to do another themed month soon. I don’t want to take up too much time, though so let’s get into my authors for the last round. 🙂

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.


“U” is the only letter that I couldn’t find an author for. I tried looking for first and last names, but nothing spoke to me. Hopefully, that doesn’t continue for the rest of this list because I’m pretty disappointed in myself already. Anyways, let’s move onto the next letter.

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V: Valente, Catherynne M.

While I haven’t read an author whose last name started with “V,” I knew that this one wouldn’t be hard to find someone. The author I chose was Catherynne M. Valente which is someone I’ve heard of but never read. I’ve heard a lot of good things about her book, Space Opera so that’s the one I went with. This book kind of gives me Rick and Morty vibes without all the unnecessary shit the show brings with it. Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

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W: Weatherspoon, Rebekah

No surprise with this one either as Rebekah Weatherspoon is one of my favorite romance authors. I’ve been trying to make my way through her backlist and so far, it’s been going great. She writes such diverse and underappreciated romances that are just so swoon-worthy. Her books are also relatively short too so they make for a quick and fun read, too.

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X: X, Malcolm

I’ll admit that I’ve only read parts of this book for a college class. Before then, I’d never really been interested in picking up this book. Upon reading the sections I did, I really wanted to pick it up. Since then, I haven’t but hopefully, I can find the audiobook so it’ll be more digestible. If not, I’d be down to read it if it wasn’t a mass-market paperback since the font is so small lol.

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Y: Yoon, Nicola

I knew that I’ve only read a few authors with “Y” last names and one of them was Nicola Yoon. It’s been years since I’ve read anything by Nicola Yoon. She was someone I discovered when I first started my blog and what a delight. I’m hoping that she decides to release something soon because I liked Everything EverythingThe Sun is Also A Star was cute albeit not my favorite. Either way, she’s an author that I’ll always remember due to her one of the first authors who was featured on my blog.

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Z: Zoboi, Ibi

The last author on my list is Ibi Zoboi. Even though I’ve only read one of her books, I really enjoyed it. Personally, I really like her writing style and I’m just surprised that I haven’t read any of her releases. Since reading Pride though, I’ve been interested in picking up her backlist titles so hopefully, I’ll do that soon.


Those are officially all of the authors for the last section of the alphabet. This one was pretty difficult in comparison to the others, but if anything, it told me that I need to read authors whose last names start with “U” and “V” lol. Did anyone else have trouble with this section or just me? Please let me know lmao

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Re-Reading Childhood Favorites & Analyzing Them (Part 1)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! On Twitter, I teased that I would be doing some fun things this month and this is the second part of that. Earlier this month, I posted my movie challenge post. Now, I’m going to be talking about the childhood favorites I re-read and analyzing them with my adult glasses on. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention BooksandLala who inspired this idea.

Lala is breaking down her reads by grade level. For the life of me, I couldn’t pinpoint certain books that I read during each grade. However, I decided to pick 3 books that I knew I had loved and wouldn’t mind returning to. With that being said, let’s get into the 3 books I picked, my thoughts on them, what wouldn’t be published now and generally if I think they held up.

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1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

  • What It’s About?: Princess Diaries follows 14-year-old, Mia Thermopolis who finds out that her dad has secretly been a prince after all these years. Upon admitting that he can’t have any more children, Mia is his only child and thus, the heir to the throne. Her life basically goes completely off-the-rails at that point and shenanigans ensue from there.
  • My Thoughts: I remember that I read this book after the movie came out and really loved it. Now, I think that the book is a YA classic but not exactly modern. As for the things I liked, I liked that Mia wasn’t a traditional heroine. I loved the journal entries that we got to read and I thought the writing was good. As for what I didn’t like, I’ll get into that now.
  • What Wouldn’t Be Published Now: Sadly, this book had a lot of things that wouldn’t be published now. I think if it weren’t for that, I would have liked this book a lot more. Let’s get into some of the things: Mia’s “relationship” with Lily’s brother Michael who is 18, Lily boycotting a place because it’s “racist” toward white people, the use of the r-word and girl hate. Those are just some of the things I remember that really bothered me while reading.
  • Does The Princess Diaries hold up?: As much as I want to say yes, I think it’s going to have to be no. While I do think the original concept is still fun and unique, a lot of the book is extremely dated. I think there are a lot of other great princess-related books that would be a better fit such as A Princess in TheoryRoyals or American Royals.

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2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

  • What It’s About?: This book follows 4 girls who have been friends since birth and have spent every summer together until now. Magically despite being all different sizes, a pair of jeans fit them all perfectly so they agree to send the pants to each other throughout the summer along with a letter. It sounds like an odd premise, but it’s surprisingly good.
  • My Thoughts: This was another book I remember loving when I was younger. I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it upon reread. One thing that I particularly enjoyed was the friendship between the girls. They were truly best friends and it was great to see that represented. Additionally, I loved that it was a diverse group of girls and that the book focused on other topics aside from friendship.
  • What Wouldn’t Be Published Now: Surprisingly, this book was pretty good aside from two things in particular. Firstly, Bridget and her coach end up having sex which is statutory rape for him as she’s 15 and I think he’s at least 19. Plus he makes a comment after it happens about her ending up being the hottest girl in college and how he hoped that she’d give him a chance then too which was ew.

    As for the other thing that made me a little uncomfortable, Lena’s grandparents push her together with Kostas. The only problem is that Lena is also either 15 or 16 (I forget) and is being pursued by an 18-year-old who eventually sees her naked which is super weird. Overall, those were the only two things that I was meh about.

  • Does The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants hold up?: I have to say yes aside from those two things. This book is a celebration of each of the characters, their friendship and the changes that come with that. Overall, I thought this book was surprisingly good for being published in 2001 plus it has a great adaptation so there’s that.

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1. Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

  • What It’s About?: This book is the first in the Baby-Sitters Club series and it’s basically how Kristy comes up with the idea. It also features the club being formed, them dealing with clients and us basically getting an introduction to the characters, the club and what some future plotlines will be.
  • My Thoughts: I’m sure that no one is surprised that I loved this. I haven’t read it in probably 10 or 15 years so it was nice to be back in the world. There was so much I loved in there. I loved the characters, their friendship, their business plan and how even when they fought, they didn’t let it impact their friendship. Honestly, this was such a freaking delight.
  • What Wouldn’t Be Published Now: While reading, I didn’t notice much. There was one instance where Claudia said something and Kristy gave her a look and Claudia said “too exotic” which I thought was odd. While I do think that it was unique to include Stacey’s diabetes into the story, it could have been incorporated a little differently as they all thought she had an eating disorder. It was just a little bit odd but I might just be nit-picking.
  • Does Kristy’s Great Idea hold up?: Absolutely! I was so happy and pleasantly surprised at how good this book was. I’ve been reading a few articles that touched on that and I wholeheartedly agree. I think that the book does a great job of setting up the series and really making us root for the girls. Plus it’s basically about a group of teenagers who run their own small business which is amazing.

Overall, I had a lot of fun, revisiting these titles and seeing if they’re still as good as I remember them. For the most part, I enjoyed almost all of them and it was nice to be able to do this.

One thing that you might have noticed is that this is only part 1. The next part I’m going to be doing is childhood favorites that I haven’t read so basically books that I know are beloved but I have yet to read. I’ve already read one and I’m excited to read more so if you have any suggestions, leave them below.

Next time, I’m also planning on doing more than 3 books. For some reason, I couldn’t think of the 4th one for this list. Either way, this was an extremely fun challenge and I can’t wait to continue doing this. I’m also open to any feedback if you guys have anything you want me to talk about, the format or basically anything!

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My Favorite…Movie of All-Time

Hello friends and fellow movie lovers! It’s the last themed week of “My Favorite” and time to look ahead to another month. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though as we still have this week’s prompt to talk about. Personally, I have a lot of favorite movies so it’s going to be hard to narrow it down. Nevertheless, let’s get into the prompts for April and my answer 😉

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.”

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!

April Prompts:

  • April 1st: My Favorite…Anticipated Spring Book Release
  • April 8th: My Favorite…Audiobook of 2020 Thus Far
  • April 15th: My Favorite…TV Show Currently Airing
  • April 22nd: My Favorite…Book Series to Finish This Year
  • April 29th: My Favorite…Upcoming Author


With the prompts out of the way, let’s get into my answer for this week’s “My Favorite” and what a tough one this was. Personally, I have a lot of movies that I enjoy and a few that stand out no doubt. Picking a favorite movie of all-time though is pretty tough.

After narrowing down my options, I picked one so my favorite movie of all-time is easily Creed 2. I love the Creed franchise and I think that it’s one of the best follow-ups to an iconic film series. It was an incredibly unique way to introduce Rocky to an entirely new generation. Between the two films, I’d say that Creed 2 is stronger as we already knew Adonis and everything was established.

Creed 2 felt more high stakes for Adonis and was an incredibly emotional film. I remember both my dad and me getting choked up in the theater. The movie was just so incredible and I know I need to rewatch it. If you’ve never watched either of the Creed films, then you need to because they’re incredible. Plus Michael B. Jordan is bae so that’s something, too 😛

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