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5 sophomore novel recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s recs post, I decided to go with sophomore novels as a theme. If you didn’t know, this is the second book an author has published and I feel like this is such a unique idea. Maybe I’m just full of myself, but I’m so happy to be doing this so let’s get into them. 🙂

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1. The Last Time I Lied

The first book is actually not a romance and that’s The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. This is a thriller featuring a girl who had a traumatic event happen to her at a summer camp and it’s her telling that story along with her going back to the camp. I won’t give away TOO much but I adored this one. I’m not big into thrillers, but I’ve been reading them this summer and this one was a solid read.

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2. First & Then

Of course, I have to feature Emma Mills on this list and her second published book is First & Then. While not my favorite of hers, this is a delightful read. It’s a YA romance between a girl who is writing something for her school paper and a popular mysterious football player. While in some ways it’s a product of its time, I really do enjoy it. It’s a bit cheesy but a lot of fun.

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3. Bewilder

The next book is one of three romances on my list. This is an f/f romance featuring one of the side character’s from book 1. This one follows Domino and Sabrina who have a disastrous meet-cute and then they end up getting closer as Domino hires Sabrina to help organize her house. If you’re looking for some cute f/f romances, I highly recommend this one.

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4. White Whiskey Bargain

The next book I have to rec is one of my favorites form last year. White Whiskey Bargain is a slow-burn marriage-of-convenience featuring two whiskey distillers. This book focuses on them dealing with their businesses and coming together as a couple. I absolutely adore it and I’m so excited to finally finish Jodie Slaughter’s backlist.

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5. Make A Scene

The final sophomore novel I have to rec is Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This is a sweet, low-angst romance between Retta and Duncan who decide to fake date to help each other out. It was such an adorable romance, pretty slow-paced but I didn’t mind it. Plus that cover is just everything.

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1. Monday’s Not Coming

The first sophomore novel on my TBR is one I’ve been wanting to read forever. I’ve read a few of Tiffany D. Jackson’s books and have enjoyed them all. This is one I’ve been wanting to read but I have no idea what it’s about. I feel like it’s going to be an intense contemporary and I have to be in the right headspace for that.

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2. Our Year of Maybe

The next sophomore novel I have on my TBR is Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I absolutely loved the two books of hers I’ve read. This one is another one of her YA outings and I think this one follows an intense subject matter. Either way, I want to read all of her back list.

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3. The Witch’s Wolves

The next sophomore novel I have on my TBR is The Witch’s Wolves by Ellie Mae MacGregor. I honestly don’t know anything about this one. However, I’ve been eager to see what she’s going to write next after I read The Naughty List. Definitely on my August TBR.

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4. In Her Closet

The next book I have on my TBR is In Her Closet by Tasha L. Harrison. This one is about a woman who writes a sex advice column in a magazine, I believe. Honestly, I haven’t read a Tasha L. Harrison before and my library has some so I NEED to finally get to her books.

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5. The Queen of Dauphine Street

The last sophomore novel I have on my TBR is The Queen of Dauphine Street which is book 2 in the NOLA Nights series. I know this book follows the ex-wife of the love interest in book 1 and honestly, it just sounds delightful. I loved the first book in this series so I might even get Scribd so I can get it for a slightly cheaper price. 😛

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Recommending romance books based on your favorite Powerpuff Girl

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s recommending books based on a popular media, I decided to go with the Powerpuff Girls. As someone who loved the series as a kid and still really enjoys it to this day, I figured why not use our favorite superheroes? Plus with the live-action series being canned, we have to have something to look forward to so let’s get into my recs for them.

Blossom: The Intimacy Experiment

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For Blossom, I decided to pair her up with THe Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan. While I didn’t love this book, I feel like Naomi is most similar to Blossom. Not only is she incredibly smart, independent and a natural-leader but she’s also the face of the company. While this book doesn’t have tons of simlarites to the show, I feel like if you like Blossom, then you’ll really enjoy Naomi as a character.

I don’t personally think Blossom would grow up to have the same job as Naomi but I could see her working to help educate people on lesser-known topics. Blossom also wouldn’t be afraid to speak her mind like Naomi does so this one was easy.

Bubbles: Ice Cream Lover

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For Bubbles, I decided to go with Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau. This is a romance between a girl who owns an ice cream shop and a guy who absolutely hates ice cream. The main character, Chloe is so sugary sweet and cute so I feel like she matches up with Bubbles. Plus she’s super into glitter, unicorns and being girly like Bubbles is. However, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stick up for the people she loves like Bubbles. Honestly, I could actually see Bubbles doing this job and I feel like this book just screamed her name to me.

Buttercup: Written in the Stars

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For the final Powerpuff girl, I decided to pair her up with Written in the Stars. This book follows a horrible blind date turned fake dating situation and it’s so delightful. It’s also an f/f romance and the one character, Darcy reminds me so much of Buttercup. Darcy is pretty hardened, stubborn and grumpy as Buttercup is. However once you peel back the layers, you start to understand Darcy and that’s how I feel about Buttercup.

Maybe it’s just me but Buttercup seemed queer to me. I could be wrong, but I feel like this book pairs up so well with her. Overall, this book is just delightful and if you like Buttercup, I feel like this book could work for you.

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5 summer romance recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my “5 and 5” post this month, I decided to feature 5 summer romance recs plus 5 I have on my TBR. Since it’s basically hot as Hades outside, I thought this would be the perfect one for this month. I also wanted to do a summer romance recs posts so I’m killing two birds with one stone so let’s get into the recs portion first.

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1. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This

The first book I have to recommend for summer is one I just recently read. We Can’t Keep Meeting LIke This is a YA second-chance romance featuring two new-adult aged characters and it follows them as they reconnect via their family businesses in the wedding circuit. While it does have some intense moments, this book is relatively light and fun as it focuses on wedding plus you can’t help but root for the characters.

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2. Maybe This Time

My next summer recommendation is Maybe This Time by Christina C Jones. I’ve been making my way through her backlist and she has tons of books. However, the book I’m recommending for summer is Maybe This Time. Firstly, it’s super short at less than 80 pages so it’s a super fast-paced read, features the “Married in Vegas” trope and is the ultimately friends-to-lovers book. I read this one during a plane ride and it was just so fun so I knew it had to make the list.

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3. The Roommate

The next summer rec I have is The Roommate by Rosie Danan. This book is a romance between a girl and her roommate who she finds out is a very famous pornstar. While it does focus on that aspect, this book is really about the two of them coming out of their shells and opening up to each other. I won’t lie and say it isn’t steamy because it is but it was still a light and fast-paced read. While it won’t be for everyone, it’s worth checking out if you don’t mind the porn aspects of the story.

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4. Desire and the Deep Blue Sea

The next summer rec is Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade. This one is about a pair of co-workers who fake date for a reality show and it’s just so dang sweet. While it’s another relatively short read, the characters felt well-developed and I really rooted for their relationship as the story progressed. Plus this book is set during a vacation so it would be a nice vacation read. As per usual, it does feature plus-size rep if you’re looking for that. This one is just a delight.

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5. The Changeup

The final summer rec I have is one I read last summer and adored. This is a romance between a baseball player and the sports blogger who trolls her. This book felt so refreshing as it featured a female athlete rather than the man being the athlete. These two had a dislike-to-love situation going with such excellent banter and lots of fun summery moments. I honestly couldn’t get enough of this book and if you’re looking for Black sports romances, then you need to add this one to your TBR.

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1. Neon Gods

The first book I have on my summer TBR is Neon Gods by Katee Robert. This is a Hades and Persephone retelling which is something I never read lmao. However, it’s Katee Robert so I’m sure it’ll be smutty so honestly I’m just excited for that aspect.

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2. The Box In The Woods

The next book I have on my summer TBR is The Box in The Woods by Maureen Johnson. This is the 4th book in the Truly Devious series so I’ve been dying to read it. I honestly don’t know the plot of this book but this series is so fun and addicting so I know I want to read it this summer. I know this is more of a mystery so it would be better for fall but I just love these characters so I can’t wait that long lmao.

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3. Deuces Wild

The next book I have on my summer TBR is Deuces Wild by Christina C Jones. This is the third book in the High Stakes series and I’m super excited to read Ace’s story. She made a cameo in another series so I’ve been eager since I read the description for this book. Plus I need to keep up my backlist catch-up of CCJ.

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4. Today Tonight Tomorrow

The next book is another author whose backlist I”m getting caught up on. This is another YA outing from Rachel Lynn Solomon and I think it follows two high-school rivals who fall in love either right before or after graduation. Either way, I love this cover and I feel like Rachel Lynn Solomon is quickly becoming a new favorite author so I’m hyped for this one.

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5. Twisted Love

The final book I have on my summer TBR is Twisted Love by Ana Huang. I know this book has been making the rounds on Booktube and Book Tok so I’m cautiously optimistic. This one is a brother’s best friend mafia romance, I believe?? I know it features some of my favorite tropes so I’m incredibly excited to see if it lives up to the hype plus it’s on KU.

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Romance book recommendations based on Don’t Trust the B—- In Apartment 23 characters

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my recommendations based on characters post, I decided to go with a show that I absolutely adore and that’s Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 which aired on ABC. It only lasted for one season but I binged it on Hulu and absolutely fell in love with it. Even though it only had one season, I feel like it has a somewhat of a cult following so I’m hoping people who follow me watch it.

With that being said, let’s get into the romance books recs I have picked out for the characters from the series. 🙂

Chloe: If I’m Being Honest

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The first character I had go to with is “The B” which is Chloe. Chloe is such an eccentric main character and she’s also fairly unlikable. She lies, cheats, steals and basically acts super entitled but I love that about her. I know that she likely won’t be for everyone, but I really enjoy her so I knew I wanted to go with a slightly polarizing character in a book.

For the book, I went with If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka which is about a girl who is a bitch to put it plainly. She decides to try and reinvent herself to seem like a better person but ultimately, it ends up being about her realizing that she’s a great person. I feel like Cameron and Chloe share a lot of similar traits so I knew I had to use this book.

June Colburn: Can’t Text This

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The next character I’m going with is June Colburn who ends up being Chloe’s roommate. June is such a sweet and naive girl from a small-town who moves to New York and ends up getting involved in Chloe’s shenanigans. I feel like June is such a sweet and nice character who doesn’t seem to have much of a backbone but she’s still someone I rooted for in the series.

As for the book, I decided to pair her up with Can’t Text This which features a character who is very similar to June in Monty. Monty is such a sweet and innocent character which is how June seems to act. Honestly, I love both of them so this was an easy pick. Even though June only get a slight romance, I feel like Monty and Robbie’s relationship would mirror hers and Mark’s.

James Van Der Beek: Spoiler Alert

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The next character is one that I’m sure some of my followers are familiar with and that’s James Van Der Beek. In the show, James plays himself but a much more exaggerated and annoying version of himself. Honestly, it’s pretty funny and he truly made the show as he’s best friends with Chloe so he’s in a majority of the episodes. I only wish we’d gotten more plot lines focused on him in the series.

As for the book, I decided to pair him up with Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade. This book features a romance between a famous actor and a cosplayer who end up being in a relationship after a publicity stunt. How Marcus acts in public is exactly how I feel like James acts in the show so this was an easy pick.

Luther Wilson: Meet Cute Club

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For the next character, I decided to use Luther who is James’ assistant and he’s clearly mean to be a stereotypical gay character. It’s honestly pretty frustrating and it’s clear that they’re really making him ham it up. However, I wanted to featured a good m/m romance that doesn’t feel stereotypical to me.

For the book, I went with Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This is an m/m romance between a guy who runs a romance book club and the guy who works at the bookstore where he buys the books from. It’s such a cute story and I really think it’s probably my favorite m/m romance book so I knew I had to feature it on this list.

Mark Reynolds: Make A Scene

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The final character I’m using is Mark who is friends with June and eventually, becomes her love interest in the series. He’s also played by Eric Andre which I think is really funny as he’s super shy and sweet when Eric Andre is known for doing crazy stuff. I feel like Mark really did get the shaft as he didn’t even truly get his HEA which is what I wanted lmao.

For the book I’m pairing with him, I decided to go with Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. This is a fake-dating romance between a bakery owner and the gym owner whose businesses are right beside each other. It’s such a cute and soft romance which I feel is perfect for Mark. I tried to look for a coffee shop but this was the closest I could come up with but I still think it works.

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5 Marriage Of Convenience recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my trope post this month, I wanted to do something a bit different. It took me a while to figure out a trope but I eventually decided to go with marriage of convenience. Personally, I really love this trope and I feel like done well, it can work amazingly so let’s get into my recs and the books I have on my TBR.

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1. A Worthy Opponent

The first book I have to talk about is A Worthy Opponent by Katee Robert. This book is the third book in the Wicked Villains series and it features Tink/Hook. This book is one that actually uses marriage of convenience to protect the characters and I loved that. I don’t want to give much away since it’s the third book in a series but I absolutely adore this couple and I loved seeing them be domestic.

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2. Marriage For One

The next book I have to go with is Marriage For One by Ella Maise. This book features a marriage of convenience between Jack and Rose. Yes, there are a few Titanic jokes in here but what I loved in this was the grumpy/sunshine dynamic between the two. This book is also a super slow-burn as it’s like over 500 pages and I adored it. While I didn’t love the backstory with how Jack found out about Rose, it was still an amazing read.

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3. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The next book I have to recommend is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book features a romance between an NFL player and his assistant as he uses her to get married and it ends up working out both of their favors. This is another super slow-burn story that’s over 600 pages and honestly, I adored it. I loved the sports stuff, loved their romance and loved seeing them slowly fall for each other. If you haven’t read Mariana Zapata, I’d highly recommend starting here.

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4. Xeni

The next book I have to rec is Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This book follows Xeni and Mason who end up having to get married so they can get money from Xeni’s aunt. It was such a unique way to feature this trope and I absolutely loved it. This book has everything as it’s an interracial couple with a Fat male love interest, both of the MCs are bi and this book features pegging. This is super steamy and sweet while also being intense at times, too.

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5. White Whiskey Bargain

The final book I have to rec is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter. This book features a marriage of convenience between two people whose families are working together to take down a threat. This book focuses a lot on whiskey and alcohol as the businesses are whiskey distilleries if you don’t mind that. Personally, this felt like such a slow-burn at times and I especially loved seeing the tension build up between these two. This was my favorite book of 2020 if you need a bigger push to read it 😛

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6. Temporary Wife Temptation

The first book on my TBR is Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee. This book is one I’ve heard a lot about from booktube and I’ve been intrigued ever since. I think this book follows two people who decide to get married to get their families off their backs. This will be my first Jayci Lee book and also my first Harlequin Desire book, too. Either way, I’m excited to see if it ends up being a new favorite.

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7. Radiance

The next marriage of convenience book I have on my TBR is Radiance by Grace Draven. This is a book I’ve heard a ton about but was skeptical about. It’s a fantasy romance which isn’t my favorite thing but I want to give it a try. This seems like it could end up being a new favorite if I get immersed in the fantasy world.

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8. The Marriage Contract

I’m not sure if this one counts as a marriage of convenience but I’m counting it as such. This is a Black love romance between a girl and an MLB player who get married. I think they get married accidentally but the marriage will help both of them out? I could be wrong, but it’s super short and seems like it could end up being a lot of fun. I’m going to cross my fingers I get to it before 2021 ends.

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9. The Vow

The next book I have on my TBR is one you’ll see in a future post 😉 With that being said, I saw this book on Instagram and have been excited about it since then. This book features a marriage of convenience between two people who both need it for something. I don’t know specifics but I am SO excited to read this. No doubt I’ll be reading it sooner rather than later 😛

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10. The Marriage Mistake

The final book on my TBR is The Marriage Mistake by Jess Fox. This is another book I saw on Instagram and saved for when it released. This book actually released at the very end of April so it’s a new release. I’m pretty sure this is a marriage of convenience between best friends and I’m in love with that. Sounds like it’s going to be delightful so I need to purchase this one ASAP.

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5 romance books I read in one sitting

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When trying to come up with a post for this week, I decided to go on YouTube and look at some videos. While I was on there, I found a few suggested videos from Bree who is In Love & Words. I’ve been watching Bree for about a year now and I absolutely love her channel. She has such a bubbly and positive energy and watching her videos always puts a smile on my face.

In honor of her, I decided to go with a concept she used for one of her older videos. The video featured her listing off some romance books she read in one sitting/one day. As soon as I saw that, I knew I wanted to write up a post with the same set-up so here we are. 🙂

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5. Get A Life, Chloe Brown

The first book I had to feature was of course, a Talia Hibbert book. If you didn’t know, she’s my favorite romance author and her books are addicting. As soon as I pick them up, I devour them and the first one of hers I devoured was Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I got this book from the library and I read it on my Kindle within a matter of hours. This book truly made me fall in love with Talia Hibbert and it really opened my eyes into what kind of romance books I enjoy.

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4. Soft on Soft

The next book I finished in one sitting is Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed. This is a book I found on WOCinRomance and for a long time, it wasn’t available. However when it finally was, I jumped on it and it was such a quick read. While I only rated this one 3-stars, I really thought it was such a cute and soft read. It’s an f/f romance between a plus-sized model and her makeup artist and it was a perfect spring read. Plus it’s super short as it’s less than 150 pages.

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3. Teach Me

The next book I finished in one sitting is Teach Me by Olivia Dade. This is a romance book between two teachers who get off on the wrong foot and then slowly, get closer before their relationship blossoms. This is another soft book and is pretty low-angst but it does talk about some intense topics such as divorce, bullying and general shittiness from the MC’s boss. I honestly fell right into this book and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Once again, another perfect summer/spring read.

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2. Your Dad Will Do

The next book I finished in one sitting is Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert. I think I bought this book on a whim and it makes sense that I’d pick it up on a whim, too. I read this book last November and it was so easy to fall into. I immediately got sucked into the story and honestly, all of these books are just so fun that I immediately marathon them. This one is probably my favorite of the bunch as it really set the stage for what we could expect next and it’s just a smutty fun time.

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1. Truth or Dare

The final book I finished in one sitting is Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. This book is a friends-to-lovers vacation romance. Even though it’s almost 200 pages, it’s such a quick read as it focuses on a friend group but the romance is still at the forefront. Even though there was a little bit of drama and angst, it helped move the plot forward and only made me want to root for the couple more. If you haven’t read this book, you need to add it to your TBR because it’s just amazing.

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Those are just five romance books I’ve read in one sitting. I tried to pick a variety of books as I feel like I talk about the same books over and over again. Hopefully if you’re either looking for a quick read or want something for a readathon, you’ll come back to these. 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 Fat romance recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! In honor of #ReadFatPositive wrapping up this week, I decided to talk about some of my favorite romance books with Fat rep. I know that some people have feelings about saying Fat versus plus-size and I understand but for the sake of my post, I’ll be using the word fat. I don’t know if I would qualify as fat as I’m a relatively scrawny person although I am “curvy.” With that being said, I hope that I don’t offend anyone with the terms I’m using. With that being said, let’s get into the recs.

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1. Teach Me

The first book that I have to rec is Teach Me by Olivia Dade. Olivia Dade is at the forefront when it comes to writing Fat romances. However, my favorite book of hers has to be Teach Me which is a romance between two teachers and it’s just so delightful. Rose is the MC and she’s incredibly prickly but you clearly learn why and if you’re like me, you’ll immediately fall in love with her. Rose is fat but it isn’t her whole personality and she’s not trying to lose weight as she’s happy and confident in herself. This book was just so soft, featured low-angst and honestly, made me so happy when I read it.

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2. From Scratch

The next book I chose for this list is From Scratch by Katrina Jackson. I couldn’t remember which of her books featured fat characters but I knew that From Scratch did. This book follows a woman who moves to a small town and the romance she has with two of the men who are there. It’s a poly romance and the men she gets in the relationship with absolutely worship her. The only issue I had with this book was that it needed a bit more editing and it really sucked my enjoyment out of it. However, this was incredibly hot and short which was exactly what I needed.

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3. Misadventures of a Curvy Girl

The next romance book I have to rec is Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone. If you couldn’t tell by the cover, this book features a fat heroine and the romance she has with two country boys. It reminds me somewhat of From Scratch as it’s set in a small town and it’s a poly romance. This book is incredibly steamy and features a lot of emotional intimate scenes especially when it comes to the two men in the relationship. However, they did end up worshipping the ground she walks on which is all I’ve ever wanted??? Either way, this is another great fat romance.

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4. To Be Alone With You

The next book I have to recommend during fat rep is To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter. This is a recent read for me and it features quarantine as a major plot-line. This book follows a girl who confessed her love to the guy she’s staying with ten years prior and then it’s basically their second-chance romance. This is one where the two end up being obsessed with each other and I couldn’t get enough. Once again, this has grade-A smut and my absolute favorite has to be a scene in the car?? If you haven’t read Jodie Slaughter, you need to redeem that ASAP.

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5. So Sweet

The final book I have to recommend is one by Rebekah Weatherspoon and it’s one of her more underrated series which is Sugar Baby. The first book is So Sweet which follows an age-gap romance between a fat woman and the guy who becomes her sugar daddy. These two have such a unique relationship but Rebekah Weatherspoon pulls it off so well. She just does a great job of showcasing their dynamic and I just love this trilogy. I’m pretty sure almost all of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s heroines are fat so if you haven’t read her books before, you need to check her out as well.

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6. Private Eye

The first book I have on my TBR featuring a Fat MC is Private Eye by Katrina Jackson. This is book two in the The Spies Who Loved Her series and it follows the MC in book one’s roommate. It’s her romance with one of the side characters from book one and it seems like it’s going to be amazing. I know for a fact that the MC is a cam girl and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a character had that job so I’m excited. Honestly, I just need to get my cheeks moving on reading all of Katrina Jackson’s backlist.

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7. Learning Curves

The next book I have on my TBR is Learning Curves which is one I saw on Instagram when I was looking through some rec posts. I don’t know much about this one, but the cover does feature a plus-sized model which is amazing. I know that this is short little novella and I think it might be an f/f romance which is something you don’t see often. Either way, I’m excited to finally dive into this one as I feel like it’ll be the perfect summer read.

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8. Knit One, Girl Two

This is actually a book that I didn’t know feature Fat rep of any kind. I saw this book when I was watching a rec video in which the person was recommending f/f romances. This is another super short novella and I think it’s just a soft sweet story. I don’t really have much to say about this one aside from the fact that it’s been on my TBR for years and I’m so excited to finally get to it at some point.

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9. If The Dress Fits

The next book I have on my TBR is one that I’m super excited about, too. I’m pretty sure that the cover actually features the author on it but don’t quote me on that. However, I think the story follows a woman who decides to fake-date a guy from her cousin’s wedding. I’m pretty sure that it goes from there but honestly, I’ve heard such amazing things about this one. The only downside is that I think it was taken off KU so I’ll have to pay for it. Either way, it seems like it has solid Fat rep and it’ll be a good spring/summer read.

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10. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

The final book I’m featuring is surprisingly a YA book and I rarely read YA books these days. However, I saw this cover and I couldn’t get enough of it. I don’t even really know what this book follows, but the cover just spoke to me. I’m not sure if this book even has a romance or if it’s just coming-of-age. Either way, I wanted to feature it on my list so I can hold myself accountable to finally reading it.

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In honor of #ReadFatPositive, I hope that this was a solid post. Hopefully, I was able to recommend some new books to others or you were able to find some I haven’t read but you might want to check out. As always, I’m down to buddy-read if anyone wants to reach out. 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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Recommending romance books based on your favorite Daria character

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Getting back to the series I’ve introduced on my blog, I’m going to recommend books based on your favorite characters from TV shows, movies and books. The last two months, I’ve decided to go with a TV show and a book series but I’m going back to shows with this one. I decided to feature Daria as I absolutely loved this show in college and I feel like it doesn’t get as much love as I feel like it should. I know that at some point, they were talking about doing a reboot but I haven’t heard much about it since that.

Either way, I wanted to show some love to this series and Daria as a character. With that being said, I’m going to be featuring a few characters from the series and pairing up romance books with them so let’s get into it. 🙂

Daria Morgendorffer: Always Only You

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The book I chose to pair up with my girl Daria is Always Only You by Chloe Liese. There are two reasons why I decided to pair this book up with Daria. First, Daria is a bit of a downer and grumpy which is exactly what our girl Frankie is as she sees the world in a different way than others do. It wouldn’t surprise me if Frankie was a fan of Daria as the two are very similar. The other reason is that I feel like Daria would be the perfect companion for someone like Ren as he’s such a soft and sweet cinnamon roll who she would melt for. Such an easy pick for this one.

Jane Lane: Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish

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If you love Jane, the book I decided to pair with her is Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish by G.G. Andrew. This is a Halloween romance featuring Nora who is a former mean girl who is reformed and the romance she has with a guy she used to bully. Personally, I feel like Jane would love the haunted house setting and seeing the flashbacks of Nora’s mean girl side before she reinvented herself. It’s such a unique idea and I feel like Jane would be down for it. Plus Nora reminds me a lot of Jane’s vibe and style especially when she’s working in the haunted house.

Trent Lane: Roomies

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The next character is one that I’m sure some of us girls remember well and that’s Trent Lane. Trent is Jane’s brother and he’s basically a deadbeat who is a rock band that Daria is secretly crushing on. Unfortunately, I haven’t read many rockstar romances so I had to go with the next best thing and that’s Roomies by Christina Lauren. This book follows a girl who develops a crush on a guy who is singing at the subway and it’s basically them having to get married so he can work for her uncles. It’s such a fun rom-com and I feel like if you love Trent, you’ll end up loving Calvin.

Quinn Morgendorffer: The Chase

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The next character I decided to feature a rec for is Quinn who is Daria’s sister. Quinn is basically Daria’s polar opposite as she’s fashion-obsessed, popular and has a lot of self-esteem. She’s also incredibly annoying which is why I felt like The Chase by Elle Kennedy was perfect for her. This book was pretty cheesy and featured a heroine that felt like a carbon copy of tons of other heroines so it was perfect for Quinn. I didn’t particularly like this book and I don’t like Quinn so it’s a match made in heaven lol.

Jodie Landon: Guarding Temptation

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For the final character, I decided to feature Jodie as I’m pretty sure the reboot is focusing on her and Daria. I might be wrong about that but when thinking of Jodie, I remember that she was an activist and that she’s one of the few characters of color on the series. That’s why I felt like Guarding Temptation was an easy pick for her. While we only see Jodie with Mack, I don’t think they share a similar relationship to the two in this book. However, I do feel like this is a perfect pick if you loved Jodie in the series.

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This was a surprisingly hard post to work on. It was hard, trying to pair up these characters with romance books but I did it. Lol I’m just happy I could find a book for each of them. My main goal with these posts is for people to find new books to check out or possibly find a new favorite. If that’s what happens, I’ll be happy. 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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Recommending books based on your favorite Baby-Sitters Club member

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another recs post for this week as I’m introducing a new series. I’m going to talk about a popular piece of media and recommend books based on certain characters. Last month, I decided to recommend books based on your favorite member of the Golden Girls, and this month, I decided to pick out romance books recs based on your favorite Baby-Sitters Club member.

Similar to last month, I’m going to talk a little about each character, the book and why the two are such a solid match. Even if you’re not a fan of this book series or TV show, I think you’ll still be able to find something you like so let’s get into it.

Kristy Thomas: Only When It’s Us

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First up is none other than Kristy Thomas. Kristy is the president of the Baby-Sitters Club and she’s the one who came up with the idea for the club. She’s also a tomboy who is super athletic and honestly really doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. Honesty, Kristy is such a strong character so I knew I needed to pair her up with a book that featured another strong character.

For Kristy, I chose Only When It’s Us which is an enemies-to-lovers romance between Willa and Ryder who have a slight miscommunication upon their first meeting and then it snowballs from there. However, I feel like Willa shares a lot of traits with Kristy as they’re both leaders, incredibly sporty and they both also only have a mother figure in their lives.

Claudia Kishi: I Think I Might Want You

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The next character is none other than Claudia Kishi. Claudia was my favorite babysitter growing up but I’m definitely not a Claudia. Claudia is the vice president of the club because she has own phone line so they always hold meetings at her house. She’s also a super artistic person who isn’t exactly the brightest plus she always has snacks hid all over her room. Plus her outfits are LITERAL goals like I wanted to dress like her when I was younger lmao.

The book I chose to pair up with Claudia is I Think I Might Want You which is a book that focuses on Jemma who is an influencer which is honestly a job I could see Claudia doing. She’s just so talented and has an eye for trends plus I feel like Claudia wouldn’t be someone who would be willing to commit easily.

Mary Anne Spier: The Roommate

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The next member I have to talk about is Mary Anne Spier who is honestly my favorite member now since she is basically me. Mary Anne is the secretary of the club and she’s the most organized member of the club. She’s also incredibly sensitive and shy which is part of the reason why I connected with her so deeply. She’s definitely underrated as far as all the sitters go but I love her.

The book I chose to pair up with Mary Anne was The Roommate by Rosie Danan. The reason why I picked this one is because Clara reminds me a lot of Mary Anne as she’s pretty shy and reversed. She also doesn’t have much experience and is a bit of a prude so I feel like that’s somehow how Mary Anne would be unconsciously when she’s older. Either way if you like Mary Anne’s personality, I feel like you’d enjoy The Roommate.

Stacey McGill: Hook Shot

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The next member I have to talk about is Stacey McGill. Stacey is introduced as a friend of Claudia’s before becoming a member of the club. Stacey is originally from New York and is very sophisticated and fashion-forward. A major part of her storyline is the fact that she’s diabetic as it’s discussed a lot during the series. Of all the sitters, Stacey is probably the most mature of the group.

As for the book I chose to pair with her, I went with Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan. This book features an MC who is a fashion designer and is very sophisticated and put-together. She really doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind and isn’t afraid of anything really. I honestly feel like Stacey would looked up to Lotus and would admire how much courage she has so this was another easy pick.

Dawn Schafer: Bear With Me

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The final babysitter I have to talk about is Dawn Schafer. Dawn was a later addition to the couple but a solid one. She’s originally from California which is a huge part of her storyline along with her being a vegetarian, Mary Anne’s stepsister, and is sensitive yet isn’t afraid to speak her mind when she needs to.

The book I chose to pair up with Dawn is Bear With Me by Lucy Eden. Even though this book isn’t set in California, I feel like Chellie reminds me a lot of Dawn. Both are incredibly free spirts, in touch with nature and are honestly about how they feel and what they want. While I don’t think Dawn would be down for the influencer life, she wouldn’t mind opening a cabin like Tanner, the love interest does. These two feel like the perfect mesh of who Dawn is as a character.

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Alright, my friends. Those are my romance recs based on The Baby-Sitters Club members. I do plan on continuing this series again next month if you have any suggestions for future characters I could use. I really feel like this is a lot of fun and I’m so excited to be introducing a new series on my blog. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter

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5 fake dating romance recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s 5 and 5 post, I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite tropes which is fake dating. If you don’t know what fake dating is, it’s basically two people agreeing to date but it’s all fake before they eventually start to have real feelings for each other. I absolutely love this trope and I’m so happy to be finally writing up a post about this trope including some of my favorite books featuring it along with some on my TBR.

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1. Desire and the Deep Blue Sea

The first fake dating romance I have to recommend is Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade. This book features a fake dating romance between Thomas and Callie who are co-workers. Things don’t work out with Callie’s fiancé and she enlists Thomas to help her and pose as her fiancé. Honestly, this book was incredibly short but their relationship was so realistic and well-developed. Easily one of my favorite books of Olivia Dade’s and truly such a fun summery read featuring fake dating.

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2. A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year

The second book I have to recommend is A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year. I feel like I don’t have to explain much about this one as the title pretty much says it all. This book focuses on Zach who asks his friend to be his fake girlfriend for Chinese New Year. These two quickly fall into a pattern and it’s clear they’ve had feelings for a while which makes it all the better. I feel like this series is such an undiscovered treasure trove which is why I’m recommending it.

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3. Take A Hint, Dani Brown

The next book I have to recommend is one I’m sure a lot of you have heard of or have read as it’s probably Talia Hibbert’s most popular book. This book features a fake dating romance between Dani and Zaf who are co-workers and friends before an unfortunate incident pulls them together. Upon that happening, the two agree to fake date to help Zaf and it goes from there. This book is SO delightful and is easily one of Talia Hibbert’s best. The relationship between these two is so swoony and Zaf is just such an amazing love interest. I don’t want to say much about it but if you love romance and haven’t read this, you need to remedy that.

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4. Make A Scene

The next book I have to recommend is one I read earlier this year and I LOVE it. Make A Scene features a fake dating romance between Retta who owns a bakery and Duncan who owns the gym that moved in beside her. The two agree to fake date as a way to get Retta’s family off her back and parking space privileges among other things. I absolutely loved seeing their relationship develop along with their friendship. Plus all of the food made me SO hungry which could be a pro or a con. This is another underrated fave of mine so if you like fake dating, then give this one a try.

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5. Sweet on the Greek

The final book I have to recommend is Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert which is honestly my favorite of the series and one of my favorite Talia Hibbert books. This one focuses on Nik who asks Aria to be his fake girlfriend for a trip with his friends. While I adore the fake dating element in this book and I loved watching their relationship develop, I really LOVED how steamy this book was. The sex scenes in this one are just god-tier so if you like smut, the sexual chemistry between these two is off-the-charts. Easily my favorite fake dating romance of the bunch I recommended.

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6. Act Like It

The first book I have on my TBR that features fake dating is Act Like It by Lucy Parker. I’ve never read anything by Lucy Parker before but I’ve heard amazing things. I didn’t realize until I looked up a post that this book featured fake dating. This series seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m really excited to dive into it. I rarely read books featuring famous people to boot so this should be a new experience for me when I get to it.

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7. The Ex Talk

The next book I have on my TBR is The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I’ve never read anything by this author before but the hype for this one got me. I know this book features a romance between two radio hosts that I believe are pretending to be exes which sounds like such a unique premise. I really want to give this one a try and see if it ends up being as good as everyone makes it out to be.

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8. Playing House

The next book I have on my TBR is Playing House by Ruby Lang. I honestly don’t know anything about this book other than it has such a cute cover. However, I’m incredibly excited to dive into it and to finally give Ruby Lang a chance. This book seems like it’s going to be so soft and fun, hopefully something similar to Jackie Lau. Either way, I’m excited.

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9. Trade Me

The next fake dating book I have on my TBR is Trade Me by Courtney Milan. I honestly didn’t even know this book featured fake dating but it’s one I plan on reading this spring. This book follows two people who decides to swap lives I’m pretty sure and I just need to read Courtney Milan already. That’s just a given.

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10. The Dare

The final fake dating book I have on my TBR is The Dare by Elle Kennedy. Ellyn and I buddy-read this series in 2019. At first, I didn’t want to give this one a chance but then I saw it on sale and talked to Ellyn. We agreed to still buddy-read this series and finish it out together. I’ve heard kind of meh things about this one but I’m still excited to wrap up this series and to finally close this chapter lmao.

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I was SO excited to create this post and it’s easily one of my favorite ones I’ve ever done. I really don’t have much else to say but I really hope I end up getting to some of these books soon as I’m really excited for all of them. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter

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