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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been thinking of doing more tags on my blog and looking back, I remembered that Ellyn made this tag last year. This is basically a way to talk about the books coming out in the second half of the year. I did the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag last month and this is the perfect companion.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag
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1. Your Most Anticipated Release of the Year

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Oddly enough when I wrote this tag last year, Blitzed was my most anticipated release so it’s no surprise that Snapped is this year’s. Alexa Martin is easily my favorite romance author and her books always make me so happy. This book seems especially timely as it focuses on an NFL player who protests and the HR woman they pair with him to “deal” with it.

2. A book you’re not anticipating

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The book I chose for this one is Mistletoe and Mr. Right. While this book seems like it would be perfect for me, I didn’t love the first book in the series. I really do enjoy holiday romances but I know I won’t be reading this one. As good as this series sounds, I don’t think Sarah Morgenthaler is the author for me. I can understand why people are excited about it, though.

3. Most underhyped anticipated release

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The book I chose for this one was Sea Witch by Katee Robert. Even though I’ve only read the first book in the series, this one sounds interesting. I’ve always enjoyed The Little Mermaid so I’m curious to see how Ursula fits into this world. Tbh the series is so fun and sexy but I don’t hear much hype about it. Either way, this book seems like it’s going to be unlike anything else I’ve read this year.

4. A book you’ve been waiting on forever!

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Last year, I read Well Met by Jen DeLuca and absolutely loved it. As soon as I heard there was going to be a companion book, I was hyped. However, it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been waiting for this. This book follows two characters from the first book and it seems like it’s going to be incredible. Tbh I’ve been waiting for over a year for this and I just want it in my hands already.

5. A book you’re anticipating that’s out of your comfort zone

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I struggled in coming up with a book for this one. However, I do plan on continuing the Baby-Sitters Club Coven series. The second book is set to release in September and I am so excited about it. I really hope that Kate Williams tweaked a few things and this book will end up being better than the last one. Either way, I’m excited to see what happens next with the characters.

6. Your Top 3 “Can’t-Wait” Books Of The Year

  • Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey. This is the 3rd book in the Hot & Hammered series and she’s basically been teasing it since book 1. I’m really excited to finally read Bethany’s story and see how she and Wes’ relationship goes from complete hatred to lust/love.
  • Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. I don’t feel like I have to explain myself here as this is easily at the VERY top of my “can’t-wait” reads. Lol
  • The Nanny by Brandy Bush. I absolutely loved reading her book last month and I’m excited to dive into the next one. I already have it preordered and I hope it ends up being another favorite of mine.

7. Top 5 Most Anticipated Backlist Books On Your TBR

  • Basking In Bloom by Wynta Tyme. This book is one I saw forever ago on Amazon but have yet to read. I absolutely adore the cover and I cannot wait to finally pick it up. Maybe this tag will hold me accountable for once.
  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. Good lord, I just need to read this book already. I really need someone to hold me accountable for this because it’s basically 700 pages and I’ll try to give up so easily.
  • Marriage for One by Ella Maise. These two books are the last ones on my “20 Books To Read in 2020” list. I truly need to figure out when I want to read these and just buckle down and do it already.
  • The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan. I need to get caught up on this series so I can finally read Queen Move. Lmao why am I like this???
  • Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert. I adore the Wicked Villians series and it’s finally time I get caught up. Hopefully we’ll have another smutathon round so I can do just that. 😛
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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Biggest disappointment.

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

6. Biggest Surprise

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

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

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

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

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

8. Newest fictional crush

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

9. Newest favorite character.

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

10. Book that made you cry.

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

11. Book that made you happy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Finished Books Tag

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

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

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The Stuck At Home Book Tag

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

 Rules

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


1. What are you currently reading?

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

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

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

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

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

4. An intimidating book on your TBR

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

5. Top 3 priority books on your TBR

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

6. Recommend a short book

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

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

7. Recommend a long book

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

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

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

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

9. What do you plan on reading next?

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


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

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I Should Have Read That Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been forever since I’ve done a book tag and honestly, I missed them. I think I used to do tags on Sundays but with my new schedule, I only posted three times a week. However, I want to make more time to do some tags and the first is one I’ve already done before. It’s been a while though so I wanted to do a more updated version.

I was tagged to do this (months ago…yikes) by Lauren from Twenty Seven Letters Book Reviews. I really love the aesthetic of her blog and she always tags me in fun things so check her out. Without further ado, let’s get into the rules!

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part in the tag
  • Enjoy the tag!


A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

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The book I’m going with is Lost Boy by Christina Henry. For as long as I can remember, Ellyn has been talking about how good this author is. However, I haven’t read any of her books especially Lost Boy. I do plan on reading her books eventually since I know Ellyn will remind me if I don’t 😛

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it

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I feel like I just mentioned this book in a recent post. However, I am incredibly embarrassed I still haven’t picked this book up. Maybe it’s because the wait at the library is too long or what. Either way, Speak is an iconic YA book and one I’d like to read before the year ends. Will that happen? Who knows as I’ll probably forget about it until I do another tag lmao.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing

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In all fairness, I should’ve completed this series forever ago. Every time they announced a new book, I was ready. That was until Superman: Dawnbreaker which I still haven’t read. Maybe it’s because I’m not the biggest Superman fan or the fact that I haven’t heard the best things about Matt de la Pena. Either way, I’ve been dragging my feet on reading this one.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read

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The book I’m going with is A Bear Called Paddington. I usually don’t read classics let alone children’s classics. However, I saw this book at my library and since then, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I’ll probably go the audiobook route with this one since it’ll be super quick. Either way, I know I want to eventually get to it.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

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I know this one is on my 20 books to read in 2020 list. However, I feel like everyone who has Mariana Zapata has at least read this. This book is an NFL romance between a player and his assistant, I think. Either way, I’m excited to read it aside from it being almost 700 pages. Of course, that’s part of the reason why I’ve shied away from it too but it has almost 60,000 ratings on Goodreads. Before 2020 ends, I want to knock this one off my TBR.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet

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Recently, I’ve watched an anime based on The Count of Monte Cristo. Since then, I’ve been thinking about reading the book. This book is like over 1,000 pages so it’ll be a while before I pick it up. Hopefully, I can find an audiobook or find an edition I’ll like to read but this one is easily going to take forever to read. Either way, I’m excited to eventually read this.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

Personally, I don’t follow many bookstagrammers so I’m going to go with the blogging/Booktube realm as that’s my main source of bookish content. 🙂

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The book I’m going with is one a lot of people have been talking about recently and for good reason. The Selection series is getting its own adaptations on Netflix and since then, basically, all of my social media has been going crazy. Personally, I’ve never read these books or anything by Kiera Cass. With the adaptations coming at some point though, I do plan on eventually picking them up.


I know this is somewhat of a popular tag so I’m not going to tag anyone. If you want to do it though, then consider yourself tagged! 😀

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Lover Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and because of that, I decided to do a romance tag…well a somewhat romance book tag. I saw that Sara posted this tag a while ago and I decided that I was going to do it for Valentine’s Day. While I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan, I thought this would still be a good one. Plus I love book tags that feature songs as prompts so let’s get into it.

Rules:

  • Link back to the creator, Sara @ The Bibliophagist!
  • Answer the questions!
  • Tag whoever you want and link back to the person who tagged you!


I Forgot That You Existed: A book from your childhood that you don’t remember anything about

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Honestly, I don’t even remember when I read this book. I know that when I was younger, I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking for Halloween and won an award. Other than that, I don’t remember much about this book. Perhaps it’s time for a reread lol.

Cruel Summer: The worst book you’ve read this summer

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Looking back at summer 2019, the book I despised reading most was easily The Friend Zone. I know that a lot of people love this book but the last 25% really killed it for me and I couldn’t believe that this book took such a turn. I thought it was easily going to be a 4 or 5-star read but it ended up being 2 stars. Honestly, I unhauled this one as soon as I finished it.

Lover: A bookish relationship that’s perfect exactly the way it is

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Xeni and Mason are easily one of my favorite bookish couples. Despite being forced together, the two had such an honest and pure relationship. There was nothing I would change about their dynamic. Even though they went through some rough patches, I think that’s why they were so perfect as they dealt with things that irl couples deal with.

The Man: A book with a badass female main character

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Elisabeth was such a badass main character who dealt with so much during the course of this book. Somehow, she always picked herself back up and figured out a way to make things better. Plus she was incredibly determined and strong-willed especially when it came to the library. Honestly, I thought she was so great and I only wish that we were getting more of her story in future books.

The Archer: A book with great character development

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I’m pretty sure that I used this in a Top 5 Tuesday post to talk about something similar but it’s so fitting. I think that Cameron’s character development throughout the course of If I’m Being Honest is one of the best examples. She goes through so much whether it be with her family, her relationships or herself that she’s better when the story comes to an end. While she didn’t change as much, she was a better version of herself than when the story began.

I Think He Knows: Your fictional crush

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This one doesn’t need much explanation. I love Evan and I only wish that he was real so I could have a man like that.

Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince: A book set in high school

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Technically, this book is set in a boarding school but I’m counting that as high school because they’re the same grade level. Anyways, The Vanishing Stair was easily one of my favorite YA reads of 2019 and I can’t wait to read more of it when the final book comes off hold at the library. I’ve never read a book set in high school like this so this was an easy pick.

Paper Rings: A book with a happy ending

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In a lot of ways, The Princess Trap had a few happy endings. There was a happy ending for a side character, the main couple and the MC’s family. Honestly, the end of this book felt like a warm hug. I couldn’t believe how happy it made me when I finished it. ❤

Cornelia Street: A setting you’ll never forget

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His Royal Highness is my first book by R.S. Grey and there is a reason why I started with it. This book is set in a Disneylandesque theme park and it was completely sold on it from that point. Everything felt like it had an extra layer of magic all over it. It was also pretty unique and I couldn’t believe that other romance authors hadn’t jumped on the chance to do something like this.

Death By A Thousand Cuts: A book that broke your heart

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While this a romance book, don’t get it confused as it’s a super emotional book. It will tear your heart out and step all over it. This book broke my heart multiple times as it dealt with a lot of tough topics so gracefully. It was such a difficult read but ultimately rewarding at the same time.

London Boy: A setting that plays a big role in the story

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The book I chose for this one was Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert. In a lot of ways, I think the setting is almost as important as the romance. This book is set in a beach town in England and honestly, it was such a huge part of the story. Everything about it felt so quaint and cozy which is how I felt about this romance. Considering how much Laura loved the beach, it made complete sense as well.

Soon You’ll Get Better: A book that made you cry

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I read this book towards the end of 2019 and it made me cry a handful of times. It was such a powerful yet emotional read. I won’t give anything away, but it’s a vastly underrated book. I only wish that more people were picking it up.

False God: A book with a well-written sexy scene

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Jasmine and Jafar smut, that’s all I’m saying.

You Need to Calm Down: A book featuring an LGBT romance

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I think this is my own LGBT romance of 2020 so far but honestly, what a way to start off the year. This book was a hate-to-love f/f romance that I couldn’t get enough of. I know that Chelsea M. Cameron has a pretty extensive backlist so I’m excited to see what else she’s written.

Afterglow: A great second chance romance

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This was my favorite book in 2019. Need to say more? Lol

Me!: Your all-time favorite book

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Once again, no surprise here!

It’s Nice To Have A Friend: Your favorite friends-to-lovers book

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Easily one of my favorite friends-to-lovers books has to be Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren. Of all the books in the series, this one is probably my favorite. It’s a friends-to-lovers romance between a comic book artist and a comic book shop owner. They’re just so precious and adorable together plus they had such a strong friendship that there was no way they wouldn’t eventually be a couple.

Daylight: A book with a positive message

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While I do think this book has its dark moments, this book does have a few positive messages about dealing with change, being passionate about a project and realizing that maybe you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. This book gets dark at times too but I think this is one that gets slept on for having some positive messages.


Holy cow! That was a long tag so kudos to you if you read the entire thing. I struggled a bit when coming up with books but I made it. Lol

As for tagging someone, I’m going to tag: Sofia, Jenna, and Meeghan. ❤

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The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow Christmas lovers! You might be wondering why I’m posting today and that’s because I didn’t want to make a post on Christmas. Instead, I decided to move my Wednesday post to Monday. Hopefully, you guys don’t mind and in honor of Christmas, I decided to do a Christmas book tag. 😀

I found this tag on Youtube and it was created by Sam from Sam’s Nonsense. It’s almost 5 years old but of all the ones I found, I liked this one the most. With that being said, let’s get into the Joy of Christmas Book Tag.

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

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I have a post going up of all my anticipated 2020 romance releases. When I wrote that post, I hadn’t yet read The Bromance Book Club. Since I finished it and really loved it, I knew that I had to put this book as one of my most anticipated 2020 releases. I was crossing my fingers that this second book would follow the characters it is and it seems like it’s going to be another enjoyable romance.

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

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This time, I’m going with Helen Hoang. When I first read The Kiss Quotient in 2018, I fell in love with it and I felt the same way about The Bride Test. She’s easily one of my favorite romance authors and brings such a refreshing voice to the romance world. If you’re looking for some diverse romance with incredible writing, then you need to give Helen Hoang a try. She writes well-developed characters with incredible relationships and makes everything sweet and sexy at the same time. It’s just all so good.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world-building?

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While I do think the Wayward Children series has incredible world-building, I especially loved the world-building featured throughout In An Absent Dream. The way that Seanan McGuire built everything with the Goblin Market and Lundy’s door as a whole was just incredible. It was such an atmospheric and immersive story that I can’t help but mention it.

A Christmas Carol: A favorite classic or one that you want to read

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I read Pride and Prejudice in college but haven’t picked any of her other books. Since then I’ve been wanting to read Emma by Jane Austen. I know that this book inspired a lot of different films and TV shows so I’m interested to see if I enjoy it. Personally, I’m not a big fan of classics but Emma is one that I’d really like to read.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

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This is a book that I discovered recently when reading an article. Since then, I haven’t gotten it out of my mind. This is a non-fiction book that talks about domestic violence and it’s basically her talking about domestic violence and what we can do to help. I honestly don’t know much about this but this topic is something that I’m very interested in and I’d love to know more.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

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I feel this is such an underrated novella because I didn’t really love the Fit series but this one was easily my favorite. This book focuses on the MC from book 3’s cousin and the romance she has with an old co-worker. This had me smiling as soon as I started reading it. I couldn’t believe how well-developed their relationship was since it was so short and it’s perfect for the holiday season. Watching their relationship develop especially those “firsts” that no one talks about was so refreshing. I absolutely loved this ❤

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I really love the illustrated cover so I’m going to feature a few of my faves from this year. 🙂

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Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

This is a really oddly specific memory but it’s one of my favorite Christmas memories. As a young Jonas Brothers fan, I really wanted their first album, “It’s About Time.” If you’re not a fan, then you might be wondering why I’d want it so bad. Their first album is super rare and only a handful of copies were released so I asked for it for Christmas. It was super expensive so that was one of a handful of gifts that I got for Christmas but it’s always something that I’ll remember. It was such a special Christmas for me and I consider that album one of my prized possessions.

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Jonas Brothers Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For December, I wanted to do some tags that really showcase what I love. As everyone knows, 2019 was truly the year for me falling back in love with the Jonas Brothers and realizing so many things about myself. With that being said, I knew I had to do a tag focusing on the Jonas Brothers. Thankfully, someone out there had the same thought as me and made one. 😀

This tag was created by Stars Above Jess on Youtube. All credit goes to her for this tag and honestly, thank you, Jess, because I am living for this tag lmao. With that being said, let’s get into it!


Year 3000 – A book you’re looking forward to reading

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For this first question, I went with Lucky Caller by Emma Mills. Even though Emma Mills’ last book was a disappointment to me, I’m hoping that this one ends up cementing her as one of my faves still. Considering how beautiful the cover is, I don’t know how it could be anything but amazing. Since this comes out in January 2020, I don’t have to wait much longer.

When You Look Me in the Eyes – A cover that drew you in

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This is a book that I read in January and it’s one of the most underrated books I’ve ever read. I feel like no one ever talks about it especially with this cover. It’s a super bright orange which immediately caught my eye and I like how it has all the cameras on it which plays really well into the story. Overall, I really love the aesthetic of this cover.

S.O.S. – A book/series that turned its back on you

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I feel like The Friend Zone is an obvious answer for this one. This book is going one way for a majority of it and then it takes a sudden turn that completely changed the tone of the book. It was incredibly frustrating and ultimately, made me dislike this book. It also has a very annoying ending so I didn’t end up loving it.

Love Bug – A book/series you’re currently smitten with

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I feel like I don’t even have to get into this book because I’ve been talking about it so much. I guess I didn’t think I’d end up loving it as much as I did. Either way, I’m incredibly smitten with this book ❤

Burnin’ Up – A book/series featuring a great romance

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I think that Rebekah Weatherspoon writes amazing romances and my favorites are in her Loose Ends series. In Rafe, I love the relationship between Rafe and Sloan but my favorites so far are Xeni and Mason from Xeni. I just loved their relationship so much and I wish we would get another book just focused on those two but I know we’ll see them make cameos in future installments so I can’t really complain.

Play My Music – A book featuring a hobby that’s not reading/writing

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I don’t know if I’d really consider what Portia does a hobby but I really enjoyed this aspect of A Duke by Default. The entire book is about Portia becoming an apprentice to a swordmaker. Since Portia had a lot of hobbies, it was nice to see her finding her niche and something she really enjoyed. As far as hobbies go, this could not be further removed from writing or reading.

Give Love a Try – A book/series you want to (or glad you did) give a second chance

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For this one, I’m going with the Hoops series by Kennedy Ryan. I started this series last year and just didn’t pick it up until the end of this year. I’m glad that I finally gave this another chance and decided to pick it up. It ended up being a lot better than I thought and I really enjoyed it. It’s easily one of my new favorite series.

Fly With Me – Your OTP

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No way I couldn’t include Poppy and TK as my OTP because these two are everything. I really loved that we got a lot of backstory into their relationship and that they didn’t try to go too fast either. Honestly, if you’re looking for a healthy romance, then I’d highly recommend this book because Fumbled has such an adorable romance.

Paranoid – A hyped book you’re scared you won’t like

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For this one, I decided to go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve only read one Leigh Bardugo book and I really enjoyed. However, I don’t know how much I’ll enjoy her when I’m reading a novel that isn’t focused on Wonder Woman. Either way, I’m super scared that I won’t like this book so I’ve been putting it off lmao.

Sucker – A book/series you’ll always love no matter what

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Even though I didn’t fall in love with this series, I really enjoyed it. With that being said, I’ll always love it because I read it with Ellyn. I think it was one of our first buddy-reads that we ever did and it brought us so much closer. Honestly, she’s one of my favorite people and The Lunar Chronicles is part of the reason why 😀


I’m not going to tag anyone but if you’re a Jonas Brothers fan, then I tag you!

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The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my last post of November, I decided to go with a tag and I am SO EXCITED. I love reading recommendation posts and I also love scoping for them on Youtube. While I don’t do recommendation posts very often, that could be a goal for my blog in 2020 but we’ll see 😉

Either way, I’m also super excited because one of my favorite people, Ellyn made this tag and gave me like 3 shout-outs. There was no way that I couldn’t do this tag because of Ellyn and because she’s great. With that being said, I don’t want to talk too much so let’s get into the rules and then the tag.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag


1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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My favorite genre is romance and this was a TOUGH one. For some reason, I read a lot of books in series this year but it was the later books so I didn’t really want to recommend them. Instead, I decided to start with the first book in a series and that’s The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai.

This book follows a girl who owns a dating app who is ghosted by a guy who eventually becomes the spokesperson for her competition. While the premise might sound unique, I think Alisha Rai does a great job of keeping it modern and fresh. I also really enjoy some of the subplots here, too.

2. Recommend a short book

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The short book I decided to go with is Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I read this book in October and really loved it. This book follows a doctor who is looking for a nanny for her twins and she’s recommended Rafe, a male nanny. Upon meeting, she hires Rafe to live in her house and take care of her kids while she’s at work.

While this book is short, Weatherspoon does a great job of writing the romance between Rafe and Sloan. It never feels insta-lovey and there’s also a few sexy scenes. Additionally, I also recommend the follow-up Xeni which follows Sloan’s best friend.

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation

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For this one, I’m going with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I remember that I watched the movie and then read 2 of the books. I enjoyed both of them even though I had a soft spot for the movie. While I haven’t read the books in forever, I still highly recommend them and the movie is a MUST watch, too.

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone

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No surprise that I would put this one on my list. My friend, Lysette got it for me for my birthday and I was a little skeptical to read it. I’m not a big fantasy reader so that’s why but I ended up really enjoying it. I ended up giving it 4-stars only because I wanted more of the romance and I wish that there was going to be a sequel. If you’re a fantasy reader, you’ll likely enjoy it and if you’re not, then I’d still give it a try.

5. Recommend a book series

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No surprise that I’m recommending the Playbook series by Alexa Martin. Since reading her debut novel, I’ve loved them all. At first, I was going to pick a completed series but I think it’s more fun to go with this one. This series follows different women as they’re getting into a relationship with NFL players and it’s basically how their lives change along with the struggles they deal with in general.

Even if you aren’t an NFL fan, I think you’ll enjoy them. I think that Alexa Martin has such a unique viewpoint when it comes to this so I really enjoy her voice. Plus each book in the series has gotten better and better. I’m crossing my fingers that Blitzed which is coming out next week is going to be my new favorite.

6. Recommend a standalone

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As a standalone lover, this one was really tough. However, the book I decided on was If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka. This book is a retelling of Taming of the Shrew and it’s an incredibly modern version of the story which I love. It follows our MC Cameron who after being called a bitch by her crush, tries to mend her ways.

Along the way, she has a realization and it’s basically her trying to figure out who she is and what’s going on with her life. Overall, I thought this book was incredible and I especially loved how they wrote Cameron’s character. As rarely as I read YA nowadays, giving this one 5-star was HUGE for me so I’d highly recommend it.

7. Recommend a book you don’t talk about enough 

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Honestly, I had a hard time, trying to come up with this one because I read two books back-to-back that could’ve made this list. I decided to go with Wild Blue Wonder because I think this book really flew under the radar. It’s about a griefing set of siblings and how it fractures them apart while also finding a way to bring them together. It’s more of a character-driven story but still has a few significant plot-points. Not to mention, the writing style for this is beautiful.

This is in the same vein as Summer of Salt where it’s mostly contemporary but also has some magical elements. Easily one of the books I talk about the least but like the most.

8. Recommend your “staple” book 

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Similar to what Ellyn did, I tried to think of books that I’d associate with my blog and of course, I had to go with Emma Mills. Of all of her books, my absolute favorite is Foolish Hearts so I had to feature it. I’m sure most of us guys will also agree with this lmao.

9. Recommend the book/s that got you into reading

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As per the last question, I had to feature a book that I talk about a lot. While I’ve always loved reading, I really loved reading The Baby-Sitters Club series. I still have a ton of the BSC books and I do plan on doing a reread of some of them in 2020. We’ll see if that happens but since the ’90s are back, then doing a reread would be SO FUN 😛

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books

Tag! You’re It!

Of course, I’m tagging all the ladies above. 🙂 I’m also tagging Meeghan, Sumedha, and Kristin. ❤

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Are You Ready For Sweater Weather? The Autumn Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been forever since I’ve done a book tag so I figured why not get back into it? I really do miss doing them and they’re a lot of fun even though sometimes, a lot of work too. Either way, I’m excited to jump back into them with the Autumn Tag which is perfect since October is the spooky season and is basically fall personified.

I was tagged by my lovely friend, Jenna to do this. You might know her from the buddy-reads we did or just from her blog. Either way, she’s great so check her out. This tag was created by Jenn so be sure to check her out, too! ❤


Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

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Of course, no one is surprised by this choice and my comfort book has to be Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I think I’ve read this book 3 times since I bought it and I honestly cannot get enough of it. I might have to reread it again before the year ends but it just makes me so happy. It has so many things I love: boy bands, best friends and a cute romance which is basically all I need in life. Lol

Pumpkin Carving: What is your favorite creative outlet?

For me, it has to be writing. Ever since my internship, I’ve always loved writing and seen it as a way to express myself. Of course, that’s part of the reason why I started this blog in the first place. I enjoy writing because I’m able to say whatever I want for the most part and there are other people who agree with me and will share what they think. I think that’s amazing.

Falling Leaves: Changes that appear bad, but you secretly love?

For this one, I’m going with something music-related. Even though it doesn’t always work, I love it when artists try to branch out to another genre or when they stay in the same genre but make completely different music. It’s even better when you love both types of music. Of course, an example has to be Joe Jonas when he was in the Jonas Brothers and then DNCE 😛

Pumpkin Spiced Latte: Something you love that others tend to judge

I really don’t need to say much more. Lmao

Bonfire Night: What makes you explode with joy?

For this one, I’m going with a few answers like Jenna did.

  • Winning my fantasy football matchup. This season has been crappy but I absolutely love winning so whenever I win, I’m always SUPER happy. Hopefully, I win this week but I doubt that. Lmao
  • When books have a well-developed romance. I read a lot of romance so I see the good, bad and ugly when it comes to relationships. However, sometimes a book will have such a stellar romance that it makes up for the crappy romances I’ve read.
  • My new Bath and Body Works candle. I absolutely love the Halloween scents from Bath and Bodyworks but none more than Vampire’s Blood. It’s like a plum scent according to the candle but I absolutely love it. It makes me so happy whenever I use my lotion or burn my candle.

Fright Night: Favorite scary film or book

Spoilers for a future “My Favorite” post but my favorite scary film has to be Nightmare on Elm Street. I look forward to watching it every year and even though it doesn’t scare me, I really do love it. There’s just something so nostalgic about it that makes me love it.

As for horror books, I’m going to go with the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. That series is one of my faves and I really do love it despite how scary it can be.

Halloween Candy: Favorite thing to eat

Tacos are my favorite thing ever and as some guy said to me once on a date, all you eat is meat, cheese, and bread. That’s exactly what tacos are and he was right.

Scarves: Your autumn must-have accessory

For me, I absolutely love wearing leggings and boots. That’s my go-to look for fall and I cannot get enough of them. When I’m not at work, that’s usually what I’m wearing and I’ll never get sick of it.

Fire: A book or film that burns your soul

As Jenna said, I’m going to say this is a positive burn.

Film: As far as movies go, I have a lot of movies that I enjoy. One film that really makes me happy is Beauty and the Beast. This movie has been my favorite since I was younger and I don’t miss an opportunity to watch it. I could probably list like 10 other Disney films but this one is my favorite.

Book: I’m going to go with a recent read and that’s Well Met by Jen DeLuca. This book was a major surprise for me and I absolutely loved it. There was just something about it that made me so happy. Not to mention that I finished it in a sitting or two so I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read it Well Met yet, it has an incredible romance, a unique setting and weaves in a compelling story of grief and love.

Toffee Apples: A book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

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While in a lot of ways, The Right Swipe is exactly as the cover suggests but in many ways, it’s not. This book does feature a cute romance between two people who represent dating apps. However, it’s also about deeper subjects such as grief, family, dealing with life after leaving your career and figuring out who you are outside of a said career. Honestly, this book was SO much more than I anticipated and it ended up falling in love with it.


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