Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this final day of July, I decided to do a book tag and this time, I’m doing one based on something I do a lot. My parents usually have campfires during the summer so this one is perfect. This tag was created by Jaded Reader on Booktube so all the credit goes to them. 🙂
Build A Tent: A book you had to read that ended up being a drag
What an appropriate book to start this tag off with as I was actually forced to read this book by Ellyn for our Love/Hate Challenge. I’m honestly so confused as to what the point of this book was. With that being said, it was such a short book but it took me FOREVER to read.
Build A Fire: A book you were proud of finishing
The book I’m easily most proud of finishing recently is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. This book is almost 600 pages on Kindle and it’s a slow-burn romance. I legit thought I was going to die before they finally kissed. While this book was long, it was easily one of my favorite reads of 2020 so I’m happy I read it but damn, I was proud of myself.
Roasted Marshmallow: A mushy sweet book you couldn’t help but devour
For this one, I went with The Sprite and the Gardener which was a graphic novel I read during Graphics-A-Thon. This was a short little graphic novel about spires helping a garden thrive and i’ts just so adorable. The art style is so cutesy and I couldn’t get enough of it when I read it.
Gone Fishing: A book that had you hooked by the first chapter
When I picked up Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells, I was immediately intrigued and I was right to as I LOVED it. This book starts off with a major event within the first or second chapter so once that happened, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
Skipping Rocks: A book or series you DNF’D
For this one, I went with a slightly shocking answer and that’s Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. This is one I started on audio and just couldn’t get into it. I might go back to it but this one didn’t work for me when I first started it.
Camp Fire Songs: A book so good you are always found singing its praises
No surprise with this one.
The Night Sky: A book that made you think deeply about an aspect of the world
For this one, I went with Pemmican Wars which was a book I read during Graphics-A-Thon as it was written by an indigenous author. I feel like I learned so much about what indigenous people were dealing with and actually about them rather than what I learned in school. I also learned about the Pemmican War which I didn’t even know about??? It was so short but so informative.
The Tear Down: A book that’s ending was bittersweet
For this one, I decided to go with A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau and I decided on this one because I didn’t want this series to end. It’s somewhat of a cop-out answer but I saw this book and knew I had to feature it.
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Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s time for what is probably my favorite tag of all time because it’s just so much fun. Plus I have tons of books I want to talk about. With that being said, I wanted to keep this intro pretty short so we can get into the tag and talk about the books. 🙂
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021.
The best book I’ve read so far in 2021 has to be Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur. This is a romance between a girl and her best friend’s brother. It’s kind of second-chance in a way but it’s also about each of them discovering themselves and figuring out how to love each other. I also feel like this book is so soft and Brendon is just everything to me. Plus Annie was such a delight as cynical and hardened as she was. Sigh, this book was everything to me.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021.
My favorite sequel I’ve read is actually a tie and it’s books 2 and 3 in the Bergman Brothers series by Chloe Liese. Always Only You is a workplace, grumpy-sunshine romance between a hockey player and the social media specialist for the team while Ever After Always is a marriage-in-trouble story. There’s just something about the stories Chloe Liese writes that I immediately fall in love with plus she also features incredible rep including chronic illness, anxiety and other disabilities which I love.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
For me, this has to be The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau. This is one of two books from Jackie Lau’s backlist I haven’t read yet. I know this book has a pretty unique meet-cute too so I’m excited for it. Plus the cover features a hero with glasses so I’m pretty much sold.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The top answer is obviously The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang but I talk about that book constantly so I wanted to mix it up. I decided to go with The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling. I feel like this book has potential to be a new fave and I absolutely love this witches in romance book trend so I’m on board 100%. I’m also looking forward to Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau and With You Forever by Chloe Liese.
5. Biggest disappointment.
My biggest disappointment of 2021 has to be The Beast by Katee Robert. I went into this book thinking I was going to love it and it didn’t work for me. While the book was hot, I really didn’t love the romance and I didn’t feel the chemistry in their relationship. Plus as per usual,the conflict towards the and felt totally unnecessary. I’m just sad because I LOVE this series so much and this one wasn’t it for me.
6. Biggest Surprise
For me, this has to be The Reinvention of the Rose by Christina C Jones. I picked this one up on a whim via Hoopla and I absolutely adored it. This follows a girl who is basically restarting her life and it’s about her forging her own path while falling in love along the way. I loved the romance in this along with all the character development. Easily cemented CCJ as a favorite author.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
I don’t believe I read any debuts this year but I have tons of new-to-me favorite authors so I’m going to try to keep it concise.
Rachel Lynn Solomon
8. Newest fictional crush.
This one might be totally fucked, but I have to say Dario from Run Posy Run. This is a mafia romance featuring a sociopath love interest, but I couldn’t get enough of him. I thought he was so hot and clearly very protective of the heroine which I loved. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved him.
9. Newest favorite character.
For me, this one has to be Dawn Oliver from Inevitable Addiction. Maybe it’s because I read this book in June, but I really liked Dawn’s character. I loved how confident she was and how she stood up for herself, no matter what. Her path to stardom wasn’t easy and neither was her romance in this book but she was so sure of herself. I honestly could’ve read an entire book about her rather than a novella.
10. Book that made you cry.
For the book that made me cry, I have to go with Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. I honestly haven’t cried at many books this year, but this one really hit. The MC’s aunt died during the course of the book and it hit me extremely hard for some reason. It was still an enjoyable read, though.
11. Book that made you happy.
No surprise I decided to go with Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. Talia is easily my favorite romance author and her books always make me happy. While I’m sad to see the Brown Sisters series end, this book was so good that I couldn’t help but smile while reading it.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The book I decided to go with was Sweethand which is a book I pre-ordered on Kindle and I absolutely adore this cover. It’s just so beautiful and I can’t stop staring at it. I can only hope it’s half as good as it looks.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
That’s my 2021 Edition of the Mid-Year Book Freakout tag. Hopefully, you enjoyed it because as per usual, I had find with this one. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When I saw that Ellyn tagged me in her newest book tag, I knew that I needed to do it. This tag is all about new releases and as someone who doesn’t read many new releases, this one is going to be pretty tough. However, I’m very excited to do it nonetheless so let’s get into it. 🙂
Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
*Thank you to Ellyn for tagging me ❤ ❤
1. A New Release You’ve Already Read
For this one, I decided to go with Worship by Jack Harbon as it was the first new release I read in 2021. It’s a second-chance friends-to-lovers romance between two people who meet again at their high school reunion.
I’ve also read To Be Alone With You by Jodie Slaughter, Maybe This Time by Christina C. Jones, Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert, Ever After Always by Chloe Liese and The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
2. A New Release That’s Already Come Out but You haven’t Read Yet
For this one, I decided to go with Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan. I’ve been excited about this book since I saw people on Twitter hyping it up and it just seems awesome. As for the other ones on my list, I have Honey Girl, Twice Shy, Maybe One More Time, f*ck around and find out and Twisted Love.
3. A New Release You Just Found Out About
Since I didn’t have any that come to mind, I needed to peruse Goodreads so I decided to pick two from there that sound interesting.
One I didn’t know about until recently is Gilded by Marissa Meyer. I love Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and I think she does such a great job with retellings. I had no idea she was even working on this and it sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
The second new release I found when I was looking was Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake. I’ve only read a few of her books but I’ve enjoyed all of them. I think she’s such a fresh voice in the middle-grade genre and makes me want to read more middle-grade stories.
4. A New Release You’re Excited About From One Of Your Favorite Authors
Chloe Liese is a recent favorite author but I’ve come to love this series and this is easily one of my most anticipated reads of the year!!!! It’s not the only one though as I’m super excited about The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, How To Find A Princess by Alyssa Cole, Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes by Alexa Martin and Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau.
5. A New Release You’re Excited About From a New-To-You Author
For this one, I decided to go with Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur. I’ve never read anything by this author before and I’m excited to see if her books are as good as everyone says. I feel like this one looks like it’s going to be so cute and fun.
As for some others, I have to go with Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney and Mr. Klein is Fine by Meghan Quinn.
6. A New Release You Have No Interest In
For this one, I decided to go with Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. I really hated her debut and I haven’t read the second book but what I’ve heard about this book made me not want to read it. I also have a ton I don’t plan on reading: While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory, The Devil Wears Black by LJ Shen and Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne.
7. A New Release You Want To Pick Up Soon
For this one, I decided to pick Back In the Day by Katrina Jackson. I know this is the second book in the series and I’m super excited to get to this one. I love Katrina Jackson and she recently disappoints me. However, I have a few others I want to pick up ASAP: Renovation of Love by Meka James, Crave by Shea Sanders and Seducing my Guardian by Katee Robert.
8. A New Release That Hasn’t Come Out Yet but You Can’t Wait To Read
For this one, I’m going with Neon Gods by Katee Robert. I love Katee Robert so much so I’m excited to see if this book is as HOT as everyone says. Plus there’s always Donut Fall In Love by Jackie Lau, The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang, Darling by K. Ancrum and Battle Royal by Lucy Parker.
9. A New Release With An Amazing Cover
The book I chose for this one is Sweethand by N.G. Peltier. Everything about this cover just calls to me. The couple is cute plus she’s feeding him which I LOVE. There’s also a cat on the cover and it just has the perfect spring color scheme.
10. Your Favorite New Release You’ve Read So Far This Year
Could it be anything other than this book???
Ellyn also said to tag 5 more people who you want to see do this tag so I’m going to be tagging Kristin, Kayla, LaRonda, May and Leyre. 🙂 Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I had a different post planned but I decided to push it back and instead, I’m going to be doing a book tag. I had a hard time, trying to figure out which one I wanted to do but I eventually decided on this one. I found this tag on Breakeven Books but I’m also including the creator so let’s get into it. 🙂
1. Cupcakes: Name a collection of short stories, poems, or anthologies where you couldn’t read just one section and had to go back for another
For this one, I decided to go with Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology which features romances set during non-traditional holidays. I remember really loving almost all of these stories and even the ones I didn’t love were good. Of all the ones I read, I really adored It Happened One Yule as I’ve never heard about that holiday. Either way, this was a great anthology and as for cupcakes, I can’t get enough of them either lmao.
2. Lemon Pound Cake: Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic
The book I chose for this prompt is Twilight. I know that some people dog on it and rightfully so but this book is such a comfort to me. It’s so quick to get through and it’s cheesy and predictable but I like knowing what’s gonna happen sometimes. I honestly might reread this series again because I just think it’s fun. As for lemon pound cake, I’ve never tried it so I have no opinion on that.
3. Red Velvet Cake – Name a book that you bought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different
When this book first came up on my radar, I was hyped as I knew it was a friends-to-lovers romance but it ended up being more about the MC and her family. It was a lot more family drama than actual romance which bummed me out. This book had the potential to be a great romance but focused too much on the other aspects. As for red velvet cake, that’s my favorite type of cake so I have nothing but good things to say lmao.
4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Name a book or a book series that you can read over and over again even though you know that it’s bad for you
For this one, I chose You Deserve Each Other. While this book isn’t personally bad for me, my boyfriend hates it so I’m counting it. Every time I talk about this book, he gets annoyed and makes sure his displeasure is known. As for chocolate chip cookie dough, I love it. lmao
5. Apple Pie a la Mode – Name a book that was really good but could have been better with a little bit of ice cream
For the book, I went with The Unhoneymooners which I chose for two reasons. This book has such fun vacation vibes that it would be great to sit with an ice cream cone and read. It’s just so light and fun which is exactly what I want in a summer read. Secondly, I read this book during a spring afternoon, sitting outside and an ice cream would have been nice. While I don’t love apple pie, I do love ice cream so I’m split on this pairing.
6. Gingerbread Cookies – Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft, If you like your cookies soft name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good.
For the book, I went with Press Play by Ash Dylan. This book had an incredible start as the concept features two roommates, making a sex tape while the end was them getting their own HEA. As for the middle, it was a lot of them dancing around their feelings and just not talking which annoyed me. As for gingerbread, I like it but don’t love it.
7. Brownies – Are you a corner piece or a middle piece? 1. If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart.
For this one, I went with The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. This book started off so promising and it ended up being so disappointing. I don’t want to get into a ton of details, but the middle and end of this book just didn’t fit with what the tone should have been and how the story should have progressed.
8. Birthday Cake – Name a book series or an author that you feel like keeps coming out with a book, short story, novella every year
For this one, I decided to go with Christina C Jones. When it comes to releasing books, CCJ is on top of it and she really goes all over the place. Sometimes, she releases novellas, other times she’s releasing full-length novels. While she usually stays in the romance genre, she doesn’t stick to one particular sub-genre. She can write dark romance, rom-coms, sports romances and hard-hitting romances. No matter what she does, she’s always coming out with something new and upping the stakes for herself.
9. Carrot Cake – Name a book that sounded healthy for you, but ended up being unhealthy either with content, or put you in a reading slump.
For the final prompt, I decided to go with Priest by Sierra Simone. I picked this one for two reasons as it did put me in a reading slump and for some reason, it made me realize that I don’t enjoy religion in romance books. It really took me out of the story and made me enjoy the book less and less as I went on. As for carrot cake, I don’t enjoy it in the slightest lmao.
Anyways, that’s my tag for this week and I don’t have much else to say. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I’m doing a tag made by one of my favorite people and that’s Ally from Ally Writes Things. She’s probably the first friend I made as a blogger and I love her even though we have vastly different reading tastes. Either way, I saw that she posted this tag and she tagged me so I knew I had to do it. 🙂
Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
Tag your friends
A book about friendship
Let’s start off with one of my absolute faves and that’s Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. This book has an incredible friendship between Claudia and Iris. These two couldn’t be more opposite and then they connect over something you wouldn’t expect. There’s also a great friendship group in here along with Claudia’s friendship with her elementary school bff, Zoe.
A translated book
I didn’t actually have a book for this one so this is one I want to read. I saw it on Hoopla while I was looking for short books and this cover drew me in. I don’t actually know much about this one other than that it’s a translated work. I’m pretty sure it’s just about a woman who works at a convenience store and it’s a slice-of-life. Maybe I’m wrong but I plan on reading it eventually.
A diverse romance
The book I chose for this one is Maybe This Time by Christina C Jones. This is the second book in her Vegas Nights series and it follows a friends-to-lovers romance between Trace and Des who have been friends forever who end up getting into an unusual situation. This one is super short and makes for a perfect addition to the series. I really can’t wait to see what else CCJ writes in this series as I’ve enjoyed the first two books a lot.
A fast-paced book
For that one, I chose The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. This is one I won’t talk about much as I have an entire post planned for it. With that being said, this author has a very simple writing style and writes such short chapters that it feels like no time and you’ve read half the book.
A nonfiction other than a memoir
For this one, I decided to go with one I read pretty recently after my break-up two years ago and it really helped me. The book basically talks about some breakups from history and how they were basically torture for one or both parties involved. I haven’t read this book in a long time but I remember enjoying it a lot then.
An underrated memoir
I feel like this is a book I rarely talk about but I absolutely love. This is a memoir by Michael Bennett and it’s basically him talking about his life while also addressing things that make white people uncomfortable including racism, Colin Kaepernick and the NFL among other things. This book is short but it packs a punch which is what I love about it plus I love Michael Bennett so there’s that.
A book with fewer than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads
The book I decided to go with for this one is Exorsisters Vol 1 which is a book I picked up on hoopla. This is about a girl who has no soul and it’s basically her and her “soul twin” I’m pretty sure. Either way, I ended up loving this book and it was such a huge surprise. It was so much fun and I loved seeing how their story unfolded. I also adored the art style so if you’re looking for a new series to check out, I highly recommend.
A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
The book I decided to go with for this one is Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This book follows an m/f/m romance and it features some BDSM elements, too. I’m not sure if all the characters are bisexual but I’m pretty sure they are. Either way, this is easily my favorite book by Rebekah Weatherspoon and I want to scream from the rooftops about how iconic it is.
A book by a trans or non-binary author
For this rec, I’m going with a non-binary author and that’s Chelsea M. Cameron. I’m not sure when they came out as non-binary but I’ve read a handful of their books and enjoyed almost all of them. My favorite has to be Anyone But You which is an enemies-to-lovers f/f romance. I listened to this one on audio and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to dive more into their backlist and get caught up.
A book with more than 500 pages
The book I chose for this one is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. I feel like everyone knows about this book and how beloved it is. It’s almost 700 pages and it follows a romance between a personal assistant and one of the highest-paid players in the NFO and it’s just iconic. Easily one of my favorite reads of 2020 and I can’t wait to read more from her.
A short story collection
The book I chose for this one is Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology. This is a collection of short stories by multiple authors featuring holidays that aren’t mainstream. I honestly ended up loving this collection and I can’t wait to see if these authors team up for another one. It was just so well-written and introduced me to a bunch of new holidays I’d never even heard of before.
Book you want everyone to read
The book I decided to go for is Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. This is a book I read in February and I’m still thinking about it. It’s a friends-to-lovers romance set during a destination wedding and it’s just iconic. Not too long, not too short and featured lots of swoony and steamy moments. It’s just chef’s kiss…excellence.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I decided to do a Jane Austen Heroes Book Tag which sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. I personally am not a huge Jane Austen fan but I feel like this tag seemed like a lot of fun so I decided to give it a try. With that being said, I wanted to thank Melissa for creating this tag so let’s get into the questions and my answers for them. 🙂
1. Mr. Darcy: Pick a book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
The book I chose for this one is No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky. This book was one I didn’t know what I was going to think because it sounded like it was going to be super weird. I did end up loving it though. It was about a social justice camp where teens are competing for their different causes to win a cash prize. Sounded like it was going to be totally out of comfort zone but Goldy Moldavsky killed it because this was so funny and really leaned into making fun of the “social justice” movement without belittling it.
2. Mr. Collins: Pick a book you said NOPE to (DNF)
The book I chose for this one is Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett. I tried to read this book and honestly, couldn’t get into it. It just didn’t capture my attention and I felt so bored while I was trying to read it. Tbh I feel like Jenn Bennett is just not the author for me so I don’t think I’ll end up picking up any more of her books.
3. Whickham: Pick a book with a misleading cover
The book I chose for this one was The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. This book felt like it was going to be a lot of fun and be a sweet romance but it was the exact opposite. While it did feature a romance, this book felt more like watching an HGTV reality show as it focuses on an HGTV couple and them basically being terrible?? Wasn’t as romance as it was originally pitched as and the cover is so misleading for what’s inside.
4. Mr. Knightley: Pick a childhood favorite that has stuck with you through thick and thin
The book I chose for this one was The Monster at the End of This Book which was one of my childhood favorites. If you’ve never read it, it’s such an adorable story about Grover looking for the monster at the end of this book and it’s basically him figuring out it’s him and it’s such a cute story. I ADORE this book and I always buy it when people ask for books for their babies. I’ll be happy when I can finally read it to my nephew and I hope he’ll enjoy it as much as I do.
5. Edward Ferrars: Pick a book that keeps coming back to your mind, that you can’t stop thinking about
The book I chose for this one is Always Only You by Chloe Liese. Even though this is a recent read, I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about it. The romance between these two is just excellent and I loved watching them fall for each other. If you didn’t know, this book features an autistic heroine with a rheumatoid arthritis and Ren Bergman who is a hockey player that plays for the team she works for. Honestly, these two just live in my head rent-free.
6. Willoughby: Pick a book that sounded so good but ended up disappointing you
For this one, I went with Release Some Tension by Nicole Falls. While the premise for this one sounded so good, it just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it was because of how much drama there was but I felt like Ayumi and Lew’s romance really took a backseat. Plus this book wasn’t nearly as steamy as I hoped for. I do love Nicole Falls though so I’m hoping this one is just a fluke.
7. Captain Wentworth: Pick an underrated book that deserves more love
For me, this one has to be less about a book and more about an author which is Jackie Lau. I’ve been obsessed with her books this year and I can’t get enough of. I’ll be so upset when I finally read all of her backlist. However, the book I chose is one of her recent releases and that’s His Grumpy Childhood Friend. This is a second-chance friends-to-lovers story that I couldn’t get enough of. It was steamy and fun while still featuring hard topics such as emotional abuse by parents and dealing with the trauma from that. I wish more people read this series because it’s just so great.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my last post of January, I decided to do a book tag. It’s been a while since I’ve done one and this one is especially fun. If you couldn’t tell by my posts, I really love Ariana Grande and I’m hyped to do this tag. Thank you so much to Rachel for creating this tag and I’m so excited to get into it so without further ado, let’s go.
Shut Up: A book you couldn’t shut up about
Last year, I couldn’t shut up about You Deserve Each Other. I read this at the beginning of the year and read it two more times before the year ended. I honestly can’t wait to finally reread it in 2021 and see if it holds up. I’m also more excited to read this than read her new release lmao.
34+35: A book you stayed up to finish
The book I chose for this one was Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. As soon as I got this book, I went home and started reading it. I didn’t finish it until 1am because I was determined to finish it in one day. While I didn’t love it as much as I probably would’ve as a teen, I don’t regret reading it.
Motive: A book that left you questioning everything
For the next prompt, I went with The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. This book was truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before and that’s not a compliment. I read it and honestly felt like I wasted my life. I questioned what the point of this story was and why it even exists. I’m still confused as to what was going on a majority of the time and I still don’t understand it.
Just Like Magic: A book with all your favorite tropes
The book I chose for this prompt is Go Deep by Rilzy Adams. This book features some of my favorite tropes including friends-to-lovers, friend helps friend who is a dry spell, unlikely lovers, writer MC and smut which isn’t a trope but something I love. This book also features some public sex which is another trope I rarely see and like. Overall, I feel like this book was PERFECT for me and I’m happy I read it in 2020.
Off The Table: A book that raised your standards
For me, the book I’m going with My Brother’s Husband Volume 1. This was the first manga I’ve ever read and I honestly didn’t have any ideas if I’d like or if the format would be for me. However, this book totally proved me wrong and I can’t help but compare it to the rest of the mangas I’ve read since. This book is just so delightful that I feel like I will always be a manga I hold dear and compare others to.
Six Thirty: A problematic book you love anyway
Ellyn and I buddy-read this series last year and honestly, I enjoyed reading it?? While it wasn’t good, it was a lot of fun so I can’t really complain. I know it’s a problematic series but it’s the nostalgia and the fun of it for me.
Safety Net: A book you immediately knew was a 5-star read
I’d heard a lot of hype about this book and when I picked it up, I was immediately drawn in and knew it was going to be a 5-star read. It has so many great tropes and tells such a well-rounded story. Even though it was almost 600 pages, I feel like it read super quick and I absolutely adored the relationship in this story. Plus it’s a football book so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
My Hair: A well-known author whose work you haven’t touched but are interested in
For me, this has to be Courtney Milan. I’ve heard SO many people rave about her books but have yet to pick them up. I have a few of her books on my Kindle and I know my library has them too so I should get to them eventually. I really need to get to her books especially since I purchased the one above.
Nasty: A new release you can’t wait to read
The book I picked for this one is The Champion’s Desire by Marie Lipscomb. This is the second book in a series but I have yet to read the first book. However, this cover is incredible and I can’t wait to finally get to it. Plus it came out just over a week ago so it was the perfect pick for this one.
West Side: Your favorite series
The series I’m going with is the Playbook series by Alexa Martin. This is a series I read and immediately fell in love with. I’m sad to say I’ve read all of the books in it and the series is supposedly concluded. Either way, this series holds a special place in my heart and it’s one of the first romance series I really fell in love with. I just love it so much ❤
Love Language: A comfort book you keep returning to
Could it be anything but this book? I absolutely adored Foolish Hearts and I always look at it on my shelves and know I can pick it up whenever the mood strikes me. I do plan on doing an annual reread of this one in 2021. Easily one of my favorite comfort reads and one I know I’ll always come back to.
Positions: A book that subverted a cliché
For this one, I’m going with Worship by Jack Harbon. For the most part, unrequited love and pining are usually from the woman’s perspective but this time, the story featured pining and longing from the man’s perspective. I thought this was such a unique way to talk about unrequited love and this book was so steamy and fun which goes along great with this song to boot.
Obvious: A book you loved from a genre you normally don’t read
For me, the genre I’m going with is children’s books which I normally don’t read. Last year, I read Matilda for the first time and I LOVED it. This was such a pleasant surprise for me and I’m so happy I decided to pick this one up.
POV: A book you’d love to see told from a different point of view
The book I chose for this one was My Dad’s Best Friend by Katee Robert. This book follows Blake who ends up hooking up with her dad’s best friend but the entire book is her POV. I’d like to see Katee Robert branch out a little bit and not focus so much on the woman’s perspective but rather, focus on the man’s perspective and how he feels about the situation.
I’m not going to tag anyone but if you love Ariana Grande, then consider yourself tagged. I know she’s not everyone’s favorite but I absolutely adore her. It was also fun to talk about these books and relate them to the songs. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Wednesday post this week, I decided to go with a tag and I’ve been wanting to do this one. This is a tag created by Jenn from the Book Refuge who is a recent Booktuber I’ve come to really enjoy. She made this tag based off the Spotify Wrapped playlist that you get at the end of the year and I thought it would be fun to do this.
Before getting started, I wanted to give you a link to my 2020 Spotify Wrapped playlist. If you know what kind of music I like, then this shouldn’t come as an surprise. For me, I thought this would be a fun way to combine both my love for music and my love for books so let’s get into it. 🙂
Song #1: “Don’t Throw It Away” by Jonas Brothers
The first book I chose to pair with this song is Scary, Lovesick, Foolish by G.G. Andrew. If you haven’t read book 1, then this might be considered a spoiler but it follows the couple from book 1 and it’s basically them dealing with not communicating in a relationship. I feel like there were a few moments where I didn’t think these two were going to make it so this is the perfect song to pair up with them.
The second book I paired up with this song was Love In the Time of Corona by Rilzy Adams. This is about a couple who is about to divorce right when the pandemic hits so they’re forced to quarantine together. It’s such a unique take on the “corona” romance and I think this book really illustrated the lyrics of this song so it was an easy pick.
Song #2: “What A Man Gotta Do” by Jonas Brothers
No surprise this was my second most listened to song in 2020 and the first book I chose for it was Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden. I feel like this song basically personifies everything Mike feels about Jordyn. He’s immediately drawn to her and wants to get to know her plus he’s pretty much willing to do whatever she wants which is adorable. While the conflict for these two was unexpected, this was such a fun and sweet read that pairs perfectly with this song.
The next book I’m pairing with this song is Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert. This book is another one where Luke will do anything for Charity. If she said jump, he’d say how high and do whatever else she asked. Once this story unfolds, you realize why and it’s such a fun paranormal romance. I couldn’t get enough of these two and I can’t wait to revisit this one.
Song #3: “Hard to Forget” by Sam Hunt
The first book I’m pairing up with this song is Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert. This book is about a girl who hooks up with her cheating fiancé’s dad and it’s just an absolute delight. These two have a super hot sexual relationship but then decide to take a break from each other. Obviously, this one has an HEA but this song really reminds me of how attracted these two are each other and how they couldn’t ever forget about each other.
The second book I paired up with this song is I Think I Might Love You by Christina C Jones and this book really reminded me of how Jaclyn and Kadan couldn’t ever get away from each other. No matter what happened, they really couldn’t forget about each other and it was SO much fun. While this one was a super short read, it was incredible.
Song #4: “The 1” by Taylor Swift
This one was a little tough as this book doesn’t really focus on a romance but rather looking back on a romance and feeling like you’re in a better place. For me, the book I chose to pair with this song is Bear With Me by Lucy Eden. I feel like Chelle is so much better off being with Tanner than her ex which is why I decided to go with this one and it’s also set during NYE so it’s the start of new everything for her.
The second book I chose to pair up with this one was A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This is a second-chance romance between two childhood sweethearts as the MC gets amnesia and only really remembers her relationship with him and his family so they end up staying together. Personally, I feel like this song connects really well with Zach’s feelings for Evie and how he handles them “being together” to try and help her. While I didn’t love this book, it fits well with the song.
Song #5: “Best Years” by Five Seconds of Summer
The first book that comes to mind with this song is The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan as it follows their relationship for years. In particular, the lyric: “I wasted so much time on people that reminded me of you,” really resonated with this book for me. I feel like Maxim really abided by that and he really loved Lennix which was incredible. I really need to read the rest of this series but I feel like that song goes well with this one.
For the final book, I decided to go with a Talia Hibbert book which shouldn’t surprise anyone. For me, it had to be Damaged Goods which is about Laura who is a side character in book 1 and it’s basically her second-chance romance with her childhood sweetheart. When they reconnect, it’s obvious they’re trying to make up for lost time and give each other the best of themselves. It’s such a sweet yet emotional story that I couldn’t get enough of and it perfectly aligns with this song.
Anyways, those are my top 5 songs from my Spotify Wrapped 2020. I feel like these songs will come as no surprise to anyone lmao. However, it was a lot of fun to look back at my Goodreads and try to find books that match with each song. It was a little difficult but was still fun. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When this post goes up, I’ll be leaving my man’s house which is sad lmao. However, I knew I wanted to make my post a little bit early so I could send more time with him. Before getting started, this tag was created by Ariel from Ariel Bissett so you can check out her video if you want to see the original. 🙂
This tag has been going around on Youtube and I think it’s a lot of fun. With that being said, let’s get into my answers for this tag because it’s pretty short.
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
Personally, I rarely start a book and don’t finish it or at the very least, I DNF it so the short answer for this is no.
Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
Personally, I’m going to be reading tons of Christmas books this year and the first one I read this year was Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert. No surprise as Talia Hibbert is easily my favorite romance author. Basically, I was destine to love this book and I really did lmao.
Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
For me, this has to be Rilzy Adams’ new Christmas short, Ho! Ho! Ho! which sounds like it’s going to be a fun Christmas smutty delight. Maybe when this post goes up, it’ll already be out. Either way, I’m extremely excited for it as it sounds like it’s going to be incredible.
What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
For me, the three books that come to mind are Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, Ballad of Songbirds andSnakes by Suzanne Collins and Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. I’ve had that last book on my Kindle forever but have yet to read it so I’m excited to finally get to it.
Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
The only book I think could shock things and make my top books of the year is easily How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole. Not only does this cover look amazing but the premise sounds awesome. It seems like it’s going to be a great romance between a married couple which I’m a sucker for.
Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Yes! Personally, I’ve been making plans with Ellyn for the upcoming year for months it feels like lmao so simple answer, yes. You’ll be getting more info about it when the new year starts so get excited!!
Those are my answers for the End of the Year Book Tag! This one is super short and a lot of fun. If you want to do this, then consider yourself tagged! ❤ Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.
Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s almost Halloween and I was stumped about what I should do for Halloween. I already did a Halloween romance recs post so I decided I should do a Halloween book tag. For this year, I decided to go with the American Horror Story Book tag. I love this show so it’s the perfect thing for me 😀
I found this tag on a random Youtube channel but I wanted to give credit to the creator who is asreadbyBrooke on Youtube. She came up with some really good prompts and I can’t wait to get into them so let’s get into the prompts and the books I picked out for them.
Murder House: A book series whose first book really sucked you in.
I actually mentioned this one in my Halloween romance recs post so I won’t go too in-depth with it. This book is a romance between a serial killer and an FBI agent. I picked up the first book and I was immediately hooked. I ended up binging the entire series in four days. They’re super short and you’ll want to pick up the next one as soon as you finish the previous book.
Asylum: A book with aspects of mental health issues.
The book I chose for this one was The House in the Cerulean Sea. This book deals a lot with magical children but also with their mental health along with their caretake and the worker who comes to visit them. Each child has a lot going on and it’s interesting to see how their mental health is tied to that. Honestly, this book was a delight.
Coven: A book with witches/witchcraft in it.
Take A Hint, Dani Brown probably isn’t anyone’s first guess for this. However, Dani is a witch and practices witchcraft throughout the story. It might not be a traditionally witchy book but I also think of it when I think of witches.
Freak Show: A book with a character that is seen as an outcast.
In a lot of the book, Jude sees herself as an outcast and it’s clear why as Islamophobia is running rampage after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A lot of her fellow students and even people in the community see her that way. It’s very upsetting but by the end, Jude realizes her worth and is able to carve out a place for herself.
Hotel: A book where the setting plays a critical role in the story.
The book I chose for this one is My Brother’s Husband, Volume 1. A major part of the book is about Mike who is Yaichi’s brother’s husband coming to visit after Ryoji passed away. The story’s set in Japan and the setting is why Mike came to visit in the first place which was incredible. Honestly, I loved this manga and I’m happy it was my first manga read.
Roanoke: A book with a unique writing style that you loved.
The book I chose for this is Coffee in the Noon by Harleigh Rae. This book has such a beautiful and poetic writing style which I know everyone won’t enjoy. I personally really loved it and it inspired me to check out more of her books. It’s so gorgeous and flowery though so it might not be for everyone.
That’s my Halloween/American Horror Story book tag. I don’t have anyone to tag but if you watch and love AHS, then consider yourself tagged. This was a pretty short tag but I had a lot of fun, writing up this post. Plus it gave me the chance to talk about a lot of books that I’ve enjoyed this year. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.