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The Kindle Unlimited Book Tag + A Birthday Post

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, tomorrow is my birthday and I’m super excited. Even though I’m turning 27, I still get excited for my birthday. I just wanted to talk about how much this blog has helped me this year. I dealt with my breakup a lot last year and the blogging community really helped me. I’ve also really enjoyed discovering new blogs, making new friends and tailoring my blog more to myself.

The only thing I really want for my birthday is one of those Kindle Unlimited gift cards and a shopping spree at Barnes & Noble. It’s doubtful I’ll get the second one, but I do plan on buying a KU gift card for myself. In connection with that, I decided to do the Kindle Unlimited Tag as I absolutely love KU. Before I get into that, it’s also my Gram’s birthday today and I love her. She won’t see this but happy birthday Gram! ❤

Before I get started, I wanted to say I found this tag on Melissa’s channel, She Is An Open Book. With that being said, let’s get into my answers for this tag and hopefully, I end up convincing someone out there to give Kindle Unlimited a try. 😛

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

Kindle Unlimited Book Tag

1. Why do you love Kindle Unlimited?

For me, this question is easy to answer. I like Kindle Unlimited because I get my money’s worth. I end up reading a handful of books on there a month so the cost is very low considering how much I use it. It’s also a great way to read from new authors without much of commitment. I’ve discovered a lot of favorite authors on there and I’m really happy I gave it a chance.

2. What author(s) have you discovered because of KU?

The list is truly endless for this one. I’ve discovered a lot of authors in the time I’ve been subscribed to KU. However, I’m going to pick out three authors I absolutely love and wouldn’t have known about without having Kindle Unlimited. Well, it would’ve been very slim if I wouldn’t have had KU.

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The first author I have to shout out is Lara Kinsey. I discovered her while I was looking for some f/f romances during Pride month. In addition to having two f/f romances, she also writes general queer romances. While her books are really short, I really enjoy them and I think she’s such a wonderful author. I’m also super excited to get caught up on her backlist.

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Another author I discovered was Ava Freeman. She also writes f/f romances but her romances are exclusively between Black women. Even though I’ve only read two of her books, I want to read more of her backlist. These two are both so underrated and both write f/f romances so I’d highly recommend. I’m just happy I stumbled upon both of them when I was looking for pride reads.

3. What’s your favorite KU series?

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I haven’t read many series on KU but one I’ve really been enjoying is the Texting series by Teagan Hunter. I’ve only read the first two books but I really want to continue the series and finish it. I think it’s a lot of fun and is modern without trying too hard. The books are also relatively short as well so they make great summer reads.

4. What author have you binged because they were in KU?

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One author I love who is on KU is Christina C. Jones. She has a massive backlist so when I’m at a loss for what to read, I return to her. I’ve binged both her Wright Brothers series and her Love Sisters series. I also read her Strictly Professional series and enjoyed it so honestly, I could spend months binging all of her series. If you want more Black romance in your life, you need to pick up Christina C. Jones as she’s the queen of it.

5. What’s the last KU book you read?

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When I’m writing up this post, this is the last book I’ve read via KU. I do have a huge list of them I want to get to, though so I’m sure it’ll be different when this is posted.

6. What’s the most romantic book you’ve read in KU?

Let’s be real, I can’t pick just one for this so I’m going with three lmao.

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The last book in the Love Sisters series was pretty romantic to me. I really enjoyed the relationship and how the two came together. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I especially loved what Levi did for Jemma.

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The second book is Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. This book follows two childhood friends who were pen pals and it’s basically them reconnecting through their letters as adults. I thought this was romantic since I think love letters are incredibly romantic and I especially loved how they were so accepting of each other. It made me so happy.

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The last book is one I read in July and that’s Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan. This book is a second-chance romance between two high school sweethearts. These two are so in tune with each other and truly in love from the moment they reconnect. They have such a connection and it’s so romantic to me. I especially love how open and honest they were with each other.

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I’m not sure who is subscribed to KU in the blogging world. However if you are, then feel free to do this tag! I had a lot of fun with it and I plan on doing it in the future again as I read more on KU. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Playlist Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I wanted to do a fun book tag and I though the playlist book tag would be awesome. This time, I’m doing it with a twist and using all my different spotify playlists.

If you didn’t know, this tag is all about picking out books to match with songs. The original video was created by Little Red Reader so credit to her. I also saw Brittany & Books do this tag with One Direction so it inspired me to do one. Without further ado, let’s get into the songs and the books I’d pair with them.

Before I get started, I was originally going to create this based on the Jonas Brothers songs but I kept getting annoyed and I knew I’d do some other JB posts. I did decide to keep the first one though because it was too perfect to not use.

Song 1: “Hey Baby” by the Jonas Brothers (Lines, Vines and Trying Times)

“Hey darlin’. Always been good to you I’m going crazy. Tryin’ to figure out why you are leavin'”

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The book I paired up with this one is You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. This song would be perfect for Nicholas and Naomi. The entire time Naomi’s fighing with him, Nicholas is wondering why she’s being that way. While the song does veer off in a different direction, I do think those lyrics above really connect with him and the situation those two are in.

Song 2: “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert

“Hey white liar
The truth comes out a little at a time
And it spreads just like a fire
Slips off of your tongue like turpentine
And I don’t know why, white liar
Here’s a bombshell just for you
Turns out I’ve been lying too”

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The book I chose for this one is Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. I feel like this song perfectly encapsulates Jude and Cardan’s relationship. The two are constantly lying to each other and lying about their feelings for each other. Somehow, they end up together but oh my gosh. This song just screamed to me about their feelings for each other.

Song 3: “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran

“I’m on my way
Driving at ninety down those country lanes
Singing to “Tiny Dancer”
And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real”

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The book I paired up with this song is Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen. When I was looking at my Goodreads and listening to this song, it just felt like a good match. This is a second-chance romance between two college friends and it’s set on a farm. I’m not sure why but those lyrics just remind me so much of this book. It has a small-town feel and that’s exactly what this book is.

Song 4: “Beauty and the Beast” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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No surprise I paired up The Duchess Deal with Beauty and the Beast. I personally think this is a loose retelling of the original story. Either way, their story is truly a tale of Beauty and the supposed Beast without all of the Stockholm syndrome. I really love this series so I’d recommend it if you like Beauty and the Beast or if you want some cute historical romance. Easily one of my favorite historicals and a great book to pair with this song.

Song 5: “Gonna Get Caught” by Demi Lovato

“You promise me all of your time
I guess I’m not the only one
The thing is it’s my heart on the line this time
I’m your number one or I’m gone”

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The book I chose for this song is American Royals by Katharine McGee. I think it fits with the lyrics extremely well as it’s all about these different relationships and how their dynamics are all different. With all the drama and everything going on with each relationship, I feel like those lyrics apply to so many characters. While it might not apply to every single one, it does to a majority of the relationships.

Song 6: “F**k U Betta” by Neon Hitch

“She’s prettier than I’ll ever be
Got yourself a beauty queen, yeah
But there’s one thing I gotta say
She can f*ck you good, but I can f*ck you better”

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This has to be my most perfect pick yet. The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent is basically the epitome of this song. It follows a girl who is a stalker and I can imagine her listening to this song while thinking about the guy she’s stalking. This song isn’t exactly “healthy” either so it embodies their incredibly toxic relationship. It’s just the best book to pair with this song and if you’ve read it, you’ll have to tell me if you agree.

Song 7: “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake

“You told me you love me
Why did you leave me all alone
Now you tell me you need me
When you call me on the phone
Girl, I refuse
You must have me confused with some other guy
The bridges were burned
Now it’s your turn, to cry”

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The book I paired with this song is You by Caroline Kepnes. If you don’t want to know spoilers for the book/show, then skip to the next one. However, I feel like this song goes perfectly with Joe’s feelings on Beck sleeping with Dr. Nicky. How could she do this to him of all people and that she must be feeling so much regret? I might be going out on a limb for this one but I couldn’t help but make a connection there.

Song 8: “How Will I Know?” by Whitney Houston

“Falling in love is so bittersweet
This love is strong, why do I feel weak?
Oh, wake me, I’m shaking, wish I had you near me now, uh-huh
Said there’s no mistaking, what I feel is really love”

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The book I’m pairing with this song is Bottle Rocket by Erin McLellan. This is a second-chance romance between Rosie and Leo and I feel like this song echoes Rosie’s feelings about being with Leo. She wants to be with him but at the same time, she doesn’t know if it’s worth the risk and if everything will work out in the end. This is a 4th of July romance if you’re looking for one for next year. Even though 4th of July shouldn’t be celebrated, this romance is a lot of fun.

Song 9: “Happy For You” by The Summer Set

“But I’m watching him while he’s touching you
And there’s nothing I can do
Guess I’m happy for you”

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The book I’m pairing with this song is Daisy Jones & The Six. If you’ve read the book, then you’ll probably know why I paired it with this song. There’s a pairing in here and I feel like one or the other had a similar feeling to those lyrics. I might be overthinking things but it feels like that to me. I’m curious if anyone else got a similar vibe so let me know. Lol

Song 10: “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

“You’re the light, you’re the night
You’re the color of my blood
You’re the cure, you’re the pain
You’re the only thing I wanna touch
Never knew that it could mean so much”

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The book I’m pairing with this song is Take A Hint, Dani Brown. I feel like the lyrics I picked perfectly sum up how Zaf feels about Dani. Maybe I’m just being soft but I absolutely love those two and how much Zaf loves Dani. Sigh, this song is just soft and I love it so much.

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Anyways, that’s the Playlist book tag. I’m not going to tag anyone as I know this is pretty popular tag. If you want to do it, feel free to consider yourself tagged! 🙂

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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Blog Updates for BookishlyRebecca + The Folklore Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! You might notice something a little bit different and it’s that I’m posting on Monday. Shanah posted recently about how after being removed from Top 5 Tuesday, she was handing the reigns overs to Meeghan. I’m super excited for Meeghan but being away from Top 5 Tuesday for a while gave me more motivation to write other types of posts.

With that being said, I’ll be moving my posting schedule around. Instead of posting Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, I’ll now be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I do still plan on participating in Top 5 Tuesday from time-to-time, though. Meeghan and Shanah are both so wonderful so I wouldn’t give it up totally. Rather, I’m going to try to explore other posts instead and try some new things. 🙂

Hopefully it ends up working for both myself and you guys! I know it’s going to be tough to get used to for me especially. However, I’m excited to see what kind of content I’ll be featuring on BookishlyRebecca from now on. That was my short blog update so let’s get into the Folklore book tag!

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The Folklore Book Tag

Rules:

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people. 
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post
  • Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.

I’d like to thank Sumedha for tagging me. I’ve been following her for a while and I love her blog especially her “If We Were Having Tea” posts. She’s just a delightful blogger and I highly recommend checking her out. With that being said, let’s get into the prompts and my picks!

The 1: A book with an ending that left you speechless

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The book I chose for this is Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. I can’t go into details without spoiling but this ending had me SHOOK. I couldn’t believe the route Sager took it and it just floored me. Personally, I wouldn’t have guessed it in a million reasons and I’m glad he made the choices with the story he did.

Cardigan: A book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once

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The book I chose for this one is Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert. It’s a novella in her Ravenswood series and it’s about Laura and Samir’s second chance at love. It’s so bittersweet as both Laura and Samir have had terrible things happen in their pasts but they still fall in love with each other. The book is incredibly sad at times but also incredibly happy.

The Last Great American Dynasty: A book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story

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I feel like Let Me Hear A Rhyme fits this prompt incredibly. This book follows a group of teens who want to make their friend famous after he is murdered. He was a rapper and it makes for such an interesting yet thoughtful story. I feel like this book isn’t talked about nearly enough and the premise is extremely unique. She also set it in the ’90s which was an incredible time for the rap and hip-hop music scene.

Exile: A book you wish you hadn’t read

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This sounds so awful because I love Rebekah Weatherspoon but I wish I hadn’t read this book. It was nothing like any of her other books I read and it just didn’t work for me. I wish I would’ve stuck to her more recent reads. At least I know now that this series isn’t for me so that’s a positive. Lol

My Tears Ricochet: A book that made you cry uncontrollably

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I read this book back in 2017 and I sobbed multiple times during this. This book follows Lucy whose mother is battling cancer and she has Lucy order at a different camp than the one her mother’s at. That’s such a bare-bones premise but I absolutely love this. It’s such a hard-hitting story but with some light moments and a lot of joy amidst the hardships their family is going through.

Mirror Ball: A book that feels like it was written just for you

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I feel like I talk and think about this book constantly. This book is about Nicholas and Naomi who are engaged but she can’t stand him anymore. It’s basically them making a bet that whoever breaks off their engagement has to pay for the entire wedding. In this book, Naomi learns a lot about herself and the things she’s doing to basically sabotage herself and her relationship unknowingly.

Personally, I connected a lot with Naomi because I used to do similar things. Seeing it on the page and then being able to see it in my own life was tough. However, it helped me put things in perspective and correct my behavior. This book changed me and my love life for the better. I cannot say enough good things about it and how much it helped me.

Seven: A childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

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When I was younger, I LOVED this book. I remember reading it all the time and thinking how great it was. Now looking back, I think it’s such a fun concept and makes for a fun reading experience with kids. It also makes me feel pretty sappy as I bought this book for my baby nephew. It’s now in his collection and it just makes me feel so soft and happy.

August: A book that reminds you of summer

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The book I chose for this is The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I feel like Morgan Matson is the queen of summer contemporary books. Her books are so fun and are usually set in summer. This one connects to summer for me as I sat outside and read it during a hot summer read. It was so much fun and I think it’s a quintessential summer book.

This Is Me Trying: A book that deals with loneliness and sadness

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While I didn’t love The Culmination of Everything, it works extremely well for this prompt. This book follows Kyle and Ben who are both dealing with traumatic events in their pasts. It deals a lot with Kyle feeling alone in her grief while also feeling the loneliness that comes with said grief. Meanwhile, Ben is dealing with a similar situation and it just makes for such a heart-wrenching yet beautiful story. I don’t want to give too much away as I think it’s better to go in blind.

Illicit Affairs: A book that gave you a book hangover

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When I read this book, I was going through a tough time and it really lifted my spirits during that time. However, I do think it put me in a huge reading slump as nothing I read made me as happy as this book did. Either way, Fumbled is still my favorite book in the Playbook series by Alexa Martin so it guess it worked out. Lol

Invisible String: A book that came into your life at the exact right time

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I’m circling back to my break-up for this one and it’s The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson. I’m pretty sure this was the second book I read after my breakup and it was exactly what I needed. It totally sucked me in and helped me forget about things for a while. It was action-packed and there wasn’t much romance so it was perfect. I think I read it in one or two sittings but it just came at the perfect time.

Mad Woman: A book with a female character you adore

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I mean it has to Dani Brown, right? She’s just such a badass woman and I love everything about her. ❤

Epiphany: A book that is haunting

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The book I chose for this one is Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. Not only does this book have a beautiful cover but it is so hauntingly beautiful. When we learn the truth in this book, it’s so sad yet beautiful as wonderful things happen because of it. It’s just such a lovely book and I’m so glad I finally picked this book up.

Betty: A book couple that fills you with yearning

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The book couple I chose is Jasmine and Rahul from Wanna Bet? Their romance starts off with them as friends before Jasmine realizes she wants more. Meanwhile, Rahul is pining for her the entire time. When they finally get together, it’s so satisfying and they just make me so jealous. While I do enjoy the person I’m with, that type of yearning and pining for each other is what I LIVE for.

Peace: A book character you’d die for because you love them so much!

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Any and all of the tea dragons from The Tea Dragon Society. I just love them so much and I think they’re all SO sweet and wonderful. I would also die to have my very own tea dragon lmao.

Hoax: A book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t

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This was easily one of my most disappointing read this year and that’s My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh. This book is a historical fake dating romance that had so much potential but I ended up not enjoying it. The lack of communication is what really killed it for me. If the characters would’ve talked to each other and the conflicts were different, I would have loved it. However, I just couldn’t stand some of the choices the author made.

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Anyways, that was my small blogging update and the Folklore book tag. If you’re curious, my three favorite songs from the album are “The 1,” “Invisible String” and “Betty.” As for the people I’m tagging, I’m going with Sara, Stephanie and Haley as I think they’re all Taylor Swift fans. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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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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Tag! You’re It

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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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. 🙂

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

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!

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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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