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The TBR Book Tag (2022)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since it’s getting towards the end of the month, I decided to post a book tag and this one is the TBR Book tag so let’s get into it. 🙂

1. How do you keep track of your TBR book pile?

For me, it’s basically me either writing it down in my notebook of books I’ve heard of and want to read. Then I also put some on my Notion, but honestly, I don’t keep track of it that much.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

For me, it’s mostly ebooks because I have tons of books that I’ve either bought on my Kindle for a low price or have some on my KU TBR. Then there are some books I keep on my Amazon Wishlist so it’s mostly ebooks for me.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

As far as my TBR ebooks, picking out one is either at random or I’m using it for a monthly challenge/goal for myself. It really depends. As for my physical TBR, I usually read them as soon as I get them so I know if I want to keep them or not.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

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For me, Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson has been on my TBR for four years at this point. I’ve actually read some of her other books before this one and I know I need to finally pick this one up.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

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I was a huge fan of Denise Williams’ 2020 release and I’m super excited to see what she does next. That’s why I had to add her Airport Novellas series to my TBR. Plus that cover is just delightful.

6. A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

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For me, it’s Savvy Sheldon Feels Good As Hell. I saw this book when I was looking on Instagram and I also saw that my library had it on Hoopla. Since then, I’ve been eager to read it and see if it’s as great as the cover.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

I honestly don’t think I have an answer for this one tbh.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

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I’ve been thinking about this book ever since I saw the cover months ago. I’m pretty sure that it’s a Black love romance and it just sounds amazing. Plus I’m pretty sure that it’s a football player/baker and the romance he has with a celebrity, I think?

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you?

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For this one, I decided to go with Lock Every Door by Riley Sager. I only have two of his books left and I know that this is a pretty popular one. Plus I feel like a lot of people I’m friends with on Goodreads have read this one so I knew I had to include it.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

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I’ve decided to finally break down and read some more Sophie Lark. I’ve seen everyone in the bookish world talking about this book, this series, and Sophie Lark in general. I knew I had to feature this one.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

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It’s obvious that I’d have to include a Christina C Jones book for this one. She is easily my new favorite author and I can’t wait to read the rest of her backlist. I’m getting close to having less than 20 left to read so I’m hyped. However, I’ve been holding off on this series so I’m excited.

12. How many books are on your TBR shelf?

I have no clue since I don’t keep track of it much. Either way, I had a lot of fun with this tag so that’s really all that matters lmao.

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The Romance Tropes Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers. It’s been forever but I’m finally doing a tag post this one took some digging but I eventually found a romance-related book tag. This one is called the Romance Tropes Tag and it was created by Ashley of Ash’s Infinite Library. With that out of the way, let’s get into the tag because it seems like it’s going to be a ton of fun for me. 🙂 

Love at First Sight: A Book You Fell in Love with Almost Immediately

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During work, I decided to pick this book up on a whim on audio and I immediately fell in love with it. This is a rockstar romance and I absolutely loved it. It really made me so happy and I adored the romance between the two. I’ve never read anything by Kylie Scott before this book but I’m super excited to read more from her. Plus it features the marriage-in-Vegas trope which was so fun. 

Forbidden Love: A Romantic Pairing You Probably Shouldn’t Love but Do

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For me, this pairing had to be Dario and Posy from Run Posy Run. This is a dark romance and the love interest does a lot of fucked up things throughout the story especially to the heroine. It’s honestly pretty tough to read at times, but I was rooting for their relationship from the very start. They’re just something about these two that I couldn’t get enough of. 

Mistaken Identity: A Book that Wasn’t What You Were Expecting

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This book was pitched as a cute rom-com about two people who have similar backgrounds and it’s basically them coming together. However, this book felt more like it was a coming-of-age story for the main character and the romance fell to the side. It was annoying as I really rooted for their romance until the “conflict” happened in the middle. It’s so annoying because this book had so much potential. 

Second Chance Romance: A Book or Series You Enjoyed More the Second Time Around

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I’ve read this four times and it gets better every time. 

Opposites Attract: A Book You Love from a Genre You Don’t Usually Read

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I don’t normally read fantasy books but I decided to pick up Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston and loved it. It was such a great middle-grade story about a girl who is trying to find her missing brother and the adventures she goes on. It’s so magical and fun while also featuring serious topics. I LOVED this one and I can’t wait to read the second book. 

Enemies to Lovers: A Book Whose Second Half is Better than its First OR A Series that Gets Better Over Time

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I don’t know how but Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series continued to get better with each book. I was looking at my shelves and I saw this series together so I knew I had to pick it. It’s just so much fun and features some of my all-time favorite couples. Plus it’s Talia Hibbert so how could I not pick this?!

Love Triangle: Your House is On Fire & You Can Only Save One Series! Which Two Series Do You Die Trying to Choose Between?

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For this one, I decided to go with two of my favorite series. I’d honestly be SO upset if I lost all of my Baby-Sitters Club books in a fire because I love them so much. Plus I probably have at least 50 books in the series. Then there’s my other Talia Hibbert series which is the Ravenswood series. It would be so difficult to try to pick between this two tbh. 

Friends to Lovers: A Book You Wanted More From

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This is a book that I picked up because of my CCJ backlist project. While I enjoyed this one, there was one element that I really didn’t enjoy and I feel like if she would have cut that out, I would’ve enjoyed it more. This book had so much potential to be a new favorite and it just lost me. I just wanted SO much more from this and from the story in general because it’s about two people working on a TV show together. 

Meet Cute: A Book that Got You Hooked on Romance

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Back in 2018, I finally started to get back into reading and one of the first romance books I read back then was Flow by Kennedy Ryan. After that point, I basically just fell head-first back into reading romance and this series kicked it off. I honestly want to re-read it because I LOVED this series so much. 

Soulmates: Two Characters Who Are Made for Each Other

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When looking back at my Goodreads, I completely forgot bout Xeni and Mason. These two were such an unlikely pair but I couldn’t imagine them being with anyone else. There was something about their dynamic that I just adored and I just loved seeing the two of them fall in love. It was just delightful and once again, another book I need to re-read. 

Bonus: Your Favourite Romance Trope/s & A Book that Features It

Let’s break it down. My favorite romance trope of all time is easily friends-to-lovers. However, my current favorite trope of the moment is probably grumpy-sunshine or marriage-of-convenience. Honestly, I just love a lot of romance tropes so I have a ton I love lmao. 

One of my favorite friends-to-lovers stories is Inevitable Conclusions by Christina C Jones. It’s a childhood-friends-to-lovers story and it featured such a sweet and loving romance between Kora and Tariq. It was such an impactful story with a delightful romance that I couldn’t get enough of.

As for grumpy-sunshine, I’m going to go with A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. This is one of my absolute favorite grumpy-sunshine stories and it’s another one I want to revisit. However this time, Ruth is the grump while Evan is the sunshine and I adored them. 

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another post and this time, I’m doing the “Anticipated Releases Book Tag” which was made by one of my best friends, Ellyn. I love doing this tag at the beginning of the year so let’s get into it. 🙂

Your Most Anticipated Release of the Year 

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As far as traditionally published books go, I have to go with Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur. I also will be highly anticipating anything that Christina C Jones, Talia Hibbert, and Jackie Lau release.

A Book You’re Not Anticipating

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I feel like this was my answer last year, but I’ll never be excited or hyped for anything Abby Jimenez writes.

Most Underhyped Anticipated Release 

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For me, this one has to go to Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye which is book #11 in the BSC Graphic novels series. I already have this one preordered and I feel like it’s not really talked about in the blogging world or the Booktube world.

A Book You’ve Been Waiting Forever On 

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I haven’t actually been waiting forever on this one, but it feels like forever. I read three Dana Isaly books in 2021 and I loved them so I’ve been super excited to pick this one up. Her books are addicting af to me.

A Book You’re Anticipating Out Of Your Comfort Zone 

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The book I’m choosing for this one is Where The Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire. I enjoy this series and I’ve enjoyed almost all of the books. It’s super out of my comfort zone but I’m excited to see what she decides to do next.

Your Top 3 “Can’t-Wait” Books of the Year 

  • Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
  • Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter
  • Talia Hibbert’s new book

Your Top 5 Most Anticipated Backlist Books On Your TBR 

  • Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss
  • Daddy Crush by Adriana Anders
  • Reel by Kennedy Ryan
  • Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross
  • The Bad In Each Other by Tasha L. Harrison

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The End of The Year Book Tag (2021)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another post and actually, this one will be going up while I’m at work. It’s also Black Friday so hopefully, if you’re looking for deals, you found some. For me, I already have my gift or I should have it by the time this post goes up.

Either way, I wanted to cap off this month by finally doing the End of the Year Book Tag. This is a hugely popular tag and it’s one that I see people do on all different platforms. With that being said, I won’t waste more time so let’s get into it.

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

That’s gonna be a no for me, dog. I don’t have any books left unfinished that I want to finish before the year ends. I very rarely DNF and if I do, I have no intention of picking those books back up.

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
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Rather than doing an autumnal book, I decided to go with a Christmas book and that’s Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey. I love reading Christmas books and this is one I’ve been highly anticipating. It seems like it’s going to be super sweet, steamy, and Christmasy which is exactly what I want.

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
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The only book I’m still anticipating is The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese. This is her Kobo original story and it’s an enemies-to-lovers Christmas story. Honestly, I feel like Kobo kills it every year with their Christmas originals. I enjoyed Talia Hibbert’s last year so I’m excited for Chloe Liese’s this year.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
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For the most part, I’ve read almost all of my planned reads for 2021. However, the three books I have left are the two mentioned above which are Window Shopping and the Mistletoe Motive. As for the final one I want to read before 2021 ends, it has to be Santa Claus is Going To Town on Me. I honestly love Christmas romance books so I’m excited to get to all of these before the year ends.

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I really don’t think so. Maybe but I don’t have high hopes lmao.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for next year?

Yes! I already have so many ideas and TBRs picked out for 2022. 😀

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The 80s Movie Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is a tag I did two years ago now but I wanted to re-do it so here I am. This one is super fun and has some great ideas. It’s fun to look back and see how my answers have changed so let’s get into it. 🙂

Nightmare on Elm Street: A book that kept you up all night
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I very rarely stay up anymore to read books. However once Midnight Sun came out, I stayed up to finish this. I basically read in one sitting without only breaks to eat and pee. Maybe I’m just a cynic but I enjoyed this for what it was.

The Princess Bride: A wonderfully quotable book
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For this one, I went with Swiftly which is a poetry collection inspired by Taylor Swift songs and I adored it. I honestly want the author to write more as I feel like there’s a massive catalog she still has to work with. I just thought these poems were beautiful so this was an easy answer.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: A character who loves breaking the rules
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For this one, I’m going with two characters and that’s Juniper and Zane from Her Soul from Revenge. These two have no problem breaking the rules and don’t care what has to be done for their revenge to be exacted. It’s super sexy while also being dark and gritty. Honestly, this series has such great characters who basically say fuck the rules and do whatever they want.

When Harry Met Sally: A book couple that took an eternity to get together
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The couple I’m going with for this is Poppy and Alex from People We Meet on Vacation. I know this book is super hyped but I didn’t really feel the romance between these two. I honestly felt like it took too long for them to get together and for their history to unravel. It wasn’t a bad book but them taking way too long to get together annoyed me.

Back to the Future: A book that involves time travel
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I’m not sure if this one counts but I’m counting it. The Eternally Tethered series by Christina C Jones follows characters who have a certain quality that allows them to “time-travel” in a way so I knew I had to include this one. Plus this is perfect for the fall season and the most recent book just came out so it’s perfect for the end of this year.

Pretty in Pink: A character with a unique style
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For this one, I chose Bridget from Twisted Games. Even though Bridget’s a princess, she really doesn’t act like it. Even though she comes to embody that role, it’s clear she’d rather just do her own thing and have fun rather than be a queen. Even so, Bridget is able to accept her fate and eventually, get her HEA despite her bucking a lot of the customs.

The Karate Kid: Favorite book involving training/mentoring trope
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How could I not reuse this one?!

Die Hard: A book with a trip that doesn’t go to plan
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The first and most obvious answer I came up with was Love Scammed by Rilzy Adams. This is originally supposed to be a trip between friends until the two find out their friends ditched them to cause the two to date. It’s pretty sneaky but it ends up being super-steamy and fun. No surprise as Rilzy Adams is the queen of steamy books.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: A book with the central character’s name in the title
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I honestly could’ve gone for any of the books in the series for this one. However, I decided to go with Lenora: His Omega Mate. I just loved the dynamic between Lenora and Adrian. They’re grumpy-sunshine and plenty of angsts plus fated mates. It’s all just so delicious and enjoyable but yet is under 100 pages. I’m not sure how Chencia C. Higgins does it but she knocked it out of the park with this one.

Dirty Dancing: A female character who comes out of her shell
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The character I chose for this is Esther from A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor. I feel like we really watch Esther come out of her shell throughout the story. She goes from being pretty shy and timid to be a very strong and sexual woman. Watching her journey was just so amazing and I loved getting to see her come into herself.

Top Gun: A death that took you by surprise
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Did not see these deaths coming at all…

ET: An ending that left you both happy and sad
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The book I chose for this one is Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan. This book does feature a pretty decent ending but I honestly wanted a little bit more in the end. While I do think our characters got a decent resolution, I do feel like there should have just been a little more. Maybe it’s just me but I wanted to know more about their future rather than just a short epilogue.

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The Campfire Book Tag

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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No surprise with this one.

The Night Sky: A book that made you think deeply about an aspect of the world

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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

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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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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag (2021)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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
  • Chloe Liese
  • Alexandria Bellefleur
  • Aveda Vice

8. Newest fictional crush.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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
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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.

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The New Releases Book Tag

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. 🙂

The 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

*Thank you to Ellyn for tagging me ❤ ❤

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1. A New Release You’ve Already Read
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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
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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.

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Could it be anything other than this book???

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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.

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Books and Bakes Tag

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Recommendations Book Tag

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. 🙂

Rules

  • Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things so I can see your recommendations!
  • 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
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A book about friendship

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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For the people I’m tagging, I decided to go with Ellyn, Kristin, Astrid and Leyre. 🙂

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