The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag (2019)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I know June’s almost over, but it’s technically the halfway point of the year. Even though it’s about to end, I wanted to get this tag in and I needed a post for today. I feel like I’ve been doing this tag for a year or two now and I always look forward to doing it.

Thank you so much to Ellyn for tagging me. ❤ She and I are the queens of buddy reads and she puts up with me spamming her Facebook messenger. Lmao, either way, she’s great and has an amazing blog. Please check her out and tell her that I sent you 😛


1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

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If you’ve seen any of my other tag posts, then you’ll know how much I love this book. I really loved Alexa Martin’s debut, Intercepted and it was one of my favorite books of last year. I was SUPER excited for Fumbled, its companion and this book improved upon everything. Mostly, I loved the romance even though the love interest was a turd at the start. Lmao, either way, this book is easily my favorite read of 2019.

2. Best Sequel of 2019 so far?

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I haven’t read many sequels this year, but one of the standouts for me was The Wicked King. For some reason, I waited forever to read this and I don’t know why. Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it down. If anything, it made me love the characters even more and want the final book in my hands immediately.

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want to?

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A book I’ve been hearing a lot about it is Don’t Date Rosa Santos. I think it’s a romance with some magical realism and I really enjoyed Summer of Salt so I’d love to give this one a try. That isn’t the only book though as I’d really like to get to Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, Ayesha At Last, Her Royal Highness and If I’m Being Honest. 

4. Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2019?

Similar to Ellyn, I’m going to feature my top 3 anticipated releases.

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I’d be remiss to not feature Blitzed at the top of my list. I’ve loved all of Alexa Martin’s other books so this one is a HIGH priority. As for my other two, I have to go with Capturing the Devil because I love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I’m excited to see how it ends. Last but not least is The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black as that requires no explanation. Lol

5. Biggest Disappointment? 

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As much as I love Emma Mills, Famous In A Small Town was a huge disappointment. This book lacked all of the charm her other books had. I thought the plot was far-fetched and that the plot twist was pretty lackluster. Overall, this book just ended up being something I couldn’t mesh well with.

6. Biggest Surprise?

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Easily my biggest surprise of the year was Kill The Boy Band. This book was everything I never knew I wanted. It was a book about fandom but with a dark twist and I couldn’t help but be captivated by it. Considering how short it is, I didn’t think much of it but this book shocked me with how funny yet relevant it was.

7. Favorite New Author? 

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For this one, I’m going with a new-to-me author and that’s Elizabeth Acevedo. I’m sure a lot of people are going to pick her. Regardless, I just love Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing style and the plots she crafts but nothing lives up to her characters. She makes her characters so well-developed and it truly feels like they’re real people. Coupled with how amazingly she reads her own work, Acevedo is a new auto-listen author for me 😛

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

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Right now, I’d have to say Caleb from Misadventures of a Curvy Girl. It seems at first that he’s going to be the stereotypical farm boy but he’s so much more. He’s sweet, caring, super sexy and loves taking care of his woman. NEED me a man like that lmao

9. Newest Favorite Character? 

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Ledi from A Princess In Theory is easily one of my new favorite leading ladies in romance. She’s smart, driven and doesn’t put up with anyone’s shit. She doesn’t care if you like her as long as she’s able to get her work done in peace. Plus she’s a princess so it’s basically mandatory that she’s well-liked 😛

10. Book That Made You Cry?
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I have to admit that I did get a bit misty-eyed at the end of The Poet X. That book took me on a journey and it was worth the payoff. I couldn’t help but feel so happy for Xiomara and also sad for her at the same time. Either way, this book is one that I’m still thinking about.

11. Book That Made You Happy?

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So far this year, I’ve conquered a lot of Tessa Dare’s books. The one that’s made me happiest has to be The Governess Game. This book was romantic and sweet yet also intense and emotional. The overall feeling that I felt while I was reading was no doubt, happiness.

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year?

13. Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Lol big surprise here but my favorite review was for Fumbled by Alexa Martin. I basically just gushed about this book for the whole review. It’s also spoiler-free if you just want an idea of what the book is about. 🙂

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received So Far This Year?

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For some reason, the cover for The Perfect Date really stands out to me. I think it’s such a pretty cover. In person, it’s a really nice shade of blue and goes so well with the rest of my romance books.

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

Oh lord, where do I even start? I’ll just go with my top 5.

  1. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  2. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
  3. A Heart In A Body In The World by Deb Caletti
  4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan

I’m feeling lazy so I’m not tagging anyone! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! ❤

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Game of Thrones Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s Sunday and as always, that means tag day. For this week, I’m going with a tag that I’m sure many of you will enjoy. While I watched season 1 of Game of Thrones, I haven’t gotten caught up since the show ended. This tag looked really fun, though so here we are.

Thank you so much to Jillian for tagging me! Jillian is someone I found through Top 5 Tuesday and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve loved watching her blog grow and I especially love the color scheme she has. Be sure to follow her if you don’t already! ❤


House Lannister (Hear Me Roar): Name a book that you originally loved but, upon a reread, you realized it wasn’t so great after all.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Hear me out before you come for my head. When I first read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I was really obsessed with it and binged the trilogy. I decided to rate it 5 stars, but upon reread, I bumped it down to 4. It was still good, but it felt like I was reading it with blinders because I was so excited to get back into reading.

House Stark (Winter is Coming): Name your most anticipated read for the year.

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I know I have to wait until December, but holy cow! I can’t wait to have this book in my hands 😀

House Targaryen (Fire and Blood): Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.

With the Fire on High

When I’m typing this post, this is my most recent read. With the Fire On High was such an excellent book in so many ways. This story did a great job of moving the plot along with still developing its characters. The pace of the story didn’t feel rushed or too slow but it moved as it would in reality. As much as I loved The Poet X, With The Fire On High, might be my favorite of Elizabeth Acevedo’s.

House Baratheon (Ours is the Fury): Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger that genuinely pissed you off.

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I know the conclusion of this trilogy comes out in a few months. Regardless, that doesn’t negate it from having a terrible cliffhanger ending. I can’t believe that Holly Black did that to us and that she’s still making us wait to see how it plays out.

House Martial (Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken): Name a book or series that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.

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Emma by Jane Austen has been on my TBR since college. I almost bought it at a used bookstore but changed my mind. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for it but haven’t found it since. I’m not a big fan of classics, but this is one that I definitely want to pick up in the near future.

HouseBoulton  (Our Blades Are Sharp): Name the most graphic or disturbing book you’ve ever read.

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If you’ve read it, then you know.

House Tyrell (Growing Strong): Name a book or series that gets better and better with every reread.

Similar to what Jillian said, I don’t reread many books. I do have a few ideas, but Emma Mills’ books basically stay the same when I reread them. As for other books, I haven’t taken the time out yet but I plan to.


I’m not going to tag anyone, because I’m not sure who is or isn’t a GOT fan. If you are and even if you’re not, then I’m tagging you! 😛

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week is an especially exciting tag for me as it’s created by one of my favorite people. Since I’m on a book buying ban, I don’t usually buy books so this could be a little bit tough for me. Then again, there are tons of books out there that I’m excited for.

Rules

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


1. Your Most Anticipated Release of the Year

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My most anticipated release for this year was Famous In A Small Town. Instead of going with that one, I’m going with #2 on my list. Blitzed is in the third book in the Playbook series by Alexa Martin and I can only hope it’s a touchdown as the previous works have been. 🙂

2. A book you’re not anticipating

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I feel like a lot of bloggers and booktubers were anticipating this book. I used to follow Christine, but I unsubscribed a while ago. Her content just wasn’t for me and hearing about this book, I don’t think it’s for me either. I know this book is very autobiographical and also features cheating as the main plot-point which I hate.

3. Most underhyped anticipated release

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I know this one doesn’t come out until August, but I don’t ever hear anyone mentioning The Wallflower Wager. It’s the third book in the Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare and as far as historical romances go, this is one of my favorites. I know a lot of other people have raved about it but I don’t really hear anyone talking about it.

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

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At first, I couldn’t figure out which book I wanted to use. I figured I’d go with one that a lot of others would agree with me on. Even though I just read The Wicked King in April, I feel like The Queen Of Nothing has been on my mind since I finished. I just want to see how this story wraps up and what is going to happen to our favorite characters.

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

This one had me stumped. Sorry Ellyn but I couldn’t think of an answer. I don’t know many upcoming releases since I’m on a book-buying ban 😛

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

  • Capturing the Devil. Same as Ellyn because I love the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I can’t wait for it to wrap up. It feels like I’ve been in that world forever and I’m anxious to see how Kerri ends the series.
  • Twice In A Blue Moon. This second one will come as no surprise as Christina Lauren are easily one of my favorite romance authors. I haven’t read The Unhoneymooners yet but I already know I’ll be buying their books from here on out.
  • The Perfect Date. I don’t remember where I saw this book but the cover immediately drew me in. Then I realized it was a baseball romance and I was sold from that point. Besides Blitzed, this is easily my most anticipated sports romance of the year.

7. Top 5 Most Anticipated Backlist Books On Your TBR

  • A Heart In The Body In The World. Ellyn mentioned this one and I would love to read it, too. I’ve heard such good things so a possible buddy-read for us?? ❤
  • Block Shot & Hook Shot. Both of these are part of the Hoops series by Kennedy Ryan and I have yet to pick them up. I don’t know what I’m waiting on but they are easily my most anticipated romance reads on my TBR.
  • No Good Deed. For the last round of the Contemporary-A-Thon, I read Kill The Boy Band and really loved it. Since then, I’ve been wanting to read Goldy Moldavsky’s other novel. I really need to make it a priority as this book has been on my mind since I finished her last one.
  • Pride. As I was writing this up, I decided to look at my Top 5 Tuesday about books that I need to read in 2019. So far, I’ve only read 2 of the books and need to get to more. Pride is one I’ve been eagerly anticipating but just haven’t been in the mood for it yet.

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The Book Addiction Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s hard to believe that the first week of June is over and that summer is basically here. This past week, I’ve had more days off than usual and I’m super excited. Most notably, it’s Sunday and that’s almost always tag day on bookishlyrebecca. 🙂

I was tagged by Siobhan from Siobhan’s Novelties. She’s one of my favorite bloggers and I especially love her aesthetic. Her blog always looks so put together so go check it and her out ❤


1. What Is the Longest Amount of Time You Can Comfortably Go without Picking Up a Book?

For me, it’s usually a week or two. Sometimes, it might be more depending on what reading I have planned for that following month. Considering that I was in an everything slump in April, books weren’t really something I was in the mood for.

2. How Many Books Do You Carry on Your Person (or Kindle) at Any One Time?

When I’m going places, I usually bring my Kindle along. Most of the time, I have a library ebook on there and miscellionus books I’ve bought. Usually, I like to give myself a few options in case my mood shifts while I’m reading one of the books.

3. Do You Keep Every Book You Buy/Receive or Are You Happy to Pass Them on to Make Space for More?

I’m more than happy to pass them to someone else. I’ve honestly been thinking about selling some on Depop. I have a huge overflow of books I either don’t want, won’t reread or just have no interest in. I’d rather give them to someone who will appreciate them.

4. How Long Would You Spend in a Bookshop on a Standard Visit?

Since I’m on a book buying ban, I don’t usually go to many bookstores. If I’m not on one, I usually am there for around 15-30 minutes. Most of the time, I have a certain book I’m looking for and then like to browse around.

5. How Much Time Per Day Do You Actually Spend Reading?

I’m not someone who has to read every day. As much as I would like to, some days are busier than others and I don’t get to it. Ideally, I’d like to say probably an hour or two. I think that’s a goal I might set for myself this summer. 🙂

6. Where Does the Task ‘Picking up a Book’ Appear on Your Daily To-Do List?

Once again, I don’t have a concrete answer for this one. It all depends on what I’m working or what plans I have.

7. How Many Books Do You Reckon You Own in Total (Including Ebooks)?

Physically, I probably own around 40 books and on ebooks, I probably own 10 so around 50 books. If I had to guess!

8. Approximately How Often Do You Bring Up Books in Conversation?

Most of my non-blogger friends aren’t readers so I don’t bring it up unless I have a book I want to recommend or someone asks. Generally, most of my conversations turn into me rambling about the Jonas Brothers inevitably.

9. What Is the Biggest Book (Page Count) You Have Finished Reading?

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No surprise here, I’m sure. I read Order of the Phoenix last year but if we’re going with this year’s books, Winter is my longest.

10. Is There a Book You Had to Get Your Hands on Against All Odds (i.e., Searching Bookshops, Online Digging, Etc)?

Not that I can think of. Most of the books I like are pretty mainstream and I’m not one for buying collector’s editions of books.

11. A Book You Struggled to Finish but Refused to DNF?

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For this one, I had to say Dirty Uncle. From the start, this book was just a great, big NO but I decided to give it a chance. I should’ve just DNFed it and honestly, I’ve thought that about almost every single Alexa Riley I’ve read. Either way, I still keep trying to give them the benefit of the doubt lmao.

12. What Are Three of Your Main Book Goals for 2019?

  • Finish Ellyn and I’s buddy read of The Lunar Chronicles
  • Read more of, if not complete Christina Lauren’s backlist
  • Listen to at least 2 audiobooks a month

13. Have You Ever Had the Privilege of Converting Someone into a Reader (Maybe via Inspiration or Incessant Nagging)?

Nope!

14. Describe What Books Mean to You in Five Words.

Perfect example of escaping life


I had a lot of fun with this tag so I’m going to tag a few people!

 

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Out Of My Comfort Zone Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve done this tag many times but it’s one that I never get sick of. There’s just something comforting about coming back to it and realizing how my answers have changed. At least, I’m hoping that my answers have changed since the last time I did it. Lol

Thank you so much to Jillian for tagging me. I feel like she tagged me months ago and I’m finally getting to it. Lol, I’m sorry but I am finally doing it! Please check her out if you haven’t. She’s an awesome person and she has a great blog. ❤

A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don’t typically like.

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I’ve mentioned many times that I’m not a big fantasy reader. I liked The Cruel Prince but I didn’t love it. Understandably, I was a little hesitant to start this one. I actually pushed it off for a few months before I read it. I’m so UPSET that I did because I loved it. It was such a pleasant surprise for me and it ended up being a super quick read, too.

A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about.

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One genre that I rarely read is horror. That’s why it took me a while to pick up the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. This book surprised me with how dark it was but how it managed to weave everything in between the darkness. It was dark but still had some lightness to it as well. The book didn’t just scare me and I thought that’s what it was going to be. Lol

A book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.

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Lol, I feel like I mention this book at least once a post now. However, this book was nothing like I thought it was going to be. The cover and synopsis told me a different story than the book. I read about 50% before I put it down and eventually, picked it back up. It ended up being a 3-star read so not great but I do plan on picking up the rest of the series.

Pick a friend or BookTuber that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in. What is one book out of your norm that they convinced you to give a try?

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For this one, I’m going with Madalyn from Novel Ink. She reads such a wide array of books and I get some awesome recommendations from her. One book that I read specifically because of her is Wild Blue Wonder. This book was the biggest surprise ever as I didn’t even think I was going to like it when I first started. Suddenly, it felt like I couldn’t put it down and I have Madalyn to thank for that!

A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.

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I’m not a huge mystery reader, I’ll admit it. There are a few mystery books I like but I don’t gravitate towards them. However, I’ve been wanting to read A Study In Charlotte and thankfully, I have Jenna to buddy-read it with me. At least she’s going to hold me accountable, at least I think so! Lol

A book or genre so out of what you normally read you’ll probably never give it another chance.

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No comment on this one.


I’m not going to tag anyone but if you want to do this, feel free! 🙂

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Thank You, Next Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If there was ever a book tag that captured me more, it would be this one. Ever since Ariana came out with her album, I’ve been all over it and can’t stop listening to it. Finally, I’m getting around to doing this tag so let’s get into it.

Before I start, I’d like to thank my best blogging friend Ellyn for tagging me. She’s one of my favorite people and I love talking to her about anything. Plus she knows how much I love Ariana lmao. Thank you Ellyn ❤ ❤


1. Name a book that you said “thank u, next” to, i.e. DNF’d (did not finish)

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It’s no secret that I love Tessa Dare. Unfortunately, I have DNFed one of her books and that’s A Week To Be Wicked. It’s the second book in the Spindle Cove series and I just couldn’t get into it. I think I made it like 10 or 15% in before I had to put it down. Maybe it’s the series because I didn’t enjoy the first book either. Lmao

2. Name a book that taught you love (i.e. a book you loved)

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This might be in the running for my favorite book of the year. Fumbled by Alexa Martin was everything I wanted and more. It was such a quick read with a great romance but I especially loved the plot twist at the end. I think it was very timely and made me love Alexa Martin more than I already did.

3. Name a book that taught you patience

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I feel like I mention this book all the time, but I had SO much patience when I was reading this. Mostly because I thought it was going to be a fun basketball romance and it was the exact opposite. Either way, I’m glad that I decided to be patient and finish it out in the end. Plus I have an interest in reading the rest of the series.

4. Name a book that taught you pain

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Talk about an emotional book. Even though I don’t like Levana as a character, I think this book did a great job of giving her depth. I felt every emotion while I was reading this and I can’t believe that the book ended how it did. It makes me all the more excited to finish the series and find out what happens.

5. Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight, you do not like as much anymore but which you still learned some other quality from.

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Looking back, I think I’d have to lower my rating. I think I was being a little generous but this book read a little juvenile to me. I really did enjoy this book when I read it and it made me love Maurene Goo as an author. At least, there’s that. 

6. Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for.

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The book I’m currently reading is When It’s Real by Erin Watt. I’ve never read anything but this duo. I really like the plot of this book but I do think it borders a little bit on fanfiction. Regardless, it’s a fast and fun read which is what I wanted. I’m guessing I’ll probably give it like 3 stars.

7. Name the book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more.

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Even though this book used to remind me of my relationship, it doesn’t anymore. Rather, this book reminds me of how you can raise from the ashes and be better. If you’ve read If You Come Softly, then you’ll know. Either way, I still consider this book one of my favorites of all time. ❤


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Nope Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This Sunday tag post is a throwback one that I haven’t done in almost 2 years. Since then I’ve read like almost 200 books I think so no doubt my answer has changed. Regardless, I’m going to give it another try and see what I think now. 🙂

Thank you so much to Crystal for tagging me. Crystal is such a sweetheart and a new mom so I give her all the credit in the world. She runs a blog plus takes care of her family, that’s amazing. Be sure to follow her if you haven’t! ❤


Nope Ending: A book that made you go nope either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was terrible

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I DON’T EVEN HAVE WORDS OK

Nope Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy

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Ugh, the main character from 99 Percent Mine Darcy is so annoying. She was such a brat and I couldn’t stand how she acted. She was an adult yet she acted like such a baby. I still can’t believe this is the same author that wrote the lovable characters in The Hating Game.

Nope Popular Pair: A “ship” you don’t support

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I really enjoy the Wild Seasons series. However, I couldn’t stand the pairings in the 2nd and 4th book. This time, I’m going with Harlow and Finn from Dirty Rowdy Thing. These two had no chemistry and I didn’t understand why they ever hooked up. They were just two completely different people.

Nope protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head

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Every single thing that Levana did was a huge wtf? I know that Ellyn felt the same way so I’m not alone.

Nope Genre: A genre you’ll never read

Nope Book Format: A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I don’t really have one. I’m not the biggest fan of mass-market paperbacks but I will read them if I have to. Lol

Nope Trope: A trope that makes you go nope

I hate the lack of communication trope in romance. It’s such a simple fix and one that I don’t understand. Whoever decided to use this in romance books should be punched. It’s just completely dumb and isn’t realistic at all.

Nope Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read

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This isn’t exactly a particular book but I have no interest in reading Colleen Hoover. I know that she’s a beloved romance author but I’ve heard she writes pretty terrible romances. I’d rather not read about some dumb alpha male and a sweet little innocent love interest. Lmao

Nope Cliche/Pet Peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes

Girl hate! Can’t stand it and never will.

Nope Love Interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one/a character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest

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This is so bad but I don’t even remember this guy’s name. Regardless, I didn’t enjoy the love interest for Marisol. Personally, I didn’t feel any chemistry between them and I think it just happened to mirror her grandmother’s story. I know that was probably the point but those two just weren’t a good couple.

Nope Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed

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As much as I love Christina Lauren, this book was just so unnecessary. This series should only have been a trilogy and stopped before getting to London’s story. She wasn’t a “main” player in any of the other stories so why give her a full-length novel? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Nope Villian: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction

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I have to go with Levana. She is SCARY and CRAZY. There is no telling what kind of ways she’d find to hurt you.

Nope Death: A character death that still haunts you

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I don’t know if this one actually counts because I don’t think that we see the death on the page. However, I listened to it on audio and the emotion behind the narrator’s voice was so raw. Hearing about the death and grief is still something that I think about.

Nope Author: An author you have had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit

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I’m going to have to say Britta Lundin. This book was just basically fanfiction but published as a novel. It’s so crazy to me that this even made it past an editor. Some of the scenes were just way TOO MUCH and I don’t think I can put myself through that again. Lmao


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