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The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

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

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

Rules

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


1. Recommend a book from one of your favorite genres

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

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

2. Recommend a short book

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

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

3. Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation

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

4. Recommend a book out of your comfort zone

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

5. Recommend a book series

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

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

6. Recommend a standalone

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

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

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

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

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

8. Recommend your “staple” book¬†

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

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

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

10. Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great books

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Are You Ready For Sweater Weather? The Autumn Tag

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

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


Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

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

Pumpkin Carving: What is your favorite creative outlet?

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

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

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

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

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

Bonfire Night: What makes you explode with joy?

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

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

Fright Night: Favorite scary film or book

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

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

Halloween Candy: Favorite thing to eat

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

Scarves: Your autumn must-have accessory

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

Fire: A book or film that burns your soul

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

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

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

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

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


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The Productivity Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post this week, I decided to do a book tag. I’m SUPER behind on book tags so I picked this one at random. I don’t know if it’s because I was in a bit of a blogging slump but I just haven’t been able to catch back up. Eventually, I will but not anytime soon lmao.

Thank you so much to Meeghan for tagging me in this. Meeghan is one of my favorite bloggers and someone I’m glad to call a friend. Be sure to check her out if you haven’t already ‚̧

Rules:

  • Answer the prompts
  • Tag some friends
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

Planning: A book that is completely thought out

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For this one, I’m going with a series and that’s¬†The Lunar Chronicles. It’s clear that Marissa Meye put this world together and knew exactly what she wanted to happen. It might not have happened all at once, but the way this book progresses shows that she puts a lot of time and energy into what was going to happen. Personally, I think the conclusion was great and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Focus: A book that kept your undivided attention 

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I listened to¬†Daisy Jones & The Six¬†on audio and even though it’s a pretty long audiobook, I think I listened to it in a day and a half. This book was just so compelling and I loved learning more about this fictional band and Daisy Jones. I especially loved how we didn’t know who to trust or if everyone was telling the truth. It added an entirely different layer to the story.

Delegating: A book that should have been a series 

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While I didn’t fall in love with¬†Red, White, and Royal Blue¬†as much as everyone else, I still wanted more in this world. Rather than being standalone, I’d love for this to turn into a series of companion books. I’d like to see June, Nora and Henry’s sister all get their own individual stories told. Even if Casey McQuiston did novellas for them, that would still be something.

Small Goals: Name a book below 150 pages that you loved 

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In my Top 5 Tuesday post, I highlighted¬†Can’t Escape Love¬†so this time, I’m going to talk about¬†Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. This book is set after books 1 and 2 but this follows Prince Thabiso’s assistant, Likotsi and the relationship she had with a woman who ghosted her. This novella is told in two timelines: the first is a timeline of their relationship while the second is a timeline of their current situation. Overall, this book was super short yet sweet and somehow manages to portray an incredible and well-developed relationship in a little over 100 pages.

Peak hours: A series you can only read at a certain time 

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I’ve actually started this tradition with myself. Every year for the Contemporary-A-Thon, I read another volume in the¬†Giants Days¬†series. I’ve only read the first two since I started doing this and I won’t pick up another until September when the next round starts.

Lists: A book that you finally crossed off your TBR 

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I’ve had this book since it came out but then just didn’t pick it up? I don’t know what was wrong with me because it sat on my shelf for 2 months. Honestly, I was kicking myself when I read it since I really enjoyed it. Helen Hoang is easily becoming one of my new favorite romance authors.

Proactive: A book that is/was ahead of its time 

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If you’ve been following me, then I’m sure this one is no surprise. Considering that this series was first published in the late ’80s, it was pretty progressive. The entire premise is that a group of teenagers is running a babysitting service all by themselves. It’s basically a small business if you really think about it. Additionally, it has 2 main characters who are POC and touches on a lot of really insightful issues for a children’s series.

Declutter: A series you wish you could unread 

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I honestly don’t read many series so coming up with a series I wanted to unread for negative reasons was hard. Instead, I’m going with¬†The Lady Janies¬†series as a series I’d like to unread. I love this series SO MUCH and I’d love to get back into it with fresh eyes and read it all over again. I know that the next book is coming out in 2020 so maybe I’ll eventually do a reread but this is the best answer I could come up with. ūüėõ

Multitasking: Books that you read at the same time 

The last time I remember doing this was when Jenna and I did our buddy-read of¬†Red, White, and Royal Blue. While we were buddy-reading that together, I also read¬†With the Fire On High.¬†I honestly think I finished them both on the same day, too. I don’t usually read more than one book at a time but I decided to and it worked out great!

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The Perfect Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post this week, I decided to do a tag and this one seems really fun. I don’t think much about my perfect book but I can think of a few that I consider almost perfect. Maybe I’m just picky but some books just aren’t for me. Lmao

I was tagged to do this by Lauren from Twenty Seven Letters. I recently started following her and she’s just great. I love her aesthetic and she always does a lot of really cool and unique book tags. I’d also like to thank Sofii for creating this tag. I’ve been following Sofii for ages and she’s just wonderful. Please give these ladies both some love! ‚̧

Rules:

  • Answer honestly, there are no wrong answers.
  • To make it just a little harder, you can‚Äôt mention the same book twice
  • Have FUN!
  • Tag me if you decide to do it, I would love to see your answers.
  • Tag at least 5 people.

The perfect genre: What genre would your perfect book be? // Pick a book that represents that genre 

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My perfect book would definitely be in the romance genre. I just got back into reading romance last year and I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine why I ever stopped reading it tbh. Romance is a genre that I’ve always loved and I’m so happy that it’s evolved since I began reading it as a teenager.

For me, my perfect romance book is Grip by Kennedy Ryan. While a bit far-fetched, this book does a great job of showcasing a healthy and loving relationship. I loved the natural chemistry between them and watching how organically their relationship unfolded. Plus it was sexy and smut is a major part of why I love a romance book. Lmao

The Perfect Setting: Because every story needs the perfect setting // Pick a book that takes place in a perfect place 

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A book that has a perfect setting for me is¬†The King Of Bourbon Street¬†by Thea De Salle. I haven’t ever been to New Orleans but this book paints such a vivid picture. It shows both the party side of New Orleans while also showing why it’s a great place to live. I especially loved how they touched on Katrina and the effect it still has on the city. I can happily say that I loved the setting as much as I love the romance in this book.

The Perfect Main Character: Because every book needs that brave and amazing MC // Pick the perfect main character 

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For me, the perfect main character would have to be Iris from Long Shot. Iris dealt with a lot during this book but still saw the light at the end of the tunnel. She did what she had to do for her daughter even though it might have cost her her life. She was brave and smart yet still sweet and charming despite her hardships. I loved watching her blossom as a character and seeing the positive effect her relationship with August had on her.

The Perfect Best Friend: Because we always love that character who supports our MC, no matter what. // Loyal and Supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

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For this one, I’m picking Sloane from¬†This Adventure Ends. This book is truly a story about friendship and I don’t think there’s a better friend than Sloane. She was willing to do anything for her friends even though they might not always appreciate it. I especially loved that she drove Vera to see her girlfriend when she was feeling sad. Even though her choices were sometimes questionable, Sloane is the kind of friend I’d want to have.

The Perfect Love Interest: Although not all stories need it, we all love a bit of romance. // Pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner 

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Do I even need to explain this one? TK is easily my favorite love interest of 2019 and I still haven’t found anyone who can beat him. While a few others come close, TK is my main man ‚̧

The Perfect Villian: Because even when sometime we hate them, we always need them. // Pick a character with the most sinister mind 

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I think saying Levana has a sinister mind is a bit of understatement. I do admire the lengths she went to get what she wanted, though. In¬†Fairiest¬†especially, it was exciting yet also hard to read the things she did. I don’t read many series, but the things she did prove she’s one of the more sinister villains. Plus she’s beautiful so that makes her 10x more sinister.

The Perfect Family: Our book wouldn’t be the same without that unconditional support from the MC’s family. // Pick a perfect bookish family 

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I loved Quinn’s family in¬†Wild Blue Wonder. She has her parents, her siblings and her grandmother that all live with her. Even though most of the book focused on their dysfunction, I think that was an incredibly realistic element. All families go through things and it takes time to repair all wounds. I especially loved how everything wrapped up in the end for them.

Perfect Animal or Pet: Because we all need a good loyal companion. // Pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book.

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For me, this one was simple. I own a¬†dachshund so¬†any book that has a wiener dog on the cover, I’m basically obsessed with it.¬†Geekerella¬†has one on the cover so this was my first choice by far.

The Perfect Plot Twist: “Omg, how didn’t I see it coming?” // Pick a book with the best plot twist¬†

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The plot twist in this book was easily one of my favorites of the year. I was shocked when it happened and I still can’t believe it. If you’ve read the book, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. By the end, I understood it but it was still shocking to see it happen.

Perfect Trope: Pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking 

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For me, the trope has to be friends-to-lovers. I’ve always enjoyed the friends-to-lovers trope when I read it in books and I think that would carry over into my writing. If I ever decided to write fiction, I’d probably write romance even though it’s tough. Regardless, I’d still find a way to make it a friends-to-lovers romance. Lol

Perfect Cover: Because we all love a good, beautiful and artistic cover. // Pick a cover that you would easily put in your own book.

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Even though I didn’t love this book, I loved this cover. Of all her covers, it’s probably my fave and one that I love looking at on my shelves. Maybe it’s because it’s so different but I can’t help but love all the summery colors.

Perfect Ending: Because every great adventure has an ending. // Pick a book that has a perfect ending 

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I’d be remiss not to mention the conclusion of¬†The Lunar Chronicles. I’m not sure how I pictured this book would end but boy was I shocked. The ending of this was everything I hoped it would be. What makes a good ending for me is when almost everything gets wrapped up and our characters have grown by the end.

Winter¬†had all of that and it managed to rid us of the villain without being over-the-top. I haven’t read many YA series from the 2010s but the ending of¬†Winter¬†was basically everything I wanted.


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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 ūüėõ


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 ūüėõ

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 ūüėõ

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. ūüôā

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

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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 ūüėÄ

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.


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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

Blitzed (Playbook, #3)

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. ūüôā

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 ūüėõ

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

6. Where Does the Task ‚ÄėPicking up a Book‚Äô 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


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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.


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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 ‚Äúthank u, next‚ÄĚ to, i.e. DNF‚Äôd (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‚Äô last ‚Äď the book of you ‚Äď 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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