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Playlist Book Tag

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song 2: “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song 5: “Gonna Get Caught” by Demi Lovato

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

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

Song 6: “F**k U Betta” by Neon Hitch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Credit to Pure Imagination Blog

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

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Blog Updates for BookishlyRebecca + The Folklore Book Tag

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

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

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

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The Folklore Book Tag

Rules:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exile: A book you wish you hadn’t read

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

My Tears Ricochet: A book that made you cry uncontrollably

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

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

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

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

Seven: A childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic

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

August: A book that reminds you of summer

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

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

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

Illicit Affairs: A book that gave you a book hangover

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

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

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

Mad Woman: A book with a female character you adore

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

Epiphany: A book that is haunting

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

Betty: A book couple that fills you with yearning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2020 Wrap-up including The Pop Culture Readathon

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’m writing this post early in the month of June as I’ve already read a ton of books. Considering how much I’ve been reading, I might try to do a mid-month wrap-up. With all the books I’ve been buying on Kindle and ones I’ve been adding to my TBR, I always feel like I have something to read. Either way, let’s get into my reads for July including the Pop Culture Readathon.

If you want to know more about the Pop Culture readathon, you can check out my TBR post from earlier in July. For this round, I decided to read books via the prompts from the “Adult Table” board so I’m going to include the board below and all of the books I read for each of the prompts.

I’m going to go row by row for this one so let’s get into the books. 🙂

Poetic Justice: Read a book written in verse

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The book I read for this prompt was Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. This book is a middle-grade written in verse and it follows Jude who immigrates from Syria to American with her mother. Personally, I thought this book was so beautifully written and it was light while still focusing on some tough topics. It was such a wonderful audiobook and I don’t want to give too much away as I thought it was better to go in blind since it unfolds so nicely. 5/5 stars

The First Wives Club: Read a book from your fave genre

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Originally, I planned on reading Take A Hint, Dani Brown for this one, but you’ll see which prompt I used it for. Instead, my library hold for this book came off and I decided to pick it up. I was ready to not enjoy this book because of the hype but I absolutely loved it. If you didn’t know, it’s a romance between two writers who write in completely different genre and challenge each other to write their respective genres.

Oddly enough, this book is less of a romance and more about our characters dealing with their lives while having a romance. It was so much more than I hoped for and I absolutely loved this. 5/5 stars. It does deal with the loss of a parent if that’s a topic you’re sensitive to.

Pretty Woman: Read a book with a gorgeous cover

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The book I read for this prompt is Professional Pleasure by Tia Love. This is a boss-employee romance and it’s incredibly short. I don’t want to give too much away as it’s so short. I thought it was cute and sexy but I think things moved a little bit slow and it had an eplogioe I found unnecessary. Either way, it was a solid Black romance read. 4/5 stars

Black American Princess: Read a book with royalty

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The book I chose for this one was Surrender To Sin by Nicola Davidson and this book was everything. It focused on a woman who wants to “ruin” herself to get out of a forced engagement so she enlists a guy who owns a sex club called Fallen. This one was incredibly sexy and smutty but with a historical setting. It was super short to boot if you’re looking for some sexy historical romance. The main issue I had was the ending which felt a little bit too dramatic. 4/5 stars

It’s Friday, Craig: Read a book with 150 pages or less

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For my book under 150 pages, I decided to read Naughty Boss by Whitney G. This is my first book by Whitney G and I have to say it was everything I thought it would be. It’s all about a girl who “hates” her boss and then the two end up hooking up. Eventually, things go from there but that’s basically it. It’s incredibly smutty if you enjoy that. 3/5 stars

Death Becomes Her: Read a backlist book

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This was actually the first book I read this month and it’s the sequel to Strictly Professional which I read earlier this year. This book follows the same characters and it’s basically their “second-chance” romance. I don’t want to give away too many details but I thought it was better than the first book and I loved seeing these characters again. 4/5 stars

Titanic: Read a historical fiction novel/novella

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The book I read for this one was Hammer & Tongs by Lara Kinsey. I read some of her books last month so I decided to pick up a series by her. This is a historical romance between Isaiah and Arthur/Brigid and the challenges they face with Isisah’s business and their relationship. I’m pretty sure both characters are either bi or pan but I don’t remember. Either way, I enjoyed this book but I wish it would’ve been longer. 4/5 stars

Sister Act: Read the first book in a series

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Next up is Mile High which is the first book in the Mile High duet by B. Cranford. It follows Bianca who recently divorced her husband and Luke, the guy she’s seating next to’s romance. This book is just a prequel to a full-length novel and I might continue the series. This was incredibly quick but had a lot of heart and lots of smut in it. While not my favorite smutty read, it was a quick one to read before bed. 4/5 stars

“Don’t Get Mad, Get Everything:” Read a book with a revenge plot

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For the revenge prompt, I decided to read Lady Ruthless by Scarlett Scott. This book actually features two revenge plots. First, Callie exacts revenge on Lord Sinclair as she believes he murdered her brother and ruins his reputation. For his revenge, Lord Sinclair decides to marry her and save his reputation. Despite him abducting her in the beginning, this book is solid.

I had three main issues with it, though. First, I thought that Callie was a little too headstrong as she really had no prove Sin did those things. Second, this book features a marriage of convenience and we don’t see the wedding. I would’ve liked to see Callie and Sin get married as there would have been fireworks. Lastly, I wished this book was a little shorter. I think the author could have condensed some things. Either way, it wasn’t a bad read. 3/5 stars

Soul Food: Read a book with a dysfunctional family/relationship

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The book I read for this one was Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon which is the first in her Vampire Sorority Sisters series. This follows a romance between Ginger and the queen of the vampires, Camila. Honestly, it took me forever to get into this book and I’m not sure why. It had all the makings of a good vampire romance but it just didn’t work for me. Either way, it ended up working for this prompt so worth it lol. 2/5 stars

My Best Friend’s Wedding: Read a second-chance romance

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I was trying to find a place to fit this book as it was 4th of July romance and it fit in this square. This book focuses on Rosie and Leo who were together when they were teens until he moved away. Now he’s back and Rosie’s divorced so obviously, they agree to hook up like old times. This book is short yet so sweet, spicy and fun. I don’t even really celebrate the 4th but this book was a delight. Not to mention, this book has a bisexual male character and tons of kinks so if you like that, read this. You won’t regret it. 4/5 stars

The Best Man: Read a book with a wedding

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Originally, I had a different book in mind for this, but I saw this one was on hold at the library and I like Jackie Lau. Not Another Family Wedding follows Natalie who is 36, doesn’t want kids and is attending her sister’s wedding. She brings her friend Connor along to hopefully ensure nothing goes wrong as it’s a curse in her family. Of course, things do go wrong and it’s their romance.

I really enjoyed this book especially all of the commentary about Natalie not wanting kids and how she wanted someone to value her rather than value what she could do for them. The only issue I had was the writing style. For some reason, I like Jackie Lau but her writing style maybe isn’t for me. 4/5 stars

Sister Act 2: Back In the Habit: Read the next book in a series

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The book I used for this prompt was Take A Hint, Dani Brown. I absolutely loved this book and if you want to know more of my thoughts, be sure to check out my post.

Never Been Kissed: Read a romantic comedy

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I knew I wanted to pick some incredibly short books and this one was incredibly short as it clocked in at just under 60 pages. This book is a short story, following Puneet and Clint who go out after emailing back and forth. While it’s incredibly short, I think their relationship was well-developed although I do wish we’d gotten more of it. Either way, I really enjoyed this and no one has rated it yet on Goodreads so if you like romance, I implore you to check it out. 4/5 stars

Bad Boys: Pick up an action-packed read

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The book I used for this prompt is The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This book follows Hiram who was born a slave and the powers he possessed. This book also features slavery, some questionable acts by “trusted” characters and a bit of a magical twist. My main issue was that this book wasn’t marketed as “magical realism” and it is very much is. Additionally, I didn’t enjoy the certain personification of a historical figure along with the writing style. However, it did feature a lot of action. 3/5 stars

Romy & Michelle: Read a book with a colorful cover

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This was the final prompt on the board and also the last book I read to get a blackout bingo. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill is an adorable graphic novel featuring Greta who is introduced to the Tea Dragons and the people who take care of them. She takes an interest in it and it’s basically her journey to becoming part of the Tea Dragon Society.

Honestly, this was such a soft and sweet story. The art style was also super adorable and it just made me so happy. While I really loved this, it’s probably not going to be one of my absolute faves. Either way, it was just such a delight. 4.5/5 stars

As for the second board I’m working on, I decided to go with the “Teen Dream” category as the books I’ve been in the mood for really work with this board. With that being said, I decided to read books in the first row down so let’s get into them.

Cher Horowitz: Read a book with a clueless character

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The book I ended up using for this one is My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I read a lot of light and fun books so I wanted something a little darker. This book follows a couple who works together to kill women for fun. I’m not going to say anything else to avoid spoilers but I enjoyed this. While not my favorite thriller, I’m glad I read it and is part of the reason why I picked up another book on this board. 3.5/5 stars

Courtney Shayne: Read a book that intimidates you

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The next book I picked up is surprisingly another thriller. After reading lots of light books at the beginning of the month, I was in the mood for something darker at the end of the month. This book is basically a retelling of The Amityville Horror story with two different timelines: one focusing on the book written by the MC’s father and the present when she’s back at the house. I won’t say much more but this book absolutely blew me away and I was right to be intimidated. Overall though, I thought it was an enjoyable read and it honestly scared me which isn’t easy to do. 4.5/5 stars

10 Things I Hate About You: Enemies to Lovers

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The next book I read came off hold at the library and this is the second novella in the Dimple & Rishi series. This is set before 10 Things I Hate about Pinky and gives a brief glimpse into the enemies-to-lovers relationship to come. While this one is teetering on the border of this challenge, I’m going to count it. This was cute and I think it gave an interesting look at what the dynamic in the final book will be. 4/5 stars

But I’m A Cheerleader!: A book with a sapphic romance

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The next book I read was Four Letter Word by Ava Freeman. This is a novella featuring a romance between two co-workers, Maya and Anais. While I really enjoyed it, I did have a few issues with it. First, it needed more editing and it was very distracting. Second, I felt like the sexy scenes were a little bit too long/clunky. Lastly, I think it should have been longer. Overall though, Four Letter Word was an adorable romance with two Black main characters and I do plan on continuing the series. 3.5/5 stars

Girl, Interrupted: Read a book with a focus on mental health

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One of my library holds came off and it was Girl Gone Viral which is the second book in the Modern Love series. This one follows Katrina and the romance with her bodyguard after a fake “meet-cute” puts her in danger. This was such a cute romance but the main issue I had was the lack of communication between characters. They should’ve been better about sharing their feelings and I think things would have been smoother. It wasn’t as good as the first book but I still enjoyed it. 4/5 stars

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The last book I read this month didn’t fit into the bingo board and it was The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon. This book focuses on three women who find out they’re being three-timed by the same man and form a friendship. This book focuses on Samira, one of the women who is in STEM and the relationship she gets into with Daniel.

As much as I wanted to love this book, it feel like the author couldn’t decide which direction she was going to go. She didn’t go fully into the romance genre but didn’t commit fully to a chick lit novel. It was good but I wish the author would’ve stuck to something over the other. It felt a little too under-developed for me but it was still a solid read. 3/5 stars

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Those are the 22 books I read for the Pop Culture Readathon. Personally, I’m really happy with all of the books I was able to complete. I’m also happy I was able to get a full blackout on my bingo board and one bingo on another. Overall, I thought this readathon was great and I’m happy I participated.

Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter. Whether it be signing a petition, donating or simply re-sharing this same link, USE YOUR VOICE. If you’re a white person reading this, you have privilege and it is your duty as an ally to educate yourself, amplify Black voices and show that Black Lives Matter. 

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My Favorite…Black Creator & August Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, we’re talking about our favorite black creators. For this one, I left it purposely open-ended as there’s a lot of different types of creators you can shout out. With that being said, I wanted to talk about a few creators so let’s get into them and also into the prompts I have picked out for August. 🙂

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

For this month, I’m going to go with some prompts Maureen did. I’m getting a little burnt out and don’t want to run out of ideas so I’m recycling some of hers. 🙂

August Prompts

  • August 5th: My Favorite…Music
  • August 12th: My Favorite…Non-Fiction Book
  • August 19th: My Favorite…Book Cover
  • August 26th: My Favorite…Summer Read of 2020
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Going into this week, I knew I had a few people I wanted to talk about. With the recent book blogger/booktuber drama, I was a bit hesitant. However, I knew I wanted to make sure I included a booktuber as I have lot of Black booktubers I love. I’m just settling on one for now, though.

My favorite Black booktuber has to be Mina from Mina Reads. She always has the best book recommendations especially when it comes to romance. Personally, I really enjoy her content and she’s one of those booktubers who I always watch. If you’re looking for quality book recommendations and funny content, then Mina’s it.

The other Black creators I have to shout out are both bloggers. The first is Rebekah Weatherspoon who complies lists of romances by women of color. She has an entire website dedicated to all those books and even posts them on Twitter. If you haven’t checked out WOCinRomance, you are seriously missing out.

The second blogger I have to mention is Girl, Have You Read. This is a blog dedicated to amplifying Black romance books. I’m not actually sure how runs this blog as I haven’t been able to find anyone on their “about” page. However, I go to them when I’m looking for Black romance books. Beware as you’ll end up adding tons of books to your TBR after checking them out!

Anyways, those are all of the creators I wanted to mention. Hopefully you were able to find someone new to check out and hopefully, you decide to join me in August. I hope you’re all having a great day ❤

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Books I’m Preordering in the second half of 2020

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I wanted to make a post of all the books I’m preordering for the rest of the year. Personally, I don’t buy many books but I do have certain books I know I want to have. I also wanted to mention that I’m going to be including the Kindle books I’m preordering, too. Anyways, let’s get into the books I either already have preordered or books I know I’ll be preordering.

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1. Midnight Sun (Twilight #5)

I know a lot of people aren’t excited for this book but I’m not one of those people. I absolutely loved Twilight back in the day and I reread it last year with Ellyn. When this book was announced, I knew I had to have it and was going to read it. While I originally wanted to go into the store and get it, everything going on in the world changed that idea. Either way, I’m excited to have this one in my hands.

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2. The Hitman (The Family Book 2)

The second book I have preordered is The Hitman which is the second book in The Family series by Katrina Jackson. I’ve only read one book by Katrina Jackson but I went ahead and ordered all of her books on Kindle. I’ll be honest I haven’t read the first book in the series but I absolutely love Katrina Jackson and her writing. While it’s unclear when I’ll actually get to this, I wanted to have it on my Kindle and support her.

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3. The Nanny

Speaking of Katrina Jackson, I also love her works as Brandy Bush. If you didn’t see my June wrap-up, I LOVED her first release, The Roommate. With how much I loved that, I knew I needed to preorder her next book. As with her first release, this one is also an erotica novella. I’m pretty sure this focuses on a poly relationship and I’m just so excited to read another one of her releases.

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4. Snapped (Playbook #4)

This last book should come as no surprise as I absolute love Alexa Martin and her Playbook series. This book is especially timely as it’s focusing on a romance between an NFL player who decides to kneel during the National Anthem and the PR person they pick to “manage” him. Overall, it sounds like it’s going to be incredible and I’ve never given any of these books under 4 stars. Coupled with the cover, I already know I’m going to love it. Lol

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Anyways, this was a super short and quick post. I knew I wanted to include these books and give them a small shoutout. If you couldn’t tell, I don’t buy many books and the books I do buy are ones I know I’m either going to love or really want. I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of money on books I didn’t even enjoy so I’m being a lot more picky.

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5 indie romance recs + 6 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Friday post, I decided to do a remix on the post I did last month. Last month, I talked about romance books by Black authors I want to read plus six on my TBR. This month, I’m shifting the focus to just indie romance books I recommend along with six on my TBR. I’ve been focusing more on reading indie romances this year and I’ve found a lot of hidden gems I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.

I don’t want to talk too much as that’s a lot of books. Either way, I’m excited to get back to this series and hopefully, you guys like it, too. Anyways, let’s get into the books. 😀

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1. Not Another Family Wedding

I read a Jackie Lau book back in May and was excited to read more of her backlist. The book I read in July was Not Another Family Wedding and I absolutely loved it. This book is a romance between Natalie who brings Connor as a date to her sister’s wedding. It’s pretty adorable and focuses on older characters as Natalie is 36. She also doesn’t want kids and makes it very apparent throughout the story. Overall, I thought this book was refreshing and is easily my favorite Jackie Lau book yet.

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2. Puneet’s Getting Mail

I’m sorry but why aren’t more people reading this book? I stumbled upon this book while on Amazon and absolutely loved it. It’s about Puneet and the romance she has with her former billionaire boss. While it’s incredibly short, it was a great intro to their relationship and they were just so dang cute. Plus it’s kind of got a “You’ve Got Mail” vibe to it and I just want more people to be reading it already. It’s only 99 cents on Kindle and the next book in the series is coming out soon. Just do yourself a favor and read it.

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3. The Roommate

Have I talked about this book too much? Do I care? Uh no because The Roommate is easily the sexiest/smuttiest book I’ve ever read. I don’t remember the MC’s name but it’s basically her having sex with her roommate’s parents. It’s just so HOT and all of the characters in the books are Black to boot. If you like erotica and haven’t read anything by Brandy Bush, then you need to change that. I LOVE this book and it only has 87 ratings on Goodreads. It deserves so much more love and it’s just a delight.

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4. Let’s Get Textual

I’m pretty sure this book is indie published but I could be wrong. Either way, I knew I had to feature the Texting series on here. I’ve read the first two books and both books were so much fun. Let’s Get Textual focus on Zach and Delilah who meet because Delilah thinks she’s texting her brother but is actually texting Zach. It’s incredibly cute while still being a little steamy and keeping things modern. This is a relatively popular book but I know that I wouldn’t have heard of it if it weren’t for Ellyn. That’s why it made the cut so here we are.

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5. Hammer & Tongs

The last book I’m recommending is a historical novella by Lara Kinsey. I’m just going to copy what I wrote for my wrap-up as this is hard to explain. This is a historical romance between Isaiah and Arthur/Brigid and the challenges they face with Isaiah’s business and their relationship. It was short, sweet and sexy which is a theme for this list. Either way, this is another super underrated one and I wish more people knew about Lara Kinsey. Hopefully someone decides to give her a chance as her books are wonderful.

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6. Being Hospitable

This one is actually on my Kindle TBR as I bought the first two books in this series but haven’t read them yet. I’ve heard good things about Meka James so I’m excited. This book is an f/f romance between roommates and I think the love interest is the MC’s best friend’s sister. Either way, it sounds like it’s going to be a good time and I really want to read this one before the year ends.

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7. Blind Date With A Book Boyfriend

The next book is another one I’m super excited about. This would be my first Lucy Eden read, too. It’s also another one I have on my Kindle and have yet to read. I’m pretty sure this book features a guy and a girl who meet at a bookstore and the romance they have which sounds amazing. I’m just really excited to see if it’s as cute a the cover makes it out to be.

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8. Harbor

I’m not sure if you’re sensing a theme here but this is another book I bought on Kindle but haven’t read yet. This book is the finale to the Beards and Bondage series. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series so I’m excited to see how it ends. I know this book features a poly relationship too so that sounds like it’s going to be full of sexy times. Then there’s the cover which is just everything. Basically, I’m excited to read this and finally see how this trilogy ends.

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9. Yearning For Your Love

The next book is one I have saved on my KU TBR. This book is a second-chance romance between high school sweethearts and it sounds like it’s going to be great. It’s just under 100 pages too so it’s going to be a quick read. The cover is really what drew me in and then I saw the words football players and I was hooked.

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10. Swing Batter Swing

The next book is one I heard about a while ago. Since then, I’ve been wanting to read this book as the premise sounds amazing. It’s basically about a guy who is a sports agent and he only hires males assistants but then “accidentally” hires a woman. The premise definitely sounds a little bit sexist but it seems like it’s going to be a good romance story so we’ll see what happens. I just love the premise of this so much and the cover is gorgeous so obviously I need it.

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11. Capturing Her Heart

The last book is an incredibly new release as it just hit Amazon on the 18th. I originally saw this on the B. Love Twitter and immediately wanted to read it. I actually don’t have any idea what this book is about or if it’s even a romance. Nevertheless, the cover just drew me in and it looked great so I added it to my TBR. Either way, this book sounds like it’s going to be great by the reviews on Goodreads. 🙂

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Hopefully you were able to find some new books/authors to check out. I’m personally hoping to get a good chunk of these off my TBR soon. I have so many books saved for KU and I’d like to make at least a small dent in that list. No matter, I’m just excited to be mentioning all of these books on my blog!

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My Favorite…Black Books on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another “My Favorite” post and this week, we’re looking forward a little bit. No doubt all of us have pretty HUGE TBR piles to conquer. In particular though, the focus is going to be on our favorite Black books on our TBRs. Personally, I have TONS of Black books on my TBR I want to get to so let’s get into this as I have a lot of books I want to talk about. 😛

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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One of my favorite Black books on my TBR is easily Go Deep by Rilzy Adams. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Rilzy Adams but have yet to read any of her books. I do plan on checking her out next month hopefully as I have tons of books planned out for my birthday month of reading. This one is easily at the very top of my TBR as I just really need to read something by her finally.

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Another favorite is You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. I feel like I don’t have to explain this one much. It’s been getting a lot of hype and is one that’s been constantly talked about. While I’m not as big of a YA fan as I was in the past, this book sounds like it’s going to be cute while still packing a punch. I also absolutely adore this cover so it was an easy addition to my TBR.

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Last but not least is a book I really need to read. I’ve been thinking about this book forever and just need to pick it up. I absolutely adore the cover and I know the second book in the series is coming out soon or is already out. Either way, this is a romance between a writer and rapper so it sounds like it could be super cute yet super angsty as well.

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Those are just 3 Black books I currently have on my TBR. If you guys saw my Amazon list, your jaws would drop. I probably have at least over 100 on there I still want to read lol. Either way, I just wanted to give a small sampling of the Black books I want to get read. 🙂

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Mid-Year Stats and Goal Check-In: 2020 Edition

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Tuesday post this week, I wanted to do a mid-year stats breakdown and a check-in of my goals. If you want to see my goals, you can check out my original post. While this took a decent amount of time, I wanted to talk about how many books I’ve read from January to June, the number of pages I’ve read and all my five-stars. To finish up, I’m going to talk about my goals and if I’ve met any of them. 🙂

Mid-Year Stats Breakdown

  • # of Books Read From January to June: 121
  • # of Pages Read: 30,300
  • Total 5-Star Reads: 20

5-Star Reads From Each Month

  • January: A Girl Like Her, Damaged Goods and The Princess Trap
  • February: Lucky Caller, That Kind of Guy and Kristy’s Great Idea (reread)
  • March: The Kingmaker and Dear Girls
  • April: Open Book, Sweet on the Greek, Catching Fire (reread) and Mating the Huntress
  • May: Intercepted (reread), You Deserve Each Other, Foolish Hearts (reread) and Wanna Bet?
  • June: Check, Please!, Tweet Cute, Behind You and The Roommate

If you couldn’t tell, the beginning half of the year was filled with me reading Talia Hibbert’s backlist if you couldn’t tell from my recent post. Overall, I have to say that I had less five stars than I thought. I think I’m getting a little picker with the books I decide to give five stars so that’s why it doesn’t feel like as many as normal. I’m curious to see how much that number increases from now until the end of the year.

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Moving onto the second half of this post, I’m going to be talking about my 2020 reading goals and how I’m doing so far with them. I obviously have my original goals post linked above if you want to check it out. Without further ado, let’s get into my goals and see if I’ve achieved any of them.

Goal #1: Read 160 books in 2020

As far as my first goal goes, we’re definitely on track on this one. When I’m writing up this book, I’ve read almost 130 books so another 30 books is going to be a piece of cake for me. I might even up surpassing my goal but who knows?

Goal #2: Successfully participate in at least 6 read-a-thons

This next goal is one I’ve almost completed. Looking back at this year so far, I’ve participated in a lot of read-a-thons. I participated in the Smut-A-Thon in January, Contemporary-A-Thon in February, The OWLS in April, The Olympic Games in June and I’m currently participating in the Pop Culture Readathon in July. No way I won’t complete this one before the year ends or at least, I hope so!

Goal #3: Finish at least 3 series this year

Looking back at my reading so far, I’ve already completed/finished 3 series. I finally finished reading The Folk of the Air trilogy. I read the entire Ravenswood series by Talia Hibbert. I also finished reading the Truly Devious series and reread the Hunger Games series aside from the prequel. I also started and finished Talia Hibbert’s Just For Him series along with the Love Sisters series by Christina C. Jones. Overall, this one was a surprisingly easy one for me to complete.

Goal #4: Buddy-read at least 5 books with Ellyn

This one was the one I dropped the ball on most. Ellyn and I did have plans to buddy read things but almost all of them ended up either not happening or we read without the other person. No doubt we’ll get caught up on some other reads later in the year hopefully. Lol

Goal #5: Read more indie romance books

This is one I’m actually doing incredible on. I’ve read a lot more indie romance this year than I’ve ever read before. To be honest, I’m pretty sure I’ve read more indie romance this year than traditionally published ones. Most of that’s due to my use of Kindle Unlimited but I’m really proud of myself.

Goal #6: Only buy 20 books in 2020

This is another one I’ve done awesome on. I think I’ve only bought 5 or 6 books so far this year so I’m buying more books I love rather than making random purchases. It’s really helped me save money and figure out what books/authors I want to give my money to. This is another goal I know I’ll probably have no problem meeting by the end of this year. 🙂

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I have to admit, I’m pretty happy with how my reading year has been. I’ve read a lot of books but have become more selective of which ones get 5-stars. I’ve also gotten a better hold on my reading tastes and the books I pick are reflecting that. I’m really excited to see what the rest of 2020 has in store for my reading year and how things will progress from here.

Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter. Whether it be signing a petition, donating or simply re-sharing this same link, USE YOUR VOICE. If you’re a white person reading this, you have privilege and it is your duty as an ally to educate yourself, amplify Black voices and show that Black Lives Matter. 

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A Reading Guide for Talia Hibbert

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This post has been a few months in the making and I’m so excited to finally be putting it out into the world. I’ve always heard people talking about making reading guides for authors but I’ve never found an author I was inspired to do this for until now. Considering how much I’ve enjoyed her books, I thought it was only right to do a reading guide for her.

Since I haven’t seen many posts like this, I decided to base my post around Gabby from GabbyReads did. You can check out her video if you want which focuses on Christina Lauren. Without further ado, let’s get into my reading guide for Talia Hibbert. 🙂

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Before getting into the books, I figured I’d talk a little bit about Talia Hibbert such as who she is and what she writes. If you don’t know, Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who writes romance books. I know that sounds simple but it’s basically the catch-all when it comes to her books. If you want to know more about her, you can check out her website, Goodreads and Twitter.

As for what she writes, Talia Hibbert writes books featuring Black and British female main characters and the romances they have. She’s also written one m/m romance which I’m pretty sure is the only romance she written that isn’t m/f. With those things out of the way, let’s get into the books starting with her standalone reads.

Standalones

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  • Merry Inkmas: Published 2017
  • Steamy Christmas romance starring a brooding, bad boy hero and a Black, BBW heroine via Goodreads
  • My Rating: ★★★
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  • Mating The Huntress: Published 2018
  • This novella contains one flirtatious, cursed creature of the night, one badass, knife-happy heroine, and forbidden lust at first sight. (GR)
  • My Rating:★★★★★

There’s a reason why I started with Talia Hibbert’s standalone books as they aren’t my favorite. Between the two, I preferred Mating the Huntress but I think her series are much better. If you want some steamy holiday fun though, then these are perfect for that but let’s move onto her series.

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Series

Just For Him [4 books]

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Just For Him was a completed series until Talia published the 4th book. As of right now, this series is concluded. This was Hibbert’s first series and you can tell upon reading the book so let’s get into them.

  • Book 1: Bad For the Boss
  • An office romance between a Black woman and an Asian man who is her boss. This is easily her most “thrilling” book and features a major twist around the 75% mark that didn’t fit with the rest of the book.
  • My Rating: ★★★.5
  • Book 2: Undone By The Ex-Con
  • Following the love interest’s best friend’s sister as she gets wrapped up in a blackmail plot and the romance she has with a former criminal. This is another romantic suspense read so be wary if you’re not a fan of angst, past trauma (including homophobia) and poor parental relationships
  • My Rating: ★★★★
  • Book 3: Sweet On The Greek
  • Following MC from book 1’s best friend and the relationship, she has with a former footballer. Featuring fake dating, a bi love interest, overly dramatic conflict and lots of sexy times.
  • My Rating: ★★★★★
  • Book 4: Work For It
  • Work for It is 80,000 words of hot, angst-filled, M/M romance featuring a cynical city boy, a gruff, soft-hearted farmer, and a guaranteed happy-ever-after. No cheating, no cliff-hangers, just love. (GR)
  • My Rating: ★★★★

Dirty British Romance [2 books +1 novella]

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The next series she published was Dirty British Romance which is exactly as the series says. I’m not sure if this series is concluded but it seems like it. Recently, Hibbert released a novella entitled Guarding Temptation which I rated 4 stars. With that out of the way, let’s get into the two books in this series.

  • Book 1: The Princess Trap
  •  A steamy, standalone BWWM royal romance. Warning: this book is 70,000+ words of extreme pleasure and intense romance, ending in a HEA. NO cliffhangers and NO cheating. Enjoy responsibly! Please be aware: this story contains scenes of abuse that could potentially trigger certain audiences. (GR)
  • My Rating: ★★★★★
  • Book 2: Wanna Bet?
  • A steamy, standalone, BWAM romance. Warning: this book is 75,000 words of extreme pleasure, with NO cliffhangers, NO cheating, and a guaranteed HEA. Enjoy responsibly! Please be aware: this story contains themes of parental neglect and abandonment, parental death, and alcohol dependence that could trigger certain audiences.
  • My Rating: ★★★★★

Ravenswood [3 books +1 novella]

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The next series is the Ravenwood series and oh my lord, this one might be my favorite of all her series. While it might be a tie with the next one, this one is concluded. This series is another one with a novella entitled Damaged Goods. The novella focuses on a side character from book 1 and the second-chance romance she has. I think it’s on par with the rest of the series so I’d recommend since I gave it 5 stars.

  • Book 1: A Girl Like Her
  • A small-town romance between the town pariah Ruth and a newcomer, Evan as they bond over comic books, cooking and their lives. This does feature some moments of domestic violence if that triggers you.
  • My Rating: ★★★★★
  • Book 2: Untouchable
  • A small-town and second-chance romance between old friends Hannah who is hired as a nanny for Nathaniel who is a widower. Features incredible mental health rep, lots of sexy scenes and a lot of darker topics such as grief, illness of a parent and the messiness of life.
  • My Rating: ★★★★
  • Book 3: That Kind of Guy
  • A small-town romance between a younger man and an older woman. It’s a friends-to-lovers story that includes fake dating, a demisexual character and as you might guess, heavier topics such as toxic relationships, divorce, and strained parental relationships.
  • My Rating: ★★★★★

The Brown Sisters [2 books as of June 2020]

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This is Talia Hibbert’s latest series and her most popular. A lot of readers were introduced to her via this book. Of all her series, this is the only one still in progress as far as I can tell. Additionally, the next book in the series is the entire reason why I made this post. Either way, let’s get into the 2 books that are currently out and eventually, a third one entitled Act Your Age, Eve Brown.

Book 1 is, of course, Get A Life, Chloe Brown which focuses on our MC Chloe who realizes she hasn’t done much in her life after a near-death experience. To try to combat that, she decides to make a “get a life” list to help her. Thankfully, she meets her building’s superintendent Red along the way and sparks fly. This book is sweet, steamy and funny while still telling a great story. Chloe is also fat, Black and has a chronic illness (fibromyalgia) and at times, prickly but you learn to love her. If you couldn’t figure it out, this was a 5-star read for me but let’s get into book 2.

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Book 2 is obviously, Take A Hint, Dani Brown which focuses on Dani who agrees to fake-date her co-worker to help him with his charity after the two basically become “Twitter-famous” due to a video. Dani is Black, fat, bisexual and absolutely loves no-strings-attached sex without relationships. If you couldn’t guess, her love interest Zafir is an ex-rugby player/security guard who is a major softie. While things start off innocent between the two, they quickly heat up while they’re fake-dating and it’s so fucking delightful.

This is most recent book released in the series and I don’t really have much to complain about with this book. The only real complaint I have is that “conflict” could have easily been avoided. Either way, I absolutely adored this book and I’m not sure which of the Brown Sisters books I liked more. If you haven’t at least checked out this series by Talia Hibbert, you must.

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Before wrapping up, I wanted to try to rank my top 3 Talia Hibbert reads. I’m making a rule for myself and it’s to only include 1 book from each series. Anyways, let’s see if I can actually do this and don’t end up getting into an eternal battle with myself.

  1. Get A Life, Chloe Brown
  2. Sweet on the Greek
  3. Wanna Bet?

I also wanted to give a shout-out to Mating the Huntress as it’s absolutely wonderful and I can see myself re-reading it every Halloween. It’s just SO much fun. I feel like this was torture but I knew I wanted to try to pick my top three favorites. I use “favorites” as a loose term since I’ve loved basically everything she’s ever published.

No matter where you decide to start, reading Talia Hibbert is always a good decision. I know most people started with Get A Life, Chloe Brown and that’s a good starting point but she has a HUGE backlist, too. If you take anything from this post, it’s to read Talia Hibbert when you get the chance to because she’s just a delight. ❤

Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter. Whether it be signing a petition, donating or simply re-sharing this same link, USE YOUR VOICE. If you’re a white person reading this, you have privilege and it is your duty as an ally to educate yourself, amplify Black voices and show that Black Lives Matter. 

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My Favorite….Black Author

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Last week, I talked about my favorite Black romance books and honestly, that was so much fun. Keeping with the same theme, I wanted to give a shout-out to some of my favorite Black authors too. I feel like this is going to be a slightly long list so I won’t talk much more in this intro. 😛

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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In talking about my favorite Black author, there is no way I couldn’t include Talia Hibbert. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve truly fallen in love with Talia Hibbert’s writing, her characters and almost all of her books. I honestly don’t know what I did before I read her books. She’s my romance queen and if you haven’t read anything by her before, then you need to.

Obviously, she’s not my only favorite Black author so I wanted to give a shout-out to a few others. I obviously have my main-stays which are Alexa Martin, Kennedy Ryan, Katrina Jackson and Christina C. Jones. I also wanted to feature some others such as J. Nichole, Jack Harbon, Ava Freeman, Alyssa Cole and Rebekah Weatherspoon. Tbh I still have a ton of Black authors I have yet to read from so maybe I’ll do an updated list in the future. Either way if you’re looking for more Black romance authors, I’d give these authors a go.

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