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5 series I want to finish in 2021

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Friday post, I decided to do something a little different and hopefully, try to wrap up my 2021 upcoming posts. For this one, I wanted to talk about some of the series I plan on finishing this year. Me personally, I’m not a huge series reader and I will procrastinate forever before I finally finish a series. However, I do have a few that I want to get wrapped up before the year ends.

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5. The Baldwin Village series

This first series is a little bit of a cheat because I only read the novella that’s a prequel to this series in December 2020. However, I do plan on continuing with the rest of it. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I’m a tad bit obsessed with Jackie Lau’s books. There’s just something so comforting about her stories and I honestly can’t get enough of them. In particular, these books all follow different businesses on Baldwin Street and the women who become friends that run said businesses including their romance relationships.

The first book is The Ultimate Pi Day Party which features a romance between a tech company CEO and the girl who owns the pie restaurant which is just delightful. Her books are always relatively low-angst and usually make you feel super hungry (at least I do when I’m reading lmao) so I do plan on finishing this one since my library has all of the books.

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4. The Texting series

The next series I want to finally finish is the Texting series by Teagan Hunter. This series is 4 books long and it features relationships that start with texting. Even if they don’t start with texting, they’re all modern new-adult romances featuring characters that do end up texting each other a lot. I read the first three books in 2020 but didn’t end up picking up the last one before the year ended.

While I’m not overly excited about the pairing in this book, I do think it’ll be a good time. Even if these books don’t always hit the mark for me, they do end up making me laugh and smile while I’m reading. I also plan on reading more of Teagan Hunter’s backlist so I want to finish this series before I move on to her other series.

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3. Wicked Villains series

The next series I want to finish in 2021 is the Wicked Villains series by Katee Robert. I’m pretty sure I read book 1 in January 2020 and read book 2 later in the year. I finally picked up book 3 in January 2021 and it’s been my favorite one in the series. Personally, I feel like this is such a good series idea and Katee Robert just knocks it out of the park with these books. I am nervous to see how the series wraps up and to see if her other series live up to the hype for me. Either way, these books are fun and sexy time which is really all I can ask for.

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2. Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish Series

The next series is one I started in 2020 and can’t wait to finish in the next year. These ones are kind of hard to caterogize because these are new adult romances but with a spooky twist. The first book is set at a haunted house and features a reformed mean girl falling for a guy she used to bully while the second book is them facing off against each other. As for the next two books in the series, I’m not really sure what tropes they have or who they follow.

However, I feel like this series can appeal to a wide variety of readers. You don’t just have to read romance or just read horror to enjoy these. They have a little something for everyone plus they’re available to read on KU. Such fun, short and spooky reads that are perfect if you’re looking for some good Halloween romances.

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1. Welcome to Sea Port series

The final series I want to finish in 2021 is the Welcome to Sea Port series by Katrina Jackson which is a series of small-town romances. Each book focuses on a different couple and honestly, each one gets better than the last. While the first three books are part of the series, the last one is a Christmas novella featuring the couple from book 1. Either way, these books are super short but feature lots of good character development, incredible relationships and lots of sexy times. Plus Katrina Jackson is an author whose backlist I plan on making a dent in during this year so this is a win-win for me.

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Anyways, those are five series I want to get finished in 2021. Honestly, I feel like there are tons of other ones I could have talked about but I didn’t want to go down too much of a rabbit hole. Either way, I do think I can get all of these series done before the year ends.  Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter

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Ranking Jackie Lau’s Wong Siblings series

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, I’ve officially become a Jackie Lau stan in 2021 and honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t been sooner. I read a few of her books in 2020 but this year, I’ve really ramped up my love and I honestly cannot get enough of her books. In particular, I binged her entire Wong Siblings series which is set around four major holidays.

Since I loved that series so much, I wanted to make a post about it and rank all of the books in order of how much I loved them. In particular, it’s going to be how much I loved each Wong sibling. Might be a little bit superficial but oh well, it’s my blog so I’ll do what I want lmao 😛

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4. Nick Wong

Starting off this list is none other than Nick Wong who is the first Wong sibling we’re introduced to. This book follows Nick who hooks up with Lily and can’t stop thinking about her until they end up in an unfortunate Thanksgiving situation. While I do think that Nick was redeemed in the end, I felt like he was a bit of a douche at times?? I just couldn’t get invested in him and I feel like Lily settled?? Oop, I’m sorry but Nick Wong was just not it for me although I did like this book.

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3. Greg Wong

Moving on, the next Wong sibling in my rankings is Greg Wong. I’m pretty sure that Greg is the oldest of the siblings and honestly, probably the most boring. As much as I enjoyed his romance with Tasha, Greg just wasn’t it for me either. As Louise described Jessica in Bob’s Burgers, “Bland, boring Jessica. If she was a spice, she’d be flour,” which is how I felt about Greg.

Greg was a serious guy and it was clear that Tasha was a great companion for him. I guess I just like sweeter men who don’t take things so seriously? Looking back at my dating history, it does make sense that I’d LOVE a clown lmao. Either way, I absolutely adored all of the tropes in this book but once again, Greg just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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2. Zach Wong

If there is one Wong sibling I would kill to date, it would be Zach. Of all the siblings, Zach was the one I know I would’ve loved if he was a real person. Zach is a high school teacher who loves his job, his family and his food. He’s always taking Jo out to eat and doing such sweet things for her?? The only thing I couldn’t get on board with him was that he was so oblivous about his feelings and Jo’s feelings?? Like dude could you at least pretend you know what’s going on here?

Either way, Zach was just a sweet man and I couldn’t help but want to make him one of my new book boyfriends. I don’t use that term much, but it really does apply to him. As much as I loved him though, he couldn’t hold a candle to my favorite Wong sibling but I did love his book and the romance he had. ❤

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1. Amber Wong

Coming in at the top spot of my list is Amber Wong and she gets her story told during Valentine’s Day and honestly, what a queen. Let me just say that Amber and her love interest meet while they’re both buying condoms. As if that wasn’t enough, Amber is an independent woman who doesn’t give an F what people think of her and she’s such a sweet person. She’s also incredibly up-front and honest plus hard-working and just someone I’d love to be friends with??? Although she had trouble admitting her feelings, it worked out in the end and she was able to let him see her soft side.

Honestly, this book just killed me with how good it was. It featured a lot of great tropes and lots of honest communication especially during sex. I especially enjoyed that the love interest was uh well-endowed and it took Amber a while to get used to him plus they also used lube. It was such an interesting addition and I’m glad romance books are focusing on that aspect. Honestly, this one was my favorite of the series and I’m so sad I don’t have anymore books in this series to read.

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That’s my ranking of the Wong siblings and their books. Honestly, I love Jackie Lau and her books so I’m happy to be making this post. If you haven’t checked out this series and want more holiday romances, then I highly recommend this one. It’s such a great indie series and I hope I convinced someone out there to read these books. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Recommending romances based on your favorite Golden Girl

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Last week, you saw my wrap-up for the Golden Girls readathon and in honor of that, I wanted to write a short little post focusing on my favorite ladies. Rather than trying to do something outside of my wheelhouse, I thought it would be fun to write up some recommendations based on your favorite Golden Girl.

While I know not everyone loves Golden Girls, this idea was just too good to pass up for me. Even if you don’t watch the show or aren’t familiar, I’m sure you’ll find a book you could enjoy based on a certain character. If you didn’t know, the show follows four older women living together in Miami and it’s basically their shenanigans as they’re “Golden-aged” girls so let’s get into the books. 🙂

Sophia Petrillo: Tools of Engagement

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If you didn’t know, Sophia Petrillo is the oldest of the Golden Girls and is Dorothy’s mother. She’s also known for not having a filter and saying whatever comes to her mind no matter the time or place. As for the book I chose for Sophia, I’m going with Tools of Engagment by Tessa Bailey.

In this book, Bethany is an older woman as her romantic partner is a bit younger than her and she really doesn’t give an eff when it comes to speaking her mind. She’s super headstrong and independent which makes her the perfect pick for Sophia. I feel like these two would get along so well with Bethany and Sophia being co-presidents of the Just Us club.

Dorothy Zbornak: Teach Me

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As mentioned above, Dorothy is Sophia’s daughter and she’s easily the “most popular” of all the Golden Girls. She’s also known for having a somewhat prickly personality, is divorced and works as a substitute teacher. As for the book I chose to pair with Dorothy, I had to go with Teach Me by Olivia Dade.

Aside from the similarities of Rose and Dorothy being teachers along with having somewhat prickly personalities, these two are two minds of the same kind. Honestly, I feel like Rose and Dorothy would either love each other or absolutely despise each other which is a marker of two good characters. Overall, I feel like this book is such a perfect companion to Dorothy.

Rose Nylund: Tikka Chance on Me

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The next Golden Girl I have to talk about is Rose Nylund. Rose is the most oblivious and gullible one of the group. She’s also a country girl from a small-town and she’s basically just trying to live her life. While she ends up being the butt of the joke most of the time, she’s such a sweetheart and you can’t help but root for her. She also the only one of them who has a steady boyfriend for the series.

The book I chose to pair up with Rose was Tikka Chance on Me which is a small-town romance between Pinky and Trucker. Like Rose, Pinky is a small-town girl who feels a bit naïve and a sweetheart. She also never seems to catch onto how Trucker feels and it’s funny at times. This was another super easy pairing as I feel like Rose and Pinky would get along if they spent the day together.

Blanche Devereaux: Wanna Bet?

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The final Golden Girl is easily my favorite and that’s Blanche. Blanche is a Southern Belle and the one who is most sexually open. She’s all about being around or with a man but she doesn’t need a man. In the end, we find out that Blanche wants to be loved and romanced just as much as everyone else. That’s why I feel like Wanna Bet? was the perfect book to pair up with her.

This book follows Jasmine who is similar to Blanche in a lot of ways. She doesn’t do relationships and would prefer to just have hook-ups. However once she finally meets the right person, she starts to change her mind and let her walls down. It really feels like she’s a kindred spirit of Blanche and it was nice to see Talia Hibbert write a story with a character like Jasmine. 🙂

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This was just a short and sweet little post to not only show off my love for the Golden Girls but also talk about some romance books. I know that it probably won’t be a popular post but I don’t care. I had fun and I hope that at least one person decides to read it. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Spoiler-Free Mini-Reviews: Just One More by Jodie Slaughter and Candy Hearts by Erin McLellan

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s review, I wanted to talk about two recent books I read and enjoyed. To be honest, both of these books are ones I read in preparation for Valentine’s Day which was last week. However, I’m super excited about them and I think they could work for any time of the year if you didn’t mind the Valentine’s Day setting too much.

If you haven’t read any of my other spoiler-free mini-reviews, then I’ll give you a brief idea of what I do. For each book, I’m going to feature the synopsis, talk about 2 things I enjoyed and one thing I didn’t so let’s get into the books. 🙂

These are my spoiler-free mini-reviews of Just One More by Jodie Slaughter and Candy Hearts (So Over the Holidays #2) by Erin McLellan.

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Tattoo artist Whitney Harris loves Valentine’s Day.

The bright colors, giant hearts, and sugary sweet coating that seems to cover the world on February 14th make her feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy inside. She may be more festive than the average person, but her plans for her long weekend off are pretty tame. As long as she gets to stay in her bed, marathon a ton of romantic movies, and eat at least three of her favorite pink heart cupcakes, she’ll count it as a win. The very last thing she expects is for a handsome stranger to get in the way of that.

The only thing Victor Grant enjoys more than being a barber is Valentine’s Day.

For him, it’s all about the experience of romance and the possibility of forever. The man loves love and he’s determined to be apart of his own great love story someday. Even if that means taking a few losses along the way when things don’t work out. Just when he thinks his Valentine’s Day has turned into a total bust, a beautiful stranger crashes into his life and suddenly makes his long weekend a lot more interesting.

A near-disastrous first meeting brings them together, but with both chemistry and desire running high, one sexy night together doesn’t feel nearly enough like true satisfaction.

If you didn’t know, I plan on reading Jodie Slaughter’s backlist and this was the perfect book to kick off that journey in 2021. It’s a novella set on Valentine’s Day and features such an interesting meet-cute. Before I get into the things I enjoyed, I have to say that Jodie Slaughter is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors and I can’t wait to read more from her.

As for the two things I liked, I felt like Jodie Slaughter wrote so much chemistry between these two. Every scene between the two of them really leapt off the page and it was clear she had either experienced something similar or just knew how to write such explosive chemistry. Another aspect I really enjoyed was how much these two characters loved Valentine’s Day and they weren’t ashamed of it. Rather, they loved the holiday so much and weren’t afraid to be a little bit cheesy with each other which is irresistible for me.

My main drawback with this one was that I felt like the story almost tried to pack in too much within such a short amount of pages. It felt like Jodie Slaughter kept adding these unnecessary plotlines that could have easily been removed or just given a small amount of attention. Maybe I’m just nit-picky but this book really felt like it suffered from trying to do a little too much. Either way, it was still a lot of fun so I can’t complain much. 4/5 stars

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Mechanic Benji Holiday is so over Valentine’s Day and men who don’t get him. A weekend getaway with friends to escape the holiday hubbub is exactly what he needs. But William O’Dare—a stern and silent nightclub owner with “Be My Valentine” practically stamped on his forehead—throws a wrench into Benji’s plans.

William has spent years focused on his career, and it has cost him friendships and love. Inexperienced in the business of romance, he’s on the hunt for the perfect partner, and he’s armed with specific criteria to guide him. But William didn’t expect a hunky mechanic wrapped in satin and lace to show up on his doorstep.

Unable to resist their attraction, Benji and William agree to be secret fake valentines for the weekend, but secrets have a way of getting out. William gets struck by Cupid’s arrow, and as the weekend winds down, he doesn’t want fake or secret. He wants Benji to be his valentine for real and for keeps.

This was the last book in So Over The Holidays series that I had left to read and honestly, I’m so upset that I don’t have anymore books in this series to enjoy. I can only hope that Erin McLellan decides to write more. Anyways, let’s get into what I enjoyed about Candy Hearts.

One thing I LOVED about this book was the dynamic between Benji and William. These two should not have fit but they somehow did. It was so lovely, watching them adapt to each other and move past the physical aspects of their relationship. I truly had heart eyes every time they moved forward with things other than hooking up. As for the other thing I enjoyed, this book featured such open communication about kinks and openness about their sexual wants/preferences which was just delightful.

As for what I didn’t enjoy, it’s tough to explain as this book didn’t really have a third-act breakup but I didn’t like the conflict between them. It was resolved rather quickly but it felt like it could have been handled differently. Either way, this was another delightful Valentine’s Day read and I’m happy I finally read all the books in this series. 4/5 stars

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Those were my two mini-reviews of my Valentine’s Day reads and I have to say I’m pretty happy with how my reads turned out and how my Valentine’s Day turned out. I mean I’m pre-writing this post but I have high hopes. Either way, I hope you found some new V-Day reads for next year or if you want some romantic yet steamy reads which is always a treat. 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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Golden Girls Galentine’s Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers and thank you for being a friend. I’m so excited to talk about all the books I read for the Golden Girls Galentine’s Day round. I was super excited for this readathon and I knew I wanted to give it a wrap-up all its own. While I planned on watching the episodes, I ended up just reading instead which I’m not mad about.

If you’ve been following me, then you’ll know how I set up my wrap-ups for readathons and since I’m pre-writing this intro, I don’t know how much I’ll get read but I’m breaking it up into the different days of the readathon. This round went from Feb 12th to Feb 15th which is relatively short. You can check out my TBR if you’d like but let’s get into the books I read. 🙂

Day 1: February 12th

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I had a slightly busy day on Friday but I was able to squeeze in some time in between work, watching my nephew and finalizing my Valentine’s Day plans to read this one. It’s the longest book on my TBR and I’m happy I started with it. This book follows a group of college friends who reunite to attend a wedding and it’s a romance in the group. Honestly, this book felt like it was tailor-made for me as it featured so many tropes I loved.

This is a friends-to-lovers story which is my favorite trope plus it was super steamy but also had its sweet moments, too. It’s almost 200 pages but I don’t want to talk too much about it because I think it’s best to go in not knowing much. As for my GG prompt, I used this one for “The Competition: A book with a bet or game” as it features the group playing Truth or Dare multiple times. 5/5 stars

Day 2: February 13th

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I was feeling super optisimic today and honestly, what a dumbass I was because my day ended up being an absolute shit-show. To try and lift my spirits, I decided to read Better at Weddings Than You which is a romance between two wedding planners and honestly, I didn’t enjoy my time, reading this. I don’t know if it was because of my mood but I couldn’t mesh with the writing style and I didn’t feel a connection to the characters enough to want to root for them.

This book wasn’t bad, but I just think it wasn’t for me. Nothing about this really wowed me and that made me sad because it seemed like such a fun book. For the Golden Girls prompt, I used this one for “Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding?: A book set around a wedding.” If you’re looking for a book featuring a wedding, then this could be a good one for you. 3/5 stars

Day 3: February 14th

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Originally, I was supposed to be at my man’s house for Valentine’s Day but plans changed and it ended up not working out of us. However, I was still determined to successfully complete this read-a-thon so I didn’t end up skipping today even though I wanted to. With that being said, I decided to read A Dirty Valentine by Nicole Falls. This follows two people who knew each other when they were younger and it’s basically them getting a chance now that they’re a little older.

This was only about 40 pages and felt entirely too short for me? I would have liked to see more of their relationship in the past and then them eventually hooking up. Maybe I went in with different expectations but it didn’t work for me as her previous works have. As for the Golden Girls prompt, I used this for “A Little Romance: A book with less than 200 pages.” 3/5 stars

Day 4: February 15th

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For the final day of the read-a-thon, I decided to save my graphic novel as I originally planned on being elsewhere so I wouldn’t have as much time to read. With that being said, I’m happy that I ended the readathon by reading this. If you didn’t know, Giant Days follows 3 best friends in college and it’s basically their day-to-day lives which are mostly full of shenanigans.

Of all the volumes I’ve read, this one has to be my favorite. It was just so fun and felt like it was a perfect representation of each character and their friendship as a whole. I can’t wait to read more of this series and finally finish up with it as I normally only read these during read-a-thons. I used this one for the prompt of “The Flu: A “contagious” book you see everywhere” which is a pretty good pick for series as it’s incredibly popular. 5/5 stars

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Wrapping up this readathon, I have to say that I’m very happy with how I did. I had 2 5-star reads and 2 3-star reads which is honestly not bad. It would have been a lot worse lmao but I’m happy with how I did this round and I’m happy to participate in the next round in June. This was a super fun idea and I’m just happy I got a chance to participate in it. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5-Star Predictions for the first half of 2021

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is the last day of the Golden Girls readathon and hopefully, I’m at my man’s house. If not, that’s depressing but if so, I doubt I’ll be on to moderate comments or anything. Either way, I knew I wanted to make a post about some of my five-star predictions for 2021. I was going to do the entire year, but I’d rather do it twice a year since I plan on reading at least 160 books this year.

With that being said, I wanted to include a post of five books I hope that I’ll give five starts. I’m going to be including both books released in 2021 along with books from previous years so let’s get into it.

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5. Act Your Age, Eve Brown

The first five-star prediction I’m making is for Act Your Age, Eve Brown. I feel like I’ve talked about this book a lot already and I haven’t read it yet. Either way, I’m super excited to finally get to it and see how the final Brown sister’s story goes. Plus I absolutely adore Talia Hibbert and I know that she’ll write a delightful conclusion to this series and make me love her even more lmao.

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4. Office Hours

The second five-star prediction I’m making is Office Hours by Katrina Jackson. I don’t think I’ve rated one of her books five stars yet. However, I feel like this one has the potential for me to do just that. It’s a work-place romance between two professors and it’s a bit longer than her other works I’ve read. I feel like this book has the chance to be one of my favorites and I’ve been looking for an excuse to bump it up on my TBR so this is the perfect way to make that happen.

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3. The Lady’s Champion (Hearts of Blackmere #1)

The next book I’m predicting I’ll give five stars is The Lady’s Champion. I’ve seen this cover all over Twitter and I’ve been intrigued ever since. In particular, I love to see a larger love interest as that’s what I’m attracted lmao. Nevertheless, this book sounds like it’s going to be something totally out of my comfort zone which isn’t bad. Rather, it might help me find some new romances I might not have discovered. This is the one I’m most nervous about but I’m giving it a chance.

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2. Take It (On The Clock #1)

The next book I’m predicting will be five stars is Take It by Shae Sanders. I’ve read a few books by Shae Sanders and I’ve enjoyed all of them. I’ve heard this series is among some of her best work so I’m going into this one very excited. I’m pretty sure this is a workplace romance which has the potential to be a make-or-break situation for me. I do want to give it a chance, though.

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1. Truth or Dare

The final book I’m predicting will be five stars is Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. I feel like I’ve talked about this book too much to have not read it yet. However, I need to keep myself accountable and finally decide to pick it up. This book is a friends-to-lovers story set during a wedding and honestly, it sounds like it’s going to be right up my alley. I feel like this book has the potential to be a new favorite and a new five-star read so I need to stop dragging my feet and finally read it. 🙂

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Anyways, those are the five books I plan to read in the first-half of the year that will be five starts. All of these books are either anticipated reads or ones I’m excited about that are by authors I’ve read before. Even if I don’t end up giving some of them five stars, I do think that I’ll end up enjoying them so that’s a plus. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Golden Girls Galentine’s 2021 TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, I’m partciatping in the Golden Girls weekend edition. This is the first round of this readathon in 2021 and it’s set during Galentine’s Day weekend. The round will be taking place for February 12th until February 15th with a focus on certain episodes. Basically, it’s a chance to read and watch if you want to.

Above is a list of the challenges and the episodes that they’re pulled from. For me, I’m going to try and watch the episodes along with reading the books. I do have plans on the last two days of the readathon but I like my odds so let’s get into my TBR.

Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding?: A book set around a wedding

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The first book I chose is Better At Weddings Than You which is a book I have on my Kindle and I’m super excited for. I honestly don’t know much about this book aside from the fact that I think it’s a romance between two wedding planners. Either way, it seems like it’s going to be a light and fun romance which is perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend.

The Competition: A book with a bet or game

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The book I’m choosing for this prompt is Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. This book is about a group of old college friends who are playing truth or dare before a wedding so this could actually be doubled up. Either way, I’ve had this one on my TBR forever and have yet to pick it up so I need to hold myself accountable and finally do it.

A Little Romance: A book with less than 200 pages

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The next book I’m going with for this prompt is A Dirty Valentine by Nicole Falls. This is a book in her Sexy Holiday Shorts series. I read her Thanksgiving one and loved it so I figured it’d only be right to read her Valentine’s Day one. This one is also less than 50 pages so it definitely counts for this prompt.

The Flu: A “contagious” book you see everywhere

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The book I chose for this prompt is Giant Days Vol 6 which is an incredibly hyped comic series about best friends in college. I usually read this around this time of year so this is the perfect book to use. Personally, I really enjoy this series and I can’t wait to read more of it. Hopefully I’ll end up finishing the series within the next year or so but I’m going to go slow and just tackle this one for the weekend round.

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Anyways, those are the books I have picked out for the Golden Girls Galentine’s weekend readathon. Even though I have plans and know I’ll have to work, I’m hoping I can end up getting them all done. Plus I’m already planning on reading a book everyday in February so these should be solid and quick reads for me to get done. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 non-bookish favorites

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Wednesday post this week, I wanted to switch things up for something different. Instead of talking about books, I wanted to talk a little bit about some of my favorite non-bookish things. Whether it’s music, certain artists, videos or anything, the only thing I’m not going to be talking about is non-bookish items so let’s get into some of my favorites.

5. drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo

The first non-bookish fave I have to talk about is a song by Olivia Rodrigo. This song has been everywhere since its release and I’m a little late to the party but I loved this song. I also have this one as a two for one as I recently started working towards getting my own drivers license. It’s definitely scary but I’m happy to be doing it and it’s something I’m looking forward to achieving in 2021. 🙂

4. TikTok Cooking Compilations

The next thing I can’t get enough of is watching TikTok cooking videos. I don’t even use Tik Tok but I really love watching these videos on YouTube. I personally don’t do much cooking but I do use my air fryer a lot. I also really enjoy watching them even if I don’t plan on cooking any of these things. Maybe I’m just always hungry or something, but I can’t stop watching these compilations on YouTube.

3. Megan Thee Stallion

The next non-bookish fave I have to talk about is Megan Thee Stallion. She’s basically the flip-side of Morgan Wallen lmao but I really do love listening to her music. She always puts me in a good mood and just makes me want to dance and have fun. My recent fave is probably Girls In The Hood which is the song I featured above but I feel like her recent album, Good News. She’s just a queen and I can’t stop listening to her songs when I’m in a good mood.

2. WandaVision

The next thing I can’t get enough of is WandaVision on Disney+. I feel like I’m super late on the hype train and I’m so EXCITED that I finally watched it. This show is addicting and I’m not a big Marvel fan. Personally, I feel like this show is SO different than Marvel’s previous TV projects and this one has captivated me. While it did take a while for me to get into it, I’m invested now and I can’t wait to see what else happens with the rest of the series.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle

One thing I can’t get enough of is easily Howl’s Moving Castle. This movie is one that I was recommended and since then, I’ve already watched it three times. I honestly can’t believe how incredible this movie is. It has action, adventure and romance which is basically everything I love in a movie. It also makes me cry at the end which is the hallmark of an excellent movie to me. Plus the animation is beautiful and the story is something I never get tired of. Every time I want to be happy, I know putting this movie on will make me happy no matter what. 🙂

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This was a short little post but I wanted to talk about some of my favorites that aren’t related to books. Honestly, I realized that I don’t do much not related to books which is a little sad. Either way, I was happy to write up this post so hopefully someone out there enjoys it lmao. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 books I’m preordering in 2021

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Monday post, I decided to talk about the books I plan on preordering in 2021. Personally, I don’t preorder many books but when I love an author or love a series, I’ll do it. I also preorder a lot more frequently on Kindle since there isn’t as much to lose. Either way, I wanted to talk about some of the books I plan on preordering this year. 🙂

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1. Sweethand (Island Bites #1)

The first book I’ve already preordering is Sweethand by N.G. Peltier. I follow this author on Twitter and I saw some snippets she posted. I also saw this gorgeous cover and knew I couldn’t live my life without it. I’m pretty sure this is a foodie romance which I absolutely love and honestly, I can’t wait to read this book. It seems like it’s going to be a solid debut and I’m crossing my fingers it becomes a new series love for me.

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2. The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3)

The next book I plan on preordering this year is The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. This is the third book in the Kiss Quotient series and it’s finally Quan’s book. I’ve been excited about this book for a long time. Even though I’m sad we didn’t get it in 2020, I’m hoping we’re able to get it this year. Either way, I just know that Quan’s book is going to be incredible and hopefully, be a fitting end to this amazing series.

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3. Twice Shy

The next book I’m planning on preordering is Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. I read Sarah Hogle’s debut last year and adored it. Everyone know how much I loved You Deserve Each Other and this one seems like it’s going to be another delightful story. I’m pretty sure this one is going to be a slow-burn and it features the grumpy/sunshine trope which I love. Easily one of my most anticipated reads of the year!

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4. Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters #3)

The next book I’m going to preorder shouldn’t come as any surprise. I LOVE Talia Hibbert like she’s my favorite romance author. I’ve loved the Brown Sisters series thus far and even though I’ll be sad to see it end, I’m happy to say that it’s one of my new favorites. This one sounds like it’s going to be a bit different from the other ones in the series to boot. Probably the book I’m most excited for in 2021 and I have a feeling it’ll end up being on my top books of 2021.

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5. Mom Jeans and Other Mistakes

The final book on my list is actually not a romance at all. Rather, this is a women’s fiction novel written by Alexa Martin. I adore her Playbook series and I especially love how she wrote the female friendships in it. She talked about this book in her newsletter and said it focuses a lot on two best friends trying to make their way in the world together. Honestly, I’m not a huge women’s fiction reader but I adore Alexa Martin so I know I’ll have to preorder this.

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Those are the few books I’m going to be preordering in 2021. I’m sure I’ll end up buying more as the year goes on but I don’t usually buy books unless I know it’s a favorite author or a series I love. However, I know these five are going to be solid reads for me and if not, I’ll still be supporting an author I love. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 favorite bookish couples

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Friday post, I wanted to feature something related to Valentine’s Day. This year, I might actually have a Valentine so I’m excited. With that being said, I wanted to talk about love on my blog but with a bookish twist. For this year, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite bookish couples.

As someone who is a huge romance reader, this shouldn’t come as any surprise. I have a ton of couples I love but I wanted to narrow it down to five. With that being said, I won’t ramble anymore so let’s get into 5 of my favorite bookish couples.

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5. Nicholas & Naomi

The first couple I had to feature on my list was Nicholas and Naomi from You Deserve Each Other. This book was my absolute favorite read of last year and honestly, I can’t get enough of it. I’m already waiting to reread it but I really loved these two as a couple although they did have their problems. In a way, they felt more realistic and it was clear the two of them needed the time the book gave them to grow. Overall, these two have a special place in my heart and I adore them. ❤

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4. Hannah & Javier

The next bookish couple I love is Hannah and Javier from White Whiskey Bargain. These two were such an unlikely pairing that I couldn’t get enough of. At first, the two seem like they’re going to be polar opposites but it quickly becomes clear that Javier has a soft spot for Hannah and will do anything for her. Watching the two of them try to navigate marriage, business and growing as individuals was just so rewarding. I only wish we were getting a sequel so we could see more years in their marriage.

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3. Navaya & Xander

The next couple I have to rave about is Navaya and Xander from Go Deep. These two were childhood best friends turned lovers in an unlikely way. Watching their eyes slowly open and see each other in a new light was so delightful. Considering how long they’d known each other, their chemistry was off-the-charts. Sexually, these two were totally compatible and watching them discover each other in that way was fun. I also really enjoyed the follow-up short she decided to publish. Their transition from friends-to-lovers was such goals.

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2. Tink & Hook

The next bookish couple I have to talk about is Tink and Hook from the Wicked Villains series. I was super excited to read this book and rightfully so. These two really didn’t like each other at first and it was clear they were in a particular situation because of their pasts. However, they were able to work past those things and focus most of their frustrations with each other into sex but also didn’t have a problem, having a conversation either. These two had such a unique relationship compared to the rest of the couples on this list and it made me root for them even more.

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1. Chloe & Red

The final bookish couple I have to talk about is Chloe and Red from Get A Life, Chloe Brown. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that one of Talia Hibbert’s books ended up on this list because her couples are everything. My favorite of the bunch is Chloe and Red as these two are another unlikely pairing. She doesn’t really “want” a relationship and wants to focus on herself but Red quickly becomes a person she can’t see herself living without. Additionally, Red starts to realize his own worth while he’s spending time with Chloe. Everything about these two just speaks to me and I can’t wait to reread this book and fall in love with them all over again.

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Those are five of my favorite bookish couples. I actually have tons more that I didn’t include on this list so I might do a follow-up at some point. I feel like most of these were predictable but that’s probably a given. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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