The Allonsy 2019 Book Awards: BookishlyRebecca Edition

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since it’s almost the end of the year, I decided to do Ellyn’s Book Awards post. I thought this would be a fun way to look back at the year and talk about some of my favorite books. I also might do a top 5 books at the end depending on how much I get to mention them. Either way, let’s get into my picks for Ellyn’s book awards. ūüėÄ


Stats

  • How Many Books I Read in 2019: Currently, I’ve read 157 books. Since my goal was to read one more book than last year, I have to read at least 151 to beat that which I did.
  • Most Popular Reading Format:¬†For me, this is easily ebook. I know that not everyone loves ebooks but I have a library card for the Philly library and I’m not near there so it’s a lot easier. Since I’m such a library fend, this is no surprise.
  • Number of Books I Read From the Library:¬†Oh boy! Let me see if I can figure this one out. At this point, the answer is 73 books so almost half of my books have come from the library which is pretty great.
  • Number of Review Copies I Read:¬†0
  • Number of Books I Reviewed:¬†14 books plus a few mini-reviews for read-a-thons so I’m going to say around 25 books?

Categories

The Best Contemporary You Read in 2019

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For this one, I’m going with¬†With the Fire on High¬†by Elizabeth Acevedo. I’m a big contemporary reader but one that really stood out to me this year was¬†With the Fire on High. Elizabeth Acevedo tells such a compelling story about Emoni and her struggles while still being incredibly hopeful. Overall, this book was such a delight and I’m glad that I was able to read this in 2019.

The Best Sci-fi/Fantasy You Read in 2019

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This one was pretty easy as I don’t read much sci-fi or fantasy so narrowing this one down wasn’t hard. For my pick, I’m going with¬†Sorcery of Thorns¬†which was a gift from Lysette and I honestly loved it. While it did take a while to get me sucked in, I couldn’t put it down once I was invested. I do wish there was a bit more romance but as a romance reader, that’s no surprise. If you’re a book lover, then this one is a must-read.

The Best 2019 Release You Read in 2019

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I struggled with this one because I had SO many 2019 releases I loved. However, I decided to go with¬†Get A Life, Chloe Brown. Even though I just read this in November, I completely fell in love with it. This book follows Chloe who after a near-death experience wants to “get a life” and befriends a guy in her building to help. This book is sweet, steamy and features one of my favorite romances of the year. This was a tough pick but I decided to go with Chloe.

The Best Series Finale You Read in 2019

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Considering that I’ve been waiting forever for the conclusion of this series,¬†Capturing the Devil¬†was one of the first that popped into my head. The final book in the¬†Stalking Jack the Ripper¬†series doesn’t disappoint. It wraps everything up neatly and gives the fans an ending we deserve. Personally, there isn’t much I’d change about this book as much as I’m sad to see the series come to an end.

The Best ‚ÄúOut of My Comfort Zone‚ÄĚ Book You Read in 2019

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In 2019, I didn’t read very much YA but one genre I haven’t really read is magical realism and this was my first foray into it. Thankfully, I ended up really loving this book and it is one that I know I’ll revisit. It’s about two sisters as they prepare for the annual sighting of Annabelle, a bird on their island and it’s basically about what happens with that and their relationship. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it if you’re new to the genre like I was.

The Best ‚ÄúWhy Didn‚Äôt I Read This Earlier‚ÄĚ Book

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I’m not sure why but I was dragging my feet on reading this. However,¬†The Unhoneymooners¬†was arguably one of the best romances I read this year. It was a hate-to-love fake-dating romance and it was so incredible. I loved the characters and their banter but I especially loved the romance. I know that Christina Lauren has been hit-or-miss for some but The Unhoneymooners was a delight.

The Book I Wish More People Would Read

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When I was coming up with my answer for this one, I was scouring for books that have less than 1,000 ratings on Goodreads. Surprisingly, a lot of books I enjoyed do but not The King of Bourbon Street. This is a book I read for smutathon and it follows a romance between a guy who owns a hotel chain and an heiress. This book was super steamy but also featured such a lovely romance and was my favorite read of smutathon. With less than 550 ratings, I knew this one had to be it.

The Best Book I Read In A Different Format

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If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that I loved¬†The Right Swipe. It’s a romance between two people who work for competing dating apps and this was honestly SO amazing. It had an incredible romance but also talked about other topics such as grief, ghosting, and football. Honestly, this book made me SO happy and I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. I read this book physically which I never do and I’m super excited that I bought this one.

The Book That Took You The Longest To Read

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In looking back on my Goodreads shelf, the book that took me the longest to read was¬†Cress¬†by Marissa Meyer. Maybe it’s because it was the 3rd book in the series but I struggled to get through this book. Considering that I love Cress as a character though, it’s a bit surprising. Either way, this is the book that took me the longest to read.

The Most Meaningful Book You Read In 2019

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At first, I was going to go with another book but then I saw this on my shelf. For me, this book was an absolute lifesaver. After I got broken up with earlier this year, I decided to pick up this book via a recommendation. Boy am I glad I did because this book really helped me. It made me feel a lot better and put me in a better headspace. Honestly, I don’t know how well I would’ve dealt with my breakup without it.

The Book I Am Most Likely To Re-read In The Future

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For this one, I decided to go with¬†10 Blind Dates. Even though I read this book earlier this month, I fell in love with it. It follows a girl who gets broken up with and to cheer her up, her family sets her up on 10 blind dates. This book also focused on family, friendship and finding yourself after a relationship ends. Since it’s such a festive Christmas book though, I can see myself reading it next year.

The Book You NEED Other People To Read!

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For the books I wish everyone would read, I’m going with a series and that’s the¬†Hoops¬†series by Kennedy Ryan. While I read the first book in 2018, I finished the series in 2019 and it’s one of my new favorites. This book focuses mostly on professional basketball players but also on two sports agents in book 2. Overall, these books are emotional yet still heartwarming and are unlike any other sports romances I’ve ever read. If you’re looking for a sports romance with a bit more depth, then you need to read this one.

The Biggest Surprise (good or bad) You Read This Year

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The biggest surprise for me was Famous in A Small Town¬†by Emma Mills and honestly, this book was a bad surprise for me. I didn’t end up loving it as I hoped and I think this book was a major miss. The story just never took shape for me and I don’t think that the plot-twist at the end was all that great. Neither was the romance or the friendships so it was a major disappointment for me.

The Best Book-to-Movie/TV adaptation You Read in 2019

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For this one, I’m going with¬†Shrill. I read¬†Shrill¬†earlier this year before the show came out and honestly, it was such a quick yet entertaining read. I did enjoy a lot of the topics that Lindy West covered and it makes me all the more excited to read her second book. Plus I really loved the adaptation that Hulu did so that was a plus.

A Book You read because Someone You Trust LOVED it!

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For this one, I’m going with¬†Pride¬†by Ibi Zoboi. I know that I’ve mentioned Jav a few times but she plays in my fantasy football league and we also follow each other on Instagram where she posts bookish things. I saw that she was reading this and gave it a good rating so I decided to pick it up. Thankfully, it was exactly the push I needed as I ended up enjoying it too and gave it 5 stars.

A Favorite ‚ÄúNew-To-Me‚ÄĚ Author You Discovered in 2019

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If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’ll know that I fell in love with Rebekah Weatherspoon this year. I’ve read a ton of her books and I am almost completely caught up on her backlist. She writes diverse romances with WOC as the MC besides one of her future books and honestly, these books are such healthy romances. She also isn’t afraid to go the extra mile when it comes to sexy scenes. She’s also written some f/f romances along with her m/f romances. If you’re looking for a new romance author, then I’d highly recommend Rebekah Weatherspoon’s books.

A Book in a Different Age Group or Genre to your Usual Preferences, that you read this year and LOVED

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I’m not a big middle-grade reader but this year, I finally picked up¬†One Crazy Summer¬†which my mom read with her old class. This book was incredible as it was set in the late 1960s and followed three sisters going to visit their mother who is part of the Black Panther Party. Honestly, this book was such a surprise and talked about a ton of different topics including racism, family, and misconceptions about the Black Panther Party. Honestly, this was just wonderful and I might read the next book in the series.

Your Favorite Book cover of 2019

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The Worst Book of 2019

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For me, the worst book I read in 2019 was¬†Kissing Tolstoy¬†by Penny Reid. This book was just so insufferable and hard to get through. It would have been nice if the sexy times were rewarding but they weren’t. Ugh, this book was just a mess all around and I feel like I wasted my life, reading it. Before I move on though, I wanted to include some honorable mentions for my worst books:¬†The Friend Zone,¬†Mammoth¬†and¬†A Night To Surrender.

The Best Book of 2019 

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Do we really need to get into my thoughts on this one? Earlier this year, I predicted that this would be my favorite book of the year and nothing has surpassed it. Even though I haven’t read the 3rd book in the series, I don’t know how it could beat this one. I will give it a fair chance but this book was a delight as it talked about a side character from the first book. Overall, it was a great second-chance romance and I absolutely fell in love with it as soon as I picked it up.


That was Ellyn’s book awards! Hopefully, you enjoyed this post if you got this far because this was a pretty long post lmao. Hope you’re having a nice holiday season as well ‚̧

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The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow Christmas lovers! You might be wondering why I’m posting today and that’s because I didn’t want to make a post on Christmas. Instead, I decided to move my Wednesday post to Monday. Hopefully, you guys don’t mind and in honor of Christmas, I decided to do a Christmas book tag. ūüėÄ

I found this tag on Youtube and it was created by Sam from Sam’s Nonsense. It’s almost 5 years old but of all the ones I found, I liked this one the most. With that being said, let’s get into the Joy of Christmas Book Tag.

Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

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I have a post going up of all my anticipated 2020 romance releases. When I wrote that post, I hadn’t yet read The Bromance Book Club. Since I finished it and really loved it, I knew that I had to put this book as one of my most anticipated 2020 releases. I was crossing my fingers that this second book would follow the characters it is and it seems like it’s going to be another enjoyable romance.

Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

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This time, I’m going with Helen Hoang. When I first read¬†The Kiss Quotient¬†in 2018, I fell in love with it and I felt the same way about¬†The Bride Test. She’s easily one of my favorite romance authors and brings such a refreshing voice to the romance world. If you’re looking for some diverse romance with incredible writing, then you need to give Helen Hoang a try. She writes well-developed characters with incredible relationships and makes everything sweet and sexy at the same time. It’s just all so good.

Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world-building?

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While I do think the¬†Wayward Children¬†series has incredible world-building, I especially loved the world-building¬†featured throughout In An Absent Dream. The way that Seanan McGuire built everything with the Goblin Market and Lundy’s door as a whole was just incredible. It was such an atmospheric and immersive story that I can’t help but mention it.

A Christmas Carol: A favorite classic or one that you want to read

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I read¬†Pride and Prejudice¬†in college but haven’t picked any of her other books. Since then I’ve been wanting to read¬†Emma¬†by Jane Austen. I know that this book inspired a lot of different films and TV shows so I’m interested to see if I enjoy it. Personally, I’m not a big fan of classics but Emma¬†is one that I’d really like to read.

Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

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This is a book that I discovered recently when reading an article. Since then, I haven’t gotten it out of my mind. This is a non-fiction book that talks about domestic violence and it’s basically her talking about domestic violence and what we can do to help. I honestly don’t know much about this but this topic is something that I’m very interested in and I’d love to know more.

Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

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I feel this is such an underrated novella because I didn’t really love the¬†Fit¬†series but this one was easily my favorite. This book focuses on the MC from book 3’s cousin and the romance she has with an old co-worker. This had me smiling as soon as I started reading it. I couldn’t believe how well-developed their relationship was since it was so short and it’s perfect for the holiday season. Watching their relationship develop especially those “firsts” that no one talks about was so refreshing. I absolutely loved this ‚̧

Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I really love the illustrated cover so I’m going to feature a few of my faves from this year. ūüôā

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Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

This is a really oddly specific memory but it’s one of my favorite Christmas memories. As a young Jonas Brothers fan, I really wanted their first album, “It’s About Time.” If you’re not a fan, then you might be wondering why I’d want it so bad. Their first album is super rare and only a handful of copies were released so I asked for it for Christmas. It was super expensive so that was one of a handful of gifts that I got for Christmas but it’s always something that I’ll remember. It was such a special Christmas for me and I consider that album one of my prized possessions.

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Jonas Brothers Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For December, I wanted to do some tags that really showcase what I love. As everyone knows, 2019 was truly the year for me falling back in love with the Jonas Brothers and realizing so many things about myself. With that being said, I knew I had to do a tag focusing on the Jonas Brothers. Thankfully, someone out there had the same thought as me and made one. ūüėÄ

This tag was created by Stars Above Jess on Youtube. All credit goes to her for this tag and honestly, thank you, Jess, because I am living for this tag lmao. With that being said, let’s get into it!


Year 3000 – A book you’re looking forward to reading

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For this first question, I went with¬†Lucky Caller¬†by Emma Mills. Even though Emma Mills’ last book was a disappointment to me, I’m hoping that this one ends up cementing her as one of my faves still. Considering how beautiful the cover is, I don’t know how it could be anything but amazing. Since this comes out in January 2020, I don’t have to wait much longer.

When You Look Me in the Eyes – A cover that drew you in

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This is a book that I read in January and it’s one of the most underrated books I’ve ever read. I feel like no one ever talks about it especially with this cover. It’s a super bright orange which immediately caught my eye and I like how it has all the cameras on it which plays really well into the story. Overall, I really love the aesthetic of this cover.

S.O.S. – A book/series that turned its back on you

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I feel like¬†The Friend Zone¬†is an obvious answer for this one. This book is going one way for a majority of it and then it takes a sudden turn that completely changed the tone of the book. It was incredibly frustrating and ultimately, made me dislike this book. It also has a very annoying ending so I didn’t end up loving it.

Love Bug – A book/series you’re currently smitten with

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I feel like I don’t even have to get into this book because I’ve been talking about it so much. I guess I didn’t think I’d end up loving it as much as I did. Either way, I’m incredibly smitten with this book ‚̧

Burnin’ Up – A book/series featuring a great romance

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I think that Rebekah Weatherspoon writes amazing romances and my favorites are in her¬†Loose Ends¬†series. In¬†Rafe, I love the relationship between Rafe and Sloan but my favorites so far are Xeni and Mason from¬†Xeni. I just loved their relationship so much and I wish we would get another book just focused on those two but I know we’ll see them make cameos in future installments so I can’t really complain.

Play My Music – A book featuring a hobby that’s not reading/writing

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I don’t know if I’d really consider what Portia does a hobby but I really enjoyed this aspect of¬†A Duke by Default. The entire book is about Portia becoming an apprentice to a swordmaker. Since Portia had a lot of hobbies, it was nice to see her finding her niche and something she really enjoyed. As far as hobbies go, this could not be further removed from writing or reading.

Give Love a Try – A book/series you want to (or glad you did) give a second chance

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For this one, I’m going with the¬†Hoops¬†series by Kennedy Ryan. I started this series last year and just didn’t pick it up until the end of this year. I’m glad that I finally gave this another chance and decided to pick it up. It ended up being a lot better than I thought and I really enjoyed it. It’s easily one of my new favorite series.

Fly With Me – Your OTP

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No way I couldn’t include Poppy and TK as my OTP because these two are everything. I really loved that we got a lot of backstory into their relationship and that they didn’t try to go too fast either. Honestly, if you’re looking for a healthy romance, then I’d highly recommend this book because¬†Fumbled¬†has such an adorable romance.

Paranoid – A hyped book you’re scared you won’t like

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For this one, I decided to go with¬†Six of Crows¬†by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve only read one Leigh Bardugo book and I really enjoyed. However, I don’t know how much I’ll enjoy her when I’m reading a novel that isn’t focused on Wonder Woman. Either way, I’m super scared that I won’t like this book so I’ve been putting it off lmao.

Sucker – A book/series you’ll always love no matter what

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Even though I didn’t fall in love with this series, I really enjoyed it. With that being said, I’ll always love it because I read it with Ellyn. I think it was one of our first buddy-reads that we ever did and it brought us so much closer. Honestly, she’s one of my favorite people and¬†The Lunar Chronicles¬†is part of the reason why ūüėÄ


I’m not going to tag anyone but if you’re a Jonas Brothers fan, then I tag you!

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7 2020 Romance Releases I can’t wait for

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since I’m not posting a “My Favorite” for the rest of the year, I decided to feature another post. Since 2020 is almost here, I wanted to talk about some romance releases I can’t wait to have my hands on. I could read them if I decided to do anything with NetGalley but I’m lazy so I’ll just wait like everyone else does ūüėõ

I had a hard time, narrowing down this list to only 7. I might do a follow-up post in the middle of next year. However, these books are going to be released in 2020, no matter what season. This list is also in no particular order but rather which one I clicked on on Goodreads lmao. Anyways, let’s get into my list!


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7.¬†The Honey-Don’t List¬†by Christina Lauren

Of course, no romance list would be complete without Christina Lauren. These two are a writing machine and they’ve been putting out at least one book the past few years. I’ve read almost all of their recent releases besides¬†Once in a Blue Moon. I’ve heard mixed things about that but I’m excited about this one:¬†The Honey-Don’t List. I’m pretty sure this is about two people who work together to keep a real-estate mogul couple together? I’m sure it’s going to be amazing and it’s Christina Lauren so it’s a must for me.

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6. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

This is a book that I heard someone on Booktube talk about. Since then, I’ve been curious about it. Considering that I’ve never read anything by Mia Sosa either, this is going to be interesting. I’m pretty sure this book follows a girl who is dumped at the aisle and then she’s at a wedding with the guy who ruined her wedding. It sounds like it has the potential to be an amazing romantic comedy so fingers crossed I enjoy it.

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5. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Earlier this year, I read¬†Fix Her Up¬†by Tessa Bailey and really enjoyed it. When I found out there was going to be a sequel, I was SUPER excited. This time, we’re following one of the side characters from the first book and it’s basically her and her husband’s marriage falling apart but they’re trying to save it. Personally, I’ve heard not very good things about this one but I’m feeling cautiously optimistic. Either way, I’ll definitely be reading it.

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4. The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare

The latter half of this list is sequels which I’m not mad about at all. Thankfully, I’ve loved all of their first books so I decided to carry on lmao. The next sequel is the 4th book in the¬†Girl Meets Duke¬†series by Tessa Dare. I know that this book follows Nicola who is a side character from the first 3 books and it’s basically her reconnecting with someone from her past. There isn’t much info about this one yet, but I’m sure I’ll love it as much as I’ve loved the rest of the series.

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3. Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

The next book on my list is one that I’ve been thinking about since I finished the previous book in the series.¬†The Right Swipe¬†was one of my favorite books of this year and I’m convinced that Alisha Rai has magical powers. I don’t know how but she managed to make a book so modern and fun while still touching on timely topics. I don’t know if it’s just because football was a major aspect but I loved that book.

However, this second book follows the MC’s best friend. We don’t know much about her but I can’t wait to find out what her deal is. This book sounds like it’s going to be super modern and fun while still having a great romance. It’s a delicate balance but I know that Alisha Rai can pull it off ūüėČ

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2. Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

You might be thinking um didn’t just you read¬†Get A Life, Chloe Brown?? Yes, I did and I loved that book so much that I’m dying for the sequel. Considering that Chloe has a few sisters, I’m excited to see how far this book expands. Either way, I know that this book follows Chloe’s sister, Dani and her fake-dating someone from her office. Honestly, sign me the FUCK up because that sounds amazing. I really don’t want to know much about this one since Chloe Brown was such a nice surprise so that’s all I’m going to say!

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1. The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Of course, this book was going to top my list. Since reading the first book, I’ve wanted a story for Quan. He was such a charming and lovable character that I couldn’t help but root for him. During the first two books, it seemed like he was all about hooking up so it’ll be nice to see him settling down. Helen Hoang is such a queen in the romance genre that I’d give her any and all of my money so this one is definitely going to be on my shelves as soon as I can get it ūüėÄ


I drafted this book and realized that I forgot 2 books so I wanted to mention them. The two books I forgot are¬†You Had Me At Hola¬†by Alexis Daria which follows two actors who fall in love on set and honestly, the cover is everything so I don’t know how I forgot about it. The second book I forgot was¬†How to Catch a Queen¬†by Alyssa Cole which is a spin-off of the Reluctant Royals series and I AM SO READY lmao.

Anyways, those are all 9 romance books I can’t wait to read in 2020. Since they’re all pretty popular, I’m hoping that my library has them or that I can get them as a Kindle deal. Of course, I’ll probably end up buying some too lmao

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Top 5 Tuesday: Dear Santa, I would like these 3 books

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Merry (Almost) Christmas to those who celebrate and happy holiday to everyone regardless. With this week’s prompt, we’re talking about all the books that we hope Santa brings up. Personally, I didn’t even make a Christmas list so I have no idea if I’ll even end up getting these books lmao. If not, maybe I’ll buy them for myself ūüėõ

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.


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3. Blood: A Memoir By The Jonas Brothers

The first book on my list is one that hasn’t actually come out yet. The release date of this one was pushed back for some reason. Regardless, I do plan on pre-ordering it for myself for Christmas. While Santa might not put this under the tree, it will be in my hands eventually. Maybe it doesn’t technically count but I knew that I had to put it on my list because I’m so excited for it lmao.

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2. Get a Life, Chloe Brown 

The second book on my list is one that I read recently. At first, I was going to buy this but I decided not to. Thankfully, I put a hold on it at the library and it came off quickly. I read this book in 2 sittings and basically blew through it. I feel like I’ve already talked about this book like crazy so you’re all sick of hearing about it. Either way, this book is going to be one that I heavily suggest to Santa ūüėõ

 

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1. The Girl Meets Duke series

The last book/books I want for Christmas is actually a series. In 2019, I read the entirety of the Girl Meets Duke¬†series by Tessa Dare. I loved them so much and I really would like to own physical copies of them. While I haven’t told Santa yet, this might be another one that I either strongly hint about or one that I end up buying myself. Either way, this is a series that I really loved this year so I’d be happy to own copies of my own.


This year, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted but those are all of the books I could think of. I’ve honestly been using my library like crazy so I haven’t really bought books which is good. However, it does cause a problem when it gets to Christmas time lmao.

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10 Blind Dates: A Spoiler-Free Review

Hello friends and fellow Christmas lovers! When coming up with a book to review, I had a few options as I’ve read a few Christmas books. Of all the ones I’ve read though, one of my favorites is¬†10 Blind Dates¬†by Ashley Elston. Considering how much I enjoyed it, I decided to write up a review of it before Christmas. Maybe you’ll even add it to your list for Santa ūüėČ

This is my spoiler-free review of 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston!

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Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.


Originally, I was going to participate in Tis-The-Season-A-Thon. For some reason, I had trouble with the challenges so I decided to throw the towel in. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t read a handful of Christmas books, though. The first one I finished in December was¬†10 Blind Dates¬†by Ashley Elston so I knew I had to review it.

What I enjoyed about 10 Blind Dates

  • The concept.¬†Before I start talking about other things, I need to talk about how amazing and hilarious this concept is. Who wouldn’t want to go out on 10 blind dates after a breakup? That would be seriously fun especially if you were 17 like Sophie is.
  • The characters.¬†One of the major parts in this book is the impressive amount of characters crammed in here. Of course, there’s Sophie, her ex, her immediate family and then the rest of her HUGE family. Somehow, Ashley Elston never makes any feel less important than the other and you really come to enjoy all of them.
  • All of the family moments. While this book does focus a lot on Sophie and her dates, it’s every bit as much about family, too. Whether it be Sophie’s immediate family like what her sister’s going through or her Nonna and cousins, everything about this book felt so homey. I don’t have a huge family but I definitely could feel the love in Sophie’s family.
  • The romance.¬†Of course, I’d be remiss to not talk about the romance. This book featured one of my favorite tropes but I won’t spoil anything. The romance was so wholesome and sweet. It had me smiling so big especially at the end and I’m glad that things worked out the way they did.
  • It was a quick read.¬†Arguably what I loved most was how quick of a read this was. Maybe it was just because I got a headstart at work but I read this book in 3 sittings but nothing every felt too fast-paced. The pacing was great and this book was just entertaining that I couldn’t put it down.

What I didn’t enjoy about¬†10 Blind Dates

  • Not very smooth transitions.¬†One thing I noticed while I was reading was that the book didn’t transition very well. Maybe it was just me, but I think that it could have been a little bit smoother. We’d hear something about the dates and then go straight to Sophie, talking to her sister. It was a bit jarring.
  • Griffin.¬†No surprise that I didn’t enjoy Sophie’s ex, Griffin. While I understand why Elston wrote him how she did, I just didn’t think he was that necessary. I think he would’ve been better kept in the breakup scene and disappeared. Either way, I didn’t think he really furthered the plot at all.

Overall, there wasn’t much I disliked about¬†10 Blind Dates.¬†This book truly felt like a nice warm hug. I had a hard day at work when I read this and it immediately put me in a better mood. If you’re looking for a YA romance set during Christmas, then you have to read this before 2019 ends!

I gave 10 Blind Dates 5 out of 5 stars!

Have you read¬†10 Blind Dates?¬†Did you enjoy it or have any other Christmas romances to recommend? I’d love to know in the comments!

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My Favorite…Christmas Movie

Hello friends and fellow Christmas lovers! For the last “My Favorite” post of 2019, I wanted to go with an oldie yet a goodie. I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas but I’m sure that most of us have a Christmas movie that we love. Whether it be animated, live-action or be cheesy, there’s one out there for everyone.

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the ‚ÄúMy Favorite‚ÄĚ meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by¬†Maureen‚Äôs Books, she agreed to let me take over.

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

At the end of each month, I’ll post the prompts for the following month so be sure to check back then!

*I’ll be making a separate post at the end of the month for the January 2020 prompts!


This pick is easy because I have a Christmas movie that I rewatch every year. For me, that movie is¬†Christmas Vacation.¬†It’s part of the National Lampoon’s “Vacation” franchise and it’s easily one of the best of the bunch. I didn’t actually phrase my post as I should so my favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation.

As for some other Christmas movies, I also enjoy watching¬†Just Friends,¬†Arthur Christmas,¬†The Holiday¬†and¬†Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Overall, I will pretty much watch anything when it comes to Christmas movies. Even if it’s pretty cheesy, I usually don’t mind because it’s all in good fun.

I’d like to know what your favorite Christmas movie is so let me know in the comments and I’ll see everyone in 2020 ūüėÄ

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