July 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I can’t believe how many books I got read in July as I had such a small goal. However, I have a lot of books to talk about so I’m going to keep this intro pretty short. As for the total amount of books I read in July, I read 20 books so let’s get into them!

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1. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

This was the first book I finished in July and talk about a lackluster start. As much as I wanted to like this book, I just didn’t. It’s a romance between a K-Pop star and a guy who is a paparazzi. It was an interesting concept but this book ultimately fell flat for me as the characters felt WAY too juvenile. 3/5 stars.

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2. Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

I’ve read books by Tiffany D. Jackson but never enjoyed them as much as I did this one. This book follows 3 friends who want to get a rap deal for their friend who is deceased but this book was SO much more. It was truly a love letter to 90’s hip-hop and I wish more people were reading it because it’s amazing. 4/5 stars.

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3. New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind

When I saw this book on hoopla, I decided on a whim to download it and as much as I wanted to like it, it ended up being a 3-star read for me. The love interest felt SUPER cheesy and the main character was a little too maniac-pixie dream girl for me but what saved this book for me was the setting. Maybe I’m just a sucker for books set in New Orleans but I always love their setting. 3/5 stars.

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4. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

I decided to feature this as my non-fiction pick for the month. Even though it has high praise, I guess I went into this with different expectations. This book ended up being a lot deeper than the cover portrays and I guess I wanted something light and fun. There was nothing wrong with this book and I’d highly recommend especially since it was blurbed by Roxane Gay. 3/5 stars.

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5. Pulling Doubles (Wright Brothers #2)

This month, I finished the second book in the Wright Brothers and wrote a review of it if you want to read it.

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6. The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang

July was truly the month of romance books for me as that’s basically all I read. This was a companion sequel to The Kiss Quotient and I loved it as much as I loved The Kiss Quotient. Similar to this predecessor, this book features a strong female character and an incredible love interest and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Esme as I read the book. I know that the “secret” wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I didn’t mind it. 5/5 stars.

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7. Bending the Rules (The Wright Brothers #3)

Once again, I wrote a review of this one so you can check this one out if you want to know my thoughts!

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8. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

I feel like a lot of people have mentioned this, but this cover is so misleading and I’m not sure why they decided on it. This book features a woman who struggles with infertility and the relationship she gets into along with a lot of really dramatic things that didn’t belong in this book. Overall, this book would have been great if the ending wouldn’t have been so harmful. 2/5 stars.

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9. A Duke By Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole

After my breakup, this book came off hold and I returned it almost immediately. I decided to give it another try and pick it up and I’m happy I gave it another chance. It was every bit as charming as the first book but I really loved the age-gap romance and seeing the development of Portia.

In the first book, she felt extremely flat so it was nice to see her become more well-rounded. I really enjoyed the twist featuring Tav and the romance was so swoony. It was a great book but nothing really stood out so 4/5 stars.

 

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10. Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Ugh, this book was another HUGE disappointment for me. I wanted to love it so much but I couldn’t get behind the romance or the main character who felt WAY more like an “I’m not like other girls” type. This book would have been SO much better if it wouldn’t have filled with cliches or relied so much on romantic comedies. Ugh, this book was just a mess all around. 3/5 stars.

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11. Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #2.6) by Alyssa Cole

This was the month where I finished almost all of the Reluctant Royals series and I’m happy to say that I enjoy them all. This book follows Portia’s sister, Reggie and the relationship she has with a guy she met online. Even though it was really short, I really enjoyed this one and I especially loved how diverse it was. 4/5 stars.

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12. Birthday by Meredith Russo

I read Meredith Russo’s debut 2 years ago, I think and I saw that my library had Birthday so I decided to pick it up. This book featured a glimpse into two best friends, one: a cis guy and the other, a trans girl. It was so incredible to watch how their friendship changed and grew along with all of the character development. The only issue I had was that I think it lacked a bit, considering that it only took place on their birthdays and we didn’t get to see more of where their lives were going. 4/5 stars.

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13. My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis

I’ve heard a lot of people on Booktube talk about this novella and it was on Scribd so I decided to pick it up. I thought it was a cute f/f romance but the book ended up being way too short and it lacked proper character/relationship development. If it had been a little longer, then I think this book could have been amazing. 3/5 stars.

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14. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a 5-star read. The writing was beautiful plus it featured a lot of talk about family, Chinese culture and was set in San Fransisco. Additionally, this book featured magical realism especially when it comes to food.

About halfway through this book, things started to shift and I couldn’t get back into it as I had at the start. Regardless, it was still such a beautiful and lush read that I couldn’t bear to give it a low rating. 4/5 stars.

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15. Fit (Fit #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

I saw this book on Scribd and I hadn’t read anything by Rebekah Weatherspoon before so I decided to pick it up. Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable novella about a fat girl who gets into a relationship with her personal trainer. It was short and smutty but was exactly what I wanted. It features BDSM elements if that’s something to enjoy and you’re looking for a quick romance read. 4/5 stars.

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16. Girls On The Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

There was a lot of early hype around this book but since then, no one has seemed to really bring it up. Since Ellyn was reading it for the Reading Rush, I decided to pick it up on Scribd since they had the audiobook. This book ended up being really surprising for me as it was so short but packed such a powerful punch.

It was raw and heartbreaking while also featuring some light moments of friendship. It truly felt like a rollercoaster until I got to the end. The only complaint I had was that I wish it would have been longer. This book would have been better if Biggs Waller had written maybe 50 or 100 more pages. 4/5 stars.

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17. Tamed (Fit #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

In Fit, we met the love interest’s best friend and he is the love interest in this book. Sadly, I didn’t find this one as charming as the previous installment. While the main character was strong-willed, I just didn’t see the chemistry between her and Armando. Maybe I just didn’t like him as a character, but this book felt meh in comparison to the first. 2/5 stars.

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18. Sated (Fit #3) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Of course, I had to finish out the trilogy and surprisingly, I enjoyed this book a lot more than the previous one. It featured Keira, a co-worker of the love interest from the first two books and this one was such an improvement. I loved Keira’s character and that she was unabashedly a fangirl who didn’t censor herself for anyone. Her love interest, Daniel was featured in the two other books and it was nice to see him in the spotlight after being reduced to basically his ~sexual~ tastes in the previous installment.

Sadly, the ending felt a little bit lackluster for me. I guessed what was going to happen and I felt kind of meh about it. 3/5 stars.

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19. So Sweet (Sugar Baby #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

The end of the month was very Rebekah Weatherspoon heavy but I’m not complaining as her books are a treat. This is the start of a trilogy and it features Kayla who goes to a sugar daddy mixer with her friend, only to meet a sugar daddy of her own who become so much more. This book was both sexy and sweet but I only wish it had been longer so we could have gotten more developed storylines and characters. 4/5 stars.

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20. Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer

When Ellyn mentioned that she was rereading Twilight, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon but ended up procrastinating forever to read it. Finally, I buckled down and decided to just read it. Overall, it was an experience and honestly, this book doesn’t hold up in the slightest. I can’t believe I stayed up until 2 or 3 in the morning, reading this when I was younger lmao.

Either way, I had a lot of fun while I was reading it and I especially loved having Ellyn there to talk to about it. If anything, it gets me even more excited to read New Moon with her next month. 😛

 

June 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I felt like I kind of had a down month in May and I was able to get myself back on my feet. Most of the credit for that goes to smutathon which I participated in early June. I did a separate wrap-up and review post for that so feel free to check that out.

All that being said, let’s get into all of the non-smutathon books I read. If I’m remembering right, I read 9 other books so it’s time to talk about what I thought and my ratings!


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1. Moonstruck Volume 2: Some Enchanting Evening 

The first book I read in June was for pride month. Last year, I read volume 1 of Moonstruck and didn’t particularly love it. It was alright, but volume 2 really improved upon the story for me. Personally, I found this one to be a little darker so it was more interesting to me. As per usual, the art style was amazing and for pride month, there is an f/f romance and an m/m romance. 4/5 stars.

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2. Taproot

The second book I read was another graphic novel and that was Taproot. This book follows a guy who can talk to ghosts and the ensuing relationship he has with one. I really liked the art style of this and that it featured an m/m relationship. As for the plot, it was alright but I think more could have been done with it. Regardless, it was still a decent read. 4/5 stars.

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3. With the Fire On High

I feel like I don’t even need to go in-depth with this book. This is easily one of my favorite YA books I’ve read this year and cemented Elizabeth Acevedo as one of my must-read authors. This book follows a single teen mom, Emoni as she’s raising her daughter, working, going to school and trying to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. The best way I can describe this book is lush. It was lush with its descriptions, the characters, and the settings.

It’s been a long time since I’ve truly fallen in love with a YA book and With The Fire On High completely stole my heart. I already want to reread it and everything Elizabeth Acevdeo has written. This book was exactly what I needed after all that smut. 5/5 stars.

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4. Red, White, and Royal Blue

When I heard booktube raving about this, I knew I had to read it. Thankfully, Jenna from Bookmark Your Thoughts did too so we buddy read it. I can confidently say that buddy-reading with Jenna made this book so much more enjoyable. Considering how organized she was, it felt like a breath of fresh air for how I normally read lmao.

As for the book, I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did. I love the romance, the side characters and watching everything come together. What really irked me was how long the chapters were and at times, it felt like I was reading 10 pages when it was really only 2 or 3. Either way, this book was a fun and adorable m/m new adult if you’re looking for some good new adult. 4/5 stars.

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5. The Princess and The Fangirl

After reading Red, White, and Royal Blue, my hold on this book came off and boy was I underwhelmed. Even though I enjoyed GeekerellaThe Princess and the Fangirl lacked all of its charm. While I thought the premise was interesting, this book just fell flat for me. It definitely had some potential but the execution was all wrong. One thing I did really enjoy was Jessica, one of the MCs who was a huge bitch and just didn’t care which is honestly a MOOD. 3/5 stars.

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6. Stars Above

I can confidently say that Ellyn and I have successfully finished our buddy-read of The Lunar Chronicles. This started at the beginning of the year and it only took us 6 months with our schedules. Not too bad if I say so myself 🙂

Stars Above is a collection of novellas set in the Lunar Chronicles universe and honestly, I felt really underwhelmed. Of all the stories, the only one I enjoyed was the last one which was set 2 years after Winter. Everything else felt like more a cash grab or were scenes that Marissa Meyer couldn’t find a place for in the book it was set in. 2/5 stars.

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7. You’d Be Mine

I put this book on hold at the library and was super excited about it. It’s a love story between two young country music singers but it ended up being much more. This book talked about drugs, drinking, grief and dealing with fame. Maybe this is shallow, but I went into this book, thinking it was just a romance. For me, I wanted a sweet and light romance but You’d Be Mine was not that. If you like more heavy-handed contemporaries, this one might be for you, though. 2/5 stars.

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8. Getting Schooled 

Usually, I don’t read audiobooks on hoopla because it doesn’t separate on the player by chapters. Since this was a short audiobook, I decided to give it a try. I’m really happy to say that I enjoyed this book much more than I thought. This is a romance between a black guy and a black girl who go to the same college. The best way I could describe it would be a hate-to-love.

I’ve never read two characters who had such passion. The tension between them was so well done and made the romance all the more satisfying. I’ve never read anything by Christina C. Jones before but I definitely plan on reading more. This was a major surprise for me and a romance I’d highly recommend. 4/5 stars.

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9. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

The last book I finished in June was another library book. I’ve had this book on hold forever and it finally came off. This book follows Prince Thesolo’s assistant, Likotsi and the girl who ghosted her after a few days in New York. Even though it’s a novella, it features timelines from the past and present before the two eventually meet in the middle.

Honestly, I really enjoyed this novella a lot. I especially loved how Alyssa Cole wrote their relationship and how natural everything felt. Overall, this book basically cemented how much I love the Reluctant Royals series and that Alyssa Cole is poised to be one of my favorite romance authors. 4/5 stars. 


I’m editing this post a little before midnight before it goes up today. Lmao, I guess better later than never but I wanted to include my last book.

What was your favorite book you read in June? Aside from my smutathon reads, my favorite was easy: With The Fire On High. That book was incredible and one that I haven’t stopped thinking about since I read it. I did read a few other good books too so I can’t really complain about my month.

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May 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since Smut-A-Thon is starting pretty much as soon as June is, I wanted to get my wrap-up out a little early. On the first day of the Smut-A-Thon, you’ll be seeing my TBR so be on the lookout for that. However, this post isn’t about Smut-A-Thon but rather the books I read in May. 🙂

Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my goals. I wanted to read at least 10 books but I ended up only reading 7. That’s still better than last month when I only read 4 things so I’m not going to complain. That being said, let’s get into the 7 books I read in May.

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1. Fumbled 

The first book I read in May was Fumbled and easily the most anticipated read of the year. I wrote a review of this one if you want to know my full thoughts. 5/5 stars.

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2. It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History

Since I’m still dealing with my breakup, I figured this non-fiction read would be a good one and it was. If anything, it made me feel better about my own situation. Jennifer Wright did a good job of explaining everything about the breakup, what made it so horrible and then relating it back to modern days. It was just a fun and quick read. 4/5 stars.

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3. The Art Of Losing

I decided to put a hold on this at the library on a whim and it came off pretty quick. This book follows a girl who catches her sister kissing her boyfriend and the aftermath of what happens. This book was SO hard to read at times, but I think did a great job of showing the effects of addiction. It was also super quick as I read it all in one day. I think it’s a super underrated read, too. 4/5 stars.

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4. Wild Blue Wonder

Speaking of underrated books, I finally picked up Wild Blue Wonder which has been on my shelf since December. I don’t really know how to describe this book without giving too much away but it’s magical realism. It also talks a lot about family, grief and falling in love. This was another super fast-paced read that I didn’t want to put down and another one I’d recommend if you want an underrated gem. 4/5 stars.

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5. When It’s Real

After reading Wild Blue Wonder, I wanted something light and fun. My library didn’t have any holds on When It’s Real so I decided to pick it up. I thought the premise of this wasn’t anything new but was still a fun read. In all honesty, it kind of read like fanfiction and was more of a fluff read than anything. 3/5 stars.

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6. Winter

After a few months, Ellyn and I are almost done with our buddy-read of The Lunar Chronicles. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I will say that Winter is my favorite book in the series. It’s just such a fitting and exciting conclusion to the series that I invested so much time in. I’d also like to mention that this was the quickest that Elly and I read any of the books so that’s worth noting. Lmao 5/5 stars.

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7. Daisy Jones & The Six

The last book I finished in May was the audiobook of Daisy Jones & The Six. I love Taylor Jenkins Reid so I knew I was going to like this book. I’m not a big audiobook reader but I decided to give this one a try and I’m so happy I did. This audiobook was easily 5 stars on it.

As per usual, TJR wrote incredible and well-developed characters. I know the format wasn’t for everyone but I really liked it. Reading it physically might have changed my mind but the audiobook was everything. I didn’t end up giving a full 5-stars, because it didn’t really blow my mind as I thought it would. 4/5 stars.


Those are all of the books I read in May! Even though I didn’t end up reading as much, almost all of my books were 4 or 5 stars. Those are pretty good stats so I’m not going to complain about how many. May was definitely quality over quantity and that’s fine by me. 🙂

How was your May reading? I’d love to know in the comments!

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April 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my incredibly sad and small April wrap-up. As I’ve previously mentioned, I went through a breakup in April and it was rough. It still hurts but I do feel a lot better than I did. That being said, I didn’t do much reading in April. I probably should be disappointed but I was more focused on myself.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t read anything in April, though. Surprisingly, I did manage to finish 4 books. I originally set a goal of 5 but that’s okay. Sometimes we meet our goals and sometimes we don’t. Regardless, let’s get into the books I read.

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1. It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Break-Up Buddy

I read this book a few days after my breakup as suggested by Kristin. This book really opened my eyes. It was definitely a hard read but one that I needed. It might not be for everyone but I think it did a great job at laying it all out and still being funny. Even though my breakup wasn’t funny, this book helped me see the humor in it. 5/5 stars.

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2. The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2)

I read the first book back in December 2017 so I was a little bit confused at the start. Thankfully, I managed to get back on track pretty quickly and enjoyed this book. It was a great sequel because it built upon the story in the first book while also introducing a few new plotlines. Honestly, this book far exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up. 4/5 stars. 

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3. The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2)

In keeping with sequels, I also finally read The Wicked King. I really like this book but I had similar issues as I did with the first book. I think it could be dry at certain points but once it picked up, the book was good. I especially loved Jude and Cardan’s relationship along with the insight about other characters. I think this book did an amazing job of setting up for the final book and gave us a lot to think about until then. 4/5 stars. 

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4. The Boss (The Boss #1)

The final book I read in April was recommended to me by my friend, Lysette. To be honest, I just wanted something smutty that I could fly through and this book delivered. I really enjoyed the characters, their relationship and most of the book until they fell in love. Maybe I’m bitter but I just didn’t care for when they fell in love and the major plot twist at the end had me GAGGING. It was a fun read and that’s exactly what I wanted. 3/5 stars. 


Alright friends! Those are all the books I read in April and I have to say: I’m not mad. I think I did pretty decent for being sad most of the month. I’m happy to report that I’m back in a reading mood. Hopefully, May’s reading will be a little bit better. 😛

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March 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When you’re reading this, I’ll be on my vacation so that’s exciting. Regardless, you’re not here to talk about my vacation. You’re here to find out about all the books I read in March. I kind of wanted to try something different this month but I couldn’t really think of anything.

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1. Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

I actually finished this after I wrote my February wrap-up and it was my last February read. I finished it on February 28th and this book follows a girl who is a plus-size fashion blogger who gets a chance for a paleontology scholarship. As much as I wanted to love this, this book was just terrible. I hated the character, the romance and how the MC constantly had to remind us that she was fat. I just wish the author wouldn’t have focused on that and rather on her other interests. 2/5 stars. 

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2. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

The first book I finished in March was Cress. Ellyn and I are making our way through this series and I can’t believe we only have one book left. As the third book, I can’t talk too much about it but it introduces us to a new character and I really enjoyed her. It carried on with the series and I think it helped set up a hopefully amazing finale. 4/5 stars. 

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3. Goldie Vance Vol 4 by Hope Larson

This month, I continued on with the Goldie Vance series and I really enjoyed it. It was an entirely new mystery but still had the charm of the previous volumes. I think this is the latest volume released so I’m officially caught up with this series. 4/5 stars. 

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4. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Ugh, talk about a disappointing read. I loved The Hating Game but this book just didn’t do it for me. Even though friends-to-lovers is my favorite trope, I don’t know but Sally Thorne made me dislike it. I think it’s because Darcy was such an unlikable main character and I especially hated when her twin brother came into the picture. The only redeeming quality of this book was the love interest, Tom. He was so wonderful and he didn’t deserve the crap the twins put him through. 3/5 stars. 

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5. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

I got this book from the library and omg! I loved it. It follows our MC Megan as she gets the part of Juliet in her school play and how she deals with new friendships, another failed relationship and growing up. I loved that this book was sex-positive, didn’t slut-shame Megan for having a lot of boyfriends,  had a wonderful love interest and used Shakespeare as the backdrop. I only wish that the book wouldn’t have featured cheating. It would have easily been a 5-star read if there was no cheating. 4/5 stars.

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6. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

I saw my library had this available and with the show coming out, I took the plunge. This book is a collection of essays by West about being fat, working as a journalist and dealing with trolls among many other topics. This book was funny, eye-opening and uncomfortable all at the same time. It was also a quick read as her essays were relatively short and went by fast. I read this book in a few hours so I’d recommend if you’re looking for a feminist non-fiction read. 4/5 stars. 

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7. Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer

I wrote a review of this so be sure to check that out to see my thoughts!

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8. Killer Fashion: Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History by Jennifer Wright

I saw that hoopla had this book so I decided to pick it up because it was short. It’s a book all about clothes that have killed people. For each clothing item, I featured a funny picture about what happened, a short poem and usually a page about what kind of damage the clothing caused. It was a super fun and quick read especially since it could have been dry but I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars. 

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9. A Night To Surrender (Spindle Cove #1) by Tessa Dare

As Malanie put it, I did a small Tessa Dare read-a-thon. This was not by choice but all of her books I had on hold came off at the same time. Of all of them, A Night To Surrender was my least favorite. I didn’t like romance or find the characters particularly well-developed. It’s also the start of the series so it’s setting up for future books and this one just wasn’t for me. 2/5 stars.

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10. The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2) by Tessa Dare

Talk about a complete 180 as I loved this book. This book follows one of the side characters from book one Alexandra and the romance between her and a guy she meets at the book store. This book lacked everything my previous read did: great characters, an incredible romance, lots of sexy times and was a very cohesive read. This series is easily my favorite I’ve read of Dare’s. 4/5 stars.

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11. Say Yes To the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa Dare

This was my last Tessa Dare read of the month and it was okay. I read the first book in the series in December and forgot a lot about it. It lacked the charm of the first book but it wasn’t a terrible read. It was pretty sexy, had a unique premise and featured a cast of charming characters. I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read 2 of her books right before but oh well. 3/5 stars.

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12. The Proposal (The Wedding Date #2) by Jasmine Guillory

I went on a day trip with my parents and ended up finishing 2 books. The Proposal is a companion to Guillory’s debut, The Wedding Date as it follows one of the side characters and his relationship. While I prefer this book to The Wedding Date, I think the romance was a little sudden and the ending was just a little bit too perfect. I did enjoy it, though and gave it 3/5 stars.

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13. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

This was a library read that I finished all in one day and I’m surprised I managed. This book follows Bri on her journey to become a rapper and the aftermath of her song being released along with other events. I wouldn’t say I’m a big rap fan, but I enjoy it and this book was a love letter to the genre. Bri was also an incredibly complex character who was just trying to make it in the world and it was hard yet rewarding to watch her.

As far as issues go, I felt like this book was entirely way too long and I wish we would have gotten more developed side characters. We did get some development but not enough that we really got to know them. However, this one was an awesome read. 4/5 stars.


Those are all the books I read in March. I’m writing this a little early since I’m going on vacation. At least I still think I’m going to be but we’ll see. Either way, I don’t plan on reading anything else in March. 🙂

What was your favorite read in March? I’d love to know!

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February 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This month’s wrap-up is a little bit different than the others. I participated in a read-a-thon this month and Contemporary-A-Thon got its own wrap-up. This is basically serving as a wrap-up for all the books I read outside of CAT and also includes my Feminist Lit February reads, too. Without further ado, let’s get into the books I read. 🙂

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare: Finished January 30th. This was the only book I didn’t read in February but I already finished my January wrap-up so it’s here. I LOVED this book, there’s just something about this premise, the characters, and their romance. I devoured it in a day and I couldn’t stop swooning. I won’t give a description because I’d rather you go in blind. 5/5 stars. 

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer: Finished February 1st. I read this as a piece of feminist fiction for Feminist Lit Feb. This was also a buddy read with Ellyn. I won’t give away any details because spoilers but I thought this book was good. I really didn’t care for the ending or how neatly everything came together. Overall, it was a solid second book. 4/5 stars. 

Double The Ache by Alexa Riley: Finished February 6th. Honestly, I just wanted something trashy and that’s exactly what I got. It was about two NFL players who share a woman and I still can’t believe I read it. Either way, it happened and I don’t even know how to feel. 1/5 stars.

Girl Squads by Sam Maggs: Finished February 7th. I read this to fulfill the challenge of reading a piece of feminist non-fiction for Feminist Lit Feb. This is a book all about mostly unknown girl squads who changed history. I think I only recognized 2 that she featured and I enjoyed this book. However, I had trouble getting into the story at first and it took me a while to get adjusted to her writing style so 3.5/5 stars.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia: Finished February 20th. I read this to fulfill the challenge of reading a book by a black woman. This is a middle-grade book that my mom read with her students and I loved it. It follows 3 sisters who visit their mother who abandoned them. It’s set during the 1968’s in Oakland and their mother is part of the Black Panther party and I loved it.

This book was pretty heavy despite being for kids. Even though it was a little over 200 pages, I grew to love the 3 sisters and their bond. If you’re looking for a good middle-grade to read, please add this to your TBR. 5/5 stars. 

A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole: Finished February 22nd. If you read my library holds post, you’ll know I had a hold on this and it came off early. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book but it was such an adorable romance. I don’t want to talk too much about the plot but everything about this book sucked me in.

The romance felt natural. The smut was amazing and the main character, Ledi was an independent woman who had no problem checking Thabiso. For all the build-up, I think the resolution helped pretty quick and it threw the pacing off for me but it was still an enjoyable read. 4.5/5 stars.


Even though it doesn’t seem like much, I did read 6 books during the Contemporary-A-Thon and I’m currently in the middle of two. However, I did enjoy almost all of the books I read outside of the Contemporary-A-Thon. Easily my two favorites were A Princess in Theory and One Crazy Summer.

Those are all of the books I read in February that weren’t part of CAT. What were your favorite books you read in February? 🙂 

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January 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my first reading wrap-up of 2019 and boy am I excited. For me, the new year is always filled with such promise and hope for what it can bring. I do have a complete of things planned and I’m crossing my fingers that they work out. 🙂

However, you’re not here for that. You’re here to see all the books I read in January and this month has been awesome so far. I’m writing this post on the 10th and I’ve already gotten a good headstart on my reading so let’s talk about them.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh: Finished January 1st. I started off the year, reading this graphic essay collection by Allie Brosh. It focused on her childhood, now and her life in general. I liked the art and how funny it was but I thought it was just okay. 3/5 stars.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: Finished January 2nd. I picked up this audiobook on Scribd because it was short. It focuses on a girl whose sister has killed 3 of their boyfriends and what happens when her sister dates a co-worker. It was a pretty dark book but still funny which I appreciated. I just wish that Korede would’ve gotten a happy ending. 4/5 stars. 

Dirty Uncle by Alexa Riley: Finished January 3rd. This was a smutty book that I picked up and I don’t even have words. Normally, I can handle taboo subjects but no. This was just a hard no for me. 1/5 stars. 

First & Then by Emma Mills: Finished January 3rd. Changing gears, I reread First & Then by Emma Mills to get me ready for Famous In a Small Town. I loved this book more upon rereading. As I said to my mom, reading this again was like “getting a big warm hug.” 5/5 stars. 

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills: Finished January 4th. Keeping with my Emma Mills rereads, I reread This Adventure Ends. To be honest, this one wasn’t my favorite when I first read it but I loved it the second time. Maybe I just to think about it more but I really loved it this time. 5/5 stars. 

Dear Emma by Katie Heaney: Finished January 5th. I’ve read Katie Heaney’s non-fiction works and liked them but this one was a miss. It’s about a girl who runs an advice column who has an internal conflict when her ex’s new girlfriend who is also her co-worker writes in.

This book felt incredibly juvenile for being set in college. The MC focused too much on that one guy and acted like her life was ending. It was so annoying and looking back, I hope I didn’t act like that lol. 2/5 stars. 

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson: Finished January 6th. I didn’t remember if I was caught up on the Goldie Vance series so I read this on Scribd. I forgot how charming Goldie Vance and her friends are. It’s super diverse too if you’re looking a new graphic novel series to start. 4/5 stars. 

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Finished January 9th. I wrote a review of this one so you can check out my thoughts there!

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black: Finished January 10th. I’m sure everyone knows this but this is the novella set between The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. It’s told from Tarryn’s perspective and she’s awful so I couldn’t get into this. 3/5 stars. 

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore: Finished January 13th. I got this from the library after hearing an irl friend and fellow bloggers talking about it. I really enjoyed this as I had no idea about the Radium Girls and I felt a wide range of emotions. I only wish it hadn’t been so long but other than that, I really enjoyed it. 4/5 stars. 

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren: Finished January 14th. This came off hold at the library and I read it immediately. Sadly, this is my least favorite of the Wild Seasons series as I felt the characters weren’t fleshed out and had no chemistry. It was a disappointing end, but I’m happy to have read the series. 2/5 stars. 

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno: Finished January 15th. Malanie gifted me this book for Christmas and it was such a pleasant surprise. It was short but held such a powerful message about women, sexual assault and coming into your own. It was light and magical while still having a deeper message. I don’t want to give away any of the plot because it took me by surprise and I can’t wait to read more from Leno. 5/5 stars. 

His Life In Pictures: Muhammad Ali by William Strathmore: Finished January 17th. I got this book from my parents and it’s as the title says. It’s Muhammad Ali’s life in pictures with a one or two-page intro before each era. I didn’t rate this but it was such an enjoyable read.

Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton: Finished January 22nd. This book came off hold on the library and it’s about a girl who goes to Cuba to spread her grandmother’s ashes. It’s also a dual-narrative focusing on the now and the past which I enjoyed. I only wish this book didn’t rely so heavily on tropes and that it was a bit more fast-paced. 4/5 stars. 

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire: Finished January 24th. I picked this up on audio on a whim because it’s a short audiobook. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed getting to hear Lundy’s story and seeing how she ended up like she is. It was such a lush read and maybe my new fave out of the series. 5/5 stars. 

Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media by Brittany Hennessey: Finished January 26th. I picked this book up on Scribd after hearing a Youtuber I follow talk about it. Sadly, it wasn’t for me as it was geared more towards people looking to become influencers and or bloggers in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle world. Most of the info felt kind of obvious to me but I did learn a few tricks. 2/5 stars.


I was going to try and squeeze in another book but I didn’t want to force myself to read so those are the 16 books I read in January! This month was alright in terms of reading but I can’t wait for February. 😀

What was your favorite read from January? 

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