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November 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my belated November Wrap-up. At first, I was going to post this on December 1st but I knew that I still had a book out from the library that I was going to finish right before then. Either way, I’m still getting it up so I can’t really complain. Lol

Looking back at November, I had an excellent reading month. In November, I read 14 books and I have to say that I enjoyed almost all of them. I don’t think that I gave anything under 3 stars so that’s good news. With that being said, let’s get into the 14 books I read in November!

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1, 2 and 3. PrideA Very Large Expanse of Sea and A Heart in a Body in the World

The first 3 books I read this month, I did mini-reviews of. If you want to know my in-depth thoughts about them, then be sure to check that post out.

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4. Block Shot (Hoops #2)

The next book I read was Block Shot which is the second book in the Hoops series. This book follows the love interest’s stepbrother from the first book and the romance he has with a rival agent. This book was a hate-to-love second chance romance and honestly, I thought it was really good. I loved all the sports talk, how sexy it was and how much Jared was willing to give up for Banner. What I didn’t love was the cheating aspect as I think the book would have been better without it. 4/5 stars.

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5. A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1)

This was easily one of the most hyped books on Booktube and honestly, I didn’t get it. I know that everyone talked about how sexy it was. For me, I think that the book had too much exposition tog et up to the sexy stuff. Maybe I just didn’t realize how long it would be until we got to that but this book felt like a snooze fest. While it was pretty good smut, I wouldn’t say it was the best of the best. Overall, this book fell flat with its characters, their relationships and the smut. 3/5 stars.

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6. Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1)

I set a little challenge for myself to clean out some of the books on my Kindle and this was a free one that I found. I’ve never read anything by Kendall Ryan so I was a little bit skeptical. This book follows our MC Emma who harbors a secret crush on a guy who goes to the same coffee shop as her and it’s basically how they meet and she ends up getting embroiled in his business.

While I did think this was some pretty good smut, I didn’t love the romance. I thought Emma was better suited to Gavin’s brother. I know that he gets a book but I wish those two would have gotten together. Either way, this was just an okay read. 3/5 stars.

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7. Know My Name by Chanel Miller

I put a hold on this book almost immediately after it came out. If you didn’t know, this book is a memoir by Chanel Miller who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner. I honestly had no idea what this book was going to cover. However, I was surprised by how much Chanel was willing to share and the courage she had in sharing her story. It was such a powerful read and one that I’d highly recommend reading.

I only wish that the book wouldn’t have jumped so vastly from topics. One second, we were hearing about the case and the next, we were hearing about her childhood. It was a little bit jarring but other than that, it was an excellent read. 4/5 stars.

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8. Bittersweet (True North #1)

This was another book that was free on Kindle so I snagged it. This is the first book in a series of companion books, following side characters. This book follows our MC Audrey as she gets sent on a work trip to an old hookup’s farm and it’s basically the two of them reconnecting. While I thought this was a cute and fun read, I didn’t really think that anything about it was high-stakes. It was more of just a fluffy and fun romance which was nice but I would’ve preferred a bit more depth. 3/5 stars.

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9. Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4)

I put a hold on this even though I haven’t really loved any of Jasmine Guillory’s books and this one was no exception. This book follows the MC from book 3’s mother and the romance she has with a royal employee. Overall, I thought this book was cute albeit not as steamy as the others. What really annoyed me was the conflict between the two characters who were well past playing childhood games with each other as the man refused to talk about his feelings.

Maybe it’s something about how Guillory writes the conflicts between the couples, but it always ends up annoying me. I really should give up on her books but they’re addicting so we’ll see what I decide. 3/5 stars.

 

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10. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4)

I really don’t have much to say about this book. Ellyn and I reread the entire series together and we’re just over it. It was just okay and that’s pretty much it. 3/5 stars.

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11. Hook Shot (Hoops #3)

For the weekend round of the Contemporary-A-Thon, I decided to pick up Hook Shot and honestly, what a great decision. Of all the books in the series, this one is my favorite. This book follows the cousin of the MC in book 1 and the teammate of her husband. Hook Shot featured such an incredible romance between Lotus and Kenan who I was rooting for immediately. It was so sweet to see that their age gap didn’t define them and that the two would able to overcome almost all of their issues as a couple. It was just so refreshing to see in romance.

The only thing that annoyed me was how overdramatic this book felt. Somehow, Kennedy Ryan always has to kick you in the gut at least once. This book had multiple moments like that and it was a bit tiring. By the end, I was just ready for this book to wrap up and have a happy ending lmao. 4/5 stars.

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12. Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work #2)

This month, I moved on to the next book in the Men at Work series and this one centers around Thanksgiving. This time, it’s between Clover, a 30-year-old and Eric who she uses as a fake boyfriend to get her family off her back. Honestly, this book was such a delight as it was both smutty while still being sweet. Plus it’s rare to read a Thanksgiving romance so this was the perfect read for a Sunday night. Even though Thanksgiving is over, I’d still highly recommend it. 4/5 stars.

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13. Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1)

The next-to-last book I read in November was Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I read one of her Christmas novellas last year and didn’t love it. While I heard a bit of hype around this book, I didn’t know what to think. However, this book ended up being a favorite for me and a major surprise.

This book follows our MC Chloe who after dealing with a near-death experience decides to branch out and make a list so she can “get a life.” Along the way, she starts up a friendship and maybe more with Red who works in her building. Honestly, this book was such a delight and I really loved their chemistry, the sexy moments and basically everything about it. 5/5 stars.

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14. Wrapped (Fit Trilogy #3.5)

In my Top 5 Tuesday post, you’ll notice that I brought Rebekah Weatherspoon and how I’ve been reading her backlist. This is the final book in the Fit series and it’s easily my favorite of the series. It follows the cousin of the MC of the last book and honestly, this was such a delight. Somehow, it ended up being exactly what I wanted and everything about it put me in a Christmas mood. It was a sexy, sweet and short novella that’s perfect for the holiday season. 5/5 stars.


Those are the 14 books I read in November! Personally, I plan on reading at least 9 books in December so I can read one more book than I read last year. Last year, I read 150 so I plan on reading at least 151 this year. Overall, I’ll just be happy to get through the mountain of Christmas books I saved up until this point. 🙂

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October 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For once, I’m posting my wrap-up on the 1st of the following month. Since I have a pretty set schedule, I usually don’t post it until a few days later. However, I was lucky this month as the 1st of the month falls on a Friday which is when I do a random post. Lol

Anyways, let’s get into some stats for the month. During October, I read 17 books and it was such a successful reading month for me. I enjoyed over half the books I read and don’t think I rated anything under 3 stars which is great. With that being said, let’s get into the books I read in October!

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1. The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)

The first book I finished this month was a library read and it was The Wallflower Wager which is the 3rd book in the Girl Meets Duke series. This book follows one of the girls, Penelope and it’s basically her falling in love with a duke. If you’ve read this series, then you know how these books go and this one was almost as good as the others.

It would have been 5 stars if it weren’t for the conflict at the end. If you’ve read the book, then you know what I’m talking about. Personally, I thought it was completely out of place and shouldn’t have been in there at all. 4/5 stars.

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2. Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1)

The second book I finished this month was on audio and it was Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Slowly but surely, I’ve been making my way through her backlist and this was just glorious. This book follows Dr. Sloan Copeland as she hires Rafe to be the nanny of her two girls and the eventual relationship the two have.

This book was sexy, sweet and had one of my favorite relationships I’ve read this year. I only wish that I could have a Rafe of my very own. 4/5 stars.

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3. Treasure

Speaking of Rebekah Weatherspoon, I also read TreasureTreasure is an f/f romance between two college students: one who is rich while the other is a stripper. While I thought this was cute and a little bit sexy, I wasn’t that memorable. It was also pretty short so it was a quick read. Either way, I’d recommend it if you want to read an f/f romance. 3/5 stars.

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4. Flow (Grip #0.5)

I read this book over a year ago and I saw that Hoopla had it so I decided to give it a try on audio. Overall, I had similar feelings as I did with the ebook which was that I didn’t enjoy the ending. However, it made me want to pick up the rest of the series so at least it achieved that. 4/5 stars.

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5, 6 & 7 The Briar U series

This is a buddy-read that I did with Ellyn. I also wrote a HUGE review of them if you want to know more about my thoughts. I really go in-depth there so feel free to check that out. 🙂

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8. When A Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) & 9. The bonus epilogue

When I was waiting for my friend to get me from the train station, this book came off hold at the library and I picked it up. This book follows Madeline who makes up a fiance, only to find out that he’s real and it’s their relationship. This was such a charming read and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the romance.

Considering that I didn’t enjoy the 2nd book in the series, I was skeptical but had no reason to be. Their relationship was adorable, the dialogue was hilarious and everything about this made me smile. 4/5 stars.

On Goodreads, I noticed that the book has a bonus epilogue that follows some of the side characters and gives us an update on the main couple. Personally, I thought it wasn’t anything special and I can see why it was only available on her website. I also didn’t rate it.

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10. The Flatshare 

For some reason, these next few books are all pretty hyped as almost all of them came from the library. This book follows a girl and a guy who share a flat with one sleeping during the night while the other sleeps during the day. I loved watching their relationship develop and the way the two eventually met was hilarious. This book also wasn’t just a romance as it focused a lot on the characters and what was going on in their lives. 4/5 stars.

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11. Sorcery Of Thorns

I got this book as a birthday gift and I saved it for October since it was a spooky read. Boy am I glad that I did because I enjoyed it. This book is hard to explain, but it’s basically about a girl who wants to save libraries. That’s a pretty basic description, but I don’t want to give away too much. Overall, I thought this book was SO amazing and I’m glad that Lysette bought it for me. I was so pleasantly surprised by it, 4/5 stars.

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12. Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)

Finally, I picked up Capturing the Devil and it was SO good. I don’t want to give away any spoilers since it’s the 4th book in a series. However, I ended up loving this book as I thought it wrapped up the series nicely and it did a great job of intertwining the romance with the mystery. Somehow, Kerri Maniscalco manages to weave those two things together flawlessly and this book was no expectation. It was a lovely conclusion and might end up being my favorite of the series. 5/5 stars.

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13. American Royals (American Royals #1)

This book came off hold at the library and I decided to pick it up before I went back to work from vacation. It’s basically an alternative history in which George Washington became king instead of the president and it was like reading a soap opera. There are so many characters and it was basically that everyone was in love with everyone and there was so much drama.

This book was seriously addicting and I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t want to put it down and I read over the course of one day. I wish that Netflix would adapt it because I think it would make a great TV series. 4/5 stars.

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14. Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work #1)

Since I was off the Thursday before Halloween, I decided to pick up Her Halloween Treat since it was on hoopla. This book was pretty short but it followed a girl who got dumped and she’s back in town for her brother’s wedding in which she meets up with an old friend and they have a romance. Honestly, I thought this book was pretty good as it was short, sweet and also super smutty. This book was downright filthy at some points, but it was such a great seasonal read. 4/5 stars.

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15. Xeni (Loose Ends #2) 

Earlier this month, I recommended that my library buy this book and they listened to me so I was first in line for it. Thankfully, it came off hold pretty quickly and I picked it up almost immediately after Her Halloween Treat. This book follows Xeni who is best friends with Sloan from Rafe and this book was a damn delight. It was basically Xeni’s aunt arranging a marriage between her and Mason, a man who works in the small town her aunt lives in.

Both main characters were bi and it was explored in the book. I thought this book was adorable and sexy without being over-the-top or insta-lovey. Xeni was another great Rebekah Weatherspoon book and I’ll go crazy until I read the rest of her backlist. 4/5 stars.

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16. Eclipse (Twilight #3)

If you’ve been following me for a few months now, you’ll know that Ellyn and I are doing a buddy-read of the Twilight series. This month, we tackled Eclipse and honestly, I really enjoyed rereading this. Maybe it’s because I love Jacob Black but this book was a lot more bearable than the others. There were definitely some consent issues in this book, but I’m a sucker for Jacob Black. Plus I forgot a lot about this book so it was a somewhat surprising read lol. 4/5 stars.

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17. Halloween Boo (Holiday Hunk #1)

After reading Her Halloween Treat, I wanted to read another Halloween romance so I decided to pick this up because it was cheap. Overall, I thought this book was cute but not very memorable. It’s a Halloween romance between a spirit and a mortal woman but it’s slightly inspired by Hocus Pocus. There are a lot of references to the movie so if you like that movie, then you’ll probably like this.

Overall, I thought it was fun albeit a little bit short. Probably won’t reread it but I might continue on in the series. 3/5 stars.


Those are the 17 books I read in October and it was a lot of fun. I can only hope that November is every bit as successful as October was.

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Contemporary-A-Thon Round 5 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow Contemporary-A-Thon lovers! Welcome to my CAT wrap-up and boy am I glad to be here. I’ve been eagerly awaiting CAT for months and I’m happy to finally be posting my wrap-up. If you’ve read my previous CAT wrap-ups, I split it up by days and include the books I read. I have no plans on changing that for this round so let’s get into the hosts, challenges and then my wrap-up.

Contemporary-A-Thon is hosted by Chelsea, Julie, Natasha, and Melanie. All of these ladies are wonderful and I’d highly recommend their channels. Of course, I’m sure that most of you already know who they are. 🙂

The Challenges

  • Read a 2019 release
  • Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover
  • Read a diverse contemporary
  • Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover
  • Read a dark/hard-hitting contemporary
  • Read a contemporary with plants on the cover
  • Read a contemporary beloved by a member of the book community (shout out the creator, if you want!)


Day 1: September 23rd

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Starting with day 1, I had the day off today so I decided to read my longest book today and fortunately, I finished it. Similar to my previous wrap-up, I’m going to include 2 things I liked and one thing I liked. I really loved the main character, Cameron who is a bitch and she just didn’t care which was EVERYTHING. I also liked the unexpected romance that happened.

One thing I didn’t like was how Cameron treated her mom for most of the story as she was really all the family she had. It really annoyed me especially when we found out more backstory on her mother. Overall though, I LOVED this book and it’s one of my favorite contemporaries I’ve read this year. 5/5 stars

I also started Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins and I’m about 50% done with it. I work 3-9 tomorrow so I plan on finishing it before work. If I’m Being Honest fulfilled the challenge of reading a contemporary with yellow on the cover. (1/7)

Day 2: September 24th

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On day 2, I worked 3-9 so I ended up having time before I went to work and I ended up finishing Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book and how much I enjoyed the romance as Flora wasn’t the most likable character.

As for the 2 things I liked, I really loved the setting of this book as it was set in Scotland and everything felt so lush and atmospheric. I also enjoyed both the friendships and romance in the book. Both made me happy and I couldn’t get enough of them. I’d also really like to see Saks get her own book eventually.

As for the thing I didn’t like, I didn’t really enjoy the conflict and I thought it was kind of annoying especially how Millie acted. It was a good read though so 4/5 starsHer Royal Highness completed the challenge of reading a diverse contemporary. (2/7)

Day 3: September 25th

On Wednesday, my lazy butt didn’t read anything. I worked 8:30-5, came home and worked on my articles. Then I showered, eat and watched TV for the rest of the night before I went to sleep. I’m writing this on Thursday, though so I’m happy to share that I made more progress on Thursday.

Day 4: September 26th

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Finally, I’m all caught up and can talk about what I did on the day I’m writing this. I decided to pick up Well Met since I was off today and I spent the afternoon, reading it in one sitting. This book is honestly a new favorite and could be in the running for one of my new favorite books of the year.

The 2 things I liked in this book is hard to pin-point because I loved a lot of things. I loved the characters, the romance and the settings (to name three things!) I also really loved how their relationship played out for a majority of the story without anything happening and everything sort of fell into place in the last 100 pages which are great. The one thing I didn’t enjoy was the conflict and how it portrayed Simon who seemed entirely different from a certain point but 5/5 stars. Well Met completed the challenge of reading a contemporary with plants on the cover. (3/7)

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The second book I completed on Thursday was Falling from Gravity by K.K. Allen and this is a prequel novella. Even though it was short, I think the book did a great job of establishing their relationship and even featured some sexy times. The only thing I didn’t like was how abruptly it ended but I guess that’s to be expected. It did make me want to pick up the next book so it was a job well done, 4/5 stars. Falling From Gravity completed the challenge of reading a 2019 release. (4/7)

Day 5: September 27th

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On Friday, I was scheduled 2-8 but left at 7 because it was slow and I didn’t read anything before work because I was watching vlogs. Instead, I got everything done once I got home and sat down to read Giant Days Vol 3. Of all the volumes so far, this one is probably my favorite. I might need to do a reread though as I forgot a lot about the series but it was still fun.

I read it pretty quickly so I don’t have much to pinpoint what I did and didn’t like. I thought it was good but don’t have much else to say, 4/5 stars. Giant Days Vol 3 completed the challenge of reading a contemporary with an illustrated cover. (5/7) 

Day 6: September 28th

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On Saturday, I worked 4-9 and before work, I decided to read Only For A Night by Naima Simone which was the group book for Smutathon. This book follows a girl who goes to a sex club that her ex owns and it’s basically a one night of passion for them. As for the 2 things I liked about this book, I really enjoyed all the sexy parts and how strong of a character Harper was.

One thing that disappointed me was that I expected the book to be a little darker. It did feature some dark and emotional moments, but I guess I thought it would be a lot more emotional than it was. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this book and I wanted more from it, 3/5 stars. Only For A Night completed the challenge of reading a dark/hard-hitting contemporary. (6/7)

Day 7: September 29th

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On the last day of the Contemporary-A-Thon, I decided to save Fence Vol 1 as I knew it would be a super short read and it was. I sat outside to read this and ended up really enjoying it. As for 2 things I liked, I LOVED the art style and I loved the characters as most of them were pretty likable. The one thing I didn’t like was how slow-moving it was but I’ve heard a lot of people mention that.

Overall, Fence Vol 1 was a major surprise for me as I didn’t think I was going to love it but I did, 4/5 stars. Fence Vol 1 completed the challenge of reading a contemporary beloved by a member of the community. (7/7) 


Contemporary-A-Thon Stats

Challenges: 7/7 challenges completed

Star Ratings: 5-stars (2), 4-stars (4) and 3-stars (1)

Average Rating: 4 stars

Favorite Read: This is tough because I loved both If I’m Being Honest and Well Met so I’m going with those two as my favorite reads.

Least Favorite Read: Only For A Night

Those are all the books I read for Contemporary-A-Thon and honestly, I’m pretty happy with myself. I really do love this read-a-thon and even though I struggled with the challenges at first, I was able to complete them all. Plus it was a relatively good reading week too so I can’t complain. 😛

Did you participate in the Contemporary-A-Thon? If so, how did you do and what books would you recommend that you read? 

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September 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! While August was a pretty big reading month for me, September was a little bit slower. I’ve been trying to take a little bit of a break from reading and read less for quanitay and more for quality. Then again when you’re reading this, I’ll be participating in Contemporary-A-Thon so we’ll see if that happens. I’ll be doing a separate wrap-up for that so be on the lookout 😀

Without further ado, let’s get into the 5 books I read and my 1 DNF in September (Geez didn’t think my reading month was that bad but oh well!)

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1. Ayesha At Last

The first book I finished in September was Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. If you didn’t know, this book is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with Muslim characters and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a unique spin on the original story and I loved watching the relationship form between Ayesha and Khalid. This book was really sweet but nothing overly special. 4/5 stars.

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2. The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3)

The second book I finished this month was The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory and I can’t lie, this book might make me give her a second chance. I wasn’t a fan of the first two books in this series, but this one was probably my favorite. I loved both Maddie and Theo as individual characters but loved them even more as a couple since they were such polar opposites but managed to be together regardless.

This book did feature the miscommunication trope as in she heard something and misinterpreted it and it was just extremely dramatic. Either way, I thought this book was really fun and I’m up for giving the rest of the series a chance. 3.5/5 stars.

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3. Becoming The Dark Prince

I don’t have much to say about this book since it was less than 100 pages but I wanted to read this novella before reading Capturing the Devil. This is basically the events between the 3rd and 4th books in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series but told from Thomas Cresswell’s POV.

I think most of the book blogging and Booktube world loves Thomas Cresswell and I’m right there with them. It was nice to get a glimpse into Thomas’s world and to finally see things from his perspective. 5/5 stars.

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4. A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3)

I’ve had a hold on this book forever and it finally came off so I was SUPER hyped to read this book. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint as it had almost everything I love in romance books. This book follows Ledi’s cousin, Nya who is mentioned in the first book and Johan who is a friend of Ledi’s husband. These two honestly might be my favorite couple of them all.

This book did feature a lot of tropes but it didn’t feel like they were cliche. Alyssa Cole put a new spin on them and I enjoyed that. For some reason, once the book hit the 75% mark, I started to get a little bored which knocked off a star but overall, this was another great installment in the series. 4/5 stars.

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5. A Question For Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4)

The last book I finished in September was A Question For Holmes which is the last book in the Charlotte Holmes series and honestly, I’m sad to see this series go. It was so fun to buddy-read this series with Jenna and Sofia which I’m going to miss. Anyways, getting into what I thought of the book, I think it was a good but not amazing conclusion to the series.

While I liked how everything wrapped up, I only wish that I wouldn’t have been so abrupt. If you’ve read this book, then you know what I mean. Personally, I wish it would have been a little bit longer and explored just a little bit more for me to really enjoy it but it was still good. 4/5 stars.


Those are the 5 books I read in September, not including my Contemporary-A-Thon reads and thankfully, I enjoyed all of them. When I’m typing this, it’s the first day of Contemporary-A-Thon and so far, I think I’m shaping up to have an amazing read-a-thon but we’ll see. You’ll have to check out my CAT wrap-up, though 😉

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August 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! In August, I wanted to only read books that I knew I would love. Unfortunately, the books weren’t in my favor. That being said, I did read 12 books and had 1 DNF so not bad. Overall, it was a pretty good month and I’m hoping that September ends up being as successful as August was.

With my intro out of the way, let’s get into the book I DNFed first and 12 books that I actually finished. 🙂


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1. The Perfect Date

Since I mentioned my DNF, I figured I’d talk about it first. The book I DNFed this month was The Perfect Date. This book is just a hot mess in every single way. The writing wasn’t good. The characters were unlikeable and nothing about it made sense. I don’t think I even got 25% in before I decided to DNF it. I’ll gladly be donating or reselling this book.

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2. So Right (Sugar Baby #2)

On my TBR post, I mentioned that I wanted to finish the Sugar Baby series so the first book I read was So Right. This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first book. It followed the same characters and I loved watching their relationship progress throughout the novel. Plus this book featured the love interest buying a basketball team so I was sold from the start. 4/5 stars. 

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3. So For Real (Sugar Baby #3)

Unfortunately, I really hated the conclusion to this series. As much as I loved the build-up, the payoff just wasn’t for me. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but this book featured a trope that I really can’t stand. Personally, I think it’s a lazy plot device and I wish the book would have taken a different route. Regardless, it was easily my least favorite read of the series. 3/5 stars.

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4. Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1)

Keeping with the romance trend, I finally read Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey and friends, the hype is SO REALThis book featured so many things I love including a retired athlete as the love interest, amazing female friendship, unique family dynamic and loads of smut. At times, I even had to put this book down because it was filthy. Nevertheless, I really loved the relationship between Georgie and Travis, especially how supportive they were of each other. Some things felt a little far-fetched but this book was just SO dang good. 5/5 stars.

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5. The Unhoneymooners

I feel like everyone was reading this book at the beginning of the year and I finally got to it. This was probably my 3rd favorite read of the month and that’s saying something because I read a lot of amazing romance books. Of course, it’s by Christina Lauren so it was a must-buy for me. This is a hate-to-love romance with fake-dating and a midsize main character (like me!) so basically, it was everything I wanted.

What I didn’t love was the conflict towards the end of the book. It felt like our MC was being beaten down for no reason and I wish they would have taken a different route. Otherwise, The Unhoneymooners is another solid story by CL. 4/5 stars.

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6. A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)

I buddy-read this with Jenna and we did a special review for it. Be sure to check that out if you want to see my thoughts!

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7. Ghosted in L.A. #1

In August, I read one comic book on Hoopla and that was Ghosted in L.A. This series follows a girl who moves into a new place that’s haunted by ghosts. In this first issue, we learn that she’s been broken up with and that she moves into this haunted room. Nothing much else happened but I really enjoyed the art style. 4/5 stars.

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8. New Moon (Twilight #2)

As I’ve previously mentioned, Ellyn and I are buddy-reading the Twilight series together…well re-reading for both of us and our first buddy-read of them. I remember reading this book when I was younger and immediately becoming Team Jacob. That sentiment still holds true because I fucking loved Jacob in this book and that’s basically all I loved. I did appreciate Bella’s theatrics though as it felt very true-to-life especially with how I felt about my breakup. 3/5 stars.

 

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9. There’s Something about Sweetie

When I first started my blog, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and LOVED it so there was no way I was going to miss There’s Something About Sweetie. This book follows Sweetie and her relationship with Ashish who is Rishi’s brother. This book had the same charm as its predecessor but I wish that it was more of Sweetie’s story rather than a romance. I did enjoy Sweetie and Ash but Sweetie was clearly the stronger character and she deserved to be in the spotlight alone. 4/5 stars.

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10. Maybe This Time

I have a love-hate relationship with Kasie West’s books. Thankfully, Maybe This Time was a major hit for me. This book follows a girl who works as a florist and the nine events she works at with her best friend and a new guy in town. Normally, I think Kasie West’s books are a little childish but this one was sweet, funny and cute. I know this might not be for everyone but I think this book was the perfect summer read. 4/5 stars.

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11. The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2)

As I didn’t love the first book, I was nervous to read this and rightfully so as I didn’t really enjoy this book. I can’t give away many details as it is a sequel but I found it to be a lot more confusing than the first book. I couldn’t really follow what was happening and I still don’t understand why the ending had to happen. It just made so sad and I wish Brittany Cavallaro had gone a different route. 3/5 stars.

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12. The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

This was the Dragons and Tea book club pick for August and oh my goodness, I’m so happy that I read it with them. This book follows Rhi who created her own dating app and the reunion she has with the guy who ghosted her. That might seem like a basic premise but oh my god did I love this book. It had so much depth and focused on a lot of topics that most romance books don’t even touch.

Most notably, it featured a retired NFL player as the love interest and I was basically ready to give it 5-stars immediately. I never knew that was a trope that I loved but apparently, it is. Either way, this might end up being my favorite book of the year but we’ll see. 5/5 stars.

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13. The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3)

On the very last day of August, I finished The Case for Jamie in two sittings and honestly, it’s my favorite book of the series so far. This book managed to untangle all the webs of the first two books and featured 2 incredible plot twists that I couldn’t believe. I especially liked the circumstances our two MCs found themselves in and I think it really helped the pace of the story. As good as it was, I just didn’t feel like it packed as much of a punch so I gave it 4/5 stars.


Those are the 12 books I read and 1 that I DNFed. Honestly, I’m pretty happy with how my reading month went especially since I read a ton of great romances. August was such a wonderful month for me in general so I hope the same is true for September. If not, then the year’s almost over 😛

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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. 😛

 

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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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