Independence Day Book Tag

Book Tag

Happy Fourth of July to all of my American followers! Since today is Independence Day, I thought I would celebrate by completing the Independent Day Book Tag. Here are my answers (I am not sure who started this tag. If you know, please link to their social media down below so I can credit them!):

  • Show three books you have already read (one red, one white, and one blue)

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's JournalCounting by 7sReal Friends

This summer I have been really drawn to reading more middle grade books. These are three books that I have read so far this summer. While I wanted more from Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, I was thoroughly impressed with the unique and distinct voices in each of these stories. Real Friends, a graphic memoir about Shannon Hale’s childhood, really grabbed me because it perfectly captured how most people feel at that age.

  • A book with your favorite “rag-tag” band of revolutionaries

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I haven’t talked about The Lunar Chronicles in so long! This was one of my most hyped series when I first started my blog. I love each of the characters in this book and they have stayed with me years after I finished the series. I’m still waiting on someone to make this into a movie series, or even better, a television or Netflix series!

  • Show a book that takes place in one of the 13 original colonies

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything takes place in Stanwich, Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies. I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson’s books and hopefully I can get to the only book that I haven’t read by her, Second Chance Summer, before this summer ends!

  • Show a book that takes place in England

I've Got Your Number

Sophie Kinsella’s books are some of the first books that got me into the “adult” book age range. I particularly loved I’ve Got Your Number out of all the books that I have read by her.

  • Time for fireworks! What book(s) end with a bang?

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Cruel Prince was an okay read for me, but I was completely blown away by the twists and turns in the second book in this series. The ending caught me by surprise! I am eagerly anticipating The Queen of Nothing.

  • Show three books you would like to read (one red, one white, and one blue)

The Wedding DateSomewhere Only We KnowThe Rest of the Story

I really enjoyed The Proposal, so I was love to read the other books in Jasmine Guillory’s companion series. I also want to read books by Maurene Goo because I’ve heard such positive reviews of her work. Obviously, I need to read The Rest of the Story because Sarah Dessen is my favorite YA author!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is things that make me pick up a book. There are so many new releases every year, it is hard to choose what books to bring to the front of my TBR. However, I do notice a common theme in books that I read. Generally, I will pick up a book if…

  • It is a contemporary book

My favorite genre is contemporary, so I find myself more drawn to books in this genre than other books.

  • It is a light-hearted book

I tend to prefer books that make me smile, laugh, or feel happy. While I do like the occasional more “serious” book, I prefer more light-hearted stories that guarantee a happy ending.

  • It is written by a favorite author

Even if the plot does not sound as interesting to me as their other books, I will still pick up books by my favorite authors. While this does not always work in my favor, for example 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne, I still typically find the book an okay read.

  • It has an interesting or unique premise

I love books that offer something different or unique, even if it isn’t in my preferred genre. For example, I picked up Sadie by Courtney Summers this year because the podcast element sounded unique and interesting to me. When I browsed the book aisle in middle school many years ago, I picked up The Hunger Games because it sounded interesting even though I really only read Sarah Dessen books at the time. The Hunger Games ended up being one of my favorite book series for a long time!

  • It is a hyped book

Sometimes, I feel like I wait too long after new books are released and I miss out on the initial excitement. Recently, I have picked up more and more “hyped” books to see my own opinion. While I tend to find most hyped books average, I have found quite a few books that I really enjoyed this way. I ended up really liking Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and The Wicked King by Holly Black (although the first book in this series did not live up to the hype for me).

  • It is a stand-alone book

I definitely prefer stand-alones as opposed to series, which translates into a lot of areas of my life. I prefer reality competition shows, like Project Runway or The Bachelor, where I only need to track the story for one season as opposed to shows like Pretty Little Liars or Game of Thrones. I always drop off somewhere in the middle and never pick it back up. Likewise, it takes a lot for me to become invested in a series. As a result, I am more likely to pick up a stand-alone than something that could spin off into multiple books.

  • It has a good synopsis

Even if it isn’t my typical book pick, a book can really pull me in with a good synopsis on the back cover. Like I mentioned earlier, I picked up The Hunger Games on a whim at a bookstore because of what I found on the back cover. Additionally,

  • It has a cute cover

You should never judge a book by its cover, or so they say, but a good cover definitely pulls me in. If I see a book with a cute font and happy stock photo (think Kasie West), I can sense if a book is up my alley. Book covers are supposed to market themselves to the right people and something cute and happy definitely draws me in.

  • It is recommended by someone I trust

If my sister enjoys a book, then I will probably read it since we have similar tastes. For example, she introduced me to Sarah Dessen’s books in middle school and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. Just Listen still remains my favorite YA book about ten years later.

  • It has fan art.

If I see a lot of fan art depicting characters in a book or series, it motivates me to pick up the book. Characters make or break a book for me. If a see a lot of people enjoy the characters in a series so much that they create artwork of the characters, it makes me want to pick up the book.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Music I Listen to on my Way to Work

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is an audio freebie. I love listening to music, especially upbeat songs as we moved deeper into spring and into summer. I have developed a greater appreciation since my commute to work is forty minutes each way, which makes my total time on the road almost an hour and thirty minutes each day. Typically, I listen to K-Love, a Christian radio station, or put in one of the CDs in my car. Here are some of the songs that I have been listening to on my way to work (you’ll notice that my Zach Williams CD has definitely been a favorite this past month!):

  • Chainbreaker by Zach Williams
  • Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle 
  • Best News Ever by MercyMe
  • Summer Nights from the Grease Soundtrack
  • Old Church Choir by Zach Williams
  • Born to Hand Jive from the Grease Soundtrack
  • 7 Rings by Ariana Grande
  • Survivor by Zach Williams
  • Greased Lightning by the Grease Live Cast
  • Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande 


What songs do you listen to on the way to work, school, etc.?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring 2019 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books on my Spring 2019 TBR. Here are my choices:

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Don't Date Rosa Santos

  • If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegmund-Broka

If I'm Being Honest

  • King of Fools (Ace of Shades #2) by Amanda Foody

King of Fools (The Shadow Game, #2)

  • Again, But Better by Christine Riccio 

Again, but Better

  • Somewhere Only We Knew by Maurene Goo 

Somewhere Only We Know

  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There's Something About Sweetie

  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett 

Serious Moonlight

  • Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Night Music

  • Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

Just For Clicks


What books are on your spring TBR?


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Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Book Tag

Book Tag

Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, I thought I would celebrate with the Kiss Me, I’m Irish Book tag 🍀! Here are my answers:

  • Green: Book With a Green Cover

Serious Moonlight

I seriously enjoy this cover and it was one of the reasons I wanted to read this book despite not enjoying another book by this author, Alex, Approximately. Fortunately for me, I received this book as an ARC and enjoyed it significantly more than the first book I read by this author. As a contemporary lover, I can definitely see myself picking up more books than Jenn Bennett releases in the future.

  • Blarney: A Book that Deceived You into Liking It or It Was Over-Hyped and You Ended Up Disliking It

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

I found The Kiss Quotient to be a little over-hyped for me after I read it. The Kiss Quotient is lumped on a lot of lists for people stepping out of YA and into new adult or adult books. I tend to like books on these lists like The Hating Game. However, nothing about the story was particularly memorable for me and I never bought into the relationship which is the sole focus of this story.

  • Brogue (Dialect): A Book Where One of the Characters Has an Accent

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

When I read this prompt, the first thing that I could think of was how much Anna loved how Etienne pronounced her name!

  • Leprechaun: A Book You Enjoyed When You Were Young

Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)

The amount of Babysitter’s Club books that I owned was insane! I absolutely loved this series and I remember my grandma always finding new ones for my sister and me at garage sales and thrift stores. It’s an understatement to say that I am so excited for this upcoming Netflix series!

  • Pot of Gold: A Book That Cost You a Lot or is of Great Value to You

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell (Dear America)

I got this book in second grade through a Scholastic catalog.  I remember feeling so fancy as I read this book on the carpet during silent reading time and marking my place with the ribbon bookmark attached to the binding. Those were the good old days!

  • Four-Leaf Clover or Shamrock: Four Leaves = More Than One Book, Pick Your Current or Old Favorite Series

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I was so into this series when I was in college. I definitely need to re-read this sometime in the near future because I know I would enjoy it just as much as the first time I read it.

  • Magic: A Book that You Found Magical or a Book Where You Enjoyed a Magic Element That Was Found in the Story Line

The Boy Next Story (Bookish Boyfriends, #2)

There’s not a huge magic element to this contemporary series, but it is suspected that the English teacher can make the books truly come to life. I think many readers wish that their favorite characters and stories could be real!

  • Kiss: Your Current Favorite Book Pairing or Your All-Time Favorite Book Pairing

The Proposal

I really enjoyed Nikole and Carlos as a couple in The Proposal. Their relationship was so real and healthy, so it was really refreshing after seeing so many unhealthy relationships in fiction. Nikole and Carlos are definitely #relationshipgoals and I would not mind finding my own Carlos in real life.

  • Luck: A Book on Your Shelf That You Will Luckily Get To… Someday

Little Monsters

I’m not hugely into thrillers, but I have heard nothing but positive reviews for books by Kara Thomas. I picked this book up at a discount store because the story sounded interesting and I enjoy branching out into different genres than my usual contemporary every year. This year seems to be the year of the thrillers for my branch out books, so I’m sure I will pick this one up when I’m in the mood for something other than contemporaries.

  • Jig: A Book That You Don’t Currently Own But If You Could Get a Hold of It, It Would Make You Dance With Joy

I am excited for Sandhya’s Menon’s February 2020 releases of Curses and Kisses. It is described as the first of a contemporary fairytale retelling. This one is a Beauty and the Beast inspired story that features an Indian princess who must make a British aristocrat fall in love with her. I read an ARC of There’s Something About Sweetie and absolutely loved it, so I’m quickly becoming a Sandhya Menon fan. I love fairytale retellings and when authors go in a different direction than the rest of their books. Needless to say, this is one of my most anticipated reads for 2020 so far!

  • Rainbow: That’s You! Lead Others to This “Pot of Gold Tag!”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books that I Would Love to Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is places in books that you would love to visit. Here are my choices:

  • Colby Beach from multiple Sarah Dessen novels

Along for the Ride

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors and Colby Beach is a staple location in many of her books. I would love to shop at Clementine’s, pick up some snacks, or eat the legendary onion rings and pie.

  • Meade Creamery from Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet

Meade Creamery not only has amazing ice cream, but boasts a long history of a female-run business. I would love to show my support for Meade’s Creamy by purchasing some delicious ice cream!

  • Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Who wouldn’t want to visit the City of Starlight? I would love to visit this city to see some of my favorite characters.

  • The Rampion from Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Thorne is one of my favorite characters from The Lunar Chronicles, so I would love to chance to travel on his ship.

  • Court of Faerie from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I would not want to necessarily visit the Court of Faerie. However, I would love to be a fly on the wall to learn all the secrets about the people inside.

  • France from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

After reading this book, I wanted nothing more than to go to a boarding school in France. Perkins included a lot of descriptions about places and food that I couldn’t help but wish to travel there!

  • Ireland from Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Luck

Jenna Evans Welch does an amazing job describing scenery and this book was no exception. I felt like I was in Ireland while reading this book. However, I’ve never actually been to Ireland, so this book makes me want to travel there and experience it for myself.

  • Greece from Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

I loved how much this book focused on the setting, culture, and family. Like with Love & Luck, I felt like I was actually there! Now, I need to actually travel there and experience it for myself.

  • Italy from Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

Like with Love & Luck, Jenna Evans Welch did an amazing job describing the location and culture of Italy in this book. Her books always make me want to travel somewhere new!

  • Genovia from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

I absolutely loved The Princess Diaries when I was younger. I always wanted to visit Genovia!


What are some places in books that you would love to visit?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Book Tag

Thanks for nominating me Books, Life, and Other Oddities!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules.

The Questions:

  • What is your current read?

Right now, I am reading Sadie by Courtney Summers. I’m not typically interested in mysteries/thrillers, but I have heard nothing but good reviews about this book, so I decided to pick it up! I’m not very far in, but I think the podcast concept is interesting and very relevant.

  • How many books have you read this year so far?

I have read seven books so far: Snow in Love by various YA authors, Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills, The Wicked King by Holly Black, Eleanor Oliphant in Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne, and Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West.

  • What’s your favorite read of 2018?

It’s so hard to pick just one! The top five books in my annual Brittany Awards were Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West, The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, Save the Date by Morgan Matson, Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian, and How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo.

  • What’s your most anticipated read of 2019?

My most anticipated read of 2019 if The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen. Her books were a staple during my middle school/high school years and she’s the author of my favorite young adult novel, Just Listen. This book sounds like classic Sarah Dessen compared to her more recent releases, so I’m very excited to pick this one up!

  • Do you read with music or read silently?

I cannot read with music! It’s too difficult for me to follow along and concentrate on the book I’m reading.

  • Long books or short books?

I like books in the middle! A lot of times, I’ve found that long books have a lot of unnecessary parts. Meanwhile, books that are short often leave me feeling unsatisfied. However, there are always exceptions!

  • What’s your favorite spot to read?

I like to read on the couch or in my bed!

  • What’s your favorite type of cake?

Everyone makes fun of me for this, but I really, really love carrot cake! However, I mostly get cookie cakes for my birthday (does that really count as cake?) because I have a twin sister. Since we share a birthday, we share a cake and cookie cake is something we can both agree on.

  • Do you pronounce scones as ‘skuns’ or ‘scowns’?

It rhymes with tone the way that I say it!

  • Favourite mythical creature?

My favorite mythical creature is a unicorn! This is widely known by friends and family who always put my presents in unicorn bags, get me unicorn presents, or make group chats that make me the unicorn emoji in the title.

  • What would be your dream job?

Currently, I am working in my dream job! I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. Now, I am an elementary special education teacher.

My Questions:

  • What is your favorite genre to read?
  • What is your favorite television show or Netflix show?
  • What was your most recent five star read?
  • What was the most recent movie you watched?
  • What genre do you hope to read more from in 2019?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • How many books do you want to read in 2019?
  • Where is one place you would like to visit?
  • What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved with less than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books you loved with 2,000 or fewer ratings on Goodreads. Looking at my list, a lot of my books fall into younger age ranges, such as picture books, early chapter books, or middle grade books. This does not surprise me. These type of books are not really huge in the blogging area. Additionally, the targeted audience for these books are not Goodread’s largest base of users, so they would be less likely to rate and review a book online. Here is my list (any book with a review will be linked to the book’s title):

Zora and the Greyhounds

Zora and the Greyhounds was one of the first books that I received a copy of via NetGalley, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. This story was really cute, it followed a dog who wanted to race with much bigger dogs, and also gave an inspiring message to younger readers.


Rush by Sara Bennett Wealer follows three girls going through sorority recruitment. I was interested in this book because I was in a sorority in college and rush was always an exciting time. It saddened me that this book solely focused on negative sorority experiences. While those do exist, I felt like this book was extremely unrealistic and relied more on stereotypes than an actual story.

The Kindness Club: Designed by Lucy

I requested the second book in The Kindness Club after reading the first book in the series and enjoying it. Like the first book in the series, it was a cute book with a good message although a little forgettable.

  • The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey (32 reviews)

The Test

I would describe this book as late middle grade/early YA. I received this book as an eARC from the publisher. I enjoyed learning about junior lifeguards, which I didn’t know much about, but I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the characters.

A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids

This was another middle-grade book that I received via NetGalley. While I enjoyed some aspects of this book, I wasn’t a fan of the romance and found it unnecessary.

The Kindness Club (The Kindness Club, #1)

I was a huge fan of another Courtney Shienmel middle grade novel (Sincerely) and requested this when I saw it on NetGalley. The Kindness Club is definitely more commercial than Sincerely and contains a lot of tropes, but it was still a cute story with a fun message.

Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog

This is a non-fiction book was the first seeing eye dog in America. It’s an easy to read book that many children will read since it focuses on a dog.


Isabella: Girl in Charge is a great introduction to notorious women involved in politics and government in the United States. This is a picture book, so it is a great non-fiction pick for young readers.

  • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (126 reviews)

All I Want for Christmas Is You

All I Want for Christmas is You is such a cute Christmas picture book! It combines the popular Christmas song with illustrations that show a girl getting a dog for Christmas. There’s also a cute one-hour long movie that goes along with this book (but is not included with the book).

The Right Track (Girl vs. Boy Band #1)

I picked up this book at my library because it sounded really interesting. A young girl is forced to live with an aspiring boy band that her mom manages. I liked how this book showed the story from a different point of view (romance was not the driving part of the storyline), however, some aspects of the story fell a little flat for me.


What are some of your least rated, but most loved books?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is favorite couples in books. Over the years, I have come to adore so many couples in books. Since it is Blogentine’s Day on my blog, it is the perfect time to share them! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series of all time and contains one of my favorite couples of all time. While I did love each couple in this series, the one that loved the most was Cress and Thorne. Out of all the main characters, I related to Cress the most. Plus, Thorne is just like Flynn Rider from Tangled, so it’s impossible not to love him. I also enjoyed seeing how they impacted each other as characters and grew throughout the two final books in the series.

  • Feyre and Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

While books by Sarah J. Maas are typically hit or miss for me, I generally enjoy the characters in her books. I specifically enjoyed the character growth that Feyre and Rhysand experienced in A Court of Mist and Fury and slowly watching them turn into a couple. Despite my feelings of meh towards book three and the novella, I still love reading about their relationship and can’t wait to see little snapshots of their future in other books set in the same world.

  • Nikole and Carlos from The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal

I think Nikole and Carlos have the most real and healthy relationship on this list which was so incredibly refreshing to read. Nikole and Carlos are like normal, everyday people which made me believe that I could experience the same love that they feel towards each other. They are so respectful of each other’s passions, feelings, and thoughts. Their love story just made me so happy and I can’t wait to see them appear in The Wedding Party (the next book in this companion series) to see what happens to them.

  • Kestrel and Arin from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

I haven’t read this series in a long time. However, I remember being so invested in Kestrel and Arin’s relationship. Even though it was pretty dramatic for my tastes, I was sucked in and I couldn’t put down this series until I knew what happened to them.

  • Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows  by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Kaz and Inej have such a great relationship that is so different than many others in the YA sphere. I like how Kaz and Inej both influenced each other, but never completely changed each other. They were able to live with the other thinking very differently from themselves, but also worked so well together.

  • Annabel and Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen is my favorite YA book, so it’s no surprise I loved Annabel and Owen. Sarah Dessen has a knack for making me love characters that I would probably not in real life. Owen’s music snobbery would definitely annoy me in real life, but he has so much dimension in this book that I can’t help but like him.

  • Selina and Luke from Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)

I was surprised by how much I loved this book. This Sarah J. Maas book isn’t one of her most hyped, but besides A Court of Mist and Fury it is definitely my favorite. Selina and Luke have so many layers to their characters and I was rooting for them the entire novel.

  • Remy and Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby

Remy and Dexter and two characters that I would relate to in real life or ever imagine together, but Sarah Dessen makes it work. Remy is very cold and rigid and Dexter is the complete opposite. He’s also a musician, and if you’ve read a post on my blog before, that’s not my favorite thing to see in books. That being said, I think Remy and Dexter end up balancing each other perfectly and help each other grow as people and in relationships. Plus, that silverware scene is one of my favorite cute YA scenes of all time.

  • Abby and Cooper from Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life, and the List

I love Kasie West books and think they contain couples straight out of your favorite teen movie. Abby and Cooper just stand out to me much more than the others. Cooper, to me, had a little more personality than some of West’s other love interests. Plus, it was interesting to read the friends-to-lovers trope which I don’t typically pick up or enjoy. Honestly, I was so invested in their relationship that I could not put this book down.

  • Macy and Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever

Macy and Wes are just the perfect couple… there’s nothing else to say! (Except sa-woon!)


Who are your favorite couples from books?

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Booktube Made Me Read It! Part Two


I’ve discovered so many of my favorite books through reading reviews, watching Booktube, or discovering character art on Pinterest. Recently, there have been many books that I’ve read as a result of the bookish community. Here are five books that the bookish community convinced me to read and some brief thoughts on them (book reviews will be linked to book titles):

  • Eleanor Oliphant in Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

I have heard nothing but positive reviews for Eleanor Oliphant literally everywhere. Needless to say, I went in with high expectations. During the first half of the books, I found myself slightly disappointed. I was thinking this will be another hyped book that I did not enjoy. However, the second half was absolutely amazing and made me understand all the hype. I found myself crying so many times at the end of this book, which rarely happens for me.

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient

I picked up The Kiss Quotient because I saw it in a lot of recommendations for people branching out of YA. I was also intrigued because the main character has autism, which is not typical for an adult romance. This book ended up being only an average read for me. There were aspects I liked, but others that I found slightly problematic. Additionally, I found the emphasis on the physical aspect of the relationship a little too much for me.

  • Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Famous in a Small Town

The bookish community didn’t necessarily motivate me to pick up this book in particular, but it did make me want to read a book by Emma Mills. I primarily read contemporary books and I have seen a lot of hype surrounding her books, particularly on Booktube. I wouldn’t consider her one of my favorite contemporary author after reading this book, however I did enjoy this book overall. The beginning progressed rather too slowly for my liking, but the second half really shined.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

I picked this book up around Christmas when I was looking for some Christmas book recommendations. This book pretty much appears on every list in the bookish community, so when I saw it as a Kindle deal, I knew I needed to give it a shot. This book definitely wasn’t what I expected, however, I still overall enjoyed it. It is a nice book if you are looking for a Christmas book, however, it is not my favorite Christmas book in the YA sphere.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I picked up both Shatter Me and Unravel Me from the library after seeing this series gain a lot of hype again after Restore Me’s release. Since I missed out on the hype the first time around, I wanted to potentially read all of this series last summer. I feel like if I read this series when it initially came out, I would have loved it a little more because it is very similar to a lot of the books I read and enjoyed at that time in my life. At this point, it is very similar to other books I’ve read. It takes a lot for me to invest in a series and since I did not connect strongly to the first two books, I am unsure if I will carry on with the series.

What books have the bookish community inspired you to read?

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