My Favorite Contemporary Reads Pt.2

So, back in October of 2018, I did a similar post – Five Favorite Contemporary Books – I’ve linked the post, feel free to check it out. At that point, I wasn’t really reading contemporary books unless they came from a few specific authors.

Then in 2019 I started falling in love with YA contemporary books again, and my list of favorites and downright enjoyable, adorable YA romcoms/contemporaries has exploded. I mean, there are so many of them now, and I thought I’d share some of my absolute You Must Read These If You Haven’t Already books.

I’m just looking at my shelves that hold my mass majority of my contemporary books and I just realized that this post might be longer than I anticipated. I didn’t realize just how many amazing books I’d fallen in love with since the start of last year, but let’s do it! It’s the last day of 2020 and I want to give y’all some fun romcom recs – as well as some heavier, but just as amazingly good contemporary ones.

I’ve read all of these books, and there are definitely reviews for each of them floating around on this blog, so feel free to search for those as well!

Oh, btw, these are in no particular order! Continue reading “My Favorite Contemporary Reads Pt.2”

Blog Tour – Book Review: Book Review: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

Title: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

Author: Amy Noelle Parks

Pub. Date: January 5, 2021

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Caleb has always assumed that when she was ready for romance, Evie would choose him. Because he is her best friend, and he loves her, and he has almost kissed her 17 times…

Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has never been interested in dating. She’s been fully occupied by her love of mathematics and her frequent battles with anxiety (and besides, she’s always found the idea of kissing to be a little bit icky). But with the help of her best friend and her therapist, Evie’s feeling braver. Maybe even brave enough to enter a prestigious physics competition and to say yes to the new boy who’s been flirting with her.

Caleb Covic knows Evie isn’t ready for romance but assumes that when she is, she will choose him. So Caleb is horrified when he is forced to witness Evie’s meet cute with a floppy-haired, mathematically gifted transfer student. Because Caleb knows the girl never falls for the funny best friend when there’s a mysterious stranger around, he decides to use an online forum to capture Evie’s interest. Now, he’s got Evie wondering if it’s possible to fall in love with a boy she’s never met.

Continue reading “Blog Tour – Book Review: Book Review: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss”

Book Review: Lore

Title: Lore

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Pub. Date: January 5, 2021

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees. Continue reading “Book Review: Lore”

Books That Hit My Radar GIVEAWAY!

So, I mentioned that I *might* be doing this in a post last week, and here we are!

I started doing this series because I honestly didn’t have the time to put out longer posts. I also love promoting books and so often I see the same books promoted over and over. So, I wanted to do something a little different. I started sharing the books that social media advertised to me, that I sporadically found trolling Amazon and Goodreads. I never imagined that the posts would do as well as they have, and I really didn’t expect your responses of “I just added these to my TBR!” and “I just bought these, they sound amazing!” I didn’t expect the support from the authors or just the enthusiasm in general. So, I’m beyond thrilled that this series is doing so well, and I totally plan on continuing it into next year. Continue reading “Books That Hit My Radar GIVEAWAY!”

Books I Got for Christmas!

We’ve now entered the limbo that is the week between Christmas and New Years – but is it honestly any different than the rest of this year. I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that Christmas has actually come and gone and we’re a mere 4 days away from the start of 2021.

Like, how?

I didn’t ask for much this Christmas and definitely didn’t ask for many books. In fact, there was only one MUST HAVE on my list. Pretty much all year I bought the books I was interested in. Since I did that, I really didn’t receive much, but the 6 books I did get, I’m so excited for. I’m thrilled to own physical copies and I cannot wait to read the ones I haven’t already read!

So, let’s jump in and take a look!
Continue reading “Books I Got for Christmas!”

It’s Christmas! Here’s a Wintery Scene!

Well, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone’s holidays have been wonderful – despite the wrench 2020 has thrown into all plans. By the time this goes live, I very well might still be in bed, but when I wake up it’ll be present time! I’m so excited that it’s Codigo’s first Christmas. So far, he’s done really well with the tree – though he likes to try and drink the water. He was constantly in the way while wrapping presents, but he’s been good. He’s got some presents to open and I cannot wait. I also can’t wait for the coffee, coffeecake and mimosa’s that are going to make opening gifts really fun.

I wasn’t sure if I was doing a post today, but I remembered this wintery scene I wrote in a past NaNo project and I kind of feel like sharing it. I initially worked on this WIP in 2016 and then again in 2018. I really do love this WIP – it’s high fantasy where the world is split between the Northern and Southern Courts. Magic exists in the Southern Court, while all magic has been stripped from the Northern Court. There’s an evil queen hell bent on collecting all magic from the land, and a bit of an epic love story that hasn’t quite ended yet.

One of these days I will finish this WIP because I really do think it has potential and I love the characters.

But for now, here’s a little wintery scene! Like always with these kinds of posts – I haven’t touched this Word doc in who knowns how long (at least 2 years). So, there are potentially bound to be some grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or just little incorrect things. So please be kind and I hope you enjoy! Continue reading “It’s Christmas! Here’s a Wintery Scene!”

The Christmas Song Book Tag

HOW is it Christmas Eve? I don’t understand it. I don’t get it and I have absolutely nothing wrapped. I have to work a half day today – kinda bummed about that, but 4 hours and then I’m off until January 4, 2021. And you sure as hell can bet that I’ll be reading my entire break.

Anyways, I’m back with another tag I found over on Michella’s blog – YaBooksGirl. I’m absolutely loving her content and she’s done some great tags that all happen to be a lot of fun to do. I’ve linked her blog post for this tag, so you should head on over and check out her answers.

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag! If you do, do it, please let me know so I can check out your post and your answers! Continue reading “The Christmas Song Book Tag”

3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 11

Well, it’s December 23rd so consider this a last-minute recommendation post featuring some books you could buy the avid reader in your life.

I initially had another post planned, but there just weren’t enough hours in the day yesterday and by the time I sat down to do blog post, I could barely stay awake.

But that’s okay! Because these books caught my eye and I felt the need to share them with you. I’m also thinking about doing a Giveaway where I gift a handful of people an e-book off any one of these radar posts. So, let me know if that’s something that might interest you and stay tuned. It’s the season of giving and I’ve been wanting to do a Giveaway for a while now, and I can’t think of anything better than gifting copies of some of these books!

With all that being said, let’s check out these books! Continue reading “3 Books That Hit My Radar Pt. 11”

‘Tis the Season Book Tag

We’re T-minus 2 days out from Christmas Eve and I haven’t wrapped a single gift. I’m also not entirely sure I bought something for everyone on my list. That’s being hella busy and having no time for you. Though, I think I’m good. It’s weird that Christmas is this week. I’ve said it multiple times, but this year feels like a time warp going at light speed. I just don’t understand where the year went, or how I’ve managed to blog at least 5 days a week for the whole of 2020.

Anyways – the tag!

I stumbled upon this one when I was searching for some fun holiday themed tags to do that weren’t the same ones, I did last year. I found this tag on YaBooksGirl and I loved Michella’s answers and felt inclined to do the tag myself! I also can’t stop singing ‘tis the damn season by Taylor Swift and while it’s not a holiday song, my brain is ignoring that for the correlation of the titles.

I hope you check out her post and if you’re interested, feel free to do this tag as well! I always love seeing your answers! Continue reading “‘Tis the Season Book Tag”

5 Books I Bought Solely Based on Their Covers

I know the consensus is Don’t Judge a Book Based on Its Cover, but sometimes you just have to. Sometimes you just have to buy that book because the cover is gorgeous and it really doesn’t matter what it’s about, because you need the cover solely based on the artwork. It’s just too stunning to not have on your shelf.

I don’t do this often with physical copies anymore – but eBooks are a whole other story. Those I buy based solely on their covers all the time. But for this post, I’m going to be focusing on physical books specifically. I’m also partnering with Sammy from We Write at Dawn and we’re going to show each other our 5 books. I thought it would be fun to do this with someone and see if they’d have the same reaction as I did, and just want to buy the book based on its cover. In a COVID free world, it would be really fun to go to a bookstore (assuming these books would be on a shelf) and see if they catch our eyes, but that’s not possible. So instead, we’ve each made a list of 5 books, and we’re going to show them to each other and basically say yes or no.

She doesn’t know what books I’ve chosen, and I don’t know what she’s chosen, so it’ll be a surprise.

Let’s jump into it! Continue reading “5 Books I Bought Solely Based on Their Covers”