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Let’s Talk Bookish: Happily Ever Afters!

Hello and happy Friday!!

My days are finally starting to fill up with uni work after 5 weeks of basically doing nothing which is great … but also not great because I’m on a true crime kick and my friend has pulled me into a All For the Game re-read binge.

What I’m saying is that I’m now either rushing through my work to get it done or procrastinating until the very last second so that I can instead watch Netflix or read my books. So if today’s Let’s Talk Bookish discussion feels a little more rushed then usual just know it’s because I have Neil Josten and Andrew Minyard waiting for me.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! September Topics.

This week’s topic was actually a free choice meaning I could pick any past prompt and I decided to go with the July topic of …

Should all Romances have Happily Ever Afters (HEAs)? (Dedra @ A Book Wanderer)

Prompts: Do you like romances with happy endings? Do you think that all romances should have happy endings? Why or why not? What are some of your favorite romances with Happily Ever Afters?

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🌧grumpy/sunshine🌞 I still love you!

Hey and hello 👋

Last year I shouted my love for the Grumpy/Sunshine romance trope from the rooftops, specifically in a dedicated post where I read three books with this aspect. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing those books and have wanted to do it again ever since.

And now the time has finally come and today I’ll be reviewing Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert and The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren.

I was meant to also include It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey but I got 60 pages in and couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t loving the characters or the plot and had to DNF it, at least for now. I might go back to it, I might now. If it get’s better and is actually worth reading, please let me know down in the comments 🙂

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

I’m gonna start off by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever laughed out loud (lol-ed as the kids say) so much while reading a book in my life. From page one this book had me in literal stitches which is exactly what I needed to get me out of my mini book-slump.

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Trying to be an audiobook kinda girl but I need recommendations!

I have been anti-audiobook for years now. Not because I actually have anything against audiobooks but because I have the attention span of a pea and have just never been able to stay focused.

That all changed recently however when I was faced with a lot of travel and knew my eyes would not survive reading that much. And so I invested in Audible and so far it’s been a success! (When I’m back at uni in the UK I’m gonna see if my local library has Libby btw).

The only problem now is that I don’t really know what audiobooks I want to read. Today I thought I’d talk a little about what I’ve already read and what few books I think I might like.

Already Read!

The two audiobooks I’ve read that opened my eyes to the fact that yes, I can actually read audiobooks have both been autiobiograpies narrated by the authors themselves – I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy and Mox by Jon Moxley.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Seasonally!

Hello and happy Friday 👋

My goals for this evening are: finish the two books I’m reading for fun, The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, and then start the book I need to read for uni, We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez.

But … I bought myself a Nintendo Switch this week so I know for a fact I’m probably gonna spend the entire weekend playing Mario Kart. At least me writing this blog post will make me feel productive!!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! September Topics.

This week’s topic is …  Reading seasonally (Mikaela @ Mikaela Reads)

Prompts: Do you read seasonally? Do you like a beach read in summer, a spooky book in the autumn and holiday themed ones in winter? What’s your favorite season? Do you have any favorite seasonal reads?

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What I’ve Been Watching … #8

Hello. I am tired.

My study abroad uni has this cool thing where on a random day in the fall semester they cancel classes and everyone goes to the lake for the day.

The down side to this is, despite the busses not leaving til 10am, they wake everyone up at 5am. Add a day in the sun, kayaking and swimming, to the 5am wake up call and me still having homework to do for tomorrow’s classes, what ends up happening is me being exhausted.

My eyes are literally closing as I’m writing this and all I want to do is curl up in bed … but my roommate has friends over watching a movie and I didn’t have the social capacity to deal with new people right now.

And so here I am wrapping up everything I’ve been watching recently. I’ve not done one of these in a while and I’ve watched a lot so I’m just gonna jump right into it.

Bullet Train

You ever read a book or watch a movie that scratches an itch inside your brain you didn’t know you had? That’s how this movie made me feel.

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Top 5 books I read this summer☀

Summer is over. The sun might not know this considering the fact that it’s still making me sweat my arse off but it’s over. I’m ready for hoodies, blankets and lots of tea. With the end of another season, it’s time for me to share my recent five favourites.

I’m pretty sure I forgot to do this for Spring but looking at the list of spring favourites I have written down here I’ve already talked about all of them at length. As much as I loved these books, I don’t wanna keep gabbing on about them so we’re just skipping ahead.

Anyways, onwards and upwards to autumn we go!

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Sophie Gonzales cemented herself as a must read author for me with this book. I loved her 2021 co-authored book, If This Get’s Out, and I loved this maybe even more. Her writing style was so addictive.

This book follows Darcy who considers herself an expert when it comes to handing out love advice, hence why she started up an anonymous love advice buinsess at her highschool. When Broughman finds out about this he leverages this secrete against her until she agress to help him win back his ex.

On the surface it may seem like any other high-school set story but it went deep and even touched on bisexual erasure among other things. It also had a super cute romance that was entertaining to read the entire time.

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Vampire Academy is out and I have thoughts!

Hello and happy Saturday 👋👋

I don’t post on Saturday’s but today is a special case because I’ve just finished watching the first 4 episodes of the new Vampire Academy series and I have thoughts and feelings.

It’s been adapted by the same person as Vampire Diaries which was obviously a really popular show but I have not been optimistic about this show from the moment it was announced.

Besides from the announcemnt I haven’t actually been keeping track of its production or anything like that. I hadn’t even watched the trailer so I went into this completely blind.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: Tips for newbie bloggers

Last year at uni, I hated cooking for myself. I could never think of what I wanted to eat and the two supermarkets near me didn’t have much option anyways.

Cafeteria life here at American Uni though is not all it’s cracked up to be. At least back home if I’m hungry at 2am I can go downstairs and make pasta or chicken nuggets, something me and my housemates did a lot. Here all I can do is eat Oreos … which is exactly what I’m doing right now.

I’m hungry and I want to keep my mind off it so it’s time for another week of Let’s Talk Bookish!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! September Topics.

This weeks topic is … Tips for newbie bloggers!

Prompts: What have you learned since you first started blogging? What advice would you give to new bloggers? What is your favorite thing about blogging? What is the hardest part of blogging for you? Is there anything you wish you’d done differently with your blog?

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Racing to Read Book Tag!

Hello and howdy 🤠

Today I went to my first American Football game. We managed to piece together what was happening as the game went on, but for the most part I was clueless.

You may be wondering “what is this relevant?” and to that I say: because today we’re doing a sport related tag in the form of The Racing to Read Book Tag and I need a good segueway into things.

The extent of my work-out routine is walking from my bed to my fridge. Just kidding. I do walk literally everywhere though and that’s enough for me when it comes to exercising. I have too much social anxiety for the gym.

I’ve seen Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Rabhya @ Rabs Bookish Planet do this tag so go check out there’s if you haven’t already :))

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Books I wanted to recommend for my YA Lit class

Hello. I’m writing to you from the back of my YA Lit class. Last week we had to propose a book to add to the sylabus to read this month and I recommended As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl … and it was just voted in.

I recommended this book for various reasons: it’s a story about that transition from high school to college with these characters reailsing that, while they were the stars in their hometown, they’re now just another fish in the sea. We see these characters battle with drug addictions – as an addict and as somebody close to an addict, and it also has a teen pregnancy plotline. While many serious topics are brought up, it’s never glamourised and always depicts a realistic representation of such things.

The other reason I recommended it is because I just loved this book and will happily take any opportunity to read it again or force other people to read. Now, however, I’m scared that (if the bookstore is able to stock it), my class is going to read it and hate it.

So anyways, this is the book I proposed and it was actually my first choice but it has made me think: what other YA books would I recommend for this class?

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