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TBR Tour #5 | Thrillers

TBR Tour is a weekly meme created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. TBR Tour will be posted every Friday with a different theme or genre 📚 😊


Happy Friday!! I’m back with another TBR Tour! As we get into spooky season (yes, I start spooky season in September, don’t @ me), I start to get really into thrillers and mysteries and just spooky, creepy reads.

I am kind of a baby though… I will admit that I don’t like reading thrillers are night before bed lol. I HAVE BAD DREAMS OKAY?

However, there is not much better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a creepy book and drinking something warm!

This weeks TBR Tour theme is…….. THRILLERS

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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

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A book is written called “The House of Horrors” which recounts a families time living in a haunted house. 25 years later, Maggie is restoring the haunted house. She is too young to remember anything that happened when she and her parents lived there before. All she has is the book her father wrote.

Of course, things start to happen and they seem to be VERY similar to what her father wrote in his book… what could possibly go wrong?

I love these types of books and movies. This would probably be a great movie adaptation!!


The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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Summer job as a housekeeper on the perfect remote estate for the perfect family. What could go wrong?

The family has dangerous secrets and if she doesn’t play along she will be in trouble.

I love these kind of “locked door” thrillers, or in this case “locked estate” thriller lol. It is really mysterious and those perfect families always have some crazy secrets that always twist and turn!


One by One by Ruth Ware

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First off, I love Ruth Ware! I have many of her books on my thriller TBR but this is her most recent release!!

Company retreat goes wrong when everyone gets snowed in at a resort. An avalanche hits and everyone is now in survival mode. No one trusts each other…. how many members will make it?

Another “locked door” type story but with survival aspects. These types of scenarios make me nervous lol but I’m excited to read this.


I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

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Anna moves to a small town where Zoe Spanos has been missing since New Years. Anna looks similar to Zoe which stirs up a lot of feelings. Anna becomes invested in finding out what happened to Zoe and realizes they might be connected. Zoe’s body is found 2 months later and Anna is charged with manslaughter.

A teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast doesnt think this is right and tries to uncover the truth.

This sounds INTERESTING!!! I love when podcasts are involved in books!


Any of these books on your own thriller tbr? What ones do I need to add to mine?

Chat with me in the comments!!

Historical Fiction Books I Want To Read

Hello everyone!!

Happy Tuesday 🙂 I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

This weekend was just a long weekend for me (Labour Day) and I can say that I feel I need a few more days… or maybe weeks? Lol I am just so over working and want to relax and have no worries.

BUT the good news is, I am going on a little mini vaca next week! Me and my BF are jumping on the ferry and heading to Vancouver Island for a couple days. We are so excited to just be away from home and have some time off work!!!! Literally so excited!

Anyways, that’s my little life update but lets get to why you are here which is HISTORICAL FICTION!

If you are like me, you love some historical fiction. I find that I always talk about this genre and have a million books on my tbr but when it actually comes to reading them I don’t get to them as much as Id like to!

So I figured if I could narrow it down to a smaller list then I could actually work towards reading them. Crazy idea right?? Lets see if it actually helps me lol if nothing else here is a list of some historical fictions I really want to read!


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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

A group of people from very different walks of life come together to save Jane Austen’s legacy. It is supposed to be a very heartwarming story and is set just after WW2!

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A female spy is recruited to the real life Alice Network in France during WW1. An American socialite is searching for her cousin in 1947. These two women are brought together to go on a mission to truth finding, both for their own reasons and will do whatever it takes to get it.

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The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

A story about everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during WW2. The project is never explained to the women and they don’t know exactly what they are working on. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth of the project, the women have to confront their ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war.

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All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Two women connected across time by the city of Paris, a journal, and a lot of secrets. Caroline wakes up in a Paris hospital with no memories. Slowly she regains pieces of her life and comes across a mystery from decades prior. Celine lives in Nazi-occupied Paris and ends up being a mistress for a German officer in order to keep her family safe. These stories intersect when Caroline finds Celine’s diary tucked away in her apartment.


These are just 4 from a list of many! Maybe I will do another post like this once I actually read some of the historical fictions I have listed here!! Keep myself accountable!

Ill leave a couple historical fictions I have read and enjoyed as well, just in case you need some more to read!

📖 The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

📖 The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnball

📖 The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel


Hope you all have a lovely day!

Happy reading 🙂

TBR Tour #3 | Royals

TBR Tour is a weekly meme created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. TBR Tour will be posted every Friday with a different theme or genre 📚😊


Hello friends! How is everyone doing? How is August treating you so far?

I can tell you right now that August is making me feel tired haha. I don’t know what it is lately but I feel tired and overall just unmotivated. I am trying to get back on a schedule for posting on here though and I am feeling confident that having a set schedule will help!

So, I missed a few TBR Tours but FEAR NOT, I have planned some good ones for the remainder of August and I am going to give you all the themes so if you want to join in you can!! ❤

Just a reminder about what TBR Tour is – a fun meme that showcases some of the books currently on my never ending TBR that focuses on a theme or genre!

For this TBR Tour the theme is: Royals! To me this means any books about royal families, royal people, or royal life in any way!

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

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I have loved the idea of this book from the second I found out about it!! What if America had a royal family?? This is such a fun idea to me and I honestly love anything royal so I’m on board!!

General George Washington is given a crown for winning the Revolutionary War and centuries later… America is still royal! It follows Beatrice who is close to becoming Americas first Queen.

I’m sure others can relate but I have always thought being a Princess would be an amazing life haha so this idea of America having Princesses and Queens and whatnot, just makes me happy! ALSO there is a second book!!!


Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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I will start off by saying this cover is amazing and that is 100% the reason I was initially interested in this book!! Then I started hearing others say it was great and I actually read the synopsis and I was like YUP I need that!

What does this book offer you ask?

Well, in this book there is a fake friendship leading to potential love. BUT not just any fake friendship!! The First son of the American President and Prince Henry!!! They must prove that the relationship between America and England is strong and how do they do this? By showing both these guys are best buds. However, they then start to fall for each other and well if that isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is!


Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins

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So, I recently read The Royal We and The Heir Affair. I LOVED THEM. This makes me think of those books in a way and honestly if I even have the smallest feeling they may be similar I will read it. Hand down, no questions asked. I haven’t seen this one around like really at all… but it sounds so up my ally. I cannot wait to read it!

Daisy is 16 and lives in Florida. Her older sister is engaged to a Prince from Scotland. Daisy ends up having to join her sister in the castle and she just does not fit in and has no desire to. Miles is appointed to make Daisy regal but there are roadblocks and Daisy is not making it easy!!

This sounds so fun and entertaining! I am so the opposite and would be down to be royal haha (I say this now but honestly who knows haha).


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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So this isn’t technically royal. BUT it is old England and the main characters name is “Monty” so I mean, I think we can still count this. Plus, Monty’s family is very high class and the book follows him through his Grand Tour of Europe where he gets himself into all sorts of trouble and adventure! ALSO – If this cover does not scream fancy important men then I don’t know what does and royalty was all about fancy important men (and still is)!

This has been on the TBR for a super long time and I know there are 2 other books in this series so I really should get on it! This is also historical fiction which I LOVE!


So that is all folks! Do you enjoy royals? Have you read any of these? I really need to read them but when will that happen? Who knows! Haha. Tell me your royal TBR books!

Here are the other topics for the remainder of August! Feel free to join in and tag me if you do!!

  • Aug 14 – Mermaids
  • Aug 21 – Historical Fiction
  • Aug 28 – Books set in schools

New Releases – August 2020

Anyone else finding so many amazing books this year?? I feel like my TBR just keeps growing with all these new books. I also have been finding that I NEED the new books like asap haha. Anyone else feeling like this?

I know that August is going to have so many good releases and I just cannot wait! I wish I could show literally all of my anticipated releases but then we would be here ALL DAY and I know you important people have things to do SO we will look at 10 new releases I am excited about 😊

Lets go!!


Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

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This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

Pub date: August 4, 2020


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

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Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.
When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don’t have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don’t realize is that a rip current is coming and it’s about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

Pub date: Aug 27, 2020


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

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It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club–a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage–truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history. 

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Heatwave by Kate Riordan

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When Sylvie Durand receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering 1990’s summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she’s long tried to forget.

As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago. In every corner of the house, Sylvie can’t escape the specter of Elodie, her first child. Elodie, born amid the ’68 Paris riots with one blue eye and one brown, and mysteriously dead by fourteen. Elodie, who reminded the small village of one those Manson girls. Elodie who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. As the fires creep towards the villa, it’s clear to Sylvie that something isn’t quite right at La Reverie . . . And there is a much greater threat closer to home.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

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Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.

With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

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Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.

Pub date: Aug 1, 2020


The Wedding Disaster by Avery Flynn

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Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

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After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry

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Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?

They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.

With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Any of these on your tbr?

I think I am most excited for The Lions of Fifth Avenue! Love me some historical fiction!

Chat with me in the comments!

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey friends! I am jumping on the book tag wagon for the Mid Year Freak Out! I originally wasn’t going to do this tag but I’ve been reading a lot of other peoples answers and while I was reading my own answers were popping into my head so I figured I should do this!!

I should have done this in June when it was actually half way through the year but you know what??? I am doing it in July and that is okay. We will all pretend that July is actually the mid way point for the year just for the purpose of this book tag today 😂

Also small reading update: July has been treating me well so far you guys!! I have been saying for the last couple months that my reading has been alright but just not as good as I have been hoping. Let me TELL YOU… I have already finished 2 books this month and have the 3rd about half way through! This is super exciting for me and is making me feel so motivated to keep reading and just super excited for all the books I still have to read!!! I love this feeling ❤

So anyways, lets jump on in to this book tag and let me know if we have any books in common!!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Harmel

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This book gave me LIFE! I love historical fiction and this is probably the best one I’ve ever read. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!

Comes out July 21!

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BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan 🙌🏻

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Literally so amazing, I loved it! I have always loved the royals and following all the drama so this sequel was just what I needed!!!

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NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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This book seems so great! It has mermaids so that’s a win from me. The reviews have been so amazing so its definitely at the top of my list to read ASAP! Guess I’ll have to go to the bookstore….. wonder how many books I’ll leave with 😂

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

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The release date for this one is Dec 1, 2020! I don’t know why I’m so excited for this one but I just am!! It sounds so good!!

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BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

This is easy… I’ve used it for EVERY BOOK TAG THIS YEAR! – The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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Honestly this book was just disappointing because of the huge potential the book had to be amazing. It fell super short for me so its easily the biggest disappointment for me.

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BIGGEST SURPRISE

Verity by Colleen Hoover

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This was my first real thriller and also my first 5 star read of the year! I went into it thinking that I might not like it because I haven’t really been into thriller in the past BUT I was so surprised and I loved it!! I now have opened my eyes to so many thrillers and plan to read lots more!

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

This one is hard!! I have read so many great authors this year so far. This is the first year in a long time that I have consistently read so I mean I have a few I think!

1️⃣ Colleen Houck

2️⃣ Christina Lauren

3️⃣ Mhairi McFarlane

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NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Freddie from The Royal We & The Heir Affair ❤

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NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Hard to pick just one but if I have to pick my most recent fav character I would say Bex from The Royal We & The Heir Affair!

She was such a strong character and I enjoyed how she didn’t really take shit from anyone!

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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This book wrecked me. I cried so many times throughout this book lol it was so sad but then happy, but then sad again. It was honestly a roller coaster!

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

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This book made me so happy I loved every second of it!! It was cute and fun and had a nice romance in it. Just overall a great chick-lit read set in a cute little bookstore run by a fun loving woman! Read it 😊

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FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I don’t think I’ve watched a movie adaptation of a book since like maybe the hunger games??? I tend not to watch the movies haha

So instead Ill give you a book that I think would make a really good movie!!

Terraformer by Colleen Houck!

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A sci-fi about a crew going to a different planet to colonize. Only, on the way there seems to be some mysterious deaths and weird things happening. The MC has a biological secret and when they get to the planet things seem to be working against them! People die, people are betrayed, secrets about the planet are discovered, and the MC discovers something about herself that changes everything! It was fab and would be a really entertaining movie!

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FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Hmm.. probably If you liked… You might like… [Truly Devious Edition]

I love reading those posts and when I was writing this one I really enjoyed the research and finding new books for myself as well!


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Its a tie between The Hazel Wood and House of Salt and Sorrow! Both beautiful 😊

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WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

All of them??? Hahaha I have so many books on my shelf to read! If I have to pick just one I would say The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I have been saying I will read it for like 3 months and I haven’t done it yet so I’m worried I will never get to it LOL

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Let me know what your fav read of the year has been so far!!

Chat with me in the comments 😊