Vincent Ehindero Award

I was tagged by Mybookworld24.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 10-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

Alex’s Questions:

What gave you the push to start blogging?
I was really active on Goodreads and I decided that I wanted to talk about books in other ways aside from just reviews, so I did a little research and created this blog!

Of course now I’m not great about being active on Goodreads anymore. Womp.

Are you proud of the progress you’ve made so far?
Yep! Though, BookTube/Bookstagram are where I’m most active these days.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years (blogging or personal life)?
Honestly? Probably (and hopefully) the same place. I’m pretty content with where I am and what I’m doing.

What’s your post frequency?
I used to post daily, but like I said, BookTube has kind of taken over for me, so I decided to change my posting to 3-4x per week. I post 3 videos per week on BookTube and I post on Bookstagram daily.

Where do most of your views come from?
Honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve looked at my analytics! TBH views were never what it was about for me. I mostly just wanted to connect with fellow romance readers.

How many friends have you made from blogging?
From blogging? Not many. But, I’ve made quite a few from Bookstagram and BookTube!

Do you ever regret any of your posts?

What are your favourite blog posts to write?
I like doing tags like this and wrap-ups.

What blog posts to you like to read from others? (etc. reviews, tags, hauls)
I love recs and personal posts!

Would you ever consider monetizing your blog?


I tag whoever wants to do it!


Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I think this is more of a BookTube thing, but I thought I would post my answers here as well!

All of the books I mention here can be found and purchased on my storefront.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.
I don’t think I can pick just one, so I’m going to pick two (which was also difficult.)
Brooklynnaire by Sarina Bowen took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to become obsessed with this book, but here we are. It is part of the Brooklyn Bruisers series, but it can be read as a standalone. Our heroine is the former assistant to a socially awkward, but brilliant owner of a tech company (think Apple) and hockey team. They had a very close working relationship until he moved her to Brooklyn to manage the hockey team. I loved this so much because the hero is adorably awkward, but also super smart and the heroine has absolutely no idea that he has been in love with her this entire time. Like, she can’t even fathom it. It was just so swoony and there were so many moments that gave me so many butterflies. This is how I love to feel while I read a romance.
Fall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey is another one that surprised me. I read this because my daughter picked it out for me and it’s a book that I got at Shameless Book Con from Autumn last year. I immediately fell in love with this book and the way this story was told, both in present day and in flashbacks. It’s an emotional contemporary second-chance romance between a girl who moves in next door to these two brothers who both end up caring deeply about her. The hero is deaf and his brother is much more of your typical good-looking, talented, charismatic, nice guy, but she is much more drawn to his brother who is a bit darker and quieter. This had the epic love story that contemporary romances rarely have.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.
This is actually really easy.
Undercover Bromance (The Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kaye Adams. I loved The Bromance Book Club so much, but this one is my favorite so far. Mostly because it was so freaking funny and swoony. I adore Mack, the hero, so much, but I’ll talk more about that later. A lot of people didn’t like Liv, the heroine, but I loved her snark and attitude! This continues the story about The Bromance Book Club, a book club that Mack started because he relys heavily on romance novels to give him relationship advice. He’s very popular with women, however, he hasn’t been able to find a long-term relationship despite following all the romance novel rules.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
I flipped out when I saw that this book was a thing because Jo and Laurie from Little Women is a ship I will so go down with. I’ve loved them together since I first watched the movie that came out in 1949 as a kid. This is basically fanfiction retelling the story, but with Jo and Laurie ending up together.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I did this tag on my channel before Mariana Zapata announced her latest book, but I had said whatever book she comes out with this year is my most anticipated. Well, we have a title and a cover now!
*Hands Down by Mariana Zapata
This is about one of my favorite characters from The Wall of Winnipeg and me, Zac!!
5. Biggest disappointment.
Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)
I honestly don’t really have one that stands out, but if I had to choose it’d be: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I was expecting an epic romance, but it was just ok. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t epic as I would expect a forbidden romance in a YA fantasy would be.
6. Biggest surprise.
I’ve mentioned two books that surprised me this year already, but for this specific question, I’m going to go with *Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #2.6) by Alyssa Cole.
I really didn’t have any expectations going into this one. I thought it would be a cute, quick read, but I didn’t love the first book in this series because I don’t love the royalty trope. This book had nothing to do with royalty, despite mentioning some of the characters from the other books briefly, and it had everything to do with a smart, geeky couple falling in love and having the best meetcute ever.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
*Autumn Grey
Like I said earlier, my daughter picked her book Fall Back Skyward for me to read and I fell in love. Since then I’ve read Desolate and really enjoyed that as well. She doesn’t have a huge backlist yet, so I’m pacing myself reading her books, but I already know she’s going to be a favorite. Her writing is beautiful, I love her story-telling, she creates such swoony and realistic relationships with tons of chemistry, and she’s an awesome human on top of it all.
8. Newest fictional crush.
There are a lot of heroes I’ve been loving this year, but I think Mack wins because he’s such a conundrum. He’s super successful, seemingly alpha guy, but he’s also self-depricating and a big softy. He loves reading romance novels and he is a feminist.
9. Newest favourite character.
Regina is such a badass. She’s hardworking and super smart and geeky. She runs a very successful website pretty much on her own. This is one of those situations where, though I loved the hero as well, the heroine was my favorite.
10. Book that made you cry.
I legit got teared up a few times reading *Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda because, though it was written back in 2016, reading it now and how relevant it is – how filled with hope it is – just really hit home for me.
11. Book that made you happy.
The House in the Cerulean Sea
OMG, so many! I rarely read books that make me feel any other way. But I had a big smile on my face while I read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It’s so full of magic and whimsy and sweetness. I loved it.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I just bought the collectors edition of Anna and the French Kiss. I haven’t received it yet, but it’s absolutely stunning. Buy this version here.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
All the books. Seriously. So many. I want to continue reading at least one Brittainy C Cherry book per month. This month I’m going to read Loving Mr. Daniels. I want to read the rest of Autumn Grey’s back list. I’m definitely going to read Mariana Zapata’s new release.



The Awesome Blogger Award

Hey there lovely book lovers! I hope everyone is doing well and reading #allthebooks!

I was tagged a little while ago by the lovely Whimsically Megan.

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer


  1. Who or what are you most grateful for in life?
    I know this is a pretty standard, but I am so grateful for my family. Obviously, I adore my little family – my husband and two little girls. Especially now that we’ve been able to be home together every day, all day, you’d think we’d get sick of each other, but it’s been wonderful – all of us working together at the dining room table/library all day. I’m also SUPER close to my parents and siblings. I consider my two sisters and my brother my best friends, and I’ve always had a really good relationship with my family. We’re very low key drama and we all appreciate how uniquely close we are.
  2. Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?
    I think Ben Platt has the most gorgeous voice and I could listen to him sing all day. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jason Mraz as a singer/songwriter. HIM has been my OG fav band. I’m also a diehard Swiftie. I have so much respect for that woman.
  3. What would you like to be remembered for?
    Interestingly enough, unlike a lot of the MCs in the books I read, I don’t really care if I’m remembered in the historical sense. Obviously, I want to be remembered fondly by those I love, but I’m not over here trying to leave a legacy. I just want to be happy and spread happiness. Whether anyone remembers my name doesn’t really matter to me.
  4. Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links.
    I’m partial to Bookstagram. I have some of the best interactions and conversations with fellow book lovers there. My handle on both is @inloveandwords.
  5. Random question: do you have a specific mug for specific beverages? Ex. a mug only for coffee, a mug only for tea, etc.? (I can’t be the only one!)
    LOL! Not necessarily. I definitely prefer my tea in a mug and my water in any type of insulated cup that has a straw.
  6. Sequel, prequel, or spin-off?
  7. Do you prefer a boring protagonist or a prickly protagonist?
    Prickly, for sure!
  8. Do you prefer unexpected death or unexpected betrayal?
    Oooo great question. Hmm… I think unexpected death, even though it usually KILLS me.
  9. What’s your favourite trope?
    I don’t know if it’s a trope, but I LOVE the virgin hero in romance.
  10. What’s your least favourite trope?
    Bullying in romance.



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My Questions

  1. What is your favorite trope?
  2. What is your favorite book from that trope?
  3. What are your favorite traits in main characters?
  4. What is your most recent all-time favorite book you read?
  5. What is your most re-read book?
  6. Tag some of your favorite book bloggers.
  7. Name your Top 5 authors you’d like to meet?
  8. What would you ask those authors if you had a conversation with them?
  9. What type of blog posts are your favorite to write?
  10. What are your favorite blog posts to read?



Top 10 Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR (Books I Own)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

We’re homeschooling right now due to COVID-19, and it’s going as well as can be. Thank goodness the girls’ school was prepared and the teachers have made it a lot easier for those of us who do not have the same skills that they do!

It’s stressful trying to homeschool two young kids who require a lot of guidance AND work from home, but we’re managing. Luckily, my husband is able to work from home as well, so we tag team. I’ve also put together a daily schedule that we follow and I make checklists for the girls every day.

I’ve also worked in reading time for the three of us once I finish with my work for the day. I’ve been loving the Forest app. The girls love growing trees by having focused time reading. They are terrified of killing the tree if they lose focus LOL!

Anyway, sorry for the long intro. Here are some books on my Spring TBR. I do make monthly TBRs that I use as more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast MUST-READ list. This will be the same.

  1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas
    I will read everything SJM writes. #SJMtrash
    ⮕ Adult fantasy
    ⮕ Party girl MC
    ⮕ Revenge story
  2. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller 
    I am SO all about the shadow king thing. 
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Deception
    ⮕ Hate to love fake marriage

  3. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by  Kiersten White 
    I’ve been intrigued by this book since it came out!
    ⮕ Gender-bent King Arthur retelling
    ⮕ YA
    ⮕ Secret identities

  4. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
    I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Becky Albertalli so far.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Political
    ⮕ Diverse

  5. Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart 
    I got this one at Shameless Book Con and I’ve heard so many good things.
    ⮕ Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Emotional military romance
    ⮕ Love triangle

  6. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 
    I’m dying to read one of this author’s contemporaries. I loved her YA Fantasy.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Overachiever MC
    ⮕ Forced togetherness 

  7. Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
    Ever since Chan gushed about this on her channel (Chandler Ainsley), I’ve been wanting to check it out.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Prophsized queen
    ⮕ Bounty hunter

  8. The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum
    This one not only looks really interesting, but I’ve heard that it’s really, really good.
    ⮕ Hard-hitting, dark YA contemporary
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Mental illness rep

  9. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 
    Give me all the witchy books.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Devils and witches

  10. Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1) by Emma Scott 
    I love Emma Scott’s duets!
    ⮕ New Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Love triangle
    ⮕ Emotional military romance

Top 10 Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m going to translate this to mean books I love with single-word titles because otherwise it’d be kind of random.

So, let’s go!


Credence by Penelope Douglas


Three of them, one of her, and a remote cabin in the woods. Let the hot, winter nights ensue…

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore.

As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.



Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa


They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed.

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him.

And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.



Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon


The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.



Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.



Autoboyography by Christina Lauren


Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.



Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen


If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.



Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover


Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.



Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie


Some love is infinite

“Don’t have a best friend that’s a girl” — this was the advice from my older cousin. I didn’t take it. Because he followed with, “friends don’t f*ck friends. And you’ll want to f*ck her.”

It was terrible advice.

My cousin should’ve told me that being best friends with Baylee Wright — since she was twelve — would be the best and worst decision of my life.

He should have told me to protect her from what was coming.

He should have told me that when a darkness crawled towards us, there’d be no safety net.

Now I’ve signed back on to the same Vegas acrobatic show as Baylee, working together for the first time in years. And she tells me that she’s having trouble in a certain “area” of her life — because of our past.

“You can help me fix it,” she says.

And then she hands me a list.



Priest (Priest #1) by Sierra Simone


There are many rules a priest can’t break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.



Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting


With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.


Top 10 Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I feel like this week’s prompt is going to be detrimental to my well being.

Not to be dramatic or anything.

It’s just that, when I have a book hangover, it hits me HARD. Reliving all of these hangovers is going to be brutal!

The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

These are in order of most recently read.

#1 Credence by Penelope Douglas
I just finished this book last week for Contemporaryathon and I’m not OK. I knew I was either going to be appalled by it or love it… and I loved it. I. Need. More.

#2 Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I had such a great reading week for Contemporaryathon because this was another book I read and I need more books with this type of sweet, swoony, passionate hero!

#3 A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
This was such a great YA and it was everything I wanted from it when I read the synopsis originally. I want all of the YA novels I read to live up to this one!

#4 A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
I have no idea how I’m going to wait for the next book in the series!

#5 The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) by Brittainy C. Cherry
I need more of this type of grumpy hero in my life. This was my first Brittainy C Cherry and I’ll never be the same again.

#6 Marriage for One by Ella Maise
This is the first non-Mariana Zapata slow burn chunky romance that hit the spot for me.

#7 The Simple Wild (The Simple Wild #1) by K.A. Tucker
I haven’t read anything quite like this book since I read it a few months ago. I don’t know if it was just the romance or the combination of the Alaska setting and the love story, but I’m so excited that the next book is coming out soon!

#8 Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
This was such a fantastic forbidden romance full of all the longing that I love. I had to reread it almost immediately after reading it the first time.

#9 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
This book hit me like a freight train. I’d been putting it off for a long time, then I finally picked it up and it swept me away as Colleen Hoover’s best books do.

#10 Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
This was the finale I’ve always wanted in any series and I finally got it.

Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by Books are the New Black – if you’re not following her you should be! Thanks, Leslie!

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Sorry! I didn’t see the link to the creator anywhere!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate blogs you love
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
  1. I am the youngest of four. I have two sisters and an older brother
  2. My sisters, mom, dad and I are all in a romance book club called Talk Darcy to Me.
  3. My dad loves reading romance novels. His favorite author is Mariana Zapata. He got into reading romance when he was babysitting my youngest a few years ago and randomly took a book off of one of my bookshelves and read it!

What has been a great TV show/Movie that you have recently seen?
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do go to the movies whenever there is one out that I really like. I think the most recent one I saw that I really enjoyed was Little Women. I watched the 1949 version of the movie a million times as a kid.

What is winter like where you live?
It’s basically nonexistent LOL! Actually, the weather is usually gorgeous – in the 70s, occasionally dipping down a little lower, but mostly beautiful!

What are your favorite blogging posts to read?
I love favorites lists, recs, and discussion posts the most.

What was your favorite book of 2019?
Finale by Stephanie Garber – it was the best ending to a series I’ve ever read.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to heal.


Confessions of a YA Reader
SERIESous Book Reviews

  1. Who are three of your favorite book bloggers?
  2. What are your favorite genres to read?
  3. Where do you purchase the majority of your books?
  4. If you could dream cast the main characters in your favorite book of 2019, who would the actors be?
  5. What is your current favorite song?

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by the wonderful Brittany at Perfectly Tolerable. Thank you for the nomination, my love!


  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to them
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions
  • Notify the nominees by commenting or pinging back to one of their blog posts
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

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Goodreads Recs: To Read or Not to Read Book Tag

Hey there booklovers!

A few months ago, I created this tag and I thought I’d resurrect it once again. I may actually do this somewhat regularly, and I thought, this time, I’d tag some friends, too!

Because I’m SURE we all need MORE books on our TBR, right? /sarcasm


Here are the ‘rules’:

  1. Link back to Bree @ In Love & Words
  2. Look at your Goodreads Recommendations (Goodreads>Browse > Recommendations)
  3. Choose a shelf (To-Read, Read, etc.)
  4. Pick at least 3 of the recommended books
  5. Share the synopsis and covers of each book
  6. Add the “Recommended because I added _____ ” section (change to “list” view and hover over “Because you added…”)
  7. Decide whether or not you’re going to add it to your TBR
  8. Explain why or why not
  9. Tag at least 3 friends


Continue reading “Goodreads Recs: To Read or Not to Read Book Tag”

3 Day Lyrical Challenge: Day 2

Welcome back to Day 2 of my 3 Day Lyrical Challenge!

I was tagged in this challenge by three of my all-time favorite bloggers: Thrice Read, Discerning Couch Potato, and Whit Reads Lit. Thank you my lovely friends!


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share one of your favorite songs/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  • Nominate three other bloggers each day.


I decided to break this challenge up into three different types of songs: 

  1. Day One: Love song lyrics
  2. Day Two: Inspirational song lyrics
  3. Day Three: Breakup song lyrics

I’m not brave enough to say these are my favorite love song lyrics, but they are most certainly up there… definitely Top 3.

Sarah Bareilles, like Jason Mraz, has such a beautiful way with words and music. I just love how uplifting this song is!

I present to you…

Brave by Sarah Bareilles

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run
Stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Tag, You’re It!

I know I’m late to the game on this one, so feel free to skip if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like it.

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