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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

7:00 AM

After reading Ren's post re: this tag, I decided I'd join in on the fun! (Note: the original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books; it has since gone through several variations!) I always find myself wanting to go all out for the mid-year book freak out tag, but I kind of always forget to actually do it. And then suddenly it's a new year. This year, I was determined! Out of pure luck, I remembered to do it. I'm very proud of myself.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10... the 10 Books I Cannot Live Without! (#95)

11:00 PM


Top Ten Tuesday is 10 YEARS OLD? I'm shook. IT'S SO UNREAL TO ME. We're officially in the double digits, guys. How?! Jeez! Well, to celebrate a decade of TTT, I decided to celebrate some of my favourite books. Namely, the 10 novels I could not live without. (Any books from a series will be rounded up as the first book of said series.) What can I say? I'm dramatic. Also! Narrowing down my favourites, the ultimate ride or dies, was a lot harder than I expected.

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Another Incredible Publication From Wattpad | Review: The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen

4:30 PM

Part of me knew that this novel was going to be special because of its catchy name. The other part of me was quietly freaking out over the gorgeous cover. The third part of me, that one that read this in one sitting, is beyond ecstatic to say: The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones should be at the top of your summer reading list and I'm still buzzing over how much I loved this book.

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These Books Are Still My Happy Place: Wherever You Are was Everything I Needed | Review: Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie

4:01 PM

I am (1) Krista and Becca Ritchie trash (2) 98% coffee and show-tunes and (3) human. In that order. So, naturally, I adored Wherever You Are. I'm sad that the Bad Reputation duet is officially over (and held on for as long as I could because I didn't want to say goodbye) but something about reading it made me feel as though I was me again. And in a world so disorienting, this is exactly what I needed.

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A Retelling That Provides Charming Escapism: Just in Time for Summer! | Review: Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

2:42 PM

We all know two facts about me: (1) I own more books by Melissa de la Cruz than probably any other author (although, Cassandra Clare and Krista and Becca Ritchie ARE sneaking in on that territory) and (2) I love Little Women. Like. A lot. And, what happens when you love Little Women? You are always foaming at the mouth for more content. Always.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Give Off Summer Vibes (#92)

11:00 PM

Despite 2020 constantly giving us a few dozen speed bumps, I'm hopeful that things will start to look up soon! (Here's to hoping we aren't far off on finding, and testing, a vaccine. I still can't believe we are living in these uncertain times. A literal pandemic.) Even if they don't, I'm grateful for the fact that we are able to seek escape in various forms of entertainment.

While we may not be able to go on as usual this summer, there are plenty of books to keep us company! And here are the books that I picked for this week. Some of these may not give off full-blown summer vibes for everyone. For me, I either read them in the summertime or they give me that summery feeling.

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The Origins of the Foxworth/Dollanganger Saga Continues | Reviews: The Shadows of Foxworth by V.C. Andrews

8:00 AM

Look, I can't shake this series. No matter what. Don't ask me why. Don't ask me how. Here we are. Drag me for it later, if you'd like. (No, seriously, do it, I could use the entertainment and need to be knocked down a few pegs.)

But, the (moderately) good news? The Shadows of Foxworth is definitely better than the prior two installments of this prequel saga. The bad news is that it still wasn't great and doesn't hold up to the earlier works of V.C. Andrews and ghost-writer, Andrew Neiderman.