• Books I Read in 2020
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    Books I Read in 2020

    2020 was both my best and worst year yet for reading! I read more books than I ever have before, but most books were of a lesser quality in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I still read some awe-inspiring books, but I was mainly reading for escape, so while a lot of stories were entertaining, they didn’t have that 5-star pow I usually expect. I made a heavily curated 2021 TBR list (look out for that next week), so I’m hoping to read some more amazing books next year. In 2020, I read… Seventy books 28.5% audiobooks 35.7% e-books 35.7% physical books 30% non-fiction 70% fiction Five anti-racist education…

  • Books I read in December
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    Books I Read in December

    Happy last book wrap up of 2020! I can’t believe we made it y’all. As of this post, I read SEVENTY books in 2020! That’s an insane amount of reading, and I definitely have Libby to thank for that. I’ll be posting a full list of ALL the books I read in 2020 in the new year with a full breakdown including what format I read the most of, BIPOC, and more. But for now, here’s what I read in December. Let’s get started! one | The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware — E-Book Not all is as it seems at Heatherbrae House, and Rowan has stepped right…

  • Best Books of 2020
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    Top 10 Books I Read in 2020

    2020 was a year for the books — literally. I read more this year than I ever have before. To be honest, there weren’t a lot of knock-me-off-my-feet books, but there were a few. Here are the top 10 books I read in 2020. Let’s get started! one | The Arc of a Scythe (Series) by Neil Schusterman This series takes place in a dystopian future where people can only die if a Scythe kills them. Humans are immortal, there is no hunger, and crime is a thing of the past. One day, Citra and Rowan are both chosen to be an apprentice to Scythe Farraday. Two apprentices is unheard of, and…

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    Top 10 Books to Give as Gifts

    Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you still have some people on your list to shop for. Last year I finished my Christmas shopping weeks ahead of time, but this year, like most other things, Christmas presents were not coming to me as easily as usual. Here are some books I think would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Let’s get started! one | The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Every city has a soul. The soul can be a beautiful thing or a destructive element. New York City has five souls. Five people that feel like a part of…

  • Books I Read in November
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    Books I Read in November

    I can’t believe we are in the last month of 2020. November was an overall good month, though it was pretty busy. Things are starting to wind down with the close of the year and the holidays coming up, so I’m hoping to end this year strong with some great books. Let’s get into the books I read in November! one | When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele — Audiobook Patrisse’s memoir chronicling the events in her life that led to the creation of Black Lives Matter is moving and enlightening in so many different ways. From her experiences with her brother who suffered from mental illness…

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    Books to Buy as Gifts this Black Friday

    It’s no secret that I love giving books to my friends and family during the holiday season. Sometimes I gift them something that fits their personality (like a coffee table book) or I find a perfect, evergreen book to gift them. I’m going to breakdown the best books to give this holiday season for anyone in your life. Let’s get started! one | for the person who loves working on themselves… Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. We all know Shonda Rhimes as the truly amazing screenwriter for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, but aside from her writing skills, Rhimes usually liked to stay behind the scenes. She passed up opportunity after opportunity…

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    Top 10 Books to Read this Holiday Season

    It is time to cozy down with some books! As COVID numbers continue to rise and temperatures continue to drop, I am planning to spend more and more time inside. And you know what that means? More books! Here are my top 10 books to read this holiday season to get you in the spirit, distract you from family drama, or entertain you while you wait for turkeys to cook or Santa to arrive! Let’s get started! one | One Day in December by Josie Silver Laurie and Jack lock eyes through a bus window on a snowy December day. Before she can make a move, he’s gone. Laurie spends…

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    Books I Read in October

    Another month of 2020 has come and gone! Goodbye October, hello November! I didn’t read anywhere near everything I wanted to read in October, but I’m trying to be okay with that. I participated in a TBR challenge, and didn’t succeed at all! I started all of the books, but only finished one. Oh well! There’s always next month. Let’s get into what I read in October! one | Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn Patsy knows her future is in America. Her best friend Cicely moved there years ago, and she can’t help but think better things are waiting for her across the ocean in New York. The only thing is,…

  • Books for Non Readers
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    Top 10 Books To Recommend To Non-Readers

    As a book lover, I love sharing my library with friends. Believe it or not, not all of my friends like reading. It breaks my heart a little bit, but I do have a few books I always recommend because they are a guaranteed hit, even with non-readers. Let’s get started! one | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Monique lives in modern-day New York and is writing about the life of the 50s movie starlet Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn chronicles her life to Monique, so much of the story actually taking place in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. As Evelyn tells Monique about the trials and tribulations…

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    15 Spooky Season Book Recommendations

    Spooky season is in full swing at my house! My roommate and I have already started watching Halloween-themed movies (check out Wednesday’s post for my recommendations/to-watch list), and we carved pumpkins this weekend. Even though the pandemic is still very much a part of our lives, I’m really glad this season is upon us, and we can still do fun things while staying safe. As we all know, my favorite thing to do in any season is read. So here are my spooky season book recommendations that I have already read and loved. Let’s get started! one | A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab Follow me to a…