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Top 10 Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love YA

Hello lovely people! It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]. Even 10 years after graduating high school, I still mostly read Young Adult books. So much so that I’ve dedicated my book blog to YA. It’s such a special genre to me, and I know there are so many readers out there who agree. Shout out to my amazing friends Joey, Allison, Kristen, and Kaley for their always valuable input on this one! Here are 10 Reasons Why I Love YA.


They’re less dense and easier to read.

This is not to say the YA books aren’t profound or gorgeously written, but 9 times out of 10, I read to escape. I find that this is so much easier to do with YA than it is with Adult fiction. I don’t always want to have to think or concentrate deeply, I just want to read and enjoy the adventure.

The character development is well-rounded.

YA characters are relatable. They usually have a bigger character arc than I find in adult fiction and they have a stronger emotional component to them which makes them easy to connect with.

The plots are less mundane and have more drama.

When I’m reading a book, I want to be taken on a journey. I don’t want to read about Sad Sally in her boring job and sad family life. Obviously there are exceptions, but I prefer something grander. Something with more drama and more excitement. Events in YA, even mundane ones, are heightened by a YA emotional sensibility and that makes it more entertaining and raises the stakes.

The romance and sexual tension is better.

There is something about romance in YA that is just better. It could be the heightened teenage emotions, or the feeling of remembering those first butterflies, or the fact that sexual tension isn’t released as easily as it is for “adults”. There’s a drama and build to it that just makes it better.

The YA book community is so strong.

One of the biggest reasons I started to focus my blog more strictly on YA is because of how amazing the YA book community is. It is so much fun to be a part of. Getting excited for new releases, ranting about crazy twists or bad endings, freaking out about our new book boyfriends- it’s one of my favorite things and brings me so much joy.

There is a sense of nostalgia.

YA books are what gave me my love of reading. They give me the warm fuzzy feelings that I remember feeling as a teen discovering a new world and new characters. Also, now that I am *cough* older *cough*, the situations and feelings in the stories bring me back to that time in my life and it is so relatable and fun to see them from the other side. YA books just have stronger emotional auras and can really put you in your feelings.

There are so many series.

There are so many series in YA. I feel like it can sometimes be harder to find a YA standalone book. As someone who gets super invested in the stories, I always prefer when there is more than one book to continue on the journey.

Options! There are so many genres within the YA “Genre”

YA covers SO MANY different genres. There is something for everyone and I love that you can explore different genres while still retaining all the aspects of YA that we love.

They’re more diverse.

Because each generation is getting more enlightened, books geared towards a YA audience have a lot more LGBTQ+ and minority representation. I’ve loved seeing the genre grow that way, especially in recent years. YA also shows us how people’s upbringing and backstories form them as adults and can teach people to be empathetic and see things from a new viewpoint.

YA combines all of the best aspects of storytelling.

In conclusion, YA combines all of the best aspects of storytelling. It has great character development- both emotional depth and strong arcs, diverse characters and stories, fantastic romances, exciting plots, a strong community, and creates a perfect escape. What more could you want?!


Why do you love YA? Why don’t you? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Had DNF’d

Hello everyone! This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.). Since I find it very difficult to DNF (Did Not Finish) books, unless they are so bad my eyes cross when trying to read them, I’ve decided to pick 10 books that I wish I would have DNF’d.


This book was not good. It wasn’t hard to read, but the main character was insufferable and I just couldn’t bring myself to care about her or get invested in her life. There was also barely a plot, as none of the events that happened affected her character arc… So what was the point?


I’ve said it before, but I hated this book. While the plot was somewhat interesting, I hated all of the characters so much and didn’t connect with any of them. It made me angry and I did not go on to read any of the other books in the series. I do hear that the TV show is better though.


I know a lot of people really enjoy this series, but there is something about it that I just can’t connect with. I didn’t hate this book, but it was a struggle for me to get through and I couldn’t wait for it to be over so I could start something else. If I hadn’t had to review it, I probably would have given up.


This book had all the makings to be an epic Norse folk tale, but it was just boring. The plot was anticlimactic and the main character had no arc which made me think, “What was the point of this story?” The mythology and the world were wonderful though, which made it even more disappointing.


This book was such a let down for me. I had been looking forward to its release for so long, and it was, unfortunately, boringgggg. There were hardly even any vampires in it. It definitely felt like a set up book for the real story, that I assume will come in the later books, but it didn’t give me enough on its own.


Another major let down. A French, historical-fiction, fantasy sounds like everything I should love, but it was LONG and BORING. It was struggle to push through. There were things I liked about it, but overall it just felt too slow and too long and I was ready for it to be over.


This book was cute. It was easy to read, but all of the characters were pretty surface level, so it was difficult to connect to, or really care, about any of them.  Everything moves really quickly, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think that in both the characters and the plot it hindered the book’s ability to become fully developed.  I loved the concept and the plot was really interesting and fun, but it wasn’t detailed enough to make an impact. 


This book was weird. There was some insta-love, unexplained feelings, and then a weird twist that felt incohesive with the rest of the story. It was a quick read, but was strange and under developed.


This book was beautifully written and had a lot of interesting political schemes and intrigue, but it was VERY slow. I remember having to force myself to push through it. There wasn’t enough plot driven action for me and the romance lacked heat. In this book’s defense, I was reading this during tech week of Cats and I was thoroughly exhausted, so that could have had something to do with my struggle to get fully immersed in this one.


Oof. This book almost was an actual DNF. I managed to push through, but it was tough. Nothing happens and the characters felt super distant. The idea of the story was good, but the ACTUAL story was fairly nonexistent.


Do you DNF books? If so, what makes you DNF? Do you have any books that you pushed through and were glad you did? Let’s chat in the comments 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Must-Haves for a Harry Potter Party

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Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone!  This week’s topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party.  Obviously, I’m going to throw a Harry Potter party and there are certain things that will be absolutely necessary.

Hogwarts Letter Invitations

Of course we need to start the party off with a letter to Hogwarts!

Decorations

I would love to go all out with decorations! “Floating” candles, platform 9 1/3 entrance way, dusty books, wands, house colors etc.

A Sorting Hat

Once you get to the party, we’ll need to sit under the sorting hat and find out which house we belong to for the night.  Will also work out nicely for games to create teams.

Butterbeer and Cauldron Cakes

We obviously need magical sustanence to keep our energy up and keep the party going!

Potion Station

I’d love to have a “potion” making station where we could make different themed cocktails.

Reading Tea Leaves

Give Trelawney a run for her money with some tea and reading our tea leaves.  Hopefully no one will see The Grim.

Playlist with Harry Potter Music

We for sure would need the scores from the movies playing for ambience.

Quidditch Pong

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I’ve always wanted to play this!!

Costume Contest

It would be so fun to all dress up as different Harry Potter characters and then vote on who has the best costume.

A Harry Potter Themed Photobooth

Especially with the costumes, we would need a photobooth to commemorate the evening.  Props included.


Now I really want to throw a Harry Potter party!  Let’s get this quarantine over with so we can gather again! What would you have at your Harry Potter party? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

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Hello my lovelies!  I hope everyone is having a great day and that you are escaping into fabulous bookish worlds.  Here we are with another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child.  Most of these I still have never read and feel like I have missed out on.  Hopefully, I’ll get to them all eventually!

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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I read first two books in The Chronicles of Narnia, but I never continued on with the series.  It’s on my Classics Club challenge though, and I definitely plan on going back and finishing them all.

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

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I feel like this book was such a staple to girls growing up, and I somehow missed it.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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This was so many of my friend’s favorite childhood books and I still, to this day, have never read it.  It was just not a book we had at our house.

The Witches by Roald Dahl

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I love Roald Dahl.  Matilda was one of my favorite books, and movies, as a kid, but I never read The Witches.  I don’t understand why, since I am obsessed with all things witchy, but I just never got around to this classic.

Beezus and Romona by Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary was a big name in my elementary school, but I never read this series.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I loved The Hobbit.  I read it a few years ago while on tour and I wish I would have read it as a kid.  It would have been right up my alley and probably would have given me an even bigger fantasy bug.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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Another classic that I never got to.  It sounds like such a cool premise, and I feel like little me would have eaten it up.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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This series is iconic and as a book worm, I feel ashamed for not having read it.

On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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My mom and I read the first 3 of these books together when I was little.  We’d read a chapter every night before bed.  I never went on and finished this classic series and I wish I would have.

Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I know younger me would have loved this series so much and it makes me sad that I never got into it at the right age.


What were your favorite childhood books? Wish ones do you wish you had read? Let me know in the comments! 

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed But Rarely Talk About

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Hello my lovelies!  Here we are with another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About – celebrating the books we liked that might have fallen under the radar of our bookish enthusiasm or that I feel that I haven’t given enough love.


Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann

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I read this book in college in and it blew my mind.  At the time I remember thinking it was so beautiful and profound and was a new style of writing for me to enjoy.


The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

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I shamelessly loved this book.  I found it when I first got my kindle and read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down.  Was it the best literary story? No.  But man was it engaging.


Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

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I do talk about Meg Cabot a lot, but this series in particular I loved.


Something Wicked by Nicole M. Rubino

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This was one of those books that was a 4 star read (because of some magic clarity), but gave me a book hangover anyways.  I loved the characters and the story and I am excited to see what happens in book 2.


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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I know I was way behind the curve with this series, but I really enjoyed it and don’t think I have talked about it much on my blog.  I did a buddy read with Garan at Goblet of Fiction for this one and it was so much fun.


Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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The world in this book was so unique and cool and I don’t think I hyped it enough when I read it.


Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

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This book started off my 2019 reading and it was so good.  I read it really quickly and loved the characters and subtle supernatural elements.


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

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I know a lot of people love this book, but I don’t think that I have given it enough love on my blog.  Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, and this retelling was so good.


House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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Another fairy tale that I love is the 12 Dancing Princesses and this retelling was really cool and spooky.


Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

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I loved this story.  It reminded me of old legends and yet was still super fresh at the same time.


 

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Dystopian Heroes

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Happy Tuesday folks!  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl, is a “Genre Freebie” and since we are basically living in a Dystopian novel right now, I decided to do My Favorite Dystopian Heroes.


Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This book is such a scary reality to think about, and I love Offred’s constant hope and determination to make it through her horrible circumstances.


Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry

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This is one of my favorite books that we read in school, and probably one of my first experiences with the dystopian genre.  The story is so beautiful and I love Jonas’ sweet innocence and love for the world.


Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Katniss is the ultimate badass dystopian heroine.  She cares so much about others and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the world a better place.


Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I wasn’t sure about Mer at first.  I thought she was whiny and played the victim too much, but she grew SO much and I really loved who she turned out to be.


Father from The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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This book was SO good but SO tough to read.  I could not wrap my head around the world fully because it was so terrifying.  The father is an absolutely incredible character.  He is utterly selfless, doing everything he possibly can to keep his son alive.


Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I am rereading this right now (or I guess re-listening to the audiobook) and I forgot how much I loved Tris.  I admire her bravery to discover who she really is and break the norm.


Tally Youngblood from Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Another one of my earliest dystopian memories, I devoured this series as a teen.  Tally has such a great arc throughout the whole series.


America from The Selection by Kiera Cass

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You can’t help but root for Mer in The Selection.  She sticks up for what she believes in no matter what.


Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Juliette has been through so much it’s insane.  The fact that she can hold it together at all under her circumstances, let alone remain a good human, is amazing and makes you want to fight for her.


Wade Watts from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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We love a power nerd.  Wade is smart, funny, caring, hard-working, and nerdy as hell.  He uses his brain and his friendships to win and save the world.


Who are your favorite dystopian heroes and why?? Let’s chat in the comments! ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

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The entire world is in this crazy quarantine… what more could a bookworm want than to be trapped inside with all the free time in the world to read?!  All joking aside, this is a very scary and confusing time for everyone and I am so ready to find a bit of escape into some fictional worlds.  I flew home to Wisconsin to be with my family and unfortunately left most of my books in NYC, so my TBR for Spring is gonna be a little different than expected.  I am sure I will find plenty to read and I’m going to try to bang out some of my ARC’s as well.


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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I’ve been reading this bad boy for a while, and I am ready to GET HER DONE.  I am really enjoying it, but she is a beast and I am itching to finish it and start something new.


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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I am SO excited about this book.  I just recently finished the Throne of Glass series and have been aching for a new SJ Maas series!


From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

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I absolutely loved the When Dimple Met Rishi audiobook, so when the New York library didn’t have the next one in that series, I borrowed this one instead.  It’s super cute so far and the narrators are awesome once again.


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I have been wanting to read this book for so long and my sister is about to finish it here at home.  I’m going to snag her copy so I can finally read it too.


The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

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I just got this ARC from Netgalley.  It comes out this May and I am looking forward to some witchy goodness.


My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

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This book is being billed as Crazy Rich Asians meets Love & Gelato, both of which I loved, so I’m super excited to have an ARC of this one.  I also feel like I’m gonna need a good contemporary soon to bring some escapist joy into my world.


Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

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I loved Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett and I know she is one of the queens of YA contemporary, so I am excited to read this ARC too.


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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Circus, romance, intrigue?! Sign me up!  This book sounds so cool and that cover is gorgeous.


Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

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I shamelessly loved Pretty Little Liars, both the books and the TV show, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I freaked out a little bit.  Hopefully, it’ll live up to its predecessors and give me that dark and twisty scandal that I live for.


Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black

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I always need a historical fiction fix, and I love me some Old Hollywood glamour.  Throw in a thrilling mystery and I’m sold.  I never really read thrillers or mystery books, but I’ve been getting into them more recently.


What books are you guys excited about this Spring? Let me know in the comments so I can add some to my TBR! 🙂 Stay well and safe out there friends! ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Hello lovely readers!  I hope you’ve all had a great start to your week.  I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately, probably because my schedule has gotten crazier, but hopefully, I can bring it back soon, starting with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media.


Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I would love to see Anna’s Instagram posts of her travels with St. Clair and friends.

Pepper & Jack from Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Seeing as their whole story begins with a Twitter war, these guys are well versed in social media.  I loved their witty banter and I would really enjoy following them.

Alex from Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I loved Alex’s voice in this book and he has a pretty cool life that I would love more glimpses into.

Samantha from American Royals by Katharine McGee

Samantha is the more rebellious member of the American royal family, and one of my favorite characters in the book.  I feel like her private Instagram would be cool to follow.

Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Even though social media wasn’t around in her hey-day, I feel like her Instagram would be fire.

Sookie Stackhouse from The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

I can’t get enough of Sookie’s feisty personality and her relationships with all the Supernaturals.  Her social media feed would probably be super Basic and charming and I would live for it.

Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

I mean she is the queen of the Upper East Side and would be the queen of social media.

Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

I would love to follow Mia’s private social media feeds vs. her royal presence.  Her diaries are some of my favorite books of all time to read, and I think her Insta stories would be hilarious.

Lara Jean Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is one of my favorite characters and I just feel like her aesthetic would be super sweet and artsy and that she would take a lot of pride in the quality of her posts.

Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I love the world and characters of this series so much, and I would love to see more of their lives.  I feel like Feyre would be a good documenter of the Night Court’s shenanigans.


Which characters would you like to follow? Let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Last 10 Books That Gave Me A Book Hangover

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Book Hangover (n):  When you finish a book and it leaves you feeling so full and happy for having experienced an amazing story, and yet excruciatingly empty for not being a part of that world anymore.

Here we are again with another Top 10 Tuesday, hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s theme is The Last 10 Books That Gave Me A Book Hangover.  A good book hangover can be hard to find, and I find that I have them more rarely now, so when I do find one I love to shout it out as loud as possible!

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

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Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

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The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Please share your last few book hangovers in the comments so I can add them to my list! ❤