more pretty book covers! // Blogmas Day 24

It’s already day 24 of Blogmas! Merry Christmas Eve :)

I just wrote this post recently, but I have so many more book covers that I want to talk about, so here is part two!

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This cover is just so pretty to me because it’s simple and clean, but different. There’s just something about it that always catches my eye, even if I don’t necessarily think I’ll like the book. It was just done really well.

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I think everyone agrees that this is a nice book cover. The gold compliments the flowers so nicely, and makes it pop. I am usually fan of simple covers, but I love how this one looks a lot.

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The reason that I love this one so much is because I didn’t even notice that the “mountain” in the back is a face. It’s just so subtle and nice. I’m obsessed with it.

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This cover. I don’t even know where to begin. It is gorgeous. Jellyfish are my favorite sea creatures, so this definitely caught my eye from the beginning. Also, the background is so nice and I love the font of the title.

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This has been one of my favorite book covers ever for a long time because it’s just so aesthetically pleasing. If I wrote a book, this is the type of cover I would want. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book as much. The cover makes up for it a little bit.

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Once again, Merry Christmas Eve! I’ll see you guys for the last day of Blogmas tomorrow! Enjoy the holidays :)

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top 5 favorite book covers // Blogmas Day 18

Happy Tuesday! I finished my last final today, and I’m finally back at home! I will have so much more time for reading/writing/blogging for the next 5 weeks, and I’m so happy about that.

Today I want to talk about some of my favorite book covers because I am all about aesthetic. I am very particular about book covers, and I definitely have a style that I prefer over others.

Here are some of my five favorites (although there are so many more- i will definitely do a part 2!).

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This first cover is one that I do not own unfortunately, but I am absolutely obsessed with. It’s pretty simple, but the vibe I get from it is so nice. It is so aesthetically pleasing, and I am just obsessed with it, okay?

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I thought this cover was absolutely gorgeous the day I got it, and I am still obsessed with it! In person it is really shiny and reflective, which adds even more to it! The U.K. cover is also so amazing, and so are the other books in the trilogy. The little details all come together so nicely, and the font of the title fits so well.

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THIS BOOK IS SO GORGEOUS!!! In person, the entire thing is glittery and so pretty! I am so in love with it. It’s literally the tiniest book ever but just so so stunning. Unfortunately, this was not a favorite of mine writing wise, but the cover makes up for that a little bit.

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Okay, can we talk about this cover? How beautiful is this?? This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and I think the cover definitely added so much to this story. It fits so, so well with the book. I think it captures the beautiful writing of this story so well.

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This cover was just revealed today and I’m already in love with it! The design is so sleek yet I feel like it captures the books essence perfectly (even though I have not read it yet). It just seems really fitting, and I am in love with it! I am going to buy a copy ASAP, and you all should, too :)

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What are some of your favorite book covers? Be sure to let me know in the comments :)

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Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag // Blogmas Day 15

Hello everyone! If you read my last post, you know that I missed 2 blogmas days, so I’m making up for them today! One more post will go up a little later today :)

I saw this tag that Kelly did, and I really wanted to do it, too! Check out her post here :)

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  ✅

I have like 12 ARCs right now on Netgalley that I have not read and reviewed yet (oops). Plus I have some physical ARCs that I’ve won so I don’t technically need to review them, but I have not read them yet. I am dedicating the beginning of 2019 to finishing as many as I can, though. The guilt is killing me.

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2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌

I have a 65% right now, which is not great, but it’s above 65! I used to have a much higher rating, but then I requested and got approved for a bunch of ARCs and I’m OVERWHELMED. I’m working on it, I promise.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✅

I’ve definitely done this, but I also know I will never post those reviews now. It’s too late and I don’t even remember which books they are.

4. Folded down the page of a book ✅

Yes, I dog-ear pages all the time. It doesn’t bother me at all, haha.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌

My cousin dropped one of my books into the ocean one time, but I never spilled anything on them.

6. DNF a book this year ✅

Yes, I think I DNF’d two this year, and I can’t even remember what they were.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌

I buy a lot of books solely for their covers, but I still plan on reading them!

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅

Oh, definitely! I am a huge procrastinator.

9. Skim read a book ✅

I did this for school all the time.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌

I set my goal to one book this year, so that I could focus on quality over quantity, so I did obviously reach that. For the past 2 years that I have been seriously using goodreads, I also reached both of my goals.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌

I don’t think I’ve ever not returned a book, but I’ve definitely had people not return books to me.

12. Broke a book buying ban ✅

Oh, 100%. I do this all the time, it’s so bad. But 2019 is the year of no book buying!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✅

This goes along with #3. I usually say I will do a review, then start it, but completely forget to finish. By the time I remember, it’s too late because the book is no longer fresh in my mind.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading ✅

Yes, I love to annotate my books and I do this all the time. I just love to record my thoughts and be able to look back on them :)

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌

I’m pretty good about doing this, I don’t think I’ve forgotten to add a book unless if it was something I read before using goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ❌

Nope, I also return the books to their owners!

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✅

Yes, I hate letting people borrow my books unless if I absolutely trust them. I’ve had multiple people not return books to me, so I am very careful about this.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌

No, I am very careful with other people’s books, but I don’t borrow a lot of books from other people to begin with.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌

I never really take the jacket off of books, I usually leave it on.

20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅

I can’t remember a specific incidence but I’m sure this has happened at least once.

Total Score: 11/20

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I tag everyone who wants to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

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2018 anticipated reads i didn’t get to // Blogmas Day 11

So many amazing books came out this year, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to get to that many of them. I’m going to give you a guys a list of five that hopefully I can get to in 2019!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I love John Green. I’ve talked about so many of his books before, and I’m sure you all know how I feel by now. Obviously I want to pick up Hank’s debut novel, too! I’m positive it’s going to be just as amazing, and possibly a new favorite of mine as well! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I am so excited about it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I purchased this book recently because everyone has been talking about it, and it sounds right up my alley. The synopsis is so interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And apparently the ending will make me WEEP which is what I need right now. I plan on reading it early in 2019.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

This book is a romance that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. I have been in a romance mood recently, and so I hope to get to this early in 2019. Everyone loves Christina Lauren books (if you don’t know, it’s two co-authors), and I own another one of their books but haven’t gotten around to it yet either. I’m terrible and my TBR pile is huge, sorry.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

This is a poetry collection by Alice Walker that not many people have talked about. I am a huge fan of poetry though, and I would absolutely love to read this ASAP. Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple (which I have not read but also really want to), and everyone who’s read it loves that book. I feel like her poetry would just be so beautiful.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I haven’t read a lot of YA mysteries/thrillers but I really want to give them a chance. Something has drawn me to this book since I first heard of it, and I really want to read it. Again, I’ve heard many good things, and I just feel like I’ll really like it.

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Please leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read any of these books and which one I should get to ASAP! See you tomorrow :)

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More 5 Star Predictions // Blogmas Day 9

I made this post a little while ago, and it was a lot of fun! It’s interesting to look back on and see whether you made correct predictions or not. I haven’t read all of the books on that initial list, but once I do, I will definitely do an update post to let you know how close I was!

Here are 5 more books that I believe I will give 5 stars to, and that I’m so excited to read soon :)

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I got this book a while ago, and I’ve been dying to read it for ages! I definitely think I’m going to love it, but it’s really long which makes it a bit intimidating for me. I am the worst at starting big books, which is why I don’t bother buying many of them that often to begin with! I am determined to get to this one soon, though!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

I love Lauren Graham. She is the sweetest person ever, she’s so funny, and she’s such a talented actress. I read her memoire and I absolutely adored it. I loved everything about her writing style, and I’m sure that most of that is similar to this novel. I’ve owned the e-book for such a long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’m planning on getting to it early on in the new year!

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This book gets so much hype, but I’m sure it’s for good reason. I’ve only seen a couple of people say they didn’t like it, and even then they still gave it around 3 stars. I’m not a huge fantasy reader to begin with (I’m surprised I have to fantasy novels on my list), but I really think I’m going to love this one.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

This is a book I just bought recently and was featured in my last haul! I am so excited to read it because I have been loving thrillers/mysteries recently. I know so many booktubers who have recommended this one, so I have really high hopes for it. I will be super disappointed if I don’t enjoy it.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I also hauled this one a few days ago, and I am so so excited about it. If I don’t give this one 5 stars then I will probably stop reading for a good 2 weeks because I want to love this so bad. I am obsessed with Summer Bird Blue by Akemi, and if this one is even 1/4 like that, then I know I will love it.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your ratings were :)

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my twitter followers choose what books i bring to college

I leave for college tomorrow! That is so scary but so exciting !!

If you follow my blog Twitter, which you can find here, then you may have seen the series of polls I tweeted asking you to choose between two books. I have been having such a hard time deciding on which books to bring to school with me since I won’t have a lot of room in my dorm. So, I narrowed down my list of books to 12- from those 12 you guys voted on 6 that I am going to take with me!

Now, this does not include the ebooks and audiobooks I am going to have on me at all times, plus I also have the libby app on my phone to borrow more if I need to. That’s why I was able to narrow it down to just bringing 6 physical books. Also, I only live about an hour away from my school, so I can go back home and switch these out periodically.

Maybe this will even become a series on my blog!

With all of that being said, let’s see what book you guys chose for me.

 

When We Collided vs The Way I Used to Be

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For this first one, I chose two contemporary novels I have been wanting to read for the longest time. You guys chose When We Collided for this one, which I am pretty happy with! I didn’t know which one I was leaning towards more for this one, so I was happy with either one. I honestly don’t even remember what When We Collided is about, so I can’t wait to read it!

Hopeless vs November 9

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This next poll was for two Colleen Hoover books! I was supposed to read November 9 for the booktube-a-thon, but I wasn’t feeling it then. You guys chose Hopeless, though, so I guess I won’t be reading November 9 for a while! I also didn’t have a preference for this poll, so it didn’t matter which one won to me!

The House vs Gerald’s Game

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These are two mystery/thriller books I have been dying to read. I want to bring both of these so bad, but they are sort of my thicker books, so they would take up too much space. Luckily, Twitter decided for me, and you guys chose The House! I have put this on many TBRs, so I am very excited to read it!

Joyride vs Your Voice is All I Hear

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This poll had a clear winner in my head, and I am happy that you guys chose that one! It was Joyride- so thanks for picking it! While both of these books interest me, I really wanted to bring Joyride with me!

Before I Fall vs Afterparty

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For this one, I was really hoping you guys would choose Afterparty, because it is a book that was on my TBR for a long time and I was getting in the mood to read it! It’s ok though, I have also wanted to read Before I Fall for equally as long, and I am sure I will enjoy it, too!

 1984 vs From a Low and Quiet Sea

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This is one that I am a little sad about the outcome. I was leaning more towards From a Low and Quiet Sea than 1984 just because it’s much thinner and more compact. Plus, I have the ARC of it that I still never read and I am obsessed with the edition (it’s a hardcover ARC that I won in a giveaway). I’ll (hopefully) bring it with me in my next rotation!

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Aside from these six, I am also bringing 3 poetry books that I have read but want to keep on hand for inspiration! Those were hard to choose as well… oops.

Thank you guys for choosing these for me! If you want to help choose the next books I bring, be sure to follow me on Twitter to see when I tweet more polls :)

Xo, Jess

books i want to re-read this year

I rarely ever re-read books. There are just so many books I want to read that I feel like I’m wasting time re-reading older books. But, I know that re-reading some of my old favorites would be so beneficial. It could help me get out of a reading slump, or I can see how my reading tastes have changed.

This year I plan on re-reading at least 6 books. I already re-read one, so I am just going to talk about the other 5 I want to re-read.

 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I read Harry Potter in 5-6th grade, and I watched the movies a little after that. Since then, I’ve re-watched the first movie, but none of the others. I haven’t re-read the books at all. I do want to start re-reading them, but I don’t know how many I’ll get to this year. I finally bought them so I can start reading them whenever I please.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

This is one of the first books featuring mental health that I read and it really stuck out to me. I had connected to the main character so much and I know I would love it a lot if I re-read it. This one is very high on my priority list of books to re-read, so I’ll probably get to it in a few weeks!

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I originally listened to this book in audio form, so I want to read the physical book and annotate the copy I have. I absolutely adored this book and even though I read it fairly recently, I know I want to read it again.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Yes, another John Green book. I know a lot of people have mixed opinions on him, but I really love his books. This is the first book of his I’ve read, and I really want to see if my opinion changes at all. Plus, it’ll be cool to see his writing evolve.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This book meant so much to me growing up, and I associate so many good memories to it. I bought it when I went on a trip to Florida with my cousins and read it in basically one sitting. I loved it so much and watched the movie as soon as it came out. I really hope my expectations aren’t too high for it!

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Do you ever re-read books? Have you read any of the books I talked about? Leave me a comment letting me know :)

Xo, Jess

Twenty Questions Book Tag

Hey everyone! I’m here today with another tag post :) This tag was so much fun to do, so I hope you guys like it!

Also, quick update- there will be a break in my book club for May because I have a lot of books I need to read (due to release dates and loan dates) so I will not be able to fit another one in to my schedule. The club will pick back up in June, so make sure you check back later in May!

How many books is too many books in a book series?

Honestly, anything more than 4 books is too much for me. I just did a post talking about series vs standalones, and I explained how I can’t keep up with a series too well.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

They are the absolute worst but I (lowkey) like them because it means I felt something from the book.

Hardcopy or paperback?

Definitely paperback! I just did a post all about this, too!

Favorite book?

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I always answer with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee because it’s been a favorite of mine for the longest time!

Least favorite book?

I don’t rate a lot of books 1-2 stars because I am a pretty good judge of what books I will enjoy or not. I would have to go with either Passenger by Alexandra Bracken or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard just because I found both of them very slow/boring.

Love triangles, yes or no?

I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles, I prefer the MC having one love interest but I won’t stop reading a book just because of a love triangle.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I just recently DNF’d an ARC I got called The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky because it was really boring. Nothing was happening, so I just couldn’t get myself to continue.

A book you’re currently reading?

I am finishing up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson right now because it was part of my April Book Club!

Last book you recommended to someone?

Probably Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett! That book just came out and it is amazing.

Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

I am not sure if I am being honest, but probably Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (first published in 1813).

Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic. I received an e-ARC so I read it right before it came out.

Favorite author?

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Jenn Bennett is a current favorite of mine, but some old favorites are Jenny Han, John Green, and Nina LaCour.

Buying books or borrowing books?

I always prefer to buy books because I like to write/tab my books.

A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. I really wasn’t of fan of this book at all.

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Both. I typically use those cool magnetic bookmarks because I don’t like regular bookmarks. But sometimes I just dog-ear a page if I can’t find a bookmark.

A book you can always reread?

I honestly very rarely re-read books. The only book I’ve re-read 3 times is To Kill A Mockingbird, so that is what I’m going to go with!

Can you read while hearing music?

I can but it’s definitely not ideal. When I’m in public and there’s music playing it’s fine, but when I am at home I can’t play music.

One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)

I like both, and I really don’t have a preference for either of the two.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Almost always over multiple days but I have been able to finish a book in just a day in the past!

Who do you tag?

Everyone who wants to do this! It was a really fun tag, and I want everyone to have the chance to answer these questions :)

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Reader Problems Tag

This is a bit of an older tag, but I have seen it many times both on Booktube and on WordPress, so I really wanted to add to it! This is a bit of a longer tag, so let’s just get straight into it!

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I am a huge mood reader, so I would first look at the books I own and pick one based off of its genre, the cover, or just how much I want to read it! It honestly really just depends on what I’m feeling haha

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I used to be completely committed and I would finish a book no matter what. Now, if I am not enjoying a book, I quit. I don’t usually get 1/2 through it though, I stop much earlier.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I definitely try to catch up. If I am behind, the entire month of December I am basically spending all of my time reading. Like, actually. It’s all I do.

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This actually does not bother me that much. First off, I do not read/own a lot of series because I prefer standalones or duologies/trilogies. Second, I think it’s kind of interesting to have mismatching covers, even though I know almost everyone else in the book community would hate this!

Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I typically turn to Goodreads and try to find other reviewers with similar opinions to mine! I try to comment on their reviews so that we can talk about it together! Otherwise, I sometimes come across booktubers with similar taste to mine and if they talk about the book I hated, I comment on their videos!

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

This has actually happened to me at school when I was in 8th grade reading TFIOS. Yes, that book made me cry. I was in class with some friends though so they just let me pour my emotions out with no judgement. If I happened to be alone, I would hold in the tears until I got home.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I never really re-read the first book, I usually just read a synopsis and hope that is enough information to start the second book. Usually, I begin to regain some memory of the previous book as I read the next.

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You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

People don’t typically ask to borrow my books because I don’t talk about them that often. I only lend out books to people I trust, though. If someone I didn’t trust were to ask me, I would probably just say I don’t own it, or that they should just get it from the library because it’s an important book to me. (Lying is bad, I know. But when it comes to my books I gotta do it)

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I don’t try to force myself to read if I am really not in the mood. I just slowly get back into reading usually by picking up a fluffy contemporary, or something super light/short! The only type of slump I force myself to get over is a writing slump, because that is something I lack motivation for quite frequently because I get stuck or frustrated. However, a reading slump is nothing I need to focus on immediately, and I just go with the flow.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Currently, I am on a book buying ban because I don’t have a job and I am starting college in the fall, so a girls gotta save money. BUT, when I do have some cash, I usually buy 2-3 books (at the very most 4) in one Barnes and Noble run.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Right now, they are probably sitting on my shelves for at least a month before I get to them. Usually so much longer. I have 3 shelves in my room dedicated to books I haven’t read yet, so that gives you a bit of a picture. It’s a really big struggle.

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That’s it for the tag! I tag all of you to do it (if you want!) because it was super fun. Let me know if you agree with any of my answers down in the comments below :)

Xo, Jess

5 Star book predictions !

I have been seeing a lot of people doing this post recently and I figured I should join in on the fun! I have over 60 books that I own but haven’t read yet, so I chose 6 of these that I really think will be 5 star ratings for me! I based this off of their descriptions, the genre, and the hype around them.

 

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

There is so much hype around this book, especially because of the movie that just came out. I can really see myself loving this book because it is contemporary and features many aspects of a book that I really like! This is also high on my priority list of books to read!

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

I honestly do not know much about this book at all, but one of my favorite booktubers, Ariel Bissett, has hyped this author up a lot. I actually won this book from a giveaway she was doing on her Instagram for it. I like her taste in books, so I am hoping this is another recommendation I end up loving.

By Your Side by Kasie West

This is another book that I believe will be a 5 star for me because of Laura (another booktuber). I think me and her have almost the same exact taste in books, and she recently posted a March TBR and she read a lot of Kasie West books in it! By Your Side is the only one I own right now, but I really feel like I will love it!

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

I am the biggest Jenny Han fan ever. I give basically all of her books 5 star ratings, and this is the last book in her Summer trilogy, so I have really high expectations. I loved the first two books, and my hope is that this one really ends the trilogy well.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I just read an e-ARC of Jenn Bennett’s newest novel, but before that I had never gotten around to reading any of her other books! I loved the book I read, and I am dying to get to another one. I have a feeling that she is going to become one of my newest favorite authors!

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Fusco

I bought this book so long ago from Bookoutlet because the description really interested me. From seeing other ratings on Goodreads, I really think I will love it! It is not a typical book that I would read, but it seems super interesting, so I am dying to get to it.

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Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments what you thought of them!

Xo, Jess