The Controversy of Hyped Books // ft. it’s a love-hate relationship, the pressure, & my fave hyped reads!!

So. Hyped books are a thing.

If I’ve learned anything from being in the book blogging community, it is that hyped books are a real thing that genuinely affects people’s (ahem, my) TBR and honestly end up dictating a lot of what we as bookworms read. They’re legitimately a huge part of being a reader!

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It’s probably going a little far to call it a controversy, but I think readers can have pretty strong feelings about the fact that hyped books exist, and that’s why I wanted to write this blog post. I have a love-hate relationship with the idea of hyping up books, and I thought it would be interesting to write my thoughts about it and then see what all of you think, too!

At the end of this post, because we all know book recommendations are amazing (besides the fact that they continue to feed our pet monsters TBRs), I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite books that were hyped up for me. Wait. That means I am feeding the hype? Help, I’m already confused and we’re 170 words in.

Without further ado, into the post!

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5 Fictional Friend Groups I Adore // ft. all the squad-filled book recs!!

There are a lot of ways to my heart.

Chocolate, puppies, an unusual amount of Harry Potter knowledge…and a good, loyal, adorable fictional friend group. I truly can’t resist any of these.

The more I read, the more I notice certain things that draw me towards a book or series (or what solidifies it as one of my all-time favorites), and one factor that consistently influences my love for a story is if there’s an amazing friend group. I’m a sucker for a good and supportive friend group, and I will never stop screaming about this.

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I wish every book had a squad worthy of #squadgoals (yes, I also can’t believe I am using this hashtag), but the ones that do certainly have a special place in my heart. In this post, I’m going to be talking about some of my favorite fictional friend groups!

I might be having slight existential crises over how much I love all of these, but my hope is that I can introduce you all to at least one new friend group for you to obsess over. If I can do that, then I’ll consider this post a success. 😉

All right, without further ado, cue the fangirling!

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My 2019 Book Blogger Award Nominations // ft. all the love for book blogs + bloggers I adore!!

In case you didn’t know, book bloggers are beyond amazing.

Book bloggers not only balance normal life (meaning work, school, relationships, anything they have going on) with reading (because we need books like we need oxygen) but on top of all that they blog about it too?? Yes, they deserve all the love and adoration in the world.

Taking into account all the time and effort my fellow book bloggers put into maintaining blogs (and being the absolute best humans while doing it), I can’t think of any better way to nominate them than to participate in the 2019 Book Blogger Awards.

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These awards, formerly held by Joce @ Write Through the Night (she’s now a retired book blogger), are being hosted by May @ Forever and Everly this year, and I’m so, so excited to be participating. A huge thank you to May for taking on this project- I know it’s going to help boost so many bloggers and it’s so wonderful that she’s continuing it!

In this post, I’m going to be sharing my nominations for all the categories and also talking a little bit about all the bloggers I’m nominating. You all know me, I can talk forever, especially about people I love. 😉

If you want more information on how to participate (which you should definitely participate!!) then definitely go check out May’s post where she talks about all the rules, gives all the categories, and just, in general, informs you about the entire awards.

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June Recap // ft. my new fave books, a drastic haircut, & my current playlist!!

June was slow and a whirlwind all at the same time.

You know when you look back at a month’s accomplishments and it simultaneously feels like it’s been that month for ages, but also feels like time is slipping by you too fast? No, is this just me having an existential crisis?

Whether or not I’m the only one who feels that way- that’s how June felt to me! I read a lot of books and blogged a lot and ate way too many snowcones. Essentially, it was an incredibly *summer* month and yes, I have officially begun rambling and we’re only 99 words into this post.

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All of that to say, in this post I’m going to be recapping the month of June. I feel like a lot happened (but also nothing at all?) and I’m looking forward to properly squealing about what I read and what I did and all the normal things I usually talk about on here.

So, without further ado, cue the post!

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The Summer Bucket List Book Tag // ft. 10 books that are perfect for summer (!!)

What could be better than books and bucket lists?

As I’ve established in my summer bucket list post from a couple weeks ago, I adore bucket lists. And obviously, due to the entirety of my blog’s content, I also adore books. That makes this tag, The Summer Bucket List Book Tag, the most perfect tag for me to do! 😉

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First of all, this tag was created by Tiffany from Read By Tiffany. If you’ve never heard of Tiffany and her blog, please stop reading this post and go visit her lovely corner of the internet! I am begging you to leave my post, so you know it’s good. She’s so kind, sweet, never fails to use the best emojis, and her blog (which she recently redesigned) is the best pink, Hufflepuff aesthetic in the universe.

I’m beyond excited that she created an original tag that not only lets me exclaim how wonderful her blog is (!!) but also allows for me to talk about and recommend a whole lot of books to you all.

Let’s get into the post!✨

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Should You Have a Blogging Niche? // ft. pros, cons + my thoughts!

To have a blogging niche or to not have a blogging niche, that is the question.

From my time in the blogging community, I’ve noticed one piece of advice that gets repeated, reused, and shows up in nearly every “tips for new bloggers” post. Even my own. That piece of advice is to find your blogging niche.

However, I’ve also read posts (both the advice type and the normal type) that talk about how finding a niche doesn’t always work and that it’s sometimes better to just blog about whatever you want. Reading both sides of the story got me interested in this topic, and I’m excited to discuss it with you all today!

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In this post, I’ll be talking about the pros of sticking with one particular niche as well as the cons of it. At the end, I’ll be giving my thoughts (I’m going to try to make the pros vs. cons as unbiased as possible 😉 ) and insights on the great blogging niche debate.

Also, I want to apologize for if you already read this post or saw it in your Reader?? I messed up some of the publication settings for this post and I don’t think it was showing up (I accidentally posted it four days in the past, which shouldn’t be possible but is). So this is a repost, in case you saw it the first time!

All right, let’s get into the post!

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3 Hard-Hitting YA Novels I Loved // ft. mini reviews + adoration!!

Sometimes you need a little more than fluff.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all here for a cutesy, fluffy contemporary. I mean, take a look at my bookshelf. But often it’s so necessary to read a YA novel that’s more than fluffy. It’s so important to read books that address more difficult topics, or aren’t only sunshine and happiness all the time.

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Today I’m going to be reviewing (in a miniature fashion) three novels I recently read that were incredibly hard-hitting. Each of these sent powerful messages and really got me thinking. Like I said, I have nothing against fluff, but fluff isn’t everything, and these three books really proved that point!

I know I just did a mini reviews post last week, but there are just too many books and too little time that I read and then didn’t get to talk about, so after this post I’ll finally be caught up on my reviews and we can go back to more of my regular scheduled programming. 😉

All right, without further ado, let’s get into the reviews!

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019 // ft. me screaming about lovable + emotional books

The amount of amazing books I’ve read this year is freaking me out.

This tag couldn’t have come at a better time, because I genuinely think I’ve read more good books this year than I have in the past years combined. I just keep reading more and more books that are truly wonderful, and I have the book blogging community to thank for that. You’ve all buried me in my TBR, but I’m happy about it. 😉

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I was tagged for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag by Chana and Malka from Paper Procrastinators! They’re both so sweet and their blog is beyond lovely, so you should go stalk them and read their tag post. Thank you so much for the tag!

I can already tell it’s going to be hard for me to narrow down my decisions for most of these questions, so please bear with me as I try to decide which books broke my heart the most. They all did okay?? The writing of this post is definitely going to require frequent consulting of Goodreads…

Without further ado, let’s get into the post!

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My Summer Bucket List // collab with annie @ zoelogist // ft. watching marvel movies, harry potter, & more!

If you know me, then you know I love making lists.

I’m constantly making lists, whether they’re in my head, on paper, or in my phone, and I make lists about pretty much everything. Sometimes the Type A in me really comes out. Despite lists being a part of my daily life, today’s post is something special, because it’s my summer bucket list!

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This post is a collab with an amazing blogging friend of mine, Annie. Her blog is called Zoelogist, and if you haven’t already visited it, I highly recommend that you go read all of her posts right now. 😉 (Or at least read some of my favorites! Even though they’re all my favorites.) Annie is a wonderful human being and I’m lucky that we discovered each other’s blogs and we get to have long comment conversations together.

All of that to say- we’re doing a collab today! Basically, both of us are posting our own summer bucket lists today, and then to jazz things up, we also made comments on the other person’s list. So you’ll be hearing Annie’s thoughts as well as mine in this post!

Without further ado, because I’m too excited to keep carrying on in this introduction, cue the post.

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6 YA Novels I Couldn’t Put Down // ft. Mini Reviews & Much Fangirling!!

You know me, always reading more and more YA.

Today I’m here with six mini reviews of YA novels that I read in the past few months! It’s been forever since I last did a post like this (i.e., a post where I scream your ear off about books), but I’m so excited to be back on my reviewing game.

Yes, I read these books more than a month ago? But I loved them all so much that it didn’t take too long to remember why I gave them such high ratings back in April. 😉

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In this post, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and ratings for five contemporary and one (!!) sci-fi young adult book. Like usual, you can expect me to be fangirling immensely over…everything, to say the least.

I have quite a lot to say about all of these novels, so without further ado, let’s get into the post!

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