A Very Late April Recap // Too Much School, But Also Reading, Dancing & The Office!!

Hello again, dear blogosphere.

It’s been quite a while since I posted, or was able to interact with everyone here, and I just want to give everyone a giant virtual hug. Insert imaginary giant hug here.

Even though we’re already nearing the end of May what how help I still wanted to take a moment and talk about some notable moments of April because 1) recap posts are so much fun to write, 2) I already had some of this post done before I took a short hiatus, and 3) I feel like I just need to catch up with everyone?? It’s been a minute.

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Like I said, I genuinely can’t believe it’s already almost June. The past few months have had their slow moments, but for the most part, have absolutely flown by. I feel like I’ve just been standing in the same spot, shell-shocked at how fast the year has passed me, since about February.

All right, without further ado, let’s get into the recap. 😉

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Do You Read the Book Before Watching the Movie?? // ft. an age-old discussion, pros vs. cons, and my fave adaptations!!

“I can’t watch the movie until I’ve read the book.”

If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand trillion times. I feel like this unspoken rule of reading the book before watching the movie has been ingrained in me since the day I first cracked open a book spine…and honestly, do I even agree with it?? Or have I just been brainwashed to accept it as the norm??

Even though this is an age-old statement (well, not age-old, because movies are fairly recent in the grand scheme of things) and may seem like a trivial discussion, I’ve been feeling conflicted about this for a while now and there’s no time better than the present to talk about it.

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In this post, I’m going to be talking about the pros and cons of watching the movie before reading the book and then sharing some of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations!

Without further ado, let’s get into the post. 😉

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The Pancake Book Tag // ft. Thoughts on Book Slumps, Simon Spier, & More

It is a truth universally acknowledged that pancakes are amazing.

Even if they aren’t your favorite breakfast food (I have to admit, waffles offer some true competition), there’s something amazing about a tall, warm stack of pancakes. Especially if they have chocolate chips…or blueberries…or whipped cream… 😉

Prepare to be craving pancakes for the rest of this post, because today I’m going to be participating in Becky’s Pancake Book Tag! Being the amazing human that she is, she combined pancakes and books all into one post, and I couldn’t love it more.

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This tag is incredibly creative- I love all the prompts, the beautiful graphics, and of course I can’t wait to talk about some wonderful books all the while wishing I was eating pancakes right now.

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

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All My Thoughts on Six of Crows // Review + Opinions on the Most Hyped Book of All Time (!!)

I did it. I finally read the most hyped book of all time.

Without fail, I have heard about Six of Crows on nearly every blog. It’s been in recommendation posts, in discussion posts, and it lived on my TBR for longer than I’d like to admit.

The hype grew so much that eventually I was torn between a desperate desire to read it and a just as desperate desire not to read it, because what if it didn’t live up to all my expectations??

All these thoughts reached their apex on March 26th, 2019, the day I started to read Six of Crows. I feel like there should be ominous music playing in the background. Needless, to say…it was all worth it, and all the hype was absolutely right.

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In this post, I’m going to be first reviewing Six of Crows! If you haven’t read the book yet, you don’t have to be worried about any part of it getting spoiled in that section. After a quick review, I’m going to be screaming more directly about the book, and while I won’t be explicitly spoiling anything, I don’t recommend reading that part of the post if you haven’t yet read the book. I’ll make sure to differentiate between the sections. 😉

I can’t wait any longer to talk about this book, so let’s get started!

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March Recap // I Read Six of Crows, Spring Break, & My Current Playlist!!

All of a sudden it’s April.

Somehow we’ve made it through another month of the year! 2018 still feels like yesterday (yes, I will not stop saying this in every monthly recap), but we’ve already gone through a fourth of the year.

So, even though I can hardly believe it’s April, it’s April!! That means it’s time to take a look back at March and see what happened as far as books, blogging, and life in general.

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This post contains a lot of parentheses (if you haven’t noticed, I love them), beautiful book covers, and instances of me obsessing over books I read and the music I listened to in typical Olivia fashion. Continue at your own risk?? But please continue.

Without further ado, into the post!

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5 YA Contemporaries You Need to Read This Spring // Mini Reviews & Heart Eyes!

I’m back again with the contemporary reviews, spring edition!

So far, 2019 has been a wonderful year of reading contemporaries for me. I mean, it’s pretty much all I read. Today I’m back with a new batch of YA contemporaries that I’m going to be doing mini reviews for! Expect lots of squealing and heart eyes. 😉

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Of course, these books can be enjoyed any time of the year, I just think they’d be especially amazing during spring or summer…but honestly, it doesn’t matter. We all know I’m going to scream about contemporaries no matter what time of the year it is.

Without further ado, on to the reviews!

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5 Reasons You Should Read Harry Potter // Aka…Me Trying to Convince You All to Be Potterheads?!

I believe in a lot of things.

I believe in the innate goodness of people, love, gravity, God, the fact that my heart can be torn apart by a book… But one other (very important) thing I believe in is that everyone should give Harry Potter a chance.⚡️

In case you didn’t know about my immense (and sometimes slightly terrifying) love for Harry Potter…well, I have an immense and sometimes slightly terrifying love for Harry Potter. And I like to talk about it on my blog, a lot.

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In today’s post I’m going to list a few reasons that will hopefully convince you to read Harry Potter if you haven’t yet, or to reread it if you have already read it! I’m very excited for this, because screaming about Harry Potter is one of my specialties.

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Oy With The Reading Already Tag // Gilmore Girls + A Whole Lot of Books!!

Just like reading, Gilmore Girls is a lifestyle.

It was the first show I ever binged watched, the first time I really connected with a character on TV, and, well, I couldn’t be more excited for this tag!

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It was created by my wonderful friend Rhi (you should go give her some love 😉 ) and I absolutely love everything about it. I mean, one of my favorite shows? And books? In the same post? (If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls, don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers in this post, though I hope I can convince you to watch it! It’s about a bookish girl (!!) and her mom and their life in a little small town.)

Prepare yourselves for a post full of me fangirling about books and Gilmore Girls, as well as a lot of gifs (because when do I not use gifs) and references. Yes, I smell a lot of references. That was a reference.

Okay, without further ado, into the post!

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February Recap // I’m Back For Real This Time + I Need Your Help!!

I’m not quite sure what happened to February.

I feel as if it was just mid-January and I was still writing 2018 on all my papers, but here we are in the third month of the year. I blinked, and February was over.

It was a rainy, cold month filled with a lot of school, dancing, reading, and hardly any blogging. However, I’m very excited to be back with the new month, and hopefully this time I’m here to stay. 😉

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Despite the fact that my last post was also a monthly recap (yes, I’m very disappointed in myself about this), in this post I’m going to be wrapping up February by talking about what I read, did, and blogged.

Without further ado, on to the post!

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A Late January Recap // Harry Potter Reread (Again?!), Dancing, & Hamilton

So January happened.

And now it’s almost two weeks into February, but shhh, this recap is definitely on time. It somehow already feels as if it’s been 2019 for ten years?!

Usually January is a mediocre month, but this month was actually filled with a few wonderful things, like a Harry Potter reread (!!!), spending time with friends, and a whole lot of dancing.

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Well, without further ado, let’s begin. 😉

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