The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls Review + Author Interview!! // ft. me screaming, as usual

Half the time you can catch me obsessing over contemporaries.

And today, in a shocking turn of events, I will be obsessing over one of my favorite contemporary YA novels, The Last Summer of the Garrett GirlsI’ve been talking about this book a lot over the past few months, and in this post I’m going to be reviewing it and also sharing an interview with the author, Jessica Spotswood.

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I first read this book back in July, and that’s when I originally wrote this review, but due to the logistics of everything, it’s just now getting to see the light. I’m so excited to finally be sharing all my thoughts, and doubly excited that I had the opportunity to interview the author for this post.

Without further ado, let’s get started. 😉

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Why My Favorite Character in Harry Potter is Harry Potter // ft. Screaming, Ships, & Many Gifs

I love talking about Harry Potter.

Whether I’m screaming about the plot, the characters, my ships, the movies, or the fact that I really want to get my Hogwarts acceptance letter, it’s pretty much a guarantee that I’m always talking about it in one way or another.

In typical Olivia fashion, I’ll be doing that yet again on this post. 😉 Today I’m going to be talking about a character who I think is slightly underappreciated despite being the protagonist of the entire series- Harry Potter himself.

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I know, I know. On the surface level, it seems like Harry does get a lot of appreciation, but when I really started to think about it, I realized that I’ve never really heard anyone say he was their favorite character. More popular answers are Hermione, Ron, and even Snape or Draco.

This makes me sad, because Harry Potter is one of my most favorite characters of all time. He is my small, sassy, lovable child and I will protect him with my life. So, I have put together a list of reasons that Harry Potter is my favorite character in Harry Potter. Disclaimer: There will not be explicit spoilers in this post, but there will be references to occurrences throughout the series. Without further rambling we all know I could ramble forever, let’s get into the post!

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An October Recap (ft. my birthday, books, & a broken toe) + Goals for November

I can’t stop smiling because it’s really, truly fall.

I know fall technically started on back in September, but this past month is when it actually started feeling like fall for me- with chilly days, leaves changing colors, and all the fuzzy blankets and socks. I’m so excited for the rest of the season!

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As much as I do love fall, this post isn’t an ode to it. Though I should do one of those someday.p Today I’m going to be talking all about October and the crazy month that it was, and then I’ll be getting very excited about November because I have the best feeling about what’s to come.

Without further rambling, let’s get right into it!

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5 Book Characters I Would Be Best Friends With In a Heartbeat (& That I Love Dearly)

Characters are my absolute favorite.

The characters are what makes or breaks a book for me. I can still love a book that has a confusing plot or isn’t quite as well-written as I would like, but the characters are negotiable- if I can’t connect to them, then I don’t love the book.

Luckily for me, there are so many wonderful characters out there! Thank you, authors, for being so kind and writing the best characters into existence. One mark of a true amazing character, at least for me, is that I would gladly become their best friend (if they were real and we crossed paths 😉 ).

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In this post, I’m going to be screaming about a few characters that I would become the best of friends with in a heartbeat, and talking about what makes them so amazing. Without further, let’s get into it!

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7 Favorite Things Tag // I Made A Bookstagram (!!), I’m Obsessed With Friends, & More

I love a lot of things besides books and Harry Potter.

Since this is primarily a book blog, I often neglect to talk about things I love that don’t revolve around the latest series I’m obsessed with or my thoughts on various characters. So when Annie (one of my best blogging friends!) tagged me for the My Favorite Things tag, I knew I just had to participate. 😉

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Okay, there may be a few mentions of books in here I can’t help it, but for the most part, I’m going to be discussing some of my favorite things that aren’t my small, precious children. Also known as books. 

Without further ado, let’s begin!

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September Recap // I’m Back From Hiatus, Giveaway Winner, & It’s My Fave Month!

It’s finally my favorite month of the year.

After the rainy, stressful month that was September, October has never felt so amazing. It’s officially time for everything pumpkin spice, fall weather, my birthday, and a lot of other exciting things too. 😉

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I’m so excited to be back from my small hiatus (I’ve been gone since mid-September) and I’m looking forward to talking about the books I read, the winner of my giveaway from all the way back in August, and just generally screaming about everything going on this October.

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

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Why I’ve Actually Started Liking Writing In Books?! // Mini Hiatus + Annoucements

I’ve always been one of those people who really doesn’t like writing in books.

I mean, my books are precious children to me, and I just never understood why anyone would want to put marks on their beautiful white pages. But…recently, I’ve had a change of heart about this subject, so I thought I’d talk about it today. 😉

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Also, if you noticed the title of this post, I’ll also be giving a few small announcements and be talking about the short hiatus I’m taking at the end of this post! Patience, grasshoppers. But first we’re going to talk about books, because books are amazing. XD

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

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As I said, I used to be one of those people that treat their books as humans.

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Of course, I’m still against completely hurting books- how could I ever condone that? – but I’ve gotten more relaxed over the years. Nowadays, dog ears are acceptable (I actually dog ear quite a bit when I don’t have a bookmark handy), I think cracked spines are the sign of a well-loved book, and I’ve found that I love writing in them.

Today I’ll be sharing a few of the main reasons I’ve decided I like writing in books, as well as sharing a few examples of when writing in books was especially fun.

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The Lady Janies Book Tag // Most Anticipated Release, Favorite Characters, + More

I think we’re long overdue for a book tag.

I love a good book tag almost as much as I love a good contemporary, and today I’m so happy to be participating in The Lady Janies Book Tag. I’ve recently realized just how many amazing characters there are named Jane, and that made me especially excited to do this tag. 😉

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I was tagged for this by Malanie and Elizabeth (they’re both amazing and I love them and their blogs dearly), so thank you to both of you for the tag! This tag was created in honor of The Lady Janies series and My Plain Jane‘s release, and while I haven’t read this series yet, I definitely want to now.

Let’s get right into it!

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August Recap // A Whirlwind of Books, Dance, & Back to School + Goals for September

Thank goodness August is finally over.

After the amazing, wonderful months of June and July that were filled with reading and blogging and no school and just general happiness, August was like jumping off a cliff into an ocean of reality.

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All dramatics aside, it was an okay month…I somehow managed to read a decent amount of books and I didn’t drown under loads of homework, so there is a bright side. 😉

I’m so excited to talk about my month (as far as books, blogging, and life went) and then set some goals for September, too. Which will definitely be a better month than August…I hope. Let’s get started!

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The Social Media Tag // All the Blogger Love + Recognition!!

Besides Harry Potter, something that makes me very happy is blogger appreciation.

Bloggers are incredibly hard workers. We read books, write blog posts, interact with other bloggers, all while going to school or work. How do we do it, honestly. One of my favorite things to do is talk about how amazing other bloggers are!

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Thankfully, tags like this exist. 😉 Today I’ll be participating in the Social Media tag, which I was tagged for by Lily, Kimberly, and Ally. I’m so, so excited to be sharing my love and appreciation for other blogs in this post!

Without further ado, let us begin.

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