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!


First off, here are the rules for the tag.

  • Link back to and thank the person that tagged you. (Thank you so much, Annie! You’re the best. And you all should go read her post and stalk the rest of her blog, too.)
  • Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag. (Thank you, Beth!)
  • List and picture at least seven of your favorite things.
  • Tag at least seven people. (I’ll do this at the end of my post!)
  • List the seven rules. I am missing some?!

Can I just say, the fact that this tag is reminiscent of a song from “The Sound of Music” is just giving me the happiest vibes. I am *slightly* obsessed with that musical. And all other musicals, honestly. XD

All right, enough procrastinating, let’s get into the seven things I am currently obsessing over!


Hamilton songs, especially now that it’s fall.

I don’t know what it is, but (so far), fall as gotten me into the Hamilton mood. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always in a Hamilton mood, but in the past few weeks I have had it on repeat 99% of the time! If I’m listening to music, you better believe it’s Hamilton. 😉

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Maybe it’s because the album cover is a slightly fall-ish color. Maybe it’s because I’m in a nostalgic mood and what’s more nostalgic than the literal past. Or maybe it’s just because Hamilton is amazing and should be listened to at all times. Definitely the latter.

For Hamilfans, my current favorites are (but not limited to):

  • First Burn: I know it’s not on the Original Broadway Cast recording, but it’s so incredible that I can’t stop listening to it.
  • The Cabinet Battles (both): I really want to memorize these! Is it impossible? Likely. Will I try anyway? YES.
  • The Schuyler Sisters: I believe the above gif says it all about that song.
  • Non Stop: THIS ONE IS ALWAYS SUCH A JAM, no matter what.


The bookstagram that I just created yesterday!

I’m so excited to announce that I have just joined the bookstagram community! (As of only a few hours before this post was published.) I can’t wait to get better at taking photos of books, do Instagram stories, meet new people, and discover new books.

If you’re interested in following me, my account is on the sidebar or you can find me @purelyolivia, or by clicking here. I would love to connect with you all! 🙂

arrowFriends, because I’m never over it.

Even though I finished Friends over six months ago, I still just watching and rewatching it. And rewatching it and rewatching it.

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shoutout to Marie for always having Friends gif in her posts ;))

I love how genuine the friendships are (see I love friendships in TV shows just as much as friendships in books! okay maybe a little less but still), it makes me laugh out loud 100% of the time, and Phoebe is my spirit animal.

If you’re looking for a new show that can be both entertaining and occasionally emotional, I would highly recommend friends.


Ice cream as a late night snack.

I am 100% stealing one of Annie’s items here, but only because I agree so much with her pure genius. 😉 Lately, I’ve been really enjoying having ice cream after dance and dinner and homework. It’s probably a habit I need to break, but…it’s just too good.


Just fall in general.

Even though it seems like every teenage girl is, I am seriously obsessed with fall. As proven by this photo, which is from many years ago, I’ve been loving fall since the very beginning. (And loving princess pumpkins.)


There’s something about the way the leaves change (in the fa-a-a-all), the crisp air, the pumpkin spice flavor, and the sweaters and boots that just makes my heart so happy. Even though it hit the high 80s where I live yesterday, I still have hopes for a nice, chilly winter filled with reading by the fireplace and lots of traditions.


Pinning things on Pinterest.

I’ve been loving Pinterest, especially random funny things I see on it and also Harry Potter pins. I couldn’t do it, y’all. I couldn’t go a post without mentioning Harry Potter. One day I’ll do it, and will be simultaneously proud of myself and also disappointed.

Lately I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest a lot, like in the mornings on the weekend while I’m in bed, or when I have free time at school (the school Wi-Fi blocks a lot of apps, but I can still use Pinterest without using data). Here are a few of the pins I’ve loved especially (all linked back to their original source! none of these are mine!):

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I could keep going, but for everyone’s sanity I shall end here. Although can I just question why everyone on Pinterest is in that one font?! I have never noticed until they’re all here together, but it’s literally all the same font.


My new favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 31:30.

I have always loved Proverbs (and Psalms), but especially Proverbs 31. Recently, I came across a gem of a Bible verse that I now have written on my bulletin board and is my absolute favorite.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who loves the Lord is to be praised.”

-Proverbs 31:30

The reason why I love this so much is that it focuses on what’s really important. It’s easy to get caught up in having the perfectly likeable personality, or focusing too much on outward beauty, but what’s really beautiful is loving the Lord. It’s definitely a verse I strive to live by every day!


Well, that concludes my post. Thank you again to Annie for tagging me, and now for the seven people I tag! As always, no pressure whatsoever to do this, I just love tagging people to show my appreciation for all the wonderful bloggers out there.

Sissi // Kimberly // Laura // Tiffany // Brianna // Rhiana // Annie // Katie

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely fall day today.🍂

Do you have bookstagram? Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as me? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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Photo by Alex Geerts on Unsplash >> Credits for the image I used in my featured image, many thanks to the photographer!



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.


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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8 YA Contemporary Recommendations! // Mini Reviews & All the Heart Eyes

Hi, I’m Olivia, and I love contemporaries way too much.

Okay, maybe not way too much, because there’s no such thing as loving contemporaries too much. They deserve all the love and hugs and heart eyes in the world, am I right?! The answer is yes.

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Today’s post is my long-awaited at least by me mini reviews of the books I got in my last library haul, as well as reviews of a couple other books that I read but that didn’t come from the library. All of these are YA contemporaries that I would recommend to all of y’all, and I hope this post helps your TBR turn into even more of a monster. 😉

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Purely Olivia // GIVEAWAY!! (intl)

Happy birthday, Purely Olivia!

My blog is now two years old, a fact that is both amazing and unbelievable. It’s so crazy to think that it’s been two years since I switched over to WordPress, created Purely Olivia, and wrote my very first post!

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To commemorate the occasion, I’m going to be talking about some of my favorite posts I’ve done, some of my favorite memories from blogging, giving some thank-yous, and then at the end of this post, I’ll have all the information and a place to enter my very first giveaway!

Without further ado, let’s get started. 😉

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How To Balance Blogging and Your Life // BLOG TOUR for The Beaming Blonde (!!)

A major struggle of mine is balancing blogging and life.

I’m a student, dancer, family member, and friend. That already means I’m incredibly busy, and to add blogging on top of that? How do I find time to read. As I’ve continued blogging over the years, I’ve learned a few things about how to balance blogging and life. 😉

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This post is a collaborations with Emily– it’s actually part of her blog tour (which I will be talking about more at the end of this post) so be sure to stick around and learn more about her blog later on.

And now, let’s get into the post!

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Review: Emma, by Jane Austen // A Classic That’s Worth (Buddy) Reading

Classics are amazing.

But you know what’s even better than a classic? A review and buddy read of a classic with a fellow blogger. 😉 So if you couldn’t tell, I’m so excited for today’s post- a discussion of my thoughts about Emma, by Jane Austen.

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I know classics aren’t for everyone, but I love them dearly. One of my all time favorites was Pride & Prejudice, and I made it one of my goals to read more books by Jane Austen soon- and I’m working towards that goal by reading Emma! Even if you’re not the biggest classic lover, maybe my review will be convince you to read it.

Let’s get into the post!

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