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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What Makes Me Read a Book?? // A Thorough Guide to the Growth of My TBR

There are over 130 million books in the world.

What?! 130 million. How am I ever even going to make a dent in that number. Yet with all the options us readers have in front of us, we still manage to pick and choose certain books to add to our lists of books “to be read” and then continue to pick an even smaller selection from that list to actually read.

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Although it seems like maybe we’re just magical (and everyone else is just a Muggle, sorry), the thing is, each reader has an internal checklist complete with characteristics that they want a book they read to fit. In this post, I’m going to be discussing what makes me want to read a book!

There are so many factors, some more obvious than others. Without further ado, here we go. 😉

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The Wonderstruck Book Tag // An Original Tag (by me!) Featuring Taylor Swift + Books!!

Two things I adore are Taylor Swift and books.

I also love participating in book tags, and while I’ve done my fair share of fun ones throughout the years…I’ve never created one! Today I’m breaking that trend by introducing the Wonderstruck Book Tag, a tag that combines my loves for Taylor Swift and books.✨

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I’ll be using some of my favorite Taylor Swift songs (which there are a lot of XD) and then connecting them each to a prompt and book! That explanation sounded very confusing. But basically it’s just like a normal book tag would be?

I decided to call it Wonderstruck because that it’s a word I associate with Taylor Swift (she had a perfume named that) and it dates back to one of my favorite Taylor Swift eras, with the albums Speak Now and Fearless and it even reminds me a little of the 1989 vibes, which I LOVE.

I’m so excited, because I’ve never done something like this before, and though it probably won’t catch on, I know I’ll have fun creating it. 😉

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5 Books To Overwhelm Your TBR With (!!) // ft. Emma Mills & Other Mini Reviews

It’s that time of the year again.

January is the month of announcing new releases. Your reader is probably full of posts about books coming in 2019, and if you’re like me, your TBR is filled to overflowing- and then you add even more to it, because GOOD BOOKS.

Well, don’t worry, I’m here to make your to-read pile suffer even more. 😉

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Today I’m going to be talking about five YA contemporaries that I read in the past few weeks! These have all been released in 2018 or before, but I still think these books deserve all the love in the world.

I’m excited to start screaming, so without further ado, let’s begin!

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Insta-Love vs. Slow Burn Romances // Which Makes For a Better Love Story in YA Contemporary?

Romance. An element that’s almost always present in YA contemporary.

Me being me, I spend most of my time reading YA contemporaries. So naturally, I also read about a lot of romances, which are divided into two main categories: they’re either insta-love or slow burn.

Recently, I started thinking about how both of these categories create such different storylines and really dictate the plot as a whole. Of course, that led me to wonder- which is better? The potentially overused insta-love or the occasionally boring (but sometimes wonderful) slow burn romance?

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In this post, I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of both of these, compare them, and then give my final answer to the question guiding this whole post.

Let’s get started!✨

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Recap of 2018 + Goals for 2019 // HELLO NEW YEAR!

2019 is here.

It’s been a year full of growth, reading, dancing, blogging, and a heck of a lot of happiness. While 2018 was good to me, I can’t say that I’m not looking forward to starting a fresh new year, with new goals and new memories.

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Just like every other blogger, today I’m going to be doing a recap of my year, a look back at the highlights and at all the goals I set, and then setting a few goals for the next year as well. I hope I’ll be able to look back at this post in years to come and see how much I’ve grown!

Without further ado, let the games begin. 😉

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The 10 Best Books I Read in 2018 (!!)

2018 was the best reading year I’ve had in a very long time.

I discovered so many books that have become some of my all-time favorites, and I also constantly read new books instead of only rereading (who am I?). What with 2018 drawing to a close, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about the 10 best books I read this year.

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Before I get started, I wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday season. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a lovely holiday with your family and friends, and if you don’t, then I hope you’re having an amazing week or celebration of another holiday!

Now, on to the list. I didn’t include rereads in this, and even with those taken out, it was incredibly hard to narrow down the top 10 books I read- especially once I got down to the last few. I’ve already talked about most of these on my blog before, so I’ll be providing insight on why I enjoyed them, rather than a full review.

Without more of my rambling, let’s get started!

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I’m Back!! (I Think) // A Very Late, But Existent November Recap…

Well, hello again, blog.

It’s been a long time since I posted- three weeks, to be exact. Lately, leaving for weeks on end without announcing it seems to be my trend. Life just got the best of me, and the constant business of school, homework, and dance leaves me with hardly any time left for anything, much less blogging. I let myself get swallowed by life these past few weeks, but I’m making it a goal right now to try harder to stay afloat!

Even though we’re already halfway through December (where did time go?! wasn’t I just a smol little Olivia worried that the world would end when it became 2010), I’m going to be doing a little November recap today!

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Shh, no matter that November ended weeks ago. It’s never too late to scream about the books I read, what happened blogging-wise (the WordPress update, anyone?!) and what was going on in my life.

Let’s get started!

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5 YA Contemporaries You Should Be Reading // Mini Reviews!

I have read so many wonderful books lately.

I owe that all to the many book blogs I read, all of which have provided me with ample book recommendations and succeeded in burying me in my TBR. 😉 I’ll make it out someday. I think. Today I’m really excited to be doing a few mini reviews of some books I’ve been especially loving lately!

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I read all of these books in the past two months or so, and they’re all books I highly recommend to you all. Oh, and a disclaimer- there will be no spoilers in any of these reviews (I try to never do spoilers, and definitely not without saying so), so feel more than welcome to read on even if you haven’t read any of these.

Let’s get right into the reviewing!

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The Hamilton Book Tag // ft. Me Flailing Because This Exists?!

If I’m not reading, I’m listening to Hamilton.

This is a very true fact. I listen to Hamilton in the car, while I’m getting ready for dance, while I’m cleaning, when I’m writing blog posts- at any time, you can pick up my phone and Hamilton will either be playing or might have just been paused.

I’ve talked about loving Hamilton a couple times on my blog, but there hasn’t been an entire post dedicated to it yet, and I think that needs to change. 😉 So I decided I wanted to make a book tag about Hamilton, and then upon researching it, I discovered that it’s already in existence!

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The original tag was created by the booktuber Maureen Keavy way back in 1791 is that what you have, are you done October 2015, and I found the blog version here. I’m not sure if it’s allowed to do a tag so long after it was originally created, but I’m going to do it anyway because I love Hamilton too much not to.

Oh, and a quick warning- this post will contain many Hamilton lyric references, gifs, and fangirling. Continue at your own risk (I really hope you do?!), you have been warned.

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