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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12 Risks We Respect From Authors // Collab w/ Abby @ When Words Fly (!!)

Authors are…well, they’re pretty amazing.

Without authors, we wouldn’t have books. We wouldn’t have characters to call our children, we wouldn’t have things to take pretty pictures of, and we wouldn’t be here at all, screaming about books with each other.

I know, it would be pretty horrible.

Today I’m so, so excited to be collaborating with the lovely Abby from When Words Fly in order to talk to you all about authors- specifically, risks we respect from authors. I’ll be sharing six on this post, and Abby will be talking about the other six on her post, so please go read hers and get to know her amazing self and blog while you’re at it. 😉

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Now, without more rambling from me (there’ll be enough of that in this post), let’s get started!

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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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