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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My One Major Problem With Harry Potter + Other Thoughts // ft. Opinions on Snape, Harry’s Flaw, & More

So. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Harry Potter.

And if you didn’t know that yet- hi, I’m Olivia and my letter to Hogwarts got lost in the mail. I usually can’t go more than a few blog posts without mentioning Harry Potter one or two or twenty times. I’ve read the books and seen the movies more times than I can count, and my Harry Potter Pinterest board has 305 pins on it.

In short, I’m obsessed.

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Recently, I decided it was time for another Harry Potter reread. I went through the books, and while I still absolutely love them and the magic hasn’t left at all, I noticed some of my opinions have changed about the book as I got older.

Today I’m going to be talking about a few random thoughts I had, as well as my one major problem with Harry Potter (that I hadn’t really noticed until this reread). Let’s get started! 🙂

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July Recap (lots of reading, blogging, & more reading) + Hi There, August!

Someone please help me slow down time.

I’m at such a loss for how this year is over halfway over, and I can’t believe that summer is coming to a close (at least for me) this month. Wasn’t it just May? But, July was a great month and I can’t wait to talk about it in today’s post! 🙂

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It was almost like I was back in my glory days of 2016 (when I actually had time to read), because I actually read books! And…watched a lot of Netflix…and read a lot of blog posts…and wrote a lot of posts…but mostly, I read books!

Today I’m going to be summing up my month, talking about what I read and did and also talking about my goals for August. Let’s get into it!

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10 Struggles All Bookworms Understand

As bookworms, we all face many struggles.

It’s not all hardcover books and ships sailing and five star reviews, that’s for sure. All bookworms have their fair share of struggles, and today Rose and I are going to be bringing ten of those to light. 😉

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This post is a collab with the lovely Rose from A Purpose of Winged Dogs! She posts about books, writing, and more and is always up for a Taylor Swift reference. We’re definitely kindred spirits. Definitely check out her amazing blog and read her half of the post here! I’ll be talking about five of the struggles here, and she’s talking about the other five over on her blog.

I’m so happy to be collabing with Rose, and really excited to talk about some bookworm struggles with you all. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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6 Hyped Fantasy Books I Really Want To Read // Six of Crows, Warcross, & More

I miss reading fantasy books.

As much as I love my contemporaries, I’m really ready to return to fantasy. It’s been a while, that’s for sure. Lately I’ve discovered a ton of fantasies that look amazing, and I can’t wait to share them today and read them soon!

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Like I said, I’ve been on a bit of a fantasy hiatus. But I still have a great love for the genre, and I’m hoping these books will get me back into the swing of reading fantasy. 🙂 I discovered most of them from other book blogs, and I’m so happy I did, because they look wonderful!

In this post, I’ll be screaming about six fantasies I can’t wait to read, and talking a little bit about why I want to read them. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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What Does It Take For Me to Cry Over Books? // + Books I’ve Shed Tears Over

You could say I’m a pretty emotional reader.

Every bookworm is different- some cry over everything, some over nothing. I’d say I’m somewhere in between. It’s complicated. 😉 Today I’m going to be talking about what is takes for me to actually shed real tears over words written on pieces of paper- otherwise known as books.

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I’ve talked a little bit (in random posts I think?) about some books that made me cry, and in this post I’ll be doing that yet again. Because who doesn’t want to hear about a lot of books that will make them sob their eyes out??

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

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10 Ways to Enjoy Blogging (p.2) // Collab With Anna Pastelle!

Blogging is the best.

I think that’s something we can all agree on, since we’re all here reading blogs or writing them ourselves. 😉 Today I’ll be collabing with Anna from Anna Pastelle to bring you 10 ways to enjoy blogging and make it even better than it already is!

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Anna and I have been wanting to do a collab for a while, so I’m really excited it’s finally here. Definitely make sure to check her lovely blog and to read her part of the post. I’ll be sharing 5 ways here, and she’s sharing the other 5 over on her blog.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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MINI REVIEWS! // 5 Contemporaries That Are Perfect For Summer

Do I ever stop reading contemporaries?

The answer to this question is a resounding no. Lately I’ve been reading contemporaries more than ever, and loving them more than ever, too. Today I’ll be sharing five contemporaries I read recently and loved so much that I had to share them with you, too!

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All of these books were featured in my June library haul, and this is the long-promised follow-up to that post in which I share my thoughts and ratings. I’ve been looking forward to this for ages now. 😉

If you’re looking for summer book recommendations, you’re in the right place! I’m here to help you find the perfect contemporary (or five) to add to your TBR. Let’s get started!

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