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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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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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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Why I Still Love Dystopians + A Dystopian Review (!!)

Confession time. I still love dystopian books.

I made that sound so dramatic, but for some reason I feel like dystopian books are so underrated these days. These days meaning in 2018. I mean, I can’t think of a dystopian book that I’ve heard people talking about that was published recently. And that makes me sad, because the thing is, I love dystopian.

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Today I’m going to be sharing reasons I’m still obsessed with dystopian novels (even though the glory days of The Hunger Games are mostly over *tear*) and also be doing a very exciting review of a dystopian short story I was given the opportunity to read recently. I’m excited, so let’s jump right in!Read More »

Review: A List of Cages // My New Favorite Book & A Must-Read

Today I have the honor of reviewing my new favorite book.

You know those books that keep you up all night? The ones that you can’t put down? The ones where you fall in love with the characters? Well, A List of Cages was each of those things, and more. It was simply amazing.

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I don’t do reviews a lot, but I had to make the exception for this book. It deserves a full review that properly displays just how much I loved it. Prepare yourself for lots of raving.

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Happily, by Chauncey Rogers: ARC Review + Interview With the Author!

I love fairytales.

Whether they’re classic or retellings, Grimm Brothers or Hans Christian Anderson, cliche or not, I’ll read them. Fairytales are one of my greatest weaknesses. 😉 The others being anything chocolate and, you guessed it, Hamilton.

So, I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to review a fairytale retelling. Not only that, but I was also able to do an interview with the author! I can’t wait to get into this post and share with you all the amazingness of Happily.

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Rapid Fire Reviews, July Edition {BONUS POST!}

Hello everyone! Welcome to the second ever edition of Rapid Fire Reviews here on Purely Olivia. 🙂

Though I didn’t have the best reading month in July, an upside is that every book I read was a book I was reading for the first time- meaning, no rereads! That’s a pretty big accomplishment for me. You might as well call me the Queen of Rereads.

So, to comemerate commemorate (I just spent quite a few minutes trying to spell that, until Google finally helped out) that occasion, I am going to be doing Rapid Fire Reviews of each book I read in July!

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Review of a Writing Handbook {Spilling Ink}

Writing is hard.

That’s the truth. Though it may be fun, it may be rewarding, you may love it more than you love anything else, it’s still really, really hard.

For starters, have you ever had writer’s block? Empty lines or a b l i n k i n g cursor on a blank page is enough to make me want to scream. Then there are the thoughts that creep into your head- is my writing really any good? is it possible that I could ever even be published? And that’s just the beginning! When it comes to writing, I’ll take all the help I can get.

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