August 2019: The Month I Read.. Who Cares, Look At These Puppy Pictures!! {Monthly Wrap Up}

August wrap up

Hi everybody, and welcome to my August wrap up!

As some of you may already know from my social media, this month is a little special because WE GOT A PUPPY! It means I didn’t get quite so much reading or TV in as I usually would, but it’s okay because PUPPY! That said, I’ll get back to the puppy below and get more into what I actually did read, watch and listen to this month first 🙂

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Books I Already Own On Audio Or E-book, But Also Really Want A Physical Copy Of So They Can Look Pretty On My Book Shelves {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about books I already read and own, but want a second copy of. More specifically, the books I own as e-book or audiobook already, but reeeeaaally want a physical copy of as well to put on my book shelves. Because as much as I love e-books and audiobooks, they come with a major downside: you can’t put them on your shelves to stare at all day. And for me, when I really love a book, I feel like I also need a physical copy, like it’ll last longer. Does that make any sense?

So why don’t I just buy second copies? Well, I’m really cheap and can’t justify spending money on a second copy. Or I can, but it takes aaaaages to convince myself it’s a good idea. So I ask for them as gifts instead, but then this takes a long time as well since birthdays only happen once a year… So fellow book worms, please feel free to convince me in the comments and tell me what book/series I really do need to get a physical copy of!

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Stranger Things 3 Book Tag {Tag Thursday}

Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Tag Thursday! It’s been a while since I did a book tag, but when I saw that Flavia The Bibliophile created a Stranger Things 3 Book Tag, I just could not resist. I adore Stranger Things, and in just 3 seasons it’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite shows. I was honestly really worried about season 3, because I feared that it wouldn’t live up to the amazing first two seasons, but honestly, I should not have worried one bit, because IT WAS SOOO GOOD. Also, I love Steve. And Robin. And Dustin. So if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it. And without further ado, let’s just dive into the book tag!

This tag was created by Flavia @ Flavia The Bibliophile

stranger things book tag

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Bookish Trope Face-Off (In Which I Force Myself To Choose Between Tropes) {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about our favorite tropes, but I felt this was leaning a little close to this recent post, so I decided to mix it up just a bit and randomly select a few tropes, face them off against each other, and have me choose a winner. Sounds like fun, right! (Not really ’cause I’m terrible at making choices, but I think I did okay…)

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Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about book besties. As in, which fictional character would I love to have as a best friend in my life? And argh, this was actually quite difficult, because as much as I love friendships in books, I always tend to love them in groups. I love the friendships themselves and I just want in on that. But this time I thought about some singular characters I really want as my best friend, and I succeeded (mostly):

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In Which I Give Some Opinions AKA Yay or Nay — My Thoughts On A Few Book Cover Redesigns {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today, we talk about some cover redesigns! Sometimes cover redesigns are good, sometimes they are bad and sometimes they just annoy us because our books don’t match anymore. Either way, there’s always something to say about them, and that’s what I’m doing today. Saying something. About them. Let’s go!

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Calendar Girls – August 2019 – Book Lover’s Day: Favorite Book You’ve Read This Year!

Calendar Girls

The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads, and Katie at Never Not Reading. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.

So, just like the song, each month a new theme is chosen (participants will get to vote between two choices), and participating bloggers get to choose their favorite book within the theme, or the book they think best fits the theme, to talk about in a blog post on the first Monday of each month.

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Books To Read If You Love Pen Pal Romances {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic was a freebie and I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about a trope I love dearly, and yet doesn’t seem to be very popular in common media: the pen pal romance. I LOVE pen pal romances. Maybe it’s because I myself am an awkward potato in real life and am much more comfortable expressing myself in writing. I just love the idea of opening up to someone in writing and falling in love with the other person’s writing and words, without even knowing what they look like. Whenever I come across this concept in a book, I am reduced to a swoony, smiling pile of happiness on the floor. Seriously.

Also, please note that when I say pen pal romance I include the whole range of pen pal media: written letters, email, chat or texts. Either one does the trick for me!

So without further ado, I present to you my nine favorite pen pal romances:

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In The Mood For Pen Pal Romance or Enemies-to-Lovers? — Dear Aaron and From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata {Mini Book Reviews}

Santos series by Mariana Zapata review

And the romance binge continues!

Though I’m usually a fantasy kind of girl, for the past few weeks I’ve been binging romance books like crazy. And in the midst of this romance binge, I discovered a new-to-me author called Mariana Zapata. An author who’s apparently known for her slow-burn romances. HELLO, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? It only got better when I discovered one of her books featured a pen pal romance and another an enemies-to-lovers trope. I can’t help it, I am drawn to those tropes like crazy so obviously I immediately purchased them, listened to both of them on audiobook and had some thoughts, so please check out my mini reviews below!

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