The Folklore Book Tag // Basically Me Just Screaming About My Love For This Album

This album is chilly autumn nights and a crackling fire and slipping on a warm cardigan.

It’s walking through a dark forest, it’s the smell of fresh rain, it’s flipping through the pages of an old book. And I love it so much.

I was so shocked but also ecstatic to hear that Taylor Swift was releasing a secret album on July 23rd, and folklore did not disappoint!! The songs are all stunning, Taylor’s lyricism remains superior, and the aesthetic is perfect. 🍃

I’m probably going to repeat this throughout the post, but I truly love this album, so that’s why I’m here today to share my answers to the Folklore Book Tag as I talk about what each song means to me and pair it with a book! Thank you so much to Nimika @ Wordhaven for tagging me. ❤

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July Wrap-Up // An Amazing Reading Month (But No Writing At All…)

Can someone please explain to me how summer is already almost over??

I feel like I keep repeating this, but quarantine life is going by so slow and fast at the same time — while July lasted very long, it’s crazy to think that summer will be over and I’m going to be starting (online) school in a few weeks.

But other than the writing slump that I’ve been stuck in for a while, this was actually a good month for me?! So, for a lack of a better intro, today I’ll be wrapping up everything I did in July (from the amazing books I read to my not-so-amazing writing)…

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Review: Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert // a new favorite (that made me cry?!)

I don’t know how to even start this review.

Every time I try to express my love for this book, to even think about it, my eyes fill up with tears because of the sheer impact it has had on me.

I don’t know how to even begin to explain the deep wound it grafted in my heart, the heaviness that has settled on me after reading Danny’s story — so I apologize if my review is all over the place, because that’s exactly what my emotions feel like right now.

But I hope to succeed in convincing you to pick this up today, because if you take anything from my review, it’s that Picture Us In The Light is a gorgeous book and I loved it so, so much.

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My Nominations for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards // spreading ALL the blogger love!

My favorite part about blogging is, and will always be, the community.

I don’t want to get sappy this early into the post, but  every time someone comments and spreads their support, every time I read other bloggers’ replies to my comments, every time I’m able to recommend a book to someone  — it all means the world to me. I truly look forward to blogging every day because of all the wonderful people I’ve met and all the positivity in this community. ❤

So that’s why I’m here today to share my nominations for the fourth annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards and spread all the love I can!!

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Recreating Our Favorite Book Covers! // a collab ft. El @ Elated Books

Let’s be completely honest: we all judge books by their covers.

(I’m totally calling myself out here because I do this all the time.) But judging books by their covers isn’t an entirely bad thing to do, especially because humans are very visual people, and book covers can be absolutely stunning sometimes. It’s always fun to look at all the artwork featured and see how everything comes together!

So, if you haven’t guessed already, today’s post is going to be a collab with the lovely El @ Elated Books where we recreate our favorite book covers!! El is so sweet and funny and I’m so glad to have found her in the book blogging community. 🥰 Check out her wonderful blog and post here!

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Like This Song? Read That Book! // Pairing Music and Literature (aka my two favorite things) Together

Music and books are two things that I love from the bottom of my heart.

I love each one for the same reasons: they have the special ability to surround you with a thick cloud of emotions, and can simply change your life in a heartbeat.

I know that I couldn’t live without either of these forms of art, and I’m constantly looking for ways to shove my favorites into everyone’s faces… so that’s why I’m here today to pair 8 songs I love with 8 books I love (while I gush about all of them)! 

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June Wrap-Up // The Start Of Summer, A Blog Redesign and Coming Back From My (Unannounced) Hiatus

…hi, I’m back!!

If you’ve noticed, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve last published anything or interacted with the blogging community. I know this was a completely unannounced hiatus, but as I’ll explain throughout this post, I wasn’t feeling the best and started to experience major blogging burnout.

I’m excited to be back and ready to post, though, starting off with my June wrap-up where I talk about everything that happened this month!

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The Stuck At Home Book Tag // Everything I’ve Been Doing In Quarantine

Long days at home have started to become normal.

It’s officially summer for me now that school is out, and I’ve been doing so many different things while in quarantine due to the extra time that I have on my hands.

So today, I‘ve decided to talk more about those things through the Stuck At Home Book Tag! I know I haven’t posted a tag or award for a long time, and since they keep piling up, I really apologize for not getting to most of them. However, since this is a tag that I probably won’t be able to publish once social distancing is a thing of the past, I thought it would be fun to answer the questions today and talk all about my quarantine misadventures!!

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20 Books by Black Authors I Want To Read // Black Lives Matter.

The most important thing we need to be doing during these times is educating ourselves and being allies those who need our support.

If you aren’t aware of the situation already, please educate yourself. Countless of Black lives have been ended at the hands of police, and it is an absolutely disgusting reality that I am ashamed to live in.

Many protests have been taking place across the U.S. to call for justice, and it’s critical that everyone shows their support by educating themselves, going to those protests (if they can), donating, signing petitions, and supporting the Black community.

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May Wrap-Up // A Blur of Quarantined Moments and Reading Lots of Contemporaries

May felt like it lasted forever… but honestly, it also went by in a whirlwind.

One one hand, the beginning of May felt like it happened a whole year ago. If you told me everything I did in this month, I would be surprised that it all occured in May!

But on the other hand, I can’t believe the month is already over! (And we just have like one more week of school?! And then it’s summer!?!) It went by in a blur of weeks and days and hours. i’m just really confused ok?

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