DIY Book Tree: BetsyJane’s Blog Tour

Hello, hello, hello, and welcome back (or welcome, if you’re new here!) to my blog! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I’m so happy to be participating in BetsyJane’s blog tour today. I would really recommend checking out her blog, where she shares an assortment of different posts! I get very excited when I see a new post of hers in my WordPress reader, and they’re always fun to read!

Sooo…with Christmas quickly approaching, I thought that I would share a fun Christmas-themed post for today! I also thought that this post should incorporate something with books (that word is in my blog’s name, after all) so I decided that a Christmas tree made of books would be just the thing!

Just a bit ago, my sister and I made a book tree (you may have seen it if you’ve read November’s monthly wrap-up) and I really like how it looks!

I have seen pictures of book trees like this on Instagram and such, but I always thought that they looked really complicated. Turns out, they’re actually not. So, today I’ll be walking y’all through how to make one of your own.

The materials you’ll need are…lots of books! (I know, who would have guessed? ๐Ÿ˜„) Besides that, though, you may want a topper, such as a star. You can also use some ornaments or other decorations to decorate, however, these are optional and I didn’t end up decorating my tree.

You’re going to start by getting all of the books you will be using for your book tree. I used about seventy-five, but the number of books you’ll need will vary depending on the size of the books, and how big your tree will end up. My tree is a bit more than three feet tall, excluding the star.

Be sure to use books you know you won’t be reading in the near future. You don’t want to take the tree down, because the next book on your TBR is at the bottom!

Once you have taken down all the books, sort them into stacks according to size and thickness. Try your best to do this, but it’s okay if they are slightly varying in size, as no two books will be totally identical.

When you have sorted out all of your books, you will begin building the tree. Use the three biggest books you have to create a triangle as shown. In this example, I used three โ€œTaste of Homeโ€ cookbooks that are all approximately the same size.

You can either make the tree with the book spines showing, or with the pages facing outwards. I made mine with the spines showing, as to showcase different books. I think that making it with the pages outward would make a more uniform and simple-looking tree, which would probably look better decorated than with spines showing, but if the spines are facing outward, it’ll look more colorful. It really just depends on the look you are going for.

Take your next three books, which are slightly smaller than the previous ones, and make a new triangle, as shown above, as if rotating the previous triangle by 180 degrees. For this tree, you will continue in this pattern of rotating the center triangle 180 degrees.

Keep on working in this manner, gradually reducing the size of your books.

If you must, you can use two books for one layer, as shown. Just be sure that these two books equal the thickness of the other two in this triangle of the layer.

When you are almost done, and the tree is about the height you desire, take a larger book, and set it on top of the triangle, as shown in the image above.

Layer a few more books atop this one, shifting them slightly as shown. Continue stacking a few more books, decreasing the size gradually.

Finish off with the smallest book. Top with a star, if you desire. I made an origami star, and it’s propped up against a candle on top of my tree.

And, you are finished! You now have a lovely book tree!

Thank you for reading my post today! Make sure you go look at Corrie’s blog tomorrow because she will be posting the second post in this blog tour! Also, don’t forget to check out BetsyJane’s blog, poppyseeds!

How did you like today’s post? Do you have a book obsession, too? Will you be trying this out? How did it go? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

I hope everyone has a lovely week! I may have a bonus post this week, but if not, I will see y’all on Monday! Bye until then!

P.S. Do you like my new snowflake separators and the new footer?

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The Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello and welcome back! I’m glad you’re here! โค

Today, I’ll be doing the “Reader’s Problem Book Tag” which I saw on Rab’s Bookish Planet a little while ago. I thought it would be fun, so let’s do it!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I am really a mood reader, so I usually just read what I feel like reading at the moment. So, I’ll just pick up a book in the genre I feel like reading!

2. Youโ€™re halfway through a book and youโ€™re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I usually try to finish it. I don’t know why, but I don’t like to DNF books! Sometimes, if I’m not liking the book, I’ll take a short break, maybe read a different book, then come back to it.

3. The end of the year is coming and youโ€™re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I don’t have Goodreads, but I do set a yearly reading goal for myself. Last year, I had no problem hitting that goal. (I planned to read 52 books, and I almost doubled that number.) I am a little behind right now, I think, because my goal is 60 books and I’ve only read about 41 books. I don’t know what I’d do…maybe just try to catch up.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Aaah! This annoys me so much! There’s not really much I can do about it, though, except to rant about it, lol.

5. Everyone loves a book you really donโ€™t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I think that everybody has a different taste in books, and different opinions. I like to share my thoughts on books with different people, but I like to listen to their thoughts about why they love the books I don’t like, as well.

6. Youโ€™re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

This has never happened to me, but if it did, I’d probably stop reading, and just wait until I get home to finish it so I can cry.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but youโ€™ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I like to re-read the other books in a series before a new book comes out! But, if I don’t feel like reading the whole book, I’ll probably try to find a summary of the book.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

Nobody has ever really asked me to borrow a book, but I’d probably just tell them that I didn’t feel comfortable with them taking my book.

9. Youโ€™ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Maybe just take a reading break. Sometimes, that helps when I’m in a reading slump. Re-reading one of my favorite books usually helps, as well.

10. There are so many new books coming out that youโ€™re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I don’t buy a lot of books, mostly because I don’t have a lot of money. If I did, I’d definitely buy more, but I’m also fine with borrowing books from the library.

11. After youโ€™ve bought the new books you canโ€™t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

If it’s a book I really want to read, I usually try to get to it fairly quickly! I’ll probably finish the book I’m currently reading, then start that book if I’m in the mood for it.


Thank you all for reading! Do you like reading? How would you have answered the questions? I’d love to chat in the comments!

I hope everybody has a good weekend! Bye for now!

~Rebekah

The 20 Questions Book Tag

Hi everybody! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far! ๐Ÿ˜Š

As you most likely saw from the title of this post, I’m here with the 20 Questions Book Tag! I found this on Suhani’s blog, Random Reader’s Rambles, a while ago. She left an open nomination, and I thought it looked fun, so I’m finally here doing this tag! ๐Ÿ˜„


1: How many books is too many for a series?

I think that if an author writes more than four or five books in a series, the series can get kind of boring as they run out of ideas. I’m not saying that that’s how it is with every longer series, but I think that that’s how it goes with a lot of the books I’ve read that are longer than four books.

2: How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love them…but I also don’t! ๐Ÿ˜†

3: Hardcover or paperback?

I like both, but generally, I enjoy reading hardcover books better, because they are more durable, and they look prettier!

4: Favorite book?

What! How does anybody expect a reader to answer that?? There are so many…I’ll have to choose one from each genre! ๐Ÿคฃ Contemporary: uhhh…(this is already too hard!) probably one of Kasie West’s books! My favorite is either P.S. I Like You or By Your Side! Dystopian: no other dystopian can compare to The Hunger Games. Fantasy: probably An Ember in the Ashes series, or the Lord of the Rings series, which I just finished, after working on the series for a year. Both of those series are amazing! Historical fiction: Lovely War by Julie Berry, or any Ruta Sepetys book I’ve read!

5: Least favorite book?

I don’t really have a least favorite book. Most of my reads are pretty good!

6: Love triangles, yes or no?

Only if they are well-written. A lot of the love triangles I read are so annoying!

7: The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I haven’t DNF’d any books recently. I always try to finish them once I start.

8: A book you’re currently reading?

I’m reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien! My brother and I are both reading it at the same time!

9: Last book you recommended to someone?

Uhh…I don’t really remember. I guess The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, which I finished very recently! I recommended it to my sister, and to all of you guys in my spoiler-free book review I posted!

10: Oldest book you’ve read by publication date?

I’m not sure, but some of the Jane Austen books are pretty old. I really like her books! I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

11: Newest book you’ve read by publication date?

I’m not really sure. I don’t feel like going through the books I’ve read and researching their publication dates right now, lol. ๐Ÿ˜„

12: Favorite author?

As I mentioned, Kasie West’s books are amazing! I think that they are such cute, fluffy, quick, contemporary novels! They are also really clean, which I appreciate! Ruta Sepetys is also an author whose books I love! I’ve read Between Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea, and The Fountain of Silence. I am hoping to get her newest book, I Must Betray You, next time I go to the library!

13: Buying books or borrowing books?

I like to buy them better! When I borrow books, I always worry I’m going to ruin them somehow.

14: A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

Maybe Sarah Dessen’s novels. They’re just not my faves. The Truth About Forever was okay, but I found the main character kind of annoying. The other books of hers I didn’t enjoy a lot either.

15: Bookmarks or dogears?

I usually use bookmarks, however (unlike my sister) I’m not totally against dogearing pages in books, and I occasionally do dogear pages in the book I’m reading if it’s my book!

16: A book you can always re-read?

The Hunger Games is a book that I can re-read over and over again (I actually just recently re-read it). I feel like I get something new out of it each time. What’s your favorite book in the series?

17: Can you read while listening to music?

I can, but I just don’t like it too much. I do have a lot of noisy siblings, and, I’m usually surrounded by noise when reading, so I’ve kind of adapted to reading with noise around.

18: One POV or multiple?

Like with the love triangle question, I like multiple points of view if they’re done well. A lot of the time, I forget who’s narrating with multiple points of view.

19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Multiple days. (Unless it’s a Kasie West book! ๐Ÿ˜)

20: Who do you tag?

I’ll tag BetsyJane, Diamond, Isabelle, and Victoria! If any of y’all have already done this tag, or if you don’t want to do it, sorry! I just think that this is a really fun tag!


Thanks for reading, everyone! How would you have answered these questions? What’s your favorite book? (If you can choose one, lol!) Who’s your favorite author? What are your thoughts on bookmarks and dogears? I’d love to chat in the comments!

I’ll see all of you on Monday! Have a good rest of your week and a fun weekend! โค

~ Rebekah

My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptions

Hello everybody! Welcome (or welcome back) to my blog, Books and Hooks! I hope you are having a good Monday!

Today, I’ll be listing and talking about my favorite book-to-movie adaptions! Now, there are a lot of book-to-movie adaptions that are just horrible, or at least not that good. If you ask anyone I know, they’ll tell you that I’m that annoying person who points out everything in the movie that isn’t supposed to be there, or that’s different in the books. ๐Ÿ˜… Even so, there are a few movies that have really stood out to me, and that’s what I’ll be covering in this post!

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The Book Thief

There were a few things that were cut out of the movies, and some things they did differently, but I understand that you cannot include everything in the movie. I think that they portrayed the book really well, and I really recommend reading or watching this historical fiction.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I loved the books, and I think that they made the movies very good as well! I don’t know if I’d say I like the films more than the books, but I think I like them just as much! There are a lot of good changes they made to the movie. For example, I think I like Peter better in the movies because I feel like he’s less dramatic and he is more caring.

The Hunger Games

Nothing can compare to the books, however, I think that they did a good job with the movies. They didn’t differ from the books a whole lot, and there are a few added parts in the movies that make them really good and worth watching.

The Lord of the Rings

Okay, if you’ve followed for a while you probably know that I’ve been trying to get through the Lord of the Rings book series for a while. It’s not that I don’t like the series. I think that it’s great and Tolkien was an amazing writer. But I just have a hard time getting through the books for some reason. I do plan to finish the series. I’m on the last book. I think that the movies are well made, and they really portray the books well, I think.

The Giver

When I was younger, my sister really liked this movie, and she’d watch it a lot. However, I just thought it was boring. A few years ago, though, I started getting more into it and understanding more about the themes and messages of the movie. Last year, I read the books, which were really good. I’d definitely recommend reading them. The movie was made really well, I think. It’s kind of weird having watched the movie first, then read the book, though. Also, I think that some of the other books in the series would make good movies.

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That’s it! Thanks to Lydia who gave me this idea! Definitely go check out her blog, which she recently started! She shares some amazing content!

Do you like watching the movie adaptions of books? What’s your favorite on this list? Are there any more you’d add? Are there any adaptions that have really disappointed you? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Also, can anyone recommend a good Pride and Prejudice movie? I know that they made a few, but I don’t know which one is the best. Please recommend one to me in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! โค๏ธ Okay, well, have a good day and week! See y’all on Thursday! Bye!!

~ Rebekah

Some Bookish Phone Wallpapers

Hi everybody! Today, I’m sharing some bookish phone wallpapers I made on Canva! I’m sure that a lot of you have at least heard of Canva, but if you haven’t, it’s a website where you can create different designs. It’s where I make all of my featured images for each post I do!

If you want, you can absolutely use one of these wallpapers!

Thanks for reading today’s post! Which was your favorite? Would you like to see another post with summery wallpapers? I’d love to chat in the comments!

I hope you all have an amazing day! โ˜บ

~ Rebekah

Five YA Book Cliches (Part Two!)

Hello, happy Monday!!! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! โ˜บ

So, around the time I first started my blog, I wrote a post called “Five YA Book Cliches” and I’ve been meaning to do a part two for a while, but never really got around to writing it until now. Thank you to Sophia, who gave me some great ideas for this part two!!!

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#1: Grinning crookedly

I can think of soooo many books with this, where someone (usually the male love interest) “grins crookedly”. Like, what does that even mean? How can someone grin crookedly??

#2: Dreams with meanings

It’s either the main character has a dream that literally solves the whole problem (a lot of the time, they don’t notice this until later), or where the dream has a lot of meaning. I don’t know about y’all, but my dreams are so random and weird and they don’t make any sense at all.

#3: Expressive eyes/faces

It’s always where the main character is like “I can see the look of hope in his eyes”, “She smiles, but I can see the fear in her eyes”, or “The child’s face is pulled together in a look of worry”. This one’s not that annoying, because people can usually see emotions displayed in people’s eyes, but this happens in these books *all the time*.

#4: Looking in the mirror

This usually happens when the main character gets all dressed up and looks in the mirror and says something like “I don’t recognize the girl staring back at me through the mirror”. It annoys me a lot because it’s in so many books, it seems! (A lot of fantasy and dystopian, I think.)

#5: “I hear something in their voice”

This is one that’s similar to the third. It’s when the narrator is like “I hear an emotion in their voice, but choose to ignore it” or “I can clearly hear the distress in her words”. Like the one about the eyes, this isn’t that bad, but it just happens so much!

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Okay, thanks for reading! How many of these are in your current read? Do you have any more to add to the list? Did you enjoy today’s post? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Thanks again to Sophia for giving me a lot of these ideas! Everyone should go check out her blog because she has a lot of really fun posts!

I hope everyone has a great day and week and I’ll see y’all in a week! ๐Ÿ˜Š

~ Rebekah

Children’s Books That Always Make My Mom Cry

Hello everyone! How’s your Saturday going so far?

For today’s blog post, as you probably saw from the title, I’m talking about different children’s books that make my mom cry. She was the one who actually suggested I do this, for her birthday! Thanks for the suggestion, Mom. Love you!

Okay, let’s get into it!

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The Velventeen Rabbit

I don’t actually remember how this book ends, because the last time I read it was quite a while ago. My mom always cries to it, though. There are some books that I believe anyone can enjoy and read, not just children, and I think that this is one of them.

The Tale Of Three Trees

My mom was reading this book to some of my younger siblings a little while ago, and I actually cried a little bit. I think that it is really interesting and inspiring in the fact that their wishes came true, but in a very unexpected way that they never would have thought of. I also really love the illustrations!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

I really like this book! It’s very funny in some instances, but thoughtful in others, and I love the heartwarming way that it ends! This is one my family reads (or at least tries to) every Christmas!

The Little Fir Tree

We lost the cover to this book, so I turned to the title of the book on the front page. I don’t really remember it that much, but I have a general idea. From what I remember, it ends pretty happily and touching!

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes

This is a great story! I haven’t read it in a long time, so it’s kind of foggy in my memory. I do remember loving this book, though! It’s a great Easter read, and not just for children!

The Little Prince

I know we have a copy of this book, but I couldn’t find it. I’ve never actually read it, but I did watch the movie a while ago, which was good, but I don’t know how different it is from the book.

The Selfish Giant

I just read this story for the first time a few days ago, and I think it had such a bitter-sweet ending! It definitely had powerful message and I really like the pictures in it as well. It’s not actually a book, just a story, and it was one of the stories in a book we own called “The Children’s Book of Faith”.

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I hope everyone liked today’s post! Thanks for reading! I’m probably going to be posting a springtime aesthetic on Wednesday. (I know: I always say that I’m going to be doing these different posts, but they never end up happening ๐Ÿ˜‚.)

Thanks again, Mom, for the post idea! ๐Ÿ’–

Have you read any of these books? Do you cry to them? Are there any children’s books that make you cry every time you read them? I’d love to chat in the comments!

~ Rebekah

Bookish This or That

Hello!! Today, I’m here with a bookish this or that!!

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Hardbacks or paperbacks?

I love both of them for different reasons. Paperbacks are easier to read when you’re laying down, and they are just lighter and smaller. But, hardbacks are awesome too! They look nicer in my opinion, and it’s harder to break the spine on it. Hardbacks are also more durable too, so I’d choose hardbacks!

Reading in the morning, or at night?

I don’t really care, to be honest. I just read when I feel like it, but I do tend to get more reading done at night, because in the morning I have school.

Background noise or silence?

I’m someone who doesn’t mind background noise when I’m reading, probably because of my siblings, who can be pretty noisy! I usually like listening to music too, but silence is also good. Overall, I’d probably choose silence.

E-book or printed book?

Printed book!

Read outside or inside?

I love to read outside as long as it’s nice weather!

Library or bookstore?

I love going to the bookstore, and actually owning books, but I find myself going to the library more!

Read a book really quickly, or take it slow and steady?

I read some books quicker (like any Kasie West novel) but there are others that take me a while. I think, though, if I had to choose, I’d pick quicker.

Standalone book or a series?

I love standalone books because they are quicker, and you don’t have to commit to reading a whole series, but I just love series! They can be so great, because it feels like you’re going through so much with the characters, and you get to know the characters more!

Fantasy or contemporary?

I love both, but I’d choose contemporary!

Mood reader or planned TBR?

I have some books I want to read, but not a planned tbr. I just read what I feel like!!

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Thanks for reading! If you want to ask any bookish this or that questions ask them in the comments, and me or other bloggers can answer!! I’d also love to know how you’d answer these questions in the comments!

Okay, have a great rest of your weekend!!

~ Rebekah

Guess the Book Character By Emojis

Hello everyone!! I hope you are having a great week so far!

Today’s blog post is a little shorter than most of my others, but I thought it would be a fun idea! I chose five different emojis for different book characters, and you can try to guess who I’m talking about in the comment!! Okay, let’s go!!

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Easy

1. ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿž๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ’ช

2. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿง๐Ÿช๐Ÿ˜Š

3. ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿš„๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿ˜’

Medium

4. ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โคโ€๐Ÿ‘จ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ˜ญ

5. ๐Ÿ‚โžก๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅธ

Hard

6. ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿช™

7. ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅง๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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I had so much fun doing this!! Like I said, you can try to guess who all the characters are, or just a few, in the comments!! If you liked this post, please tell me if you’d like to see a part two!

Also, if you have five emojis for any book characters you love, you can comment them, and other bloggers or I can try to guess which character you’re trying to describe!!

Okay, that’s all for today’s post. Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!! I’ll see you on Saturday!! โ˜บ

~ Rebekah

Ten Of My Favorite Books I Read In 2021 ๐Ÿ“šโค

Hi, happy Wednesday!

If you’ve been following me for a while (or if you just saw my blog name, lol) you probably know that I like books! I’ve read 92 books this year, even though I only set out to read 52!

Anyways, I thought that, because it’s almost the end of the year, I’d tell you my favorite books I read this year.

When I first had this idea, I quickly thought better of it. How would I pick only my favorites?! I loved so many of the books I’ve read this year!!!

And because of that, I decided to only choose 10! This is going to be such a challenge, but it’s going to be fun to look through all the books I’ve read! I’m also going to count each series as one book, because I couldn’t just pick one book in that series!!!

My favorite books of 2021!

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Genre: historical fiction

This book!!!! There are so many words to describe it: awesome, amazing, lovely, shocking, heartbreaking…so many! I absolutely LOVED this historical fiction book set during WW2! It was so amazing and heartbreaking…I would definitely recommend it. (There are so many great quotes too.)

โ€œSome stories donโ€™t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.โ€

— Kristen Hannah, The Nightingale

By Your Side by Kasie West

Genre: contemporary/romance/YA

This was the first Kasie West book I read, and now, she’s one of my favorite authors! This was a sweet, cute contemporary romance, with also some drama! It’s probably one of my favorites of her’s! Love it!

โ€œIt was hard to remember what I’d been so scared of. Being treated differently? Lack of acceptance? I was the one who hadn’t accepted myself for who I was. I was the one who needed to be comfortable in my own skin. I hoped I could do that moving forward.โ€

— Kasie West, By Your Side

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Genre: historical fiction/YA

I took so long to read this book, but I don’t know why! It’s absolutely amazing, not to mention sad and heartbreaking! I really loved the narrating of this book; it was really different and unusual, but I liked it! It’s another WW2 historical fiction, and there’s also a movie about it!

โ€œThe only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.โ€

— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Genre: historical fiction/YA

This is another historical fiction, this one set during WW1 and WW2. It’s an amazing story following two sweet romances! My sister and I even got my mom to read it, and she loved it! You should definitely read it!

โ€œIf music stops, and art ceases, and beauty fades, what have we then?โ€

— Julie Berry, Lovely War

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Genre: contemporary/ romance/YA

This series is soooo great! I loved them so much, that I stayed up until four one night reading one of them! They were all three amazing! I think that because it was a series and not just a standalone novel, I liked them even more, because I went through a lot with all of the characters!

You might have heard of the movies, which are on Netflix, too! I haven’t watched them (because my family doesn’t have Netflix), but I hope to watch them sometime!

โ€œLove is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.โ€

— Jenny Han, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

โ€œPeople come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day theyโ€™re not.โ€

— Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You

โ€œI guess that’s part of growing up, too–saying goodbye to the things you used to love.โ€

— Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

The Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night by Regina Doman

Genre: YA/ Christian fiction/fairy tale retellings

I really liked these ones! The first was a really good retelling of the fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red”, and the second is “Snow White” I think. I found the characters really relatable and the story very compelling. They’re also both great Catholic books.

“Every once in a while you just have to decide to do something very crazy and very right–just to dare yourself to live. I don’t mean doing something stupid and destructive–just something fun and good and beautiful.”

— Regina Doman, The Shadow of the Bear

“Skin white as snow, hair black as night.”

— Regina Doman, Black as Night

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Genre: YA/contemporary/romance

Another Kasie West book! (I just love her books!) This one was definitely one of my favorites of hers. It’s just so sweet and nice!!! Loved it!

“People easily accept things that they want to be true.”

— Kasie West, P.S. I Like You

A Curse so Dark and Lonely, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, and A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA/romance/fantasy

I loved this fantasy series! (Even though my sister hyped it up so much!) They were all three amazing, full of realistic and flawed characters, a story that makes you want to continue reading, and plot twists! I have a book review for the first one here!

โ€œI am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.โ€

— Brigid Kemmerer, A Curse So Dark and Lonely

“Ah, yes, the most dangerous person at the party is the girl sitting alone with a book.”

— Brigid Kemmerer, A Heart So Fierce and Broken

“I will come back to you.”

— Brigid Kemmerer, A Vow So Bold and Deadly

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Genre: contemporary/ romance/ YA

This was such good book, although the ending…….๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข I like when a book has a meaning, and this one definitely does, although I can’t really say because it’ll spoil the end! I read Nicola Yoon’s other books, and I loved them too, although they didn’t quiet make it to the top!

“Given enough time, all love stories turn into heartbreak stories.”

— Nicola Yoon, Instructions for Dancing

All this Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott 

Genre: contemporary/YA

THIS BOOK! I had so many different feeling while reading this: happiness, confusion, sadness, more happiness, DEFINITELY more confusion, HEARTBREAK!!! It was an emotional ride! But I ended up loving this book! I got my sister to read it, and she likes it too!

“Everything’s the same. It’s me that’s different.”

All this Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, All This Time

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Okay, I hope you liked this little mini review for each little book! I definitely read a lot of great books during 2021, but these are the ten that made it to the top! I would (definitely) recommend any of these books!!!

See you on my next post on Saturday!!!