Friday Raves: Binge Reading Contemporary Romance (Claire Contreras)

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FRIDAY RAVES is a feature on my blog, in which I “RAVE” about authors, book events, books, novelties, and/or other bookish announcements.

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Well, it’s been awhile since I have done a Friday Raves post, lol. But I just had to shout out to the world my latest obsession. In the month of February (and usually in April too, for some odd reason), I binge read numerous New Adult and Adult contemporary romances. And over the past weekend I discovered and fell in love with  Claire Contreras‘s books. The romance was angsty and heated, the characters were realistic and fully-developed, and the stories were so heartfelt and beautifully written. 

Below are a few of Claire’s stories that I read and adored. 

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This was the first book I read by Claire. I am a sucker for enemies-to-lovers and former lovers-to-lovers tropes, so this story was the perfect book to sink into. There is angst, heated conversations, drama, and the perfect dash of swoons. 

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I think this is the book that really made me fall in love with Claire’s writing style. Once again, I was enamored by a favourite trope of former lovers-to-lovers along with idea of childhood friends falling in love. Elle and Oliver’s relationship is an emotional roller coaster and I was buckled up tightly for all their twists, turns, and loops. 

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Gah! This is definitely my favourite book out of all the books I binge read over the weekend. Mia and Jensen’s relationship was achingly beautiful and heartbreaking and heartwarming and just so damn frustrating and sweet all at the same time. I adored both characters so much. While I was sulking with Mia and relating with all her stubborn decisions, I was also secretly cheering on Jensen to win back Mia’s favor. You guys, I fell so hard for this best friends to lovers to enemies to lovers story. The dramatic moments were not uncalled for and the story provides so much hope for second chances and forgiveness. I cannot wait to reread this story again.

What are some of your favourite contemporary romance novels? Comment below, I would love to hear your recommendations. 

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Friday Raves: Wonderland Booktique

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FRIDAY RAVES is a feature on my blog, in which I “RAVE” about authors, book events, books, novelties, and/or other bookish announcements.

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You guys, I have such happy news. A few days ago, I was announced as a Rep for Wonderland Booktique. AHHH!!!

I have been following Alison, the owner and creator of Wonderland Booktique, on Instagram for awhile. After purchasing some candles from her new shop at the end of the July, Alison asked if I would like to be a Rep for her shop. Of course, I said “OMG, YES!” So far I have bought and loved two candles from Wonderland Booktique:

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“Dreaming of Luna” smells so sweet and yummy. It reminds me of my childhood. And of course, I love love love the Gilmore Girls-inspired candle “Coffee at Luke’s,” which smells like sweet cup of coffee while burning.

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If you are interested in purchasing from Wonderland Booktique, you can visit the shop HERE. And please feel free to use my Rep Code–  CASS15 — and you can save 15% on any candle order. Alison currently has candles inspired by pop culture, books, fandoms, and TV shows. Right now, I am most excited for the AMOK! candle, because I love Hocus Pocus and I am so ready for autumn to be here!

Friday Raves: Canterbury Road Co.’s Candles

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FRIDAY RAVES is a feature on my blog, in which I “RAVE” about authors, book events, books, novelties, and/or other bookish announcements.

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Hi guys! I haven’t done a Friday Raves in such a long time (it’s been almost a year…AHHHH).

But before April ends, I wanted to RAVE about my love for one of my favorite people in the world and her candle company, Canterbury Road Co. Shannon opened up her candle shop last year and since my first order, I have adored her candle blends and scents, her excellent customer service, and how much passion she puts into her work and creations. 

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Pictured Above: Part of my personal Canterbury Road Co. candle collection

At the end of March, Shannon asked me if I wanted to be an April Rep for Canterbury Road Co. So, of course, my answer was “OMG….YASSS!” but internally I was freaking out because I don’t think I can do Shan’s candles justice. With every candle she creates, I am always blown away by her scent magic and the beautiful labels.  So without further ado, below please find a few of my latest pictures of Canterbury Road Co.’s April candles.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these candles, you can visit Canterbury Road Co. HERE, or click on the picture of the candle and it will link you to that specific candle. And please feel free to use my April Rep Code–  CASS17 — and you can save 17% on any candle order. 

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I love Shannon’s “Currently Reading” line. Currently Reading: Spring Edition smells just like a coffee mocha with a hint of cherry flavoring. I LOVE IT!

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I have burning this candle non-stop since I bought it. It smells so fresh. It’s the perfect candle to burn while reading on a rainy day.

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I don’t like to pick favorites, but One More Chapter: Fantasy Edition is by far my favorite April candle. The candle smells sweet and smoky. It reminds me of trips the Renaissance Festival.

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One More Chapter: Fairy Tale Edition smells so yummy. I can definetly smell the pumpkin and apples notes while burning it. 

Do you own any Canterbury Road Co. candles? And if so, which ones? I would love to fangirl with you about them. 

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers! Be sure to check out his original post about the award hereI was nominated and tagged by Kirsty at Kirsty’s Book Reviews. Thank you, Kirsty!

THE RULES:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

TIPS:

  • Find inspiration by spending (minimum) three hours scrolling through aesthetic Tumblr posts relevant to you.
  • Two great places to hunt for pictures are Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Pinterest requires an account; WeHeartIt does not.
  • PicMonkey’s collage editor is free to use and doesn’t require an account, heck yes. YouTube has plenty of tutorials on how to use it; I watched this one (which begins with tips on how to find decent photos).

I don’t know if this is breaking the rules, but below is a mash-up of my own pictures that I gathered to express my aesthetic. 

I like to think that this collage aesthetic is me in a nutshell. As you can see I’m a mix of donuts, books, witchiness, Funko Pops, fandom candles, NKY/Cincy sunsets, more books, feminism, coffee love, cemetery visits, cute shoes, books and more books, awesome mugs, organization, tote bag hoarder, fantasy lover, Jane Eyre fanatic, and my furbaby–Josephine the poodle. 

I tag:

Kayla
Laura
Sydney
Rendz
Lia
And anyone who would love to participate! 

Happy 1-Year Blogversary & Giveaway!!!

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I have been part of the bookish community for over 6 years, mainly as a reader and Goodreads reviewer. But after much debate, I decided to enter the bookish world as a book blogger. So on January 12, 2016, I revamped my old blog that I created in 2011 (I only had one post, hahaha), and started sharing my own rants and raves on books and anything book-related. I have loved every step, and I continue to learn things about myself, the community, and the publishing world. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, and more importantly, thank you for making me feel so welcome in the book blogging world. 

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My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2016

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Blog Tour: Review of Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Review of All the Feels by Danika Stone

Blog Tour & Giveaway: AUTOFOCUS by Lauren Gibaldi

Blog Tour & Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Street Team Blog Tour: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Blog Tour!: Skins and Other Stories & Giveaway

Blog Tour & Giveaway: As I Descended by Robin Talley

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Amber Sky by Amy Braun

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

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  • Write and post a book review each week. (Hoping to have 52 book reviews posted by the end of the year).
  • Review at least one bookish inspired item, Etsy store/product, or subscription box a month on my blog.
  • Respond quicker to blog comments.
  • Blog hop more often.
  • Participate in more book tours. 
  • Write discussion posts. 
  • Read 104 books.
  • Host more book giveaways on different social media accounts. 
  • Continue learning. Be creative. Accept criticism. And keep growing. 
  • Have fun!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win one (1) book of your choice from The Book Depository (under $15.00 limit)

Open to International and U.S. followers (Be sure to check that The Book Depository ships to your country/address). Please follow the rules/guidelines listed under each entry. I will be checking that all entries requirements are fulfilled. 

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Win these 2017 ARCs

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Only open to U.S. participants. Follow me on Twitter and Retweet the link connected to the picture above or click here.

The Entertainer Blogger Award

 

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A big thank you to Zainab at https://abibliophilesobsession.wordpress.com/ and Ronyell at rabbitearsbookblog.blogspot.com for tagging me and the nomination!!! 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

The Questions:

Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

In 2011, I started this blog to talk about books and my geocaching adventures. However, at the beginning of this year, I revamped my site and dedicated my blog to anything and everything book related.  

Q2. What is your favorite book?

Well, I have a few…Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy, and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

Q3. What do you dislike the most?

In the book community, I would have to say people/readers that do not treat authors as real people. 

Q4. What is your favorite food item from the mall?

Warm pretzels. 

Q5. What is your favorite pastime?

Hmmm…other than reading and blogging, I love playing with my dog, writing, and binge watching amazing shows.

Nominations: 

Brittany at Ginger Night Owl

Adri the Bookworm

Megan at BookSlayerReads

Suzanne at The Bookish Libra

Mariam and Ashley at Flying Through Fiction

Alex at The Shadow Girl’s Blog

Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense

Beth at Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Caitlin and Cynthia at Shelfie Podcast

Madeline at The SFF Bookshelf