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Happy Father’s Day! Did you do anything fun today with your family?

We mainly just hung out and then opened cards.

Who are some of your favorite fictional fathers/ father figures?

I think some my favorite fictional father figures would be in Harry Potter. I mean, Hogwarts becomes Harry’s family and I feel like Dumbledore and Sirius take on a very fatherly role, especially later on in the series.

I also need to get myself more Harry Potter Pops. Do you have any favorites?

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You have the ability to make a gathering of your favorite characters, actors, authors, musicians, etc. Who would you invite and why?

I have so many people that I would want to invite! I wouldn’t really have a theme of people I would invite, probs just people I want to meet/ get to know. If I had to choose one person for each category I’d choose, character: Hermione Granger (I mean, imagine the conversions), actor: Gal Gadot (love her so much), author: Shannon Messenger (my first auto-buy author), musician: Maren Morris (is absolutely amazing) or Florida Georgia Line (love their songs), or Selena Gomez (so many things to talk about). And I’d invite the royal family, cause they’re the royal family and yes!

I’m currently reading Ship It and so far, it’s a promising read. It’s about a girl, Claire, who writes fan fiction of the characters from Demon Heart. She ships the two main characters. Her idea is laughed off when she asks it at an event, because one of the stars refuses to believe that his character was gay. This causes a big press nightmare. And it kinda goes from there!

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Do you see any of your favorite books here?

I haven’t read really any of these recently, but I do remember really enjoying My Summer of Pink and Green! I loved all of the little tips and I loved watching Lucy grow and learn to take charge.

I slowly getting ready for my trip later this month, and there’s so much to do! I need to pack, take a bunch of photos, and write some book reviews. Gah! It’s quite overwhelming!
Do you have any suggestions for packing, not procrastinating, or to stay organized?

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How has your week been so far?

Mine has been a mixture of productive and sit on the couch and watch Netflix 🤷🏻‍♀️. I didn’t get in as much reading as I would’ve liked, but I was able to write a review for The Crowns of Croswald and start on the other *million* reviews. I mean I love writing reviews and sharing my thoughts, but sometimes the reviews pile up and the amount is just intimidating.

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret... For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 Stars
(To read the full review, click the link in my bio)
The Crowns of Croswald was a delightful read. It reminded me of a retelling of multiple stories, somewhat like Into the Woods. There were elements of Harry Potter, Cinderella, and Anastasia.
While there were parts that were rushed and some characters weren't super distinct, there were parts of the book that helped to pull me into the world. The slight mystery was done well. While I figured one part of it out quickly, the rest of the mystery kept me guessing until the end.The use of magic to keep the students in check is perfect, the lack of magical accidents wonderfully showed the growth of the students, and the knowledge of the scrivenists turned tome was invaluable!
*Thank you to @storiesuntoldpress and @author.denight for sending me a signed copy of the book. All my thoughts are my honest opinions.

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What’s your dream ice cream cone like?

I’d love a waffle cone dipped in chocolate, with two (or three lol) scoops of like a Nutella ice cream with peanut butter and a bunch of chocolate sprinkles!
Or maybe the same cone with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate power!

One of my favorite ice cream brands is Talenti, their ice creams are super rich and so tasty!

When I saw Stay Sweet in my feed, I immediately knew that I needed to read it. It sounded like the perfect summer contemporary. One of my goals this summer is to read more contemporaries and I’m very excited to read this one!

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Have you read books by Jodi Picoult?

While I haven’t read all of her books, the ones that I have read have always been so good! The books are always written so well and they are super emotional for me.

Leaving Time is probably my favorite book of hers. The ending was just perfect and left me shocked! I loved how elephants were incorporated and just really how the story was told.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.

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What’s a world that you wouldn’t want to live in?

As of right now, I definitely wouldn’t want to live in Rhannon, a kingdom in Laethea, the world in State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury! Due to the death of the crown prince when he was very young, the whole kingdom has been in morning. This means all the art, color, and happiness that has filled the inhabitants were now banished. Curtains must always be shut, black is always worn, and smiles are forbidden.

Doesn’t this just sound terrible?! While I’d hate to be a world that tried to kill me at every moment, I feel like somehow, being in a world where you weren’t even really living would be even worse!

On a happier note, I’m happy to announce that I’m a rep for @bookishbalms! I’m so happy to be repping for such a great brand. While the rep codes aren’t activated yet, use “LATESTREADS10” for a discount in the near future!!

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What are some of your favorite middle grade books?

I loved, and still love, reading Rick Riordan’s books! I am a huge fan of mythology and I think that his books are a big reason why I love mythology.

My favorite book series of his, besides Percy Jackson, would probably be the Kane Chronicles! I love how the story is told by the recordings. And I love the banter between the two siblings, it just adds so much!!

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Where does your name come from? What was the inspiration behind it?

My name, Lily, comes from my grandmother! I loved being named after her and I like to consider that it makes me the favorite grandchild! 😂

This book and scarf were included with past @owlcrate boxes. I love how well they look together and I can’t wait to read Catching Stars!

Witch. Betrayal. Hunted.

Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape -- and is determined to escape again.
Maddix Kell is on the run. After two years in prison for crimes he did not commit, Maddix escapes and seeks out a legendary order of witchhunters who are his only chance to find justice.
But all is not as it seems and Maddix soon finds himself on the run from the people he sought as allies. When their paths collide, Jayin and Maddix must put aside their prejudices and forge an uneasy alliance that could crumble at any moment. But if they want to survive in Aestos -- a brutal kingdom where magic and corruption lie hand in hand and enemies lurk around every corner -- they must first survive each other.

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Happy national best friends day! Who are your favorite book best friends?

My some of my favorite book best friends are from The Queen’s Rising! In the story, there are 6 girls who want to passion (to reach mastery in a certain skill; art, knowledge, wit, drama, and music) and they live together for 7 years. The friendship forged between the girls is really amazing, especially between Brienna and Merei!

This week, I’ve been up on the coast, on a trip with one of my best friends! Something that I insisted that we do was bake! We made these wonderful little sandwich cookies that we then filled with lemon curd, peanut butter, and cream cheese. They were so good!

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What are some of your favorite stand alone books?

One of my all-time favorite stand alone books is Fangirl! I picked it up last April and oh my gosh, I loved it so much!

I loved being able to watch Cath grow into her own person and to really navigate life without having her sister constantly by her side. Being a twin myself, I find that having someone pretty much always with me is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great in new situations as I at least have someone I know, but then I’m also defined as “the twin” and that becomes a big part of my identity.

If you haven’t read Fangirl yet, read it now!!

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What are your plans for summer?

I just finished my last day of school for the summer and I am so excited for all that I have planned! I definitely want to read a lot more this month, sleep in, and just relax.

In these past months, I’ve recently started really getting into enamel pins. I love how cute they are and how they can help me express myself.

I was super excited to see that @Owlcrate’s May box included an enamel pin! I love the quote so much, “When in doubt, go to the library” and @outofprint did such a great job! It was such a surprise to see another pin also included, a pin inspired by Sky in the Deep. I can’t wait to see how “Qnd eldr. Breathe fire” comes into play!




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