Painting Books For the First Time?! (+ Sprayed Edges Tutorial)

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I don’t know about you, but making any permanent markings on physical books feels very sacrilegious. Dog-earring pages, annotating directly in the book in pen, etc. makes my bookish heart howl in pain. However, there is this trend going around the book world that has peaked my interest. So, what is the trend, I hear you asking? Well, my dear friend, I have two words for you:

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July + August Wrap-Up | The Awkward Book Blogger

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I don’t know about you, but July FLEW by. It feels like it was two weeks too short. The end of the month snuck up on me so fast that I didn’t even remember to write a wrap up post! Frankly, I almost forgot to write a wrap-up post for August too. Thank goodness the end of August ends around a weekend because I wouldn’t have the time to write this otherwise.

So, how did the last two months go, you may ask? Well, let’s see…

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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins | Book Review

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“We have to face difficulties to find out what our true strengths are. How we come back from failure is a very valuable test.”

Wendy Higgins, Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1) by Wendy HigginsTitle: Sweet Evil
Series: Sweet, #1
Author: Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA fantasy, romance
Pages: 464
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads page

This review is spoiler-free!

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Synopsis

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker | Book Review

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Amazon.com: Mooncakes (9781549303043): Walker, Suzanne, Xu, Wendy ...Title: Mooncakes
Series: standalone
Author: Suzanne Walker
Illustrator: Wendy Xu
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: YA fantasy, graphic novel
Pages: 256
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 stars)
Goodreads page

This short review is spoiler-free!

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Synopsis

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

[ This synopsis was taken directly from Goodreads. ]

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Let’s Talk: Rejection

I’m going to be super honest with you guys: I suck at accepting rejections. Most people know me as someone who doesn’t get phased very often. My natural state of emotion is indifference. You’d think that I would be good at taking rejection, but personally speaking, I definitely am not. I might have the outward appearance of aloofness, but I tend to take things pretty personally… even if there’s nothing personal about the rejection.

With staying indoors more often, I have become very introspective, and I thought I’d talk about my take on rejection in a bookish context.

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | The Awkward Book Blogger

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Six months of 2020 have officially passed, and my, were they a very eventful six months (to put it nicely)! Now that we are officially in the second half of the year, I thought it would be a great time to recap the books I read in the past half year. Rather than going on and on about each and every book that I read, I thought this mid-year book freak out tag does a good job of asking the essential bookish questions.

Let’s just dive right into the questions!

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Summer Bucket List Book Tag | The Awkward Book Blogger

June is finally here, which means summer has started! That means no classes, endless sweat, and the feeling that the Sun is trying to fry you alive. (Can you tell that I don’t really like the summer heat?)

Beach GIF | Gfycat

I thought it would be a fun idea to do this tag as a way of celebrating the start of summer. However, to make this tag a little more challenging, I’m only going to use the books that I’ve read so far in 2020 to answer the prompts.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of the tag graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

All of the graphics in this post are made by Tiffany.

Let’s jump right in!

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