The Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you Kaelyn for nominating me for this award! I’ve gotten it before but I needed a blog post idea for today so I decided to do it 🙂

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R U L E S 🌼

  • Thank the person who nominated you ☑
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated you ☑
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

7  F A C T S (about me) 🌼

These were REALLY hard to think of because I’m working on a post called “50 random facts about me” and I didn’t want to repeat too many!

  1. Our family has a dog named “Bunny” (we didn’t name her… I don’t know why she has that name other than the fact that she kinda looks like a bunny)
  2. I’ve been blogging for about 2.5 years!!
  3. My favorite color is rainbow!! I love every color (pastel shades are my favorite) but I think my actual favorite might be mint green.
  4. I like cleaning… kinda…
  5. I rarely wear hats (like literally never)
  6. I broke my watch so I don’t have one right now and it’s driving me crazy!!
  7. Every time I write the word “versatile” I misspell it. Thank goodness for auto correct (which I just spelled wrong but whatever xD)

I   N O M I N A T E… 🌼

Because I know a lot of bloggers get nominated for these awards, I decided to only award 5 instead of 15… but if you’d like to do it, then by all means do!!

  1. Allison from A Farm Girl’s Life!
  2. Ezra from Ezra’s Everything Spot!
  3. Esmeralda from Writings from a Farm Girl!
  4. Maggie from Dreaming of Guatemala!
  5. Jo from Pananaw!

Again, even if I didn’t nominate you, feel free to do this award!!

Have you gotten the versatile blogger award before?

❤ bye from…

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My Summer Reading List//Free Printable

My Summer Reading List

Today I’m going to share (some of) the books on my summer reading list! It’s VERY long, so I decided to only share some of the books.

Also, I have some great news for y’all: Martin Legacy is out for beta readers!! I LOVED Martin Hospitality SOOO much and Martin Legacy is not a disappointment. It’s too late now to sign up to be a beta reader but I finished the book earlier this week and it’s amazing. Most of my comments (that were supposed to be critiques) were pretty much me squealing. I can’t wait for Abigayle Claire to release it 🙂 

I LOVE classic fiction books now (I blame Omnibus) but I also like good fiction (most of the YA books are soo bad – both writing and content) and pretty much anything. 😂 Several of the books on this list are rereads (xD) and they’re mostly classics that my teacher(s) recommended.

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  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Christy – Catherine Marshall
  • Northanger Abby – Jane Austen
  • The Christy Miller Series – Robin Jones Gunn
  • Julie – Catherine Marshall
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry – Mildred Taylor
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken – Mildred Taylor
  • The Road to Memphis – Mildred Taylor
  • The Pushcart War – Jean Merrill
  • Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  • Sketchy Behavior – Erynn Mangum
  • Roadside Assistance – Amy Clipston
  • The Story People – Heather Kaufman
  • Where you Lead – Leslea Wahl
  • Very Good, Jeeves! – P. G. Woodhouse
  • Rose in Bloom – Louisa May Alcott
  • Little Men – Louisa May Alcott
  • Eight Cousins – Louisa May Alcott
  • Interrupted: Life Beyond Words – Rachel Coker
  • Chasing Jupiter – Rachel Coker

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I made a free printable in case you want to track the books you read this summer (or anytime!!) There are two versions (they are both in the SAME PDF though). The first one has columns for title, author, and minutes, but the second one only has columns for title and author. 

Printable Summer Reading Chart

Hope you enjoy!! ❤

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Summer Outfit Ideas

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Summer is HERE! Though the break from school is awesome, the heat is horrible. Here in Florida it’s been feeling like 100 degrees since March. AGG!!

Today I decided to share some outfit ideas that are great for the summer but are still modest!

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I’m not really a dress person unless it’s church or something like that, but this dress makes me want to be! It would be perfect for vacation because it’s super simple but would go with everything. I love the fact that it looks really lightweight and comfy too!

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It might just be me, but I’ve been seeing shirts like this one everywhere lately and I love it! I would probably add a tank top because the neckline is a little low for me, but it would be perfect with white jeans/shorts.

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While these aren’t only for summer, I wanted to share a staple in my closet: bermuda shorts! I like this style of shorts because of their length: it’s SO hard to find shorts that are long enough.

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I know I just told you guys that I’m not really a huge dress person, but I think I *might* be changing? I found so many dresses that I would actually love to wear! This one is cute or summer/fall and I love the length – I HATE those dresses that come down to the middle of your lower leg (whatever that means)! Give me a dress that comes to my knee or my feet, but not between! (sorry for the rant there)

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Eep I actually really love this dress 😍  I love the white background/pattern and the ruffle, but I wish it was sleeveless.

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I love the shirt 🙂  This outfit is so easy but it looks great. Again, the shirt is super versatile (can you sense the trend?)!

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Let’s face it, this is what I end up wearing every day. But this girl manages to actually look good in it… HOW?! It must be the Starbucks. *nods*

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This outfit is so simple but it’s adorable! Personally, I think I would wear a shirt without the “ripped” neckline just because it’s not really my style (even though it’s not super low). Same goes for the ripped jeans, but I actually like that pair!

 

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It was harder to find things than I thought! One thing that was hard was staying off Etsy! I’m actually going to be sharing my favorite things on Etsy soon, so look out for that! 💕

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My Goals for this Summer

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Just warning you: my list of goals for this summer is… pretty long. And I doubt I’ll finish half of them. But that’s okay! I’ve never actually done summer goals before *fp* but I wanted to try them out this year.

  • Complete “A Trip to Spain” summer reader for Spanish – My Spanish teacher gave us this… workbook? reader? for the summer and I want to do it. It’s got little stories in Spanish that you have to translate and then questions 🙂
  • Deep clean/reorganize room – I already posted about this (shared room inspiration board) but I actually need to do it now.
  • Make a study/school plan for 2019-2020 school year – Let’s face it – I never actually use these. But I want to make one just the same… enough said.
  • Practice piano daily – I want to improve my skills (and maybe start violin?) this summer!
  • Workout 3 times a week – My original goal was daily… but that’s SO hard for me, so I decided to make it easier.
  • Make ten blog posts every month – Eeep this is going to be hard but it’s summer so I have time right? (shakes head)
  • Prepare six blog posts for backup – I like to have several posts already written ready to post if necessary, plus if I go on vacation or something it’s a lot easier.
  • Find babysitting opportunities/babysit twice – Right now I only babysit for my family, but I want to start doing it for other people (probably from our church/family members)
  • Earn $50 – It might not be much, but I don’t want to push myself too hard.
  • Read at least 10 books from summer reading list – I might end up sharing this with you guys (it’s kinda boring though) but I made a summer reading list and I want to read at LEAST 10 books from it (I’ll read more than 10 books this summer for sure, but this is from the list)
  • Do a 30-day photography challenge – I’ve gotten really bad at taking pictures daily, and I want to do a challenge where I do a prompt daily for a picture 🙂
  • Drink more water (big full bottle daily) – I am SO bad at drinking water, and I need to change that this summer!
  • Make bread twice – Making bread is something I want to do a lot more than I do now (it’s SO fun, but it takes a lot of time). I want to make it at least twice this summer.
  • Reorganize desk – pretty obvious!
  • Journal three times a week – I’m bad at journaling daily, so I want to do it three times a week instead.
  • Eat healthier – SO bad at this!! I want to change that (probably going to fail but whatever)
  • Memorize 10 bible verses – It might not seem like much, but I definitely want to do this 🙂
  • Make a long list of post ideas – Just so I can have ideas for posts!
  • Keep room *really* clean – This is hard (especially when you’re sharing!) but I want to get really good at this this summer.

Those are my summer goals! What are yours?

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Shared Room Inspiration Board

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In case you didn’t know, I’m the oldest of four (actually, almost five) siblings. My mom is expecting a baby girl this fall, and we’re all really excited! 

Because “baby sister” (as we’re calling her right now – we haven’t picked a name yet) will be sharing a room with me and Emily (who is two), we’re going to need to figure out how to fit another bed+ more storage into our room. Here are some of my ideas!

Bunk Bed w/ Trundle

We’ll probably need to get a bunk bed anyway, but a trundle would be cute + a future bed for “baby sister” if necessary. The ones with drawers are adorable too! Another thing I love is that you can separate them into two beds, which would be great someday 🙂

Storage Cubes

I’m thinking about getting some of these for the closet (right now the closet is pretty crazy) and adding some cute baskets. Image result for boho color scheme

Colors

I love these colors because they’re bright and fun, but I might add some light pinks as well.

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Cactus/Cacti

Cacti (that word is SO weird)  are so cute and I’d love to incorporate them somehow… maybe sheets like in the picture above? I’m not sure!

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Do you share a room with a sibling (or two!)? Do you have any ideas for me?

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r a i n b o w s

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Rainbows. A picture of God’s promises to us. But most recently, a picture of how much we’ve strayed from God’s plan for us.

Genesis 9:13

I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Rainbows bring me so much joy. Every time I see them, I’m reminded of God’s love for me and the priceless gift that he’s given me (Jesus).

But recently, I can’t draw or admire a rainbow without seeming like I’m supporting a cause that I don’t. I can’t wear a rainbow t-shirt or rainbow converse without being stopped and admired for supporting something I don’t support.

What we’ve done with rainbows is almost laughing at God.

We take God’s precious promise to us and put it on flags, signs, shirts, and everything we can imagine. But not as a reminder of his love- oh, no! As a reminder of our rebellion toward him. We say “Oh, that priceless gift you’ve given us? Yeah, I love it! I use it to proclaim something that you hate.”

But you know something? In a way, what we’ve done with rainbows can almost be good. Every time we use a rainbow to support something bad, we’re also reminded of God’s promises.

He will never leave or us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)

The Lord will fight for you. (Exodus 14:14)

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

God works all things for good for those who love him. (Romans 8:28)

And most importantly-

God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

So next time you see a rainbow or even a rainbow flag, remember God’s promises.

Sorry for the short post, but this was on my heart ❤

 

 

 

Pananaw Blog Launch Tour 🎉

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Note: I’m still on break! I had already committed to doing this, though. 🙂 

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How are you guys?? Today is SUPER exciting because Jo’s new blog, Pananaw, launches tomorrow! If you have no idea who Jo is , check her former blog out (she decided to change things up a little) here: The Lens and The Hard Drive. (Her blog is awesome. Guys she feeds us COOKIES – inedible ones, but what does that matter?)

Jo decided to split her link up into five days, so every day of the blog tour you’ll find a new part of the link! At the end of the post, I’ll share a schedule and you can go back and read those posts on other blogs to find the other parts of the link 🙂 Tomorrow’s posts will share the entire link.

Interview with Ricky from “The A’s and B’s of Normal”

Today I’m going to be sharing an interview with Jo’s character, Ricky!

  • Ricky, what do you wish people knew about you?

That sometimes I’m loopy, but I can be serious and I DO know what I’m talking about! Half of the time. The other half I just sit around and pretend I can fly- which makes no sense because if I sit around, how on earth can I pretend I can fly? *shrugs* Like what is up with that? Anyway.

  • What do people normally assume about you because you have ADD? What would you say about it?

Weeeeelllll, people assume a lot- like that I can’t concentrate at all and I’m a poor child and I should have meds but I legit wrote a book about it if they really wanna know the good tea just saying. Speaking of tea I wanna drink now. Of something. Ice water maybe.

  • What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

…………uhhhhhhhhhhhh… um.. good question. That I don’t know how to answer. I like that I can find adventures anywhere and also that I have an unlimited supple to bacon crumbles. Mweheheehehehehe.

  • What’s your favorite thing about your parents?

Now THAT I can answer!  I love that they care so so much, and no matter where I am or what I’ve done or anything crazy I’ve cooked up with, they still love me and don’t talk down to me and they listen to me. Also Dad is a very nice hugger. And also that even though I’m different they still treat me like they do Jose (aka the only normal kid in our family- remind me to tell you about him sometime. He’s weird.)

  • If you could go anywhere for a week (even a fictional place), where would you go?

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH—This is hard. It’s a toss-up between Middle-Earth, Asgard, Wakanda, Narnia, or my tita’s house in Boracay Island. They’re all great places.

  • Can you describe your brain in one picture?

..O_O Um

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TAADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

  • If you had a life book, what would it be called? (lol I completely forgot that she DOES!)

*chokes on drink and dies laughing* Sorry, I don’t mean to be rude or anything, but I DO have a life book! For now it’s called The A’s & B’s of Normal, but it’ll probably change since the whole thing is a mess. Ah well. I worked really hard on it, so at least I can say I tried, right?

  • What is your ideal best friend like?

One word: OLIVIA. She’s awfully bossy and basically takes over the title of “Ricky’s personal life coach” which is sometimes really annoying but also really helpful. And she cares about stuff even if she’s not interested in it herself and like, she has all this encouragement pouring from her heart and it’s lowkey the best thing ever. So yeah. Olivia!

  • What is your life in one song?

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm… OOH! Winner’s Never Quit by Owl City! That’s literally the walking definition of me and it’s really catchy. I love it so. *dances and trips on chair*

  • What’s your favorite fictional family?

….I think I really like the Bhaer family from Little Men. It’s a seriously warm and yellow vibe and I’m glad I got to read that in fourth grade because seriously it’s so sweet and I actually wrote self insert fanfic for it once, that’s how much I love it and I wish they would turn it into a movie but not mess it up LIKE THIS ONE MOVIE I SAW THAT BROKE ME POOR HEART- er, what we talking about again?

Lol wasn’t the interview great! Thank you Jo for letting me participate!! ❤

SCHEDULE:

May 5:

Character Interview with Ava @ https://elysianartiste.com

Combo with Jemima Puddleduck @ https://onthewingsofadreamblog.wordpress.com

Interview with Rose @ https://apurposeofwingeddogs.wordpress.com/

 

May 6:

Combo with Grace @ https://www.gracefullyinthemoment.wordpress.com

ZCN News Interview + Spotlight with Emmie @ https://americangirlworld.blog

Interview + Blog Spotlight with Isabel @ https://chasingfantasia.wordpress.com

May 7:

Interview (aka squealing) with Tess @ http://steeplechase-blog.com

Charrie Interview + Spotlight with Merie Shen @ https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/

 

May 8:

Interview with Allison Grace @ https://allisongracewrites.com/

Blog Spotlight with Meredith @ https://artsyarrow.wordpress.com

Combo with Christina @ https://christinaandcamera.wordpress.com

 

May 9:

Character Interview with Chloë Mali @ https://chloemali.wordpress.com/

Blog Spotlight with Maya J.T @ https://mayajt.wordpress.com/

Combo with Amie @ https://crazya.blog

Character Interview + Blog Spotlight! Penny Wood @ https://asouthernbellewithstoriestotell.wordpress.com

Blog Spotlight with Bayance @ https://bayance.wordpress.com

Blog Spotlight with Starling @ https://starling7.wordpress.com

Character Interview + Blog Spotlight with Liz @http://www.homewithhummingbirds.com

Thank y’all for reading! Stay tuned for the release of the link to Jo’s AWESOME NEW BLOG!

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When you think you need a break… *please read*

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I’m so excited for summer to come!!! When do y’all (well, those of you who are still in school) get out for summer break, if you have one?

I know that I don’t normally post on Wednesdays, but today I wanted to talk with you guys for a minute. So this post will be really short 🙂 Anyway…

I think I need a break from blogging.

There, I said it. 😳

Also eep I promise I’m not leaving!!! I love you guys and blogging has been SO beneficial for me!!! So many bloggers have quit lately and I’m not going to 🙂

WHY?

Honestly, I have a couple reasons that formed my decision to take a break.

  1. School – Finals are getting close! I need to study really hard and there’s a lot of work at the end of the year that I need to do. Right now, school is more important than blogging, so I think I need to slow down on blogging.
  2. Burnout – To say that I’m burnt out is a bit of an exaggeration, but staying on top of writing posts, taking pictures, working on collab blogs, and podcast episodes is getting really hard – let alone balancing my blog with school, sports, music and family commitments!

In a recent podcast episode, I talked about this very topic – and recommended a break for any blogger facing this trouble. As I thought about it, I realized that I needed a break! To be honest, I feel bad. I feel bad for even thinking about taking a break myself. Hello hypocritical!! I don’t need to feel bad for taking a needed break – and you shouldn’t either! Guys, if you want to take a break, then DO IT. Don’t worry about it!

What does this mean?

Honestly, I have no clue. I might not blog for three months. I might not blog for two weeks. Though I do promise that I’ll be back!

 I’m taking an indefinite haitus from blogging and blog related things. That includes emails, podcast, and posts. I’ll probably be interacting on your posts just as much as usual, but I need to stop spending hours on that too.

Anyway…

I don’t know when I’ll  be writing a post next, but I have one coming out on the 13th that I scheduled a while ago. Like I said, I love you guys and am not leaving blogging!! 😉❤

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🏆 Camp NaNo Update | Did I Win? 🏆

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I WON CAMP NANO. 🎉🎉

 

Do you want to know my goal?? 5K!! *crickets*

 

Okay, I know my goal wasn’t a lot (are you kidding Christina 5K is nothing compared to what most writers do…) but still. I WON. *more crickets*

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Anyway, I suppose you want to hear all about my story (just kidding I know you don’t) so… let’s get started!!

My story’s name is… untitled. Yes, that’s correct! I have NO idea what to call it. Also… I haven’t even finished plotting/outlining it so I don’t really what will happen. xD

Someday I’ll post a professional introduction to my story, but this post is going to be fun and… I’m not sure. Anyway.

Novel Inspo Board (1)

This is my inspo board for my entire novel… As you can see, it’s mainly focused around books, friendships, and a teensy bit of romance. 😂

Aria Style Board

Aria (the main character)’s style board isn’t the best, but hopefully it gives you a little peek into her style. I mostly just made this for my own reference, though!

Aria Wedding 2

Hm… why would Aria be wearing a wedding dress? (HINT HINT) This was so fun to make!

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ARIA ^^ This was also fun to make, even though I would prefer her looking towards the front rather than the side. Oh, well.

 

Goals for *untitled novel*

These are my goals for my untitled novel 😂

  1. Come up with a title (or at least three options) by May 1, 2019
  2. Come up with a summary/plot (short) by May 1, 2019
  3. Finish outlining all chapters by June 1, 2019
  4. Finish rough draft of book (all chapters) by July 1, 2019
  5. Begin editing/re-writing book by August 1, 2019
  6. Get book ready for official re-write/edit by November 1, 2019 (just in time for NaNo!!
  7. Have copy of book ready for alpha/beta readers by December 31, 2019

I’m really scared and excited to see what will happen with my untitled novel!!

Thank y’all for your support (and of course, my AMAZING cabin!!) ❤❤

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My Favorite Book Covers

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In this post, I’m going to do the complete opposite of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and judge books by their covers. #sorrynotsorry because these book covers are literally the cutest!!

Do you always judge books by their covers like me? 😂
Also you guys should know that I judge books by their covers already… remember my tbr?

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The entire Puffin in Bloom Collection

The Puffin in Bloom collection is made up of Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, A little Princess, and Heidi, and the covers are literally the cutest.

In Bloom Book Collection Set of 4 Books Published By Puffin in Bloom with Matching Bookmarks

Guys look at the spines!! 😍

Roadside Assistance

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I seriously love this cover too much. It’s so cute!!! I haven’t even read the book yet though so.

Melanie Dickerson Books

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Sorry for the weird picture, but it was the only one I could find where it showed part of most covers 😂

Anyway, I just love the dresses! They’re so cute 😍 If I ever show up in one of these dresses, don’t blame me! I love how all the covers are similar to each other as well.

This Changes Everything

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Eep the cover is just so cute! I love how it tells a story, and the color scheme is really good too! I love this cover 😍 (also sorry most of these books are on my tbr)

Where you Lead

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I love this cover. I haven’t read the book yet but the color and the cover in general make me want to read it right now! I love the sunset in the background 😍

Within these lines

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I love the cover!!! 😍😍😍 (I say this about every book tho so) I love how it goes with the story (even though I haven’t read it yet).

Martin Hospitality

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The cover is so pretty! I love the painting aspect 😍 (also if you haven’t read this book yet HOW DARE YOU okay sorry but still it’s SO good and I 110% recommend it)

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What’s your favorite book cover? More importantly: have you read Martin Hospitality?😂 Did you like it?

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