Series Saturday: Accidentally in Love

Series Saturday: Accidentally in Love

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Hello and happy Saturday. There’s this trope in romance novels that I’m not sure how to feel about. It’s the “pretend dating” kinda deal, and I just don’t know whether I love it or I hate it.

I think the first book that I read with this trope was book one in the Accidentally in Love series by Cindi Madsen. I don’t know, to me, it’s all too predictable, and I know that’s pretty much the point of romance, but I’d rather read a romance that made me think a little bit more.

READ

Falling for Her Fiancé (Book #1) 

I read this book between December 12th and December 14th, 2015 and gave it the standard four stars. This is the novel that features the “pretend lovers” trope, but I don’t think the other ones are like that. I guess we’ll see.

TBR

I currently don’t own any books from this series that I have yet to read.

WISHLIST

Act Like You Love Me (Book #2)

An Officer and a Rebel (Book #2.5)

Resisting the Hero (Book #3)

What are your thoughts regarding the “pretend date” trope? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

NetGalley Reads: Radical Self-Love

NetGalley Reads: Radical Self-Love

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Hello and happy Friday. I’m not one for reading a lot of nonfiction but I have been acquiring some books and the time has come for me to read them. Because I’m not an avid nonfiction reader, I don’t really have a stance on those books. I’ve read a couple memoirs I’ve loved, but I also want to read more self-improvement books and see if, you know, I can improve. This is why I recently read Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling, and trust me when I say I was super excited to get to it because the title sounded just like the thing I needed. I got this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so I’d like to thank them, the author and the publisher.

I read this book between February 10th and February 16th, 2020 and gave it two stars. I was very excited at first because I felt like it would be a treat to myself, learning how to love myself and all that. I thought it would live up to its title, but it was more superficial than anything else. There was nothing truly radical about the advice given.

Within the self-improvement books, this would be the kind in which the author addresses the reader, so it’s like having a conversation with a friend. This book has illustrations, so I thought that would make it a quick read. It wasn’t really, but considering the fact that I only read it after work, it didn’t take me that long to finish either. Although it doesn’t explicitly say that this book is targeted for women only, it is, and I found that unnecessary. This could have been easily a book for everyone, had the author actually succeeded at making it gender-neutral, but more on that later.

At first, I think I was being way too nice because I wrote that although it was full of clichés and commonplaces, it was a well-intended and light read. Now as I have time to digest this book I keep feeling that I was lied to; I was promised a book about RADICAL self-love, and I got a list of fashion advice. There is also conversation about eating disorders and how to “get rid” of them, which I found problematic. I understand that the author was talking about her own experience and how she dealt with her eating disorders, but this is not a memoir, it is an advice book. There wasn’t a real talk about mental health or going to therapy, which I think would be crucial if as a reader you are at a point in which you’re seeking advice from a book titled Radical Self-Love.

The author has a blog and she constantly includes plugs for readers to visit and download resources, which I thought made the book even less serious. Like I said, the advice provided was very superficial and not a lot of research (besides quotes from other self-improvement books) seems to have been made. Another issue that bothered me was the fact that the author tried to be inclusive in her language when she discussed relationships, but she failed to do so and let her heteronormativity show. It would have been much better had she stuck to gender-neutral language.

Have you read a self-improvement book that changed your life? I’m still in search of mine, so do leave me your recommendations in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week Four

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week Four

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Hello and happy Thursday. Today I was on my way to the bus stop when I got a text from the principal saying classes were canceled. I feel like for the sake of the new people reading this I must clarify that I’m a teacher, but I guess as excited as students when I don’t have to go to work. For me, staying at home is reason enough to be grateful, right? But that would probably make a super short post so let’s dive into my notebook of Happy Thoughts and let’s see what I was thankful for this day in 2018. Let’s get started, shall we?

February 27th, 2018: Orange cookies make me happy

You’ll see that there’s a common thing here regarding my happiness and food. What can I say, though? Food makes me happy, and by “food” I mean anything artificially sweet, made of flour or fried. Sadly, I don’t remember these particular cookies, but they were relevant enough that day to make it to the list.

Is there any food that makes you happy? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Breaking Down My TBR List

Breaking Down My TBR List

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I feel that 2020 so far has been a successful year reading-wise and part of it is the fact that I decided to break down by super long TBR list into monthly “challenges” or themes and that has certainly made my reading experience more interesting.

I’d seen book bloggers and BookTubers have reading challenges or themed months in the past, and though I’d tried to do it a few times, I’d never been consistent. Well, like I told you in that post about the ideas I have for this year, each month I will read books that have the same word in the title. This year I won’t reveal what the words are, I’ll let you guess them each month since I’m piloting this experiment and I’m still figuring out whether it works for me and this blog. 

Basically what I did was look through my TBR notebook and look for common words in the titles of the books I’d listed. Think of Books and Lala’s Buzzwordathon, only I’m reading and reviewing one book (and sometimes one ARC) every week according to the monthly theme. So far, I’ve found these themed TBR lists very fun and way less daunting than the one super long list I have because instead of thinking about the hundreds of books I have yet to read, I focus on reading about eight every month.

I have found that I have way more titles including the buzz words than the ones I can review each month, so I’m already planning a follow-up series in which I’ll do full-on buzzwordathons. If you like those types of posts, I think you’ll love everything that is coming up.

Now that our second themed month is over, tell me, which were the buzz words for January and February?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Nude as F*ck Wash of Color

Nude as F*ck Wash of Color

Hello and happy Monday. Ever since I saw a picture of Khloé Kardashian rocking a super simple wash of color look on her eyes, I’ve been obsessed. Now, this look has existed forever, so Khloé didn’t create it or anything, but I think she’s one of the people setting the trend again for it. If you don’t know, the wash of color is a very diffused application of eyeshadow all over the eyelid and in the lower lash line. What I mean by “diffused,” and what you probably already gathered by the term “wash of color” is that it is neither precise nor packed; you just want your eyes to look like they have some color on them. I think it’s a perfect look to try on when you’re on the go because it looks like you put effort into it when you really didn’t. These are the steps I followed to accomplish it:

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Shimmery brown (eyelid + bottom lash line)
  6. Copper pencil eyeliner (tightline)
  7. Mascara
  8. Bronzer
  9. Blush
  10. Highlighter
  11. Opaque lipgloss
  12. Metallic lip topper

Which shade do you reach for when doing a wash of color look? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Splendies #2 Haul

Splendies #2 Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s time for me to come to terms with the fact that I’m a panty hoarder. Okay, that sounds totally wrong, but maybe some of you, like me, have a box full of panties and you never seem to run out of them, even after a long trip or not doing laundry for a while. I know I can go over a month without having to wash my underwear because that’s how much I have.

The thing is, I would wait until I traveled to the States and I’d buy my panties at Victoria’s Secret taking advantage of the famous “buy 5 for $25” sale. The thing is, I haven’t been traveling to the States and Victoria’s Secret is a horrible company. Luckily, though, I found Splendies and I truly feel like it’s changed my panty game. In the previous post I talked about the different plans Splendies offers, but what you need to know is that each month I get three panties and I’ll show them to you.

This is my second month with Splendies. As you can see, the three pieces are in different styles because I chose a variety pack. The thong is sexy without being straight-up lingerie. I really like that it’s a deep navy and not black, which might be a classic, but it’s a bit overdone. The gray panties are my go-to for days when I’m not feeling particularly sexy. Look, I’m a teacher and there are days when I don’t want to feel a piece of fabric between my buttcheeks. You know, on casual days I want a bit more freedom. I love the gray because, again, it’s a change from the colors we usually get. Finally, we have the granny panties, or what I call “period panties.” This is a style I’d never seen: it’s almost like a thong in the front, but it has full coverage in the back.

I have no clue where the gray panties are. I’m sure I wore them once but I don’t think I’ve seen them since. If I find them I’ll probably throw them away anyway. What’s your favorite style of underwear? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week Three

February 2020 Thankful Thursday Week Three

 

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Hello and happy Thursday. Today’s an odd day for me because we had some “friendship day” activities at school, which involved a lot of candy. Weirdly enough, I’m not hyper but I’m actually super tired and in need of a nap. The happy thought of the day is a little weird too because I didn’t follow the usual format, but I guess stepping out of routine is fine once in a while. Let’s get started, shall we?

February 201th, 2018: I’m happy when one of my wishes comes true. 

I have no recollection of what I’d wished for this day, but I’m sad to announce it might have been related to MHD because he was an important topic back then for me. MHD was a guy I started talking to in January 2018 in preparation for my trip to Baltimore, and let’s just say, I wasted a lot of time with him. 2018 was a very weird year for me and I’m very glad that it’s now a part of the past that hopefully will never come back to haunt me.

Have you had a wish come true? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila