Swoon Worthy Wednesday

First Batch

1. Opposites Attract: It is absolutely necessary that I start with my all time favorite trope opposites attract. Every combination of this trope is a sweet treat. We can always trust for this to deliver excellence. The bubbly artist and the serious business man, the angry chef and caring baker, the serious teacher and their carefree counterpart. 10/10 every time. One of my favorite moments is when our Grumpy main character realizes that they can’t live without their lovely piece of Sunshine that is absolutely swoon inducing.

Delightfully swoon worthy examples:

2. Fated Love: Somewhere out there is the person that you are meant to be with. You are fated to marry or have a scorching love affair. It is such a classic trope. I don’t know about you but this one right here makes my heart sing. I have had a soft spot for this baby growing up on Wattpad. Vampires and Werewolves searching for their forever mates was a sure way to get me to save the book to my library. These days while I still have a soft spot for this trope I like the reincarnation aspect of it. Being destined even in the next life NOW THAT IS TOP TIER.

Two deliciously terrific examples:

3. Marriage of Convenience: Who doesn’t want to enter a marriage with a set of rules that slowly get disregarded, as you start to fall in love with each other, and realize that this fake marriage might turn into something more serious and beautiful than you ever expected? This marvelous trope can have me purchasing a book with just the mention of this alone. Marriage of Convenience has you laughing at a the main characters when they think they can enter this little agreement unscathed and without falling in love. JOKES ON YOU MC WE KNOW AND YOU KNOW THAT LOVE IS INEVITABLE.

Two wonderfully iconic examples:

4. Friends to Lovers: For many this trope can feel a little stale and not carry much excitement which is honestly not true. The slow burn, the spark that you didn’t feel before, the realization that this companionship is obviously not enough for you, the knowledge that you can trust this person with your heart because you have known each other all your life, the comfortable feeling of being in each others presence, the teasing and playfulness of it all. How is this boring?!? Such a quality trope it needs more credit for what it does.

Two finger-licking and mouth watering examples:

5. Forbidden Love: This trope can get a little intense. My favorite kind of combination of this trope is with hate to love. But forbidden romance is an Oscar Award winning trope. This one can have you clutching your heart and fanning yourself from the tension, the secret looks, the jealousy, the back and forth between the “we can’t be with each other but I can’t live without you” lines. I am personally partial to the bodyguard and cultural differences aspect combination. The forbidden love between a bodyguard and their client is juicy and tension filled. It is the being able to look past the cultural differences and biases to really look at the person and realize that none of that matters and you love them regardless.

Two heart fluttering, stomach clenching examples of this trope:

Enemies to Lovers when done right can make me clutch my pearls when done wrong which I find that it often is makes me want to scream. A lot of times I find that Enemies to Lovers can be made to be a hella abusive and manipulative. I get stuck like y’all put each other through so much and are forgiving each other without a proper reconciliation. No no no no thank you. That being said I think these two books do a pretty good job of not disappointing me though Burn Me by Ilona Andrews was really close to having me put it up. There are so many ways to do this trope but my favorite is childhood friends to enemies to lovers and rivalry based enemies to lovers. I loved good ole fashion rivalry.

Second Chance at Love: I absolutely love a second chance at love trope. Give me hometown romance, give me rekindled relationships. The relearning the person you thought you knew so well, the reminders that you really love this person, give me THIS time your gonna do it right. Even the mutual yearning, missed opportunities, always having eyes for each other but it was never the right time. The first time might not have been the right time but the SECOND you know that it was meant to be.

Slow Burn: In order to love a good slow burn you must have patience. In a slow burn the stakes are low but just the process and story telling alone can be enough to get the blood pumping. I love a slow burn because often times romance is depicted as something that happens really fast but that isn’t the case for many folk. Sometimes love takes time to seep in and take full affect. In a slow burn there is lots of wooing and courting there are more details and getting to know each other. I love the timidness but also the fierceness that it can bring out.

Hope you enjoyed the first batch of my Swoon Worthy Wednesdays

Let me know what you think ❤

Stay Colorful Friends!

Reading Made Accessible

Let a bookish friend help you out!

I believe books should be accessible to everyone, and I personally love the creation and spread of eBooks. The expansion of technology has allowed for the transformation of reading and purchasing books. There are so many applications that have made books available with the stroke of a couple keys. We must use it to our advantage.

For many, physical copies of books are not affordable. While eBooks can cost about the same as a physical copy when the book debuts, they are largely much more economical. 

How do you find these economical eBooks?!

This is where you have to do some work.

SUBSCRIBE TO PUBLISHERS

If you subscribe to publishers, they will send you specials and promotions when specific eBooks go on sale. Every couple of days or weeks, they send emails about eBooks that have been discounted. 


HarperCollins does this through BookPerk.


Find your favorite publishers and subscribe to their email list. You might luck out and find a book you wanted to read for a discounted price! 

SIGN UP FOR CURATED EBOOKS

I have recently come across websites, like 

BookBub 

FreeBooksy

If you create an account with either of them and answer a couple questions about the kind of books you like to read, they will curate a list of eBooks for you at affordable prices, which makes my sale-loving heart burst in song. BookBub and FreeBooksy also offer FREE eBooks in that curated list. Who doesn’t love getting things for free??

LOCAL LIBRARIES ARE INCREDIBLE

If you live in the United States, you know (hopefully you know) that we have a pretty fantastic library system. One of the cool things that you can do is use your library card to access your library’s eBook collection through Overdrive or the more aesthetically pleasing Libby. I think libraries are one of the most essential free resources that the United States has to offer, and we should take advantage of it. If you don’t have a library card, you can create an account for your local library and get a temporary one over the computer. If you live in DMV, here are your respective links: 

Washington D.C. 

Maryland

Virginia


MY FAVE EBOOK SUBSCRIPTIONS

I am a subscription loving hoe, and I have to add my favorite eBook subscriptions to this post.

Scribd is an OG eBook subscription site that has been around for ages. Now that I can pay for it out of my own pockets, I am never without it. It is only $8.99 a month and has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks readily available. I prefer this to Audible for audiobooks because it is 10x more affordable. If you are an avid reader and read about 2-3 books a month, it basically pays for itself. 

Kindle Unlimited, though attached to Amazon (a hellfire company), is still a great way to access to some quality eBooks. It has dramatically improved since its inception and has all kinds of eBooks available. This subscription is only $9.99 a month, which, depending on the number of books you read, can be economical. 

Technology has changed the way we read, and while I am sure some problems have arisen with reading on tablets and on our phones, I see the democratization of reading as a good thing. Everyone should have access to books and should be able to have them readily available. I will always be a proponent of that. 

I hope this was helpful to you.


Stay Colorful, Fam!

Dear Potential Bookish Friend,

Thank you for taking the time to visit my lovely little bookish blogging abode. I hope you enjoy your time here.


My name is Jamilex, and I am the creator of Colorfully Bookish. It brings me so much joy to bear another bookish project into existence. I am doing all that I can to take over all platforms.


You are going to see my name, I promise.

So far we are on:

Book Twitter

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You may be asking yourself, why do this to myself? Its kind of a lot to keep track. There is a straightforward answer to this: I. AM. BORED. I have the time. I just finished my undergraduate degree (you may now dub me a political scientist) I want to push myself, challenge myself to learn outside the trap that is the university.

The idea of creating a community with like-minded bibliophiles also pleases me much. Let’s talk books baybee!

Reading isn’t the only thing I enjoy doing. I am doing my best to collect hobbies to be a whole person outside of my work and schooling. I love to cook and feed people. I am a regular ole foodie, but quarantine has forced me to get inventive with my meals. I collect fun frames and glasses. You may call me a basic bookish babe with an obsession with herbal and black teas. I have a budding mug addiction; hopefully, I don’t go wild with that one ( I don’t have enough room in the house for that). I want to push this blog in a lot of different directions, so hopefully, if I didn’t scare you off, you don’t get any whiplash. There is so much to read and do. I hope you join me on this bookish journey.

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