The End of Year Book Tag

I can’t believe that there’s less than one-hundred days left of 2017! I’ve been lucky enough to have some pretty cool experiences this year and still have a lot more to look forward to. I’ve read SO MANY GREAT BOOKS THIS YEAR and still have two and half months for more! I saw this tag featured on Alex of coffeeloving bookoholic‘s blog a few weeks back and I think it’s a great way to reflect on some of your reading goals for the rest of the year.

Q: Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

A: I don’t have any books in particular, as I just want to stay on top of my current reads amidst schoolwork and college life.

Q: Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

A: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Q: Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

A: Renegades by Marissa Meyer. As the first book in Marissa Meyer’s latest series gets closer and closer, the more excited I am for Renegades! I’m interested to read her take on superheroes and villainy.

Q: What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

A: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, and Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.

Q: Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

I’m still not sure what my absolute favorite book of the year is yet (Warcross, Little Fires Everywhere, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean are among the top contenders), but I think They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera could be a contender.

Q:Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

In November, I want to start rereading the Throne of Glass series in anticipation of the last ToG book coming out next year. I plan on reading at least one ToG book per month, (which sadly means putting Tower of Dawn off a bit longer), as I’ve forgotten some of the smaller, yet important details of the story, so my reread will lead me into 2018.

What are some reading goals that you want to finish by the end of the year? Share in the comments!

Why I Don’t Buy Every Book I Read: A Fangirl Fury Discussion

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My name is Haley, otherwise known to you as Fangirl Fury, and I am a self-proclaimed book addict. Like most of my fellow book addicts, much of my free time is spent reading books and reading or watching content focused on literature. Like most of my fellow book addicts, Barnes and Noble is my happy place (also the place where my credit card feels most right at home). Like most of my fellow book addicts, I dream of owning a home with enough space to have a Beauty and the Beast-sized library. However, for me, it would most definitely take some time to fill up this library because of the fact that I don’t buy every single book that I read.

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Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Summary: Vivian is tired of her small-town Texas high school. She’s tired of the football team always getting whatever they want. She’s tired of the sexist dress codes and harassment-filled hallways. Motivated by her mother’s role as a Riot Grrrl back in the 90s, Viv creates a feminist zine, Moxie, that she anonymously distributes in school. As Moxie becomes the talk of school more and more, Viv finds herself making friends with girls across all social groups and realizes she might be on to the start of a revolution.

My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

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I read the US edition of Moxie but I like the UK cover better!

My Thoughts:

Amid all of the fall’s amazing book releases, Moxie was high on my to-be-read-list not just for its focus on feminism, but also for the fact that Amy Poehler blurbed the book on the front cover (her production banner, Paper Kite, acquired the feature rights back in January)! Anything Leslie Knope-approved is game in my life!

Moxie is a stand-out novel in the young-adult community for its emphasis on girls coming together to fight for equality. Moxie reignited my anger over high school dress codes, which are far more orientated towards girls than boys in my opinion, and makes me want to create my own chapter of Moxie, which you can actually do through the help of http://moxiegirlsfightback.com/.   I loved seeing Viv rise up to the sexist regulations of her high school and bring the zine to life, not to mention how much her and her friends empowered me as a feminist.

I really appreciated how Jennifer Mathieu bought in a lot of the myths behind feminism and how girls really feel into the book. We saw Viv’s best friend, Claudia, be reluctant about classifying herself as a feminist in the beginning, as she’s afraid that people will think that she hates men. Thankfully, we see Claudia have a change of heart by the end of the book. We also have Seth, who is all for feminism and Moxie’s fight, but questions the seriousness of one girl’s accusation toward the end of the novel.

If I had one “complaint” about Moxie, I felt that it had a lot of high school tropes. I liked Seth as a character and didn’t mind his relationship with Viv, but I hated how he distracted her from her thoughts and made her forget about the not-so feministic things (things that Seth really wouldn’t understand firsthand as a guy) he said. And as progressive as Moxie obviously is, there was one part when Viv is describing how her high school isn’t really prejudiced against LGBTQIA individuals, however, the only two gay guys at her school were in the theatre department and everyone was pretty sure that they were dating each other. It just felt so stereotypical. Additionally, as much as I rooted for these characters and their success, I felt that the ending was a bit too hunky-dory, aside from the novel dealing with the topic of sexual assault.

Overall, Moxie is great example of how feminism can be further featured in the YA community, and I’m excited to see a possible Moxie film adaptation!

Do you plan on picking up Moxie? Share in the comments!

ARC Review: I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

Summary: A Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton is one of the most important figures in American history. However, little has been said about his wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, who some argue is the true hero of Hamilton’s story. As the daughter of a respected general, Eliza is used to meeting the soldiers and dignitaries coming in and out of the Schuyler household. But no one’s captured her attention as strongly as Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s most prized aide. Told from Eliza’s point-of-view, I, Eliza Hamilton explores Eliza’s life as she helps her husband shape the nation.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I started reading I, Eliza Hamilton the second weekend in September. I was home that weekend and thankfully didn’t have too much schoolwork so I dived right into reading. If you’re new to Fangirl Fury, this fangirl has been obsessed with Hamilton: An American Musical since her senior year of high school. I’ve been one of the lucky few in the scheme of things (more like in the scheme of the impossibility of getting Hamilton tickets) to see the show on Broadway, and last year, Ron Chernow came to my school and talked about Alexander Hamilton and his role in the musical. That being said, Susan Holloway Scott’s I, Eliza Hamilton was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. My only “disappointment” of Hamilton is that we really don’t get too much time with Eliza herself. I, Eliza Hamilton is completely told from Eliza’s point of view and tracks her life from the moment she meets Alexander Hamilton in the late 1770s to his death in 1804 (sorry if you have not finished the Hamilton album yet, but it’s a historical fact that Alexander died from dueling with Aaron Burr).

While I, Eliza Hamilton is a fictional narrative, the amount of research Susan Holloway Scott did is evident throughout the novel. Being the Hamilton fan that I am, which basically means that I’ve seen almost every interview with Lin Manuel-Miranda about the show, I’ve learned that the musical is obviously not one hundred percent accurate. Sorry folks, but Hercules Mulligan was not the flower girl at Alex and Eliza’s wedding (the Schuylers made up the majority of their wedding guests).

It was really cool though to read more about some of the characters from the musical. For example, Eliza discusses the duel between John Laurens and Charles Lee, we get interaction between the Schuyler sisters, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson make a few appearances, and of course, there’s the dreaded Reynolds Pamphlet.

My favorite aspect of reading I, Eliza Hamilton was how hard it was to put it down! While we can tell through Eliza’s language that she’s an eighteenth-century woman, the writing felt modern and it was quite easy to understand Alexander’s dilemmas in the political world as he explains them to his wife. I read I, Eliza Hamilton over one of the busiest weeks of my fall semester, but you better believe I read at least fifty pages before going to bed each night. Speaking of Alexander and politics,  Susan Holloway Scott clearly illustrates is Eliza’s help to Alexander. Alexander would talk to Eliza about the problems facing Congress and the nation and look for her opinion, and Eliza would often help write and proofread Alexander’s various writings, from essays and correspondences to Washington’s Farewell Address. Amidst raising their family and helping her husband in any way she can, it was amazing to understand how strong of an individual Eliza was herself.

In conclusion, if you love Hamilton, you will love I, Eliza Hamilton. If you enjoyed Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza, you will love I, Eliza Hamilton, especially since it expands past Alex and Eliza’s wedding. If you want find yourself belting out “Helpless” or “Burn” and needing more Eliza, you will love I, Eliza Hamilton. And most of all, you will love Eliza Hamilton for the hero she is.

I was fortunate enough to be sent a galley of I, Eliza Hamilton from Kensington Books. Thank you for helping expand my love for Eliza and the Hamilton story.

Do you plan to pick up I, Eliza Hamilton? Share in the comments!

Holidays Book Tag

I was tagged by Audrey from Audrey Writes Abroad to do her original book tag, the Holidays Book Tag. I love to mood read, so reading books that can relate to a certain holiday or holiday season are among my favorites.

RULES:

  1. Make a post of your own in which you name a book that you would want to read for each of the holidays below. (Feel free to change the holidays if you celebrate different ones!)
    2. Tag at least 5 bloggers to do it at their turn.
    3. Link back to audreywritesabroadso she can see your post!
    4. Have fun!

 Valentine’s Day– contemporaries with some romance please!toallthe22875451.jpg

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

 St. Patrick’s Day– books that feature a bit of luck 

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

 Summer Break– books about summer, featuring at least the beach, ice cream, a bit of romance, or summer vacation 

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Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Fourth of July– in this case, books that allow for your Hamilton obssesion to further grow 

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I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

My Birthday– some books that make my heart more than happy 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Warcross by Marie Lu

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Christmas– books that take place in wintery settings or during the Christmas season, aka books that will make your heart cozy 

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

My True Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

 New Year’s Day: a book that features the New Year

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If my memory is correct, Isla and the Happily Ever After begins around (or maybe even on New Year’s Day). Also related to the New Year, I read Lola and the Boy Next Door from New Years Eve to New Years Day in 2016 and read sla and the Happily Ever After right after.

If you’re interested in doing the Holidays Book Tag, then congrats: you’ve been tagged!

What holiday or holiday season puts you in the best reading mood? Share in the comments!

 

Top Five Wednesday: Books Featuring Witches

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This month’s Top Five Wednesday posts are all based on my most anticipated holiday of the month, Halloween. The weather is starting to turn where I live, even though I am a tad reluctant to let go of the summer weather. But hey, bring on the cardigans, running weather, and tea please! Today’s T5W is all about books with witches. As I was scrolling though my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads, I’ve come to realize that I haven’t really read books that feature witches, which is sad that being a witch was my go-to Halloween costume when I was younger!

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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas– In Heir of Fire, we get introduced to Manon Blackbeak of the Blackbeak Witch-clan. Manon has become one of my favorite characters in the series and I love seeing the world of witchery expand with each book.

Truthwitch by Susan DennardTruthwitch follows two witches Safi and Iseult, and unfortunately, I don’t remember too much about this one since I read it back in 2015. I’m interested in continuing on in the series but it’s definitely going to require a Truthwitch reread first.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– I know they’re technically identified as magicians in the Carry On universe, but I’m counting Penelope and Agatha as witches!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – A bit of an obvious choice, I know, but who could really compete against Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Ginny and Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Minerva McGonagall and the rest of kick-butt women in Harry Potter!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis After loving The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  film adaptation when I was younger, I was so happy when my mom bought me the entire Chronicles of Narnia book series. I’ve forget a lot about this series, so I think it would be fun to rewatch the films.

Share your books with witches recommendations in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

Meeting Jennifer E. Smith & What I Read in September 2017

Oh September, you were filled with days spent in class, combatting summer weather while at university, reuniting with friends, filled with homework, and trying to read as much as I could. This What I Read post is going to be formatted a bit differently than usual, especially since I’ve only read 4 books this month. You’re probably accustomed to scrolling through my list of 10+ books, but since this was my first full month back at school, I’ve had less time to read (*major sigh*). I have my reviews for I, Eliza Hamilton, One Plus One, and Moxie scheduled to come out within the next week, so I’m not going to talk about them right now. However, I will be talking about my experience meeting Jennifer E. Smith below!

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The Girls by Emma Cline | 3/5 Stars

I didn’t really know what to expect going into The Girls, knowing that it has received mixed hype. I decided to pick up book when I found it at a library book sale for 50 cents! The Girls takes place in 1960s Northern California as teenage Evie Boyd is drawn into a cult. This book had a lot more adult content that I would have expected, and all in all, I don’t really know how I feel about the very flowerily writing style.

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott | 5/5 Stars

One Plus One by JoJo Moyes | 4/5 Stars

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | 4.25/ 5 Stars

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September 23rd was Barnes and Nobles’ Teen B-Fest, and my local B&N hosted Jennifer E. Smith. Jennifer’s books are YA staples, and I enjoyed reading Windfall this past May alongside Bookspolsion’s read-a-long. Between Book Con and other author events I’ve attended, it was really refreshing to go to a signing that wasn’t ticketed and was pretty calm. I was a bit disappointed that the store didn’t host a Q & A session with Jennifer before the signing, however, I was able to talk to her for a while as she signed my books. We talked about being an English major and getting the classics out of the way in college, what’s it like working for literary agencies, and of course, Book Con,aka the love of my life. Besides signing my copies of The Geography of You and Me and This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer gave me a cute magnet and pins based off of Windfall. Overall, it was such a lovely experience meeting Jennifer and I highly recommend checking out her books for all your YA contemporary needs.

What did you read in September? Share in the comments!