Review: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

Summary: After a horrific accident while working as a supervisor in a chocolate factory, Annie is left feeling confused about her next step. But when she’s offered an opportunity to live in Paris and work in an elite chocolate shop, she leaves her small English town, fearful that she won’t fit in Paris either. Plus the fact that the factory-made chocolate she’s always worked around is nothing like the gourmet treats her boss creates. Anna soon finds herself growing to love Paris, chocolate, and life more than she could have ever expected.

 My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


My Thoughts:

My British contemporary kick continues with The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, and I seem to also be starting a trend with books about Paris—my previous read, Last Christmas in Paris, also had an emphasis on the city. Maybe this Paris kick is hinting at what my 2018 travel plans could have in store! And after reading The Loveliest Chocolate Shop, my wanderlust for France has grown even more.

I really enjoyed The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris for a multitude of reasons—Paris, Annie’s relationship with Claire, our cast of characters, and of course, the chocolate. I found it so interesting to learn about chocolate-making, and I loved flipping through Jenny Colgan’s chocolate recipes in the back of the book. I’ve luckily had plenty of chocolate in my house for the Christmas season that all of my chocolate cravings caused by this book were quite satisfied. I really love books about baking and food, so it was fun to see Annie not only embrace life in Paris, but also life working in the chocolate shop.

The beginning of the novel flips between Annie and Claire’s perspective, with Claire’s POV flashing back to her own time in Paris with Thierry. I don’t want to spoil anyone too much, but it was really cool to see how Claire, Annie’s schoolteacher and newly found friend, and Thierry, Annie’s boss at the shop, interact and how their story interwove with Annie’s life. I really enjoyed reading about Thierry and Claire’s romance, and I of course found myself rooting for Annie’s own romantic endeavors along with Sami. Referencing back to our cast of characters, I loved our main characters and side characters. Benoit, Alice, and Frederic provided the perfect cast in the shop, Sami is the best possible roommate to have in Paris, and I especially loved Claire’s relationship with Madame LeGuarde.

As much as I loved The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, there are few reasons why I didn’t gave the book a full 5 stars. I sometimes couldn’t tell what the characters were talking about, especially in the scenes where Claire and Thierry reveal their past to Annie and Laurent. I don’t know if Jenny Colgan did this on purpose to have readers glue pieces of the puzzle on their own. However, I found myself having to reread and backtrack through conversations. AND THE ENDING!! I SUPPOSE IT WAS MEANT TO BEAUTIFUL, BUT TO ME IT WAS JUST SAD AND HEART-BREAKING. Yes, Jenny Colgan made up for it a bit with the epilogue, but unfortunately I am the type of reader who does not want to use her imagination, JUST GIVE ME THE ANSWERS NOW JENNY!

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is my second Jenny Colgan book and I feel that now I can officially say that I love her books—frankly, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café was enough for me to say so!

Do you like books that feature food? Have you read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris? Share in the comments!

The Greatest Spreadsheet You’ll Ever Meet: 2018 Reading with All About Books

A new year means a new year of reading. I love being organized when it comes to the books that I’ve read and for someone whose least favorite subject is math, I love finding out statistical data on my yearly reads.

Most readers tend to use the Goodreads Reading Challenge to track their 2018 reads, but I’ve seen a few people step away from the challenge this year because they do not want to challenge themselves to read a certain amount of books. I myself have taken the Goodreads Reading Challenge less seriously in 2017 and 2018. I really only set the challenge so I can visually see what books I read throughout the year. I also keep track of what I’ve read in my blogging notebook and in an Excel spreadsheet, but for 2018, I wanted something that would do more than track the amount of books I’ve read. How many pages did I read? What genres did I reach most for? Did I read more backlist books or new releases? I could obviously look up this data myself, but I didn’t know how to easily do so.

Enter the 2018 Books Spreadsheet created by All About Books. I discovered this spreadsheet from Kristin of Super Space Chick and Cassie of Bibliomantics’ Spines With Wines End of the Year Liveshow. The 2018 Books Spreadsheet is available for anyone to use—all you have to do is copy the file and All About Books lists all of the instructions you need for downloading and using the spreadsheet.

So why is this the greatest book-tracking spreadsheet ever??

  1. It’s super organized and easy to use! When you enter the spreadsheet, you’ll see the overview page for your reading/stats, and there are tabs at the bottom where you can fill in the books/authors/anything else about your reading that your heart desires.Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 7.04.21 PM.png
  2. You can basically track any sort of statistics/data about your reading. Want to know how female and male authors you read? How about how many books you borrowed vs. how many books you purchased? Want to track your average rating in a certain genre? You can do it all and more! The instructions on All About Books’ post tells you how to create your own categories using tabs outside of the categories that they have already created.

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As you can probably tell, I’ll be using the 2018 Books spreadsheet to track my reading this year and highly recommend you do as well. I have it tagged elsewhere in the post but here is where you can find the spreadsheet:

How do you track your year in reading? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Books I Didn’t Get to In 2017 


Today’s Top Five Wednesday focuses on books that I didn’t pick up in 2017, but I’ll be prioritizing in my 2018 TBR.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas- I mentioned in my last T5W that I still had not read Tower of Dawn mainly because I really need to reread the previous Throne of Glass novels before jumping into the latest installment. AND UPDATE: GUESS WHO FINALLY STARTED HER REREAD OF THRONE OF GLASS??? THIS GIRL! I plan on picking up ToD right after my reread of Empire of Storms because I am in NEED of Chaol Westfall.

The Upside Down of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli- I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda last summer and it completely met the hype, and I AM BEYOND EXCITED FOR ITS FILM ADAPTATION, LOVE, SIMON, THIS YEAR. I saved The Upside Down of Unrequited for 2018 so I could have more Becky Albertalli goodness,even though we’ll have Leah on the Offbeat and What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera!!!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan- I normally don’t reach for middle grade, but I’ve seen nothing but love for Magnus Chase on Booktube. I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in 2015 (I wish I had picked them up when I was younger), and a very generous friend of mine gave me a signed copy of The Sword of Summer for Christmas one year.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe- Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I love books that take place during the Wold War II and Holocaust period. The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the real-life experience of a young Auschwitzprisoner who is placed in charge of eight precious volumes in the camp.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith- I met Jennifer E. Smith at a signing in September and I had the sweetest conversation with her about being an English major and working in the publishing industry. I’m really excited to pick up more of her books (I’ve only read Windfall and her story in Summer Days and Summer Nights so far), and a lot of people start her books with This is What Happy Looks Like.

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 hereon Goodreads.

ARC Review: A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen

Summary: From the moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, he knows there’s something special about her. The two quickly become friends, sharing a love for climbing trees, planning adventures, and geeking out over science. Always being teased for his Tourette’s syndrome, Spencer starts to feel that he finally belongs somewhere. Over the years, through new relationships, family tragedy, and growing up, Spencer and Hope’s friendship is put to the test, as their relationship heads toward something more.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


My Thoughts:

I received an ARC of A Taxonomy of Love at Book Con 2017 from Amulet Books, and I am so lucky to have this one before its release date (January 9th 2018) because I think A Taxonomy of Love is a standout for 2018 releases. A Taxonomy of Love reminded me of Jared Reck’s A Short History of the Girl Next Door and Julie Israel’s Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, but the book is quite unique for having a protagonist with Tourette’s syndrome.

A Taxonomy of Love is primarily told through Spencer, which I found really refreshing for me because not only do I more so rarely read books told from a male POV, but also because we get to learn what it’s like for Spencer to have Tourette’s syndrome. Before reading A Taxonomy of Love, I didn’t know too much aboutTourette’s syndrome and  I learned a lot more about the condition from the novel. A Taxonomy of Love isn’t just told from Spencer’s POV, as we get to experience Hope’s POV through instant messaging and letters to her sister, Janie, who’s traveling abroad. And as suggested through the title, there are plenty of taxonomies created by Spencer. They don’t necessarily depict his interests in science or bugs, but rather they display relationships, high school, and types of people in general. The book is spilt into 6 sections, which each section representing one year of Spencer’s life. I really enjoyed this because I felt that we got to see the characters change and grow up.

One of my favorite aspects of A Taxonomy of Love is our cast of characters. We obviously have Spencer and Hope, whose friendship takes some twists and turns throughout the years. There’s a ton of family in this book, between Spencer’s family—Dean, his dad, his stepmother, Pam, and his grandma, Mimi—and Hope’s family, with a lot of emphasis on her relationship with Janie. More of Spencer and Hoper’s friends came in and out of the novel as well, and I think this bigger cast really works, as we see all the people who played a role in the duo’s lives throughout the years.

There were so many fun quotes in A Taxonomy of Love that I had to break out my page tabs! I really enjoyed this gem from Spencer:

“Hope hates playing Magic. I had to trade her watching High School Musical and High School Musical 2 to get her to play last time. I can only handle so much Zac Efron.”

While the book has plenty of light moments, there are a lot of heavy and more serious topics addressed in the book. There’s a really great scene towards the end of the novel where Spencer’s family talks about racism, which was quite interesting considering that the story takes place in Georgia—it did a great job of de-stereotyping southern beliefs. Through Spencer’s POV, we obviously experience what it’s like for him to have Tourette’s, but we also see how he reacts to being teased for his condition. Additionally, one of the main themes in the novel is death, as one of the character’s in the novel experiences a death in their family. I admit that I didn’t read the blurb too much before reading A Taxonomy of Love, so some of its darker moments took me back a bit, but I felt that these themes made the story feel more realistic.

Overall, I really enjoyed A Taxonomy of Love for a taxonomy of reasons: its focus on family and friendship, its portrayal of growing up, and for featuring a main character with Tourette’s syndrome, which I haven’t seen before in the YA world. My only “complaint” about the book is that there were so many opportunities for our main characters to get together sooner (I complain about this in almost every book I read about “star-crossed” lovers so I was not surprised by my feeling).

Is A Taxonomy of Love on your TBR? Share in the comments!

Christmas Book & Fandom Haul 2017


Although January has already begun, I think that there’s always room for some Christmas spirit. Christmas hauls are among my favorite Youtube videos and blog posts to read and watch, so I wanted to feature some of my Christmas gifts here on Fangirl Fury. Santa and my parents did a fantastic job as always fulfilling this fangirl’s bookish and fandom desires with the following gifts.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith- I ASKED FOR A CLASSIC BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS, WHAT???? I saw I Capture the Castle float around bookstagram in 2017, and I became even more intrigued by the book when I saw that the latest edition had a foreword by Jenny Han and a blurb from J.K. Rowling. Between two of my all-time favorite authors’ contributions and its stunning cover, I’m so happy to have this book on my shelf, soon to be read!


Renegades by Marissa Meyer- Renegades was a bit of an unexpected Christmas gift, but Santa knows how much I love Marissa Meyer. I’m really excited to have my own copy of Renegades because I never realized how gorgeous the cover was in person. Although I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, I am excited to give Renegades a go, but I think I won’t be reading it until closer to the release date of the next book in the duology.


The Midnight Star by Marie Lu- One of my reading goals for 2018 is to reread The Young Elites and continue on the series with The Rose Society and The Midnight Star. Like Renegades and my Marissa Meyer collection, this means that I now have all of Marie Lu’s books!


Alex and Ani Hogwarts Two Tone Charm Bracelet- My Alex and Ani bracelets are among my most worn and favorite jewelery, so I was beyond excited when they came out with their Harry Potter collection. I’m in love with this bracelet featuring the Hogwarts crest because although it obviously symbolizes Harry Potter, I feel that it’s a bit understated and will blend in well with the rest of my Alex and Ani bracelets. Plus who doesn’t want to walk around with Hogwarts pride??


Parks and Recreation Funko Pops—Leslie Knope, April Ludgate, & Andy Dwyer—Funko Pops are among my favorite gifts to give and receive, so I was super excited to receive more Funko Pops from my favorite TV show. I now have 5 out of the 6 Parks & Rec Funko Pops that have been released so far, and I admit that I probably won’t be getting Lil’ Sebastian anytime soon—me and Ben Wyatt are on the same page about that one.

Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley Nano Metalfigs- I received these mini versions of Hermione and Ron in my stocking. I’ve actually never seen these type of figures before, but I think they’re pretty cute and unique gifts for any Potter fan.


Book Con tickets- YES I WILL BE ATTENDING THE BEST BOOKISH WEEKEND OF THE YEAR  AGAIN IN 2018! I’ve been going back and forth about applying to Book Expo this year, so I’m excited to at least have Book Con already in the works!

What bookish or fandom gifts did you give or receive this year? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: 2018 Reading Resolutions


The first Top Five Wednesday of 2018 is all about my reading goals for the New Year. I admit that I don’t really set goals for myself other than the few below—all I know is that I want to read ALL as much as possible—but I do have some rereading resolutions for 2018. I could probably write another post about my love/hate relationship with rereading books—I love revisiting favorites, but I hate ignoring the books on my TBR —  but I want to push myself to reread more in 2018 (I only reread 2 books last year).

Complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge- For 2018, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 70 books. Since I read 91 books in 2017 (the most I’ve ever read in one year!), I did think about setting my goal to 100 books, but I really don’t know what my 2018 reading time is going to look like, especially with college and what I’ll be doing this summer.

Read more fantasy- I spent a lot of my reading in 2015 and 2016 catching up on YA fantasy, but I definitely did not read as much fantasy in 2017. I ventured into adult fantasy and read the latest works from my favorite fantasy authors last year, but in 2018 I’d like to read more of the genre. I think I don’t reach for fantasy as immediately as I do contemporary is because fantasy reads often expand into a series and I try to avoid starting a series with only one book published thus far (even though I’ll be breaking this with Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince and I’m sure many others this year)– I just love reading books in a series back to back.

Reread Goals

Reread the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and Empire of Storms)- I’ve mentioned this a few times already, but I really NEED to reread the first 5 books in the Throne of Glass series before ToG #7 comes out and so I can finally read Tower of Dawn. I still can’t believe I haven’t read ToD, considering that Chaol is my favorite characters in the series. Throne of Glass is an example with my “problem” reading fantasy because I’ve forgot a lot of the plot details of the series.

Reread the To All the Boys I Loved Before series by Jenny Han- Right after I finished Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I immediately wanted to reread To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Why didn’t I? See above.

Reread The Young Elites & read The Rose Society and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu- Reading Warcross in 2017 reminded me how much I love Marie Lu’s writing and I decided that I wanted to give The Young Elites trilogy a go. I read The Young Elites in 2015 and it wasn’t my favorite; I had recently finished the Legend trilogy, one of my all-time favorite series, and I think I was comparing TYE too much to Legend. After rereading TYE, I plan on picking up the next two books in the series, The Rose Society and The Midnight Star.

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.


ARC Review: Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Summary: Annie’s life has been in complete shambles for the past two years, and her mother’s recent admittance to the hospital hasn’t been helping. While there, Annie meets Polly, an eccentric, posh woman, whom Annie wouldn’t have ever imagined having a friendship with. But Polly needs some happiness of her own, as she’s been diagnosed with cancer and only has 100 days to live. Together, the two women set off on Polly’s goal to do one thing that makes them happy everyday, and learn what it truly means to be happy.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


Cover Thoughts? : I feel like there are so many different covers floating around for Something Like Happy! My ARC features an umbrella with raised circles that serve as rain drops—I think it was inspired by a well-known mantra that Polly uses once in the novel, Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s learning to dance in the rain. Then, there’s the final US cover with the blue cover and the two women on bikes, with the UK edition, called How to be Happy, playing with the rain like the ARC. The final UK edition cover is my favorite because there’s a nice variety of color that will pop out on the shelf. My favorite part of the ARC copy is its deckled pages!

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been on a huge British contemporary kick lately and Something Like Happy has expanded my love for the genre. Something Like Happy has been compared to Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You for its humor and having a character face a life-alternating situation, but I really think that Something Like Happy stands on its own. I think the best aspect of the book is the positive female friendship between Annie and Polly. Their friendship begins very quickly, however, I thought it was very fitting to the novel and I couldn’t remember a time when they weren’t friends.

The main premise of Something Like Happy is that Polly is told that she has one hundred days to live and with each day, Polly wants to find or do something that would make anyone happy, from picking out a new outfit to jumping into a fountain. Eva Woods was inspired by the “100 happy days” concept that has taken over social media feeds, and Polly’s main point in doing so is to make people realize that as bad as life may seem, there’s always something positive to look for.

 While Something Like Happy is very heart breaking, as we see Annie face her past and Polly struggle because of her illness, there are so MANY hilarious moments. There is quite a big cast of characters in the novel, but the top five of course includes Annie and Polly, as well as Dr. Max, Costas, and George, who all bring their own personality and humor to the novel. I loved Max and Annie’s relationship, and like Polly, I was rooting for them throughout the novel. Both Costas and George were also really sweet characters, and they had plenty of funny moments themselves. As tough as their situation was with Polly’s illness, Eva Woods brought some humor to the sadder moments, like:

“ “How can it be the last time? My sister. She’s my sister. I’m going to be a…a… what’s the word for like an orphan but not an orphan?” ”

Annie and Dr. Max exchanged looks. “An only child?” she ventured.

I almost always take notes when I read and besides writing down which pages hold my favorite quotes, I grabbed my sticky tabs that I normally use for my schoolwork and marked down my favorite parts! I think I am going to have to continue to do this in my future reading. Anyways, the cast as a whole was quite funny, but I do admit that Polly was easily the funniest, especially when she teased Annie and Max. I particularly laughed out loud from this gem:

“She waved at him as he limped on, brows knit fiercely and shoulders pumping forward.

“Oh, I love you, Dr. McGrumpy! I definitely won’t look up your kilt if you collapse!”

“Shut up, Polly!” ”

Overall, Something Like Happy was the type of book that I could not put it down. The pacing was perfect—I tend to like books that I have a nice variety of short and long chapters–, I loved the cast of characters, and the story was heart warming and heart breaking in the right places. If you’re looking for a book that will make you reach for a tissue from laughing and crying, this one is for you.

I was sent an ARC of Something Like Happy through Book Pages and Harper Collins. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 Is Something Like Happy on your TBR? Share in the comments!

What I Read & Wrote in December 2017

Happy New Year! December was such a lovely reading month because I was able to dedicate so much time to reading! Being on winter break comes with so many perks—spending time with family and friends, celebrating the holidays, Netflix binges, and of course reading plenty of books—I read 9 books in December. I am here to admit while I have been writing reviews for all of the books I read in December, I have not uploaded more than half of them so be on the look out for them in January! However, I’m really pleased with and proud of the content that I’ve posted on Fangirl Fury in December so I’ll also be including what I’ve written this month. Let the wrapping up commence!


 Solitaire by Alice Oseman | 2.5/5 Stars


Something Like Happy by Eva Woods | 5/5 Stars

Review to Come. I received a copy of Something Like Happy in October and finally had time to pick it up earlier in December, but why did I not pick it up sooner because I LOVED IT?!?!

 The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan| 4.5/5 Stars

Review to Come. GIVE ME ALL THE JENNY COLGAN BOOKS PLEASE! The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris was another fantastic Jenny Colgan read for me.

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Graynor and Heather Webb | 4/5 Stars


A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (ARC)| 4.5/5 Stars

Review to come. A Taxonomy of Love was a really pleasant surprise for me, and I think this one is deservingly going to be the talk of the YA world in 2018.

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff | 4.5/5 Stars

Review: Here

London Belongs to Me by Jacqueline Woodson | 4/5 Stars

Review to come. I’ve seen London Belongs to Me float around Booktube for quite a while and I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed this book featuring London and fandom.

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella | 3.75/5 Stars

Review to come. Wedding Night isn’t my favorite Sophie Kinsella novel, but overall it was a fun, light-hearted read.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erica L. Sanchez | 5/5 StarsReview to come. Finished this one before midnight!



 Top Five Wednesday




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