EATING THE REST OF MY TBR: Remaining 2018 TBR Goals

At the halfway point of 2018, a certain panic slowly begins for some of us booknerds. This panic can be caused by the lovely Goodreads Reading Challenge (yes I know I’m 24,000 books behind, and no, I don’t need another email to remind me), but an even taller pressure comes from our to-be-read piles.

Inspired by *spoiler alert* an upcoming Top Five Wednesday topic, Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year, today I’m going to be talking about the books I really want to read before the end of the year. First, I’m going to be checking up on the 2018 reading goals that I outlined in another T5W post back in January, 2018 Reading Resolutions.

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College YA Takes Texas: Emergency Contact Review

Summary: Penny Lee is more than ready to leave for college in Austin, Texas. She’s ready to leave her mom, her boyfriend, and her non-eventful high school experience. She’s set to go to college to learn how to become a writer and escape to her fictional worlds.

Sam is more than ready for a change. He’s stuck working at a local café and lives there too, sleeping on a mattress on the floor in an empty storage room. Sam dreams of becoming a famous documentary director, but right now the seventeen bucks in his bank account and an ex prevent him from doing so.

When Penny and Sam cross paths, it’s all sorts of awkward, but that doesn’t prevent the two from exchanging phone numbers. As Sam and Penny deal with their own mini crises and anxiety, the two become inseparable… well, at least over their text bubbles.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been bit on an epic quest to read more college YA in 2018 and up next on this TBR was Mary H.K. Choi’s Emergency Contact. The book had been on my radar for a while, but when I found out about Rainbow Rowell’s blurb, it quickly became a must-read.

Emergency Contact is told through the alternating perspectives of Penny and Sam. I actually enjoyed both perspectives. I liked Penny’s humor for the most part (I think some of it went over my head at times), and I would loveee to try one of Sam’s treats and iced coffees. How do you not love a guy who bakes pies and creates documentaries?? Like MIT’s relationship with Gloria’s Chao’s American Panda, those familiar with the University of Texas and its surroundings in Austin will have fun seeing the setting within Emergency Contact. Penny often describes classrooms and dorm halls at UT Austin, and I’m sure the various places Penny and Sam visit are reminiscent of the area.

However, neither Sam and Penny were perfect.

I really didn’t understand why Penny held so much animosity for her mom. I understand that Penny and her mom, Celeste, didn’t have the best relationship and Penny does experience trauma that she does not discuss with her mom. I guess teenage rebellion is still a thing, but in my opinion, Celeste really wasn’t that bad??

On Sam’s side of things, while this isn’t necessarily connected to his character, I feel like we missed out on a few of his experiences. For the sake of spoilers, I won’t specifically name them, but there is one scene that isn’t told through Sam’s perspective but the results are written in a message to Penny. While we do get tot his conclusion, I feel like it was important enough for us to experience it with Sam.

I did not expect some of Emergency Contact’s heaviness, as the novel deals with racism, pregnancy, drug use, and sexual assault (warning that there is a rape scene). I think Mary H.K. Choi did a nice job of delving into these topics while building Sam and Penny’s storylines.

Overall, Emergency Contact is a mature college YA novel that is perfect for quick reading and for those looking for not-so perfect protagonists.

Have you read Emergency Contact? Share in the comments!

The Accidental Bad Girl Review & Favorite Quotes

Summary: After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex, Kendall Evans is no longer known as a good girl. Kicking off senior year ostracized and friendless, she counts down the days until she can escape from her Brooklyn prep school for good. But even that opportunity is threatened when Kendall discovers that her online identity has been hacked and she’s being accused of stealing a drug dealer’s stash. If Kendall wants to save her reputation and future, she’ll have to play the bad girl that everyone thinks she is. Or the one that she’s slowly turning into.

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The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Give Me ALL the Pops: My Funko Wishlist

If I could only choose one type of bookshelf companion, it’d have to be Funko Pop!s. I’ve been collecting Funkos for the past few years, and even with a collection of 15 Pop!s and two other pieces of merch (both Harry Potter-inspired of course), I feel like I have a lot of room to grow. Even though I’m running out of room for my books. Inspired by Making Fun: The Story of Funko on Netflix, today I’ll be talking about the Funkos I’d love to add to my collection.

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Wishlist:

Luna Lovegood With Gryffindor Hat- I feel like I’ve mentioned my desire for this Funko so many times that I just need to buy it before she’s impossible to find!

Chuckie Finster- Rugrats was easily my favorite TV show as a kid, and my nostalgia is craving a Chuckie Finster Funko. Plus he’s so cute!

Riverdale Archie Andrews- While I do enjoy Riverdale to a certain extent, I wouldn’t mind adding Archie to my collection again out of nostalgia. I grew up reading the Archie comics. Whenever I would take the train home from the city, my parents would let me pick up a new issue from Hudson News.

Prisoner of Azkaban Hermione Granger – While Harry Potter makes up most of my collection, I still have yet to pick a Hermione. I’d love to pick up Prisoner of Azkaban Hermione for her time-turner.

Wonder Woman With Her Cloak- Don’t mind me as I collect all of the Wonder Woman Funkos while waiting for Wonder Woman 1984.

Hard Finds:

Rachel Green and Chandler Bing from Friends I’d love to collect all of the Friends Funkos, but I especially want Rachel and Chandler since they’re my two favorite characters. Based off of how insanely popular Friends continues to be, I think Funko would benefit from doing a second series. Friends Funkos are still available to buy from a few smaller retailers or second hand, but I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $30-$250. In some cases, that’s just for one figure!

Rory Gilmore- I feel like the Girlmore Girls Funkos recently came out (it was 2016), but they’re already so hard to find?? I’m not even the biggest Gilmore Girls fan, but I’d love to have a Rory, especially for bookstagram.

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Parks & Recreation Series 2- I remember running through my house and telling everyone when the Parks & Rec Series 1 Pop!s were announced last year. After collecting 5 Funkos from the first series, I’m more than ready for a new set. Give me Ann Perkins, Ben Wyatt, Chris Trager, Donna Regale, and Jerry/Terry/Gerry please! I’d also love a Leslie in her wedding dress, Duke Silver, and a Cones of Dunshire-inspired Ben. But please no more Lil’ Sebastian (he’s the only one outside of the Hot Topic Exclusive Jean-Ralphio & Tom that I haven’t picked up).

Brooklyn Nine-NineNow that B99 Season 6 is officially a go, can we please get some Nine-Nine Pop!s?? I need a mini Jake and Rosa in my life on my shelves.

Full House- Between Fuller House and the fact that Full House is a much-loved sitcom, I could so see Full House Funkos. I would of course need all three Tanner girls. Honestly, I think I might email Funko about Full House and Brooklyn Nine-Nine! Your girl is serious about her Pops if you couldn’t tell.

You can explore my Funko collection here.

Do you collect Funkos? What’s one Funko you’d love to add to your collection?

HELLO HIDEO: Warcross Reread & Wildcard Thoughts

Like many book nerds, Marie Lu’s Warcross was easily among my favorite 2017 reads. This new series from one of my favorite authors takes place in a futuristic society (although not far off from our own…) where people dwell in Warcross, a virtual reality game created by Hideo Tanaka. When teenage bounty hunter Emika Chen not-so accidentally glitches herself into the Warcross Championships, her life turns upside down, but maybe in the right way. Hideo offers Emika a job opportunity in Tokyo to help him solve a security issue in Warcross, and Emika finds herself in a much darker Warcross than she could have ever imagined.

I’ve been extremely fortunate enough to have the opportunity to read ARCs of Warcross and its sequel, Wildcard. I unexpectedly received Warcross from Marie Lu herself in her autographing line at Book Con 2017, and I picked up Wildcard at Book Expo 2018. If I could have only walked out at Book Expo with one book, it had to be Wildcard and I am still beyond ecstatic that I grabbed a copy at an unexpected ARC drop at Penguin (otherwise I would have gladly sat in Marie’s Wildcard line for 2+ hours that Friday). I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold off on reading Wildcard for long,so soon after Book Con, I began my Warcross reread.

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My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations: Inspired by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

If you can’t read the book, just watch the movie.

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According to the Fangirl Fury Rules of Life (it’s a thing, trust me), one must always read the book before seeing its film adaptation. Okay, so this isn’t complete mandatory for everyone (I still have to get the Rules of Life copyrighted after all), but I always try to read the book before seeing the movie. And I’ve been thinking a lot about movies after reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

A very and well-deserved hyped book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the aging Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo, as she tells her life story to a little known magazine reporter, Monique Grant. No one is more surprised than Monique herself, who is now tasked by Evelyn to write her biography. Sitting in the actress’s apartment every day, Monique listens to Evelyn talk about her past, from how she made her way to Hollywood in the 1950s through her decline in the 80s, of course including her infamous seven husbands and the forbidden love among them.

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Sweet Summer Reading: Stay Sweet Review

Summary: Working at Meade Creamery is more than just a summer job for Amelia. The ice cream stand represents a sisterhood, dating back to the WWII era when the stand first opened with an all-girl staff. It’s the place where she met her best friend, Cate, and the two can’t wait to spend their last summer before college scooping ice cream and competing for tips. As the new Head Girl, Amelia is prepared to give the girls in her charge the best summer yet. But when tragedy strikes and Molly Meade’s grand nephew comes to take over the business, Molly goes into protection mode- for the stand, her friends, and her heart.

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

 Cover Lust?: Absolutely! Simon & Schuster slays the cover design game (exhibit A and B being Morgan Matson and Jenny Han’s books), and Stay Sweet is no exception. The cover gives you the perfect image of Meade Creamery, and I love how it continues from front to back.

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