My Saturday at Book Con 2018

My favorite weekend of the year has already passed us by, Book Con 2018. The land of all things bookish, Book Con 2018 was my third year of attending the convention, with my mom of course being my convention buddy. I obviously love this weekend because I get to meet my favorite authors and pick up some books, but also because I get to spend it with my mom.

I admit that I went into Book Con a bit more casual than I usually do- don’t worry, I still brought spreadsheets for both of us- largely because of Book Expo, where I was able to pick up 25 books within those two days. Additionally, as I was planning my Book Con schedule over the two weeks prior to the convention, I was a bit dismayed at a few publishers’ schedules. I picked up so many of my most anticipated books last year, but I found that many publishers did less ARC signings and giveaways this year, or at least publicized them less on social media. I think this largely has to do with the madness over some books in 2017 (the line for Warcross took up the main aisle of the show floor, while Wonder Woman: Warbringer drew a stampede), and unfortunately, the ILLEGAL selling of ARCs online.


However, I did have a few events that I wanted to get to on Saturday. My mom and I arrived at the Javits Center around 8:45, and on both days, everyone was allowed access to the show floor before 10. In my opinion, this was a good idea so people who wanted to attend events at 10 and 10:30 had some extra time to line up. I first stopped at Scholastic to grab a finished copy of Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West (I finally have no excuse to read my first Kasie West book!), and then went to Hachette for the 10:30 signing of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. While in line, a girl in front of me kindly gave me her extra copy of Rule by Ellen Goodlett! It was cool meeting Natasha Ngan, who told me this was her first Book Con and her first time in New York City. While meeting her, my mom went to Kevin Kwan’s signing of Crazy Rich Asians. It was a fun experience for mom, who laughed at loud while reading this trilogy, and she got the book personalized to me.

After Natasha Ngan’s signing, I went to Epic Reads for their 12 PM ARC drop. I knew I had to get there at least an hour advance, since everyone at both Book Expo and Book Con had their hearts set on Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us. Epic Reads gave out tickets for the event at 11, which caused a mini stampede and a lot of angry people who had been waiting in line, but I was able to score a ticket. I stayed at Epic Reads until the drop, where I met two awesome people in line, Maddie and Lincy. Maddie was super sweet (she posted a fun Book Con vlog), and I gave her my Morgan Matson signing ticket, since I already had a review copy of Save the Date and wasn’t planning on staying at Book Con until 5. Lincy was also awesome, and she’s the co-founder of a new bookish app called Book Sloth! She gave me a Book Sloth sticker, which has already found a home on my laptop case.

At the Epic Reads event, they were dropping 4 ARCs and you had to play Plinko Ball to decide what ARC you received. The ARCs included Pride by Ibi Zoiboi, Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, and What If It’s Us. I won Sawkill Girls, which I’m really happy about due to the amount of hype surround Claire’s Furyborn. During this drop, my mom was again super awesome by going to Harlequin Teen and getting me a finished copy of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.


I then wandered the showfloor for a bit, and I picked up some swag, including a Penguin Teen t-shirt for being an email subscriber and a Renegades by Marissa Meyer poster. My mom also picked up an Alex and Eliza pin for me, which is easily one of my favorite things from Book Con this year! I really didn’t have anything else planned for the day and some of the giveaways, especially at Epic Reads, Fierce Reads and Penguin, seemed too crazy to me. Meeting up with my mom, we decided to end our day a bit early around 1 and rest up for a longer day on Sunday.


Did you attend Book Con? What’s one book you’re looking forward to in 2018 or 2019? Share in the comments!

Weddings & Waffles: Save the Date Review

Summary: Charlie Grant’s sister is getting married this weekend at the Grant family home, and much to Charlie’s excitement, it’ll be the first time in a long time that she’s reunited with her four older siblings. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend together before the house is sold and the last Grant is off to college in the fall. But Charlie’s perfect weekend is shaping up to be a disaster.

Well for starters, there’s the unexpected dog with a thing for howling, an alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

With one mini disaster piling up on one another over the course of three chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she’s ever imagined about her family and realize that keeping up with the past doesn’t make for keeping up with the future.

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Morgan Matson’s Save the Date was easily my most anticipated read for Summer 2018. I truly believe that it’s not summer without a Morgan Matson book (2017 sent me looking for rereads), and Save the Date was here to save the day with a story about one family’s crazy wedding weekend! After loving Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All and being the Say Yes to the Dress fan that I am, I was more than ready for a wedding-inspired book from another favorite contemporary author. 

If you haven’t gotten sick of the word ‘wedding’ yet, then never fear because I loved the emphasis on Linnie’s wedding through the entire book. Save the Date is separated into three major sections, highlighting the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Grants’ wedding weekend. It was fun to see Charlie constantly save the DAY time and time again, with the adorable Bill at her side. Not to of course take any of the spotlight away from Waffles, the Grant’s temporary dog in promotion for the ending of Eleanor’s comic strip. Grant Central Station was another unexpected aspect of Save the Date to me, but I loved seeing the Grants come to cartoonish life through the strips from Eleanor/Eric Sailer.

And never fear Morgan Matson fans, because there are plenty of references to Morgan’s past books in Save the Date! All of Morgan’s book have something to do with Stanwich, Connecticut, and in this case, Stanwich is the home of the Grants and their last minute wedding to-dos. Along the way, we also get to see a few characters from The Unexpected Everything and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. And how could we forget Captain Pizza or Indoor Xtreme or Mogran’s latest addition, Swift Tailors?? While we don’t get to spend too much time with her, I really enjoyed Charlie’s best friend, Siobhan, who I want to say is named after fellow YA author, Siobhan Vivian.

If you enjoyed Morgan’s The Unexpected Everything and Second Chance Summer for its focus on family, you’ll love Save the Date for all the time we get to spend with the Grants. Above all, this book is truly about family, as we see the Grants through good, bad, and straight-up crazy times. I absolutely loved the Grants’ banter, and I’ll be the first to admit that J.J.’s humor stole the show for me (even though we all know that Waffles is the true star). And no worries, like Morgan’s other books, the ending of Save the Date left me with tears in my eyes and starting my countdown until another Morgan Matson book!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club  for selecting me to participate in this tour!

About Morgan Matson 

Morgan Matson_credit Gina Stock_previewMorgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, but halfway through a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children from The New school and worked as an editor for YA novels. She received a second M.F.A. (for reasons that made sense at the time) in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her novels have been translated into dozens of languages, and published all over the world.

Morgan’s first novel, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, was inspired by her love of road trips, snacks, and the quest for the perfect playlist. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

Her second novel, Second Chance Summer, was inspired by her experiences spending summers in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. It was the winner of the California Book Award (YA category) and was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults List, selected for the Oklahoma Sequoya List, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book.

Her third novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, was published in 2014, and was a Publisher’s Weekly and international bestseller. It was named to the YALSA Teens Top Ten list, and the Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award List.

Morgan’s fourth novel, The Unexpected Everything, was published May 3rd, 2016.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Murphy.

Tour Schedule

June 4th

June 5th

Aimee, Always– Q&A and Creative Option

June 6th

The Readers Den– Review

June 7th

Andi’s ABCs– Creative Option
Latte Nights Reviews– Review & Favorite Quotes
JustAddAWord– Review & Book Aesthetics

June 8th

Fangirl Fury– Review
The Book Slayer– Review & Favorite Quotes

June 11th

June 12th

June 13th

Never Too Many To Read– Creative Option

June 14th

My Thoughts Literally– Review & Favorite Quotes
Vicky Who Reads– Review

June 15th

JennReneeRead– Review
The Book Nut– Review & Playlist
A Perfection Called Books– Review


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What’s your favorite Morgan Matson book? Are you excited to read Save the Date? Share in the comments!

My Friday at Book Expo 2018

Now that it’s summer, I spend most Friday mornings waking up around nine o’clock, a book or two within reach. Last Friday, however, was a bit different, as I was making my way into the Javits Center for the last day of my first Book Expo.

I considered making my first stop of the day at Little Brown for an ARC drop of Dear Evan Hansen, but I figured since I wasn’t one of the first on the show floor, I wouldn’t be able to grab a copy. Instead, I went to Scholastic, where I was able to pick up their 20th Anniversary Harry Potter tote bag.  I did make my way to Little Brown to witness the mob pit for Dear Evan Hansen, where I decided that I liked my arms and legs enough to just wait for the book to come out in October. But never fear, because my first stampede of the day wasn’t too far away…

I ended up staying at Little Brown, where I met up with Mikayla from The Book Insturments and lined up for a swag giveaway for Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares and Holly Black’s The Wicked King. There was a lot of confusion over if the books were being dropped there, and a few of Hachette employees had to clear up that this was not a book drop. Luckily for Mikalya, a few other bloggers, and I, one of Hachette’s employees revealed that yes, none of the books were available then, but there was going to be a secret password giveaway for The Wicked King around 10 AM. We decided to linger around the booth to see if he held correct, and while we waited, I picked up People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins.

And sure enough at 10 AM, the NOVL revealed the password to receive The Wicked King. Over 100 people stormed the booth, pushing in full force (at one point, I think I grabbed on to someone’s backpack just so I could stay upright), and after being told to form a single line, I ended getting a copy of the book that remained hidden in my bag for the rest of the day.

After The Wicked King madness, I made a few smaller stops before my longer waits of the day. I went to Fierce Reads and picked up Unclaimable Baggage by Jen Doll, Owlcrate, where I won Anna and the French Kiss-inspired tea, and Bloomsbury, where I received The Girl King by Mimi Yu. I then went to Adele Griffin’s signing for Tell Me No Lies, and after I took a break to grab lunch.


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My Thursday at Book Expo 2018

I, Haley of Fangirl Fury, fiercely loyal Hufflepuff, Pawnee Ranger, honorary member of the Terrasen Army, reader, blogger, and lover of ‘90s movies, am now officially a Book Expo slayer. In other words, 2018 marks the first year that I have ever attended Book Expo. Thanks to Booktube and many of your lovely blogs, Book Expo has always been my #1 bookish dream and I was beyond fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the convention this year. Today, I’ll be walking you through my first day at Book Expo, and my experience posts for Friday and Book Con will be coming to a Fangirl Fury near you soon. You can see my full haul from all four days here.

Held at the Javits Centers in New York City, I made my way into the convention’s Crystal Palace (aka main lobby) around 9:30. My first stop was at the Fierce Reads booth for a sampler of Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars. I’m usually not one for samplers, but like the Language of Thorns sampler, King of Scars was too beautiful to pass up!king-of-scars.jpg

My first stop on the show floor was at the Owlcrate booth, where I realized one of the differences between Book Expo and Book Con. At Book Con, the line for Owlcrate’s spin wheel giveaways can wrap through multiple passageways and often includes anywhere from a fifteen minute to an hour wait. When I got to Owlcrate at Book Expo, there were maybe 5 PEOPLE ahead of me in line for the spin wheel give away. I won a finished copy of Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, which I’m super excited to have because it’s my favorite Albertalli book and I had borrowed it from the library. After, I went back to Fierce Reads for a giveaway and received an ARC of Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu.

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TIME FOR A NEW SHELF: Book Expo & Book Con Haul

If I order one or eleven new book shelves from IKEA this week, there’s only one thing to blame: Book Expo and Book Con 2018. Can you really blame this reader for coming home with 38 books??

For the sake of this post not taking over your screen for 74 years, I’ve decided to break down my haul day-by-day And never fear, I’ll be posting experience posts for Book Expo and Book Con over the next two weeks. While getting 30+ books may seem contrary, I was strict with myself and only picked up books that I genuinely see myself reading and enjoying.TRUST ME GUYS, THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY AMAZING BOOKS THAT ARE COMING OUT THE REST OF 2018 AND THE START OF 2019 THAT YOU NEED TO READ!

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What I Want to Read NOW:Wildcard by Marie Lu, Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman, The War Outside by Monica Hesse, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, and Check , Please by Ngozi Ukazu.

Book Expo Day 2 (Friday)


What I Want to Read NOW:Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, The Wicked King by Holly Black, A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen (not pictured because post Book Con-tiredness & forgetfulness), and The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Book Con Day 1 (Saturday)


What I Want to Read NOW:Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, and Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand.

Book Con Day 2 (Sunday)


What I Want to Read NOW: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik



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Did you attend Book Expo or Book Con? What 2018 or 2019 release do you need immediately?? Share in the comments!

Reading, Writing, & More Reading: May 2018 Wrap Up

May fortunately brought plenty of books, bookish happenings, and some of my all-time favorite blog posts! I’ve been officially done with my sophomore year of college for about 4 weeks now, so it’s been really fun to devote more time to all the bloggish things and of course, reading.


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli | 4/5 Stars

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman | 3.5/5 Stars

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman | 5/5 Stars

A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | 4.5/5 Stars

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella | 3.5/5 Stars

the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace | 3/5 Stars

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 5/5 Stars

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 4/5 Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 Stars

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith | 5/5 Stars

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian | 5/5 Stars

I’m happy to have read 11 books this month. I did find some new favorites this month, including Girl Out of WaterThe Way You Make Me Feel, and Stay Sweet. It was also fun to jump back into the ACOTAR world with ACOFAS. While I didn’t dislike any of the above books, I admit that I was let down by a few. For example, I had trouble connecting to Gayle Forman’s I Have Lost My Way and I found myself dragging through Obsidio a bit. However, I’m still happy about this reading month, especially since I read a lot of books that have been sitting on my TBR!


A Quiet Place- It’s an understatement to say that I am not a scary movie fan. Give me all the movies with Reese Witherspoon or Julia Roberts, please. However, my sister, a big horror movie fan, and Twitter as always convinced me to go see A Quiet Place. I can now officially say that I have a favorite scary movie because I loved this one! While it was scary, I’d classify A Quiet Place as suspenseful instead. I loved the use of sound and the cast, as expected with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski alone, was phenomenal.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine S3-5- As you might be able to tell from what I read, coming home for the summer allowed me to reunite with my local library. This meant that I could finally borrow seasons 3 and 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and continue on watching one of my new favorite TV shows. I am now all caught up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (yes, the wedding was adorable, but why isn’t anyone talking about Holt’s cliffhanger), and I am so excited for this show to continue on NBC!



Empire of My Tears: Empire of Storms Reread Discussion

College YA Meets 90s TV: Finding Felicity 

Tower of Feels: Tower of Dawn Review

Leah on the Offbeat Review ft. Unique Blogger Award


If I Went to Nebraska: Girl Out of Water

The Way I Love This Book: The Way You Make Me Feel

Top Five Wednesday

Making My TBR Bigger

Current Non-Bookish Favorites

Authors I Need More From

Books as Summer Events 

Other Fangirl Fury Writings

Escaping the Hype: How to Find Non-Blog Book Reccomendations

Monthly Reccomendations: BookTube Made Me Do It

I’m a Moody Reader and Proud: Monthly TBR Discussion

Book Con Survival Guide for the Best Weekend

Where’s My New Bookshelf? Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Releases

My Beach TBR

I had the pleasure of writing a guest post over at Literary Sea this month! Jeanine and I are both huge SJM fans, so it was fun to talk about Throne of Glass on her blog:

BUT THEY’RE ALL MY FAVORITE: Throne of Glass Ranking


Sarah J. Maas’s first adult fantasy series-It seems that 2019 is going to be another amazing year for SJM and her fans, as Sarah will be coming out with her first adult fantasy book in a new series, Crescent City. One of my best bookish friends and I will read anything SJM writes, and you better believe we were both freaking out with this news. We actually both sent each other SJM’s announcement post around the same time before having the following conversation:IMG_5574

I bought my first book sleeve- Since I’m doing a bit of traveling/commuting this summer and you know that this reader never goes anywhere without a book, I figured it was time to get my first book sleeve. I live in fear of damaging my books in my bags, especially when I was moving out of my dorm this year, so I already love the added protection of book sleeves. I ordered mine on Amazon (I quickly fell in love with this fox and floral print), and it holds “average” and even some XL size books. Gettingbookish candles and pillows is definitely next on my bookish swag list, and I definitely want to check out more sleeves from Book Beau and other retailers at Book Expo and Book Con.


Book Expo and Book Con 2018- Speaking of Book Expo & Book Con, it’s highly likely that as you’re reading this post, I’m running around one out of these conventions. This week I’ll be attending my third Book Con and my first-ever Book Expo! Book Con is truly one of my favorite weekends of the year, and I’m fulfilling one of my bookish dreams by getting to attend Book Expo. Expect experience posts within the next two weeks! If you’re attending Book Con or any conventions this summer, be sure to check out my survival guide above!


What did you read or watch this month? What are your bookish plans for the summer? Share in the comments!