REREADING FAVORITES & SERIES: 2019 Reread Goals

Us book bloggers (okay, ME) always talk about books that we need to reread.

I am definitely someone who’s been working on her rereading over the past two years -yes, my TBR still scares me, but we’re working on our relationship. I intend to reread the following books  at some point this year, either for revisiting a favorite read or necessary for continuing a series.

FAVORITES REREADS

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Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Stay Sweet was the type of book I went in expecting to love and I thankfully did. Siobhan Vivian has become one of my favorite contemporary authors. I’m really hoping her next book comes out this year, but nevertheless, I want to revisit Stay Sweet to re-experience those ice cream and summertime feels.

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The Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, & Isla and the Happily Ever After

The Anna and the French Kiss trilogy is such a YA staple. I often reference these three book in Top Five Wednesday or recommendations posts, so I think it’s time to re-learn why I love this series so much.

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FINALS AND FANGIRL READS: April TBR

April showers means spending more time inside with ALL the books right? This April is going to be a very busy month for me academically and socially, as the spring semester of my third year of college comes to a close. Yes, I’m probably freaking out about this just as much as stressing out over the size of my TBR.

Anyway, despite my finals load this month, I’m definitely going to need some time to escape to reading! Just thinking about all the books I’ll be able to read once school is over makes me want to also plan out my May TBR!

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Bloodwitch (Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard

I devoured Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch and Windwitch this winter, so I’m excited to move on to the latest installment in the Witchlands trilogy, Bloodwitch. While I’ve seen much love for this series’ novella, Sightwitch, I’ve decided to become a bit of a test subject and read Bloodwitch without having read the novella. What can I say, I’m too impatient to reunite with Safi, Iseult and co.!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (reread)

After recently doing a mini reorganization of my book shelves, I’ve recently decided that I want to dedicate some time to rereading in 2019. I really want to remind myself why I consider certain books to be my favorites, like Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss. Your girl is of course in the mean for contemporary all the time. What better way to escape finals season then through a trip to Paris, featuring St.Clair)?

 

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IT’S A LOVE STORY: The Girl He Used to Know Review

36117813.jpgSummary (from the publisher): Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game—and his heart—to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Over the past few years, I’ve been finding myself reaching more and more for adult contemporary fiction, which led me to Tracey Garvis Graves’ upcoming release, The Girl He Used to Know. Readers who love Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid will really enjoy this sweet love story about college sweethearts, Annika and Jonathan.

The Girl He Used to Know flips between the couple’s senior year of college at the University of Illinois and their present, set ten years later. I often have a love-or-just like relationship with narratives that flip between time periods, but this style really worked for this book. I loved learning about Anna and Jonathan’s past and seeing how their history has affected their present. I admit that I enjoyed the college years a tad more than the present, mostly because I loved seeing their relationship bloom. I also loved the support of Annika’s best friend and roomie, Janice.

At its heart, The Girl He Used to Know is about Annika and Jonathan’s second chance at  first love. While Annika’s perspective takes up the majority of the chapters, I did enjoy Jonathan’s point of view as well. The book’s few romance scenes were the perfect balance of romance and relationship building, as this is Annika’s first real relationship.

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