WHERE’S MY NEW BOOKSHELF? : Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Releases

Summer calls for days spent by the pool and on the beach, catching on TV and movies, and of course, reading ALL the books. Especially some of the amazing new releases lined up for Summer 2018. The books below all come out from June through August, and I actually plan on reading all of them before summer’s end! And don’t mind me while I plan out my anticipated fall releases post– make sure you get some finger workouts in this season for all of that scrolling..

Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5)- Save the Date is hands-down my most anticipated release for this summer. I’ve grown to absolutely adore Morgan Matson’s books, and the fact that this book is about a wedding has me ready to read. This blogger LOVES Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings on TLC, and I’m loving this wedding books in June trend continue in 2018 (2017 gave us Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All). I’ve read Morgan Matson’s other books through the library, but I decided to preorder Save the Date because I know I’m going to love it and it has an awesome preorder campaign.

I’m also excited to say that I’m part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club’s blog tour for Save the Date. Look out for my review on June 8th and learn more about the tour here.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood (June 5)- It’s not summer without summer contemporaries, and The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls sounds right up my alley. I haven’t read anything by Jessica Spotswood, but I’m looking forward to picking up this book about four sisters’ summer.

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse (June 5)- The NOVL has released so many amazing books in 2018 and they have more to come, especially with The Summer of Us. The Summer of Us follows five friends’ adventure in Europe the summer before they head off to university.

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi (June 19)- As you can probably tell from above, I’m all for contemporaries in the summer and Not the Girls You’re Looking For is sure to please. This one features feminism, female friendship, and Muslim main protagonist.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (August 7)– You all probably know by now that I will read anything by Sarah J. Maas, so you know that Catwoman: Soulstealer is definitely on my TBR. Even though I may or may not know much about Catwoman. I enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman:Warbringer and Marie Lu’s Batman:Nightwalker in the DC Icon series, and I’ve found that you don’t have to know too much about the DC world to understand these books, especially since they tell the untold teenage years of our favorite superheroes.

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight #3) by Katherine Arden (August 14)– The Winter of the Witch is the third and final book in Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy. I loved The Bear and the Nightingale earlier this winter and will of course be reading The Girl in the Tower before getting to the final installment?

What books are you excited for this summer? Any of the above? Share in the comments! 

IF I WENT TO NEBRASKA: Girl Out of Water Review

Summary:Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before senior year in Santa Cruz with her surfboard and best friends constantly in tow. But when her aunt gets into a near-fatal car accident, Anise must relocate with her dad to Nebraska for the season to help care for her three younger cousins. With the ocean as her home and heart, Anise feels lost as ever in landlocked Nebraska. Especially since she’s staying in the childhood home of her runaway mom, who’s been in out and Anise’s life forever, and her friends seem to be having a great summer without her. Enter the charismatic, one-armed skateboarder, Lincoln, who challenges Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. And Anise isn’t one to step away from a challenge, even it means stepping further away from home.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

May is the official start of summer contemporary season for this reader. And I don’t know how I avoided picking up Laura Silverman’s Girl Out of Water last summer. Girl Out of Water would honestly be the title of a book following ME if you moved me from my hometown for the summer. I am very fortunate to live right on the coast, and I can’t ever wrap my mind NOT living near the water. What do people do all year in the summer then?? Lucky for me, Anise gave me a taste of what it’s like to move away from the ocean for the summer without having to do so myself.

While I don’t have Anise’s amazing surfboarding skills, or skateboarding skills, or balance skills really, I can definitely relate to her love for the ocean.

It was fun seeing Anise in her “natural habitat” in the beginning of the book, but we’re soon transported to Nebraska with Anise and her dad. While Anise isn’t exactly happy about leaving her friends and Santa Cruz for the summer, she isn’t a brat about the situation, knowing that her family needs her. And as much as I love a good beach read about the beach, it was really refreshing to read a summer contemporary that didn’t take place at the beach/pool/lake/ANYWHERE WITH WATER, REALLY. Although a certain duo do find a lake with a nice rope swing in this one…

I genuinely enjoyed Anise as our main protagonist. She cares so much for her friends and family, and the girl can eat!! I know that seems like such a random thing to like an MC for, but I can so relate to Anise’s food cravings, especially after sports practice and working out. Even though I admit that I’m a bit intimidated by a bowl of Cap’n Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Cocoa Puffs. And like I said above, Anise doesn’t mind being with her cousins for the summer, especially when a certain skateboarder by the name of Lincoln comes along. It was fun seeing Anise join in on her cousins’ skateboarding obsession. It also felt really unique, since, correct me if I’m wrong, skateboarding seems to have become a little less popular these days. Also, give me all the female characters who can surf and/or skateboard please! Just don’t make me join in. I have horrible memories of tearing up my feet and knees trying to board at a family barbecue. Shoes probably would have helped though.. and balance…

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I enjoyed Lincoln as Anise’s friend and yes, love interest. Laura Silverman provides great representation and never limits what Lincoln can do. After all, he is the best skateboarder in the book. I think Anise wouldn’t argue with that one, but surfboarding on the other hand… He really helps Anise break out of her Santa Cruz shell , and he shows her “the beauty” within life in Nebraska. Honestly, Lincoln showed me that Nebraska isn’t just a bunch of cornfields and grass. It was also fun to see him and his brother help Anise and her cousins and break Anise out of her homesickness.

While I understand Anise’s guilt about not constantly staying in touch with her friends back home, her friends needed to give her a break, especially at the end! If you spent every day constantly taking care of three kids and finally got time to yourself, you wouldn’t be exactly be in the mood to talk when given some kids-free time either (take it from a fellow ocean girl with plenty of babysitting experience). All you want to do is kick back up with a good book, and for Anise, it’s The Office and cheesy mystery novels.

Overall, I loved Girl Out of Water for its unique summery contemporary vibes. There’s family, friendship, romance, self-discovery, and plenty of beach time and skateboarding for all.

Have you read Girl Out of Water? Do you enjoy summer contemporaries? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday:Authors I Need More From

I almost always end my book reviews saying that I’m looking forward to more books from that specific author. Well, today is the perfect opportunity for me to keep wishing and hoping!

Today’s Top Five Wednesday Rewind post from April 2017 is all about authors who I’m craving to add to my TBR. These authors have not necessarily announced that they are coming out with new books soon, but this reader can only hope they do!

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Francesca Zappia- I think it’s say to safe that I need another Francesca Zappia book in my life *turns back to 80+ book TBR*. Eliza and Her Monsters was one of my favorite books of 2017- ANYONE WHO GIVES ME FANGIRL FEELS BECOMES A FAVORITE WRITER OF MINE- and I really enjoyed Made You Up last summer.

Sarah Dessen- Yes, Sarah Dessen has plenty of books out, but the contemporary reader that I am has obviously read all of the Queen of YA Contemporary’s books already. Since Sarah doesn’t have a new book coming out this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if she has something up her sleeve for 2019.

Ruta Sepetys- Okay, so I know Ruta Sepetys does have a book in-progress (I believe it has something to do with 1930s Spain) and has been working on the adaptation of Between Shades of Gray, Ashes in the Snow. She also does a ton of appearances, and she’s such an amazing speaker along with being an amazing writer. I would love a new book from my favorite historical fiction author soon.

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Emery Lord- Again, I’m cheating but I went on a bit of an Emery Lord kick last summer and I am craving a new book from one of my favorite contemporary authors. Sidenote that if you’re craving a summery contemporary, The Names They Gave Us is the perfect way to go (just grab some tissues with your beach towel). The Map From Here to There, the sequel to The Start of Me and You, is slated to come out next year, and I am so excited to reunite with one of my fictional boyfriends, Max Watson. However, I do still have one more book of her’s to read, Open Road Summer.

Becky Albertalli- Yes, I know that Becky does have another book coming out this year, What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. However, after reading Leah On the Offbeat, I would love another book in the Simonverse from her! You guys know that I love college YA, and now that most of our Simon characters are in college, I think it’d be fun to follow one of their adventures there. Or maybe a school break where the gang is all back together?? It’d also be really cool if she maybe wrote from the perspective of a character from The Upside of Unrequited (I need more Reid in my life).

Who are some authors that you would love to get a new book from? Share in the comments!

Book Con Survival Guide for the Best Weekend

If you’ve been around Fangirl Fury for a while, you know that I can work Book Con into any bookish conversation. The land of all the books, Book Con is an annual book convention held in New York City at the Javits Center- sorry for my Midwest readers, but this fangirl never wants the convention to move back to Chicago, please. I attended Book Con in 2015 and 2017, so 2018 will be my third time attending the convention, but only my second time going for both Saturday and Sunday.

Since I consider Book Con to be one of the best weekends of the year, I want to help you make Book Con your favorite weekend too! Even if you’re not attending Book Con, these tips can also be applied to other conventions and bookish events!

 

Plan ahead and stay organized- The Book Con schedule is typically available on its website and app a month before and is updated leading up to and during the convention. In general, the schedule includes autographing sessions (both in the autographing area and in-booth), panels, meet-and-greets, and new for 2018, writing workshops.

I highly recommend planning out what events you’d like to attend BEFORE going to Book Con. It may not include every thing you’ll want to do over the weekend (the Publishers Weekly guide available the morning of each day usually includes book-drops and events that aren’t in the online schedule), but I HIGHLY recommend having back-ups in case a line gets capped for an event.

You can use My Show through thebookcon.com and the Book Con app to keep track of both the convention schedule and your personal schedule on your devices. I also recommend creating a printed version of your schedule. I know a lot of people use Excel to create their schedule, and last year, I used Word for mine. I kept track of the events I knew I was definitely attending (the autographing sessions in the autographing area) and in-booth events that I wanted to attend. I brought three copies to the convention, two for me and one for my mom, my Book Con buddy. I also recommend bringing a pen so you can check off or add events.

Wear comfy shoes and clothes– By all means feel free to dress up to meet your favorite authors or even cosplay- there were so many awesome Six of Crows cosplays last year! But whatever you choose to wear, make sure it’s something that you’ll feel comfortable wearing and walking around in ALL DAY. For me, sneakers are definitely a must—Book Con requires A LOT of walking and A LOT of standing (although you’ll be able to sit in some lines). Last year, I wore sneakers, capris, and a t-shirt each day-there’s no better time to show off your Harry Potter and Hamilton gear. I also make sure to have extra hair-ties in my bag.

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Bring a tote bag or backpack- Speaking of bags, make sure you bring at least one tote bag (think beach bag size) or backpack with you. Publishers do an awesome job of handing out tote bags, but you’ll want to make sure that you have something to put all your books and bookish swag in! And in my experience, I’ve needed at least 2 bags by the end of each day to hold all my stuff! Book Con does provide a Coat Check/bag area, but I’ve personally never used this service. I bring a backpack to the convention, with a tote bag stored inside. Going back to dress attire, it’s also important to remember that you will be carrying stuff all day when planning your outfit.

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This was my Saturday 2017 haul!

If possible, have a Book Con buddy– I know this isn’t possible for everyone, but going to Book Con with a friend or meeting with someone at the convention can make the convention a bit more stress-free. I’ve attended Book Con every year with my mom, who’s also my ultimate reading buddy. We make a mother-daughter weekend out of it, and it’s fun getting to travel and wait in line before/during the show together. While my mom does attend events for herself and my bookish sister, she’ll also go to book-drops for me if I’m at another event.

Bring snacks and drinks– When you’re carrying books around all day, you’re going to need some food! In my trusty backpack, I pack snacks and drinks, like water bottles, granola bars, and fruit. I typically snack in line before the show floor opens and in line for signings.

Don’t be afraid to make some time in your schedule for lunch. While you can totally pack your lunch too, my mom and I grab food from the Javits Center if we decide to break for lunch that day. We took a half hour for lunch on Saturday last year, since we stayed at the convention until 5, but we skipped on lunch on Sunday, since we planned and did leave before 3. And yes, lunch at the Javits can be a bit pricey (I think it was $30 for my mom and I to eat), but you can never go wrong with chicken fingers.

Bring cash– While the Book Con/ReedPOP, the Strand (they provide books available for purchase at most autographing sessions), and the cafeteria definitely take credit, some booths may only take cash. ­­You don’t necessarily need to spend money at the convention, but in the past, I’ve spent money on autographing sessions that require a book purchase, lunch, Book Con merch, and at other booths.

Make sure to give yourself some time to explore the show floor, including its many vendors! The Strand typically has a big booth set up with their own merch, and this year I’m on the hunt for some new book sleeves and bookish candles.

Take the dust jackets off your books– If you’re bringing books from home to be signed and they’re hardcovers, leave the dust jackets at home! Obviously book sleeves can avoid damage to jackets, but give yourself a bit more peace of mind by avoiding wear-n-tear in your bags.

It’s not necessary to arrive at the crack of dawn– While the show floor does not open until 10AM each day, I believe the Javits Center opens for lining up between 6 AM or 7 AM. By all means you are welcome to arrive at Book Con as early as you want and yes the earlier you get there, the sooner you’ll get on the show floor at that 10AM start. If there’s an event at 10 AM that your bookish self MUST attend or really want to attend, it’d be a bit more advantageous of you to get in line sooner rather than later. But you don’t need to be one of the first in line at Book Con to have a good time. I typically get to the convention around 8:30 AM and I’m usually on the show floor by 10:10.

And for those of you who want to attend events at 10 AM before they’re capped, it is possible to attend them without being first in line. For example, in 2015, Rainbow Rowell had a Q&A and signing event scheduled later in the day, but in order to attend the event, you had to buy a copy of Fangirl from Macmillan starting at 10 AM. While I was not the first in line for getting on the show floor and even at Macmillan (I probably didn’t get on the show floor and figure out where I was until at least 10:15), I was still able to get a ticket.

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Have fun– I know it sounds cheesey, but have fun being your best bookish self at the convention dedicated to books! I admit that it’s easy to get stressed out over fear of not getting to attend certain panels or signings but just remember to breathe and stay optimistic! And it’s okay if everything doesn’t go to plan; I promise you’ll come home with some great books and a great experience no matter what. Remember to keep a smile on your face and be nice to others. I myself have stressed about getting certain books or ARCS. While it may be disappointing to walk away from the convention without your most coveted ARC, remember that you’ll be able to have a nice, shiny, finished copy soon!

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I’m very excited to announce that I will be also attending Book Expo for the first time ever this year! It’s honestly been one of my bookish dreams to attend Book Expo, and I cannot wait for these four bookish days!!

If you want more of an idea how much you can do in a day at Book Con, check out these posts about my Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Are you attending Book Con this year? What are some of your convention tips? Share in the comments!

A Court of GIVE ME MORE: A Court of Frost & Starlight Review

Welcome back to the Night Court, reader darling.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is the first novella and fourth installment in Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. ACOFAS acts as a tie-in to the upcoming books in the series, and follows the Night Court’s first Winter Solstice together after the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin.

While there was some confusion over if ACOFAS was technically the fourth book or just a novella (after all SJM’s Tower of Dawn was supposed to originally be a novella…), the size of ACOFAS alone indicates novella status for SJM! Not including the sneak peek, ACOFAS clocks in at 229 pages, which is pretty short in the ACOTAR world—ACOWAR was 699 pages itself. Despite everyone talking about its length on bookstagram (*insert angst about my copy not coming until 6 days after release date when I preordered it back in February HERE), even I was shocked by its size! However, I have now have plenty of room to give it in a home (aka squeeze it amongst my SJM books) on my shelf.

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There will be spoilers for ACOFAS and the series overall in this review. However, before I jump into spoilers, here’s some non-spoilerly info about ACOFAS.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Cover Lust?: This is my second favorite Feyre dress, right after the gorgeousness that is Charlie Bowater’s dress on the A Court of Wings and Ruin cover. However, the detailing on ACOFAS’s cover, aka Charlie’s border, blows the other three books to shreds (those poor Illyrian babies). Before ACOFAS was in my hands, I didn’t understand why everyone was freaking out over the border. But when I opened up my Barnes and Noble package and saw ACOFAS staring back at me, the border is the first thing that popped out! Reminder to never ever doubt anything that Charlie Bowater creates (how did I in the first place??).

Is it necessary to read ACOFAS to read the upcoming ACOTAR books? Obviously, we don’t have any of the latter books just yet, but I’d say that it is necessary to read ACOFAS to continue on with the series. Based on the sneak peak at the end of ACOFAS, the slight plot development and character mindsets in the novella are necessary for going into the next book. And if you’re a Feysand fan, it seems that ACOFAS is the last time we’ll be getting first-person POVs from Rhysand and Feyre. I’ll let you find out if ACOFAS is the last time we’ll also be seeing them in this series…

Spoilers will start below, so goodbye non-spoiler people, courtesy of Ben Wyatt in his own fantasy realm:

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As you may expect from this massive Sarah J. Maas fan (puns and rhyming can be fun for English majors, okay?), I really enjoyed ACOFAS. It was just fun to be back with the Night Court. While my best friend and I thought that ACOFAS would be one giant Friends episode, there is a decent amount of plot and character exploration. I know that’s not an ordinary term to use, but ACOFAS reveals a lot about our characters post-war. While we primarily get Feyre’s perspective, we do get first-person POV from Rhysand and third-person POV from Cassian, Mor, and Nesta. I didn’t mind having these latter three perspectives, but it did feel sort’ve out of place at times since they were third person POV.

But no worries, there are quite a few Friends moments in ACOFAS, snowball fights and family dinners included.

And apologies to all who only have eyes for Rhysand, but Cassian is the true fictional bae of this series (even though I wouldn’t have minded a spinoff following the mysterious Azriel either). As per usual, Cassian has so many funny moments, especially when it came to Amren and her um, snowy, appearance:

“Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked-

‘You look lie an angry snowball,’ Cassian said.” (101)

BUT LET’S NOT FORGET THAT THIS ANGRY SNOWBALL ALSO ENJOYS FINE JEWELS AND PUZZLES:

“I took a seat across from her at the long, dark wood table, examining the half-finished puzzle of what seemed to be some sort of autumnal pastoral. ‘A new hobby of yours?’

‘Without that odious Book to decipher, I’ve found I miss such things.’ Another piece snapped into place. ‘This is my fifth this week.’ ” (140).

I also enjoyed exploring Rhysand and Feyre’s life together as High Lord and High Lady, even in some of its mundaneness. Honestly, I didn’t realize how much I’d forgotten about ACOWAR/ the war (I spent way too much time than I should have trying to remember who Jurian was), so I enjoyed the moments where the two are shopping in Velaris or discussing their future. I’m sort’ve happy to SJM didn’t try to jam pack Feyre and Rhysand’s happily ever after in this installment—we don’t know if a mini Feyre or Rhysand are on the way. I think it would’ve been giving fans too much of what we want right away, and now there’s plenty of opportunity to do so with the focus of the upcoming books…

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But I am also here to admit that like my A Court of Wings and Ruin feels, A Court of Frost and Starlight is not perfect. Maybe it’s my fault for not really refreshing on ACOWAR beforehand, but I forgot so much of what happened regarding the war. I couldn’t have told you who Jurian and Vassa were before I read an ACOWAR recap, and I’m still a bit confused about the whole Tamlin and his borders thing and the possible revolt from the Illyrian army??

And yes, while the point of ACOFAS being a novella is that there’s not enough story for a whole book, but I wish that the sneak peek for ACOTAR #4 would have been included in it. The sneak peak is not included in ACOFAS’s 229 pages, instead taking up 30 or so pages  after the novella. I think I just didn’t like how separate it is from the novella, and its two chapters could have worked well within the novella. But then again, these are probably the first two chapters in ACOTAR #4., which follows… NESTA AND CASSIAN!! While I am still shipping Azriel and Elain and wouldn’t mind a story all about them, I AM SO HERE FOR CESTA OR NESSIAN OR WHATEVER WE ARE CALLING THIS THING.

I really wouldn’t have expected the spin-offs to follow this duo or anyone in the Night Court at all! I thought it would be following other High Court members or explore more of the ACOTAR gods, like Drakon and Miryam. Nesta and Cassian were my favorite ship in ACOWAR and I’m really excited to explore them as characters and their relationship.

Overall, I enjoyed ACOFAS for reuniting us with the Night Court, and yes, the sneak peek did make me excited for this series to continue on

Have you read A Court of Frost and Starlight? Are you excited for the upcoming books? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Current Non-Bookish Favorites

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In honor of Top Five Wednesday Rewind Month, my T5W topic for today is a throwback to February 2017. It may be bit of a surprise but I do have interests outside of books… for the most part. While reading is my #1 hobby way of life, you won’t always find me lost in the books. I love watching monthly favorites videos on Youtube, so it ‘ll be fun to channel my inner lifestyle blogger today.

Coach- Many thanks to my mom to giving me this obsession, but Coach is hands-down my favorite brand when it comes to bags. Being that Coach can be a bit on the pricey (but considerably low side for designer) side and I live that #brokecollege student life, the two bags below have both been treat yo ‘self gifts that I bought both at my local Coach outlet. I also don’t mind putting out a bit more money for Coach because I know the bags will last for a very long time. I’ve been using the tote to hold my laptop and personal items when I go to my internship, and the cross-body has been my go-to bag for city trips and days out with friends. I’ve also found that both bags compliment almost any outfit!

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine- B99 has easily become a 2018 favorite overall because it’s made my Parks & Rec heart so happy. The humor is so reminiscent of my all-time favorite show, but the cast and various storylines obviously give it there own fun & unique take. Plus who isn’t obsessed with the “I Want It That Way” cold open?? I’m currently watching Season 4, and I’m hoping to watch Season 5 on demand soon. The show just gets better and better with each season, which why, like many (inlcluding Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Hamil), I’m super disappointed that Fox is cancelling the show. Based on fans’ outrage on Twitter and love for the show overall, I hope that Hulu or Netflix come in to save the day! If you’re interested in learning more about B99, I have a discussion post on Season 1.

AND UPDATE: I am now all caught up with Season 5 (I can’t believe the finale is this week), and I am so happy that the show will be officially joining the Schur-verse, as NBC picked up Season 6!

Morphe 25B Eyeshadow Palette- I’m not a makeup guru in the least bit. I didn’t really start wearing makeup until the end of my senior year of high school because I wanted to wear some for prom, and even today, I really only put it on when I go to one of my internships. My “rountine” is simply concealer (if needed), eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Eyeshadow is definitely my favorite and palettes are slowly becoming an obsession of mine-thank my sister for that one!

Since Christmas, I’ve been loving the Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow palette. It has a variety of shades (is that the right word??) that I can use for going to the office or going out to dinner with friends.

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More Zoella- Another 2018 favorite, I’ve been loving how active Zoe’s been on MoreZoella this year. Her NYC vlogs have been among my favorites of hers, since I recognize so many of the spots she visited. It’s also been really cool to see her progress on her new book, Cordially Invited.

Gel nails- Ooo look at me go with another beauty favorite! This is probably a bit of a random favorite (I was originally going to talk about my new book sleeve, but sticking to the prompt!), but I got my first gel manicure two weeks ago and I’ve been loving it! I only had one nail chip after the first week, but other than that,the polish has stayed on really well.

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I’ve been considering adding more lifestyle-type posts to the blog, so let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in!

What are some of your current non-bookish favorites? Share in the comments!

Leah on the Offbeat Review ft. Unique Blogger Award

Summary: When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

 Leah on the Offbeat was on my TBR for quite awhile and all of the hype on bookstagram around its release date made me put it on hold from the library immediately! Not to mention my need for anything Simon-related after seeing and falling in love with Love, Simon back in March.

I read Leah on the Offbeat in less than two days because I didn’t want to part with Leah and the gang. It was fun being back in the Simonverse (I loved the nods to The Upside of Unrequited cast), as everyone prepares for prom and college. As typical per senior year, some drama ensues, but Becky Albertalli provides serious and great decision on race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. Leah’s family isn’t as well-off as her friends are, and it felt quite real when Leah talked about money and how she was set to go to the college that offered her the most financial aid. I loved Leah’s mom, and unlike some YA parents, she really knew who her daughter was and did her best to help her. And even Wells/ Prince William wasn’t as bad as Leah makes him out to be.

As per usual of Becky Albertalli, I love all of the pop cultural references aka Harry Potter.  I loved Leah’s Slytherin jokes and it was so much fun to see Abby join in on the HP love with Abby and Simon as she reads the series for the first time. And Leah definitely has a fangirl worthy wardrobe, with her space dress and Hogwarts cardigan (even though her descriptions of Abby’s clothing had me wanting to go through her wardrobe!).

I was just disappointed that Leah doesn’t come out to Simon and her friends until the very end of the book. And yes, it’s quite a cute moment when it come across the Leah is indeed bisexual, but if there’s anyone that Leah could have had a conversation with about her sexuality and crush, it’s Simon. However, I understand that Leah didn’t need to come out to anyone if she didn’t want to, and there would have been some awkwardness with some of the crushes and relationships in the friend group. But I also never really felt chemistry between Leah and her crush so….

Overall, I enjoyed Leah on the Offbeat for reuniting us with the Simonverse and for its unique first person perspective. I’m looking forward to Becky and Adam Silvera’s What if It’s Us this fall!

Have you read Leah on the Offbeat? Share in the comments!

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Since Leah is a unique protagonist, I figured today would be the perfect time for me to do the Unique Blogger Award. I was nominated to answer the following questions by the lovely Rebecca of bookishlyrebecca.

What’s one movie you’d love to see adapted into a novel?

This is actually a pretty hard question for me because so many of the movies I love are based off books to begin with! I absolutely love the movie, New Year’s Eve, and I think it could make for a fun short story collection.

What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas. This sounds super cheesey, but I love Christmas not just for the presents (your girl loves some Barnes and Noble gift cards), but more for the cozy and excited vibes of the season. Christmas movies, baking, reading with a mug of hot chocolate in comfy pajamas, good food, family, shopping, just the joy overall!

Who is your current favorite blogger or someone whose posts you always look forward to reading?

Lately, I’ve been really looking forward to Literary Sea’s content both on her blog and Instagram!