Top Five Wednesday: Most Anticipated 2018 Movies


I’ve recently realized that 2018 is THE year of movie releases.There’s so many book-to-movie adaptations (especially YA), my childhood is returning to the screen, and there’s at least one movie coming out this year for plenty of fandoms. I created a thread on Twitter of my most anticipated releases and will definitely be going back to add more on– feel free to comment what films you’re looking forward to this year there as well!

Since today’s Top Five Wednesday prompt is a freebie, instead of going back and choosing an old topic, I’m going to be discussing my current top 5 anticipated movies of 2018.


Love, Simon (March 16) – It’s absolutely crazy to think that we’re only 10 days away from Love, Simon, the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I am here to admit that I am jealous of anyone who’s been able to see an advanced screening (why of all days did I have to have night class and miss the one closest to me??).

Ready Player One (March 29) – I’ve just finished reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, so I’m prepared to see its film adaptation soon or NOW. Like most book-to-movie adaptations, I feel like there could be a few changes between the two: I think the movie will favor action over the instances where Wade is watching old movies and TV shows or trying to think his way through the Hunt.

Ocean’s Eight (June 8)- Ocean’s Eleven is one of my favorite movies, and I am more than ready for Ocean’s Eight female take and kickbutt cast! I cannot wait to see their heist at the Met Gala play out, and I ’m interested to see Danny Ocean’s role in the film.

Incredibles 2 (June 15)– While I love Disney, I am a Pixar girl at heart. The Incredibles is one of my favorite childhood movies (along with with every Pixar film ever), and it’ll definitely be a family movie day.

Mary Poppins Returns (December 25)- Just say Lin-Manuel Miranda and I’m there. Aside from LLM playing Burt, I cannot wait for Mary Poppins Returns because Mary Poppins was definitely a favorite movie of mine growing up and it was actually my first Broadway play. Like the above-mentioned films, Mary Poppins Returns has an amazing cast, between Emily Blunt, LMM, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.

Honorable Mentions:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (TBD)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is only an honorable mention for the time being because we don’t have a release date just yet. Amidst all the YA releases coming out this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie didn’t come out until 2019, but I would love a fall or winter release (but summer would be an amazing choice too).

The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)– I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I get a bit nervous about new stories in the Harry Potter world, case in point being The Cursed Child.  However, I am interested to see where Fantastic Beasts will take us and Dumbledore’s role in it all.

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.


If you’re still wondering where my spending money in 2018 will be going, I think it’s safe to say that it’ll be going straight to my local movie theater.

What movies are you looking forward to this year? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Favorite YA Romance Novels

As you may have noticed, this is my only Top 5 Wednesday post for February. I’ve read a few books with m/m and f/f parings and while I obviously support LGBTQ rep in books and have some favorites of my own (I’m looking at you, Wylan and Jesper), I couldn’t come up with pairings/books that I would honestly recommend. And spoiler for next week, but urban fantasy is one of my least-read genres. And guess who’s breaking this week’s topic with talking about books that aren’t straight-up romance novels??

I don’t really read straight up romance novels, but if you’ve been here for a little while, you know or will soon realize that I love contemporary. This genre typically involves some sort of relationship, and today, I’m going to be discussing some of my favorite YA contemporaries with romance vibes.

 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon- When Dimple Met Rishi is one of my favorite YA romantic comedies, and in my opinion, there’s a really awesome gender reversal in this book. Instead of Dimple, our main female protagonist, being head-over-heels for Rishi, our main male protagonist, in the beginning, it’s Rishi! I’m really looking forward for Sandhya Menon’s next book, From Twinkle, With Love, to come out in May 2018.

The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord- I think The Names They Gave Us will always be my favorite Emery Lord book, the more I reflect on The Start of Me and You, the more I love it! As Paige rebuilds her life after the death of her boyfriend, she finds herself spending more time with Max Watson, Quiz Bowl captain and lover of Girl Scout cookies. I loved Max, and I wish I could’ve been on coffee dates with him at the bookstore instead of Paige.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo- Like When Dimple Met Rishi, I Believe in a Thing Called Love has plenty of rom-com vibes. Inspired by her dad’s love for K-dramas, Desi tries to get the guy of her dreams by using her “K Drama Steps to True Love”. While I wasn’t completely in love with the with the plot’s direction, I still had a really fun time reading I Believe in a Thing Called Love.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz- ELIZAAAAAA! How could I not read the love story of how Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler met?? Despite its mixed reviews on Goodreads, I absolutely adored Alex and Eliza, and if you’re a hardcore Hamilton fan like I am, it’s a must read!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell- I guess books with rom-com vibes is a theme for this post! The only adult book today, Attachments is my second favorite Rainbow Rowell book, and I have a section in the notes app on my phone dedicated to quotes from the book (I especially love Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges). I think an Attachments reread is a must for this year.

Do you like romance novels or do you prefer contemporaries with romance mixed in? Share in the comments!

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.


Top Five Wednesday: Hidden Gems in British Contemporary


Today’s Top Five Wednesday focuses on books in a favorite genre of mine that don’t get a lot of hype, and that genre is British Contemporary. I’ve been reading adult contemporary books that take place in the UK for the past few years now, but I think I really fell in love with the genre in 2017. My dream is to travel abroad to England and buy all the books and editions that aren’t so easy to get here in the US. While I wrote a Fierce Fangirl Friday post in December about my love for British contemporaries, the following books are hidden gems that supplement my love for the genre.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan/ anything by Jenny Colgan– One of the best hidden gems (at least here in the US) that I discovered in 2017 was Jenny Colgan’s books, including The Bookshop on the Corner. Why had I not walked down her section of the adult section at the library sooner?? Many of Jenny Colgan’s focus on baking and food, but The Bookshop on the Corner is a bit of an exception, with our main character, opening her own traveling bookshop. There’s so much in this novel that any contemporary lover would enjoy: Scotland, friendship, romance, and of course, BOOKS AND READING.

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods- My go-to elevator pitch for this gem highlights that Something Like Happy has the perfect amount of heart-warming and heart-breaking moments, with our two main characters attempting to complete a 100 happy days project as one of the women suffers from a serious illness.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan- Anyone who loves to follow the British royal family would adore The Royal We. The Royal We follows an American girl’s relationship and engagement to her college sweetheart. What makes it so unique? Rebecca is to marry Britain’s future King and must adjust to life in one of the world’s biggest spotlights.

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher- I think Giovanna Fletcher might be like Jenny Colgan in the sense that she’s probably considered more of a hidden gem in the US than the UK—my county library only has two of her books in their system. Billy and Me follows small village girl Sophie’s romance with an A –list actor. The book was quite cute and satisfying to my contemporary reads heart, and the romance was done right–I’m looking back on my Goodreads review pre-Fangirl Fury, and apparently I called the romance “not gag-worthy”, so take that as another plus?!?!

London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton- I’m changing this list up a bit to include a new-adult read. While London Belongs to Me has received a lot of attention in the Booktube community, I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem (I’m 90% sure that it’s self-published). Anyways, I personally enjoyed London Belongs to Me for taking place in London, as the name suggests, and for its fandom aspects, as our main character loves to read and is a huge Doctor Who fan.

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.


Top Five Wednesday: Books I Disliked but Love to Discuss 


Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about books that I disliked or were just ‘okay’ to me, but have a few discussion points that I enjoy talking about. Before jumping into the five books below, I’d just to like to say that if you do enjoy or hold the books below near and dear to your heart, by no means I am saying that these books are unworthy of your love. They just were not my cup of tea.


Nemesis by Brendan Reich

THIS BOOK HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL TO BE A TRUE LORD OF THE FLIES RETELLING BUT IT WASN’T. Nemesis received a ton of hype on Booktube last spring and one of my friends generously gave me her ARC copy of the book. I’ve mentioned this previously on the blog, but the characters in Nemesis just felt very juvenile and I did not like the direction of the plot of well. Fortunately, I passed my copy to my book-loving best friend, and she is highly anticipating the next book in the series.

Solitaire by Alice Osemansolitaire

Solitaire is my latest literary disappointment mainly because I loved Alice Oseman’s latest book, Radio Silence. For me, Solitaire was very different than what I was expecting, and I experienced a major disconnect with the characters, with some of them being quite frustrating. I’ve seen Solitaire be compared to our generation’s The Catcher in the Rye, which I should have seen as a warning sign, considering the classic is one of my least favorite books ever.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Definitely an unpopular opinion, but The Raven Boys did not meet the hype for me. I found it to be very slow-moving, I couldn’t connect with this characters, and I really didn’t understand everything with Glendower and the ley line?? I think I’m going to leave this series alone for right now, but maybe I’ll try a reread one day.

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

Just Friends was a struggle for me to get through. I thought the book would be a fun, contemporary read, with its friends-turned-lovers storyline, but I didn’t enjoy the writing style or our two main protagonists. Listen, I have read and loved many contemporary novels with a predictable plot lines and romances, but Just Friends did not bring anything new to the table.

Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman series has been heavily (and in my opinion, rightfully) criticized by the book community for the male dominance and non-consent sexual content in this historical fiction series surrounding the World War II period in Russia. I think this element of the trilogy came out for me in the second book in the novel, Tatiana and Alexander. Alexander treated Tatiana horribly, and I decided not to pick up the third book in the series because of how many reviews discuss how Alexander further abuses Tatiana in the third installment. I know this series is based on a time period where men commonly had more power than women, but why not make Tatiana her own heroine, without a man??


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.


Top Five Wednesday: Forgettable Books


The book blogging community, myself included, often shouts from the rooftops talks about our most unforgettable reads, but Today’s Top Five Wednesday prompts us to do the opposite. Whether I loved them or hated them, today I’ll be discussing five books that I really just don’t remember.. maybe reading a lot does come with one consequence???

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (Read in 2015)The 5th Wave trilogy is just one of those series that I’ll never understand the hype over, especially when it came to The Infinite Sea. Frankly, there was nothing left to remember, let alone forget, as this book just jumped form POV to POV and gave no real resolution or answers to The 5th Wave.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Read in 2015)– I was very disappointed reading What I Thought Was True because I absolutely adored Huntley Fitzpatrick’s, My Life Next Door. As expected from today’s prompt, I forget almost everything about this one, other than that the main character worked for a catering company???

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Read in 2016)– It took me about halfway through to get really into this fantasy read because I struggled with a bunch of new terms being thrown at me during the very beginning of the book. When it comes to fantasy reads, I expect a lot of world-building in the beginning, whereas in Truthwitch, our main protagonists jump right into their story/conflict. I think I might’ve picked up Windwitch if I remembered more of the plot details from Truthwitch—if you love intricate/heavily fantasy books, this could be an unforgettable one for you!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Read in 2016)Nimona being an forgettable read for me really disappoints me because Noelle Stevenson is a well-respected graphic novelist in the book community. I do really enjoy her artwork and artistic talent, but I really don’t remember the novel’s plot having a lot of substance, or at least something for me to remember!

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (Read in 2017)The Museum of Intangible Things is a book that I unfortunately wish I didn’t pick up and really don’t remember other than having really weird vibes and not the greatest depiction of mental illness. Plus aliens.

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.


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.

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.