Top Five Wednesday: Books I’m Intimidated By

While Top Five Wednesday is on hiatus for the summer, I’ve been revisiting some older topics. Today’s throwback topic is from April 2016, in which I’ll be discussing books I’m intimidated by. From page length to hype, there are books I’m definitely nervous about picking up, but I mostly see myself picking up no matter my reading fears.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon- The Priory of the Orange Tree definitely falls under the intimidation category because of its 827 page length. I also haven’t read a book by Samantha Shannon, who is much loved by a lot of readers for The Bone Season. This book actually isn’t on my TBR, but more or less on TBR radar (books that I may possibly pick up). I could see myself reading it if I’m particularly in the mood for high fantasy or a fantasy standalone.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan- With the upcoming sequel Girls of Storm and Shadow coming this fall, Girls of Paper and Fire has been receiving extra hype on book Twitter lately. I’m also always a tiny bit intimidated by fantasy series because I struggle keeping up with multiple unfinished series.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills- Another case where I am more intimidated by the hype more than the book itself. I’ve enjoyed Emma Mills’ other three books (This Adventures Ends is currently my favorite), but I know so many readers who consider Foolish Hearts to be their favorite Emma Mills’ book. This isn’t a case where the hype is preventing me from putting it off, but I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

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Top Five Wednesday: My Favorite Blog Posts

As Top Five Wednesday continues it summer hiatus, I am revisiting some old topics from before I joined the group. This week, I’ll be jumping back to June 2016, in which us Top Five Wednesday-ers get to talk about our favorite blog posts. While talking about books and all the fangirl things is my favorite blogging topic, I also enjoy reflecting on blogging in general. Today I’ll be discussing my favorite blog posts that I’ve written.

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Inspired Baking” 

My To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before inspired baking post is the most viewed post on Fangirl Fury. When I originally wrote this post, I think I was going to write a TATBILB viewing party prep list, but I connected with my inner Lara Jean and focused on three recipes inspired from the book. The chocolate chip cookie bar and Snickerdoodles recipes are my own, while I used the white chocolate cranberry cookie recipe from the paperback edition of TATBILB. My biggest regret when it comes to this post is not making everyone hungry by including photos of the cookies. I am for sure doing another baking post for the Netflix adaptation of P.S. I Still Love You.

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“Book Con Survival Guide for the Best Weekend”

Any of my Book Con and Book Expo posts and recaps are always among my favorites to write and reread because I just hold so much love for the week/weekend. I’ve received so much positive feedback from so many people about this post based on my 2015 and 2017 Book Con experiences. I took some notes after Book Expo 2019 this year and I plan on writing a Book Expo survival guide for next April or May.

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Top Five Wednesday: 2019 Favorite YA Contemporaries

While Top Five Wednesday has been on its summer hiatus, I’ve been revisiting some older topics. However, I decided to switch things up for today by creating my own topic! I’m in a little shock right now both IRL and from a bookish standpoint that it’s July! I can’t believe that there’s only about a month and half of summer left. Blogging wise, I can’t believe that it’s time to start working on my most anticipated books of Fall 2019 post.

Thinking about what books are left to come out this year and my own reading plans for this second half of the year, I decided that I wanted to talk about some of my favorite books of the year so far. Today I’ll be featuring and discussing my top five contemporary books of 2019.  I’m sure it’s no surprise that it was super difficult for me to choose the five books below. I decided to limit myself by only talking about YA books released in 2019 so far, considering that three of my favorite contemporaries of the year are new adult (and yes Red, White and Royal Blue is of course one of them). I have a feeling my favorites of 2019 list later in December is going to be a bit lengthy.

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If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka – A slight change I’ve noticed this year in a few YA contemporaries are unlikeable protagonists! Cameron in If I’m Being Honest is definitely not the nice girl in her LA high school, but her personality- and let’s be honest, bitchiness- made her such a complex character.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – Sandhya Menon always make for  the cutest feels, but I particularly loved There’s Something About Sweetie. I think rom-com has been thrown around for a lot of YA contemporaries this year as well, and Sandhya Menon’s latest release sure fits the category! Following Ashish and Sweetie’s relationship, this book features a ton of relationship and character growth and plenty of LOL worthy moments.

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Maybe This Time by Kasie West- One of the reasons why I started reading Kasie West’s books in 2019 was to prepare myself for Maybe This Time because I loved the synopsis so much! Our main character, Sophie, who works for her small town’s florist, also falls into the unlikeable protagonist category. Maybe This Time is a really unique book, told over nine events over one year.

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Top Five Wednesday: Waiting for Books from Favorite Authors

As part of Top Five Wednesday’s summer hiatus, I’ve been revisiting old T5W topics. Today’s post is inspired by the August 2016 topic, “Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From.” I did a similar T5w post last year (Authors I Need More From): funnily enough, all of the authors in that post have books coming out in 2019 and 2020! Today’s topic more so focuses on authors who either haven’t announced a new book or have given very minimal information regarding their next release. As much as I am excited by this topic, I admit that it was a little difficult for me to write, considering that many of my favorite authors have projects in the works or have new books coming out over the next two years.

Morgan Matson – For the past few years, there have been two years between Morgan Matson’s books. Since Save the Date came out in 2018, she is expected to have her sixth book come out in 2020. To put it simply, Morgan Matson is one of my go-to and absolute favorite YA contemporary authors because of her incredible writing and unique stories. Her synopses always leave me hook, so I’m excited to see what her next book will have in store.

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Jenny Han – Jenny Han is very much involved in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix adaptations and has been doing so much press for her very much beloved series. I would really love another book with a somewhat Lara Jean-centric character, aka a book with all the baking and cute boys.

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Top Five Wednesday: Recent Additions to My Book Wishlist

Top Five Wednesday is on a summer hiatus and there will not be new topics over the next three months. However, I’ve decided to still participate in T5W a few times this summer and choose topics from before I joined the group back in 2017.

Everyone loves a good recent additions to your TBR post, but today’s post is all about the books I wouldn’t mind adding to my personal book collection. All the puns intended, I have pretty good shelf control. I am very fortunate enough where I receive ARCs from publishers and bookish events, and I have always been an avid library user. And let’s not forget that I am constantly running out of bookshelf space. I think I am going to do a post about my book buying habits somewhat soon, but in short, I really only buy books when:

  1. It’s written by one of my all-time favorite authors
  2. I read an early copy and absolutely need a finished one
  3. It’s a book that sounds like something I know I will love
  4. My library doesn’t have it-I’ve acutally gotten better about this one by using my iPad more and borrowing ebooks from the library

I’ve decided to include many different types of books in this Top Five Wednesday post , including some hard-to-find books, ARCs, and books inspired by cover lust.

 

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hanh- I probably look up Erin Hanh’s You’d Be Mine on a weekly basis in my library’s online catalog, in hopes that it will one day be on order. So many of my fellow bloggers have loved this 2019 gem, and I’m so sold on its country music premise. If my library doesn’t order this one, I plan on buying it the next time I have a Barnes and Noble discount or I may put it on my birthday wishlist.

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman- Alice Oseman’s I Was Born for This hasn’t really been available here in the US. This one will likely come from a Book Depository haul or buying it secondhand on Amazon. I really loved Radio Silence so I have relatively high expectations for I Was Born For This. I also have this book on my predicting my 5 star reads list so that’s also another incentive in getting my own copy.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern- I think every blogger and their best bookish friend has this one of their wishlist. Unpopular bookish opinion here, but I was not the biggest fan of The Night Circus when I read it in 2017. However, not only does the excitement over Erin Morgenstern’s second book have me intrigued, but I absolutely love the premise. Almost any book that features books or libraries always has me sold. I think The Starless Sea will be the true test on if/how much I enjoy Erin Morgenstern’s writing.

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Top Five Wednesday: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

Although this isn’t today’s Top Five Wednesday topic, I really loved this month’s first topic, bookish things us readers have changed our minds about in our reading lives. Since I really loved this topic (let’s not talk about it, but blame it on finals for not allowing me to do it then and there), today I’ll be discussing some bookish things I never thought I would see differently.

Borrowing ebooks from the library

Let’s be clear: I am still not the world’s biggest fan of ebooks and I will always turn to physical copies whenever possible. As much as I would love to have my hands on some ARCs, I would much rather wait to read a finished copy than using NetGalley or Edelweiss. I think some of this may have to do with that fact that the only tablet I have access to is an iPad. Maybe if I had a tablet that was primarily meant for reading, like a Nook or Amazon Fire, I would be more open to ebooks. Nevertheless, I am a firm believer that nothing is better for me than being able to physically flip pages.

However, for certain titles, I do make exceptions and read ebooks. For example, I recently was on a blog tour for a book that was only available via ecopy and I was too interested in the book to pass up the opportunity to be on such a fun blog tour. While reading on my iPad wasn’t perfect- I had to read it in iBooks and the zoom wouldn’t stay the same as I flipped pages- I enjoyed the reading experience much more than I thought. There’s a few books available via my local library only as electronic copies that I plan on reading on my iPad. Instead of buying physical copies like usual when my library doesn’t have them, I am going to try and read borrowed ebooks when possible. The only thing I think I may not like about doing this is that I don’t want to bring my iPad when I read in the pool or on the beach.

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Posting my monthly TBRS

Until last summer, I never posted my monthly TBRs on the blog mostly because I was (and still am) very much a mood reader. I also felt that publishing my TBRs placed more pressure on me to actually read said books that month. I’ve been creating monthly TBRs both offline and online lately for a few reasons. One, I’ve had more time to read lately with summer time. Two, I need to figure out what books I can get from my local library and what ones I need to place on hold through the county system. Three, if I have books that I’ve been sent for review, they need to often get prioritized in my reading plans. I’ve combatted my moody reader self by planning out books that suit my reading mood. For example, I’ve been in the mood for a lot of contemporary lately, thus my May TBR was filled with contemporary books. I also realize that I don’t need to read every single book on my TBR—I often end up slightly adjusting my plans or reading even more books (which I include in my intro in almost every TBR post).

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Top Five Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

I am a firm believer that almost any book can be the perfect companion on a rainy day, especially those books that you can’t part from for too long. The following books for today’s Top Five Wednesday are a mix of reads that scream at you to stay inside with coffee on standby, have rainy settings, or will inspire your own waterworks.

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera’s History is All You Left Me definitely falls in the ‘there will be water following down your windows and face” category. My favorite Adam Silvera book, I was captivated by History is All You Left Me’s story and writing style. There were plenty of moments that sent rain drops falling from my eyes and ones that would make me grateful to be able to stay inside and read all day.

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