Top Five Wednesday: Future Classics

It’s been a little while since I’ve properly done Top Five Wednesday. While I really enjoy participating in T5W and find it to be a great source for creative posts, I’ve been trying to focus more on original content and the reviews that I’m almost always behind on.

Anyways, today’s T5W is all about a topic that I often find myself thinking about: future classics. It’s interesting to think what makes a book be a classic, and as not the biggest classic fan, it’s sort’ve mind blowing to think about what contemporary books I’ve read will one day be considered classic themselves.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green- If this ever becomes a definition, I think John Green will be known as a classic YA author. While all of his books are much-loved, I see Looking for Alaska as his defining classic because out all of his books (with maybe Turtles All the Way Down as the new exception), people seem to relate to this one the most.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- Like I said above, I’m not the biggest classic fan, but one of the elements that I think makes a book a classic is it’s eye-opening writing style or story. While I’m definitely in need of a reread, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park has both cute, romancey vibes and poignancy that will leave give you all the heart-warming and heartbroken feels.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- A book that I think will be among many T5W posts this week, The Hate U Give has received many awards and honors, and I think being defined as a classic will come one day for its relation to today’s cultural and political climate in the US.

A Very Large of Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi- Okay, I know this book hasn’t come out yet, but I was very fortunate enough to read an ARC of Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary & semi autobiographical novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Without being too spoilery, I think A Very Large Expanse of Sea stands out for featuring a Muslim teen trying to fight off stereotypes in her American high school post-9/11 and its beautiful, thought-provoking writing style.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng– I think both of Celeste Ng’s books, Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You, will be considered classics one day, but I’m going with Little Fires Everywhere BECAUSE IT’S MY FAVORITE. Little Fires Everywhere and Celeste Ng’s writing style just sucks you with its plot and complex characters.

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.

What books do you think will be considered classics one day? Any of the above? Share in the comments!

 

 

T5W With a Twist: Books as Summer Events

My Top Five Wednesday Rewind post for today is intended to be about books that double as great event themes. I mean, who wouldn’t love a Warcross themed party—Mario Party and rainbow hair extensions for all!

The T5W group encourages us not to manipulate topics for the sake of potential future topics. However, as I was scrolling through archived topics for this month, Books as Events caught my attention and had me thinking in a different direction. If you guys have been following Fangirl Fury for a while, you’ll know that summer is my favorite season and I’m always on the hunt for summery contemporaries. Today, I’m going to be giving you book recommendations based on 5 summertime events.

Weddings- I’ve experienced plenty of weddings through YA, but I’m actually attending my first one this summer.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson- Yes, Save the Date has not come out yet (1 more week to go!), but I have no doubt that I’ll love Morgan Matson’s latest book about a girl and her family’s disastrous wedding weekend.

Once & For All by Sarah Dessen- Any Sarah Dessen book is the perfect read for summertime, but what better way to get ready for wedding season than reading a book about the daughter of a wedding planner??

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my all-time favorites for a ton of reasons, but I just love the sweet and romancey vibes of this one. Not to mention that a wedding may or may not pop up in one of the latter installments.

Holiday Barbeques- Inspired by Memorial Day and Fourth of July here in the US, keep your reading life filled with fireworks, festivities, and fun

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith-Ellie’s sleepy beach town in Maine comes to life in the summer, especially on the Fourth of July. Not to mention the fact that Graham Larkin is in town filming a new movie, and the starlet only has eyes for Ellie.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli I remember that Molly’s town holds a celebration for Memorial Day or July 4th. Either way, The Upside of Unrequited has plenty of cute, swoony vibes *looks at Reid* and also features a summer wedding. Instead of a summer near the shore, Molly spends the summer working at a baby store with the shy, adorable Reid and looking up the best cookie recipes on Pinterest.

Bonfire & S’mores Nights– Summer nights are perfect for catching up with friends (or a new book, of course) or starting a summer romance.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord- If you need a good excuse to sob your heart out, pick up The Names They Gave Us. The book follows Lucy’s summer as a camp counselor for kids with tough pasts, and Lucy herself is going through a tough time, with the reappearance of her mom’s cancer.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee- While Tash Hearts Tolstoy does delve into the romance department, there’s a huge emphasis on friendship, as Tash works on her web drama with her best friends. And it takes place in the summer before they head off to college!

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins- I feel like I’m cheating a bit, since summer is directly mentioned in the title, but Summer Days and Summer Nights is the perfect read of the season, from late night movie shows to days spent in the arcade and more.

Sleepovers-Give me all the female protagonists and friendships with late night Gilmore Girls marathons and ice cream, please

All of This is True by Lydia Day Peñaflor- If you and your friends find yourselves alternating between Big Little Lies and Gossip Girl rewatches, this one is for you. All of This Is True is told through interviews and excerpts from Fatima Ro’s latest novel, as Lydia unravels what it’s really like to be best friends with your favorite author.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhatehena- A Girl Like That features strong, female characters, and it’ll keep you and your friends up late into the night talking about it.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- My Life Next Door was my favorite summery contemporary back in 2015, and it made me wish that I had the Garretts (including Jase) as neighbors.

Beach Days- While the perfect beach read doesn’t have to take place there, why not read in the near-same setting as your characters?

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- This Jenny Han trilogy takes place at Cousins Beach, where it isn’t summer for Belly without Conrad and Jeremiah by her side.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- Morgan Matson is another QUEEN of summer contemporary, okay? Another read that will leave your book filled with tears, the book follows Taylor and her family’s last summer at their lake house in the Poconos Mountains.

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman- Girl Out of Water takes readers FROM the sunny beaches of Santa Monica to Nebraska for the summer. Turns out that an amazing summer CAN happen away from the beach. Apologies from this shore girl.

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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.

Have you read any of the books above? 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!

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.

ACOFAS skyMy nails tend to get beaten up and since I’m doing a summer internship, I wanted to them to consistently look nice. While gel manicures tend to cost more than regular manicures, I think its worth it and I plan on keeping up with my gels throughout this summer. Having painted nails also makes for some nicer bookstagram photos.

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!

Top Five Wednesday: Making My TBR Bigger

Across all of your favorite bookish blogs, this month’s Top Five Wednesday posts are going to be a different in that we’re all going retro! Welcome to Top Five Wednesday Rewind Month. This month I’ll be using T5W posts from the past, i.e. before I joined the T5W family back in May 2017.

My first rewind is going back to July 2016, where one of the month’s topics was “Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist.” Blame it on finals stress and not wanting to do anything else but read, but my TBR went from about 65 to 90 books real quick at the end of April. Today I’ll be talking about my 5 most recent additions to my TBR.

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Ship It by Britta Lundin- Blame Kristin of Super Space Chick’s Booktube video about Book Expo & Book Con on this TBR addition! I love books that incorporate fandom, so Ship It sounds right up my alley. Britta Laudin is also a writer on Riverdale, so that makes me even more interested.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo- I’ve seen a ton of positive hype around To Kill a Kingdom since its March release, and this is another one that my best friend has thankfully pushed on to my TBR. I’ll take any book with The Little Mermaid vibes! I also really enjoy reading standalone fantasies every once and a while.

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi – I saw a few bloggers haul this one from the LA Festival of Books. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews for this diverse read that features feminism and female friendship.

Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han- Being a huge Jenny Han fan, I figured that it’s time to check out her Burn for Burn trilogy with Siobhan Vivian. I also adored Siobhan Vivian’s The Last Boy and Girl in the World two summers ago and Stay Sweet is on my summer TBR. I plan on borrowing the trilogy from my library, but I actually found Burn for Burn among the library’s used books for sale! I think I also saw Fire for Fire for sale, so hopefully Ashes to Ashes will pop up too.

What are some books you’ve just added to your TBR? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Fandom Items

Today’s Top Five Wednesday covers some of my favorite things, fandom items! I love collecting merch—I still trying to figure out how I’ve yet to buy a bookish candle, and I definitely see a book sleeve in my future. I’m going to be focusing on items from a mix of mediums.

Art Work- I definitely don’t have as much artwork as some of my fellow book bloggers do (maybe a potential trip to NYC Comic Con will change this in 2018??), but I appreciate bookish and fandom artwork. Two of my favorite artists are Simini Blocker, who’s featured in the special editions of Fangirl and did an amazing collab with Uppercase for one of their planners, and Charlie Bowater, who’s done a ton of artwork for Sarah J. Maas’s books. She’s helped design the covers for A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of Frost and Starlight, as well as creating the map of the Southern Continent in Tower of Dawn. My own favorites include a poster of Kevin Wanda’s Carry On cover design, the fan art in the Target edition of Tower of Dawn, and a gorgeous To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Sixteen Candles card I received from Jenny Han at Book Con.

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Mugs- I’ve been trying to limit my fandom mug collection for the sake of bookshelf space (I don’t drink out of them) and watching my spending—I’m still trying to figure out how I avoided buying mugs at Dear Evan Hansen and Carousel. And I know one of these days when I walk past the Hamilton store in NYC, I’ll be buying the Aaron Burr-inspired mug. Anyways, my mug collection includes Hamilton, Waitress, Book Con, and Ron Swanson. I always have Ron’s turned out on my shelf so you can see his face!

Funkos- I started collecting Funkos a few years ago when I received Katniss and Ron Weasley as Christmas gifts. I currently have 15 Funko Pops along with a Funko keychain and pen (check out my full collection here), and while people have definitely surpassed my collection, I want to just collect figures that are very near and dear to my fangirl heart. I’d love to add the rare/highly-priced Friends ones to my collection (I think they’re long overdue for an update or second series), and I’m not-so patiently waiting for the second wave of Parks & Rec. I’ve been pretty good about not buying any Funkos since Christmas, even though I was VERY tempted to buy the Hot Topic exclusive of Tom and Jean Ralphio from Parks and Rec. However, this somewhat buying ban will surely end when I see a Luna Lovegood with her Gryffindor Hat in a store or magicially pop into my Amazon shopping cart.

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Bookish Pins- My bookish pin collection really comes from all of the bookish events I’ve attended. While most of them have come from Book Con, I’ve picked a few at Barnes & Noble Teen Book Fest and Jennifer E. Smith’s signing. One of the reasons I preordered A Court of Frost and Starlight is because of the awesome Night Court enamel included in Bloomsbury’s preorder campaign.

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Preorder goodies- Speaking of preorder campaigns, I feel like publishers have really stepped up their game when it comes to their amazing preorder campaigns. I’ve preordered Sarah J. Maas’s ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and Empire of Storms—my favorite preorder goodie is the ACOTAR tote bag from ACOMAF– and Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer. My copy was signed and I received a poster of the book’s cast. Sandhya Menon is currently running an awesome preorder campaign for From Twinkle, With Love, and my most recent preorders  include Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet, Morgan Matson’s Save the Date, and A Court of Frost and Starlight.

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I love how today’s T5W focuses on bookish things instead of books themselves because I really enjoy talking about more-so fandom content. What are some of your favorite fandom items? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Ideal Mash-Ups & Anticipated Mash-Ups

You know those blurbs that say The Hunger Games meets The Fault in Our Stars meets Percy Jackson meets Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones meets Outlander meets Stranger Things? Okay, so maybe you haven’t seen that exact synopsis, but books blurbs tend to use other books or media that will entice readers to pick up said book. Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about mash-ups that would make me want to pick up a book.

“A mix of Jenny Colgan’s Meet Me at the Cupcake Café and Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

The similarities don’t end in the authors’ first names. While I’ve predicted a To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before spinoff series following Kitty, I’d love to have a book with an NA-aged Lara Jean opening up her own bakery! Anyways, I’d love a mash-up of Meet Me at the Cupcake Café and To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before with a character with a family as great as Lara Jean’s and opens her own bake shop like Issy, who also has a great support system.

“A mix of Sex and the City and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl

Okay hear me out on this one. I want a mash-up of Sex and the City for its female friendship and four best friends alongside Cath’s passion as a fangirl and love for the Simon Snow series. Now picture four best friends and fangirls living in New York City, going to book stores, cookie dough cafes, author events, and more together. How awesome would that be??

“A mix of Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie

Moxie does feature female friendship, but I’d love a book where two female best friends, like Sloane and Emily (expect without the whole disappearing thing), team up together and spark a feminist revolution in their town during the summer. Because summer contemporaries are EVERYTHING.

“A mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Ashley Poston’s Geekerella

Okay this is definitely my most out there mash-up, but it can work as such: A girl begins working for a food truck connoisseur in hopes of getting a recommendation for a top-notch culinary school. Add in working for her boss being not such a piece of cake and a cute Harry Potter fan of a guy stopping by everyday, and my pre-order would already be in!

“A mix of Hart of Dixie and Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You

I enjoyed Hart of Dixie for its small-town, Southern charm and I feel like that setting would mesh really well with a book like The Start of Me and You. After facing some personal struggles, girl enters for small Southern town for a fresh start and relationship opportunities.

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.

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Today’s T5W topic and my own anticipation for some 2018 releases has made me consider what mash-ups have inspired me to add books to my TBR. Below are some of my anticipated 2018 releases whose mash-ups made me immediately add it to my TBR shelf on Goodreads.

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Mash-up: “Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship”

Food Network’s Baking Championship series is among my favorite TV shows, and I especially loved this past season of Kids Baking Championship (reminder that I still need to try and make a unicorn cake). I also like putting on Chopped while I’m writing, so once I got to this mash-up, I knew I was sold. The book follows Rosie and Henry as they attend a prestigious cooking program in Paris who must cook like never before while sparks fly between them.

Love & Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Mash-Up: “For fans of Becky Albertalli, Matthew Quick, & Ned Vizzini

Okay I admit that Becky Albertalli alone sold me on this mash-up, but I did enjoy Matthew Quick’s Silver Linings Playbook a few years ago. The book has been described as a darkly funny debut about a 19-year old student at Harvard who’s been consumed by love and grief. SIGN ME UP FOR ALL THE COLLEGE-AGED PROTAGONISTS

Would you be into some of the above mash-ups? What are some of your own? Share in the comments!