Top Five Wednesday: End of 2018 TBR

“Oh the weather outside is frightful” andddddd so is my TBR because I have so many books left. All Christmas-themed jokes aside, I am pretty happy with my 2018 TBR and reading progress (I hit 100 books!), but there are definitely a few books that I’d love to get to before the end of the year. For today’s Top Five Wednesday, I’ll be discussing the top five books I want to read before 2019.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak– I wanted to read Seven Days of Us in 2017, but there was such a long hold list at my library. Even by January I couldn’t manage to borrow a copy! Seven Days of Us follows one not-so close family’s week together during the holiday season. Give me this & ALL of the Christmas reads please!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan-I still haven’t seen the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians and I really want to read the book before doing so. Crazy Rich Asians is one of my mom’s favorite series and one I can see myself binge-reading soon.

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith– I received I Capture the Castle for Christmas (featuring Jenny Han’s foreword!) last year for Christmas and it’s about time I read it! While I’m not the biggest classics fan- being forced to read them for school has affected my perception of them-, but I’ve been trying to read more classics on my own. I Capture the Castle seems to be a beloved classic among many of my favorite authors (see Jenny Han), and I think this will be another cozy read perfect for Christmas time.

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Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen- Thanks to The Wicked King and Kingdom of Ash, I’ve been craving fantasy over the past few weeks. Reign the Earth has earned a ton of love from some of my favorite book bloggers, especially those who are Avatar fans, and I’m excited to dive into this one before its sequel, Imprsion the Sky, comes out in January.

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Christmas at the Cupcake Café by Jenny ColganMeet Me at the Cupcake Café was one of my favorite reads of 2017.  It has such a heartfelt and humorous cast and of course, an emphasis on baking! I’m highly looking forward to reading its holiday-inspired sequel, Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe . Since some of Jenny’s books aren’t available in the US, I was more than happy to buy the UK edition from Book Depository.

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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.

What books do you need to read before 2019? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Bookish Costumes

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Happy Halloween readers! Wouldn’t it be nice when you went trick-or-treating, you received books inside of candy??

In honor of Halloween, today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about characters I’d love to cosplay as or be for Halloween. While I admit that I’m not the biggest costume person, who wouldn’t want to be their favorite book character for a day?

Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I think my wardrobe is most prepared for me dressing as Cath. Cardigan ✓ Jeans ✓ Hair in messy bun ✓ Sneakers ✓ Glasses ✓

This cosplay would also give me the perfect excuse to finally buy a Carry On-inspired t-shirt from Red Bubble. I’ve seen this before, but I’d also love to couples cosplay as Cath and Levi.

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Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)- I feel like all of these characters would give me excuses to supplement my fandom wardrobe, but I would love to get my own pair of Luna’s radish earrings and Gryffindor hat—I would basically make myself into the real-life Funko version.

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wonderwwDiana (Wonder Woman:Warbringer) by Leigh Bardugo- Probably cheating a little bit with this one, but Diana is a YA book character now, thanks to Leigh Bardugo. I’ve always wanted to dress up as Wonder Woman and buy some WW-inspired leggings. And of course, the Lasso.

Lena (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares)- I would 100% dress up as Lena only because I already have the brown hair AND be able to replicate the jeans based on the original covers.

Manon Blackbeak (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)- Dressing as Manon would be a complete 180 from my usual self. Anyone know where I can find iron nails and a red cloak?

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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.

What book character would you dress up as for Halloween? What’s your costume this year? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday:  2018 Contemporary Covers

Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about our favorite covers, but I decided to (pumpkin) spice it up a bit by talking about my favorite covers for 2018 contemporary releases.

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Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky- While Mammoth has not come out yet, my bookshelf is already screaming for a finished copy because of it’s GORGEOUS COVER and GORGEOUS STORY. I really love how the blue and pink work together.

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll- EXCUSE ME BUT IS THERE A THRIFT STORE LIKE UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE WHERE I CAN FIND THIS SQUIRREL? Unclaimed Baggage is a great example where the cover game compleltely influenced me to pick up the book. Plus how could you not love a book about three teens working in an unclaimed baggage store?

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon- While When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle, With Love follow different characters, I love how their covers correspond with one another. Like Mammoth, From Twinkle, With Love has such a beautiful color scheme, along with its blue and yellow Owlcrate edition. I’ve definitely grown to love models/actual people on covers (I think I like this more in contemporary than fantasy).

Save the Date by Morgan Matson- I definitely have a thing for authors’ books having the same aesthetic style because I love ALL of Morgan Matson’s covers. Even though I’d love to see Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer have a refresh to meet her other three books’ style more. While The Unexpected Everything is my favorite, I love Save the Date for how much it matches its plot. Plus how could you not love a cover with a dog and cake??

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian- Like Save the Date, Stay Sweet’s cover wraps around the front and back of the jacket. I’ve noticed this style  with many of Simon & Shuster’s contemporary books-Lara Jean’s bedroom on the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before covers, anyone? While it’s always fun getting to picture characters in your head or even find their celebrity matches, I love how Stay Sweet gives us an impression of best friend, ice cream-scooping duo, Amelia and Cate.

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett – Jenn Bennett’s covers are a little similar to Sandhya Menon’s, in the sense that her latest two books, Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes, and her 2019 release, Serious Moonlight have a similar aesthetic. Starry Eyes’ cover particularly suits the book itself really well, giving me camping and summer romance vibes all around.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood- The Last Summer of the Garret Girls’ cover truly captures each of the four Garrett girls.

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm- Again, covers that have anything to do with cake are right up my alley. AND PARIS.

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West- This cover makes me wish for summer days by the pool instead of drowning in coursework in my college library. Where can I find those heart-shaped floats??

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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.

What are some of your favorite 2018 covers? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Reading List for Film Adaptation Class

It’s every college student’s favorite time of year: textbook shopping time! Yes, it’s time to buy books that you’ll maybe or maybe not use over the next three and a half months. Maybe you’ll get money back for them in a few months or maybe they’ll become really nice, expensive doorstops. Luckily, as an English major, I don’t spend an extreme amount of money on textbooks. Bless you my STEM major friends for your insanely priced books.

Just in time for back-to-school, today’s Top Five Wednesday aks us to create a reading list based on a class of our chouce. I’d love to take a class on YA books one day -not just because I would so buy those books instead of rent them and add them to my personal collection. However,I took a class on graphic novels last semester, which influenced me to add a new minor and of course pick up some more graphic novels!

I’d especially love to take a class about books that were turned into film adaptations, featuring the 5 books below. I think it would be really fun to read the book, watch its adaptation, and compare and contrast. While there are SO many books and movies to choose from, I’m going to be focusing on some of my favorites from my own read pile. Syllabus to come next week.

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- Big Little Lies has easily become one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons over the past two years. The class could have discussions about changes between book and adaptation (for example, the book takes place in Australia, while the show takes place in California), female led-shows, its relation to the Me Too movement, and how a adaptation based on a book goes beyond the book (season 1 has an almost identical ending to the book). Having this book on the syllabus would also give me an excuse to talk about all my season 2 theories.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- Is anyone really surprised that this book is on my list?? Besides its movie adaptation coming out not even two weeks ago, I think a discussion on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before would be really current when it comes to Asian Americans on screen. I could so see some comparison to another August adaptation, Crazy Rich Asians. I also think it would be interesting to talk about how book series can or cannot be adapted into a film series.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas- While there hasn’t been too much more news about it since early 2018, Constantin Films is currently in development on the film adaptation of Sarah J. Maas’s ACOTAR. It would be cool to read the book and predict what plot elements, atmosphere, and settings will make it to the screen. I’ll be honest, as much as I love ACOTAR, I am having trouble picturing on screen without making too many changes.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard- Pretty Little Liars is another pop culture phenomenon, but one that people have a ton of mixed feelings over. Personally, I have read all 16 PLL books while only watching season 1 of the ABC Family TV show. While the class wouldn’t be able to read the whole series, even though they are quick reads, I could see reading books 1-3 and watching key episodes in the series to compare and contrast. I think this series would provide a lot of discussion about what makes a TV show popular and why change characters and plot on screen.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- I guess another theme of today is indeed controversy, because Me Before You caused a ton of it surrounding its film adaptation in 2016. I think Me Before You would act as a great main source to focus on when it comes to controversy both in the book and movie worlds.

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 would you want to read for a blank class? What bookish class would you like to take? Share in the comments!

 

 

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!