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.

newfireborderStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor- One of my best friends IRL loves YA fantasy and when she found out that I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer yet, she made me add it to my TBR immediately. I think I’m going to pick this one up later this summer or in the fall closer to the release of Muse of Nightmares.

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!

Top Five Wednesday: Auto-Buy Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors

In honor of the Booktube SFF awards, today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about the sci-fi & fantasy authors whose books I must have in my hands the day they’re published. For the most part, I do buy all of the following author’s books, but your girl likes to save money and support her community by using the library. So while some books may not grace my shelves at home, they still hold a special place in my heart (and in the on-hold section of my library account).

Sarah J. Maas – I appreciate Sarah J. Maas’s writing so much because Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses really opened me up to reading both YA and adult fantasy. While I’m debating if I’m going to borrow Catwoman: Soulstealer from the library or buy a copy (I think finding a signed edition will influence my decision), I own copies of all of SJM’s books—her books are slowly, but surely turning my top bookshelf into its own.

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Marie Lu – I am here for whatever Marie Lu writes, and my love for her writing is well-known in my family. My mom cried for me when Marie gave me an ARC of Warcross in her regular signing line at Book Con last year, and I even got my non-reader of a dad to follow her on Twitter (I am well-prepared for the Wildcard cover reveal to drop). I just need the graphic novel version of Champion to finish my collection of her existing books.

Marissa Meyer- The gorgeousenss that are Marissa Meyer’s book covers may or may not influence my decision to buy them all. I would love to find an Owlcrate edition of Heartless with its white cover, and the only reason why my Lunar Chronicles books are a mix of hardbacks and paperbacks was due to my impatience for the Winter and Stars Above paperbacks to come out. The only Marissa Meyer books that I currently don’t own are the Wires and Nerve graphic novels. I’d love to see them come out in a box set in the future.

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While I love and support many SFF authors, I’d thought it would be fun to share some authors who I could see myself adding to my auto-buy list:

Katharine Arden- I loved Katharine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale because it was such a unique fantasy story with a lot of emphasis on folklore. I’m really looking forward to picking up the next two books in the Winternight trilogy this summer, and I can  see myself highly anticipating Katharine Arden’s future work.

Leigh Bardugo- I’m sure many of you are screaming at me through your screens right now (the Internet is great for at least one thing!) that Leigh Bardugo is not listed above. I obviously love the Six of Crows duology and I enjoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but I feel like I can’t consider Leigh as an auto-buy author for the time being because I still haven’t read the Grisha Verse trilogy. I used to have no intention in reading Shadow and Bone and I know it has mixed reviews, but with King of Scars on the way and knowing that Leigh’s writing has grown, I’m going to give it a chance and borrow the trilogy from the library. Depending on my reaction, I’ll then be able to decide if I need to buy all of her books immediately. Six of Crows will surely find a way to my shelves one day and the Grisha paperback covers are too tempting.

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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.

I love how many incredible female SFF authors there are! Who are some of your favorite SFF writers?? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Jokesters

Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about our favorite jokesters or funny characters. The five characters below may or may not be considered, but they’ve become memorable characters for me for their humor and smart remarks (some which are featured below).

Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – GIVE ME ALL OF THE ARTWORK AND PILLOWS WITH THIS PLEASE:

” “Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.” ” 

Scott from We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen – I think Scott’s sense of humor could be hit or miss from some readers, but for me, Scott’s jokes  instantaneously cheered me and Cath up. We Are still Tornadoes is my most recent read that’s made me laugh out loud.

Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I hold many Fangirl quotes close to my heart, but one that instantly pops into mind is one of Levi’s gems:

” “Have you met Cather?” Levi said to Reagan, his face still shining with amusement. “She spits hot fire.” “

Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer Each character in the TLC gang has some sort of standout trait, and for Thorne, it’s his jokes in all the right and wrong moments.

Polly from Something Like Happy by Eva Woods Something Like Happy is one of those heart-breaking, yet heart-warming novels, and the latter feeling results from Polly’s quick remarks. I still have this one flagged in my copy:

” “She waved at him as he limped on, brows knit fiercely and shoulders pumping forward.

“Oh, I love you, Dr. McGrumpy! I definitely won’t look up your kilt if you collapse!”

Who are some of your favorite literary jokesters? Share in the comments!