BOOKS, TV, & FALL THINGS: October 2019 Wrap Up

October was a month filled with so many (good) things and moments in my academic and personal life. That being said, my life was more busy and honestly hectic than it’s ever been before. October often marks midterm season in the college world, which meant a few papers and writing assignments on my end, including having to start drafting my first of two senior research papers. I know I haven’t been too specific about my senior project for my English major (honestly I’m still working out my subtopics and arguments even with my 15-20 page draft in the works), but I can reveal that I’m talking about Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give! I’ve luckily read a decent amount of contemporary literature in my English courses, but this is my first time studying YA.

Between also balancing my course-load alongside my jobs and social time (trying to make the most of my last year living with all of my best friends), my brain has been feeling fried and not exactly in the mood to read at the end of the day. Probably also not helping my reading life, I watched so many great new TV shows this month.

I really wish I was reading more, but I’m at the point where I have to dedicate my free time to the aforementioned things. However, I 100% admit that my senioritis is definitely kicking in and I’ve been finding myself drifting  to blogging and reading when I should probably be doing school work. I think it’s also because it’s almost (!!!) the end of the year and I’ve been working on my favorites, yearly wrap-up, and holiday-themed posts, but I’ve been so in the mood to read lately because of all the new books coming out still this year (I’m looking at you, The Toll and The Queen of Nothing.

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The Chase by Elle Kennedy | 4/5 Stars

I was so excited to jump back into the Off-Campus world with The Chase. Although it’s not my favorite Elle Kennedy book, I loved having Fitz as one of the protagonists.

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The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh | 4/5

The most Halloween-esque book that I read in October, I enjoyed The Beautiful for its atmospheric setting and for the fact that it broke my usual reading habits with its paranormal and mysterious story.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (ARC) | 4/5

October marks Christmas season prep in the Fangirl Fury handbook, which further encouraged me to pick up 10 Blind Dates. 10 Blind Dates was a fun holiday mood read. I really enjoyed its family focus.

 

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BOOKS, NETFLIX, & LOVER: August 2019 Wrap Up

The end of August means the end of two of my favorite things: summer and summer reading. As much as I love this season, including all of the reading time, I am really happy to be back at school and get back into my (hectic) routine. I’m content with the amount of books I read this month, considering that I really didn’t read as much as I had been earlier in the summer, in light of the start of school 

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A Match Made in Mehindi by Nandini Bajpai (ARC) | 3.5/5 Stars

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | 4.5/5

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American Royals by Katharine McGee (ARC) | 5/5

I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller | 5/5

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (ARC) | 4/5

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Best Fall 2019 Books I Read for Review

Like always, the fall promises so many of the best books of the year. While I am anticipating so many books this fall, I have also had the opportunity to review many titles as well. Although I have reviews coming for all of the books below and more, today I’ll be sharing the best Fall 2019 releases I’ve read this summer and why they are all absolutely must-reads.

 The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Release Date: August 27

The Other’s Gold has the perfect cross-appeal for YA and adult or literary fictions fans. Told in Elizabeth Ames’ beautiful and descriptive writing style, the book follows four best friends through their college years and early adulthood.

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

Release Date: September 3

Two out of my top books of the year have something to do with royals, which of course includes Katherine McGee’s American Royals. This book gave me so many The Princess Diaries feels and I’m already screaming for the sequel.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Release Date: September 3

Jenn Bennett not only blessed us with one amazing YA contemporary this year (Serious Moonlight), but she’s also giving us her first YA historical fantasy, The Lady Rogue. I’m usually not the biggest fan of adventure books, but The Lady Rogue was just so much fun and I really enjoyed the chemistry between the two main protagonists, Theo and Huck.

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan

Release Date: September 10

Never have I ever thought that I would say that I’ve found the perfect funny YA book about an abortion road trip, but Unpregnant was just that good! Unpregnant is so much more than an abortion story, exploring friendship, self-growth, and the frustrating things women must go through for the rights to their body and choices.

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READING BOOKS & BOOKS: July 2019 Wrap Up

One of the best parts of the summer is being able to read, swim, read, and tan. Did I mention reading outside in the summer is my favorite thing ever? My reading plans in July primarily focused on Book Expo ARCs and some necessary (summer) contemporaries. I actually read my three most anticipated books of the year this month, and I found myself craving more adult books and romance in July than usual! I definitely blame the latter for my love for the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy this year—I recently bought the first book in the spin-off series, The Chase.

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (reread) | 4.5/5 Stars

I enjoyed The Start of Me and You even more the second time around! And like the first time around, I spent a lot of time reading it and floating around my pool.

The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord (ARC) | 4/5

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This was a solid sequel to The Start of Me and You, but I wasn’t as in love as I hoped I’d be.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren | 3.5/5

I liked how Love and Other Words flipped between the past and the present, but I feel like the book didn’t really bring anything I hadn’t seen before.

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan (ARC) | 5/5

If you thought that there could never be a thing called a ‘funny YA abortion story,’ think again and read Unpregnant when it comes out this fall.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (ARC) | 5/5

I just knew Ninth House was going to blow me away, and it probably sounds ridiculous saying it because what else would you expect, but I found my favorite book of the year.

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ARCS, LIBRARY BOOKS & MORE: July 2019 TBR

Even though I don’t post TBRs every month, I’m doing so for July to keep myself on track and to share my reading plans with everyone! I love reading people’s monthly TBRs, which is just another reason why I should probably do so here on Fangirl Fury more often. I’ve split my TBR into ARCs (mostly from Book Expo), library books, and owned books. I’ll more than likely read more than what’s on this TBR (and let’s be honest, probably won’t read a book on here) since I’ve read at least 16 books in both May and June.

I definitely want and need to keep up with my Fall 2019 review books, but I also like borrowing and reading from the library as much as possible since I don’t have necessarily easy access to one at school. My college town’s local library is lacking a bit in their YA section and I don’t really have time during the week this semester to take the walk into town to go. I’m constantly having to renew books from my library at home since I’m at school more and I can only have more popular titles on hold for 2-4 weeks at a time.

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The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord – At the time of this post, I am currently rereading or have just finished rereading The Start of Me and You. I considered holding off a little bit closer to January 2020 to read The Map From Here to There, but I’m just too excited to have a new Emery Lord book and reunite with my ficitional bf, Max.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Speaking of books I cannot hold off on reading any longer, I will be diving into Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House this month. I’ve had this book on my TBR since it was first ever announced and I’m still in shock I have a copy.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett – There a few things better than having one of your all-time favorite authors come out with 2 books in one year, with Jenn Bennett’s Serious Moonlight and Fall 2019 release, The Lady Rogue. In this case, one of those better things is having a review copy for The Lady Rogue. This is Jenn Bennett’s first YA fantasy book, so I’m excited to see what she does with the genre.

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SUMMER LOVING, READING & FANGIRLING: June 2019 Wrap Up

Just as I wanted it to be, June was filled with ALL the books and TV-watching. The summer weather has finally started, with the exception of a solid week filled with rain where I live which sent me inside with coffee and a blanket.  I was able to consistently start reading in the pool- no worries, my books are safe on my reading raft and I’ve had a few beach days! This month, I also dove into some ARCs from Book Expo and lots of Netflix as per usual.

whatireadnew Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 Stars

Forever, Interrupted was an enjoyable binge-read that I mostly read on my last day of Book Expo train rides. As someone who has read most of TJR’s books now, you can tell that this was her debut, but she still packed an emotional punch.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon | 5/5

There’s a review coming very soon for There’s Something About Sweetie, but just know for now that this is one of my favorite 2019 reads.

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As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon | 5/5

There’s Something About Sweetie left me craving more of Sandhya Menon’s writing, which led me to the semi-sequel/novella to When Dimple Met Rishi. It was such a cute and funny read that once again makes me want more of these characters and more Sandhya Menon books.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer | 4/5

It took me about two hundred pages to really get into A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I ultimately found that the hype was worth the read.

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SUMMER READING & NETFLIX BINGEING: May 2019 Wrap Up

The unofficial start of summer has treated me so well! Fangirl-wise, I read 16 books and binge-watched Netflix shows and movies. IRL-wise, with school over for the year, I’ve had more time to relax, catch up with friends, exercise, GO TO THE BEACH, and start my summer job. At the time of this post’s publication, I am currently attending the most exciting event of May, Book Expo! I’m really excited for my June content overall, but especially because I’ll be doing wrap-ups for each day of the convention.

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Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin | 4/5 Stars

This was my first book by Adele Griffin. I really enjoyed her writing style and this book’s atmospheric setting.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston |5/5 Stars

Like everyone and their mother, I freaking loved RW&RB. It’s definitely my all-time favorite new adult book and a 2019 favorite read.

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 Stars

Although I still enjoyed this book, unlike everyone and their mother, I didn’t necessarily love Daisy Jones and the Six.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston| 4.25/5 Stars

It was so much fun jumping back into the Once Upon a Con series and I’m really looking forward to the third installment that will be based on Beauty and the Beast.

The Off-Campus Series (The Deal, The Mistake, The Score & The Goal) by Elle Kennedy | 4.5/5 Stars

I have a full series review coming for these books, but for right now, I’ll share that my favorite was The Goal (another 2019 favorite read)

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith | 4/5 Stars

This book is tempting me to book a cross-country train trip.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker | 4.5/5

I loved jumping into the new adult genre this month, including The Simple Wild. Also catch me planning a trip to the Alaskan wilderness.

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