My Friday at Book Expo 2018

Now that it’s summer, I spend most Friday mornings waking up around nine o’clock, a book or two within reach. Last Friday, however, was a bit different, as I was making my way into the Javits Center for the last day of my first Book Expo. I considered making my first stop of the day at Little Brown for an ARC drop of Dear Evan Hansen, but I figured since I wasn’t one of the first on the show floor, I wouldn’t be able to grab a copy. Instead, I went to Scholastic, where I was able to pick up their 20th Anniversary Harry Potter tote bag.  I did make my way to Little Brown to witness the mob pit for Dear Evan Hansen, where I decided that I liked my arms and legs enough to just wait for the book to come out in October. But never fear, because my first stampede of the day wasn’t too far away…

I ended up staying at Little Brown, where I met up with Mikayla from The Book Insturments and lined up for a swag giveaway for Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares and Holly Black’s The Wicked King. There was a lot of confusion over if the books were being dropped there, and a few of Hachette employees had to clear up that this was not a book drop. Luckily for Mikalya, a few other bloggers, and I, one of Hachette’s employees revealed that yes, none of the books were available then, but there was going to be a secret password giveaway for The Wicked King around 10 AM. We decided to linger around the booth to see if he held correct, and while we waited, I picked up People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins.

And sure enough at 10 AM, the NOVL revealed the password to receive The Wicked King. Over 100 people stormed the booth, pushing in full force (at one point, I think I grabbed on to someone’s backpack just so I could stay upright), and after being told to form a single line, I ended getting a copy of the book that remained hidden in my bag for the rest of the day.

After The Wicked King madness, I made a few smaller stops before my longer waits of the day. I went to Fierce Reads and picked up Unclaimable Baggage by Jen Doll, Owlcrate, where I won Anna and the French Kiss-inspired tea, and Bloomsbury, where I received The Girl King by Mimi Yu. I then went to Adele Griffin’s signing for Tell Me No Lies, and after I took a break to grab lunch.

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I ended up bringing my lunch (I highly recommend trying the make-your-own salad station) to the Autographing Area, where I got in line for Tahereh Mafi’s A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Tahereh’s signing wasn’t until 1:30, but the line starting forming around 12. While waiting for over an hour and half for a book may sound like a while, I read Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and hung out with Cait from caitsbooks. Cait had her dog, Laia, there, who quickly became the unofficial mascot of Book Expo. Soon later, I met Tahereh Mafi, and while I’ve never had a bad author experience, Tahereh is easily one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever met. I told her that one of my friends was a huge fan of her books and she told me to tell them that she said hi. I’m so excited to read her first contemporary and semi-autobiographical novel!

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After Tahereh, I joined my longest wait of Book Expo for Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares. Yes, I have yet to read Strange the Dreamer, but it’s one of my best friend’s favorite books and based on everyone’s feedback, I know I’m going to love it. After missing a surprise drop for it and knowing that it wouldn’t be available at Book Con, I figured the wait was worth it. While waiting, I again met up with Cait and we took turns leaving the line while holding our spots to run to the show floor. During my bathroom break, I grabbed Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen and Grace & Fury by Tracy Ganghart.

After waiting in line for two hours, Laini’s signing started at 4, but I didn’t get to meet her until about 4:30. Right when Book Expo tickets became available, people were given the opportunity to buy an Avid Reader Pass. Imagine a Disney Fast Pass, but for Book Expo. This pass allowed people to pick one signing where they could jump to the front of the line, and since there weren’t a ton of opportunities to get Muse of Nightmares, at least thirty people saved their pass for Laini’s signing. If Book Expo is still going to offer the Avid Reader Pass, one of my suggestions for the future is that people with Avid Reader {asses need to be at the signing at least fifteen minutes early. It was a bit frustrating to see person after person just casually come up to the front of the line, even twenty minutes after the signing had already started. While my spot in line (I was the tenth, not including avid reader people) “guaranteed” me a book, I felt bad for the people near the end of the line, who had to be told that there may not be enough copies available for them after generally waiting for so long.

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The wait was worth it because Laini was just so sweet! I told her that Strange the Dreamer was my friend’s all-time favorite book and that my copy of Muse of Nightmares would have a special place in our dorm next year. Before heading out for the day, I made a final stop at Book Beau, where I picked up my first sleeve from Book Beau. I opted for the XL size so it could hold any of my books, and I was immediately impressed by its quality the minute I picked it up! I chose Bon Voyage since it screamed summer.

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I had the best time attending Book Expo this year, and I am grateful for the 25 books that I hauled home over the two days!

My full haul for Book Expo and Book Con can be found here, while you can read about my Thursday experience at Book Expo here.

Did you attend Book Expo? If you could meet one author, who would it be? Share in the comments!

My Thursday at Book Expo 2018

I, Haley of Fangirl Fury, fiercely loyal Hufflepuff, Pawnee Ranger, honorary member of the Terrasen Army, reader, blogger, and lover of ‘90s movies, am now officially a Book Expo slayer. In other words, 2018 marks the first year that I have ever attended Book Expo. Thanks to Booktube and many of your lovely blogs, Book Expo has always been my #1 bookish dream and I was beyond fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the convention this year. Today, I’ll be walking you through my first day at Book Expo, and my experience posts for Friday and Book Con will be coming to a Fangirl Fury near you soon. You can see my full haul from all four days here.

Held at the Javits Centers in New York City, I made my way into the convention’s Crystal Palace (aka main lobby) around 9:30. My first stop was at the Fierce Reads booth for a sampler of Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars. I’m usually not one for samplers, but like the Language of Thorns sampler, King of Scars was too beautiful to pass up!king-of-scars.jpg

My first stop on the show floor was at the Owlcrate booth, where I realized one of the differences between Book Expo and Book Con. At Book Con, the line for Owlcrate’s spin wheel giveaways can wrap through multiple passageways and often includes anywhere from a fifteen minute to an hour wait. When I got to Owlcrate at Book Expo, there were maybe 5 PEOPLE ahead of me in line for the spin wheel give away. I won a finished copy of Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited, which I’m super excited to have because it’s my favorite Albertalli book and I had borrowed it from the library. After, I went back to Fierce Reads for a giveaway and received an ARC of Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu.

Soon after I left Fierce Reads, Simon & Schuster announced on their Twitter that they would be doing an ARC drop of Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s Dry at 11. Dry was one of my wanted books of the convention, and I had planned on hopefully going to a signing for it later in the day. Instead, I went to their booth around 10:45 to see if there was a line for the drop AND I ENDED UP BEING HANDED AN ARC RIGHT THEN AND THERE!

11:30 brought a signing for Isabelle Laflèche’s Bonjour Girl. I was the first person in line and while waiting, I made some bookish friends that I attended more events with later in the day. And I may or may not have seen Ron Swanson IRL.

Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson aka one of my all-time fictional characters from my all-time favorite TV show, and Megan Mullally were at Book Con promoting their new book, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. I think my jaw must have dropped to the floor as they walked by.

Meeting Isabelle Laflèche was really sweet and since I was the first in line, I also received a YSL perfume. I then returned to Owlcrate for an ARC Drop of Sarah Porter’s Never Contented Things. Never Contented Things is slated to come out in March 2019, so it’s really exciting to have an ARC already! I also made another stop at Fierce Reads and participated in the cover voting for Shani Petroff’s Finding Mr. Better-Than You, and I got to meet Shani while there! We’ve been following each other on Instagram since December, so it was fun to meet in person and talk about her new book. I wasn’t aware of too many events between 12 and 1, so this was the perfect opportunity to take a break for lunch. Books can only fill a reader’s stomach so much.

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After lunch, I decided to wander around the show floor for a bit and I truly believe some higher power guided me to Penguin around 1. I saw a short line forming at the booth and decided to ask what the line was for, where Mikayla from The Book Instruments told me it was for an ARC Drop of Marie Lu’s Wildcard. You know, JUST THE ONE BOOK MY SOUL NEEDED TO WALK OUT OF BOOK EXPO WITH, since there was only going to be samplers at Book Con. I immediately got in line for the drop, where I got to know Mikayla and a few other bloggers. At 2PM, after some not-so nice line cutting from a few well-known book bloggers, I had Wildcard in my possession!

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After Wildcard, I went to the autographing area for Nic Stone’s Odd One Out. Nic is easily one of the coolest and most stylish authors I’ve ever met! She gave me a high five after I told her about my blog *sighs that I forgot to ask someone to take a photo of me meeting her*. While waiting for Odd One Out, I had a quick conversation with Annie Sullivan, the author of A Touch of Gold. She was also waiting for Odd One Out—she deserves all the house points for getting the book 15 minutes before she had to be at her own signing- and how her book was a retelling of King Midas. I was immediately sold and after Nic Stone, I went to Annie’s signing!

I ended my day with three more ARC drops. The first was at Epic Reads, and it was my longest wait of the day (but definitely not of the convention…) at an hour and a half, but I was one of the first in line and I received Pride by Ibi Zoboi. While in the Epic Reads line, I ended up picking up a copy of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces across the way at Penguin. My friends and I took turns walking across to the booth to pick up extra copies that Penguin had from Katherine’s signing. Later, I went to two of Hachette’s ARC drops, where I walked away with The Summer of Us by Cecelia Vinesse, The War Outside by Monica Hesse, and Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs .

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Did you attend Book Expo? What books are you anticipating for this summer & fall? Share in the comments!

TIME FOR A NEW SHELF: Book Expo & Book Con Haul

If I order one or eleven new book shelves from IKEA this week, there’s only one thing to blame: Book Expo and Book Con 2018. Can you really blame this reader for coming home with 38 books??

For the sake of this post not taking over your screen for 74 years, I’ve decided to break down my haul day-by-day And never fear, I’ll be posting experience posts for Book Expo and Book Con over the next two weeks. While getting 30+ books may seem contrary, I was strict with myself and only picked up books that I genuinely see myself reading and enjoying.TRUST ME GUYS, THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY AMAZING BOOKS THAT ARE COMING OUT THE REST OF 2018 AND THE START OF 2019 THAT YOU NEED TO READ!

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What I Want to Read NOW:Wildcard by Marie Lu, Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman, The War Outside by Monica Hesse, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, and Check , Please by Ngozi Ukazu.

Book Expo Day 2 (Friday)

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What I Want to Read NOW:Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, The Wicked King by Holly Black, A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen (not pictured because post Book Con-tiredness & forgetfulness), and The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Book Con Day 1 (Saturday)

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What I Want to Read NOW:Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, and Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand.

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What I Want to Read NOW: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Did you attend Book Expo or Book Con? What 2018 or 2019 release do you need immediately?? Share in the comments!

Reading, Writing, & More Reading: May Wrap Up

May fortunately brought plenty of books, bookish happenings, and some of my all-time favorite blog posts! I’ve been officially done with my sophomore year of college for about 4 weeks now, so it’s been really fun to devote more time to all the bloggish things and of course, reading.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli | 4/5 Stars

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman | 3.5/5 Stars

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman | 5/5 Stars

A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | 4.5/5 Stars

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella | 3.5/5 Stars

the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace | 3/5 Stars

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 5/5 Stars

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | 4/5 Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | 4/5 Stars

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith | 5/5 Stars

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian | 5/5 Stars

I’m happy to have read 11 books this month. I did find some new favorites this month, including Girl Out of WaterThe Way You Make Me Feel, and Stay Sweet. It was also fun to jump back into the ACOTAR world with ACOFAS. While I didn’t dislike any of the above books, I admit that I was let down by a few. For example, I had trouble connecting to Gayle Forman’s I Have Lost My Way and I found myself dragging through Obsidio a bit. However, I’m still happy about this reading month, especially since I read a lot of books that have been sitting on my TBR!

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A Quiet Place- It’s an understatement to say that I am not a scary movie fan. Give me all the movies with Reese Witherspoon or Julia Roberts, please. However, my sister, a big horror movie fan, and Twitter as always convinced me to go see A Quiet Place. I can now officially say that I have a favorite scary movie because I loved this one! While it was scary, I’d classify A Quiet Place as suspenseful instead. I loved the use of sound and the cast, as expected with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski alone, was phenomenal.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine S3-5- As you might be able to tell from what I read, coming home for the summer allowed me to reunite with my local library. This meant that I could finally borrow seasons 3 and 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and continue on watching one of my new favorite TV shows. I am now all caught up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (yes, the wedding was adorable, but why isn’t anyone talking about Holt’s cliffhanger), and I am so excited for this show to continue on NBC!

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Reviews

Empire of My Tears: Empire of Storms Reread Discussion

College YA Meets 90s TV: Finding Felicity 

Tower of Feels: Tower of Dawn Review

Leah on the Offbeat Review ft. Unique Blogger Award

A Court of GIVE ME MORE: ACOFAS

If I Went to Nebraska: Girl Out of Water

The Way I Love This Book: The Way You Make Me Feel

Top Five Wednesday

Making My TBR Bigger

Current Non-Bookish Favorites

Authors I Need More From

Books as Summer Events 

Other Fangirl Fury Writings

Escaping the Hype: How to Find Non-Blog Book Reccomendations

Monthly Reccomendations: BookTube Made Me Do It

I’m a Moody Reader and Proud: Monthly TBR Discussion

Book Con Survival Guide for the Best Weekend

Where’s My New Bookshelf? Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Releases

My Beach TBR

I had the pleasure of writing a guest post over at Literary Sea this month! Jeanine and I are both huge SJM fans, so it was fun to talk about Throne of Glass on her blog:

BUT THEY’RE ALL MY FAVORITE: Throne of Glass Ranking

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Sarah J. Maas’s first adult fantasy series-It seems that 2019 is going to be another amazing year for SJM and her fans, as Sarah will be coming out with her first adult fantasy book in a new series, Crescent City. One of my best bookish friends and I will read anything SJM writes, and you better believe we were both freaking out with this news. We actually both sent each other SJM’s announcement post around the same time before having the following conversation:IMG_5574

I bought my first book sleeve- Since I’m doing a bit of traveling/commuting this summer and you know that this reader never goes anywhere without a book, I figured it was time to get my first book sleeve. I live in fear of damaging my books in my bags, especially when I was moving out of my dorm this year, so I already love the added protection of book sleeves. I ordered mine on Amazon (I quickly fell in love with this fox and floral print), and it holds “average” and even some XL size books. Gettingbookish candles and pillows is definitely next on my bookish swag list, and I definitely want to check out more sleeves from Book Beau and other retailers at Book Expo and Book Con.

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Book Expo and Book Con 2018- Speaking of Book Expo & Book Con, it’s highly likely that as you’re reading this post, I’m running around one out of these conventions. This week I’ll be attending my third Book Con and my first-ever Book Expo! Book Con is truly one of my favorite weekends of the year, and I’m fulfilling one of my bookish dreams by getting to attend Book Expo. Expect experience posts within the next two weeks! If you’re attending Book Con or any conventions this summer, be sure to check out my survival guide above!

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What did you read or watch this month? What are your bookish plans for the summer? Share in the comments!

My Beach TBR

While you most likely know Fangirl Fury as a fangirl, I am also  a beach girl. I’ve been very fortunate enough to grow up near the shore and basically have the beach as my backyard- I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how people spend their summer not near the ocean (or that many of my hometown friends don’t like the beach..).

As you can probably guess, the beach is one of my favorite places to read during the summer. On a beach day, I often alternate between reading and going into the water- no worries, I never do both at the same time. Today I’m going to be walking you through my somewhat summer, somewhat beach TBR. Basically, these are books that I’d like to read during beach trips, days by the pool, and in between this season. I’m also going to talk about the books that I have such fond memories of reading in these same spots last summer.

My 2017 Beach TBR Included:

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia- After reading and loving Eliza and Her Monsters, I immediately needed more Francesca Zappia, which led me to Made You Up. Read while tanning on the beach, Made You Up sheds light on mental health, and not knowing what to expect kept me glued to the sand!

The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord- If I had to name my summer after an Emery Lord book, it’d be The Start of Me & My Pool Raft. I read many books floating around the pool (no books are harmed in doing so), including The Start of Me & You. Emery Lord is one of my go-to contemporary authors, and any of her books make for the perfect summer read.

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski & E.Lockhart- How to Be Bad was such a throwback to my early days as a YA reader. I used to eat up Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski’s books, and I still can’t get enough of E. Lockhart’s work today. How to Be Bad is a perfectly fun and light-hearted read, as three friends go on a spur of the moment road trip.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockThe Smell of Other People’s Houses is definitely not your average beach read, being that it takes place in 1970s Alaska. But it’ll most definitely keep you glued to your beach chair, especially since this mesmerizing read is just under 230 pages!

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley – Words in Deep Blue was the perfect read for me, not to mention the perfect compliment to my blue beach blanket. How could I not love a book that takes place in a bookshop during the summer!?!

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My 2018 Beach TBR Includes:

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- I’m a firm believer that the best beach reads are the ones that take place at the beach! Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn for Burn trilogy takes place on Jar Island, home to the beach and the supernatural!? I plan on binge-reading this series sometime this summer while I also prepare for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to hit Netflix.

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian- Ice cream is the perfect summer treat, so how could I not read a book about girls running an ice cream stand?? I’ve seen so many positive reviews for Siobhan Vivian’s latest release, Stay Sweet, and you better believe I’ll have ice cream in hand while reading.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oekle-One of my favorite things to do after a day at the beach is to come home and chill in the air conditioning with a good movie or TV show. Give me a book about a girl who participates in her college’s student-run reality show and you’ll find me with Lianne Oekle’s Nice Try, Jane Sinner inside and outside!

The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse – This read is in the title, friends. Cecilia Vinesse’s The Summer of Us follows 5 friends’ summer around Europe before they head off to college in the fall. While I physically may be lying on the beach, I’ll be fulfilling some of my wanderlust alongside these characters.

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz- Melissa de le Cruz’s sequel to Alex and Eliza will be the perfect patriotic read for Fourth of July. Alex and Eliza was a poolside read of mine last summer, so it’ll be fun to carry on with the married couple in the same setting this summer.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine may not sound like the biggest beach read, but it’s another that I must read because of all the hype! And it’s going to be a movie adapted by Reese Witherspoon?!! It’s time to grab my towel and this read ASAP.

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As you can tell, I’m a true contemporary reads girl during the summer! And no worries, I will most definitely be reading this summer. What books are on your summer TBR? 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!

 

The Way I Love This Book: The Way You Make Me Feel Review

Summary: Clara Shin’s summer plans include spending days by the community pool and getting into her usual antics with her prankster friends. But when one of Clara’s jokes goes too far, her dad forces her to work on his food truck, the KoBra, for the summer. Which means no jetting off to Tulum for two weeks in August to meet with her social media-influencer mom. Making matters worse, Clara will be joined by Rose Carver, her arch nemesis and fellow KoBra employee. But as summer goes on, what if working with Rose isn’t as bad as Clara imagined? And maybe the coffee boy named Hamlet is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually enjoys helping her dad with his business. Maybe Clara’s summer will be pretty great after all.

 Cover Lust?: Yes! I love how the ombre effect is present on both the cover and intro pages of the book. It also matches one of Clara’s descriptions of the LA night sky.

 My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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 My Thoughts:

After enjoying Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love last summer, I highly anticipated her latest book, The Way You Make Me Feel. Why was I so excited for The Way You Make Me Feel?

IT’S A SUMMER CONTEMPORARY! Summer contemporaries are the BEST kind of contemporaries. Summer is my favorite season, and I always love following characters around during this season. The season calls often calls for adventure, romance, and plenty of time by the beach and pool.

In this case, we follow Clara’s summer working for her dad’s food truck, the KoBra, alongside her nemesis, Rose. We also see Clara and co. scoping out some of the best food LA has to offer, burning up at the community pool, shopping, spending the day at a waterpark, and more. The Way You Make Me Feel has a fantastically diverse cast, and I also loved how Maurene Goo showed off LA’s diverse culture. While I don’t have my dad’s credit card number memorized like Clara, I’m ready to book a ticket to California ASAP!

AND DID I MENTION ENOUGH YET THAT THERE’S A FOOD TRUCK (S)?? If you loved Ashley Poston’s Geekerella for its food truck, you’re going to love The Way You Make Me Feel because we spend quite some time seeing Clara and Rose train and ultimately run the truck on their own. Clara also spends a lot of time explaining her and her dad’s relationship with food, and it was fun to learn more about the LA food scene. Let me please grab my wig and disguise and go explore LA’s food trucks with Clara and Rose, please. But I can also appreciate how Clara enjoys a good Domino’s once in a while (GIRL HAS THE VIP APP ON HER PHONE).

Outside of its food and summer vibes, I think what makes The Way You Make Me Feel so enjoyable is its diverse, multigenerational and humorous cast. Like I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Clara and her dad have an A+ father-daughter relationship. Plus Clara’s dad made her some amazing breakfast and how can you not love him for calling Clara “Shorty”? While Clara finds that her mother does have a few more faults than she imagined, I liked how Clara doesn’t get into some massive fight with her, instead recognizing the strength of her relationship with her dad and the value of her relationship with her mom.

I loved Rose and Hamlet as Clara’s friends–does Maurene Goo have a Hamlet that I can have??? They were immensely supportive of Clara, and they each brought a lot of personality to the book. Where can I find grandparents that play video games like Hamlet’s?? And I loved the following conversation between Clara and Rose’s brother when her family comes to the truck for dinner:

 “ ‘Hey Jessie, what do you guys wanna order? This is usually Rose’s job but she seems to have turned into a robot momentarily.’

Jessie’s eyes widened. “Wait…no, not really, right?’

I shrugged. ‘I dunno, we’ll have to see if she reboots.’

‘Like when Grandma uses Windows.’ ” (107)

CAN I HAVE ROSE’S GRANDMA AND JESSIE TOO??

Overall, I LOVED The Way You Make Me Feel, easily becoming one of my favorite summer contemporaries and a favorite book of 2018. It’s such a feel good read that will have you craving summer and some food truck treats.

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