Top Five Wednesday: End of 2019 TBR

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” andddddd my TBR is still (wonderfully) going to likely topple over me.

Christmas-themed jokes are always the best way of evaluating what books you need to get to by the end of the year, at least in the Fangirl Fury handbook. I am perfect content with the amount of books that I have read so far this year, but there are definitely some specific books that I need to read before the end of 2019.

I create a decent amount of TBR posts (that I don’t end up following too closely 50% of the time), but I am for sure reading all 5 books on this list before the end of the year. I actually read all the books on my end of 2018 TBR before the new year okay, I Capture the Castle did go into January, but it still counts! I’ve been somewhat planning out my monthly TBRs this fall, thanks to my hectic school schedule, so I can say that I am 100% committing to this one. Since I can dedicate more time to reading in December, I also love knowing what books I want to dive right into once the school break begins

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman- I’m not going to say too much above this one because everyone knows how much I have been anticipating this book since reading Thunderhead back in February 2018. I am for sure making sure I have The Toll  on my end of 2019 TBR checked out from the library for my Thanksgiving break.

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black- My end of 2019 TBR is apparently somewhat about trilogy conclusions, of course including The Queen of Nothing. This is another trilogy case in which I loved the sequel so much (The Wicked King) that I need book #3 ASAP.

Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer- Renegades is not allowed to show up on any future TBR posts of mine. I usually bring books back to school with me after weekend visits home, and you better believe Renegades came back with me after my latest trip. I am SO committed to finally getting to this one, with the trilogy conclusion, Supernova, out in the world. If I enjoy Renegades enough, I definitely see myself binge-reading Archenemies and Supernova  before the new year.

One Day in December by Josie Silver– I think I tried getting my hands on One Day in December from the library last December, but I was still on the holds list in January. I love reading as many Christmas/holiday-themed books as I can between October and December.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren- A book that I tried reading this summer, but another book that sat on my library on-hold list for too long and then I was back at school for the fall. The Unhoneymooners is many of my friends’ favorite Christina Lauren book.

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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What books do you want to read before the end of the year? Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Books I’m Intimidated By

While Top Five Wednesday is on hiatus for the summer, I’ve been revisiting some older topics. Today’s throwback topic is from April 2016, in which I’ll be discussing books I’m intimidated by. From page length to hype, there are books I’m definitely nervous about picking up, but I mostly see myself picking up no matter my reading fears.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon- The Priory of the Orange Tree definitely falls under the intimidation category because of its 827 page length. I also haven’t read a book by Samantha Shannon, who is much loved by a lot of readers for The Bone Season. This book actually isn’t on my TBR, but more or less on TBR radar (books that I may possibly pick up). I could see myself reading it if I’m particularly in the mood for high fantasy or a fantasy standalone.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan- With the upcoming sequel Girls of Storm and Shadow coming this fall, Girls of Paper and Fire has been receiving extra hype on book Twitter lately. I’m also always a tiny bit intimidated by fantasy series because I struggle keeping up with multiple unfinished series.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills- Another case where I am more intimidated by the hype more than the book itself. I’ve enjoyed Emma Mills’ other three books (This Adventures Ends is currently my favorite), but I know so many readers who consider Foolish Hearts to be their favorite Emma Mills’ book. This isn’t a case where the hype is preventing me from putting it off, but I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

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Highest Rated Books on my Goodreads TBR

It’s safe to say that most book bloggers love talking about their TBRs. Since I love reading blog posts centered about TBRs and Goodreads, today I’ll be discussing the highest rated books on my Goodreads TBR. I actually had this post ready to go back in April, but for some reason I never published it. I ended up reading most of the books in the original post!

I’ve been using Goodreads since 2015. While I do to try to track my TBR in my blogging notebooks, I primarily use Goodreads to do so. I also like printing out my Goodreads Want to Read shelf to have  a physical copy. Similar to my own rating scale, Goodreads ratings are out of 5 stars. And maybe one day, every user’s wish will be fulfilled and we’ll be able to give half star ratings. I’m still holding out hope for this one, given that the site has somewhat recently allowed us to count rereads towards the annual reading challenge.

 How do I organize my Goodreads TBR by rating?

There are two ways to organize your Want to Read shelf by rating. You can first view your shelf by list and then click on avg. rating, or you can just select select avg. rating at the bottom of the screen. To organize from highest to lowest, make sure the triangle next to avg. rating is pointing down (click on the triangle to do so) or select the desc. bubble at the bottom. 

 

For the purpose of this TBR, I will not be including books on my Want to Read shelf that have not been released yet.

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevdeo | Rating: 4.37

With the Fire On High has been receiving such positive reviews lately! I’m always up for books with some sort of food aspect as well.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan |Rating: 4.26

A very generous friend gave me a signed copy of The Sword of Summer that has been sitting on my physical TBR for far too long. I think I’ll pick up this book and its sequels when I’m craving a fun-filled series binge-read.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills | Rating: 4.25

I’m not surprised at all by Foolish Hearts’ ratings position on my shelf because so many readers consider this to be their favorite Emma Mills’ book!

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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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Book Bait: Things That Make Me Pick Up Books

In many  my reviews and anticipated releases posts, I often say something along the lines of “I knew I had to pick up this book because of X.” From the main character’s workplace to their hobbies, there are certain elements, aka book bait, that guarantee that I will pick up said book. As I prepare my summer TBR, I’ll be keeping the following book bait in mind.

Beach Town

Many of you know that I am a beach girl myself. I love reading books with this setting because it’s one that I can easily relate to and definitely crave in the summer. Okay, let’s be honest, it’s a year round NEED.

Baking

It’s practically 100% guaranteed that I will pick up the book if the synopsis mentions something along the lines of a character who loves baking or works in a bakery or restaurant. These books have recently been among my favorite to review because I like creating a inspired recipe from the book.

Food

This may go a bit hand-in-hand with baking, but I also like books that feature characters who work in restaurants or love to cook. Recently, I’ve been enjoying seeing some foodie trends come into play, like food trucks in Maurene Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel.

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EATING ALL THE CONTEMPORARY: May 2019 TBR

Today marks not only the beginning of the a new month, but the final two days of my junior year! While I am freaking out that this is my last summer before finishing my undergraduate degree, I am also happily freaking out over all of upcoming free and non–school related time, which means more reading time!

There are so many 2019 releases and other books I am so excited to finally get to this month. I’m more than likely going to read more books than what’s listed below- I may or may not need a fantasy to break up all the contemporary. Although I still pick up books based on my mood, I am definitely a growing TBR maker. There are just so many books I want to (lovingly) tackle on my TBR during this final spring month and summer.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I feel sort’ve guilty that I haven’t yet read Daisy Jones and the Six because everyone and their mother has been freaking out about it. Because of all the hype and my county library’s lengthy holds list for this title, I figured I’d have to wait to treat myself to reading it at the end of the semester.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC)

 Red, White and Royal Blue was a possibility read on my April TBR. While I do read during the school semester, I particularly want to to be in the mindset (i.e. not be worrying about papers and presentations) to fully enjoy this one because everyone has been loving it so so much!

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Since I read Ashley’s Poston’s Geekerella in May of 2017, I figured I’d read the companion novel during the same month! I was really enchanted with Geekerella, so I’m hoping I have similar feels with The Princess and the Fangirl.

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I LIKE BIG BOOKS: Largest TBR Reads

Who needs to go to the gym and lift weights when you have books?

While I am not scared of big reads, there are quite a few books on my TBR that go beyond 400 pages. Today I’m going to be discussing the largest books on my TBR, as well as I few big books that I’ve read. The following page amounts are according to their hardcover editions on Goodreads.

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My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (658 pages)- I’m almost always up for a Hamilton-inspired read, especially one that follows Eliza. My Dear Hamilton is definitely on my priority 2019 TBR.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer (552 pages)- Renegades WILL be conquered in 2019, thanks to the final book in this trilogy coming out later in 2019. I’ve had this book on my physical TBR shelf since 2017, next to my beloved copies of Heartless and The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard mixed things about this one, hence why one of the reasons it’s been on my TBR for so long, but I’m ready to give it a read soon.

Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (483 pages)- I love a lengthy contemporary. After enjoying London Belongs to Me, I’m excited to read Jacquelyn Middleton’s latest new adult release set in New York City.

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